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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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01 May 2015 to 01 May 2015

Swanhunter at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 1 May 2015Based on a tale from the Finnish folk epic the Kalevala, Swanhunter is a chamber opera written by the composer and librettist of Opera North's hugely successful The Adventures of Pinocchio.

01 May 2015 to 01 May 2015

Stewart Francis: Pun Gent at The Marlowe TheatreFri 1 May 2015The star of Mock The Week, Michael McIntyre's Roadshow and Live At The Apollo.

01 May 2015 to 01 May 2015

A Strange Wild Song at The Marlowe TheatreFri 1 May 2015War through a child's eyes. Northern France. WWII. Three children encounter a lost American soldier. Decades later, the soldier’s camera is unearthed and his grandson tries to solve the mystery of the photographs inside.

01 May 2015 to 01 May 2015

Bethany Gilchrist Comedy Fundraiser at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreFri 1 May 2015Comics Mark Silcox and Lee McQueen are among the line-up in this comedy night organised by local teenager Bethany Gilchrist.

01 May 2015 to 01 May 2015

Dub Pistols - The Return of The Pistoleros at The Kings HallFri 1 May 2015join Dub Pistols and The Boxing Octopus once more...

01 May 2015 to 01 May 2015

Spiegeltent Speakeasy at Westgate HallFri 1 May 2015A heady cabaret cocktail of hilarious comedy, cutting edge variety, jaw dropping circus and beautiful burlesque, all wrapped up by dancing the night away with the fantastic KD Jazz & Dance Orchestra to keep our hips swaying and toes tapping

01 May 2015 to 01 May 2015

Armchair Artist in Residence - Rob Turner at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 1 May 2015Our new Armchair Artist, Rob Turner, will be in residence between May - August 2015.

02 May 2015 to 02 May 2015

Swanhunter at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 2 May 2015Based on a tale from the Finnish folk epic the Kalevala, Swanhunter is a chamber opera written by the composer and librettist of Opera North's hugely successful The Adventures of Pinocchio.

02 May 2015 to 02 May 2015

Brighouse And Rastrick Band at The Marlowe TheatreSat 2 May 2015Founded more than 130 years ago, the Brighouse And Rastrick Band are regarded by many as one of the best brass bands in the world. Enjoy the stirring sound as this highly-acclaimed band perform a host of popular classics.

02 May 2015 to 02 May 2015

Lisa Knapp at The Marlowe TheatreSat 2 May 2015The award-winning folk artist. Lisa performs tacks from her EP A Branch of May, with tracks inspired by the spring season. Her beguiling voice and sense of musical adventure are best experienced live.

02 May 2015 to 02 May 2015

An Evening with Frank and Ella at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 2 May 2015In the centenary year of Sinatra's birth, popular local singer Martin Croones pays tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes.

02 May 2015 to 02 May 2015

Jimmy Jones - The Return of the Guvnor at The Kings HallSat 2 May 2015The Godfather of adult comedy comes to Herne Bay!

25 April 2015 to 02 May 2015

Radio Arts Book Workshops at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 25 Apr - Sat 2 May 2015Join artists' collective Radio Arts for a free workshop running over two Saturdays, led by Magz Hall and Jim Backhouse.

02 May 2015 to 02 May 2015

03 May 2015 to 03 May 2015

Annabelle's Skirtingboard Adventure at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 3 May 2015Annabelle's Skirtingboard Adventure is a brand new theatre show for young children which combines animation, film and music, all created live before the audience.

07 April 2015 to 03 May 2015

Victorian and Edwardian Theatre Exhibition at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 7 Apr - Sun 3 May 2015This public exhibition launch marks the final assessment on the second-year Drama module 'Victorian and Edwardian Theatre'.

03 May 2015 to 03 May 2015

Jack in the Green Story Time at WildwoodSun 3 May 2015Make a woodland garland, hear our magical spring story and meet our hand-reared owl at the wishing tree.

03 May 2015 to 03 May 2015

Hare's Moon Night Tour at WildwoodSun 3 May 2015See our animals under the moonlight on a guided tour.

