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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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What's On

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  • St Martin's ChurchThu 10 - Fri 11 Sep 2015St. Martins Church: Follow in the footsteps of Queen Bertha of Kent, who prayed here in the 6th century AD. Part Roman, part Saxon, part mediaeval, St. Martin's is the oldest church in continuous use in the English speaking world.
    Greyfriars Franciscan Chapel at Greyfriars ChapelThu 10 - Sat 12 Sep 2015Only remaining building of the first English Franciscan friary, built during the lifetime of St Francis of Assisi. The Greyfriars gardens will be open 10th - 12th September as normal with Chapel being open in the afternoons.
    Kent Wheel at University of Kent Wed 1 Jul - Thu 15 Oct 2015Enjoy panoramic views of the city of Canterbury and see from coast-to-coast, spotting local landmarks including Canterbury Cathedral and the Maunsell Sea Forts at Whitstable.
    Zoar ChapelFri 11 Sep 2015This small chapel is built into one of the bastions of the city wall. Formerly a reservoir for the city of Canterbury, it has been a place of worship for strict and particular Baptists since 1845. The chapel will be open for viewing.
    Fordwich Town HallThu 10 - Sun 13 Sep 2015Built in 1544 during the reign of Henry VIII, this brick and timber framed building was once used as a court room and jail. The Town Hall is still used by the present Town Council for meetings, and it is the oldest and smallest still in use
    CoCo and the Butterfields at Theatre in the ParkFri 11 Sep 2015Colourful, energetic and crowd-stamping, CoCo and the Butterfields express the intimate vibrancy of a village folk fair with powerful vocal melodies and an undercurrent of driving beatbox to deliver catchy songs.
    Poor Priests and Painted Plaster at Canterbury Heritage MuseumFri 11 Sep 2015Discover the story of Canterbury from millions of years ago to the present in one of England's finest surviving medieval buildings, once a hospital for Poor Priests.
    Whitstable's Rich Heritage at Whitstable Museum and GalleryThu 9 Jul - Sun 27 Sep 2015Shipbuilding, the first passenger railway and Whitstable as a popular leisure destination are explored in this new exhibition. Whitstable Museum’s archive has been raided to link early photographs, maps and artefacts with family memories i
    The History Boys at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableTue 8 - Sat 12 Sep 2015An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher.
    Made in Whitstable at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreTue 1 - Wed 30 Sep 2015Makers and artists from the Whitstable collective come together to display a broad and exciting range of arts and crafts.
    The Old Vic's The Crucilble at Gulbenkian CinemaFri 11 Sep 2015From London's West End - Ricard Armitage stars in Arthur Miller's classic American drama, based on Salem's infamous witch trials, brought vivdly to life in this visceral new production.
    Land & Sea at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 9 - Tue 15 Sep 2015Paintings, etchings and drawings by artists based in London and Canterbury, many based on abstract landscape interpretations.
    Make a Flying Exotic Bird at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 1 May - Wed 30 Sep 2015Create your own flying bird using foam and feathers. Can you make it fly from one end of the gallery to the other?
    The Spectacle at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 22 Aug - Sun 13 Sep 2015SKAR (South Kent Artists Reunited) are MA and BA Fine Art UCA graduates. They draw inspiration from the Beaney's long tradition as a Museum and Gallery and meeting place open to all, to create interpretations.
    Canterbury Catch Club Music Exhibition at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 11 Sep 2015In October 1915 the Beaney received a donation of books, music, and artefacts which belonged to the famous Canterbury Catch Club - a lively music club of the 19th century.
    Handbagged at The Marlowe TheatreWed 9 - Sat 12 Sep 2015A brilliant new comedy direct from the West End.
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  • Greyfriars Franciscan Chapel at Greyfriars ChapelThu 10 - Sat 12 Sep 2015Only remaining building of the first English Franciscan friary, built during the lifetime of St Francis of Assisi. The Greyfriars gardens will be open 10th - 12th September as normal with Chapel being open in the afternoons.
    Kent Wheel at University of Kent Wed 1 Jul - Thu 15 Oct 2015Enjoy panoramic views of the city of Canterbury and see from coast-to-coast, spotting local landmarks including Canterbury Cathedral and the Maunsell Sea Forts at Whitstable.
    Fordwich Town HallThu 10 - Sun 13 Sep 2015Built in 1544 during the reign of Henry VIII, this brick and timber framed building was once used as a court room and jail. The Town Hall is still used by the present Town Council for meetings, and it is the oldest and smallest still in use
