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What's on in Canterbury & the Surrounding Area

Canterbury events 2013 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.

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07 May 2014 to 07 May 2014

Open From Opera Project at St Gregory's Centre for MusicWed 7 May 2014The opera (Gino Robair's 'I Norton') is an open-ended project - a perpetual work-in-progress - with additions made for each performance.

07 May 2014 to 07 May 2014

John Harle at St Gregory's Centre for MusicWed 7 May 2014World-leading saxophonist John Harle brings his unique approach to St Gregory's, featuring world premieres of works created for him by Canterbury Christ Church University composers.

10 May 2014 to 10 May 2014

The Final Whistle WW1 Rugby Team at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 10 May 2014Stephen Cooper presents The Final Whistle, his award-winning story of fifteen men killed in the Great War. All played rugby for one club; none would live to hear the final whistle..

10 May 2014 to 10 May 2014

Fact or Fiction? - Kipling & Trix at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 10 May 2014Biographer Andrew Lycett and Whitstable novelist Mary Hamer discuss their different approaches to the life and times of Rudyard Kipling.

10 May 2014 to 10 May 2014

Animals in Memoir at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 10 May 2014In 2006 former Royal Marine Pen Farthing broke up an organised dog fight in Afghanistan, which led to him founding an animal rescue charity in the country. He tells the story behind his bestseller One Dog at a Time.

10 May 2014 to 10 May 2014

Aggie's Family Cooking at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 10 May 2014TV's Aggie MacKenzie (How Clean is Your House) is a passionate cook and former head of the Good Housekeeping Institute. She shares with journalist friend Kerry Fowler her tips and recipe ideas on family cooking and nutrition.

10 May 2014 to 10 May 2014

The Transformers at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 10 May 2014Historical crime and mystery authors D.E Meredith, Essie Fox and Lloyd Shepherd discuss how the Regency and Victorian eras transformed Britian politically, scientifically and culturally to become the ultimate age of 'independent spirit'.

10 May 2014 to 10 May 2014

British Gothic at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 10 May 2014Christopher Fowler and Barry Forshaw celebrate all aspects of British blood-chilling from literature to Hammer Films.

10 May 2014 to 10 May 2014

The iTot Generation - Emily Guille Marrett at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 10 May 2014Emily Guille-Marrett (Reading Fairy Ltd) reviews the digital landscape and reading experiences of babies and toddlers today. Please note this is an adult focused event

10 May 2014 to 10 May 2014

Each of Us - Ben Moor at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 10 May 2014Ben Moor grew up in Whitstable and went on to become one of the country's most respected writer-performers. Each of Us is a new solo comedy about human connection for our uncertain times.

10 May 2014 to 10 May 2014

Real Ale and Cider Festival at The Kings HallSat 10 May 2014Come and sample the best of Kent’s local breweries plus live music from local bands including; Green Diesel, The Doctorates, DubTC and David Sheppard, Boxing Octopus.

10 May 2014 to 10 May 2014

Felicity Wishes and Friends Workshop at WhitstableSat 10 May 2014Felicity Wishes/Lili & Pickle/Isabella's Toy Box/Princess Pearl - crown making and story time. 1 hour. 3 - 9 year olds.

10 May 2014 to 10 May 2014

Mr Croc and Little Roar Workshops - Jo Lodge at WhitstableSat 10 May 2014Mr Croc/Little Roar – mask-making & story time, 1hr, (3-6 years). Jo Lodge (Mr Croc & Little Roar) hosts a series of interactive story time and creative workshops for children and parents (3-6 years)

10 May 2014 to 10 May 2014

Elvis Is Back In The Building at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableSat 10 May 2014Neil J duncan Presents... Elvis Is Back In The Building We are pleased to announce the Neil Duncan is back with his highly acclaimed Elvis show.

10 May 2014 to 10 May 2014

Cakes and Tales at All Saints ChurchSat 10 May 2014Somerset Maugham's uncle Henry was the vicar of All Saints Church and is buried in the churchyard. To mark Maugham's link with the church, the Friends of All Saints present a second hand book sale with afternoon tea in the church hall.

10 May 2014 to 10 May 2014

The WhitLit UKathon at Whitstable Umbrella Community CentreSat 10 May 2014The ukulele has gone from strength to strength in recent years, undergoing a massive resurgence. You can hear the uke all over the place, from trendster indie rock to top ten pop songs, from unshakeable TV ads to YouTube megahits.

10 May 2014 to 10 May 2014

Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens in Kent at Whitstable LibrarySat 10 May 2014Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens are the two most celebrated authors of the Victorian age, yet both were involved in scandal and affairs.

10 May 2014 to 10 May 2014

Build a Poem Workshop - Andy P Nobbs at Whitstable LibrarySat 10 May 2014A unique take on poetry and performance poetry, giving the young inspiration to express themselves, enhance their confidence, self belief and develop their use of language and vocabulary.

10 May 2014 to 10 May 2014

Teen Writing Workshop at Whitstable LibrarySat 10 May 2014Milla Newman, 15, from Whitstable loves Wattpad, using it both as a reader and a writer. Milla leads this workshop and discussion on how to get the most out of Wattpad. All ages welcome.

11 May 2014 to 11 May 2014

Opera De Paris - Aida (recorded) at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 11 May 2014Aida from the Opera de Paris is a new production of Verdi's epic masterpiece telling the tragic story of an Egyptian commander's love for an Ethiopian Princess.

