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


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


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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What's On

<May 2015>

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

10 May 2015 to 10 May 2015

Bee Day at WildwoodSun 10 May 2015Meet Wildwood's bee keeper John Holmes as he checks the bees that make our honey and then make fun bee crafts.

10 May 2015 to 10 May 2015

Berliner Philharmoniker (live) at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 10 May 2015Conductor Mariss Jansons presents a colourful programme of music by Bartók, Ravel and Shostakovich's Second Violin Concerto with Frank Peter Zimmermann as the soloist.

12 May 2015 to 12 May 2015

Linda Smith Lecture - Mark Thomas at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 12 May 2015The first annual Linda Smith lecture will be given by Mark Thomas, a friend and colleague of Linda and one of the most exciting and innovative political comedians working today.

14 May 2015 to 14 May 2015

NT Live - Man and Superman at Gulbenkian CinemaThu 14 May 2015Ralph Finnes plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw's witty, provocative classic.

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.

17 May 2015 to 17 May 2015

Midge Ure and India Electric Co - Breathe Again at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 17 May 2015After the successful reformation of Ultravox in 2009, Midge feels it's time to revisit his Celtic roots, and will perform Breathe in its entirety for the first time in 2015.

17 May 2015 to 17 May 2015

Springtime in a Canterbury WoodSun 17 May 2015Discover the delights of flowering plants, nectar seeking insects and family-focused birds. Learn how the woodland is mangaed to benefit the rich flora and fauna.

18 May 2015 to 18 May 2015

Norsesome at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 18 May 2015Temple Theatre present all the greatest Viking myths packed into one unforgettable hour.

19 May 2015 to 19 May 2015

Photo Day at WildwoodTue 19 May 2015A day of wildlife photography with expert tuition from our resident photographer. Suitable for all levels and abilities. Gift vouchers also available.

19 May 2015 to 19 May 2015

ENO - The Pirates of Penzance (live) at Gulbenkian CinemaTue 19 May 2015Gilbert and Sullivan's popular comic opera features much-loved favourites including A Policeman's Lot is Not a Happy One and I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General.

21 May 2015 to 21 May 2015

Matt Forde: 24 Hour Political Party People at The Marlowe TheatreThu 21 May 2015Following a sell-out run in Edinburgh, Matt comes back to celebrate the great and the good (and Ed Miliband).

21 May 2015 to 21 May 2015

National Theatre Live - Encore The Hard Problem at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableThu 21 May 2015Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brainscience institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness?

11 May 2015 to 23 May 2015

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time at The Marlowe TheatreMon 11 - Sat 23 May 2015Winner of seven 2013 Olivier Awards, this highly-acclaimed National Theatre production comes to Canterbury.

23 May 2015 to 23 May 2015

Stepping Out 2 Night at The Kings HallSat 23 May 2015Come and enjoy a social evening of Ballroom, Latin American, Argentine Tango and Sequence dancing.

24 May 2015 to 24 May 2015

Rapunzel at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 24 May 2015A delightful production for children about the curiosity and joys of growing up, risk taking and discovering who you are.

25 May 2015 to 25 May 2015

Arabian Nights at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 25 May 2015Come and enjoy Ali Baba's encounter with the 40 thieves along with Aladdin and his lamp, the Little Beggar and the Fisherman and the Genie.

25 May 2015 to 25 May 2015

Rocking Rockpooling - Family Event at Reculver Country Park & Reculver TowersMon 25 May 2015Explore the rocky shore, hunt for marine creatures and discover how they have adapted to this extreme environment. Wellies or sturdy footwear (you may get wet), uneven slope to shore, shingle, slippery rocks.

26 May 2015 to 26 May 2015

Bug Hunters at WildwoodTue 26 May 2015Go on a bug hunt to help us find the minibeasts living in the woods, then make cool bug crafts to take home.

27 May 2015 to 27 May 2015

Animal Books Day at WildwoodWed 27 May 2015Dress as your favourite animal character, hear some brilliant animal stories and make your own animal bookmark.

28 May 2015 to 28 May 2015

Poo In The Zoo! at WildwoodThu 28 May 2015Find out all about animal poo! Take part in our poo quiz and make a pooing horse to take home!

29 May 2015 to 29 May 2015

Paul Foot: Hovercraft Symphony In Gammon #Major at The Marlowe TheatreFri 29 May 2015Critically acclaimed comedian Paul Foot comes to Canterbury. Heralded by critics, Paul's previous tours have been showered with five star reviews and nominations, credited as masterful (Scotsman) and ingenious (The Australian Herald Sun).

29 May 2015 to 29 May 2015

Wolves' Birthday Bash! at WildwoodFri 29 May 2015It's our wolves' birthday so make wolf crafts and visit their enclosure while they enjoy their birthday cake.

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

Katherine Ryan - Glam Role Model at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 30 May 2015The fresh, often dangerously fierce pop-culture obsessed Canadian, was unaffected by publicized death threats and survived the world's first crack smoking mayor.

26 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

The Pirates Of Penzance at The Marlowe TheatreTue 26 - Sat 30 May 2015Packed with merriment, mayhem and memorable music. Young or old, a G&S buff or new to the genre, this show is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and get you humminh along to some really great tunes.

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

The Marlowe Comedy Cabaret at The Marlowe TheatreSat 30 May 2015Our comedy and variety night brings you top stand-up comedy acts and a few surprises!

31 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

With Laughing Song and Merry at The Marlowe TheatreSun 31 May 2015The Marlowe Friends Committee presents With Laughing Song and Merry Dance. An evening to delight fans of Gilbert and Sullivan.

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.

30 May 2015 to 13 June 2015

BA Fine and Applied Arts/BA Visual Art and Design at Sidney Cooper GallerySat 30 May - Sat 13 Jun 2015Graduating students from our art degree programmes will showcase their work in the Sidney Cooper Gallery and painting studios, Augustine House and the Augustine Art Centre.

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