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Modern Day Pilgrimage

If you are planning to do a modern day pilgrimage, why not start in the beautiful city of Canterbury.

Sigeric's manuscript (now held in the British library) was rediscovered in the 1980s and has subsequently become the focus for academic research and the re-creation of a modern-day pilgrimage route, earning the award of Major Cultural Route by the Council of Europe.

Today's pilgrimage attracts people of all ages and beliefs, their common factor being the need to stand back from the daily pressures and take time to reflect on their lives and the lives of those around them.

On the Via Francigena, the 1,200 mile journey remains a physical challenge, but can be undertaken in stages. Most pilgrims choose to travel on foot, but others opt for bicycles, horses or even cars or public transport. On foot, the entire journey will take about 12 weeks, based on an average of between 15 and 25 miles per day; climbing to heights above 8,000 feet and being exposed to a very wide range of weather conditions.

On parts of the route, pilgrims will find low cost accommodation shared with other pilgrims. In others, the only options are to camp or find bed and breakfast or hotel accommodation, but in crossing France, Switzerland and Italy, pilgrims have the opportunity to meet like-minded people from all over the world.

The essence of the modern-day pilgrimage experience is in the physical challenges, contact with unfamiliar cultures, beauty of the environment set against the backdrop of history that has created it and, above all, the people met along the way who will leave an indelible mark on every pilgrim's life.

The pilgrimage can become habit forming, but as a minimum one can expect to - 'lose one prejudice and gain one good idea'.

