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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 April 2015 to 01 April 2015

Rise and Fall of the city of Mahagonny (live) at Gulbenkian CinemaWed 1 Apr 2015A major work from the remarkable partnership of playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill, Mahagonny was first performed in Leipzig in 1930.

02 April 2015 to 02 April 2015

Easter Crafts at WildwoodThu 2 Apr 2015Decorate your house for Easter with bunnies, eggs, chicks, flowers, baskets and bonnets to take home.

02 April 2015 to 02 April 2015

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG) at Gulbenkian CinemaThu 2 Apr 2015Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith et al return for the sequel to John Madden’s very funny, very touching first film about the hotel populated by British retirees looking for a fresh start.

02 April 2015 to 03 April 2015

Noises Off at The Marlowe TheatreThu 2 - Fri 3 Apr 2015The University of Kent's drama society perform Michael Frayn's comedy.

30 March 2015 to 04 April 2015

Rebecca at The Marlowe TheatreMon 30 Mar - Sat 4 Apr 2015Kneehigh are one of the world's most acclaimed theatre companies and their productions include the international hits Brief Encounter and Tristan and Yseult.

02 April 2015 to 04 April 2015

Canterbury Players present Charley's Aunt at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableThu 2 - Sat 4 Apr 2015A comedy by Brandon Thomas, this English farce follows the hilarious events that arise when two students, Jack and Charles, use the excuse of the imminent visit of Charley's aunt Donna Lucas to invite their young ladies to their rooms.

04 April 2015 to 04 April 2015

Enid Blyton drop-in family art activities at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 4 Apr 2015Drop in to the Learning Lab to enjoy Enid Blyton inspired art and craft activities. For families with children age 2 to12 years.

04 April 2015 to 04 April 2015

Big Hero 6 (PG) at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 4 Apr 2015Energetic and very funny comedy adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who turns to his closest companion - a robot named Baymax – in the midst of a dangerous plot and transforms a group into a band of high-tech heroes.

05 April 2015 to 05 April 2015

The Rat Pack Live at The Marlowe TheatreSun 5 Apr 2015During their 50s and 60s heyday they were the definition of cool.

04 April 2015 to 05 April 2015

Love Is Strange (15) at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 4 - Sun 5 Apr 2015John Lithgow and Alfred Molina are wonderful as a gay couple who, after nearly 4 decades together, finally tie the knot in New York, which leads to George (Molina) losing his Catholic school teaching job. Moving and comic in equal measure.

05 April 2015 to 05 April 2015

My Name Is Salt (U) at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 5 Apr 2015Screened to acclaim at international film festivals, Farida Pacha’s exquisitely made documentary is a meditation following the process of salt production in the Indian desert.

03 April 2015 to 05 April 2015

Craftsmakers Market at Beach Creative Community Arts CentreFri 3 - Sun 5 Apr 2015Beach Creative hosts Craftsmakers Market. Look and shop handmade local goods.

05 April 2015 to 05 April 2015

Easter Sunday Lunch at Canterbury Cathedral LodgeSun 5 Apr 2015Bring the family and enjoy a special 3-course lunch with coffee in our restaurant. After lunch, there will be an Easter Egg hunt for the children (big or small) in the beautiful Campanile garden!

05 April 2015 to 05 April 2015

Canterbury Screenwriting Evening Course at The PoundSun 5 Apr 2015The course is open to beginners and will cover everything you need to turn your TV/film idea into a script in six weeks.

05 April 2015 to 06 April 2015

Easter Egg Trail at Mount Ephraim GardensSun 5 - Mon 6 Apr 2015Enjoy our special Easter egg trail and search for our giant hand-made wooden eggs hidden throughout the gardens. All hunters completing the trail will get some tasty Easter treats!

06 April 2015 to 06 April 2015

PPA Live 2015 at The Marlowe TheatreMon 6 Apr 2015An evening packed with entertainment, comedy, music and dance.