11 May 2014 to 11 May 2014

A Gloriously Vintage Day Out at Mount Ephraim GardensSun 11 May 2014Enjoy a gloriously vintage day out at Mount Ephraim. It's a vintage spectacular with vintage wedding suppliers, kitsch and stitch stalls, home-wares, vintage clothing, retro caravans, kitchenalia, afternoon teas and VW Beetles.

11 May 2014 to 11 May 2014

Hearts/Same/The Wardrobe/Angles at The Marlowe TheatreSun 11 May 2014Saint Olave's Grammar School, Strood Academy, Invicta Grammar School and Maidstone Academy perform as part of National Theatre Connections.

11 May 2014 to 11 May 2014

FAN - Danny Rhodes at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSun 11 May 2014Canterbury author Danny Rhodes' latest book Fan, is a novel grounded in his experience as a Nottingham Forest supporter at the Hillsborough disaster. Danny discusses his experiences and how he brought this challenging book to life.

11 May 2014 to 11 May 2014

The Shape Game - Anthony Browne at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSun 11 May 2014Canterbury based picture book legend, multiple award winner and former Children's Laureate Anthony Browne shares the magic of his art and shows us how to play the Shape Game.

11 May 2014 to 11 May 2014

A Celebration of Anthony Browne's Picture Books at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSun 11 May 2014Emily Gullie-Marrett, founder of Reading Fairy, reads from some of her favourite Anthony Browne picture books. There will be plenty of fun activities to enjoy and the chance to make up your own story.

11 May 2014 to 11 May 2014

In The Thick Of The Action at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSun 11 May 2014From the chaotic, hand-to-hand fights in the heart of Sherwood Forest, to the regimented slaughter at the Battle of the Alma, Angus Donald and Whitstable’s Paul Fraser Collard take their readers right to the very heart of the action.

11 May 2014 to 11 May 2014

Read Y'self Fitter - Andy Miller at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSun 11 May 2014Andy Miller takes you on an entertaining whistle-stop tour of the fifty novels he read for his book The Year of Reading Dangerously, from Middlemarch to Catch 22.

11 May 2014 to 11 May 2014

A Curious Career - Lynn Barber at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSun 11 May 2014A Curious Career is a wonderfully frank and funny memoir by Britain's most ferocious interviewer Lynn Barber (Sunday Times, Telegraph, Observer).

11 May 2014 to 11 May 2014

It's Not Only Rock N Roll at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSun 11 May 2014Dr Jenny Boyd, psychologist, 60s model, sister of Pattie, and ex-wife of Mick Fleetwood, spent four years interviewing world famous musicians for her book It's Not Only Rock 'n' Roll.

11 May 2014 to 11 May 2014

Blood Whispers - John Gordon Sinclair at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSun 11 May 2014Actor turned author, John Gordon Sinclair, talks about his new crime thriller Blood Whispers, set in Glasgow. His acclaimed first book, Seventy Times Seven, was published in 2012.

11 May 2014 to 11 May 2014

Felicity Wishes and Friends Workshop at WhitstableSun 11 May 2014Felicity Wishes/Lili & Pickle/Isabella's Toy Box/Princess Pearl - crown making and story time. 1 hour. 3 - 9 year olds.

11 May 2014 to 11 May 2014

Mr Croc and Little Roar Workshops - Jo Lodge at WhitstableSun 11 May 2014Mr Croc/Little Roar – mask-making & story time, 1hr, (3-6 years). Jo Lodge (Mr Croc & Little Roar) hosts a series of interactive story time and creative workshops for children and parents (3-6 years)

11 May 2014 to 11 May 2014

Cakes and Ale Book Debate at Whitstable LibrarySun 11 May 2014Cakes and Ale is W. Somerset Maugham’s short novel set in Whitstable and a delicious satire of London literary society between the Wars, referencing many of the town’s landmarks and landscapes

12 May 2014 to 12 May 2014

house and Snuff Box Theatre at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 12 May 2014house and Snuff Box Theatre in collaboration with Richard Jordan Productions Bitch Boxer by Charlotte Josephine.

12 May 2014 to 12 May 2014

A Letter to Lacey/Pronoun/The Wardrobe at The Marlowe TheatreMon 12 May 2014Leigh Technology Academy, Gulbenkian Youth Theatre and St Catherine's Catholic School perform as part of National Theatre Connections.

13 May 2014 to 13 May 2014

Exhibition on Screen - Vermeer and Music at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 13 May 2014The National Gallery, London, is offering a fresh look at one of the most startling and fascinating artists of all - Johannes Vermeer, painter of the famous Girl with a Pearl Earring.

13 May 2014 to 13 May 2014

Cafe Live -Tory Gillespie - Permission to Laugh? at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 13 May 2014After a critically-aclaimed comedy show about the death of her Grandfather, Tory Gillespie invites us to laugh at anything and everything that is completely inappropriate

13 May 2014 to 13 May 2014

Tomorrow/Pronoun/Same at The Marlowe TheatreTue 13 May 2014The Marlowe Youth Theatre, Suffolk New College and Trinity Youth Theatre perform as part of National Theatre Connections.

13 May 2014 to 13 May 2014

Greek Night at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreTue 13 May 2014Pop-up restaurant at the Horsebridge Cafe. For one night only the Horsebridge is taken over by Temple Foods Greek Night.

07 May 2014 to 13 May 2014

Made in Whitstable at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 7 - Tue 13 May 2014Group show, various mediums.

