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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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11 April 2015 to 11 April 2015

Philharmonia Orchestra at The Marlowe TheatreSat 11 Apr 2015Nielsen’s sound-world is filled with the forests, seas and mesmerising shore-lines of his native Denmark.

25 April 2014 to 25 April 2014

Midday Recital at Canterbury CathedralFri 25 Apr 2014Midday Recital performed by Christelijk Koor Vereniging Sonabile Apeldoorn in the Quire.

29 March 2014 to 27 April 2014

Lure: Kate MccGwire at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 29 Mar - Sun 27 Apr 2014Alluring, uncanny and sensual coiled forms of shimmering plumage characterise the work of Kate MccGwire.

19 April 2014 to 27 April 2014

Radio Arts Showcase at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 19 - Sun 27 Apr 2014Radio Arts has been promoting radio art activity and practice across South East Kent via a series of free public Radio Art workshops in Herne Bay, Canterbury, Margate and Broadstairs.

28 April 2014 to 28 April 2014

Royal Opera House - The Winter's Tale (Live) at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 28 Apr 2014Following his delightful full-length ballet Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Christopher Wheeldon continues his highly successful collaboration with designer Bob Crowley and composer Joby Talbot.

29 April 2014 to 29 April 2014

Cafe Live - Improv4 presents Upstairs Downton at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 29 Apr 2014Upstairs Downton; an improvised spoof episode of a TV period drama.

16 April 2014 to 29 April 2014

South East Artists Group Exhibition at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 16 - Tue 29 Apr 2014SEAS Artists continue this year to exhibit exciting artworks. This latest collection is an opportunity to view and to buy pieces including paintings, mixed media, ceramics, glass, jewellery, photography, sculpture and textiles.

29 April 2014 to 29 April 2014

NHS Blood Donation at The Kings HallTue 29 Apr 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.

30 April 2014 to 30 April 2014

Arts Award Forum at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 30 Apr 2014Moderating and Celebrating Arts Award success - Join young people in celebrating their completed awards and share tip on assessing portfolios and the moderation.

30 April 2014 to 30 April 2014

Our Friends, The Enemy at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 30 Apr 2014Four star play combining theatre and spoken word to capture the remarkable story of the Christmas truce from the First World War.

17 January 2014 to 30 April 2014

Investigating Portraits family trail at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 17 Jan - Wed 30 Apr 2014Take part in a fun, self-guided family trail investigating portraits in the People and Places gallery led by the Little Girl at the Door (a favourite character in one of the paintings).

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.

30 April 2014 to 02 May 2014

Forces of the Cosmos at Eastbridge HospitalWed 30 Apr - Fri 2 May 2014Laura Hepworth - University for the Creative Arts. Forces of the Cosmos.

30 April 2014 to 03 May 2014

Sweeny Todd at The Marlowe TheatreWed 30 Apr - Sat 3 May 2014The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street. A musical thriller presented by Canterbury Operatic Society.

30 April 2014 to 06 May 2014

Motley at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 30 Apr - Tue 6 May 2014From driftwood furniture to fine wire jewellery, from joyful abstract paintings to dramatic seascapes, there is something for everyone in this exhibition. So... on with the motley!

30 April 2014 to 06 May 2014

In the Garden at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 30 Apr - Tue 6 May 2014Spring is in the air! A festival of colourful felt and textiles awaits you. Exciting and exquiste pieces for you, your home and your garden!

27 March 2014 to 18 May 2014

East Kent Printmakers at Whitstable Museum and GalleryThu 27 Mar - Sun 18 May 2014An exciting new exhibition of prints by artists living or working in East Kent, with many of the works for sale. Special pop-up gallery featuring the wonderful and distinctive work of Ben Sands.

27 March 2014 to 01 June 2014

East Kent Printmakers at Herne Bay Museum and GalleryThu 27 Mar - Sun 1 Jun 2014Prints by artists living or working in East Kent, including works for sale. Fun family drop-in activity to accompany the exhibition.