06 April 2015 to 06 April 2015

Enid Blyton drop-in family art activities at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeMon 6 Apr 2015Drop in to the Learning Lab to enjoy Enid Blyton inspired art and craft activities. For families with children age 2 to12 years.

14 March 2015 to 06 April 2015

Kent Association for the Blind Portrait Exhibition at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 14 Mar - Mon 6 Apr 2015Stunning photographic portraits and moving life stories which challenge people’s ideas of what it is like to live with sight loss.

07 April 2015 to 07 April 2015

Ugly Duckling at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 7 Apr 2015Join in the adventures of this famous 'under-dog' in Hans Christian Anderson's much-loved tale of transformation, brought to you by Thingumajig Theatre.

07 April 2015 to 07 April 2015

Going On A Bear Hunt! at WildwoodTue 7 Apr 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.

07 April 2015 to 07 April 2015

Performance Lecture: Moment's Notice at Sidney Cooper GalleryTue 7 Apr 2015Moment's Notice: The Perception of Now in Musical Experience Dr Adam Linson

07 April 2015 to 07 April 2015

Enid Blyton drop-in family art activities at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeTue 7 Apr 2015Drop in to the Learning Lab to enjoy Enid Blyton inspired art and craft activities. For families with children age 2 to12 years.

07 April 2015 to 07 April 2015

Girl Model (cert. tbc) at Gulbenkian CinemaTue 7 Apr 2015Told through the eyes of a 13 year-old Siberian girl and the American scout who discovered her.

08 April 2015 to 08 April 2015

Richard Herring In Conversation with Olly Double at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 8 Apr 2015British Stand-Up Comedy Archive has received extra funding to celebrate the University of Kent's 50th anniversary and are staging a series of in-conversation events.

08 April 2015 to 08 April 2015

Lee Nelson: Suited and Booted at The Marlowe TheatreWed 8 Apr 2015You may have seen him host Live At The Apollo or caught him trying to join the England squad as Premier League footballer Jason Bent. Contains adult themes and language.

08 April 2015 to 08 April 2015

Be A Bear at WildwoodWed 8 Apr 2015Become a bear from top to toe by making paper ears, nose, paws, claws and tails to take home.

08 April 2015 to 08 April 2015

Maxine Peake as Hamlet at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableWed 8 Apr 2015Picturehouse Entertainment present a Royal Exchange Theatre screening... Maxine Peake as Hamlet

08 April 2015 to 08 April 2015

Love Is Strange (15) at Gulbenkian CinemaWed 8 Apr 2015John Lithgow and Alfred Molina are wonderful as a gay couple who, after nearly 4 decades together, finally tie the knot in New York, which leads to George (Molina) losing his Catholic school teaching job. Moving and comic in equal measure.

09 April 2015 to 09 April 2015

Sing-A-Long-A Sound Of Music at The Marlowe TheatreThu 9 Apr 2015The original sing-a-long-a is back in the 50th anniversary celebratory tour of the Julie Andrews film. Enjoy this classic film in full screen Technicolor with subtitles, live host and an interactive fun pack.

09 April 2015 to 09 April 2015

Sing-A-Long-Frozen at The Marlowe TheatreThu 9 Apr 2015A screening of Disney's Frozen with lyrics on screen to help you sing along with Elsa and Anna.

09 April 2015 to 09 April 2015

Bear Games at WildwoodThu 9 Apr 2015Learn why bears needs the forest and why the forest needs bears and make your own moveable bear.

09 April 2015 to 09 April 2015

NT Live - Encore: A View from the Bridge at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableThu 9 Apr 2015Don't miss a stellar cast led by Mark Strong in the Young Vic's 'magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold' production of A View from the Bridge - the Evening Standard, Guardian and Independent's top theatre pick of 2014.

09 April 2015 to 09 April 2015

Hamlet starring Maxine Peake (recorded) at Gulbenkian CinemaThu 9 Apr 2015In this stripped-back, fresh and fast-paced version, BAFTA nominee Maxine Peake creates a Hamlet for now.

