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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 and Festivals

Whitstable Regatta

Whitstable Regatta

Sat 12 - Sun 13 Jul 2014

Whitstable Oyster Festival

Whitstable Oyster Festival

Sat 26 Jul - Fri 1 Aug 2014

Lounge on the Farm

Lounge on the Farm

Sat 2 Aug 2014

Herne Bay Bus Rally

Herne Bay Bus Rally

Sun 10 Aug 2014

Bay Day Air Display

Bay Day Air Display

Sun 17 Aug 2014

Herne Bay Festival

Herne Bay Festival

Sat 23 - Sun 31 Aug 2014

Canterbury Food and Drink Festival

Canterbury Food and Drink Festival

Fri 26 - Sun 28 Sep 2014

Canterbury Festival

Canterbury Festival

Sat 18 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014

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29 September 2014 to 04 October 2014

One Man, Two Guvnors at The Marlowe TheatreMon 29 Sep - Sat 4 Oct 2014The National Theatre’s award-winning comedy.

04 October 2014 to 04 October 2014

Small Plans at The Marlowe TheatreSat 4 Oct 2014Silent Uproar's latest production is an engaging piece aimed at immersing the audience in Katy's story about love, sex and relationships.

29 October 2014 to 29 October 2014

A Fevered Sleep and Younf Vic co-production - Dusk at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 29 Oct 2014Nestled together in the heart of a forest, a group of creatures with furry tails are watching and waiting for someone to arrive.

29 October 2014 to 29 October 2014

Westgate Parks Spooktacular Ghost Tour at Westgate GardensWed 29 Oct 2014Join John Hippisley from Canterbury Ghost Tours on a one off special Halloween guided walk. Starting outside Tower House in the Westgate Gardens wander through the Parks hearing ghostly tales linked to the Parks rich history!

30 October 2014 to 30 October 2014

A Fevered Sleep and Younf Vic co-production - Dusk at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 30 Oct 2014Nestled together in the heart of a forest, a group of creatures with furry tails are watching and waiting for someone to arrive.

31 October 2014 to 31 October 2014

A Fevered Sleep and Younf Vic co-production - Dusk at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 31 Oct 2014Nestled together in the heart of a forest, a group of creatures with furry tails are watching and waiting for someone to arrive.

24 October 2014 to 31 October 2014

31 October 2014 to 31 October 2014

Scratch Orchestra at Sidney Cooper GalleryFri 31 Oct 2014The Canterbury Scratch orchestra is a student collective interested in an open approach to improvising music.

31 October 2014 to 31 October 2014

'Still the Beating of My Heart' at Charlton Park FoundationFri 31 Oct 2014Classic Ghost Stories retold & adapted by Alice Knapton & Venetia Twigg. This uniquely creepy show takes the audience further into a world of darkness and lost souls and will have them looking over their shoulders for days to come!

28 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

The Great Gatsby at The Marlowe TheatreTue 28 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014Discover the heady, indulgent days of New York's Long Island during the glamours 1920s as Northern Ballet brings F Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel to the stage.

27 September 2014 to 01 November 2014

John Copnall Paintings at Sidney Cooper GallerySat 27 Sep - Sat 1 Nov 2014The Sidney Cooper Gallery is proud to present a selection of works by acclaimed painter John Copnall (1928-2007).

18 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

Canterbury FestivalSat 18 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014Canterbury Festival is Kent's International Arts Festival, the largest festival of arts and culture in the region, and one of the most important cultural events in the South East.

09 August 2014 to 02 November 2014

Taylor Wessing Photographic Protrait Prize 2013 at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 9 Aug - Sun 2 Nov 2014A unique opportunity to see sixty new portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world.

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.

01 October 2014 to 01 October 2014

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 1 Oct 2014Set amongst the princes and nobles of Verona, this dynamic new production combines the purity and beauty of Shakespeare's original text with entrancing contemporary street dance.

02 October 2014 to 02 October 2014

Protecting Your Financial Assets at The Marlowe TheatreThu 2 Oct 2014A seminar presented by Furley Page.

03 October 2014 to 03 October 2014

The Golden Age of Variety at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableFri 3 Oct 2014The Whitstable & Herne Bay Lions Club return to the Playhouse with a new show in aid of the Air Ambulance Night Flying Appeal and local charities including the RNLI and the Umbrella Centre.

04 October 2014 to 04 October 2014

The Legends & Laughter Show at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableSat 4 Oct 2014The Whitstable Playhouse is pleased to welcome this brand new show to it’s theatre.

04 October 2014 to 04 October 2014

Big Draw 2014 at Sidney Cooper GallerySat 4 Oct 2014Explore drawing and making through colour in our BIG DRAW workshop inspired by the amazing works of abstract painter John Copnall. It’s hands-on and brimming with technicolour materials.

04 October 2014 to 05 October 2014

Craft and Gift Fair at The Kings HallSat 4 - Sun 5 Oct 2014A selection of the finest crafts and gifts Kent has to offer, with unique items to buy plus everything you need to start making crafts yourself.

