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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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03 June 2015 to 03 June 2015

Birdman (15) at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableWed 3 Jun 2015Birdman is a drama following an actor once renowned for playing the title role in a superhero film, as he attempts to revitalise his career by writing, directing and starring in a theatre production.

04 June 2015 to 04 June 2015

National Theatre Live - Encore: Man and Superman at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableThu 4 Jun 2015Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, Schindler’s List; Oedipus at the National Theatre) plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic.

04 June 2015 to 04 June 2015

What Difference did Feminism make to Art? at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 4 Jun 2015An examination of art and feminism in the 1960s and discussions around the ongoing relationship between gender and art. Talk from Professor Mary Evans (London School of Economics).

05 June 2015 to 05 June 2015

Informal Concert at Canterbury CathedralFri 5 Jun 2015Performed by John Findon and David Newsholme.

05 June 2015 to 05 June 2015

Every Brilliant Thing at The Marlowe TheatreFri 5 Jun 2015A new play about depression and the lengths we go to for those we love.

05 June 2015 to 05 June 2015

Jive for Kev Fundraiser Evening at The Kings HallFri 5 Jun 2015Start your evening with a beginners jive class at 7.15pm, with teacher Andrew Hall from Canterbury Jive Class. Then hit the dance floor and try out your new moves!

03 June 2015 to 05 June 2015

Clouds Of Sils Maria (cert. tbc) at Gulbenkian CinemaWed 3 - Fri 5 Jun 2015A captivating study of Maria, an aging actress, her devoted personal assistant Valentina and Jo-Ann, a nubile young actress eager to take Maria's crown.

05 June 2015 to 05 June 2015

Safeguarding the Ancestors at Canterbury Cathedral LodgeFri 5 Jun 2015Safeguarding the Ancestors: The Renewal of Canterbury's Great South Window

06 June 2015 to 06 June 2015

Hercules at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 6 Jun 2015ONE extraordinary superhero, 12 impossible tasks…it's the story of Hercules as you've never seen it before!

06 June 2015 to 06 June 2015

Bruckner's Mass In E Minor at Canterbury CathedralSat 6 Jun 2015Performed by The Canterbury Choral Society.

02 June 2015 to 06 June 2015

Matthew Bourne's The Car Man at The Marlowe TheatreTue 2 - Sat 6 Jun 2015Fasten your seat belts for The Car Man. Matthew Bourne’s internationally-acclaimed dance thriller was first seen in 2000, winning the Evening Standard Award for Musical Event Of The Year.

06 June 2015 to 06 June 2015

Grubby Gang! at WildwoodSat 6 Jun 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.

06 June 2015 to 06 June 2015

Peter Knight's Gigspanner Album Launch at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 6 Jun 2015Gigspanner launch their new album Layers of Ages, which blows the dust from well-worn traditional music and songs to reveal authentic moments of staggering originality and beuaty.

06 June 2015 to 06 June 2015

Magna Carta Conference at Canterbury Christ Church UniversitySat 6 Jun 2015It is highly appropriate that Canterbury, as one of the so-called Magna Carta Towns, should have a central place in the 800th anniversary celebrations for Magna Carta in June 2015.

06 June 2015 to 06 June 2015

Magna Carta Celebration Day at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 6 Jun 2015Celebrate the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta and the launch of the Canterbury in the Age of Magna Carta exhibition.

06 June 2015 to 06 June 2015

Cinderella (U) at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 6 Jun 2015Young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother but her fortunes begin to change when she meets a dashing stranger in the woods and her spirited, lively fairy godmother.

06 June 2015 to 06 June 2015

Craftmakers Market at Beach Creative Community Arts CentreSat 6 Jun 2015Beach Creative hosts Craftmakers Market. Crafters, makers and vintage bazaar.

07 June 2015 to 07 June 2015

Munn Academy of Dance - Musicals and much more at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 7 Jun 2015Members of the Munn Academy of Dance present their 2015 show.

07 June 2015 to 07 June 2015

Illegal Eagles at The Marlowe TheatreSun 7 Jun 2015Now established as the world's official No.1 Eagles tribute, the Illegal Eagles continue to amaze crowds everywhere with their extremely tight harmonies and acute attention to detail.

07 June 2015 to 07 June 2015

Alex Horne: Monsieur Butterfly at The Marlowe TheatreSun 7 Jun 2015Nominated for Best Show at 2014 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards.

07 June 2015 to 07 June 2015

Seashore Foraging at WildwoodSun 7 Jun 2015Learn how to identify and prepare edible seaweeds, shellfish and shore plants then sample the spring fruits of the seashore. Own transport required for travel to a local beach. Course tutor: Steve Kirk.

07 June 2015 to 07 June 2015

The Big Lunch Canterbury at Westgate HallSun 7 Jun 2015Join in our Canterbury community summer party! Who: Anyone living in, working or travelling through Canterbury Bring: Your friends and family, food to eat (some food will be available to buy) Cost: Free entry and entertainment!

01 June 2015 to 07 June 2015

Pam Stapeley - Paintings at Bay ART GalleryMon 1 - Sun 7 Jun 2015Pam Stapeley - Paintings.

09 May 2015 to 07 June 2015

Sense of Place at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 9 May - Sun 7 Jun 2015As part of The Beaney's Sixties Season students and staff from UCA Canterbury's Graphic Design department have created diverse graphic responses to one of the themes in the current Home and Away exhibition: a sense of place.

07 June 2015 to 07 June 2015

8 ½ (15) at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 7 Jun 2015Undoubtedly one of the greatest films ever made, Fellini’s convoluted, self-reflexive masterpiece is perhaps the ultimate art-movie, and beloved by critics and audiences alike.

