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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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22 October 2014 to 22 October 2014

Best of BE Festival 2014 at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 22 Oct 2014Travel across Europ in a night.

22 October 2014 to 22 October 2014

Hugh Masekela at The Marlowe TheatreWed 22 Oct 2014Hugh Masekela is a horn player, and Africa’s most important musician.

22 October 2014 to 22 October 2014

Richard Wiseman: Psychobabble at The Shirley HallWed 22 Oct 2014Best-selling author, psychologist and magician Richard Wiseman rummages around in your mind. Discover how to tell lies, read thoughts and transform a tea towel into a chicken. Several laughs and no Powerpoint!

22 October 2014 to 22 October 2014

Best for the Fest at Canterbury Christ Church UniversityWed 22 Oct 2014A selection of the best performances from Canterbury Christ Church University's Performing Arts students.

22 October 2014 to 22 October 2014

Piano Trio at St Peter's Methodist ChurchWed 22 Oct 2014Performing works by Mozart, Brahms, Dvorak and Schumann.

22 October 2014 to 22 October 2014

Commercial Music 'unplugged' at St Gregory's Centre for MusicWed 22 Oct 2014Staff on the University’s Commercial Music programme perform acoustic arrangements of pop, rock and blues classics.

18 October 2014 to 22 October 2014

Canoe Taster Sessions at The George And DragonSat 18 - Wed 22 Oct 2014A brilliant introduction to the world of canoeing in this mini adventure. Please note trainers, waterproof jacket and warm layers are required and a flask with a warm drink is recommended for trips.

22 October 2014 to 22 October 2014

John Campbell - Roy Jenkins: A Well-Rounded Life at Canterbury Cathedral LodgeWed 22 Oct 2014One of the country’s leading political biographers, John Campbell has written about Edward Heath and Margaret Thatcher (The Grocer’s Daughter and The Iron Lady).

22 October 2014 to 22 October 2014

The Jews of Canterbury at The Old Synagogue Wed 22 Oct 2014Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust. A walk and talk through Canterbury showing the medieval and early modern sites relating to Jewish life in the city. Leader: Jonathan Butchers.

20 October 2014 to 22 October 2014

Definable Ether at The ParrotMon 20 - Wed 22 Oct 2014Three friends are on the run, and must face the consequences of their actions from a very unlikely source... No ghosts were harmed in the making of this dark comedy!

22 October 2014 to 22 October 2014

Famous Paintings at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeWed 22 Oct 2014Ned West-Sherring brings pictures alive with this engaging series of lectures, looking at a variety of different artworks from galleries around the world and in the Beaney collection.

22 October 2014 to 22 October 2014

Film 65 - Help! at Gulbenkian CinemaWed 22 Oct 2014Film at University of Kent welcomes you to Film65, our exciting contribution to the university's 50th anniversary celebrations.

22 October 2014 to 22 October 2014

James Rhodes at Augustine HallWed 22 Oct 2014James Rhodes is a man on a mission to debunk the idea of stuffiness that can surround the world of classical music. Everyone should experience its splendour.

22 October 2014 to 22 October 2014

The Unremarkable Death of Marilyn Monroe at St Mary's Hall Studio TheatreWed 22 Oct 2014Overdosed on pills, the woman behind the icon unravels her remarkable life and bares all, revealing a biting intelligence, a frustrated talent and an imperfect body.

22 October 2014 to 22 October 2014

Barton Court at Festival SpiegeltentWed 22 Oct 2014Enjoy free lunchtime concerts by talented local musicians.

22 October 2014 to 22 October 2014

Moulettes at Festival SpiegeltentWed 22 Oct 2014Moulettes weave folk, pop and classical music to enthralling effect. They have enchanted crowds at Bestival, Cambridge Folk, Latitude, Cropredy and many other prestigious festivals with their charismatic, idiosyncratic performances.

22 October 2014 to 22 October 2014

Chaos Cabaret at Festival SpiegeltentWed 22 Oct 2014Chaos is all around us. It’s behind cardiac arrhythmias, traffic jams and inaccurate weather forecasting.

