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What's on in Canterbury & the Surrounding Area

Canterbury events 2014 include; theatre, dance, week-long traditional festivals to day carnivals, classic car shows to international food fairs and live music to outdoor theatre, it's all here and awaiting your visit. Take a look through the events in Canterbury to find out what is coming up.

Please be advised that events in Canterbury may be subject to change. Before making your travel plans we suggest you contact the event organisers to confirm details.

Featured Events & Festivals

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Mystery, Magic and Midnight feasts

Sat 31 Jan - Sun 19 Apr 2015

Beautiful Damned

Beautiful Damned

Sat 7 Feb 2015

Your Clock Tower

Your Clock Tower!

Sat 14 Feb 2015

Food and Drink Fair

Food and Drink Fair

Sun 8 Mar 2015

Sci-Fi By The SeaQuel

Sci-Fi By The SeaQuel

Sun 21 Jun 2015

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03 February 2015 to 03 February 2015

Open Lecture at Canterbury CathedralTue 3 Feb 2015Chaucer and other medieval authors' A talk by Professor Peter Brown - University of Kent.

03 February 2015 to 03 February 2015

Informal Recital at Canterbury CathedralTue 3 Feb 2015Performed by: Angeline Kanagasooriam, Nicholas Todd and Stephen Matthews.

03 February 2015 to 03 February 2015

The Marlowe Young Musician Of The Year at The Marlowe TheatreTue 3 Feb 2015Your chance to see the classical music starts of tomorrow. Our young finalists will be accompanied by the Kent Concert Orchestra. This concert includes a solo performance by Matilda Lloyd, winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Award.

03 February 2015 to 03 February 2015

Life Drawing at Sidney Cooper GalleryTue 3 Feb 2015Back by popular demand, artist Roy Eastland brings his expertise in drawing to the purpose built drawing studios at the Sidney Cooper Centre and invites you to join him in a five week evening course.

04 February 2015 to 04 February 2015

Ross Noble: Tangentleman at The Marlowe TheatreWed 4 Feb 2015Following 14 sell-out tours, the king of improvisational comedy is back with another mind-blowing UK tour.

04 February 2015 to 04 February 2015

Woodland Winter Walks at WildwoodWed 4 Feb 2015Warm up with a cuppa before going on a winter woodland walk. Your guide will bring treats to attract our animals closer and look for some special encounters along the way!

05 February 2015 to 05 February 2015

Seth Lakeman at The Marlowe TheatreThu 5 Feb 2015West Country folk singer/songwriter Seth Lakeman is a man at the top of his game. Winner of Best Album at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, this one-off concert is a chance to get up close and personal with this folk superstar.

05 February 2015 to 05 February 2015

Singin' In The Rain at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableThu 5 Feb 2015Widely considered as Hollywood's greatest musical, this classic from 1952 follows the shaky path of a small movie studio as its actors, producers and technicians make the transition from silent film making to the age of sound.

30 January 2015 to 05 February 2015

Testament of Youth (15) (Live event with BFI) at Gulbenkian CinemaFri 30 Jan - Thu 5 Feb 2015Adapted from Vera Brittain's classic memoir, famed for its vivid portrayal of a generation lost to WWI and as a young woman's account of her life at a time of tumultuous change.

03 February 2015 to 06 February 2015

There was an Old Woman at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 3 - Fri 6 Feb 2015An Oily Cart production in association with the Southbank Centre - There was an Old Woman. Join us on a journey through the sights, scents textures and sounds of this multi-sensory Oily Cart Wonderland in the company of a live musician.

06 February 2015 to 06 February 2015

Lapis Lazuli at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 6 Feb 2015The six-piece don't write songs, their compositions are more expansive and eclectic instrumental pieces of music combining diverse influences delivered with the aesthetic of a rock orchestra.

06 February 2015 to 06 February 2015

Philharmonia Orchestra at The Marlowe TheatreFri 6 Feb 2015This concert features some of classical music's greatest inventors.

06 February 2015 to 06 February 2015

Lucy Porter: Me Time at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreFri 6 Feb 2015Finding modern life a bit difficult? Maybe you were born in the wrong era? In this show Lucy tries to find her rightful place in history.

07 February 2015 to 07 February 2015

There was an Old Woman at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 7 Feb 2015An Oily Cart production in association with the Southbank Centre - There was an Old Woman. Join us on a journey through the sights, scents textures and sounds of this multi-sensory Oily Cart Wonderland in the company of a live musician.

