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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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23 October 2014 to 23 October 2014

Stopgap Dance Company - Artificial Things at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 23 Oct 2014Slowly suffocating in each other's company, a group of friends seek escape in a bash of riotous rock-n-roll.

23 October 2014 to 23 October 2014

Via Francigena Pilgrims' Trail - Day 1 at Canterbury CathedralThu 23 Oct 2014The Via Francigena is the Pilgrims' trail from Canterbury to Rome. Although we won't be walking the whole way, we will start at Canterbury and finish at Dover on successive Thursdays stopping at Shepherdswell en route.

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

The King's School CanterburyThu 23 Oct 2014From Marlowe to modern times: a walk through King's School's history with tales of its buildings, pupils and masters. Leader: Mary Berg

23 October 2014 to 23 October 2014

Student Makers' Market at CanterburyThu 23 Oct 2014Young artisans selling their art and crafts with live painting and local music.

23 October 2014 to 23 October 2014

WAX at CanterburyThu 23 Oct 2014Up and coming 4 piece pop rock band; featuring synth, guitar, drums and incredible vocals. They are a force to be reckoned with.

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

Roughneck Riot at The Lady LuckThu 23 Oct 2014The Roughneck Riot are a 6 piece Punk band from Warrington UK.

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 23 October 2014

The FB Pocket Orchestra at Festival SpiegeltentThu 23 Oct 2014The surprise hit of last year’s Festival, The FB Pocket Orchestra sashays through hot jazz, blues, ragtime and the entire Palm Court kit and caboodle.

23 October 2014 to 23 October 2014

Through the Grapevine: A Performed Wine Tasting at Mrs Jones KitchenThu 23 Oct 2014Through the Grapevine: A Performed Wine Tasting is a unique and new way of experiencing wine through immersive performance.

24 October 2014 to 24 October 2014

house and Crying Out Loud present Cie Kiai - OFF at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 24 Oct 2014A UK premiere of darkly comic circus starring a very big trampoline.

24 October 2014 to 24 October 2014

Film @ The Horsebridge: Frank at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreFri 24 Oct 2014Year: 2014 | Cert: 15 | Running Time: 1 hours and 35 minutes | Director: Lenny Abrahamson Frank is based on the memoir by Jon Ronson. It is a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom.

24 October 2014 to 24 October 2014

Buying Illusions at WhitstableFri 24 Oct 2014Collective exhibition by Dorota Todd, Clarinda Tse, Jolanta Morell. Private View 24th October, 6pm to 9pm.

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.

24 October 2014 to 24 October 2014

Halloween Films at Kavanagh CinemaFri 24 Oct 2014Halloween films all week at The Kavanagh Cinema, Herne Bay.

24 October 2014 to 24 October 2014

David Starkey - Music and Monarchy at The Shirley HallFri 24 Oct 2014Following his compelling book and television series on the subject, Dr David Starkey reflects on how music has underpinned the monarchy since the composer Kings Henry V and VIII.

20 October 2014 to 24 October 2014

24 October 2014 to 24 October 2014

Jumping Beaneys: The Spooks step out! at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 24 Oct 2014Get ready for hallowe'en with some fun stories, a spooky tour around the galleries and the chance to make your own scary mask!

24 October 2014 to 24 October 2014

Dylan Thomas: Return Journey at St Mary's Hall Studio TheatreFri 24 Oct 2014Heralded by critics worldwide as a ‘lyrical tour-de-force’, Bob Kingdom gives an electrifying performance as writer and poet Dylan Thomas in the final days of his life.

24 October 2014 to 24 October 2014

Broadway Choir and Friends at Festival SpiegeltentFri 24 Oct 2014Spiegeltent music concerts in conjunction with the Festival’s Principal Sponsor, Canterbury Christ Church University. The University’s musical theatre vocal ensemble performs Broadway hits and West End showstoppers.

24 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

Flown at The Marlowe TheatreFri 24 - Sat 25 Oct 2014Get ready for a captivating night at the circus packed with thrills, extraordinary feats, laughs and fantastic live music.

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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