    Whitstable's Rich Heritage at Whitstable Museum and GalleryThu 9 Jul - Sun 27 Sep 2015Shipbuilding, the first passenger railway and Whitstable as a popular leisure destination are explored in this new exhibition. Whitstable Museum’s archive has been raided to link early photographs, maps and artefacts with family memories i
    The History Boys at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableTue 8 - Sat 12 Sep 2015An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher.
    Aucher Villas at CanterburySat 12 Sep 2015The interior of one of the Aucher Villas which were built in 1869-70 for the Aucher and Cogan Trust, to provide improved housing for clergy widows, previously accommodated in Cogan House.
    Annual Hop Hoodening Service at Canterbury CathedralSat 12 Sep 2015Hop Hoodening is a celebration of the hop harvest, held annually at Canterbury. There is a short service of celebration followed by displays of Morris and Country Dancing in the Precincts.
    Made in Whitstable at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreTue 1 - Wed 30 Sep 2015Makers and artists from the Whitstable collective come together to display a broad and exciting range of arts and crafts.
    Land & Sea at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 9 - Tue 15 Sep 2015Paintings, etchings and drawings by artists based in London and Canterbury, many based on abstract landscape interpretations.
    Make a Flying Exotic Bird at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 1 May - Wed 30 Sep 2015Create your own flying bird using foam and feathers. Can you make it fly from one end of the gallery to the other?
    The Spectacle at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 22 Aug - Sun 13 Sep 2015SKAR (South Kent Artists Reunited) are MA and BA Fine Art UCA graduates. They draw inspiration from the Beaney's long tradition as a Museum and Gallery and meeting place open to all, to create interpretations.
    Beaney Best Bits - Highlights Tour at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 12 Sep 2015Discover highlights from the Beaney's collection, including Thomas Sidney Cooper's 'View of Canterbury from Tonford', and our very own mummified cat, as well as stories about key artworks, artefacts and colourful characters.
    Canterbury Catch Club – in performance at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 12 Sep 2015The Canterbury Catch Club exhibition in the Beaney Drawing Room is further celebrated with a live performance by the successors to the Club musicians: the present-day Lay Clerks of the Cathedral Choir performing gems of the repertoire!
    Handbagged at The Marlowe TheatreWed 9 - Sat 12 Sep 2015A brilliant new comedy direct from the West End.
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  • Kent Wheel at University of Kent Wed 1 Jul - Thu 15 Oct 2015Enjoy panoramic views of the city of Canterbury and see from coast-to-coast, spotting local landmarks including Canterbury Cathedral and the Maunsell Sea Forts at Whitstable.
    Fordwich Town HallThu 10 - Sun 13 Sep 2015Built in 1544 during the reign of Henry VIII, this brick and timber framed building was once used as a court room and jail. The Town Hall is still used by the present Town Council for meetings, and it is the oldest and smallest still in use
    Whitstable's Rich Heritage at Whitstable Museum and GalleryThu 9 Jul - Sun 27 Sep 2015Shipbuilding, the first passenger railway and Whitstable as a popular leisure destination are explored in this new exhibition. Whitstable Museum’s archive has been raided to link early photographs, maps and artefacts with family memories i
    Made in Whitstable at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreTue 1 - Wed 30 Sep 2015Makers and artists from the Whitstable collective come together to display a broad and exciting range of arts and crafts.
    Land & Sea at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 9 - Tue 15 Sep 2015Paintings, etchings and drawings by artists based in London and Canterbury, many based on abstract landscape interpretations.
    Make a Flying Exotic Bird at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 1 May - Wed 30 Sep 2015Create your own flying bird using foam and feathers. Can you make it fly from one end of the gallery to the other?
    The Spectacle at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 22 Aug - Sun 13 Sep 2015SKAR (South Kent Artists Reunited) are MA and BA Fine Art UCA graduates. They draw inspiration from the Beaney's long tradition as a Museum and Gallery and meeting place open to all, to create interpretations.
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10 September 2015 to 11 September 2015

St Martin's ChurchThu 10 - Fri 11 Sep 2015St. Martins Church: Follow in the footsteps of Queen Bertha of Kent, who prayed here in the 6th century AD. Part Roman, part Saxon, part mediaeval, St. Martin's is the oldest church in continuous use in the English speaking world.