07 May 2014 to 13 May 2014

Now & Then at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 7 - Tue 13 May 2014'I obtained a degree in Graphic Design at Canterbury College of Art and after a break due to family and other commitments, have taken up my pencils, pens and brushes again' Lynn Forbes.

14 May 2014 to 14 May 2014

RSC Live - Henry IV Part I at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 14 May 2014Following his production of Richard II in October 2013, RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran continues his exploration of Shakespeare's history plays with Henry IV Parts I, an epic, comic and thrilling vision of a nation in turmoil.

14 May 2014 to 14 May 2014

Cafe Live - Digibury at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 14 May 2014Digibury is Kent's monthly meet-up event for digital and creative types.

15 May 2014 to 15 May 2014

Our Fathers - a new play by Babakas at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 15 May 2014An award-winning, critically acclaimed portrait of fatherhood by international company Babakas.

15 May 2014 to 15 May 2014

Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra at The Marlowe TheatreThu 15 May 2014Jools will be joined by his renowned Rhythm & Blues Orchestra for a night of brilliant entertainment.

15 May 2014 to 15 May 2014

16 May 2014 to 16 May 2014

A Transport/Unicorn production - 1001 Nights at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 16 May 20141001 Nights collects together some of the greatest folk tales ever told.

16 May 2014 to 16 May 2014

Philharmonia Orchestra at The Marlowe TheatreFri 16 May 2014The Philharmonia Orchestra presents a programme of music from Czech composers, including Dvo&#345;ák and Smetana.

16 May 2014 to 16 May 2014

Jazz with the Blue Rhythm Kings at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreFri 16 May 2014A must for jazz and nostalgia buffs! The only band in the South-East recreating the authentic sounds of the 1920s. Listen to the masters of the idiom - you will be transformed with delight!

16 May 2014 to 16 May 2014

Mid May Madness at The Kings HallFri 16 May 2014Enjoy a great evening with the UK’s top Madness tribute act! The night features all their top tunes

16 May 2014 to 16 May 2014

Wise Words for Wellbeing - Poetry Workshops at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 16 May 2014We will read and discuss poems and stories that can help on life’s journey, and do some writing in response. No experience is necessary – you can participate as much or as little as you like. Service Users welcome.

17 May 2014 to 17 May 2014

A Transport/Unicorn production - 1001 Nights at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 17 May 20141001 Nights collects together some of the greatest folk tales ever told.

17 May 2014 to 17 May 2014

Cathedral Organ Recital 2014 Series at Canterbury CathedralSat 17 May 2014Performed by Daniel Phillips, King's College School, Wimbledon. Located in the Quire, entry via South Door.

17 May 2014 to 17 May 2014

Brian Conley at The Marlowe TheatreSat 17 May 2014The multi-talented and irrepressible Brian Conley returns to the stage in this all-new touring show.

17 May 2014 to 17 May 2014

Virginia Ironside: Horsebridge Comedy Club at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 17 May 2014When an agony aunt reaches sixty, she can lie like a trooper, jump off a bridge or take to the stage. In Virginia Ironside's case, she's still an agony columnist for the Independent. She also performs her own one-woman show.

17 May 2014 to 17 May 2014

Stepping Out 2 Night at The Kings HallSat 17 May 2014Enjoy an evening of Ballroom, Latin American, Argentine Tango and Sequence dancing!

18 May 2014 to 18 May 2014

A Transport/Unicorn production - 1001 Nights at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 18 May 20141001 Nights collects together some of the greatest folk tales ever told.

27 March 2014 to 18 May 2014

East Kent Printmakers at Whitstable Museum and GalleryThu 27 Mar - Sun 18 May 2014An exciting new exhibition of prints by artists living or working in East Kent, with many of the works for sale. Special pop-up gallery featuring the wonderful and distinctive work of Ben Sands.

18 May 2014 to 18 May 2014

SRP Toy and Train Seafront Show at The Kings HallSun 18 May 2014SRP fairs have been going for 20 years and promote 60 shows in the South East, covering Colchester, Essex, Brighton, Bognor and all over Kent.

19 May 2014 to 19 May 2014

Midday Recital at Canterbury CathedralMon 19 May 2014Midday Recital performed by the Groot Nederlands Mannenkoor in the Quire.

20 May 2014 to 20 May 2014

Cafe Live - Mark Grist - Rogue Teacher at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 20 May 2014Ever since he burst onto youtube, clocking up millions of views, he's proved to be one of the country’s most entertaining and thought provoking artists.

20 May 2014 to 20 May 2014

Benson: Symposium at The Marlowe TheatreTue 20 May 2014A morning of talks on religious drama, followed by a script-in-hand performance.

20 May 2014 to 20 May 2014

Benson: Work-In-Progress at The Marlowe TheatreTue 20 May 2014The Marlowe Literary Department present Benson: Work -In-Progress. Written by Victoria Field. Directed by Andrew Dawson with a cast of professional actors.

22 May 2014 to 22 May 2014

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 22 May 2014Following its smash-hit live broadcast in 2012, the National Theatre production returns to cinemas.

21 May 2014 to 22 May 2014

1984 at The Marlowe TheatreWed 21 - Thu 22 May 2014Adapted from George Orwell’s classic novel.

22 May 2014 to 22 May 2014

Old Teddy Bears, Rupert Bear and Bagpuss at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 22 May 2014Discover the history of teddy bears and other soft toys, with examples from Canterbury Museums collections. Including a World War Two evacuee teddy bear, Rupert Bear and Bagpuss.

21 May 2014 to 23 May 2014

Monkeyshine's Last Stand at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 21 - Fri 23 May 2014Three cracking shows starring this year's crop of talented comedians from the University of Kent's famous stand-up course.

