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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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29 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

A Fevered Sleep and Young Vic co-production - Dusk at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 29 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014Nestled together in the heart of a forest, a group of creatures with furry tails are watching and waiting for someone to arrive.

01 November 2014 to 01 November 2014

Canterbury Anifest: Kiki’s Delivery Service at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 1 Nov 2014Kiki’s Delivery Service is our first screening of a film from the prominent Studio Ghibli, and was the first film to be internationally distributed under a now long-standing partnership between The Walt Disney Company and Studio Ghibli.

01 November 2014 to 01 November 2014

Canterbury Anifest: Spirited Away at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 1 Nov 2014Spirited Away is known as the most successful film to ever be released in Japan, as well as one of Studio Ghibli’s greatest animated features, as well as one of the best animated films ever made.

01 November 2014 to 01 November 2014

Canterbury Anifest: Akira at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 1 Nov 2014Akira is renowned by many as one of the greatest animated films of all time, & believed to be one of the most influential films responsible for the spread of anime outside of Japan thanks to its remarkable imagination & breathtaking visuals

01 November 2014 to 01 November 2014

A Brief History of Japanese Animation at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 1 Nov 2014Animation is among the largest and most visible of Japan’s cultural exports, and enjoys a massive popularity across the world. Japanese film specialist Jasper Sharp explores its history.

01 November 2014 to 01 November 2014

Canterbury Choral Society at Canterbury CathedralSat 1 Nov 2014Sir Willard White will provide an imposing and impressive dimension to the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Canterbury Cathedral this evening.

28 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

Northern Ballet's The Great Gatsby at The Marlowe TheatreTue 28 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014Discover the heady, indulgent days of New York’s Long Island during the glamorous 1920s as Northern Ballet brings F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel to the stage.

28 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

Beached at The Marlowe TheatreTue 28 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014A dark comedy about love, hope and a whole load of cream buns.

18 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

I Offer You These Feet at Eastbridge HospitalSat 18 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014Sonia McNally and Liz Jones. Sculptural piece using steel, plaster and cast glass.

18 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

Wood and Form 2014 at Eastbridge HospitalSat 18 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014Peter Leadbeater, Simon Jewell, Andrew Lapthorn, Jason Muteham, Jay Barton. An exhibition of beautifully crafted, unique, furniture, sculptures and photographs.

01 November 2014 to 01 November 2014

How to be a Roman soldier at Canterbury Roman MuseumSat 1 Nov 2014Meet a Roman soldier and join the Roman army as it prepares to invade Britain! Take part in training, try on uniform, learn fighting techniques and fire a Roman catapult.

01 November 2014 to 01 November 2014

Archaeological Walk at Westgate GardensSat 1 Nov 2014Join Jake Weekes from Canterbury Archaeological Trust on a historical walk through the Westgate Parks, upstream from the urban to the rural, and back in time.

01 November 2014 to 01 November 2014

Dr Phil Hammond 'Games to Play with Your Doctor' at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 1 Nov 2014Phil Hammond is a doctor, journalist, broadcaster, campaigner and comedian. He qualified as a GP in 1991 and currently works in a specialist NHS centre for children and adolescents with chronic fatigue syndrome/ME.

01 November 2014 to 01 November 2014

Herne Bay Zombie CrawlSat 1 Nov 2014Join us for this free event that appeals to all ages, with entire families joining in, making for a brilliant atmosphere and helping us to raise money for Kent Air Ambulance.

18 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

Floral & Koi Fish Paintings: Annett E. Bank at WhitstableSat 18 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014A solo exhibition of elegant koi fish, Whitstable beach scenes and semi-abstract flower paintings in a colourful, experssionist style. The Rose in Bloom Pub & Restaurant, 69 Joy Lane, Whitstable, CT5 4DD

27 September 2014 to 01 November 2014

John Copnall Paintings at Sidney Cooper GallerySat 27 Sep - Sat 1 Nov 2014The Sidney Cooper Gallery is proud to present a selection of works by acclaimed painter John Copnall (1928-2007).