07 February 2015 to 07 February 2015

Alexei Sayle In Conversation with Olly Double at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 7 Feb 2015British Stand-Up Comedy Archive has received extra funding to celebrate the University of Kent's 50th anniversary and are staging a series of in-conversation events.

07 February 2015 to 07 February 2015

10cc at The Marlowe TheatreSat 7 Feb 2015With eleven top ten hits, including three number ones, and 15 million albums sold in the UK alone, 10cc are among the most inventive and influential bands in the history of popular music.

07 February 2015 to 07 February 2015

Josie Long: Cara Josephine at The Marlowe TheatreSat 7 Feb 2015The three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and cult optimist's Canterbury debut.

07 February 2015 to 07 February 2015

Grubby Gang at WildwoodSat 7 Feb 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. Parents need not attend!

07 February 2015 to 07 February 2015

Queen II: The Ultimate Tribute at The Kings HallSat 7 Feb 2015Back by popular demand! The King’s Hall will once again become a mini Wembley stadium as Queen II take to the same stage where Freddie Mercury himself performed in the 70s.

07 February 2015 to 07 February 2015

Hercules - The Voice at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableSat 7 Feb 2015South African born classical singer Hercules Smith, winner of the 2012 Voice of Europe, takes to the Playhouse stage performing, among others, tracks from his first solo album 'I Am Yours'. This is a musical treat not to be missed!

07 February 2015 to 07 February 2015

Messy Church - LIGHT at St Stephen's Church Sat 7 Feb 2015Messy Church at St Stephen's Church Canterbury is back after our successful Christmas event. This time our theme is LIGHT - linked to the festival of Candlemas.

07 February 2015 to 07 February 2015

Beautiful Damned at Charlton Park FoundationSat 7 Feb 2015Husband and wife meet in a smoky bar and relive the last ten years of their lives.

07 February 2015 to 07 February 2015

Davy Jones Locker: Performances & Meet a Composer at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 7 Feb 2015Come along and immerse yourself in the fascinating depths of contemporary classical music and song being performed throughout the Beaney.

07 February 2015 to 07 February 2015

Annie (PG) at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 7 Feb 2015Quvenzhane Wallis stars as young, happy foster kid Annie, who's tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York, in this remake of the 1982 original and the original Broadway musical.

07 February 2015 to 07 February 2015

Frozen Sing a long (PG) at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 7 Feb 2015Working with the University of Kent's Musical Theatre Society to get you singing Do You Want to Build A Snowman? in this special sing a long screening with all your favourite Frozen songs.

07 February 2015 to 07 February 2015

The Circle (15) at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 7 Feb 2015While the repression against homosexuals became increasingly more intense in Zurich, two young and very different men fight for their love and - together with their friends - for gay rights.

07 February 2015 to 07 February 2015

Ivy Paige: Kiss & Sell Tour at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 7 Feb 2015Showgirl Ivy Paige brings her burlesque act to the Horsebridge. The cabaret star and comedienne has appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe and in the West End of London.

08 February 2015 to 08 February 2015

Robin's Winter Adventure at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 8 Feb 2015A young boy's incredible jounrey with a feathered friend. But will facing his fears turn out to be the greatest adventure of all?

08 February 2015 to 08 February 2015

McGoldrick, McCusker & Doyle at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 8 Feb 2015Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle, three members of the BBC acclaimed Transatlantic Sessions will play at Gulbenkian as part of a unique European tour.

08 February 2015 to 08 February 2015

Enid Blyton drop-in family art activities at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSun 8 Feb 2015Drop in to the Learning Lab to enjoy Enid Blyton inspired art and craft activities. For families with children age 2 to12 years.

24 January 2015 to 08 February 2015

The Beaney Broadsheet at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 24 Jan - Sun 8 Feb 2015The Beaney Broadsheet: a newspaper collaboration between Sara Wicks and members of the public

06 February 2015 to 08 February 2015

Birdman (15) at Gulbenkian CinemaFri 6 - Sun 8 Feb 2015A hugely inventive black comedy that tells the story of actor Riggan Thomson, famous for once portraying an iconic superhero, as he struggles to mount a Broadway play.