03 April 2014 to 08 June 2014

Art in miniature: hand-decorated eggs from Romania at Whitstable Museum and GalleryThu 3 Apr - Sun 8 Jun 2014A rare chance to see a glorious collection of Romanian hand-decorated eggs, on loan from the Horniman Museum and Gardens in London, for two months.

29 March 2014 to 06 July 2014

Of Mice and Men: Drawings by Brian Francis at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 29 Mar - Sun 6 Jul 2014Selected drawings from the recent bequest to Canterbury Museums by Brian Francis (1935-2013). Meticulously detailed and skilled, the drawings include studies from nature of plants, stones, insects and small animals.

25 April 2014 to 25 April 2014

The Energy Show at The Marlowe TheatreFri 25 Apr 2014Science Museum Live presents The Energy Show: explosive family theatre for curious minds.

25 April 2014 to 25 April 2014

Kavalkade Of Kern at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableFri 25 Apr 2014Herne Bay Musical Theatre Society Present... Kavalkade Of Kern. A show telling the story of Jerome Kern's life in words and song.

25 April 2014 to 25 April 2014

Wise Words for Wellbeing - Poetry Workshops at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 25 Apr 2014We will read and discuss poems and stories that can help on life’s journey, and do some writing in response. No experience is necessary – you can participate as much or as little as you like. Service Users welcome.

25 April 2014 to 25 April 2014

KCA Move to Improve Health Walk at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 25 Apr 2014Move to improve health walk caters for various levels of fitness and both experienced and new walkers are very welcome.

26 April 2014 to 26 April 2014

The Marlowe Comedy Cabaret at The Marlowe TheatreSat 26 Apr 2014Our comedy and variety night brings you top stand-up comedy acts and a few surprises!

26 April 2014 to 26 April 2014

The Energy Show at The Marlowe TheatreSat 26 Apr 2014Science Museum Live presents The Energy Show: explosive family theatre for curious minds.

25 April 2014 to 26 April 2014

Comedy Tour at Canterbury TalesFri 25 - Sat 26 Apr 2014Take a trip to Canterbury in Kent this April and you'll get a rare opportunity to explore this beautiful cathedral city with a twist of humour.

26 April 2014 to 26 April 2014

Espression Arts: Decorative Ceramic Pop Up Studio at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 26 Apr 2014Come along and work with trained artists to select from a range of wonderful ceramic items for painting however you like.

26 April 2014 to 26 April 2014

Sunshine on Leith: Film @ The Horsebridge at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 26 Apr 2014Brit Flick April, a year in classic British filmmaking. Director: Dexter Fletcher | 2013 | Cert PG | 1hrs 40 mins. A jubilant, heartfelt musical about the power of home, the hearth, family and love.

26 April 2014 to 26 April 2014

Kavalkade Of Kern at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableSat 26 Apr 2014Herne Bay Musical Theatre Society Present... Kavalkade Of Kern. A show telling the story of Jerome Kern's life in words and song.

26 April 2014 to 26 April 2014

25 April 2014 to 27 April 2014

Charlie and Lola's Best Bestest Play at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 25 - Sun 27 Apr 2014Don’t miss everyone’s favourite brother and sister, Charlie and Lola, in their extremely everso wonderful stage show!

27 April 2014 to 27 April 2014

Healing Flowers Seminar at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSun 27 Apr 2014Amelia Mulvey Australian Bush Flower Essence. Covering 'What is a flower essence?', 'The place of these flower essences in our lives' and 'The opportunity to make your own bottle of essence'.

04 April 2014 to 27 April 2014

Horsebridge 10 Year Anniversary at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreFri 4 - Sun 27 Apr 2014In April 2004 the Horsebridge Centre was created. This exhibition looks back at the Horsebridge Centre from its contruction, celebrating its journey through the last 10 years and looking forward to its exciting future.

26 April 2014 to 27 April 2014

Craft and Gift Fair at The Kings HallSat 26 - Sun 27 Apr 2014A selection of the finest crafts and gifts Kent has to offer, with unique items to buy plus everything you need to start making crafts yourself.
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