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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 December 2014 to 01 December 2014

Seabright Productions presents Eric and Little Ern at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 1 Dec 2014This affectionate, moving and fantastically funny homage to the greatest comedy double act that Britain has ever seen vividly brings back warm memories of a bygone era.

01 December 2014 to 01 December 2014

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue at The Marlowe TheatreMon 1 Dec 2014Radio 4's multi award-winning antidote to panel games.

01 December 2014 to 01 December 2014

Mr Turner at Gulbenkian CinemaMon 1 Dec 2014Screened to unanimously ecstatic reviews at Cannes, Mike Leigh's Mr Turner casts a superb Timothy Spall as the great British painter and delineates the last quarter century of his life.

02 December 2014 to 02 December 2014

Rural Consortium of Schools at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 2 Dec 2014Primary Schools Choir and Snowdown Colliery Band. Enjoy a great start to the Christmas Season.

19 November 2014 to 02 December 2014

Oil Paintings at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 19 Nov - Tue 2 Dec 2014Kevin Lord Oil on canvas This is my fourth exhibition at the Horsebridge. Using oul paint is my passion. Landscapes and still life are the subjects which inspire me.

26 November 2014 to 02 December 2014

A Selection of Shiraz Rugs at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 26 Nov - Tue 2 Dec 2014Shiraz Rugs Come and view this beautiful collection.

02 December 2014 to 02 December 2014

Mr Turner at Gulbenkian CinemaTue 2 Dec 2014Screened to unanimously ecstatic reviews at Cannes, Mike Leigh's Mr Turner casts a superb Timothy Spall as the great British painter and delineates the last quarter century of his life.

03 December 2014 to 03 December 2014

Cafe Live - The Fez Comedy Club at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 3 Dec 2014The Fez Comedy Club proudly presents a stellar night of star spangled comedy.

03 December 2014 to 03 December 2014

Poetry, memorials and battlefield tourism at Sidney Cooper GalleryWed 3 Dec 2014Poetry, memorials and battlefield tourism: Commemorating the First World War. Dr Sally Minogue and Dr Andrew Palmer will speak about the ways we commemorate the First World War with words, stone, and travel.

03 December 2014 to 03 December 2014

Festive Strings at St Gregory's Centre for MusicWed 3 Dec 2014The University's String Orchestra (director: Martin Outram) and string chamber groups perform a diverse range of music, including Ireland's atmospheric Downland Suite.

03 December 2014 to 03 December 2014

Mr Turner at Gulbenkian CinemaWed 3 Dec 2014Screened to unanimously ecstatic reviews at Cannes, Mike Leigh's Mr Turner casts a superb Timothy Spall as the great British painter and delineates the last quarter century of his life.

04 December 2014 to 04 December 2014

Jason Byrne In You Name The Show at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 4 Dec 2014As featured on BBC1's Live at the Apollo and IVT's The Royal Variety Show.

04 December 2014 to 04 December 2014

Mr Turner at Gulbenkian CinemaThu 4 Dec 2014Screened to unanimously ecstatic reviews at Cannes, Mike Leigh's Mr Turner casts a superb Timothy Spall as the great British painter and delineates the last quarter century of his life.

04 December 2014 to 04 December 2014

NT ENCORE: Frankenstein (15) at Curzon CanterburyThu 4 Dec 2014NT Live 2014-15 Season: NT Encore: Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein: Jonny Lee Miller as Creature Pre-recorded screening originally broadcast in 2011

05 December 2014 to 05 December 2014

Three Half Pints - A Christmas Carol at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 5 Dec 2014Based on Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol, comedy troupe in residence at Gulbenkian, the Three Half Pints have created their own unique, slapstick and slightly silly version - we guarantee you've never seen it like this before.

05 December 2014 to 05 December 2014

Dancing Day: Christmas Choral Concert at Canterbury CathedralFri 5 Dec 2014The Girl's Choir of Canterbury Cathedral presents a feast of music for the Christmas season.

05 December 2014 to 05 December 2014

Laid Bare Cabaret at The Marlowe TheatreFri 5 Dec 2014Laid Bare Cabaret returns to The Marlowe Theatre Studio after its sell out success in June.