03 May 2015 to 04 May 2015

Pat-a-Lamb at Mount Ephraim GardensSun 3 - Mon 4 May 2015Make friends with our cuddly lambs and see Mount Ephraim when spring is in full swing and the ten acres of gardens are bursting into bloom. A fun day out for all the family with craft demonstrations, story-telling and an Animal Trail.

03 May 2015 to 04 May 2015

Yamato Drummers Of Japan: Bakuon at The Marlowe TheatreSun 3 - Mon 4 May 2015Yamato’s acclaimed performances of authentic Japanese Taiko drumming awaken all five senses in this explosive production.

11 April 2015 to 04 May 2015

Animal Magic at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 11 Apr - Mon 4 May 2015Animal Magic: a celebration of birds, beasts and bugs!

05 May 2015 to 05 May 2015

Paul Merton's Impro Chums at The Marlowe TheatreTue 5 May 2015Paul Merton and his world-renowned Impro Chums will create a new and unique comedy show, based entirely on suggestions from the audience.

29 April 2015 to 05 May 2015

Fusion One at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 29 Apr - Tue 5 May 2015Gail Robins Gail's vibrant abstract paintings draw from the various languages of abstraction, geometric, hard edge, expressionist etc. By a process of 'fusion', she looks to find something fresh.

05 May 2015 to 05 May 2015

Royal Opera House - La Fille Mal Gardee (live) at Gulbenkian CinemaTue 5 May 2015Frederick Ashton's final full-length ballet is one of his most joyous creations, inspired by his love for the Suffolk countryside.

05 May 2015 to 05 May 2015

PVRI Charity Concert Festival Chamber Orchestra at Colyer-Fergusson BuildingTue 5 May 2015Internationally acclaimed conductor Stephen Barlow and the FCO present an evening of orchestral classics.

06 May 2015 to 06 May 2015

Don Q at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 6 May 2015Flintlock Theatre bring their signature high-energy storytelling to this re-imagining of Cervantes' classic tale

06 May 2015 to 06 May 2015

Dylan Moran at The Marlowe TheatreWed 6 May 2015Dylan Moran star of Black Books, Shaun Of The Dead and Calvary is back with his new stand up show.

06 May 2015 to 06 May 2015

Reading Series: Sophie Hannah at Sidney Cooper GalleryWed 6 May 2015Enjoy the gallery's current exhibition with a glass of wine before the event begins. Sophie Hannah.

07 May 2015 to 07 May 2015

Faulty Towers Dining Experience at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 7 May 2015Following a tremendous year that included sold-out seasons in Canada, Sydney Opera House and Edinburgh Fringe, Australia's much feted tribute to the BBC's best-loved sitcom continues to tour the world.

07 May 2015 to 07 May 2015

Jools Holland And His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra at The Marlowe TheatreThu 7 May 2015A genuine British musical legend, Jools will be joined by his renowned Rhythm & Blues Orchestra for a night of brilliant entertainment and stunning musicianship.

07 May 2015 to 07 May 2015

The Piano Man at The Marlowe TheatreThu 7 May 2015What makes a man need to forget who he is?

07 May 2015 to 07 May 2015

Horsebridge Film: Casablanca at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreThu 7 May 2015Humphrey Bogart is Rick Blaine, an American whose bar is the gathering place for everyone from the French Police to the Nazis.

08 May 2015 to 08 May 2015

Dan Webster at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 8 May 2015A seasoned English singer-songwriter, his music is influenced by sounds and story telling traditions of American and British Folk music, Americana and Rock and Roll.

08 May 2015 to 08 May 2015

Informal Concert at Canterbury CathedralFri 8 May 2015Performed by Alex Caldon, Alexandra Reid and David Flood.

08 May 2015 to 08 May 2015

Shackleton's Cat at The Marlowe TheatreFri 8 May 2015The latest of English Touring Opera’s celebrated productions for children.

08 May 2015 to 08 May 2015

La Bohème at The Marlowe TheatreFri 8 May 2015English Touring Opera present one of the best-loved of all operas.