10 April 2015 to 10 April 2015

An Evening Of Burlesque at The Marlowe TheatreFri 10 Apr 2015Britain's biggest show returns with an all-new, all-star cast. Join a riotous romp into the bizarre world of burlesque and cutting-edge variety. Dress up and come to the cabaret. Suitable for 18yrs+

10 April 2015 to 10 April 2015

Teddy Bears' Picnic at WildwoodFri 10 Apr 2015Bring your teddy bear and a picnic for a lovely time with bear stories and teddy crafts.

10 April 2015 to 10 April 2015

10 April 2015 to 11 April 2015

Et si... (And If) at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 10 - Sat 11 Apr 2015Two very curious travellers invite us to discover the world together, wherever they are, wherever they're going, it's a new world for them and for us! Suitable for ages 2+

11 April 2015 to 11 April 2015

Philharmonia Orchestra at The Marlowe TheatreSat 11 Apr 2015Nielsen’s sound-world is filled with the forests, seas and mesmerising shore-lines of his native Denmark.

11 April 2015 to 11 April 2015

Duck In The Truck at The Marlowe TheatreSat 11 Apr 2015A hilarious tale for your little ducklings! This is the tale of a duck in a truck - a truck that was stuck in some yucky brown muck.

11 April 2015 to 11 April 2015

Craft and Gift Fair at The Kings HallSat 11 Apr 2015A selection of the finest crafts and gifts Kent has to offer, with unique items to buy plus everything you need to start making crafts yourself.

11 April 2015 to 11 April 2015

Baroque Theatre Company present House of Ghosts at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableSat 11 Apr 2015Colin Dexter's eponymous sleuth made famous by the late, great John Thaw returns to the stage in this original play written by Alma Cullem, author of several episodes of the original TV series.

11 April 2015 to 11 April 2015

Canterbury postcard & Collectors Fair at Westgate HallSat 11 Apr 2015Dealers selling Postcards, Stamps, Playing Cards, Militaria, Coins, Cigarette Cards, Books, Breweriana, Ephemera, Antiques and Small Collectables etc.

10 March 2015 to 11 April 2015

Louise Bourgeois at Sidney Cooper GalleryTue 10 Mar - Sat 11 Apr 2015Exhibition: Louise Bourgeois: Autobiographical Series and 11 Drypoints

11 April 2015 to 11 April 2015

Kent Music Presents: at Colyer-Fergusson BuildingSat 11 Apr 2015An afternoon of music from the ‘Small Screen’ to the ‘Silver Screen’

12 April 2015 to 12 April 2015

Handa's Surprise at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 12 Apr 2015Travel to Kenya and follow in Handa’s footsteps as she journeys to see her best friend Akeyo, in the next village in this magical production from Little Angel Theatre.

12 April 2015 to 12 April 2015

Enid Blyton drop-in family art activities at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSun 12 Apr 2015Drop in to the Learning Lab to enjoy Enid Blyton inspired art and craft activities. For families with children age 2 to12 years.

13 April 2015 to 13 April 2015

The Story of the Wildwood BearsMon 13 Apr 2015A short, illustrated talk on the story of our two rescued bears and how they came to be at Wildwood includes a visit to see them in their enclosure.

31 January 2015 to 19 April 2015

Mystery, Magic and Midnight feasts at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 31 Jan - Sun 19 Apr 2015Mystery, Magic and Midnight feasts, the many adventures of Enid Blyton

01 January 2015 to 30 April 2015

Armchair Artist Residency at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 1 Jan - Thu 30 Apr 2015Our new Armchair Artist is Nicky Thompson, who will be in residence between January and April, exploring the Beaney, using the experience to take her creative writing practice in fascinating new directions.

07 April 2015 to 03 May 2015

Victorian and Edwardian Theatre Exhibition at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 7 Apr - Sun 3 May 2015This public exhibition launch marks the final assessment on the second-year Drama module 'Victorian and Edwardian Theatre'.

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!

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.

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