10 September 2015 to 12 September 2015

Greyfriars Franciscan Chapel at Greyfriars ChapelThu 10 - Sat 12 Sep 2015Only remaining building of the first English Franciscan friary, built during the lifetime of St Francis of Assisi. The Greyfriars gardens will be open 10th - 12th September as normal with Chapel being open in the afternoons.

01 July 2015 to 15 October 2015

Kent Wheel at University of Kent Wed 1 Jul - Thu 15 Oct 2015Enjoy panoramic views of the city of Canterbury and see from coast-to-coast, spotting local landmarks including Canterbury Cathedral and the Maunsell Sea Forts at Whitstable.

05 September 2015 to 05 September 2015

Joshua's Fundraising Wine and Wisdom at The Institute Hall Sat 5 Sep 2015Joshua's fundraising wine and wisdom at Insitute Hall in Herne on 5th September, 2015. Want come and join the fun and pitch your wits against some others?

11 September 2015 to 11 September 2015

Zoar ChapelFri 11 Sep 2015This small chapel is built into one of the bastions of the city wall. Formerly a reservoir for the city of Canterbury, it has been a place of worship for strict and particular Baptists since 1845. The chapel will be open for viewing.

10 September 2015 to 13 September 2015

Fordwich Town HallThu 10 - Sun 13 Sep 2015Built in 1544 during the reign of Henry VIII, this brick and timber framed building was once used as a court room and jail. The Town Hall is still used by the present Town Council for meetings, and it is the oldest and smallest still in use

04 September 2015 to 06 September 2015

50th Festival at University of Kent Fri 4 - Sun 6 Sep 2015Join in a fun-filled weekend of activities at the University of Kent's 50th Festival on 4, 5 and 6 September. There is a packed programme of musical, sporting and academic activities.

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.

25 July 2015 to 02 September 2015

Create a Roman Laurel Wreath at Canterbury Roman MuseumSat 25 Jul - Wed 2 Sep 2015Create a Roman Laurel Wreath and dress as a Roman Emperor or Empress.

10 September 2015 to 10 September 2015

The Romans Beneath Your Feet at Canterbury Roman MuseumThu 10 Sep 2015Step back in time and beneath the streets of the modern city discover evidence of the bustling Roman town of Durovernum Cantiacorum.

04 September 2015 to 04 September 2015

Beatles vs Stones at Theatre in the ParkFri 4 Sep 2015The VOX Beatles and Not The Rolling Stones!

11 September 2015 to 11 September 2015

CoCo and the Butterfields at Theatre in the ParkFri 11 Sep 2015Colourful, energetic and crowd-stamping, CoCo and the Butterfields express the intimate vibrancy of a village folk fair with powerful vocal melodies and an undercurrent of driving beatbox to deliver catchy songs.

24 August 2015 to 06 September 2015

Elaine Newman, Rob Tunrer and Derek Wright at Bay ART GalleryMon 24 Aug - Sun 6 Sep 2015Elaine Newman, Rob Turner and Derek Wright 'The Artist Next Door'. The work of 3 artists living in the same street ... The Painter, The Photographer, and the Map Maker.

25 July 2015 to 02 September 2015

Create a Medieval pilgrim badge at Canterbury Heritage MuseumSat 25 Jul - Wed 2 Sep 2015Discover the colourful story of Thomas Becket, explore the interactive Medieval Discovery Gallery and create a fun pilgrim badge to take home inspired by those on display.

11 September 2015 to 11 September 2015

Poor Priests and Painted Plaster at Canterbury Heritage MuseumFri 11 Sep 2015Discover the story of Canterbury from millions of years ago to the present in one of England's finest surviving medieval buildings, once a hospital for Poor Priests.

