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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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01 December 2014 to 01 December 2014

Seabright Productions presents Eric and Little Ern at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 1 Dec 2014This affectionate, moving and fantastically funny homage to the greatest comedy double act that Britain has ever seen vividly brings back warm memories of a bygone era.

01 December 2014 to 01 December 2014

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue at The Marlowe TheatreMon 1 Dec 2014Radio 4's multi award-winning antidote to panel games.

02 December 2014 to 02 December 2014

Rural Consortium of Schools at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 2 Dec 2014Primary Schools Choir and Snowdown Colliery Band. Enjoy a great start to the Christmas Season.

19 November 2014 to 02 December 2014

Oil Paintings at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 19 Nov - Tue 2 Dec 2014Kevin Lord Oil on canvas This is my fourth exhibition at the Horsebridge. Using oul paint is my passion. Landscapes and still life are the subjects which inspire me.

26 November 2014 to 02 December 2014

A Selection of Shiraz Rugs at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 26 Nov - Tue 2 Dec 2014Shiraz Rugs Come and view this beautiful collection.

03 December 2014 to 03 December 2014

Cafe Live - The Fez Comedy Club at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 3 Dec 2014The Fez Comedy Club proudly presents a stellar night of star spangled comedy.

03 December 2014 to 03 December 2014

Princess of Wales Royal Regiment Carol Service at Canterbury CathedralWed 3 Dec 2014A bi-annual fundraising Carol Service run by the 3rd Battalion PWRR on behalf of the Army Benevolent Fund.

03 December 2014 to 03 December 2014

Poetry, memorials and battlefield tourism at Sidney Cooper GalleryWed 3 Dec 2014Poetry, memorials and battlefield tourism: Commemorating the First World War. Dr Sally Minogue and Dr Andrew Palmer will speak about the ways we commemorate the First World War with words, stone, and travel.

03 December 2014 to 03 December 2014

Festive Strings at St Gregory's Centre for MusicWed 3 Dec 2014The University's String Orchestra (director: Martin Outram) and string chamber groups perform a diverse range of music, including Ireland's atmospheric Downland Suite.

04 December 2014 to 04 December 2014

Jason Byrne In You Name The Show at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 4 Dec 2014As featured on BBC1's Live at the Apollo and IVT's The Royal Variety Show.

05 December 2014 to 05 December 2014

Three Half Pints - A Christmas Carol at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 5 Dec 2014Based on Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol, comedy troupe in residence at Gulbenkian, the Three Half Pints have created their own unique, slapstick and slightly silly version - we guarantee you've never seen it like this before.

05 December 2014 to 05 December 2014

Dancing Day: A Christmas Choral Celebration at Canterbury CathedralFri 5 Dec 2014Dancing Day: A Christmas Choral Celebration. A Christmas Concert performed by the Girls' Choir.

05 December 2014 to 05 December 2014

Laid Bare Cabaret at The Marlowe TheatreFri 5 Dec 2014Laid Bare Cabaret returns to The Marlowe Theatre Studio after its sell out success in June.

05 December 2014 to 05 December 2014

Head in the Clouds at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreFri 5 Dec 2014Head in the Clouds: The Peregrinations of Marie Marvingt. Fresh from 4 star reviews in Edinburgh, a 'fun and exciting' and 'immensely entertaining piece'. Discover the incredible adventures of one of France's first female aviators.

05 December 2014 to 05 December 2014

The Rat Pack Show Christmas Special at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableFri 5 Dec 2014The Playhouse Theatre is pleased to welcome back by popular demand ‘The One and Only Rat Pack’ with their special Christmas Show – a fabulous way to start your festive season!

05 December 2014 to 05 December 2014

Music Society End of Term Showcase at Canterbury Christ Church UniversityFri 5 Dec 2014The University's Music Society's diverse ensembles step up with this festive offering for the year's end. All ensembles are directed and rehearsed by students, demonstrating the sheer talent and creative variety fostered by the Society.

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

Three Half Pints - A Christmas Carol at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 6 Dec 2014Based on Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol, comedy troupe in residence at Gulbenkian, the Three Half Pints have created their own unique, slapstick and slightly silly version - we guarantee you've never seen it like this before.

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

Gerard and the Watchmen at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 6 Dec 2014Rising stars of the UK's Alternative Folk Scene, the band have toured extensively throughout the UK.

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

The Marlowe Comedy Cabaret at The Marlowe TheatreSat 6 Dec 2014Our comedy and variety night brings you top stand-up comedy acts along with some quirky cabaret performers. Expect to see tomorrow's comedy stars today.

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

Holly Hullabaloo! at WildwoodSat 6 Dec 2014Get ready for Christmas with our festive craft event! Make fun Christmas decorations to take home from natural and recycled materials.