23 May 2014 to 23 May 2014

Compagnie Ubi - Geminus at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 23 May 2014A beautiful show perfect for young children's first experience at the theatre -full of fun and wonder playing with the magic of reflection.

23 May 2014 to 23 May 2014

Informal Recital 2014 at Canterbury CathedralFri 23 May 2014Performed by Paul Young and David Newsholme. Located in the Eastern Crypt.

23 May 2014 to 23 May 2014

Horsebridge Clothes Swap at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreFri 23 May 2014Swapping, recyling, being thrifty, call it what you will, clothes swapping is a brillant way to update your wardrobe and meet new friends.

23 May 2014 to 23 May 2014

Wise Words for Wellbeing - Poetry Workshops at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 23 May 2014We will read and discuss poems and stories that can help on life’s journey, and do some writing in response. No experience is necessary – you can participate as much or as little as you like. Service Users welcome.

24 May 2014 to 24 May 2014

Compagnie Ubi - Geminus at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 24 May 2014A beautiful show perfect for young children's first experience at the theatre -full of fun and wonder playing with the magic of reflection.

24 May 2014 to 24 May 2014

Cafe Live - Goosebumps at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 24 May 2014Goosebumps are one of the hottest swing jive and jump blues bands in the UK.

19 May 2014 to 24 May 2014

Vincent and Flavia at The Marlowe TheatreMon 19 - Sat 24 May 2014From the producer of Midnight Tango.

24 May 2014 to 24 May 2014

Play In A Day at The Marlowe TheatreSat 24 May 2014The Beaney and The Marlowe Theatre present Play In A Day. Stage your own play at the Marlowe Theatre! (7-14years).

24 May 2014 to 24 May 2014

Bat and Moth Night at Westgate GardensSat 24 May 2014Discover the wildlife of the parks after dark. Join Kent Bat group for an evening walk looking for bats and have fun discovering which moth species can be found using a light trap.

24 May 2014 to 24 May 2014

Espression Arts: Decorative Ceramic Pop Up Studio at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 24 May 2014Come along and work with trained artists to select from a range of wonderful ceramic items for painting however you like.

24 May 2014 to 24 May 2014

Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Monsters at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 24 May 2014The Beaney and The Marlowe Theatre presents Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Monsters: Interactive Storytelling. Learn about dinosaurs in this fun interactive hands-on workshop (3-11years).

19 May 2014 to 24 May 2014

Dementia Awareness Week at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeMon 19 - Sat 24 May 2014During Dementia Awareness Week there will be a display with information, leaflets and materials. Staff from Age UK and local support networks will be available 10am - 12noon on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

25 May 2014 to 25 May 2014

Compagnie Ubi - Geminus at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 25 May 2014A beautiful show perfect for young children's first experience at the theatre -full of fun and wonder playing with the magic of reflection.

25 May 2014 to 25 May 2014

Cafe Live - Project F's Sunday Soul Sessions at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 25 May 2014Project F are a fully-loaded six-piece playing choice Motown and funk covers with added sing-along shimmyingly good 12” versions of your favourite soulful tracks.

25 May 2014 to 25 May 2014

Play In A Day at The Marlowe TheatreSun 25 May 2014The Beaney and The Marlowe Theatre present Play In A Day. Stage your own play at the Marlowe Theatre! (7-14years).

25 May 2014 to 25 May 2014

Unicorns, Mermaids & Dragons at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSun 25 May 2014The Beaney and The Marlowe Theatre present Unicorns, Mermaids & Dragons: Interactive Storytelling. Enjoy stories and make your own mythical creature (3-11years).

26 May 2014 to 26 May 2014

The Bills at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 26 May 2014Known the world over for their exquisite songcraft, superb arrangements and dynamic live performances, The Bills feature an all-star line-up of talent from Canada's west coast.

26 May 2014 to 26 May 2014

Monday's Child at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 26 May 2014Great Gran can't remember, but does remember to visit every week and play until bedtime.

26 May 2014 to 26 May 2014

Cafe Live - The Bills at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 26 May 2014Known the world over for their exquisite songcraft, superb arrangements and dynamic live performances, The Bills feature an all-star line-up of talent from Canada's west coast.

26 May 2014 to 26 May 2014

I Believe In Unicorns at The Marlowe TheatreMon 26 May 2014Wizard presents I Believe In Unicorns. Tomas hates books and school, but his world is turned upside down when he is dragged to the library and meets the Unicorn Lady (5-11years).

26 May 2014 to 26 May 2014

Chilli Festival at Herne BayMon 26 May 2014Chilli Festival organised by the Herne Bay Town Partners and Bay Promo.

27 May 2014 to 27 May 2014

Forest School Fun Day at Westgate GardensTue 27 May 2014Maker elder pencils, natural jewellery and clay tree faces to take home!

14 May 2014 to 27 May 2014

'Whelkhome Back', Graham Clarke at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 14 - Tue 27 May 2014An exhibition of Graham Clarke's limited edition etchings and watercolours, reflecting his great love of maritime and rural life.

14 May 2014 to 27 May 2014

Jason Clarke Blockprints at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 14 - Tue 27 May 2014Jason Clarke was born in Kent in 1965. He studied illustration at Maidstone and Chelsea School of Art. This exhibition showcases his blockprints of rock and film icons, Americana and architectural landmarks.