09 July 2015 to 27 September 2015

Whitstable's Rich Heritage at Whitstable Museum and GalleryThu 9 Jul - Sun 27 Sep 2015Shipbuilding, the first passenger railway and Whitstable as a popular leisure destination are explored in this new exhibition. Whitstable Museum’s archive has been raided to link early photographs, maps and artefacts with family memories i

02 September 2015 to 06 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.

25 July 2015 to 02 September 2015

Super Summer Holiday Events! at WildwoodSat 25 Jul - Wed 2 Sep 2015We have lots of fun events for the whold family at Wildwood during the Summer Holidays!

01 September 2015 to 01 September 2015

Bioblitz! at WildwoodTue 1 Sep 2015Join us in a quest to find and identify as many of the living things found in our woodland as possible.

08 September 2015 to 12 September 2015

The History Boys at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableTue 8 - Sat 12 Sep 2015An unruly bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys in pursuit of sex, sport and a place at university. A maverick English teacher at odds with the young and shrewd supply teacher.

12 September 2015 to 12 September 2015

Aucher Villas at CanterburySat 12 Sep 2015The interior of one of the Aucher Villas which were built in 1869-70 for the Aucher and Cogan Trust, to provide improved housing for clergy widows, previously accommodated in Cogan House.

04 September 2015 to 06 September 2015

Wise Words Festival at CanterburyFri 4 - Sun 6 Sep 2015Inspiring wonder and encouraging curiosity through thought provoking talks, music, performances, stories and poetry.

10 September 2015 to 10 September 2015

The Sixteen: The Choral Pilgrimage 2015 at Canterbury CathedralThu 10 Sep 2015The Sixteen takes a trip back to 16th-century Spain and more specifically to one of the biggest, richest and most cosmopolitan cities on earth - Seville.

03 September 2015 to 03 September 2015

NT Live - The Beaux' Stratagem at Gulbenkian CinemaThu 3 Sep 2015Simon Godwin (Man and Superman) directs George Farquhar's wild comedy of love and cash.

10 September 2015 to 10 September 2015

The Great South Window at Canterbury CathedralThu 10 Sep 2015A unique opportunity to see conservation in action as Cathedral stonemasons and stained glass specialists provide a fascinating insight into the repair and restoration of the Cathedral's Great South Window.

10 September 2015 to 10 September 2015

Big Blocks for Bell Harry at Canterbury CathedralThu 10 Sep 2015Meet some of the Cathedral's expert team of stonemasons and see how medieval and modern methods combine. Wheelchair accessible route. For adults and accompanied children age 12+

12 September 2015 to 12 September 2015

Annual Hop Hoodening Service at Canterbury CathedralSat 12 Sep 2015Hop Hoodening is a celebration of the hop harvest, held annually at Canterbury. There is a short service of celebration followed by displays of Morris and Country Dancing in the Precincts.

08 September 2015 to 08 August 2015

Slow West (15) at Gulbenkian CinemaTue 8 Sep - Sat 8 Aug 2015Michael Fassbender stars in John Maclean's terrific revisionist western.

26 August 2015 to 01 September 2015

MAHL at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 26 Aug - Tue 1 Sep 2015Malone, Gadenne, Hughes and Livesey return for a third time with sculpture, landscapes, townscapes and figurative realism. The artists' work for the Hanami Cherry Blossom Festival at Brogdale is included.

01 September 2015 to 30 September 2015

Made in Whitstable at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreTue 1 - Wed 30 Sep 2015Makers and artists from the Whitstable collective come together to display a broad and exciting range of arts and crafts.

05 September 2015 to 05 September 2015

Home 3D at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 5 Sep 2015A funny, inventive and touching new animation featuring the voices of Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez.

01 September 2015 to 01 September 2015

Bastards (12A) at Gulbenkian CinemaTue 1 Sep 2015Every child deserves a future. How an illiterate woman took on tradition, her own family and the Moroccan legal system for the sake of her illegitimate child.

02 September 2015 to 02 September 2015

Bastards (12A) at Gulbenkian CinemaWed 2 Sep 2015Every child deserves a future. How an illiterate woman took on tradition, her own family and the Moroccan legal system for the sake of her illegitimate child.

