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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 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.

08 July 2015 to 08 July 2015

'Ancient Egyptian Festivals' at Christ Church Wed 8 Jul 2015Our next talk will be given by Chris Humber on 'Ancient Egyptian Festivals'. Plus sampling some Egyptian Fare.

05 July 2015 to 05 July 2015

The Wootton Dog Agility and Fun Show at Wootton Cricket FieldSun 5 Jul 2015Dog Agility and Fun Show featuring Police Dog Display Team, Dog Obedience Tea, Trade stands, Tea & Cakes, BBQ, Beer Tent.

04 July 2015 to 04 July 2015

Independence Day at Chartham Village HallSat 4 Jul 2015Independence Day Barn Dance with the Meadow Folk Band and caller Jeanette Peters. Supporting Save the Children and Myeloma UK.

26 June 2015 to 17 July 2015

Room for Negotiation at Herbert Read GalleryFri 26 Jun - Fri 17 Jul 2015This exhibition is concerned with spatial relationships, interdisciplinary practices, and the negotiation of space itself.

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!

03 July 2015 to 03 July 2015

Blast into the Past - the Musical at Theatre in the ParkFri 3 Jul 2015A fun musical for all the family incorporating many popular songs: I Only Want To Be With You, The Wonders Of You, Rock Around The Clock, Stupid Cuipd and many more.

11 July 2015 to 11 July 2015

Lost in Music at Theatre in the ParkSat 11 Jul 2015Lost in Music is a fully professional and really cool live party band who will be recreating the 80s era with all your favourite anthems and dance hits combined with lots of audience participation and dance routines.

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.

29 June 2015 to 05 July 2015

Pauline Doney and Friends at Bay ART GalleryMon 29 Jun - Sun 5 Jul 2015Pauline Doney and friends. Paintings, acrylics and watercolours.

06 July 2015 to 12 July 2015

CT6 Contemporary Art Group 'Little and Large' at Bay ART GalleryMon 6 - Sun 12 Jul 2015Contemporary work relating to 'Small' Sculptures/paintings/prints/textiles and also simultaneously at Beach Creative with the subject 'Large'.

07 July 2015 to 12 July 2015

'Large and Little' at Beach Creative Community Arts CentreTue 7 - Sun 12 Jul 2015'Large and Little' exhibition by CT6 Contemporary Art Group in both Beach Creative and our Little Sister Gallery - Bay Art Gallery. An eclectic mix of paintings/prints/photographs/textiles and sculptures.

04 July 2015 to 04 July 2015

Magna Carta Dinner at Canterbury Cathedral LodgeSat 4 Jul 2015Three course dinner in The Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, with Dr David Starkey as guest speaker.

09 July 2015 to 09 July 2015

Magna Carta Tea at Canterbury Cathedral LodgeThu 9 Jul 2015Full afternoon tea in The Cathedral Lodge, with a talk by Cressida Williams, Cathedral Archivist.

05 July 2015 to 05 July 2015

Almere Youth Symphony Orchestra at Colyer-Fergusson BuildingSun 5 Jul 2015Almere is a young city in the centre of the Netherlands, and the residence of the Almere Youth Symphony Orchestra (AJSO), one of the best youth orchestras in the Netherlands.

06 July 2015 to 06 July 2015

RaveFit at The Kings HallMon 6 Jul 2015Vibes Dance Studio introduces a fun, energising dance class suitable for all fitness levels to get you ready for the summer months!

07 July 2015 to 07 July 2015

Walk and Talk at The Kings HallTue 7 Jul 2015Now that nicer weather is here, why not join our weekly walks along the beautiful sea front? Enjoy the fresh air and get some gentle exercise too!

05 July 2015 to 05 July 2015

ROH: Gioachino Rossini's Guillaume Tell (12A) at Curzon CanterburySun 5 Jul 2015Opening with what is arguably the most exciting of all operatic overtures, Rossini's final opera helped to lay the foundations of the genre of French grand opera that dominated European stages throughout the mid-19th century.

01 July 2015 to 01 July 2015

An Evening With Marlene Dietrich at The Kings HallWed 1 Jul 2015Experience this brilliant musical theatre piece, written and performed by Anette Mutton and supported by Arts Council England. The suggested age for this show is 14+

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

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.

05 July 2015 to 05 July 2015

Royal Opera House - William 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.

04 July 2015 to 04 July 2015

Grubby Gang! at WildwoodSat 4 Jul 2015Let your kids go wild in the woodland! Learn about animals and nature with different activities each week including games, dens, bushcraft and mud sculptures.

11 July 2015 to 11 July 2015

Grubby Gang! at WildwoodSat 11 Jul 2015Let your kids go wild in the woodland! Learn about animals and nature with different activities each week including games, dens, bushcraft and mud sculptures.

