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

<July 2015>

01 July 2015 to 01 July 2015

ENO - Carman (LIVE) at Gulbenkian CinemaWed 1 Jul 2015English National Opera presents Carmen (LIVE) by Bizet. Probably the most popular opera in the world.

23 June 2015 to 04 July 2015

Barnum at The Marlowe TheatreTue 23 Jun - Sat 4 Jul 2015Barnum's the name, P T Barnum, and I want to tell you that tonight, on this stage, you are going to see - bar none - every sight, wonder and miracle that name stands for!

05 July 2015 to 05 July 2015

A Gloriously Vintage Day Out at Mount Ephraim GardensSun 5 Jul 2015Its back again!!! A Gloriously Vintage Day Out is back for 2015!!! Come along and enjoy a Vintage Day with Retro Clothing, Homeware Stalls and a Vintage Wedding Section for you brides to be!!

05 July 2015 to 05 July 2015

Royal Opera House - Guillaume Tell (live) at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 5 Jul 2015The opera's theme is liberty, as exemplified in the struggle against Austrian occupation led by the Swiss archer and patriot Guillaume Tell.

07 July 2015 to 11 July 2015

Dead Simple at The Marlowe TheatreTue 7 - Sat 11 Jul 2015From the creators of The Perfect Murder.

08 July 2015 to 11 July 2015

The Rights Of Others at The Marlowe TheatreWed 8 - Sat 11 Jul 2015It's a long walk to freedom. Are we nearly there yet?

11 July 2015 to 11 July 2015

The Friends of Westgate Parks Open Day at Westgate GardensSat 11 Jul 2015The Friends of Westgate Parks Open Day and Community Archaeological Dig Lots of activities and entertainment for all the family to enjoy including: Falconry Displays, Archery, Punch and Judy shows, Dance Displays and Live Music.

11 July 2015 to 11 July 2015

Stepping Out 2 Night at The Kings HallSat 11 Jul 2015Come and enjoy a social evening of Ballroom, Latin American, Argentine Tango and Sequence dancing.

12 July 2015 to 12 July 2015

Justin Hayward at The Marlowe TheatreSun 12 Jul 2015An intimate evening with music legend Justin Hayward.

13 July 2015 to 13 July 2015

Kevin Bridges: A Whole Different Story at The Marlowe TheatreMon 13 Jul 2015Kevin Bridges returns to the road with a brand new show A Whole Different Story.

14 July 2015 to 14 July 2015

Jimmy Carr: Funny Business at The Marlowe TheatreTue 14 Jul 2015Jimmy Carr brings his brand-new stand up show to The Marlowe.

14 July 2015 to 14 July 2015

Going On A Bear Hunt! at WildwoodTue 14 Jul 2015Bring your singing voices and join in a bear hunt through the woods to find the bear's cave, then RUN! Take home a paper bear to remind you of your escape.

15 July 2015 to 16 July 2015

Spires Academy Dance Showcase at The Marlowe TheatreWed 15 - Thu 16 Jul 2015The biggest and best dance showcase hosted by Spires Academy takes to the stage for the fourth year running.

16 July 2015 to 16 July 2015

NT Live - Everyman at Gulbenkian CinemaThu 16 Jul 2015BAFTA winner and Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor takes the title role in this dynamic new production of one of English drama's oldest plays.

14 July 2015 to 17 July 2015

WCCA 2015 at CanterburyTue 14 - Fri 17 Jul 2015Warnborough College's Third Annual Internation Conference on the Arts (WCCA 2015) will take place from the evening of 14 July through 17 July 2015. This year's conference theme is 'Art as Illusion'.

18 July 2015 to 18 July 2015

Frankly Sinatra at The Marlowe TheatreSat 18 Jul 2015Stephen Triffitt, the world's number one Sinatra, celebrates the centenary of the greatest singer of the 20th century.

16 July 2015 to 18 July 2015

Theatrecraft present Canterbury Tales at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableThu 16 - Sat 18 Jul 2015Theatrecraft return to the Playhouse with a performance authored by Geoffrey Chaucer, Michael Bogdanov and Phil Woods.