07 June 2015 to 07 June 2015

Craftmakers Market at Beach Creative Community Arts CentreSun 7 Jun 2015Beach Creative hosts Craftmakers Market. Crafters, makers and vintage bazaar.

08 June 2015 to 08 June 2015

Ministry Of Science Live at The Marlowe TheatreMon 8 Jun 2015Ministry Of Science Live is about to explode on stage.

08 June 2015 to 08 June 2015

RaveFit at The Kings HallMon 8 Jun 2015Vibes Dance Studio introduces a fun, energising dance class suitable for all fitness levels to get you ready for the summer months!

05 June 2015 to 08 June 2015

Far From The Madding Crowd (12A) at Gulbenkian CinemaFri 5 - Mon 8 Jun 2015Based on the Thomas Hardy novel with a superbly spirited central performance by Carey Mulligan as beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene, an independent 19th century heroine who attracts three different suitors.

09 June 2015 to 09 June 2015

London Road Live Film Premiere at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 9 Jun 2015This unmissable premiere event will feature an exclusive Q&A following the screening with the key cast and crew, broadcast live from London.

09 June 2015 to 09 June 2015

Stewart Lee: A Room With A Stew at The Marlowe TheatreTue 9 Jun 2015A brand new live show with fresh material in preparation for Stewart’s next BBC2 series of Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle. "Remains one of the best stand-ups in the country" METRO

09 June 2015 to 09 June 2015

Comic Book Club at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreTue 9 Jun 2015A great club got lovers of comics and graphic novels - a heady mix of industry professionals and fans of the artform. Come and have a beer and read great, inspiring, new or vintage graphic novels.

03 June 2015 to 09 June 2015

Kentish Allsorts at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 3 - Tue 9 Jun 2015Eight of Kent's most popular artists come together to exhibit the best of their latest work. Whether you are interested in prints or paintings, textiles or jewellery there will be something here for you.

03 June 2015 to 09 June 2015

Paintagon at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 3 - Tue 9 Jun 2015The five artists are all members of Canterbury Society of Art, who have come together for the first time to exhibit their recent work which is an eclectic mix of artistic styles and media.

09 June 2015 to 09 June 2015

Walk and Talk at The Kings HallTue 9 Jun 2015Now that nicer weather is here, why not join our weekly walks along the beautiful sea front? Enjoy the fresh air and get some gentle exercise too!

09 June 2015 to 09 June 2015

London Road Live Film Premiere (15) at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableTue 9 Jun 2015The residents of London Road had struggled for years with frequent soliciting and kerb-crawling on their street.

09 June 2015 to 10 June 2015

T24 - Much Ado About Nothing at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 9 - Wed 10 Jun 2015Shakespeare's classic comedy Much Ado About Nothing is coming to the Gulbenkian.

10 June 2015 to 10 June 2015

Cafe Live - Digibury at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 10 Jun 2015Digibury is Kent's monthly meet-up event for digital and creative types

10 June 2015 to 10 June 2015

Boyhood (15) at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableWed 10 Jun 2015Boyhood is a US drama, filmed with the same cast over a period of 12 years, showing family life as the children grow into young adults.

30 May 2015 to 12 June 2015

UCA Graduation Show 2015 at Herbert Read GallerySat 30 May - Fri 12 Jun 2015Your opportunity to see the amazing work our graduates produce. The show will include work from all the courses at UCA Canterbury.

08 June 2015 to 14 June 2015

Ruth Rice 'Glass By The Sea' at Bay ART GalleryMon 8 - Sun 14 Jun 2015Ruth Rice 'Glass By The Sea' selection of glass sculptures, jewellery inspired by the sea.

10 June 2015 to 16 June 2015

Colin McGowan at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 10 - Tue 16 Jun 2015A selection of artworks from local artist Colin McGowan in watercolour, acrylic and raku-fired ceramic.

10 June 2015 to 16 June 2015

Brushes with Nature at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 10 - Tue 16 Jun 2015Perrywood Arts Having worked in and around the woodlands of Kent for some years, Perrywood Arts present their intrepretation of Brushes with Nature.

01 June 2015 to 21 June 2015

East Kent Mencap Photographic Club at Beach Creative Community Arts CentreMon 1 - Sun 21 Jun 2015East Kent Mencap Photographic Echibition in the Rossetti Room.

02 June 2015 to 21 June 2015

'The Radio Forts in Colour' at Beach Creative Community Arts CentreTue 2 - Sun 21 Jun 2015Thames Estuary and WWII Sea Forts - photographs by Bob Le-Roi. Private View and Talk with tea and cakes on Sunday 7 June, 5pm to 7pm

04 May 2015 to 28 June 2015

POST NUDE at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreMon 4 May - Sun 28 Jun 2015The Horsebridge Centre's quirkiest open exhibition returns by popular demand! We invite nude postcards to be popped into a regular postbox and sent to the centre. Entry guidelines are available at the front desk or on the website.

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.

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.

28 May 2015 to 30 August 2015

Poet in Residence: Canterbury Roman Museum Thu 28 May - Sun 30 Aug 2015Gary Studley is a writer and visual artist with long-term connections to Canterbury.

28 May 2015 to 31 August 2015

Armchair Artist in Residence - Rob Turner at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 28 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.

05 June 2015 to 06 September 2015

Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 5 Jun - Sun 6 Sep 2015To celebrate the anniversary of this momentous occasion, the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge will be opening a new exhibition 'Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta', which will run from 5 June to 6 September 2015.

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