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  • French Dressing at 50 at Herne Bay Museum and GalleryThu 7 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014Director Ken Russell's first ever feature film was set in Herne Bay, and came out 50 years ago. The beach, bandstand and pier recognisably starred in the film, and many Herne Bay residents were extras.
    Diane Smalley at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 30 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014This exhibition is an artist's response to 'The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge'. The paintings and drawings will all have connections to the Beaney's art and artefacts displayed in the Garden Room and upstairs galleries.
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  • French Dressing at 50 at Herne Bay Museum and GalleryThu 7 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014Director Ken Russell's first ever feature film was set in Herne Bay, and came out 50 years ago. The beach, bandstand and pier recognisably starred in the film, and many Herne Bay residents were extras.
    Diane Smalley at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 30 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014This exhibition is an artist's response to 'The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge'. The paintings and drawings will all have connections to the Beaney's art and artefacts displayed in the Garden Room and upstairs galleries.
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  • French Dressing at 50 at Herne Bay Museum and GalleryThu 7 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014Director Ken Russell's first ever feature film was set in Herne Bay, and came out 50 years ago. The beach, bandstand and pier recognisably starred in the film, and many Herne Bay residents were extras.
    Diane Smalley at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 30 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014This exhibition is an artist's response to 'The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge'. The paintings and drawings will all have connections to the Beaney's art and artefacts displayed in the Garden Room and upstairs galleries.
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  • French Dressing at 50 at Herne Bay Museum and GalleryThu 7 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014Director Ken Russell's first ever feature film was set in Herne Bay, and came out 50 years ago. The beach, bandstand and pier recognisably starred in the film, and many Herne Bay residents were extras.
    Diane Smalley at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 30 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014This exhibition is an artist's response to 'The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge'. The paintings and drawings will all have connections to the Beaney's art and artefacts displayed in the Garden Room and upstairs galleries.
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  • French Dressing at 50 at Herne Bay Museum and GalleryThu 7 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014Director Ken Russell's first ever feature film was set in Herne Bay, and came out 50 years ago. The beach, bandstand and pier recognisably starred in the film, and many Herne Bay residents were extras.
    Diane Smalley at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 30 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014This exhibition is an artist's response to 'The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge'. The paintings and drawings will all have connections to the Beaney's art and artefacts displayed in the Garden Room and upstairs galleries.
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  • French Dressing at 50 at Herne Bay Museum and GalleryThu 7 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014Director Ken Russell's first ever feature film was set in Herne Bay, and came out 50 years ago. The beach, bandstand and pier recognisably starred in the film, and many Herne Bay residents were extras.
    Diane Smalley at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 30 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014This exhibition is an artist's response to 'The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge'. The paintings and drawings will all have connections to the Beaney's art and artefacts displayed in the Garden Room and upstairs galleries.
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  • Wedding Fayre at The Kings HallSun 7 Sep 2014With exhibitors ranging from classic car hire to bridal gowns and makeup artists, we have all the information and inspiration you need to make your big day special. Free glass of bubbly on arrival!
    French Dressing at 50 at Herne Bay Museum and GalleryThu 7 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014Director Ken Russell's first ever feature film was set in Herne Bay, and came out 50 years ago. The beach, bandstand and pier recognisably starred in the film, and many Herne Bay residents were extras.
    Diane Smalley at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 30 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014This exhibition is an artist's response to 'The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge'. The paintings and drawings will all have connections to the Beaney's art and artefacts displayed in the Garden Room and upstairs galleries.
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  • Noel Coward's Hay Fever at The Marlowe TheatreMon 8 - Sat 13 Sep 2014Meet the Bliss family; recently-retired Judith, once a star of the London stage; David, an egocentric novelist; and Sorel and Simon, their two Bohemian adult children. Starring Felicity Kendal.
    French Dressing at 50 at Herne Bay Museum and GalleryThu 7 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014Director Ken Russell's first ever feature film was set in Herne Bay, and came out 50 years ago. The beach, bandstand and pier recognisably starred in the film, and many Herne Bay residents were extras.
    Diane Smalley at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 30 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014This exhibition is an artist's response to 'The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge'. The paintings and drawings will all have connections to the Beaney's art and artefacts displayed in the Garden Room and upstairs galleries.
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  • Noel Coward's Hay Fever at The Marlowe TheatreMon 8 - Sat 13 Sep 2014Meet the Bliss family; recently-retired Judith, once a star of the London stage; David, an egocentric novelist; and Sorel and Simon, their two Bohemian adult children. Starring Felicity Kendal.
    French Dressing at 50 at Herne Bay Museum and GalleryThu 7 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014Director Ken Russell's first ever feature film was set in Herne Bay, and came out 50 years ago. The beach, bandstand and pier recognisably starred in the film, and many Herne Bay residents were extras.
    Diane Smalley at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 30 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014This exhibition is an artist's response to 'The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge'. The paintings and drawings will all have connections to the Beaney's art and artefacts displayed in the Garden Room and upstairs galleries.
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  • Noel Coward's Hay Fever at The Marlowe TheatreMon 8 - Sat 13 Sep 2014Meet the Bliss family; recently-retired Judith, once a star of the London stage; David, an egocentric novelist; and Sorel and Simon, their two Bohemian adult children. Starring Felicity Kendal.
    French Dressing at 50 at Herne Bay Museum and GalleryThu 7 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014Director Ken Russell's first ever feature film was set in Herne Bay, and came out 50 years ago. The beach, bandstand and pier recognisably starred in the film, and many Herne Bay residents were extras.
    Diane Smalley at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 30 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014This exhibition is an artist's response to 'The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge'. The paintings and drawings will all have connections to the Beaney's art and artefacts displayed in the Garden Room and upstairs galleries.
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  • Noel Coward's Hay Fever at The Marlowe TheatreMon 8 - Sat 13 Sep 2014Meet the Bliss family; recently-retired Judith, once a star of the London stage; David, an egocentric novelist; and Sorel and Simon, their two Bohemian adult children. Starring Felicity Kendal.
    French Dressing at 50 at Herne Bay Museum and GalleryThu 7 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014Director Ken Russell's first ever feature film was set in Herne Bay, and came out 50 years ago. The beach, bandstand and pier recognisably starred in the film, and many Herne Bay residents were extras.
    Diane Smalley at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 30 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014This exhibition is an artist's response to 'The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge'. The paintings and drawings will all have connections to the Beaney's art and artefacts displayed in the Garden Room and upstairs galleries.
