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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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What's On

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  • Whitstable Oyster FestivalFri 24 Jul - Sun 2 Aug 2015Traditional events, such as the historic Landing of the Oysters, the colourful seafood themed Oyster Parade, as well as the bustling Harbour Food Fair and the Firework Finale.
    Whitstable Classic Car ShowSun 2 Aug 2015Whitstable Classic Motor Show is at the idyllic setting of Tankerton Slopes, Whitstable, Kent. We have space for 700 classic vehicles, included in the show will be the Classic Music Show, Retro Market, children’s entertainers and more.
    Shellie Birkett - Rescued Relics at Bay ART GalleryMon 27 Jul - Sun 2 Aug 2015Shellie Birkett - Rescued Relics - Shellie and friends with a display of beautifully renovated upcycled items.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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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01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015

Arts & Crafts Fair at Church HallSat 1 Aug 2015Fifteen stalls offering items for gifts and personal use. Original paintings, prints, letterpress and etchings with an emphasis on local handcrafting. Refreshments available.

24 July 2015 to 02 August 2015

Whitstable Oyster FestivalFri 24 Jul - Sun 2 Aug 2015Traditional events, such as the historic Landing of the Oysters, the colourful seafood themed Oyster Parade, as well as the bustling Harbour Food Fair and the Firework Finale.

02 August 2015 to 02 August 2015

Whitstable Classic Car ShowSun 2 Aug 2015Whitstable Classic Motor Show is at the idyllic setting of Tankerton Slopes, Whitstable, Kent. We have space for 700 classic vehicles, included in the show will be the Classic Music Show, Retro Market, children’s entertainers and more.

27 July 2015 to 02 August 2015

Shellie Birkett - Rescued Relics at Bay ART GalleryMon 27 Jul - Sun 2 Aug 2015Shellie Birkett - Rescued Relics - Shellie and friends with a display of beautifully renovated upcycled items.

03 August 2015 to 03 August 2015

Richard Broome - 'Venice to the Carribean' at Bay ART GalleryMon 3 Aug 2015Richard Broome - 'Venice to the Carribean' - wonderfully atmospheric photographs.

04 August 2015 to 04 August 2015

Canvas Painting at Westgate GardensTue 4 Aug 2015Come and paint a picture in the Park with local artist Colette Baumback. Canvas adn paints provided. Choose your time slot.

07 August 2015 to 07 August 2015

Archives Tour and Afternoon Tea at Canterbury Cathedral LodgeFri 7 Aug 2015Enjoy a full afternoon tea in our restaurant that overlooks a beautiful courtyard garden. Afterwards, experience a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of the Cathedral Archives and Library.

03 August 2015 to 08 August 2015

Taking Sides by Ronald Harwood at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 3 - Sat 8 Aug 2015The Old Stagers present for their 164th Season Taking Sides by Ronald Harwood.

09 August 2015 to 09 August 2015

Glyndebourne - The Rape of Lucretia (live) at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 9 Aug 2015Fiona Shaw's award-winning production of a dark British masterpiece Britten's extraordinarily tense and chilling treatment of this historic tale.

10 August 2015 to 10 August 2015

Faulty Towers Dining Experience at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 10 Aug 2015Following 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.

10 August 2015 to 10 August 2015

Dance Xtreme at Westgate GardensMon 10 Aug 2015Looking for something new to do this summer? Why not join dancextreme in the park for a fun dance workshop! Learn something new this August!

15 August 2015 to 15 August 2015

Amy Johnson Air Show at Herne BaySat 15 Aug 2015Join us in Herne Bay for a great FREE day out and fantastic Air Show courtesy of BayPromoTeam. Starring The Red Arrows. The RAF Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows, is one of the world's premier aerobatic display teams.

10 August 2015 to 16 August 2015

Herne Bay Camera Club at Bay ART GalleryMon 10 - Sun 16 Aug 2015Herne Bay Camera Club - a wide range of different ideas and photos.

18 August 2015 to 18 August 2015

Pond Dipping at Westgate GardensTue 18 Aug 2015Discover the wildlife of the River Stour. Which creatures make this watery world their home? Choose your time slot.

19 August 2015 to 19 August 2015

Pond Dipping at Westgate GardensWed 19 Aug 2015Discover the wildlife of the River Stour. Which creatures make this watery world their home? Choose your time slot.

04 August 2015 to 22 August 2015

Dirty Dancing at The Marlowe TheatreTue 4 - Sat 22 Aug 2015Following its phenomenal run in 2013, the record-breaking sensation returns to Canterbury for three weeks only.

18 August 2015 to 23 August 2015

The Tiger Who Came To Tea LIVE ON STAGE! at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 18 - Sun 23 Aug 2015Following a smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show.

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.

17 August 2015 to 23 August 2015

Helen Fenner and Min Langridge at Bay ART GalleryMon 17 - Sun 23 Aug 2015Helen Fenner and Min Langridge 'Media Magic 2' - all things bright and beautiful. Mixed media art.

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.

24 August 2015 to 24 August 2015

Dance Xtreme at Westgate GardensMon 24 Aug 2015Looking for something new to do this summer? Why not join dancextreme in the park for a fun dance workshop! Learn something new this August!

26 August 2015 to 26 August 2015

RSC Live - Othello at Gulbenkian CinemaWed 26 Aug 2015After more than a decade working in film and television on projects from Star Wars to Holby City, Hugh Quarshie returns to the RSC to play Shakespeare's Othello.