08 May 2015 to 08 May 2015

The Westgate Parks Remembered at Canterbury Christ Church UniversityFri 8 May 2015A night to remember! Watch old footage of the Westgate Parks and surrounding area in the comfort of the Powell Lecture Theatre, Canterbury Christ Church University. Introductory talk by Dr Jake Weekes from Canterbury Archaeological Trust.

09 May 2015 to 09 May 2015

The Demon Barbers - Disco At The Tavern Tour at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 9 May 2015Renowned for their no holds barred approach to their live shows The Demon Barbers return to the concert stage with a new repertoire, extra band members and a modern twist to their multi-award winning Roadshow.

09 May 2015 to 09 May 2015

Verdi: Requiem at Canterbury CathedralSat 9 May 2015This concert is in celebration of the life of Duncan John Perkins 1945 - 2014 who was a renowned bass singer and long standing lay - clerk in the Cathedral Choir. He sang the bass solos in this work many times.

09 May 2015 to 09 May 2015

The Siege Of Calais at The Marlowe TheatreSat 9 May 2015English Touring Opera present one of its best kept secrets.

09 May 2015 to 09 May 2015

Switched On - A Radiophonic Happening at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 9 May 2015Switched On is a unique live event hosted by Radio Arts, presenting the work of an array of cutting edge sonic and visual experimenters.

29 April 2015 to 12 May 2015

Seas Spring Tide at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 29 Apr - Tue 12 May 2015Sixteen members of South East Artists, both established and new, unveil a variety of original works. There are delights to discover amongst a range of painting, collage, sculpture, ceramics, fused glass, photography, mosaics and textiles.

06 May 2015 to 12 May 2015

Innate Dwellings Whitstable at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 6 - Tue 12 May 2015Selina Firth An exploration of hearth and terrain in paintings and giclée prints by a local painter.

17 April 2015 to 16 May 2015

Cedric Christie: Massive Retrospective - Up To Now at Sidney Cooper GalleryFri 17 Apr - Sat 16 May 2015Cedric Christie’s work explores a broad range of cultural and art historical references, often using humour and irony as subtle vehicles of communication.

02 April 2015 to 31 May 2015

Letting in the Light: Ben Sands, a retrospective at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 2 Apr - Sun 31 May 2015Special exhibition exploring the wonderful and distinctive work of East Kent printmaker Ben Sands and his Shoestring Press.

02 April 2015 to 31 May 2015

Catching Lives – City Ciphers: an installation at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 2 Apr - Sun 31 May 2015For the City Ciphers arts project, clients at Catching Lives open centre for homeless people in Canterbury worked with community artists to create an intriguing city trail.

09 May 2015 to 07 June 2015

Sense of Place at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 9 May - Sun 7 Jun 2015UCA’s students in Graphic Design respond to the themes of Home and Away: Eduardo Paolozzi’s General Dynamic F.U.N & photographs of SE England by Tony Ray-Jones, especially the Ray Jones images, with an exhibition about a sense of place. Stu

04 May 2015 to 28 June 2015

POST NUDE at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreMon 4 May - Sun 28 Jun 2015The Horsebridge Centre's quirkiest open exhibition returns by popular demand! We invite nude postcards to be popped into a regular postbox and sent to the centre. Entry guidelines are available at the front desk or on the website.

09 May 2015 to 23 August 2015

Home and Away: Eduardo Paolozzi's General Dynamic at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 9 May - Sun 23 Aug 2015Bringing together two bodies of work by British artists from the second half of the 1960s. General Dynamic F.U.N. is one of Eduardo Paolozzi’s great print series and Tony Ray-Jones was drawing on the example of the new American photography.

01 May 2015 to 31 August 2015

Poet in Residence: Canterbury Roman Museum - Gary at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 1 May - Mon 31 Aug 2015Gary is a writer and visual artist with long-term connections to Canterbury.

01 April 2015 to 01 September 2015

New Park Trails! at Westgate GardensWed 1 Apr - Tue 1 Sep 2015Pick up our Spring and Summer trail sheets from the Canterbury Umbrella Centre, St. Peter's Street, Canterbury 10am - 3pm Monday - Saturday from 1st April to 1st September.

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