01 November 2014 to 01 November 2014

Autumn Fairtrade Fair at St Peter's Methodist ChurchSat 1 Nov 2014Large selection of Fairtrade crafts, Christmas gifts, cards and food. Refreshments all day. Homemade soup lunches.

18 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

Canterbury FestivalSat 18 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014Canterbury Festival is Kent's International Arts Festival, the largest festival of arts and culture in the region, and one of the most important cultural events in the South East.

18 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

Story of the Crow: Irina Pavlova-McGahan at CanterburySat 18 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014Sounds of the flowers, songs of the trees and the whisper of the old crow you can find in Irina's work.

01 November 2014 to 01 November 2014

Canterbury Knitting & Crochet Community EventSat 1 Nov 2014A social event - bring your projects and meet local knitters and crocheters, or learn these skills. Light refreshments, speakers tba.

01 November 2014 to 01 November 2014

Local author book signing at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 1 Nov 2014Your chance to meet and chat to author Kevin Marsh about his new book The Gordian Knot. Copies for signing and sale.

18 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

Save the Children Art Postcard Exhibition & Sale at Lilford GallerySat 18 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014160 local and national artists. Charity postcard sale in aid of Save the Children alongside a selection of artwork including paintings, ceramics and modern craft.

18 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

Canterbury at Lilford GallerySat 18 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014Drawings and Paintings of Canterbury People by Andy Howe with accompanying sounds by Richard Kilner.

18 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

01 November 2014 to 01 November 2014

Canterbury Cathedral Precincts at The Buttermarket SquareSat 1 Nov 2014Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust. The towering Cathedral tempts us to neglect its immediate surroundings but its precincts contain much to interest and surprise. Leader: Maureen Ingram

18 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

Jolly Drawings at The Jolly SailorSat 18 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014

01 November 2014 to 01 November 2014

Canterbury Anifest: Chibis and Mascots Workshop at Colyer-Fergusson BuildingSat 1 Nov 2014In this workshop, we'll look at how to draw a chibi character. Not sure of what a chibi is? You will by the end of this workshop!

01 November 2014 to 01 November 2014

Canterbury Anifest: Creating 4-koma (Mini-comics) at Colyer-Fergusson BuildingSat 1 Nov 2014In this workshop, working with your tutor, top animator Irina Richards, you will explore the whole process of creating 4-koma from scratch – from designing your characters to creating your very own storyline.

01 November 2014 to 01 November 2014

Canterbury Anifest: Creating Manga at Colyer-Fergusson BuildingSat 1 Nov 2014In this workshop, we’ll take a whirlwind tour of the whole process of making your own manga from scratch – from designing your characters and plotting a story to choosing what to put on the page, and even printing your comic when it’s done!

01 November 2014 to 01 November 2014

Canterbury Anifest: Life as a Comic Artist at Colyer-Fergusson BuildingSat 1 Nov 2014Life as a Comic Artist: Behind the Scenes with Sally Jane Thompson Professional animation artist Sally Jane Thompson will give an insight into her work as a professional animator both in the UK and abroad.

26 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

18 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

Canterbury at the BrunchSat 18 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014Canterbury at the Brunch - a selection of views in oils and water colours. Michael Hutchinson. A unique chance to enjoy views of Canterbury in oils and water colours, whilst sampling the delights of this independent coffee shop.

01 November 2014 to 01 November 2014

Danny & the Champions of the World at Festival SpiegeltentSat 1 Nov 2014Danny & the Champions of the World has always been a pretty loose collection of great musicians, songwriters, stowaways and adventurers.

01 November 2014 to 01 November 2014

Late Night at the Spiegeltent at Festival SpiegeltentSat 1 Nov 2014Why not stay on after Danny & the Champions of the World for Late Night at the Spiegeltent – DJs will play a great mix of tunes from across the genres so come and dance the night away in the Spiegeltent!

