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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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The History

Find out about the history of the Via Francigena ancient walking route. Read more

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The Route

Find out about the route of the Via Francigena ancient walking route. Read more

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20 September 2014 to 31 March 2015

Kent Freemasonry and the First World War at Kent Museum of FreemasonrySat 20 Sep 2014 - Tue 31 Mar 2015A new temporary exhibition at Canterbury's Kent Museum of Freemasonry displays many items relating to The Great War and freemasonry that will be of interest to historians, anthropologists, genealogists and masons alike.

06 September 2015 to 06 September 2015

Gala Night At The Proms at The Marlowe TheatreSun 6 Sep 2015Join conductor John Perkins, soprano Kathryn Jenkin and The Kent Concert Orchestra in the great British tradition of patriotic 'last night; favourites, including Land Of Hope And Glory, Jerusalem and Sea Songs.

05 June 2015 to 06 September 2015

Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 5 Jun - Sun 6 Sep 2015To celebrate the anniversary of this momentous occasion, the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge will be opening a new exhibition 'Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta', which will run from 5 June to 6 September 2015.

06 September 2015 to 06 September 2015

RSC Live - Othello at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 6 Sep 2015After more than a decade working in film and television on projects from Star Wars to Holby City, Hugh Quarshie returns to the RSC to play Shakespeare's Othello.

13 September 2015 to 13 September 2015

Apple Sunday at Mount Ephraim GardensSun 13 Sep 2015Join us for our annual Apple Sunday festival to celebrate the apple harvest. Enjoy live music, apple pressing demonstrations, harvest crafts, a cider bar, family entertainment and plenty of stalls selling apples and local produce.

13 September 2015 to 13 September 2015

Love Is The Sweetest Thing at The Marlowe TheatreSun 13 Sep 2015Michael Law returns with a tribute to the crooners of the 1930s.

13 September 2015 to 13 September 2015

London to Canterbury Cycle ChallengeSun 13 Sep 2015The London to Canterbury Cycle Challenge will take place on Sunday 13 September 2015, with its start line being at Greenwich Park, London.

14 September 2015 to 16 September 2015

Blood Brothers at The Marlowe TheatreMon 14 - Wed 16 Sep 2015Have you ever heard the story of the Johnstone twins?

24 September 2015 to 24 September 2015

RSC Live - Othello at Gulbenkian CinemaThu 24 Sep 2015After more than a decade working in film and television on projects from Star Wars to Holby City, Hugh Quarshie returns to the RSC to play Shakespeare's Othello.

25 September 2015 to 25 September 2015

Waverley - Great Days Out from Whitstable at Whitstable HarbourFri 25 Sep 2015Great days out from Whitstable. Celebrating 40 years of preservation. Fridays September 25 and October 9. Steam through Tower Bridge. Depart 11:00. Back by coach from London 19.30

26 September 2015 to 26 September 2015

Stepping Out 2 Night at The Kings HallSat 26 Sep 2015Come and enjoy a social evening of Ballroom, Latin American, Argentine Tango and Sequence dancing.

25 September 2015 to 27 September 2015

Canterbury Food and Drink Festival at Dane John GardensFri 25 - Sun 27 Sep 2015Canterbury Food & Drink Festival will be returning to the Dane John Gardens, Canterbury in 2015.

29 September 2015 to 03 October 2015

Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks at The Marlowe TheatreTue 29 Sep - Sat 3 Oct 2015A show based on the phenomenally successful Horrible Histories books.

30 September 2015 to 03 October 2015

Horrible Histories: Incredible Invaders at The Marlowe TheatreWed 30 Sep - Sat 3 Oct 2015A show based on the phenomenally successful Horrible Histories books.

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