24 August 2015 to 28 August 2015

The Canterbury Rock School at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 24 - Fri 28 Aug 2015Specialist workshops for song-writing, singing, running a band, performance and jamming for vocalists and all instrumentalists run by top music educators and professional musicians.

28 August 2015 to 28 August 2015

Bat and Moth Night at Westgate GardensFri 28 Aug 2015Discover the wildlife of the parks after dark. Join Kent Bat group for an evening walk looking for bats and fun discovering which moth species can be found using a light trap.

29 August 2015 to 29 August 2015

Far, Far Away ... Family Concert at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 29 Aug 2015Toddlers room is an interactive installation for those who walk unsteadily.

29 August 2015 to 29 August 2015

The Forest at University of Kent Sat 29 Aug 2015The Forest is an intriguing multi-sensory tale for ages 13+ with PMLD, immersing audiences in a world full of new sights, sounds, smells and sensations.

29 August 2015 to 29 August 2015

Queen of Cupcakes at University of Kent Sat 29 Aug 2015Create your own piece of wonderland decorating your own cupcake.

29 August 2015 to 29 August 2015

Be-Loved at University of Kent Sat 29 Aug 2015A stunning outdoor aerial production inspired by Angela Carter's short story The Tiger's Bride, a re-imagining of the Beauty and the Beast fairytale.

29 August 2015 to 29 August 2015

Treasure Island at University of Kent Sat 29 Aug 2015The Pantaloons entertaining version of the well loved tale.

29 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

bOing! International Festival at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 29 - Sun 30 Aug 2015Gulbenkian is delighted to announce bOing! International Family Festival is back in 2015! Join us this August for an amazing weekend of the very best in theatre, dance, music, films and fun for all the family.

29 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Far, Far Away at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 29 - Sun 30 Aug 2015Join Aurora Orchestra for a magical, musical adventure combining original story telling and multi-sensory interactive activities for all the family.

29 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Boogie Woogie Baby at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 29 - Sun 30 Aug 2015A daytime disco for the whole family.

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.

22 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Herne Bay FestivalSat 22 - Sun 30 Aug 2015Herne Bay Festival 2015 is taking place from Saturday 22nd to Sunday 30th August. This year’s theme is Victorian, the festival will be celebrating Herne Bay’s vibrant Victorian heritage.

29 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Fitting at University of Kent Sat 29 - Sun 30 Aug 2015A performative intervention for a group of performers in several mobile installations.

29 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Toddlernes Rom (Toddler's Room) at University of Kent Sat 29 - Sun 30 Aug 2015Toddlers room is an interactive installation for those who walk unsteadily.

29 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Tiger Tale at University of Kent Sat 29 - Sun 30 Aug 2015It's chaotic, it's dangerous but brilliantly funny as a tiger reignites a family's love for one another.

29 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Mega at University of Kent Sat 29 - Sun 30 Aug 2015Bryony Kimmings invites you to become her 9-year-old self, pull on a shell suit, grab a Walkman and embark on a trip down memory lane.

29 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Save the Lyma Birds at University of Kent Sat 29 - Sun 30 Aug 2015Come and play with the hatchlings and see for yourself that Lyma birds really do have the softest feathers in the world!

29 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Steam at University of Kent Sat 29 - Sun 30 Aug 2015The company that defined the look of parkour on stage return with a narrative dance-theatre piece unlike anything you’ve seen before.

29 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Be-Loved at University of Kent Sat 29 - Sun 30 Aug 2015A stunning outdoor aerial production inspired by Angela Carter's short story The Tiger's Bride, a re-imagining of the Beauty and the Beast fairytale.

29 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Fragile at University of Kent Sat 29 - Sun 30 Aug 2015Commissioned for the bOing! Festival, Fragile sees dancers and JCB diggers moving together in a spectacular performance.

29 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

A Mano (By Hand) at University of Kent Sat 29 - Sun 30 Aug 2015A story told with clay, through a small character with a great desire to escape from a shop window and its inhabitants.

29 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Treasure Island at University of Kent Sat 29 - Sun 30 Aug 2015The Pantaloons entertaining version of the well loved tale.

30 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Zip Zap Ka bOing! at University of Kent Sun 30 Aug 2015'Zip-Zap-Ka-bOing!' is a great chance for anyone with an instrument or a voice to discover the wonderful world of large group improvising.

30 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Headphones at University of Kent Sun 30 Aug 2015Headphones is a fun show for anyone to enjoy, a comic solo that allows the audience to tweet music suggestions, meaning no two shows will be the same!

29 August 2015 to 30 August 2015

Nubes (Clouds) at Colyer-Fergusson BuildingSat 29 - Sun 30 Aug 2015A magical, visually spectacular show for families filled with swirling clouds, miniature houses and enchanting music.

31 August 2015 to 31 August 2015

Dance Xtreme at Westgate GardensMon 31 Aug 2015Looking for something new to do this summer? Why not join dancextreme in the park for a fun dance workshop! Learn something new this August!

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.

24 August 2015 to 06 September 2015

Elaine Newman, Rob Tunrer and Derek Wright at Bay ART GalleryMon 24 Aug - Sun 6 Sep 2015Elaine Newman, Rob Turner and Derek Wright 'The Artist Next Door'. The work of 3 artists living in the same street ... The Painter, The Photographer, and the Map Maker.

09 August 2016 to 09 August 2016

Sarah Millican: Outsider at The Marlowe TheatreTue 9 Aug 2016Sarah Millican is venturing outside. Bring a cardie.

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