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

Christmas Trees at WildwoodSat 6 Dec 2014A range of beautiful Christmas trees will be available to buy from stock on Saturday 6th December. Order yours in advance from the Wildwood shop.

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

Christmas Conservation Task Day at Westgate GardensSat 6 Dec 2014Take part in our Christmas conservation coppicing task on Bingley Island. Hot drinks and mince pies provided!

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

Christmas with the Crooner at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 6 Dec 2014We are delighted that Martin has once again chosen to perform his festive show ‘Christmas with The Crooner’ at the Horsebridge. Last year’s show was an enormous success.

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

Oysterband at University of Kent Sat 6 Dec 2014Gulbenkian in collaboration with Kent Sport present Oysterband.

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

Gospel Choir at Canterbury Christ Church UniversitySat 6 Dec 2014The University's acclaimed Gospel Choir (director: Vince Peilow) kick-starts your celebration of Christmas with joyful music by Kirk Franklin, Hezekiah Walker, Bazil Meade, Mark Beswick and more.

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

Christmas with the Pops Orchestra at St Gregory's Centre for MusicSat 6 Dec 2014The Music Society's acclaimed Pops Orchestra (director: Dan Tomkinson) is joined by another Society ensemble, Cantiamo, to bring you traditional Christmas sounds along with a selection of Christmas television favourites.

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

St Nicholas City Parade at CanterburySat 6 Dec 2014Join in our annual Parade through our iconic city and enjoy the magical atmosphere; music, costumes and fun for all. More information to follow later in the year.

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

Christmas Fair at Goodnestone Park GardensSat 6 Dec 2014The Goodnestone Park Christmas Fair 2014 will be held on Saturday 6 December between 10am and 2pm. There will be 28 stallholders from all over the country made up of gifts in the FitzWalter Room & food in the tearoom.

07 December 2014 to 07 December 2014

Long Moon Night Tour at WildwoodSun 7 Dec 2014See our animals under the moonlight on a guided night tour to coincide with the full moon. Gift vouchers available.

06 December 2014 to 07 December 2014

Meet Santa at WildwoodSat 6 - Sun 7 Dec 2014Meet Santa in his wonderous woodland grotto at Wildwood! every child gets a special present (assuming they've been good!).

07 December 2014 to 07 December 2014

Christmas Market @ The Horsebridge at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSun 7 Dec 2014Pop in to our beautifully decorated market and find a festive feast of hand-made artisan gifts just waiting to be bought and wrapped for the special people in your life.

06 December 2014 to 07 December 2014

Meet Santa at Howletts Wild Animal ParkSat 6 - Sun 7 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.

07 December 2014 to 07 December 2014

The Return of Strictly Music Hall at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableSun 7 Dec 2014Wickham’s Wandering Oldtyme Stagers (WWOS) will be returning to the Whitstable Playhouse, to present for your delight and delectation, The Return Of Strictly Music Hall as a lead up to the Christmas festivities for one performance only!

07 December 2014 to 07 December 2014

Winter Wonderland at Hampton Primary School Sun 7 Dec 2014Outdoor Ice Skating, visit Santa in his Grotto, funfair rides and stalls, festive pony rides, hot food and refreshments, face painting, craft stalls, children's activities, magic with Reg E Mental. Come along and join in the fun.

08 December 2014 to 08 December 2014

The Paper Stage - Reading Renaissance Drama at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 8 Dec 2014The Paper Stage is a new play-reading group dedicated to the extraordinary and diverse drame of the Renaissance.

08 December 2014 to 08 December 2014

Film @ The Horsebridge: Some Like it Hot at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreMon 8 Dec 2014Year: 1959 | Cert: 12 | Running Time: 1 hour and 58 minutes Director: Billy Wilder

09 December 2014 to 09 December 2014

Comic Book Club at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreTue 9 Dec 2014You! Yes you! Put down that copy of The Financial Times, discard your well thumbed copy of Fifty Shades of Grey and come and read comics, you know you want to.

09 December 2014 to 12 December 2014

Lyngo Theatre - SNOW PLAY at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 9 - Fri 12 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!

03 December 2014 to 16 December 2014

Jean Markham's Christmas Exhibition at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 3 - Tue 16 Dec 2014Paintings, Prings and Cards Bright colours to cheer you up.

12 November 2014 to 17 December 2014

Remembering, we Forget at Sidney Cooper GalleryWed 12 Nov - Wed 17 Dec 2014Remembering, we Forget; Poets, Artists and the First World War. This exhibition has been structured round key poems of the First World War, by poets such as Vera Brittain, Ivor Gurney, David Jones and Siegfried Sassoon.

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 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.

01 December 2014 to 24 December 2014

Christmas Party Nights at Canterbury TalesMon 1 - Wed 24 Dec 2014This package is ideal for a group from an office(s) who want to get togehter to celebrate Christmas with a difference.

01 December 2014 to 24 December 2014

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

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.

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.

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).

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.
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