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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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20 December 2014 to 21 December 2014

Lyngo Theatre - SNOW PLAY at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 20 - Sun 21 Dec 2014When Mr Green comes back from holiday to find Mr White in his house it's the start of a brrrrilliant series of adventures!

20 December 2014 to 21 December 2014

Meet Santa at WildwoodSat 20 - Sun 21 Dec 2014Meet Santa in his wonderous woodland grotto at Wildwood! every child gets a special present (assuming they've been good!).

21 December 2014 to 21 December 2014

Kent Youth Dance Christmas Variety Show at The Kings HallSun 21 Dec 2014Kick off your Christmas with an afternoon of family friendly festival entertainment!

21 December 2014 to 21 December 2014

Whitstable Farmers' Market at Whitstable Farmers MarketSun 21 Dec 2014Whitstable Farmer's Christmas Market takes places on Sunday 21st December.

21 December 2014 to 21 December 2014

Santa's Tickly Tale by Whizz Bang Pop at Charlton Park FoundationSun 21 Dec 2014Children from 3-11yrs will love this rollicking adventure coming to the Ballroom at Charlton Park Bishopsbourne on Sunday 21st December at 3pm.

21 December 2014 to 21 December 2014

Get On Up at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 21 Dec 2014From the director of The Help comes this stirring, thrillingly soundtracked biopic of soul and funk superstar James Brown.

21 December 2014 to 21 December 2014

It's a Wonderful Life at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 21 Dec 2014Set on Christmas Eve, this very touching, very romantic reverse - Scrooge fable is a seasonal classic.

21 December 2014 to 21 December 2014

Stations of the Cross (tbc) at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 21 Dec 2014Maria is 14 years old, brought up in a fundamentalist Catholic community she dreams of sainthood.

22 December 2014 to 22 December 2014

Faulty Towers Dining Experience at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 22 Dec 2014Following a tremendous year that included sold-out seasons in Canada, Sydney Opera House and Edinburgh Fringe, Australia's much feted tribute to the BBC's best-loved sitcom continues to tour the world.

01 December 2014 to 22 December 2014

Made in Whitstable at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreMon 1 - Mon 22 Dec 2014Select members from Made in Whitstable present a collection of art and craft for the Christmas period.

22 December 2014 to 22 December 2014

Get On Up at Gulbenkian CinemaMon 22 Dec 2014From the director of The Help comes this stirring, thrillingly soundtracked biopic of soul and funk superstar James Brown.

22 December 2014 to 22 December 2014

The Muppet Christmas Carol at Gulbenkian CinemaMon 22 Dec 2014Brian Henson directs this joyful Muppet version of the best-known Christmas story of all time.

22 December 2014 to 22 December 2014

The Shop Around the Corner at Gulbenkian CinemaMon 22 Dec 2014Ernest Lubitsch's romantic comedy is a very Christmassy fable - that also inspired the Tom Hank/Meg Ryan vehicle You've Got Mail.

23 December 2014 to 23 December 2014

Canterbury Cathedral Service of Carols Tue 23 Dec 2014The first of two identical Public Carol Services held by the Cathedral to celebrate Christmas.

17 December 2014 to 23 December 2014

Made in Whitstable Christmas Show at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 17 - Tue 23 Dec 2014Made in Whitstable Christmas Show.

20 December 2014 to 23 December 2014

Meet Santa at Howletts Wild Animal ParkSat 20 - Tue 23 Dec 2014Meet Santa Claus and his elves in his enchanted Gingerbread Grotto at selected weekends throughout November and December 2014 at Howletts Wild Animal Park, near Canterbury. Please see the website for more information and terms & conditions.

22 November 2014 to 23 December 2014

Meet Santa! at Whitefriars Shopping CentreSat 22 Nov - Tue 23 Dec 2014Santa's Grotto will be open from 22 November to 23 December, 10am to 5pm. You will find the entrance to his Grotto behind our Christmas Market cabins, where you will be able to view the winners of our Christmas windows schools competition.

01 December 2014 to 23 December 2014

Christmas Party at The Veg Box CaféMon 1 - Tue 23 Dec 2014Have a Christmas party with a difference at The Veg Box Cafe. We are now taking bookings of between 20 and 40 people. For just £20 a head you get the whole cafe to yourselves including staff and a licensed bar.

23 December 2014 to 23 December 2014

Frozen Sing a long at Gulbenkian CinemaTue 23 Dec 2014Fearless Princess Anna sets off on an epic journey with rugged mountain man Fristoff to find her sister whose icy powers have cruelly trapped the Kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.

24 December 2014 to 24 December 2014

Canterbury Cathedral Service of Carols Wed 24 Dec 2014The second of two identical Public Carol Services held by the Cathedral to celebrate Christmas. Entry to this Service is strictly by pre-obtained ticket only.

01 December 2014 to 24 December 2014

Christmas Lunches at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge at Canterbury TalesMon 1 - Wed 24 Dec 2014A brand new opportunity to literally follow in the footsteps of Chaucer's pilgrims this Christmas!