05 December 2014 to 05 December 2014

Head in the Clouds at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreFri 5 Dec 2014Head in the Clouds: The Peregrinations of Marie Marvingt. Fresh from 4 star reviews in Edinburgh, a 'fun and exciting' and 'immensely entertaining piece'. Discover the incredible adventures of one of France's first female aviators.

05 December 2014 to 05 December 2014

Herne Bay Christmas Light Switch OnFri 5 Dec 2014Herne Bay Christmas Light's will be switched on Friday 5th December, Mortimer Street, Herne Bay. Music, entertainment, children's characters and Father Christmas from 4pm. Christmas Lights Switch On at 5.30pm.

05 December 2014 to 05 December 2014

The Rat Pack Show Christmas Special at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableFri 5 Dec 2014The Playhouse Theatre is pleased to welcome back by popular demand ‘The One and Only Rat Pack’ with their special Christmas Show – a fabulous way to start your festive season!

05 December 2014 to 05 December 2014

Music Society End of Term Showcase at Canterbury Christ Church UniversityFri 5 Dec 2014The University's Music Society's diverse ensembles step up with this festive offering for the year's end. All ensembles are directed and rehearsed by students, demonstrating the sheer talent and creative variety fostered by the Society.

05 December 2014 to 05 December 2014

Filmed in Supermarionation at Gulbenkian CinemaFri 5 Dec 2014A mix of newly filmed interviews, rare and unseen archive footage and reconstructions of the Supermarionation techniques, it's all hosted by Lady Penelope.

05 December 2014 to 05 December 2014

With Christmas in Mind at The Beacon CentreFri 5 Dec 2014With Christmas in mind join us for an evening of Christmas music to welcome the festive season.

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

Gerard and the Watchmen at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 6 Dec 2014Rising stars of the UK's Alternative Folk Scene, the band have toured extensively throughout the UK.

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

HMS Kent and 1914 at Canterbury CathedralSat 6 Dec 2014An exhibition to commemorate HMS Kent which served in the Battle of the Falklands in December 1914.

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

Holly Hullabaloo! at WildwoodSat 6 Dec 2014Get ready for Christmas with our festive craft event! Make fun Christmas decorations to take home from natural and recycled materials.

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

Christmas Trees at WildwoodSat 6 Dec 2014A range of beautiful Christmas trees will be available to buy from stock on Saturday 6th December. Order yours in advance from the Wildwood shop.

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

Grubby Gang at WildwoodSat 6 Dec 2014Let your kids go wild in the woodland at Grubby Gang! Get your kids out into the woodland to learn all about animals and nature, and to get grubby! There are different activities each week including games, dens, bushcraft and mud sculptures

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

Christmas Conservation Task Day at Westgate GardensSat 6 Dec 2014Take part in our Christmas conservation coppicing task on Bingley Island. Hot drinks and mince pies provided!

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

Christmas with the Crooner at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 6 Dec 2014We are delighted that Martin has once again chosen to perform his festive show ‘Christmas with The Crooner’ at the Horsebridge. Last year’s show was an enormous success.

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

Christmas Fair at Westgate HallSat 6 Dec 2014Gift stalls, entertainment, food and festive fun for the whole community.

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

Gospel Choir at Canterbury Christ Church UniversitySat 6 Dec 2014The University's acclaimed Gospel Choir (director: Vince Peilow) kick-starts your celebration of Christmas with joyful music by Kirk Franklin, Hezekiah Walker, Bazil Meade, Mark Beswick and more.

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

Christmas with the Pops Orchestra at St Gregory's Centre for MusicSat 6 Dec 2014The Music Society's acclaimed Pops Orchestra (director: Dan Tomkinson) is joined by another Society ensemble, Cantiamo, to bring you traditional Christmas sounds along with a selection of Christmas television favourites.

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

A Christmas Carol 3D at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 6 Dec 2014Robert Zemeckis' animated re-envisioning of the classic Scrooge tale, with the voices of Jim Carrey, colin Firth and Gary Oldman.

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

Christmas Fair at Goodnestone Park GardensSat 6 Dec 2014The Goodnestone Park Christmas Fair 2014 will be held on Saturday 6 December between 10am and 2pm. There will be 28 stallholders from all over the country made up of gifts in the FitzWalter Room & food in the tearoom.