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  • Noel Coward's Hay Fever at The Marlowe TheatreMon 8 - Sat 13 Sep 2014Meet the Bliss family; recently-retired Judith, once a star of the London stage; David, an egocentric novelist; and Sorel and Simon, their two Bohemian adult children. Starring Felicity Kendal.
    French Dressing at 50 at Herne Bay Museum and GalleryThu 7 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014Director Ken Russell's first ever feature film was set in Herne Bay, and came out 50 years ago. The beach, bandstand and pier recognisably starred in the film, and many Herne Bay residents were extras.
    Diane Smalley at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 30 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014This exhibition is an artist's response to 'The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge'. The paintings and drawings will all have connections to the Beaney's art and artefacts displayed in the Garden Room and upstairs galleries.
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  • Noel Coward's Hay Fever at The Marlowe TheatreMon 8 - Sat 13 Sep 2014Meet the Bliss family; recently-retired Judith, once a star of the London stage; David, an egocentric novelist; and Sorel and Simon, their two Bohemian adult children. Starring Felicity Kendal.
    Poetry in the Park at Westgate GardensSat 13 Sep 2014Turn the Westgate Parks into poetry parks! Come to our creative writing workshop and write your poems inspired by the river and gardens, or leave your own favourite poems on a tree.
    Stepping Out 2 Night at The Kings HallSat 13 Sep 2014Enjoy an evening of Ballroom, Latin American, Argentine Tango and Sequence dancing!
    French Dressing at 50 at Herne Bay Museum and GalleryThu 7 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014Director Ken Russell's first ever feature film was set in Herne Bay, and came out 50 years ago. The beach, bandstand and pier recognisably starred in the film, and many Herne Bay residents were extras.
    Diane Smalley at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 30 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014This exhibition is an artist's response to 'The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge'. The paintings and drawings will all have connections to the Beaney's art and artefacts displayed in the Garden Room and upstairs galleries.
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  • French Dressing at 50 at Herne Bay Museum and GalleryThu 7 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014Director Ken Russell's first ever feature film was set in Herne Bay, and came out 50 years ago. The beach, bandstand and pier recognisably starred in the film, and many Herne Bay residents were extras.
    Diane Smalley at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 30 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014This exhibition is an artist's response to 'The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge'. The paintings and drawings will all have connections to the Beaney's art and artefacts displayed in the Garden Room and upstairs galleries.
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  • French Dressing at 50 at Herne Bay Museum and GalleryThu 7 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014Director Ken Russell's first ever feature film was set in Herne Bay, and came out 50 years ago. The beach, bandstand and pier recognisably starred in the film, and many Herne Bay residents were extras.
    Diane Smalley at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 30 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014This exhibition is an artist's response to 'The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge'. The paintings and drawings will all have connections to the Beaney's art and artefacts displayed in the Garden Room and upstairs galleries.
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  • French Dressing at 50 at Herne Bay Museum and GalleryThu 7 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014Director Ken Russell's first ever feature film was set in Herne Bay, and came out 50 years ago. The beach, bandstand and pier recognisably starred in the film, and many Herne Bay residents were extras.
    Diane Smalley at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 30 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014This exhibition is an artist's response to 'The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge'. The paintings and drawings will all have connections to the Beaney's art and artefacts displayed in the Garden Room and upstairs galleries.
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  • French Dressing at 50 at Herne Bay Museum and GalleryThu 7 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014Director Ken Russell's first ever feature film was set in Herne Bay, and came out 50 years ago. The beach, bandstand and pier recognisably starred in the film, and many Herne Bay residents were extras.
    Diane Smalley at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 30 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014This exhibition is an artist's response to 'The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge'. The paintings and drawings will all have connections to the Beaney's art and artefacts displayed in the Garden Room and upstairs galleries.
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  • French Dressing at 50 at Herne Bay Museum and GalleryThu 7 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014Director Ken Russell's first ever feature film was set in Herne Bay, and came out 50 years ago. The beach, bandstand and pier recognisably starred in the film, and many Herne Bay residents were extras.
    Diane Smalley at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 30 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014This exhibition is an artist's response to 'The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge'. The paintings and drawings will all have connections to the Beaney's art and artefacts displayed in the Garden Room and upstairs galleries.
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  • Lord Of The Flies at The Marlowe TheatreWed 24 - Sat 27 Sep 2014A thrilling new dance production. Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures has created some of the most successful shows of the last 25 years, including Swan Lake, Nutcracker! and Sleeping Beauty.
    French Dressing at 50 at Herne Bay Museum and GalleryThu 7 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014Director Ken Russell's first ever feature film was set in Herne Bay, and came out 50 years ago. The beach, bandstand and pier recognisably starred in the film, and many Herne Bay residents were extras.
    Diane Smalley at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 30 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014This exhibition is an artist's response to 'The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge'. The paintings and drawings will all have connections to the Beaney's art and artefacts displayed in the Garden Room and upstairs galleries.
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  • Lord Of The Flies at The Marlowe TheatreWed 24 - Sat 27 Sep 2014A thrilling new dance production. Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures has created some of the most successful shows of the last 25 years, including Swan Lake, Nutcracker! and Sleeping Beauty.
    French Dressing at 50 at Herne Bay Museum and GalleryThu 7 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014Director Ken Russell's first ever feature film was set in Herne Bay, and came out 50 years ago. The beach, bandstand and pier recognisably starred in the film, and many Herne Bay residents were extras.
    Diane Smalley at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 30 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014This exhibition is an artist's response to 'The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge'. The paintings and drawings will all have connections to the Beaney's art and artefacts displayed in the Garden Room and upstairs galleries.
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  • Lord Of The Flies at The Marlowe TheatreWed 24 - Sat 27 Sep 2014A thrilling new dance production. Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures has created some of the most successful shows of the last 25 years, including Swan Lake, Nutcracker! and Sleeping Beauty.
    French Dressing at 50 at Herne Bay Museum and GalleryThu 7 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014Director Ken Russell's first ever feature film was set in Herne Bay, and came out 50 years ago. The beach, bandstand and pier recognisably starred in the film, and many Herne Bay residents were extras.
    Diane Smalley at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 30 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014This exhibition is an artist's response to 'The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge'. The paintings and drawings will all have connections to the Beaney's art and artefacts displayed in the Garden Room and upstairs galleries.
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01 September 2013 to 30 April 2014