01 November 2014 to 01 November 2014

Baby Loves Halloween Disco at Festival SpiegeltentSat 1 Nov 2014After last year’s sell-out event, Baby Loves Disco is back with Boogie Halloween! Get on the dance floor for some shiny happy toddler-friendly Halloween fun, with prizes for the most groovy Halloween outfits.

01 November 2014 to 01 November 2014

Flight: Patricia Wilson Smith at St Mary's ChurchSat 1 Nov 2014An installation in remembrance of 346 soldiers of the First World War whose stories cannot be told.

01 November 2014 to 01 November 2014

Family Fireworks Night at Reculver C. of E. Primary SchoolSat 1 Nov 2014Reculver CE Primary School Family Fireworks Night 'Out of this World'. Fireworks performed to Sci-Fi music. Gates open at 5.30pm and the display will start at 7pm.

27 October 2014 to 02 November 2014

Canterbury Anifest at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 27 Oct - Sun 2 Nov 2014Anifest is back and bigger than ever! This year it will be hosting a week of Japanese Animation, Canterbury Anifest will be at the Gulbenkian with an exciting series of talks, workshops, live performances, an exhibition, and films.

25 October 2014 to 02 November 2014

Spooky Hallowe'en fun! at Canterbury Heritage MuseumSat 25 Oct - Sun 2 Nov 2014Pick up a Halloween trail sheet and explore the galleries in a fun interactive adventure! Then create your own Hallowe'en mask or floating balloon ghost to take home!

25 October 2014 to 02 November 2014

Make a Roman gladius sword at Canterbury Roman MuseumSat 25 Oct - Sun 2 Nov 2014Investigate evidence for Roman soldiers as you explore the galleries, try on a Roman soldier's uniform in the hands on area and make a cardborad gladius sword to take home. Suitable for families with children age 5 to 12.

25 October 2014 to 02 November 2014

Home Front Whitstable, 1914-18 at Whitstable Museum and GallerySat 25 Oct - Sun 2 Nov 2014Exploring life on the British home front 1914-18 through original posters, cartoon artworks and popular arts and souvenirs.

25 October 2014 to 02 November 2014

Spooky Hallowe'en fun! at Whitstable Museum and GallerySat 25 Oct - Sun 2 Nov 2014Pick up a Halloween trail sheet and explore the galleries in a fun interactive adventure! Then create your own Hallowe'en mask or floating balloon ghost to take home!

25 October 2014 to 02 November 2014

Spooky Hallowe'en fun! at Herne Bay Museum and GallerySat 25 Oct - Sun 2 Nov 2014Pick up a Halloween trail sheet and explore the galleries in a fun interactive adventure! Then create your own Hallowe'en mask or floating balloon ghost to take home!

25 October 2014 to 02 November 2014

Frightful Fun at Howletts Wild Animal ParkSat 25 Oct - Sun 2 Nov 2014Visitors to Howletts near Canterbury, Kent's most successful wild animal park, this October half term will have a frightfully fun time with free activities and talks running everyday throughout the holiday.

25 October 2014 to 02 November 2014

Meet Santa at Howletts Wild Animal ParkSat 25 Oct - Sun 2 Nov 2014Meet Santa Claus and his elves in his enchanted Gingerbread Grotto at selected weekends throughout November and December 2014 at Howletts Wild Animal Park, near Canterbury. Please see the website for more information and terms & conditions.

08 August 2014 to 02 November 2014

Taylor Wessing Photographic Protrait Prize 2013 at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 8 Aug - Sun 2 Nov 2014A unique opportunity to see sixty new portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world.

04 October 2014 to 09 November 2014

Canterbury at War at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 4 Oct - Sun 9 Nov 2014Students have studied archives and records to research for themselves what life was like for Canterbury residents during the First World War.

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 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).

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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