06 December 2014 to 07 December 2014

Meet Santa at WildwoodSat 6 - Sun 7 Dec 2014Meet Santa in his wonderous woodland grotto at Wildwood! every child gets a special present (assuming they've been good!).

22 November 2014 to 12 December 2014

'Despite Efficiency:Labour' at Herbert Read GallerySat 22 Nov - Fri 12 Dec 2014Despite Efficiency aspires to create a (working) space where these ideas can be played out in different formats and shapes, independently of their utility.

03 December 2014 to 16 December 2014

Jean Markham's Christmas Exhibition at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 3 - Tue 16 Dec 2014Paintings, Prings and Cards Bright colours to cheer you up.

12 November 2014 to 17 December 2014

Remembering, we Forget at Sidney Cooper GalleryWed 12 Nov - Wed 17 Dec 2014Remembering, we Forget; Poets, Artists and the First World War. This exhibition has been structured round key poems of the First World War, by poets such as Vera Brittain, Ivor Gurney, David Jones and Siegfried Sassoon.

12 September 2014 to 19 December 2014

KCA Health Walks at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 12 Sep - Fri 19 Dec 2014Move to improve health walk caters for various levels of fitness and both experienced and new walkers are very welcome.

01 December 2014 to 22 December 2014

Made in Whitstable at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreMon 1 - Mon 22 Dec 2014Select members from Made in Whitstable present a collection of art and craft for the Christmas period.

22 November 2014 to 23 December 2014

Meet Santa! at Whitefriars Shopping CentreSat 22 Nov - Tue 23 Dec 2014Santa's Grotto will be open from 22 November to 23 December, 10am to 5pm. You will find the entrance to his Grotto behind our Christmas Market cabins, where you will be able to view the winners of our Christmas windows schools competition.

01 December 2014 to 23 December 2014

Christmas Party at The Veg Box CaféMon 1 - Tue 23 Dec 2014Have a Christmas party with a difference at The Veg Box Cafe. We are now taking bookings of between 20 and 40 people. For just £20 a head you get the whole cafe to yourselves including staff and a licensed bar.

01 December 2014 to 24 December 2014

Christmas Lunches at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge at Canterbury TalesMon 1 - Wed 24 Dec 2014A brand new opportunity to literally follow in the footsteps of Chaucer's pilgrims this Christmas!

20 November 2014 to 28 December 2014

Whitefriars Christmas Market at Whitefriars Shopping CentreThu 20 Nov - Sun 28 Dec 2014The Whitefriars Christmas Market is bigger and better this year, with over 35 colourful cabins selling festive produce, gifts and decorations, in addition to our 60+ top brand stores.

01 December 2014 to 31 December 2014

Christmas Events at Canterbury Cathedral LodgeMon 1 - Wed 31 Dec 2014The ideal location to celebrate Christmas with family, friends and colleagues! Once again we will be offering our ever popular festive events in 2014.

01 May 2014 to 31 December 2014

Armchair Artist Residency at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 1 May - Wed 31 Dec 2014Holder and Lamoon, practicing artists, will be working together to make new works in response to the eclectic objects to be found in the galleries.

06 September 2014 to 04 January 2015

Alternative Stories at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 6 Sep 2014 - Sun 4 Jan 2015A display of altered books crafted in response to an open call for artists to create works of art by modifying a book.

06 September 2014 to 04 January 2015

In Remembrance at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 6 Sep 2014 - Sun 4 Jan 2015Images, objects and words from the First World War to commemorate the centenary of its outbreak, and the role played by local people, in particular Voluntary Aid Detachment nurses and The Buffs (East Kent Regiment).

28 November 2014 to 11 January 2015

Aladdin at The Marlowe TheatreFri 28 Nov 2014 - Sun 11 Jan 2015This Christmas, take a magic carpet ride to the Far East with our hilarious, fun-packed family pantomime, Aladdin.

22 November 2014 to 18 January 2015

Winter exhibition at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 22 Nov 2014 - Sun 18 Jan 2015Warm yourself by the cultural fireside that is the Front Room's selling Winter exhibition, celebrating all aspects of the season.

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.
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