23 October 2014 to 23 October 2014

Christ Church Clarinet Trio at St Gregory's Centre for MusicThu 23 Oct 2014David Campbell, Margaret Archibald and Paul Bourdillon, with Jonathan Duke (piano), perform works by Bouffil, Waterson, Gershwin, Milhaud and Debussy.

23 October 2014 to 23 October 2014

Canterbury's City Wall CircuitThu 23 Oct 2014A walk around Canterbury's city wall circuit, covering the city gates and other historic places of interest along the route. Leader: Bob Collins

23 October 2014 to 23 October 2014

Barbed Wire for Kisses at Canterbury Cathedral LodgeThu 23 Oct 2014With the passing of the last survivors, the events of the Great War are slipping beyond human memory.

23 October 2014 to 23 October 2014

A.N. Wilson - Victoria: A Life at Canterbury Cathedral LodgeThu 23 Oct 2014Celebrated novelist and award-winning biographer A.N. Wilson’s meticulously researched latest work explores the life and loves of Queen Victoria during her 64 years on the throne.

23 October 2014 to 23 October 2014

A Richer Dust Revealed at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 23 Oct 2014Poetry and chat from three award-winning writers, Gillian Laker, Marilyn Donovan and Derek Sellen, with music and images.

23 October 2014 to 23 October 2014

Pride at Gulbenkian CinemaThu 23 Oct 2014Bittersweet comedy based on the true story of how a group of lesbian and gay activists came together in 1984 to support striking miners.

23 October 2014 to 23 October 2014

Inside at St Mary's Hall Studio TheatreThu 23 Oct 2014Inspired by astonishing true stories, Inside is a psychological drama that explores the effects of Stockholm Syndrome on a kidnap victim desperate to keep hope.

23 October 2014 to 23 October 2014

CC Les Freres Smith at The BallroomThu 23 Oct 2014CC Les Freres Smith are a 12-piece Afrobeat band from Paris. An irresistible blend of funk and heavy African jazzy grooves, led by Fela Kuti.

23 October 2014 to 23 October 2014

Kent College at Festival SpiegeltentThu 23 Oct 2014Enjoy free lunchtime concerts by talented local musicians.

23 October 2014 to 24 October 2014

DNA at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableThu 23 - Fri 24 Oct 2014A group of teenagers do something bad, really bad, then panic and cover the whole thing up. But when they find that their cover-up unites them and brings harmony to their once fractious lives, where is the incentive to put things right.

20 October 2014 to 24 October 2014

16 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

Horsebridge Art Auction Preview Exhibition at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreThu 16 - Sat 25 Oct 2014A fun and fund-raising evening! Artists have freely and generously given artworks to be auctioned to raise money for the Centre. Never bid before? Now's your chance to taste some auction adrenaline and maybe bag a masterpiece!

22 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

Sunshine on Leith at Herne BayWed 22 - Sat 25 Oct 2014A musical written by Stephen Greenhorn. featuring songs from The Proclaimers. Creadted and produced by Dundee Rep Theatre, Scotland's leading production theatre.

23 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

Finding the Silence at Festival SpiegeltentThu 23 - Sat 25 Oct 2014As humans we’re always searching for that elusive silence, that peace, that moment of pure clarity, but does it really exist?

18 October 2014 to 26 October 2014

Canterbury Society of Art - Autumn ExhibitionSat 18 - Sun 26 Oct 2014Canterbury Society of Art presents an exhibition by a well known group of professionals and amateur artists with an eclectic mix of styles and media.

15 October 2014 to 31 October 2014

In Here Out There at Canterbury CathedralWed 15 - Fri 31 Oct 2014Sculpture at Canterbury Cathedral This exhibition brings together a variety of artists that have an academic association with the city of Canterbury.

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.

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).

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.

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

Fringe Features at Lilford GallerySat 18 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014A visual-arts treat running throughout the whole Fringe Festival featuring video artist Erin Laurel Hayhow.

18 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

18 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

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

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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