27 May 2014 to 27 May 2014

Make A Monster at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeTue 27 May 2014The Beaney and The Marlowe Theatre present Make A Monster. Discover 'misunderstood monsters' in this interactive workshop (3-11years).

28 May 2014 to 28 May 2014

Misunderstood Monsters at The Marlowe TheatreWed 28 May 2014Half Moon presents Misunderstood Monsters. Overcome your fears in an out-of-world adventure (4-9years).

28 May 2014 to 28 May 2014

Bird Watching Walk at Westgate GardensWed 28 May 2014Join local bird experts on a gentle early morning wander around the Westgate Parks. Enjoy a warming cup of tea or coffee before you set off.

28 May 2014 to 28 May 2014

Espression Arts: Decorative Ceramic Pop Up Studio at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 28 May 2014Come along and work with trained artists to select from a range of wonderful ceramic items for painting however you like.

29 May 2014 to 29 May 2014

Live At The Beaney: Comedy Workshop at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 29 May 2014The Beaney and The Marlowe Theatre present Live At The Beaney: Comedy Workshop. Become a stand-up comedian in this creative workshop (9-13years).

30 May 2014 to 30 May 2014

Cafe Live - Plantec at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 30 May 2014The powerful rhythms of dance meeting the airlines compositions of the two brothers, Plantec has developed a music style firmly rooted and poignant.

30 May 2014 to 30 May 2014

Comedy Club 4 Kids at The Marlowe TheatreFri 30 May 2014The Beaney and The Marlowe Theatre present Comedy Club 4 Kids. Comedians doing what they do best, but without the rude bits (6years+)!

30 May 2014 to 30 May 2014

LDN Wrestling at The Kings HallFri 30 May 2014Featuring WWE superstar Matt Striker. The top stars of LDN Wrestling are coming back to Herne Bay for a night of action packed drama!

30 May 2014 to 30 May 2014

Wise Words for Wellbeing - Poetry Workshops at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 30 May 2014We will read and discuss poems and stories that can help on life’s journey, and do some writing in response. No experience is necessary – you can participate as much or as little as you like. Service Users welcome.

30 May 2014 to 30 May 2014

Jumping Beaneys: Big And Little Monster Stories at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 30 May 2014The Beaney and The Marlowe Theatre present Jumping Beaneys: Big And Little Monster Stories. Monster stories and crafts for pre-schoolers (2-5years).

30 May 2014 to 30 May 2014

Sammy Feral's Diaries Of Weird at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 30 May 2014The Beaney and The Marlowe Theatre present Sammy Feral's Diaries Of Weird. Discover weird and wonderful aniamls with author Eleanor Hawken (7-12years).

31 May 2014 to 31 May 2014

Filskit Theatre - The Feather Catcher at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 31 May 2014A fun, playful story of friendship, working together and mischievous feathers.

27 May 2014 to 31 May 2014

Happy Days - A New Musical at The Marlowe TheatreTue 27 - Sat 31 May 2014The hilarious feel-good musical.

31 May 2014 to 31 May 2014

The Marlowe Comedy Cabaret at The Marlowe TheatreSat 31 May 2014Our comedy and variety night brings you top stand-up comedy acts and a few surprises!

31 May 2014 to 31 May 2014

Everything You've Ever Needed to Know Ever at The Marlowe TheatreSat 31 May 2014Making Projects presents Tiernan Douieb's Everything You've Ever Needed To Know Ever And Some Extra Stuff. An hour of very silly comedy (6years+).

31 May 2014 to 31 May 2014

Bingley Island Bio-blitz at Westgate GardensSat 31 May 2014Take part in a fun-filled survey to record the wildlife of Bingley Island Local Nature Reserve.

31 May 2014 to 31 May 2014

Little Monster Costume Workshops & The Big Parade at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 31 May 2014The Beaney and The Marlowe Theatre present Little Monster Costume Workshops & The Big Monster Parade. Transform and take part in the Big Monster Parade.

31 May 2014 to 31 May 2014

Meet the Armchair Artists at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 31 May 2014Meet at the main information desk.

27 March 2014 to 01 June 2014

East Kent Printmakers at Herne Bay Museum and GalleryThu 27 Mar - Sun 1 Jun 2014Prints by artists living or working in East Kent, including works for sale. Fun family drop-in activity to accompany the exhibition.

03 May 2014 to 01 June 2014

Brownies Big Birthday Exhibition at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 3 May - Sun 1 Jun 2014Brownies will be 100 years old this year and to celebrate we're having a Big Brownie Birthday Exhibition in the Front Room!

03 April 2014 to 08 June 2014

Art in miniature: hand-decorated eggs from Romania at Whitstable Museum and GalleryThu 3 Apr - Sun 8 Jun 2014A rare chance to see a glorious collection of Romanian hand-decorated eggs, on loan from the Horniman Museum and Gardens in London, for two months.

31 May 2014 to 15 June 2014

Blacktop: Laura Wilson at Whitstable Museum and GallerySat 31 May - Sun 15 Jun 2014Inspired by the imposing Brett Aggregates factory in Whitstable, artist Laura Wilson investigates, via film, this industrial feature's purpose and position within the town's development since the 1930s.

31 May 2014 to 15 June 2014

Whitstable Biennale at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 31 May - Sun 15 Jun 2014Whitstable Biennale is a festival of contemporary visual art, focusing on ambitious and experimental new work in film and performance.

31 May 2014 to 15 June 2014

Whitstable BiennaleSat 31 May - Sun 15 Jun 2014Whitstable Biennale stages a festival every two years of new visual art film and performance.