22 December 2014 to 24 December 2014

Meet Santa at WildwoodMon 22 - Wed 24 Dec 2014Meet Santa in his wonderous woodland grotto at Wildwood! every child gets a special present (assuming they've been good!).

25 December 2014 to 25 December 2014

Christmas Day Menu at The Woolpack InnThu 25 Dec 2014Christmas Day Menu at the Woolpack Inn Chilham.

27 December 2014 to 27 December 2014

LDN Wrestling - Christmas Special at The Kings HallSat 27 Dec 2014The stars of LDN Wrestling are coming for a night of action-packed drama!

28 December 2014 to 28 December 2014

Children's Society Christingle Service at Canterbury CathedralSun 28 Dec 2014An annual service held by the Children's Society as part of the national Christingle Celebration.

20 November 2014 to 28 December 2014

Whitefriars Christmas Market at Whitefriars Shopping CentreThu 20 Nov - Sun 28 Dec 2014The Whitefriars Christmas Market is bigger and better this year, with over 35 colourful cabins selling festive produce, gifts and decorations, in addition to our 60+ top brand stores.

27 December 2014 to 29 December 2014

Santa In Love at The Marlowe TheatreSat 27 - Mon 29 Dec 2014Have you ever wanted to know a secret? A Christmas secret! Maybe you’d like to know where the fairy on top of the Christmas tree comes from, or why you never see a Christmas elf, or what exactly happened to Frosty the Snowman?

31 December 2014 to 31 December 2014

31 December 2014 to 31 December 2014

New Year's Eve Gala Dinner Dance 2014 at Canterbury Cathedral LodgeWed 31 Dec 2014We cannot think of a more spectacular back drop to seeing in the New Year than from our Kentish Barn, which overlooks Canterbury Cathedral.

01 December 2014 to 31 December 2014

Christmas Events at Canterbury Cathedral LodgeMon 1 - Wed 31 Dec 2014The ideal location to celebrate Christmas with family, friends and colleagues! Once again we will be offering our ever popular festive events in 2014.

31 December 2014 to 31 December 2014

New Years Eve Casino Night 2014 at BEST WESTERN Abbots Barton HotelWed 31 Dec 2014Come and celebrate the New Year in style. Enjoy a drink and canapes on arrival in the Westfield Bar before a sumptuous six course gala dinner in the Cathedral Suite.

31 December 2014 to 31 December 2014

New Years Eve 2014 at Holiday Inn Express CanterburyWed 31 Dec 2014Celebrate New Year's Eve in Harbledowns at the Holiday Inn Express Canterbury.

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.

31 December 2014 to 31 December 2014

New Year's Eve Gourmet Dinner & Dance at ABode Canterbury Wed 31 Dec 2014Bring in the New Year at ABode Canterbury and be rest assured you will have lasting memories of unbeatable splendour and gourmet pleasures.

31 December 2014 to 31 December 2014

31 December 2014 to 31 December 2014

New Years Eve at Old Brewery TavernWed 31 Dec 2014Entrance by ticket only, to be purchased in advance. DJ until the early hours and a great party atmosphere.

31 December 2014 to 01 January 2015

New Year's Eve Party feat. Hullabaloo at The Kings HallWed 31 Dec 2014 - Thu 1 Jan 2015Start 2015 with a bang. Come and celebrate at the new year with the fantastic Hullabaloo!

20 December 2014 to 04 January 2015

Home Front Whitstable, 1914-18 at Whitstable Museum and GallerySat 20 Dec 2014 - Sun 4 Jan 2015Exploring life on the British home front 1914-18 through original posters, cartoon artworks and popular arts and souvenirs.

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).

28 November 2014 to 11 January 2015

Aladdin at The Marlowe TheatreFri 28 Nov 2014 - Sun 11 Jan 2015This Christmas, take a magic carpet ride to the Far East with our hilarious, fun-packed family pantomime, Aladdin.

22 November 2014 to 18 January 2015

Winter exhibition at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 22 Nov 2014 - Sun 18 Jan 2015Warm yourself by the cultural fireside that is the Front Room's selling Winter exhibition, celebrating all aspects of the season.

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.

12 December 2015 to 12 December 2015

Canterbury postcard & Collectors Fair at Westgate HallSat 12 Dec 2015Dealers selling Postcards, Stamps, Playing Cards, Militaria, Coins, Cigarette Cards, Books, Breweriana, Ephemera, Antiques and Small Collectables etc.

01 December 2015 to 31 December 2015

Christmas Events at Canterbury Cathedral LodgeTue 1 - Thu 31 Dec 2015The ideal location to celebrate Christmas with family, friends and colleagues! Once again we will be offering our ever-popular festive events in 2015.

31 December 2015 to 31 December 2015

New Year's Eve Gala Dinner Dance 2015 at Canterbury Cathedral LodgeThu 31 Dec 2015We cannot think of a more spectacular back drop to seeing in the New Year. Enjoy champagne and canapés on arrival, a 5-course dinnerm DJ and live music, followed by champagne and a Scottish piper at midnight.

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