08 February 2015 to 08 February 2015

The Circle (15) at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 8 Feb 2015While the repression against homosexuals became increasingly more intense in Zurich, two young and very different men fight for their love and - together with their friends - for gay rights.

08 February 2015 to 08 February 2015

Goodbye To Language 3D (15) at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 8 Feb 2015Yes, you can believe your eyes, Jean-Luc Godard really has made a film in 3D.

09 February 2015 to 09 February 2015

Curzon Curates: What We Do In The Shadows (15) at Curzon CanterburyMon 9 Feb 2015Mockumentary comedy about New Zealand vampires, co-written, co-directed and co-starring Jermaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) and Taika Waititi (Eagle vs Shark).

10 February 2015 to 10 February 2015

Life Drawing at Sidney Cooper GalleryTue 10 Feb 2015Back by popular demand, artist Roy Eastland brings his expertise in drawing to the purpose built drawing studios at the Sidney Cooper Centre and invites you to join him in a five week evening course.

10 February 2015 to 10 February 2015

Birdman (15) at Gulbenkian CinemaTue 10 Feb 2015A hugely inventive black comedy that tells the story of actor Riggan Thomson, famous for once portraying an iconic superhero, as he struggles to mount a Broadway play.

10 February 2015 to 10 February 2015

Comic Book Club at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreTue 10 Feb 2015A great club for 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 fiction. Over 18s only.

11 February 2015 to 11 February 2015

The Edelweiss Pirates by Ayub Khan Din at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 11 Feb 2015Gulbenkian's entry into NT Connections 2015. The Edelweiss Pirates is a group of young Germans in 1943 who set out to defy Hitler and the Nazi party.

11 February 2015 to 11 February 2015

Elizabeth I: Virgin On The Ridiculous at The Marlowe TheatreWed 11 Feb 2015The tale of the greatest monarch that's ever lived, told by two idiots.

11 February 2015 to 11 February 2015

Woodland Winter Walks at WildwoodWed 11 Feb 2015Warm up with a cuppa before going on a winter woodland walk. Your guide will bring treats to attract our animals closer and look for some special encounters along the way!

11 February 2015 to 11 February 2015

American Hustle at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableWed 11 Feb 2015A con man, Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia

11 February 2015 to 11 February 2015

RSC Live - Love's Labour's Lost at Gulbenkian CinemaWed 11 Feb 2015Dedicating themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years - but then the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive.

12 February 2015 to 12 February 2015

The Edelweiss Pirates by Ayub Khan Din at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 12 Feb 2015Gulbenkian's entry into NT Connections 2015. The Edelweiss Pirates is a group of young Germans in 1943 who set out to defy Hitler and the Nazi party.

12 February 2015 to 12 February 2015

Barb Jungr: Hard Rain at The Marlowe TheatreThu 12 Feb 2015The cabaret legend sings the songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen.

12 February 2015 to 12 February 2015

Birdman (15) at Gulbenkian CinemaThu 12 Feb 2015A hugely inventive black comedy that tells the story of actor Riggan Thomson, famous for once portraying an iconic superhero, as he struggles to mount a Broadway play.

11 February 2015 to 17 February 2015

Butterfly Cottage Ceramics at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 11 - Tue 17 Feb 2015Locus Arts A selection of hand-painted and transfer decorated ceramics from the artists at Locus Arts. Artists will be in residence to personalise items if you wish.

27 January 2015 to 28 February 2015

Exhibition: Tania Kovats at Sidney Cooper GalleryTue 27 Jan - Sat 28 Feb 2015Tania Kovats practice moves between processes that intertwine, looking, documenting and making that unfold a deep fascination of the natural world and meeting points between landscape and seascape.

11 February 2015 to 01 March 2015

Shrek The Musical at The Marlowe TheatreWed 11 Feb - Sun 1 Mar 2015Direct from the West End and larger than life!

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.

31 January 2015 to 19 April 2015

Mystery, Magic and Midnight feasts at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 31 Jan - Sun 19 Apr 2015Mystery, Magic and Midnight feasts, the many adventures of Enid Blyton

01 January 2015 to 30 April 2015

Armchair Artist Residency at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 1 Jan - Thu 30 Apr 2015Our new Armchair Artist is Nicky Thompson, who will be in residence between January and April, exploring the Beaney, using the experience to take her creative writing practice in fascinating new directions.

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