06 October 2014 to 06 October 2014

Tom Wrigglesworth at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 6 Oct 2014Sony Award Winner, Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee, Chortle & Time Out Award winner and Star of Radio 4 and BBC 2, Tom Wrigglesworth returns with an exquisite new show.

07 October 2014 to 07 October 2014

Cafe Live - The Fez Comedy Club at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 7 Oct 2014The Fez Comedy Club proudly presents a stellar night of star spangled comedy.

07 October 2014 to 07 October 2014

Cathedral Open Evening 2014 at Canterbury CathedralTue 7 Oct 2014A chance to glimpse behind the scenes and learn more about the day-to-day running of the Cathedral.

08 October 2014 to 08 October 2014

Cafe Live - Digibury at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 8 Oct 2014Digibury is Kent's monthly meet-up event for digital and creative types.

10 October 2014 to 10 October 2014

Midday Recital at Canterbury CathedralFri 10 Oct 2014Performed by Oefening and Uitspanning.

10 October 2014 to 10 October 2014

Recital for Flute and Piano at Canterbury CathedralFri 10 Oct 2014Performed by Patrick Williams and Sephen Barlow, featuring music by Scarlatti, Bach, Fauré, Poulenc and Frank.

08 October 2014 to 10 October 2014

Rambert: Rooster at The Marlowe TheatreWed 8 - Fri 10 Oct 2014The iconic dance to music by the Rolling Stones.

11 October 2014 to 11 October 2014

Philharmonia Orchestra at The Marlowe TheatreSat 11 Oct 2014First World War Commemoration Concert.

11 October 2014 to 11 October 2014

Tony Law: Enter The Tonezone at The Marlowe TheatreSat 11 Oct 2014Dive into the zone for Tone for a brand new show of life-affirming, life-changing comedy from the multi award-winning nonsense-maker.

11 October 2014 to 11 October 2014

Dance For Peace 2014 at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableSat 11 Oct 2014A dance spectacular in aid of Trust Sulha - Peace Through Education.

12 October 2014 to 12 October 2014

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 12 Oct 2014A unique collaboration between two world-class musicians, Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita.

12 October 2014 to 12 October 2014

Al Murray: One Man, One Guvnor at The Marlowe TheatreSun 12 Oct 2014The Pub Landlord - 20 years at the lager top, coming soon to a theatre near you.

12 October 2014 to 12 October 2014

Herne Bay Collectors Fair at The Kings HallSun 12 Oct 2014Come along and take a look around our collectors fair.

11 October 2014 to 12 October 2014

Art in BridgeSat 11 - Sun 12 Oct 2014Anyone living, working or studying in Bridge or a rural Parish within 5 miles is invited to submit up to three exhibits - including sculptures and craft work. All abilities are welcomed.

13 October 2014 to 13 October 2014

Lecture Series: Colour Theory at Sidney Cooper GalleryMon 13 Oct 2014These lectures provide an introduction to the basic principles of abstract art and colour theory. They aim to enrich the student’s gallery experience and understanding of modernism.

14 October 2014 to 14 October 2014

ENO - Otello (live) by Verdi at Gulbenkian CinemaTue 14 Oct 2014English National Opera's production of Verdi's opera inspired by Shakespeare's tragic play.

15 October 2014 to 15 October 2014

Tim Key at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 15 Oct 2014Key climbs into his poetry clothes and leans against his mic stand for another seventy minutes.

14 October 2014 to 15 October 2014

Park at The Marlowe TheatreTue 14 - Wed 15 Oct 2014Sadler's Wells Associate Artist Jasmin Vardimon returns with her critically-acclaimed dance theatre production.

15 October 2014 to 15 October 2014

Reading Series: Lawrence Norfolk at Sidney Cooper GalleryWed 15 Oct 2014Lawrence Norfolk is the author of four historical novels. He is the winner of the Somerset Maugham Award and the Budapest Festival Prize for Literature.

16 October 2014 to 16 October 2014

The Hollies at The Marlowe TheatreThu 16 Oct 20141960s music legends.

15 October 2014 to 16 October 2014

Blind at The Marlowe TheatreWed 15 - Thu 16 Oct 2014The most unlikely of musicals from The Paper Birds Theatre Company.

16 October 2014 to 16 October 2014

Royal Opera House -Manon (live) at Gulbenkian CinemaThu 16 Oct 2014Manon Lescaut is a beautiful young woman who falls prey to the moral corruption of 18th century Paris.

18 October 2014 to 18 October 2014

Tankus the Henge at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 18 Oct 2014Tankus the Henge are six sharp dressed and bedraggled gentlemen hailing from some of the more eccentric parts of London Town.

18 October 2014 to 18 October 2014

The Marlowe Comedy Cabaret at The Marlowe TheatreSat 18 Oct 2014Our comedy and variety night brings you top stand-up comedy acts and a few surprises!

