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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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02 October 2015 to 03 October 2015

Contagious! A new event for Halloween at Canterbury TalesFri 2 - Sat 3 Oct 2015Plague has swept across medieval England and terrified citizens are evacuating London. The road to Canterbury is dangerous - contagious citizens are everywhere. A cure is out there but will you find it? Can you make the journey?

09 October 2015 to 10 October 2015

Contagious! A new event for Halloween at Canterbury TalesFri 9 - Sat 10 Oct 2015Plague has swept across medieval England and terrified citizens are evacuating London. The road to Canterbury is dangerous - contagious citizens are everywhere. A cure is out there but will you find it? Can you make the journey?

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.

10 October 2015 to 10 October 2015

Art in BridgeSat 10 Oct 2015Art in Bridge 2015 Exhibition at Bridge Village Hall, High Street, Bridge.

11 October 2015 to 11 October 2015

Art in BridgeSun 11 Oct 2015Art in Bridge 2015 Exhibition at Bridge Village Hall, High Street, Bridge.

03 October 2015 to 03 October 2015

Harvest Barn Dance at St Peter's ChurchSat 3 Oct 2015Harvest Barn Dance on Saturday 3rd October. Please bring your own picnic and drinks. (Hotdogs will be available to buy).

03 October 2015 to 03 October 2015

Waverley - Great Days Out from Whitstable at Whitstable HarbourSat 3 Oct 2015Great days out from Whitstable. Celebrating 40 years of preservation. Fridays September 25 and October 9. Steam through Tower Bridge. Depart 11:00. Back by coach from London 19.30

09 October 2015 to 09 October 2015

Waverley - Great Days Out from Whitstable at Whitstable HarbourFri 9 Oct 2015Great days out from Whitstable. Celebrating 40 years of preservation. Fridays September 25 and October 9. Steam through Tower Bridge. Depart 11:00. Back by coach from London 19.30

10 October 2015 to 10 October 2015

Scarecrow Trail at Westgate GardensSat 10 Oct 2015Members of the public, local schools and businesses have joined together to create Scarecrows of all shapes and sizes. Follow them on a trail through the Westgate Parks and don't forget to vote for your favourite!

28 September 2015 to 04 October 2015

Di Long at Bay ART GalleryMon 28 Sep - Sun 4 Oct 2015Di Long - fascinating photos.

05 October 2015 to 11 October 2015

Herne Bay Allotments - Photographic Club at Bay ART GalleryMon 5 - Sun 11 Oct 2015Herne Bay Allotments - Photographic Club.

08 October 2015 to 08 October 2015

Annual Cathedral Archives and Library Lecture at Canterbury Cathedral LodgeThu 8 Oct 2015Restoration or Renaissance? Cathedral libraries after 1660. Talk by Dr Sheila Hingley.

11 October 2015 to 11 October 2015

Henry Purcell DIDO and AENEAS at Colyer-Fergusson BuildingSun 11 Oct 2015Trevor Pinnock and friends present an evening inspired by Henry Purcell.

03 October 2015 to 03 October 2015

Grubby Gang! at WildwoodSat 3 Oct 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.

10 October 2015 to 10 October 2015

Grubby Gang! at WildwoodSat 10 Oct 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.

05 October 2015 to 05 October 2015

Royal Opera House - Le nozze di Figaro (live) at Gulbenkian CinemaMon 5 Oct 2015Often considered a perfect opera, Le nozze di Figaro represents Mozart's genius at its most lively and delightful.

06 October 2015 to 06 October 2015

The 2015 Cathedral Open Evening at Canterbury CathedralTue 6 Oct 2015Visitors will have the opportunity to try their hand at a number of skilled crafts including applying gold leaf, carving stone, and brass rubbing.Free guided and audio tours will be on offer and there will be visits to the private Chapels.

09 October 2015 to 09 October 2015

Recital for Flue, Soprano and Piano at Canterbury CathedralFri 9 Oct 2015Performed by: Patrick Williams - flute, Joanna Norman - Soprano and Stephen Barlow - Piano.

01 October 2015 to 01 October 2015

NT Encore - Coriolanus (recorded) at Gulbenkian CinemaThu 1 Oct 2015National Theatre Live's 2013 broadcast of the Donmar Warehouse's production of Coriolanus returns to cinemas by popular demand.

08 October 2015 to 08 October 2015

The Importance of Being Ernest LIVE (12A) at Gulbenkian CinemaThu 8 Oct 2015Don't miss Olivier Award winner and Poirot star David Suchet as the formidable Lady Bracknell in the LIVE cinema broadcast of Oscar Wilde's much loved masterpiece.

10 October 2015 to 10 October 2015

Horsebridge Comedy: Fred MacAulay at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 10 Oct 2015He's a long way from his Scottish home, but Fred's humour travels well. A popular guest on BBC Radio 4 shows The News Quiz, Bridget Christie Minds The Gap, and The Unbelievavle Truth.

01 May 2015 to 31 October 2015

Create a Flying Exotic Bird at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 1 May - Sat 31 Oct 2015Create your own flying bird using foam and feathers. Can you make it fly from one end of the gallery to the other?

26 September 2015 to 15 November 2015

The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2015 at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 26 Sep - Sun 15 Nov 2015The British Wildlife Photography Awards showcase the work of both amateur and professional photographers who have captured the beauty and diversity of British wildlife.

12 September 2015 to 08 November 2015

Canterbury Catch Club: its music and musicians at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 12 Sep - Sun 8 Nov 2015Canterbury Catch Club met from 1779 to 1865, offering members a convivial evening of music, food, drink and tobacco, followed by the witty catches popular in England for centuries.