19 July 2015 to 19 July 2015

Dead Ivor And His Leading Ladies at The Marlowe TheatreSun 19 Jul 2015The Marlowe Friends Committee presents Dear Ivor And His Leading Ladies. An affectionate tribute to Ivor Novello, one of the best-loved figures in the history of British theatre.

02 July 2015 to 19 July 2015

Magna Carta Rediscovered at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 2 - Sun 19 Jul 2015On the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta Kent unveils one of its hidden treasures! Visitors will have the thrill of seeing an original reissue of the document from 1300 on display in the Beaney.

22 July 2015 to 22 July 2015

The Paperboys at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 22 Jul 2015Formed by Mexican born, Tom Landa in the mid-nineties in Vancouver. In a music scene dominated by flannel and grunge, Tom had a vision of forming a band that fused Folk, Celtic and Bluegrass music with Pop and Rock.

22 July 2015 to 22 July 2015

RSCLive - The Merchant of Venice at Gulbenkian CinemaWed 22 Jul 2015The Merchant of Venice will be directed by Polly Findlay, in her first Shakespeare production for the RSC.

23 July 2015 to 23 July 2015

Dougie MacLean at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 23 Jul 2015Folk in the Barn in association with Gulbenkian present Dougie MacLean. Support Toby Shaer.

20 July 2015 to 25 July 2015

Dreamboats And Miniskirts at The Marlowe TheatreMon 20 - Sat 25 Jul 2015The sequel to the smash-hit musical Dreamboats and Petticoats.

23 July 2015 to 25 July 2015

The Kent Beer Festival at Merton FarmThu 23 - Sat 25 Jul 2015The Kent Beer Festival is the second oldest CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) festival in Britain.

26 July 2015 to 26 July 2015

Burt Butler and his Jazz Pilgrims at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableSun 26 Jul 2015This annual and popular jazz on a summer night is now in its 31st year - trad jazz at its best - a six-piece traditional Jazz Band with vocalist Lyn Falvey who puts the 'icing on the cake'.

26 July 2015 to 26 July 2015

NT Live - Everyman at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 26 Jul 2015BAFTA winner and Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor takes the title role in this dynamic new production of one of English drama's oldest plays.

29 July 2015 to 29 July 2015

Canterbury Songwriters' Circle at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 29 Jul 2015Beautiful Town Music in association with Gulbenkian present Canterbury Songwriters' Circle.

29 July 2015 to 30 July 2015

Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom at The Marlowe TheatreWed 29 - Thu 30 Jul 2015A magical show from the makers of Peppa Pig.

31 July 2015 to 31 July 2015

Soul Legends at The Marlowe TheatreFri 31 Jul 2015The smash-hit, stateside spectacular featuring more soul classics than any other production returns.

25 July 2015 to 31 July 2015

Whitstable Oyster FestivalSat 25 - Fri 31 Jul 2015Traditional events, such as the historic Landing of the Oysters, the colourful seafood themed Oyster Parade, as well as the bustling Harbour Food Fair and the Firework Finale.

31 July 2015 to 31 July 2015

Stained Glass Talk and Afternoon Tea at Canterbury Cathedral LodgeFri 31 Jul 2015We are delighted that Léonie Seliger, Director of Stained Glass, will talk about the rescue of the precious 12th and 13th century Ancestor figures from the Cathedral's largest window. Afterwards enjoy a full afternoon tea.

18 May 2015 to 23 August 2015

The Ancestors at Canterbury CathedralMon 18 May - Sun 23 Aug 2015This summer a collection of the Cathedral's earliest and most important examples of stained glass will go on public display. The Ancestors will exhibit a series of life-size figures representing the Ancestors of Christ.

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 30 August 2015

Poet in Residence: Canterbury Roman Museum at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 1 May - Sun 30 Aug 2015Gary Studley is a writer and visual artist with long-term connections to Canterbury.

01 May 2015 to 31 August 2015

Armchair Artist in Residence - Rob Turner at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 1 May - Mon 31 Aug 2015Our new Armchair Artist, Rob Turner, will be in residence between May - August 2015.

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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