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Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay and the surrounding area

If you really want to escape from the pressures of modern life, the Canterbury district contains all the beauty that you would expect of east Kent. Meandering rivers, lush green pastures, fields of flowers, beaches and ancient woodland offer relaxation and recreation. 

Whitstable Beach

Coast

One of the district's major natural assets is the 14.5 miles of coastline stretching from Seasalter to Reculver, attracting a large number of visitors. More info.
Curtis Wood, Canterbury

Countryside

Travel for 15 minutes in any direction from Canterbury's city centre and you'll find yourself in the heart of East Kent's countryside. More info.

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  • 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.
    Rebecca at The Marlowe TheatreMon 30 Mar - Sat 4 Apr 2015Kneehigh are one of the world's most acclaimed theatre companies and their productions include the international hits Brief Encounter and Tristan and Yseult.
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  • 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.
    Rebecca at The Marlowe TheatreMon 30 Mar - Sat 4 Apr 2015Kneehigh are one of the world's most acclaimed theatre companies and their productions include the international hits Brief Encounter and Tristan and Yseult.

01 March 2015 to 01 March 2015

The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 1 Mar 2015They've skewered history, the Bible and the world's most celebrated playwright, now Reduced Shakespeare Company tackles the subject it was born to reduce.

01 March 2015 to 01 March 2015

Music for a Sunday Afternoon with Paul Young at Canterbury CathedralSun 1 Mar 2015Warlock The Curlew, Mozart Flute Quartet in D, Quantz Sonata in C minor, Vaughan Williams Blake Songs

11 February 2015 to 01 March 2015

Shrek The Musical at The Marlowe TheatreWed 11 Feb - Sun 1 Mar 2015Direct from the West End and larger than life!

04 March 2015 to 04 March 2015

Love's Labour's Won, or Much Ado About Nothing at Gulbenkian CinemaWed 4 Mar 2015Shakespeare's comic romance plays out admist the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party in autumn 1918, as memories of the trenches give way to a life of parties, masked balls and youthful passions.

03 March 2015 to 07 March 2015

Cirque Éloize: Cirkopolis at The Marlowe TheatreTue 3 - Sat 7 Mar 2015Cirque Éloize’s Cirkopolis is an exciting blend of circus, dance and theatre.

08 March 2015 to 08 March 2015

Richard Herring - Lord of the Dance Settee at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 8 Mar 2015Can he revisit the joke thirty years on or will it smash his old bones?

08 March 2015 to 08 March 2015

Simon Amstell: To Be Free at The Marlowe TheatreSun 8 Mar 2015Following sold out residencies in New York and London, Simon Amstell embarks on his fourth international stand up tour - To Be Free.

08 March 2015 to 08 March 2015

Sing-Along-A Frozen at The Marlowe TheatreSun 8 Mar 2015A screenig of Disney's Frozen with lyrics on screen to help you sing along with Elsa and Anna.

09 March 2015 to 09 March 2015

Woody Pines at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 9 Mar 2015Last time North Carolina band Woody Pines toured over here, reviewers unanimously declared them to be one of the most entertaining acts on the Americana circuit.

09 March 2015 to 10 March 2015

Coppélia at The Marlowe TheatreMon 9 - Tue 10 Mar 2015Performed by The Russian State Ballet and Orchestra Of Siberia.

11 March 2015 to 11 March 2015

ENO - La traviata (Live) at Gulbenkian CinemaWed 11 Mar 2015A stunning production of Verdi's masterpiece byEnglish National Opera, which reaches to the heart of the opera's themes of passionate love and tragic death.

11 March 2015 to 12 March 2015

The Nutcracker at The Marlowe TheatreWed 11 - Thu 12 Mar 2015Performed by The Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia.

12 March 2015 to 12 March 2015

Sacconi Quarter, with Grenville Hancox, clarinet at St Gregory's Centre for MusicThu 12 Mar 2015Jonathan Dove - Quartet Out of Time Mozart - String Quartet No 16 in E flat major Brahms - Clarinet Quintet

12 March 2015 to 12 March 2015

NT Live - Behind the Beautiful Forevers (live) at Gulbenkian CinemaThu 12 Mar 2015Meera Syal returns to the National Theatre, directed by Rufus Norris.

