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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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27 May 2015 to 27 May 2015

Canterbury Songwriters' Circle at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 27 May 2015Beautiful Town Music in association with Gulbenkian present Canterbury Songwriters' Circle.

27 May 2015 to 27 May 2015

Take A Tour! at The Marlowe TheatreWed 27 May 2015Take a sneak peek behind the scenes at The Marlowe Theatre!

27 May 2015 to 27 May 2015

Animal Books Day at WildwoodWed 27 May 2015Dress as your favourite animal character, hear some brilliant animal stories and make your own animal bookmark.

27 May 2015 to 27 May 2015

Bat Walk at Westgate GardensWed 27 May 2015Discover the Park after Dark. Join Kent Bat group for an evening walk looking for bats. Learn how to use a bat detector to identify which bats you have seen or heard. Please bring a torch. Suitable for ages 7+

27 May 2015 to 27 May 2015

Monster Art (Age 3 to 6) at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeWed 27 May 2015Work with an artist to create a monster piece of art inspired by the Beaney and its collections!

27 May 2015 to 27 May 2015

The Arbor (15) at Gulbenkian CinemaWed 27 May 2015The powerful true story of Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar and her daughter Lorraine.

28 May 2015 to 28 May 2015

EDge at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 28 May 2015The postgraduate performance company of London Contemporary Dance School, EDge introduces some of the hottest new talents to the international stage.

28 May 2015 to 28 May 2015

Pitschi - The Kitten With Dreams (2-7yrs) at The Marlowe TheatreThu 28 May 2015Pitschi doesn’t care for the rough and tumble and mischievous fun of kitten play, but instead dreams of being something else – a chicken, perhaps, or a goat, or a rabbit… for after all, anything is better than being a cat!

28 May 2015 to 28 May 2015

Take A Tour! at The Marlowe TheatreThu 28 May 2015Take a sneak peek behind the scenes at The Marlowe Theatre!

28 May 2015 to 28 May 2015

Pitschi The Kitten's Crafts Workshop (3+yrs) at The Marlowe TheatreThu 28 May 2015Design, make and decorate a mask inspired by Pitschi: The Kitten With Dreams and his animal friends!

28 May 2015 to 28 May 2015

Poo In The Zoo! at WildwoodThu 28 May 2015Find out all about animal poo! Take part in our poo quiz and make a pooing horse to take home!

28 May 2015 to 28 May 2015

Monster Art (Age 7 to 11) at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 28 May 2015Work with an artist to create a monster piece of art inspired by the Beaney and its collections!

28 May 2015 to 28 May 2015

The Who and Pop Art at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 28 May 2015In 1965 Pete Townshend described his band, the Who, as the living embodiment of Pop Art but what claims can be made for Townshend and the Who’s place in a history of Pop Art?

28 May 2015 to 28 May 2015

NT Live - Man and Superman at Gulbenkian CinemaThu 28 May 2015Ralph Finnes plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw's witty, provocative classic.

29 May 2015 to 29 May 2015

Will Varley at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 29 May 2015Rambling folk singer Will Varley, who last year walked over 500 miles along England's south coast with a guitar on his back, is gearing up for the release of his third album.

29 May 2015 to 29 May 2015

Paul Foot: Hovercraft Symphony In Gammon #Major at The Marlowe TheatreFri 29 May 2015Critically acclaimed comedian Paul Foot comes to Canterbury. Heralded by critics, Paul's previous tours have been showered with five star reviews and nominations, credited as masterful (Scotsman) and ingenious (The Australian Herald Sun).

29 May 2015 to 29 May 2015

Take A Tour! at The Marlowe TheatreFri 29 May 2015Take a sneak peek behind the scenes at The Marlowe Theatre!

29 May 2015 to 29 May 2015

Wolves' Birthday Bash! at WildwoodFri 29 May 2015It's our wolves' birthday so make wolf crafts and visit their enclosure while they enjoy their birthday cake.

29 May 2015 to 29 May 2015

Hendrix and Cream by Voodoo Room at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreFri 29 May 2015Formed in late 2011, this London-based classic rock trio focus on the 1960s to pay homage to American guitarist/singer/songwriter Hendrix, and the British rock supergroup Cream.

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

Katherine Ryan - Glam Role Model at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 30 May 2015The fresh, often dangerously fierce pop-culture obsessed Canadian, was unaffected by publicized death threats and survived the world's first crack smoking mayor.

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

TEDxUniversityofKent - Milestones at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 30 May 2015TEDxUniversityofKent is a day-long conference of stimulating talks and performances devoted to spreading ideas and sparking conversation. Please note that this event will be filmed.