19 September 2015 to 04 October 2015

Canterbury Oast Trust at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 19 Sep - Sun 4 Oct 2015This exhibition is a collaborative and eclectic collection of unique pieces with the theme of the journey of a creative process developing through material, collaboration, friendship and ideas into a beautiful object.

10 October 2015 to 25 October 2015

Kent Potters Association at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 10 - Sun 25 Oct 2015The Front Room hosts the Kent Potters Association annual selling exhibition. The show features an eclectic selection of beautiful ceramics including decorative sculpture for the garden and home as well as functional dishes and vessels.

08 October 2015 to 08 October 2015

Close to home - Photographing Kent's Wildlife at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 8 Oct 2015Kent based professional nature photographer Robert Canis will be giving an enthralling and informative talk about photographing Kent's diverse wildlife.

06 October 2015 to 10 October 2015

Wuthering Heights at The Marlowe TheatreTue 6 - Sat 10 Oct 2015A ballet version of the romantic masterpiece.

29 September 2015 to 03 October 2015

Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks at The Marlowe TheatreTue 29 Sep - Sat 3 Oct 2015A show based on the phenomenally successful Horrible Histories books.

30 September 2015 to 03 October 2015

Horrible Histories: Incredible Invaders at The Marlowe TheatreWed 30 Sep - Sat 3 Oct 2015A show based on the phenomenally successful Horrible Histories books.

01 October 2015 to 01 October 2015

Dara O Briain: Crowd Tickler at The Marlowe TheatreThu 1 Oct 2015The star of Mock The Week.

09 October 2015 to 09 October 2015

Elves And The Shoemaker at The Marlowe TheatreFri 9 Oct 2015After the sell-out success of Ugly Duckling and Three Little Pigs, and the TV adaptations for CBeebies, Northern Ballet presents their latest ballet for children, Elves And The Shoemaker.

03 October 2015 to 03 October 2015

Simon Munnery: And Nothing But at The Marlowe TheatreSat 3 Oct 2015Multi award-winning comedian Simon Munnery offers up a new stand-up show.

04 October 2015 to 04 October 2015

Nina Conti: In Your Face at The Marlowe TheatreSun 4 Oct 2015The British Comedy Award-winner.

09 October 2015 to 09 October 2015

Pss Pss at The Marlowe TheatreFri 9 Oct 2015A grown-up clown show from a multi-award winning international company.

10 October 2015 to 10 October 2015

Martin Stephenson And The Daintees at The Marlowe TheatreSat 10 Oct 2015A night of beautifully crafted songs.

02 October 2015 to 02 October 2015

Patrick Kielty - Help at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 2 Oct 2015Patrick Kielty returns to his stand up roots with a brand new show. But he can't do it on his own - he needs your help.

08 October 2015 to 08 October 2015

One Last Waltz at The Marlowe TheatreThu 8 Oct 2015A touching new play about dealing with dementia.

01 October 2015 to 01 October 2015

The Litvinenko Project at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 1 Oct 2015The day Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned, told through the cups of tea he drank that day.

04 October 2015 to 04 October 2015

Chris Ramsey - All Growed Up at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 4 Oct 2015Following sell-out runs of his last three UK tours, Chris is back with a brand new show for 2015.

06 October 2015 to 06 October 2015

The Noise Next Door on Tour at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 6 Oct 2015The unstoppable comedy juggernaut that is The Noise Next Door are turning up the volume for their third national tour!

07 October 2015 to 07 October 2015

Pocket Merchant at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 7 Oct 2015Propeller presents Pocket Merchant. Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice Pocket-size.

10 October 2015 to 10 October 2015

YolanDa Brown at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 10 Oct 2015Double MOBO Award Winning Saxophonist YolanDa Brown brings some sunshine to the Solihull Jazz Fest with a special set titled "Reggae Love Songs".

11 October 2015 to 11 October 2015

White Slate - Your Fragrant Phantom at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 11 Oct 2015In a life immortalised in fiction, F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald roared through the Jazz Age where dresses were shorter and liquor flowed longer.

12 October 2015 to 12 October 2015

A Midsummer Night's Dream (recorded) at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 12 Oct 2015From the director of The Lion King, Julie Taymor (Frida, The Magic Flute), comes a cinematic experience of the much heralded and sold-out production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

09 October 2015 to 09 October 2015

Flight Brigade at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 9 Oct 2015BBC 6 Music's Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson have championed the band who have supported Dry The River, Stornoway, King Charles and Seth Lakeman.

01 October 2015 to 01 October 2015

Oily Cart - Light Show at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 1 Oct 2015Oily Cart invites you into a magical paper palace, where the sensory delights of nature unfold to provide the audience with a fully immersive experience in two tailored versions for children with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

02 October 2015 to 02 October 2015

Oily Cart - Light Show at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 2 Oct 2015Oily Cart invites you into a magical paper palace, where the sensory delights of nature unfold to provide the audience with a fully immersive experience in two tailored versions for children with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

03 October 2015 to 03 October 2015

Scottish Dance Theatre - Fleur Darkin's Innocence at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 3 Oct 2015A unique playroom performance, Innocence invites little ones (and their adults), to explore William Blake's imagination and enter a realm of mystery, fun and adventure.

10 October 2015 to 10 October 2015

Canterbury postcard & Collectors Fair at Westgate HallSat 10 Oct 2015Dealers selling Postcards, Stamps, Playing Cards, Militaria, Coins, Cigarette Cards, Books, Breweriana, Ephemera, Antiques and Small Collectables etc.

03 October 2015 to 04 October 2015

Craft and Gift Fair at The Kings HallSat 3 - Sun 4 Oct 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.

10 October 2015 to 10 October 2015

An Evening of Burlesque (18) at The Kings HallSat 10 Oct 2015Join the biggest burlesque stars from arounf the world on one stage!

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