Royal Arch Bicentenary Display at Kent Museum of FreemasonrySun 1 Sep 2013 - Wed 30 Apr 2014To mark the bicentennial celebrations in the autumn of 2013, the temporary display area was decorated with a number of interesting artefacts from the Royal Arch.

27 September 2014 to 27 September 2014

The Marlowe Comedy Cabaret at The Marlowe TheatreSat 27 Sep 2014Our comedy and variety night brings you top stand-up comedy acts and a few surprises!

29 September 2014 to 04 October 2014

One Man, Two Guvnors at The Marlowe TheatreMon 29 Sep - Sat 4 Oct 2014The National Theatre’s award-winning comedy.

07 September 2014 to 07 September 2014

Wedding Fayre at The Kings HallSun 7 Sep 2014With exhibitors ranging from classic car hire to bridal gowns and makeup artists, we have all the information and inspiration you need to make your big day special. Free glass of bubbly on arrival!

08 September 2014 to 13 September 2014

Noel Coward's Hay Fever at The Marlowe TheatreMon 8 - Sat 13 Sep 2014Meet the Bliss family; recently-retired Judith, once a star of the London stage; David, an egocentric novelist; and Sorel and Simon, their two Bohemian adult children. Starring Felicity Kendal.

13 September 2014 to 13 September 2014

Poetry in the Park at Westgate GardensSat 13 Sep 2014Turn the Westgate Parks into poetry parks! Come to our creative writing workshop and write your poems inspired by the river and gardens, or leave your own favourite poems on a tree.

13 September 2014 to 13 September 2014

Stepping Out 2 Night at The Kings HallSat 13 Sep 2014Enjoy an evening of Ballroom, Latin American, Argentine Tango and Sequence dancing!

16 September 2014 to 16 September 2014

NHS Blood Donation at The Kings HallTue 16 Sep 2014Blood is something we all expect to be there for us when we need it, yet only 4% of us give blood – many people would not be alive today if it wasn’t for the generosity of our donors.

16 September 2014 to 20 September 2014

To Kill A Mockingbird at The Marlowe TheatreTue 16 - Sat 20 Sep 2014Direct from the West End.

20 September 2014 to 20 September 2014

Jive Hive's Bedtime Themed Ball at The Kings HallSat 20 Sep 2014Feeling sleepy? Come and join us at Jive Hive’s modern jive bedtime themed ball! Featuring music from guest DJ Gazza from Gazzabash. Don’t dress up, we’d rather you danced in your pajamas!

24 September 2014 to 27 September 2014

Lord Of The Flies at The Marlowe TheatreWed 24 - Sat 27 Sep 2014A thrilling new dance production. Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures has created some of the most successful shows of the last 25 years, including Swan Lake, Nutcracker! and Sleeping Beauty.

27 September 2014 to 27 September 2014

28 September 2014 to 28 September 2014

NGS Garden Open Day at Mount Ephraim GardensSun 28 Sep 2014Enjoy a visit to the gardens on this special National Garden Scheme day and help benefit charities at the same time.

28 September 2014 to 28 September 2014

You And Me: With Julie Paton and Ian Adams at The Marlowe TheatreSun 28 Sep 2014Last seen at our theatre in Let’s Face The Music, these two popular performers return with a programme of song and dance which will showcase their versatility and superb talent. An absolute must for all lovers of musical theatre.

07 August 2014 to 28 September 2014

French Dressing at 50 at Herne Bay Museum and GalleryThu 7 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014Director Ken Russell's first ever feature film was set in Herne Bay, and came out 50 years ago. The beach, bandstand and pier recognisably starred in the film, and many Herne Bay residents were extras.

28 September 2014 to 28 September 2014

Wild Food Foraging at Westgate GardensSun 28 Sep 2014Join us on a foraging walk and discover the treasure trove of food that can be found in natures larder and learn how to safely identify and harvest wild plants.

28 September 2014 to 28 September 2014

SRP Toy and Train Seafront Show at The Kings HallSun 28 Sep 2014SRP fairs have been going for 20 years and promote 60 shows in the South East, covering Colchester, Essex, Brighton, Bognor and all over Kent.

30 August 2014 to 28 September 2014

Diane Smalley at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 30 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014This exhibition is an artist's response to 'The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge'. The paintings and drawings will all have connections to the Beaney's art and artefacts displayed in the Garden Room and upstairs galleries.

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