04 September 2015 to 10 September 2015

45 Years (cert tbc) at Gulbenkian CinemaFri 4 - Thu 10 Sep 2015Andrew Haigh's follow-up to his ecstatically received Weekend has been getting fantastic reviews.

11 September 2015 to 11 September 2015

The Old Vic's The Crucilble at Gulbenkian CinemaFri 11 Sep 2015From London's West End - Ricard Armitage stars in Arthur Miller's classic American drama, based on Salem's infamous witch trials, brought vivdly to life in this visceral new production.

01 September 2015 to 01 September 2015

Big Hero 6 at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreTue 1 Sep 2015Oscar-winning animation film from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind Frozen: a special bond develops between inflatable robot Baymax and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who form a band of high-tech heroes.

09 September 2015 to 09 September 2015

Testament of Youth at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 9 Sep 2015Heartbreakingly moving story of the young Vera Brittain's life-changing experiences in the First World War, based on her best-selling memoir. Alicia Vikander takes the title role.

10 September 2015 to 10 September 2015

Comic Book Club at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreThu 10 Sep 2015A great monthly club for lovers of comics and graphic novels - a heady mix of industry professionals and fans of the artform. Have a beer and read great, inspiring, new or vintage graphic fiction. Contact the centre for future dates.

09 September 2015 to 15 September 2015

Land & Sea at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 9 - Tue 15 Sep 2015Paintings, etchings and drawings by artists based in London and Canterbury, many based on abstract landscape interpretations.

06 June 2015 to 06 September 2015

Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 6 Jun - Sun 6 Sep 2015This exhibition, organised in partnership with Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Canterbury Christ Church University sets the ground-breaking document in the context of Canterbury's people and places. I

01 May 2015 to 30 September 2015

Make a Flying Exotic Bird at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 1 May - Wed 30 Sep 2015Create your own flying bird using foam and feathers. Can you make it fly from one end of the gallery to the other?

22 August 2015 to 13 September 2015

The Spectacle at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 22 Aug - Sun 13 Sep 2015SKAR (South Kent Artists Reunited) are MA and BA Fine Art UCA graduates. They draw inspiration from the Beaney's long tradition as a Museum and Gallery and meeting place open to all, to create interpretations.

12 September 2015 to 12 September 2015

Beaney Best Bits - Highlights Tour at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 12 Sep 2015Discover highlights from the Beaney's collection, including Thomas Sidney Cooper's 'View of Canterbury from Tonford', and our very own mummified cat, as well as stories about key artworks, artefacts and colourful characters.

10 September 2015 to 10 September 2015

Canterbury Catch Club Music Exhibition at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 10 Sep 2015In October 1915 the Beaney received a donation of books, music, and artefacts which belonged to the famous Canterbury Catch Club - a lively music club of the 19th century.

11 September 2015 to 11 September 2015

Canterbury Catch Club Music Exhibition at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 11 Sep 2015In October 1915 the Beaney received a donation of books, music, and artefacts which belonged to the famous Canterbury Catch Club - a lively music club of the 19th century.

12 September 2015 to 12 September 2015

Canterbury Catch Club – in performance at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 12 Sep 2015The Canterbury Catch Club exhibition in the Beaney Drawing Room is further celebrated with a live performance by the successors to the Club musicians: the present-day Lay Clerks of the Cathedral Choir performing gems of the repertoire!

03 September 2015 to 03 September 2015

Cornelius Johnson: Charles I’s Forgotten Painter at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 3 Sep 2015To coincide with her curated exhibition of his work at the National Portrait Gallery (running until Sept 13): Cornelius Johnson: Charles I’s Forgotten Painter, and with a particular focus on his Kentish sitters and work in The Beaney.

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.

01 September 2015 to 05 September 2015

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap at The Marlowe TheatreTue 1 - Sat 5 Sep 2015The legendary, record-breaking smash-hit thriller returns.

09 September 2015 to 12 September 2015

Handbagged at The Marlowe TheatreWed 9 - Sat 12 Sep 2015A brilliant new comedy direct from the West End.

05 September 2015 to 05 September 2015

Sea Story at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 5 Sep 2015Combining dance, storytelling, and music broadcast through our very own 'pirate' radio station, expect storms, shipwrecks, mermaids, jellyfish and a very curious sea creature…

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