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

Open Gardens 2015 at Canterbury CathedralSat 30 May 2015For one weekend the private gardens of the Cathedral will be open to view as part of the National Garden Scheme.

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

Grand Organ Recital at Canterbury CathedralSat 30 May 2015Performed by: Tom Bell and Richard Brasier - International recital duo

26 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

The Pirates Of Penzance at The Marlowe TheatreTue 26 - Sat 30 May 2015Packed with merriment, mayhem and memorable music. Young or old, a G&S buff or new to the genre, this show is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and get you humminh along to some really great tunes.

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

The Marlowe Comedy Cabaret at The Marlowe TheatreSat 30 May 2015Our comedy and variety night brings you top stand-up comedy acts and a few surprises!

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

James Campbell's Comedy 4 Kids (6+yrs) at The Marlowe TheatreSat 30 May 2015Comedy but without the rude words! A show which might or might not discuss lollipop ladies, quantum chromatic disruption machines and tartan badgers.

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

Take A Tour! at The Marlowe TheatreSat 30 May 2015Take a sneak peek behind the scenes at The Marlowe Theatre!

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

The Big Blue Tea Party at The Marlowe TheatreSat 30 May 2015Join us for an afternoon tea as we wave off Big Blue after another fabulous festival!

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

Kent Refugee Help Annual Meeting at CanterburySat 30 May 2015Kent Refugee Help invites you to a Positive Conversation about Migration. Join us is solidarity with Refugees and Migrants.

23 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

Finale Exhibition at Bay ART GallerySat 23 - Sat 30 May 2015Finale Exhibition of work created during the festival, display of historical children's authors and illustrators linked with Herne Bay. Free activities all week.

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

Little Monster Costume Workshops & Parade at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 30 May 2015Little Monster Costume Workshops and The Big Monster Parade! (Age 3 to 11)

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

Moomin and Midsummer Madness (U) at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 30 May 2015Everyone's favourite Finnish fictional cartoon creatures, the endearing Moomins, find themselves on the big screen in this utterly delightful film.

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

A-May-Zing Madagascar Half Term at Howletts Wild Animal ParkSat 23 - Sun 31 May 2015Visitors to Howletts Wild Animal Park, one of Kent's most popular visitor attractions, this May half term - Saturday 23rd May to Sunday 31st May 2015, can enjoy a host of free activities, games, animal talks and feeds.

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, from the 1940s onwards.

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

Childrens Festival Drop-in activities at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 23 - Sun 31 May 2015Drop into the Marlowe Theatre foyer, the Beaney and Canterbury Roman Museum to enjoy fun, creative activities on the theme of animals, monsters and mythical beasts, including art and craft activities.

02 April 2015 to 31 May 2015

Catching Lives – City Ciphers: an installation at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 2 Apr - Sun 31 May 2015For the City Ciphers arts project, clients at Catching Lives open centre for homeless people in Canterbury worked with community artists to create an intriguing city trail.

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

The Clangers are Coming! at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 23 - Sun 31 May 2015Count down to the launch of the new Clangers TV series with an outer space gallery trail and drop in creative activities, including balloon rocket making and Clangers art.

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

29 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

The Falling (15) at Gulbenkian CinemaFri 29 - Sun 31 May 2015Carol Morley's eagerly awaited follow-up to her superb Dreams of a Life is a beguiling insight into the agitated fever of teenage girlhood.

29 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence at Gulbenkian CinemaFri 29 - Sun 31 May 2015Shifting between dreams and reality, Roy Andersson explores man's inhumanity to man in a provocative, disturbing film that works as a searing, tragicomic indictment of our times.

20 May 2015 to 02 June 2015

Another Touch of Colour at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 20 May - Tue 2 Jun 2015A show by artists from south-east Kent who exhibit individually and collectively. Their work is a mix of styles and media, some with a personal take on modernism, and the influence of other artists is a key factor.

27 May 2015 to 02 June 2015

Spring into Summer at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 27 May - Tue 2 Jun 2015Jean Markham Colourful artwork: paintings, prints and cards. Jean's inspiration comes from the countryside, animals, weather, mountains and sea and she paints in oils and acrylic.

09 May 2015 to 07 June 2015

Sense of Place at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 9 May - Sun 7 Jun 2015As part of The Beaney's Sixties Season students and staff from UCA Canterbury's Graphic Design department have created diverse graphic responses to one of the themes in the current Home and Away exhibition: a sense of place.

04 May 2015 to 28 June 2015

POST NUDE at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreMon 4 May - Sun 28 Jun 2015The Horsebridge Centre's quirkiest open exhibition returns by popular demand! We invite nude postcards to be popped into a regular postbox and sent to the centre. Entry guidelines are available at the front desk or on the website.

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 Fri 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 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.

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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