01 May 2014 to 28 June 2014

Post Art at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreThu 1 May - Sat 28 Jun 2014An exhibition of postcards sent through Royal Mail from all over the world and locally, our fourth annual postcard exhibition.

29 March 2014 to 06 July 2014

Of Mice and Men: Drawings by Brian Francis at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 29 Mar - Sun 6 Jul 2014Selected drawings from the recent bequest to Canterbury Museums by Brian Francis (1935-2013). Meticulously detailed and skilled, the drawings include studies from nature of plants, stones, insects and small animals.

01 May 2014 to 01 May 2014

NT Live -King Lear (live & recorded) at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 1 May 2014King Lear by William Shakespeare Academy Award winner Sam Mendes returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale in the title role of Shakespeare's tragedy.

01 May 2014 to 01 May 2014

Joe Orton's ENTERTAINING MR SLOANE at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 1 May 2014Kath and her elderly father, Kemp, live in a house on the outskirts of a rubbish dump. Their drab existence is interrupted by the arrival of a new lodger, the enigmatic Mr Sloane.

01 May 2014 to 01 May 2014

Midday Recital at Canterbury CathedralThu 1 May 2014Midday Recital performed by The Milleniumkoor, Holland in the Quire.

02 May 2014 to 02 May 2014

Whiskey Moon Face & Gentlemen of Few at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 2 May 2014Whiskey Moon Face play original rag and bones jazz blues folk tune & Gentlemen of Few are a four piece Bluegrass-Folk band from Kent.

02 May 2014 to 02 May 2014

Virgil And The Accelerators at The Marlowe TheatreFri 2 May 2014Virgil is a rare natural talent and a true master of his instrument.

30 April 2014 to 02 May 2014

Forces of the Cosmos at Eastbridge HospitalWed 30 Apr - Fri 2 May 2014Laura Hepworth - University for the Creative Arts. Forces of the Cosmos.

02 May 2014 to 02 May 2014

Janek Schaefer: Cloud/Cuckooland at Sidney Cooper GalleryFri 2 May 2014For the informal opening night of the Sounds New Festival, Janek Schaefer (one of the UK's most distinctive sound artists) will create a brand new sound work as part of an exhibition based around the 'Canterbury Sound'.

02 May 2014 to 02 May 2014

Wise Words for Wellbeing - Poetry Workshops at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 2 May 2014We will read and discuss poems and stories that can help on life’s journey, and do some writing in response. No experience is necessary – you can participate as much or as little as you like. Service Users welcome.

03 May 2014 to 03 May 2014

MotionHouse - Broken at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 3 May 2014Building on the success of international hit Scattered, Motionhouse's brand new production Broken erupts onto the stage examining our precarious relationship with the earth.

30 April 2014 to 03 May 2014

Sweeny Todd at The Marlowe TheatreWed 30 Apr - Sat 3 May 2014The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street. A musical thriller presented by Canterbury Operatic Society.

03 May 2014 to 03 May 2014

Printmaking Workshop at Whitstable Museum and GallerySat 3 May 2014Try your hand at screen printing, and using collage and pre-cut lino with the help of professional printmakers. Suitable for adults and children age 7+.

03 May 2014 to 03 May 2014

From The Jam plus special guests at The Kings HallSat 3 May 2014From The Jam, featuring former The Jam bassist Bruce Foxton and Russell Hastings, bring their acoustic tour to The King’s Hall!

03 May 2014 to 03 May 2014

Charity Scooter Rally at Herne BaySat 3 May 2014Charity Scooter Rally in Herne Bay on Saturday 3 May 2014. More details to follow.

03 May 2014 to 03 May 2014

More Capers With The Belle Family at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableSat 3 May 2014BSS Performing Arts present their 5th Annual Gala... More Capers With The Belle Family. A great show for children performed by children, showing exam pieces displayed in the form of a musical.

03 May 2014 to 03 May 2014

Icebreaker & BJ Cole at Colyer-Fergusson BuildingSat 3 May 2014Icebreaker & BJ Cole perform 'Apollo For All Mankind'. Pioneering ensemble Icebreaker and formidable pedal steel guitarist BJ Cole bring their critically acclaimed performance of Brian Eno's 'Apollo' to Canterbury.

03 May 2014 to 03 May 2014

Piano in the Woods & Toma Gouband at Little Hall WoodsSat 3 May 2014In May 2012 a piano was put in private woodland near Canterbury. Each month for a year pianist Sam Bailey has given performances improvising in response to the instrument's changing state.

04 May 2014 to 04 May 2014

NT Live -King Lear (live & recorded) at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 4 May 2014King Lear by William Shakespeare Academy Award winner Sam Mendes returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale in the title role of Shakespeare's tragedy.

04 May 2014 to 04 May 2014

Pickled Image - Fireside Tales with Granddad at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 4 May 2014Cuddle up around the campfire as Granddad regales you with tales...

04 May 2014 to 04 May 2014

Rose of England With The Three Sopranos at The Marlowe TheatreSun 4 May 2014Enjoy a rousing celebration of the music and memories of yesteryear.

04 May 2014 to 04 May 2014

Led Bib at Canterbury Christ Church UniversitySun 4 May 2014You have to see them to believe them: Formed in 2003 Led Bib are one of the original torch bearers for the revitalized young British jazz scene.

04 May 2014 to 04 May 2014

Sound & Music Present Lauren Redhead at St Peter's Methodist ChurchSun 4 May 2014Sound & Music Present - Lauren Redhead: Organ & Electronics. This UK-wide tour presents performances of pieces which explore the intriguing combination of organ and electronics.

