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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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25 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

Atresbandes - Solfatara at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 25 Oct 2014A young couple exchange brittle conversation across a dinner table when a row over puff pastry causes their frustrations to erupt with catastrophic honesty.

25 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

Andy Zaltzman: Satirist For Hire at The Marlowe TheatreSat 25 Oct 2014The British-based half of the global hit topical podcast The Bugle comes to Canterbury.

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.

25 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

Simon Evans at The Shirley HallSat 25 Oct 2014Star of Channel 4’s Stand Up For The Week and a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4, Simon is a regular on The News Quiz, The Unbelievable Truth, Armando Iannucci’s Charm Offensive.

25 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

Piano Recital with Christina Lawrie at Whitstable Methodist ChurchSat 25 Oct 2014A Whitstable Music Society Concert which will include music by Mozart, Schubert, Rachmaninov and Brahms.

25 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

Canterbury's Medieval HospitalsSat 25 Oct 2014Some ancient hospitals withstood the upheavals of Henry VIII's reign. Some still fulfil functions envisaged by their medieval founders. Leader: Sheila Sweetinburgh.

25 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

Gruesome Canterbury Tales...Sat 25 Oct 2014And Other Interesting Stuff. Canterbury history, including gruesome events, ghosts etc. Leader: Lenny Clark

25 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

Light up the City at CanterburySat 25 Oct 2014Pilgrims Hospices popular 'Light up the City' is back on Saturday 25th October 2014. Choose from a 3k dusk stroll or a 5km run around the historic city walls and streets in aid of hospice care. Teams, families and dogs are all welcome.

25 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

Kayak Taster Sessions at The George And DragonSat 25 Oct 2014A fun and light hearted introduction to the world of kayaking. Please note trainers, waterproof jacket and warm layers are required and a flask with a warm drink is recommended for trips.

25 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

Pride at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 25 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.

25 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

Moomin and Midsummer Madness at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 25 Oct 2014Everyone's favourite Finnish fictional cartoon creatures, the endearing Moomins, find themselves on the big screen in this utterly delightful film.

25 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

A November Day at St Mary's Hall Studio TheatreSat 25 Oct 2014In forgotten boxes in an attic a woman discovers the story of her grandfather, a survivor of the First World War, and his unexpected encounter with a stray dog who knew no boundaries.

25 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

Moving a Country: Refugee Stories at Penny Theatre Sat 25 Oct 2014'Moving a Country: Refugee Stories' is hosted by Kent Refugee Help, a charity which supports detainees in Dover Immigration Removal Centre, and the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, University of Kent.

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?

25 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

Comedy Club 4 Kids at Festival SpiegeltentSat 25 Oct 2014Like the name says, it’s a Comedy Club for Kids! Cracking entertainment for everyone over six years old and under 400 years old (no vampires please!).

25 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

Bourgeois & Maurice at Festival SpiegeltentSat 25 Oct 2014Riding the zeitgeist in unmatchable style since 2007, the UK’s sharpest, darkest musical siblings Bourgeois & Maurice descend on Canterbury Festival for a night of scabrous satire and skin-tight catsuits.

25 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

Late Night at the Spiegeltent at Festival SpiegeltentSat 25 Oct 2014Why not stay on after Bourgeois & Maurice 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!

25 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

Avi Simmons & Emily Watts at Mrs Jones KitchenSat 25 Oct 2014Avi Simmons and Emily Watts will each perform their own beautifully crafted songs and gorgeous vocals. With Avi on guitar and Emily on piano this promises to be an evening of outstanding songwriting talent.

25 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

Christina Lawrie (piano) at St John's Methodist ChurchSat 25 Oct 2014Mozart: Fantasia in C minor K475 Ronald Stevenson: Peter Grimes Fantasy Schubert: Wanderer Fantasy Rachmaninoff: Pieces from Morceaux de Fantasie Carl Vine: Five Bagatelles Brahms: Seven fantasies

25 October 2014 to 26 October 2014

History of the Illuminated Page at St Augustine's AbbeySat 25 - Sun 26 Oct 2014Many important and beautiful manuscripts were created by monks over 800 years ago. See this process from start to finish.

25 October 2014 to 26 October 2014

Moths: A Further Apology! at Reculver Country Park & Reculver TowersSat 25 - Sun 26 Oct 2014Back by popular deman! This superb exhibition by local artist, Linda Evans is revisiting Reculver this autumn. An art and nature exhibition demonstrating the enormous diversity of moth, beautifully rendered in pastels.

25 October 2014 to 26 October 2014

Adventure in Acrylics at Petham Village HallSat 25 - Sun 26 Oct 2014A display of work in acrylics produced by the Petham Adult Studies Art Group under the tutelage of Micky Motley.

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.

25 October 2014 to 26 October 2014

Flight: Patricia Wilson Smith at St Mary's ChurchSat 25 - Sun 26 Oct 2014An installation in remembrance of 346 soldiers of the First World War whose stories cannot be told.

25 October 2014 to 30 October 2014

Buying Illusions at WhitstableSat 25 - Thu 30 Oct 2014Collective exhibition by Dorota Todd, Clarinda Tse, Jolanta Morell. Private View 24th October, 6pm to 9pm.

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

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.

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

Bat Hunt at Druidstone ParkSat 25 Oct - Sun 2 Nov 2014Bat Hunt at Druidstone Park during October Half Term.

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.

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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