18 October 2014 to 18 October 2014

River Great Stour Walk at Westgate GardensSat 18 Oct 2014Join the local Environment Agency Officer and Westgate Parks Development Officer for a walk along the Great Stour discovering more about the wildlife, geographical features and local history.

18 October 2014 to 18 October 2014

Bridie Jackson & The Arbour at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableSat 18 Oct 2014Folk In The Barn Present... Bridie Jackson & The Arbour. Newcastle based four-piece Bridie Jackson & The Arbour are an eclectic group of folk-influenced musicians.

18 October 2014 to 18 October 2014

Workshops: Radical Painting at Sidney Cooper GallerySat 18 Oct 2014Charles Williams, painter, writer and lecturer on the Fine and Applied Art degree at CCCU, will lead a three day workshop exploring the principles of three important influences that shaped British Abstract Formalism.

19 October 2014 to 19 October 2014

Psychic Fayre at The Kings HallSun 19 Oct 2014A must see event for all things spiritual.

20 October 2014 to 20 October 2014

DumbWise and Greenwich Theatre - FAUST at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 20 Oct 2014In DumbWise's slick and stylish re-telling of Goethe's classic, a young man sells his soul for fame and fortune, embarking on a musical spree of corruption and sin.

20 October 2014 to 20 October 2014

Lecture Series: Organic Abstraction at Sidney Cooper GalleryMon 20 Oct 2014These lectures provide an introduction to the basic principles of abstract art and colour theory. They aim to enrich the student’s gallery experience and understanding of modernism.

21 October 2014 to 21 October 2014

Best of BE Festival 2014 at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 21 Oct 2014Travel across Europ in a night.

22 October 2014 to 22 October 2014

Best of BE Festival 2014 at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 22 Oct 2014Travel across Europ in a night.

23 October 2014 to 23 October 2014

Stopgap Dance Company - Artificial Things at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 23 Oct 2014Slowly suffocating in each other's company, a group of friends seek escape in a bash of riotous rock-n-roll.

24 October 2014 to 24 October 2014

house and Crying Out Loud present Cie Kiai - OFF at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 24 Oct 2014A UK premiere of darkly comic circus starring a very big trampoline.

23 October 2014 to 24 October 2014

DNA at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableThu 23 - Fri 24 Oct 2014A group of teenagers do something bad, really bad, then panic and cover the whole thing up. But when they find that their cover-up unites them and brings harmony to their once fractious lives, where is the incentive to put things right.

24 October 2014 to 24 October 2014

Robert Stillman: BROADSTAIRS at Sidney Cooper GalleryFri 24 Oct 2014'Broadstairs' is a suite for solo saxophone written for Robert Stillman by U.S. composer Chris Weisman.

24 October 2014 to 24 October 2014

'Rustlings of God: Angels in Art' Talk and Lunch at Canterbury Cathedral LodgeFri 24 Oct 2014Enjoy a 2 course lunch, with coffee in the Refectory Restaurant followed by an illustrated talk by Canon Christopher Irvine, a lecturer and publisher of many books on the subject of Art and Religion.

25 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

Atresbandes - Solfatara at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 25 Oct 2014A young couple exchange brittle conversation across a dinner table when a row over puff pastry causes their frustrations to erupt with catastrophic honesty.

25 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

Andy Zaltzman: Satirist For Hire at The Marlowe TheatreSat 25 Oct 2014The British-based half of the global hit topical podcast The Bugle comes to Canterbury.

25 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

The Big Tidy Up at Westgate GardensSat 25 Oct 2014Take part in the Westgate Parks community litter pick, part of the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign. Meet at Toddler's Cove car park at 10am. Refreshments, litter pickers and gloves provided.

25 October 2014 to 25 October 2014

Workshops: Radical Painting at Sidney Cooper GallerySat 25 Oct 2014Charles Williams, painter, writer and lecturer on the Fine and Applied Art degree at CCCU, will lead a three day workshop exploring the principles of three important influences that shaped British Abstract Formalism.

26 October 2014 to 26 October 2014

Charles Dickens' Bleak House at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 26 Oct 2014Join The Pantaloons Theatre Company for a fog-filled adventure in Victorian London.

26 October 2014 to 26 October 2014

The Phonos Ensemble at St Gregory's Centre for MusicSun 26 Oct 2014The eight musicians of this early music group will present a programme including music by Telemann, Sammartini, Bach, Handel & Vivaldi.

27 October 2014 to 27 October 2014

Royal Opera House - I due Foscari (live) at Gulbenkian CinemaMon 27 Oct 2014I due Foscari is based on a play by Byron set in 15th-century Venice.

28 October 2014 to 28 October 2014

The Big Draw at Westgate GardensTue 28 Oct 2014Take part in Westgate Parks Big Draw Competition. Be inspired by Thomas Sidney Cooper's famous landscape paintings and our 'Art in the Underpass' project and paint a masterpiece. Look out for us at Toddler's Cove.

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