04 May 2014 to 04 May 2014

Exaudi Performs 'Austerirty Measures' at St Peter's Methodist ChurchSun 4 May 2014This dynamic ensemble bring a new approach to contemporary vocal performance. Many EXAUDI programmes combine the new with the old, and the ensemble is equally in demand for its performances of music of the High Renaissance and early Baroque

04 May 2014 to 04 May 2014

Evan Parker 70th Birthday Concert at St Gregory's Centre for MusicSun 4 May 2014Celebrating his 70th birthday, the Kent resident and world-leading saxophonist brings his unbelievable sound to Canterbury Christ Church University. Prepare to be stretched to the limit by this giant of contemporary music making.

04 May 2014 to 04 May 2014

Improv4... Wellbeing at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSun 4 May 2014This introduction to improv workshop is a chance to have fun collaborating with others whilst playing games and creating scenes completely made up on the spot.

04 May 2014 to 05 May 2014

Pat-a-lamb Weekend at Mount Ephraim GardensSun 4 - Mon 5 May 2014Make friends with our cuddly lambs and see Mount Ephraim when spring is in full swing and the ten acres of gardens are bursting into bloom.

05 May 2014 to 05 May 2014

Equator @SoundsNew: Kasai Masai Drum Workshop at Canterbury Christ Church UniversityMon 5 May 2014Based in London and led by Voodoo King Nickens Nkoso, Kasai Masai brings us the Traditional Sound of the most remote equatorial villages with an Urban Twist. The 5-piece consists of d'jembe, guitar, saxophone, bass and drum.

05 May 2014 to 05 May 2014

Robert Stillman - Workshop at Sidney Cooper GalleryMon 5 May 2014Create Your Own Artist's Book - This workshop gives participants the chance to learn bookmaking and printing techniques used in the 'Leap of Death' project.

05 May 2014 to 05 May 2014

London Sinfonietta: Protest Songs at St Gregory's Centre for MusicMon 5 May 2014The London Sinfoniette present the culmination of a five-day residency at Canterbury Christ Church University, focusing on 'Protest Songs', a programme of striking works that address politics through music.

05 May 2014 to 05 May 2014

Sounds New Poetry: Zone at Mrs Jones KitchenMon 5 May 2014Sounds New Poetry is proud to present an evening of readings curated by ZONE. ZONE is a collective of writers and critics based in Canterbury. It produces a biannual international magazine of poetry and criticism.

06 May 2014 to 06 May 2014

Comic Book Club at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreTue 6 May 2014For current, new and lapsed lovers of comics and graphic novels. Geek it up, talk comics and help add to the club's reading list. Over 18s (look out for under 18s club soon).

30 April 2014 to 06 May 2014

Motley at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 30 Apr - Tue 6 May 2014From driftwood furniture to fine wire jewellery, from joyful abstract paintings to dramatic seascapes, there is something for everyone in this exhibition. So... on with the motley!

30 April 2014 to 06 May 2014

In the Garden at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 30 Apr - Tue 6 May 2014Spring is in the air! A festival of colourful felt and textiles awaits you. Exciting and exquiste pieces for you, your home and your garden!

06 May 2014 to 06 May 2014

Robert Stillman - 'Leap Of Death' at Canterbury Christ Church UniversityTue 6 May 201485 years after the FW Murnau directed film, composer Robert Stillman attemptes to conjure '4 Devil's' back into existence with 'Leap of Death'.

06 May 2014 to 06 May 2014

Children's Concert: All For One at St Peter's Methodist ChurchTue 6 May 2014Young pupils and their families are given the opportunity to hear new music by students of contemporary music. For more information please visit the website.

06 May 2014 to 06 May 2014

Thomas Oehler: Mind The Composer! at St Gregory's Centre for MusicTue 6 May 2014Canterbury Christ Church University composer Thomas Oehler offers a guide to his music in the company of award-winning French pianist Amandine Savary.

06 May 2014 to 06 May 2014

Sounds New Poets at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeTue 6 May 2014Sounds New Festival takes place from 2nd May to 9th May. One of the highlights is a three-day residency at the Beaney House of Art & Knowledge.

06 May 2014 to 06 May 2014

Free Range @SoundsNew Hand of Stabs at Mrs Jones KitchenTue 6 May 2014Sharing a love of the history and sacred past of the Medway Towns and surrounding countryside, and inspired by regular, often night-time walks through these spaces, Hand of Stabs create works evoking and celebrating their essence.

07 May 2014 to 07 May 2014

Theatre-Rites - Rubbish at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 7 May 2014Imagine a world that celebrates its rubbish. A world where, at the touch of a puppeteer’s hand, the contents of a bin bag can transform before your eyes.

07 May 2014 to 07 May 2014

Robin Ince Is (In And Out) Of His Mind at The Marlowe TheatreWed 7 May 2014The award-winning comedian presents another in his line of unhinged stand-up comic lectures.

07 May 2014 to 07 May 2014

Sounds New Poets at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeWed 7 May 2014Sounds New Festival takes place from 2nd May to 9th May. One of the highlights is a three-day residency at the Beaney House of Art & Knowledge.

07 May 2014 to 07 May 2014

Free Range @SoundsNew Arlet & Quartet at Mrs Jones KitchenWed 7 May 2014Arlet's recent debut album, Clearning, draws influences from traditional and contemporary British folk music as much as from Django Bates-style melodic eccentricity.