04 July 2015 to 04 July 2015

Introduction to Beekeeping at WildwoodSat 4 Jul 2015This 8 week course is designed for complete beginners who are looking for a 'Hands On' course which will give you the knowledge and confidence to get your first colony of honey bees.

11 July 2015 to 11 July 2015

Introduction to Beekeeping at WildwoodSat 11 Jul 2015This 8 week course is designed for complete beginners who are looking for a 'Hands On' course which will give you the knowledge and confidence to get your first colony of honey bees.

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.

01 July 2015 to 01 July 2015

Midday Recital at Canterbury CathedralWed 1 Jul 2015Performed by the Northpoint High School Choir, USA.

03 July 2015 to 03 July 2015

Midday Recital at Canterbury CathedralFri 3 Jul 2015Performed by the North Lakeshore Chorus, Ontario, Canada.

02 July 2015 to 02 July 2015

The Misfits (R/I) (PG) at Gulbenkian CinemaThu 2 Jul 2015Famous for its troubled production and for being the last film of both stars Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable, this sparkling digital restoration demands to be re-examined on the big screen.

03 July 2015 to 06 July 2015

Queen and Country at Gulbenkian CinemaFri 3 - Mon 6 Jul 2015Follow up to the much-loved Hope and Glory. Ten years on, Bill is now starting his basic army training with trouble-making mate, Percy and engage in a constant battle of wits with their superiors.

07 July 2015 to 07 July 2015

The Man Who Saved The World (15) at Gulbenkian CinemaTue 7 Jul 2015This utterly fascinating film tells the true story of the Russian colonel who, for a few minutes in 1983, had the fate of the planet in his hands.

08 July 2015 to 08 July 2015

In Love With Alma Cogan (12A) at Gulbenkian CinemaWed 8 Jul 2015Norman, a pier’s theatre manager is frustrated by the council’s plan to hand the place over to commercial management. They bring in Eddie to ‘help’ who comes up with comically bizarre programming plans including an Alma Cogan tribute artist

09 July 2015 to 09 July 2015

Avengers: Age Of Ultron 3D (12A) at Gulbenkian CinemaThu 9 Jul 2015When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go terribly awry, forcing him, Thor, the Incredible Hulk, the Black Widow and Captain America and the rest of the team to reassemble.

10 July 2015 to 16 July 2015

Mr Holmes (PG) at Gulbenkian CinemaFri 10 - Thu 16 Jul 2015Ian McKellen gives a wonderfully poignant performance as the eponymous Mr. Holmes in this handsome, moving and complex imagining of the famous detective’s future.

24 June 2015 to 07 July 2015

Canterbury Society of Art Summer Exhibition at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 24 Jun - Tue 7 Jul 2015Canterbury Society of Art, founded in 1968, is a group of local artists, both professional and amateur. They promise a wide selection of style and media by both new and established members.

01 July 2015 to 31 July 2015

Paul Mitchell and Nina Shilling at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 1 - Fri 31 Jul 2015An exhibition of original paintings and drawings encompassing urban and rural landscapes. Throughout the month new work will be added.

01 July 2015 to 07 July 2015

Bead n Banter at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 1 - Tue 7 Jul 2015Handmade jewellery by the Bead n Banter group who meet on the first Wednesday of every month at the Horsebridge Centre.

08 July 2015 to 14 July 2015

Horsebridge Life Drawing Group at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 8 - Tue 14 Jul 2015The Horsebridge Life Drawing Group meets on two Sundays a month. This exhibition demonstrates the diversity of styles and techniques of participants.

10 July 2015 to 10 July 2015

Flamenco Festival - The Skin I Live In at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreFri 10 Jul 2015A Spanish thriller directed by acclaimed director Pedro Almodóvar: a brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage.

11 July 2015 to 11 July 2015

Flamenco Dance Workshop for Children at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 11 Jul 2015Flamenco workshops will be backed with live music by Punta del Boqueron, a 7-strong troupe from Cadiz. Very young children must be accompanied.

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

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.

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.

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 2015Rob will be making a series of new maps to form a local travelogue or living history inspired by the maps in The Beaney and Local Studies Collections.

04 July 2015 to 04 July 2015

Evil Woman Takes Revenge at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 4 Jul 2015Local author Carol Creasey will be launching her sequel to Evil Woman with a book signing. Come and chat to her about getting published. Copies of her new book will be on sale.

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?

09 July 2015 to 09 July 2015

From Archbishop to Cathedral Drain Cleaner Lecture at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 9 Jul 2015Find out about Canterbury at the time of the Magna Carta in this fascinating lecture. Talk by Professor Louise Wilkinson (Canterbury Christ Church University).

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!

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?

08 July 2015 to 08 July 2015

Cafe Live - Digibury at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 8 Jul 2015Digibury is Kent's monthly meet-up event for digital and creative types

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