13 March 2015 to 14 March 2015

Swan Lake at The Marlowe TheatreFri 13 - Sat 14 Mar 2015Performed by The Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia.

15 March 2015 to 15 March 2015

Joan Armatrading at The Marlowe TheatreSun 15 Mar 2015Joan Armatrading returns to The Marlowe with her solo world tour.

17 March 2015 to 17 March 2015

Royal Opera House - Swan Lake (Live) at Gulbenkian CinemaTue 17 Mar 2015Swan Lake, surely the greatest of all Romantic ballets, is the captivating story of a beautiful woman transformed into a swan, and a heart-rending tribute of the power of love.

17 March 2015 to 21 March 2015

Jeeves & Wooster In Perfect Nonsense at The Marlowe TheatreTue 17 - Sat 21 Mar 2015Direct from the West End. This hilarious production layers joy on joy, joke on joke, in a delightful evening of theatrical absurdity featuring P G Wodehouse’s iconic double act.

22 March 2015 to 22 March 2015

Philharmonia Orchestra at The Marlowe TheatreSun 22 Mar 2015An evening of all-Russian fire and fantasy, from Mussorgsky’s Night on Bare Mountain (as featured in Disney’s Fantasia) to Rimsky-Korsakov’s tale of one thousand and one nights.

23 March 2015 to 23 March 2015

Tiger Lillies -The Very Worst of the Tiger Lillies at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 23 Mar 2015The Grammy nominated Godfathers of alternative cabaret are back on a tour with a show celebrating 25 years of dark and deviant theatrics.

23 March 2015 to 24 March 2015

Beautiful Thing at The Marlowe TheatreMon 23 - Tue 24 Mar 2015Nikolai Foster's celebrated anniversarynproduction of Jonathan Harvey's modern classic Beautiful Thing returns in 2015 to make audiences laugh and cry in equal measure.

25 March 2015 to 25 March 2015

Smoking Apples and Little Cauliflower - CELL at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 25 Mar 2015After being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, Ted goes on the trip of a lifetime... and so does his pet fish.

25 March 2015 to 28 March 2015

The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas at The Marlowe TheatreWed 25 - Sat 28 Mar 2015The Children Touring Partnership present The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas. The world premiere of a powerful and moving production.

28 March 2015 to 28 March 2015

The Marlowe Comedy Cabaret at The Marlowe TheatreSat 28 Mar 2015Our comedy and variety night brings you top stand-up comedy acts and a few surprises! Comedy from headliner Gareth Richards with Fin Taylor, Kevin Shepherd and Hayley Ellis. Contains adult themes and language.

24 March 2015 to 28 March 2015

Arden of Faversham at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableTue 24 - Sat 28 Mar 2015The play depicts the true story of the murder of Thomas Arden by his wife Alice together with her lover, and their subsequent discovery and punishment.

28 March 2015 to 28 March 2015

Martyn Jackson (violin) and Petr Limonov (piano) at St John's Methodist ChurchSat 28 Mar 2015Mozart: Sonata in G major K379 Brahms: Sonata No.1 in G major Op.78 Debussy: Violin Sonata in G minor Bartok: “Ciaccona” from Sonata for solo violin Wieniawski: Faust Fantasy Sibelius: Two Humoresques

29 March 2015 to 29 March 2015

The Simon and Garfunkel Story at The Marlowe TheatreSun 29 Mar 2015Direct from London’s West End, an exceptionally talented cast tell The Simon & Garfunkel Story using original film footage and featuring a live band performing hits including Mrs Robinson, Homeward Bound and Cecilia.

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.

30 March 2015 to 04 April 2015

Rebecca at The Marlowe TheatreMon 30 Mar - Sat 4 Apr 2015Kneehigh are one of the world's most acclaimed theatre companies and their productions include the international hits Brief Encounter and Tristan and Yseult.
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