08 May 2014 to 08 May 2014

Cafe Live - Ducie at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 8 May 2014Combining Celtic music, Afro Cuban and Brazilian rhythms with funk, reggae, flamenco and blues, providing music for your ears and infectious rhythms for your feet!

08 May 2014 to 08 May 2014

Tree Survey at Westgate GardensThu 8 May 2014Join the Conservation Volunteers from the Kent Heritage Trees project on a survey of the Westgate Parks. Meet at Toddler's Cove car park.

08 May 2014 to 08 May 2014

NHS Blood Donation at The Kings HallThu 8 May 2014Blood is something we all expect to be there for us when we need it, yet only 4% of us give blood – many people would not be alive today if it wasn’t for the generosity of our donors.

08 May 2014 to 08 May 2014

Mr Maugham At Home at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableThu 8 May 2014The WhitLit Festival present Anthony Smee delivering the performance of a lifetime in this hugely entertaining one-man drama of the life of William Somerset Maugham written by Anthony Curtis.

08 May 2014 to 08 May 2014

Sounds New Poets at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 8 May 2014Sounds New Festival takes place from 2nd May to 9th May. One of the highlights is a three-day residency at the Beaney House of Art & Knowledge.

08 May 2014 to 08 May 2014

Brodsky Quartet: Robert Wyatt Project at Colyer-Fergusson BuildingThu 8 May 2014Robert Wyatt (ex-Soft Machine and giant of the Canterbury Scene) has let festival director Matt Wright and world-renowned pianist and arranger Tony Hymas (ex-Jeff Beck) loose on his songs to create this dynamic blend of electronics.

08 May 2014 to 08 May 2014

Free Range @SoundsNew What Is Free Range? at Mrs Jones KitchenThu 8 May 2014This weekly series began in January 2012 and by May 2014 there will have been 77 events involving 278 performers reaching over 3000 audience members.

09 May 2014 to 09 May 2014

The Enigma of Wallis Simpson at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreFri 9 May 2014Whitstable's Margaret Pemberton (Rebecca Dean) author of 'Wallis' and The Golden Prince, discusses with bestselling novelist Sarah Harrison (The Flower in the Field) our continuing fascination with Mrs Simpson and the 1930s.

09 May 2014 to 09 May 2014

How To Get Published at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreFri 9 May 2014Charlie Brotherstone and Julia Churchill from London literary agents AM Heath discuss the role of literary agent with essential advice on getting published.

09 May 2014 to 09 May 2014

Revealing Mr Maugham at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreFri 9 May 2014Revealing Mr Maugham - An Artumentary Film by Michael House. Who was W. Somerset Maugham?

09 May 2014 to 09 May 2014

The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreFri 9 May 2014The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham – Selina Hastings and Nic Paravicini.

09 May 2014 to 09 May 2014

Real Ale and Cider Festival at The Kings HallFri 9 May 2014Come and sample the best of Kent’s local breweries plus live music from local bands including; Green Diesel, The Doctorates, DubTC and David Sheppard, Boxing Octopus.

09 May 2014 to 09 May 2014

Up Pompeii at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableFri 9 May 2014Based on the original characters devised by Talbot Rothwell and Sid Colin for the Frankie Howard BBC comedy, this hilarious romp through ancient Pompeii brings back all the television favourites in this full-length play.

09 May 2014 to 09 May 2014

Bad Santas and other Creepy Christmas Characters at Whitstable Umbrella Community CentreFri 9 May 2014Paul Hawkins gives us a gleefully dark exploration of European seasonal folklore. Wear your Christmas woolly (with the sleeves rolled up) for a festive drink and mince pie at this most unseasonal of Christmas parties.

09 May 2014 to 09 May 2014

Equator @SoundsNew: Wajahat Kahn at St Gregory's Centre for MusicFri 9 May 2014London-based Sarod virtuoso Wajahat Kahn is simply the best there is. In collaboration between the Equator world music festival and Sounds New, this performance will bring Kahn's intense presence to the beautiful acoustics of St Gregory's.

09 May 2014 to 09 May 2014

Wise Words for Wellbeing - Poetry Workshops at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 9 May 2014We will read and discuss poems and stories that can help on life’s journey, and do some writing in response. No experience is necessary – you can participate as much or as little as you like. Service Users welcome.

09 May 2014 to 09 May 2014

10 May 2014 to 10 May 2014

Folk in the Barn - Breabach at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 10 May 2014Hailing from the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Faeries are the figurehead trailblazers of the Celtic Dance Music renaissance.

10 May 2014 to 10 May 2014

Hiccup Theatre - Pinocchio at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 10 May 2014Hiccup Theatre join forces with acclaimed writer for children Michael Rosen (We're going on a Bear Hunt) to bring Carlo Collodi's classic tale to life.

06 May 2014 to 10 May 2014

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake at The Marlowe TheatreTue 6 - Sat 10 May 2014The legendary work by Matthew Bourne.

10 May 2014 to 10 May 2014

A Walk of Maugham's Whitstable - Tim Mason at The Whitstable Castle and GardensSat 10 May 2014See a different side of Whitstable as Tim Mason takes you on a walk of the town featuring key landmarks and landscapes from Maugham's childhood recalled in Cakes and Ale and Of Human Bondage.

10 May 2014 to 10 May 2014

Hang On Lads...I've Got A Great Idea... at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 10 May 2014Whitstable based Nick Russell-Pavier author of The Great Train Robbery: Crime of the Century chats to Andy Miller about Britain's most famous heist and the swinging sixties.

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