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What's on in Canterbury & the Surrounding Area

Canterbury events 2015 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 the Canterbury district may be subject to change. Before making your travel plans we suggest you contact the event organisers to confirm details.

Featured Events & Festivals

Kent Wheel © University of Kent

Kent Wheel

Wed 1 Jul - Thu 15 Oct 2015

Meet The Ancestors

The Ancestors

Mon 18 May - Sun 23 Aug 2015

Canterbury Shakespeare Festival 2015

Canterbury Shakespeare Festival 2015

Fri 14 - Sun 16 Aug 2015

Canterbury Shakespeare Festival 2015

Canterbury Shakespeare Festival 2015

Fri 21 - Sun 23 Aug 2015

Herne Bay Festival 2015

Herne Bay Festival

Sat 22 - Sun 30 Aug 2015

Far Far Away, Aurora Orchestra

bOing! International Festival

Sat 29 - Sun 30 Aug 2015

50th Festival

50th Festival

Fri 4 - Sun 6 Sep 2015

Canterbury Food and Drink Festival

Canterbury Food and Drink Festival

Fri 25 - Sun 27 Sep 2015

Canterbury Festival

Canterbury Festival

Sat 17 - Sat 31 Oct 2015

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01 July 2015 to 15 October 2015

Kent Wheel at University of Kent Wed 1 Jul - Thu 15 Oct 2015Enjoy panoramic views of the city of Canterbury and see from coast-to-coast, spotting local landmarks including Canterbury Cathedral and the Maunsell Sea Forts at Whitstable.

08 August 2015 to 08 August 2015

The Tankerton Circus FairSat 8 Aug 2015A fun packed circus themed day for all the family. Music, magic and lots more throughout the day.

06 August 2015 to 06 August 2015

Marvellous Marine Day - Family Event at Reculver Country Park & Reculver TowersThu 6 Aug 2015Join in a day of marine activities, dress up as your favourite marine creature.

03 August 2015 to 07 August 2015

Play In A Week With Wide Eyed Theatre at Westgate HallMon 3 - Fri 7 Aug 2015Play in a Week is an exciting opportunity for young people aged 11-18 to spend the whole week creating a play from scratch.

28 July 2015 to 09 August 2015

Lines in the Sand at Beach Creative Community Arts CentreTue 28 Jul - Sun 9 Aug 2015The Herne Bay Cartoon Festival includes an exhibition of new and original cartoons on the theme Lines in the Sand at Beach Creative which runs from Tuesday 28th July until Sunday 9th August.

06 August 2015 to 06 August 2015

Herne Bay Carnival Workshop at Beach Creative Community Arts CentreThu 6 Aug 2015Come and make your own 'White Rabbit' carnival costume to support and compliment the Clock Tower float in the Herne Bay Carnival.

07 August 2015 to 07 August 2015

Herne Bay Carnival Workshop at Beach Creative Community Arts CentreFri 7 Aug 2015Come and make your own 'White Rabbit' carnival costume to support and compliment the Clock Tower float in the Herne Bay Carnival.

07 August 2015 to 07 August 2015

Archives Tour and Afternoon Tea at Canterbury Cathedral LodgeFri 7 Aug 2015Enjoy a full afternoon tea in our restaurant that overlooks a beautiful courtyard garden. Afterwards, experience a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of the Cathedral Archives and Library.

07 August 2015 to 07 August 2015

Poet in Residence: Canterbury Roman Museum Fri 7 Aug 2015Gary Studley is a writer and visual artist with long-term connections to Canterbury.

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.

25 July 2015 to 02 September 2015

Create a Roman Laurel Wreath at Canterbury Roman MuseumSat 25 Jul - Wed 2 Sep 2015Create a Roman Laurel Wreath and dress as a Roman Emperor or Empress.

06 August 2015 to 06 August 2015

Robin Hood - The Musical at Theatre in the ParkThu 6 Aug 2015Presented by The Cambridge Touring Theatre (professional). Come and have a joyful, fun-filled time with your family as you watch this hilarious musical show full our usual zest and vim!

08 August 2015 to 08 August 2015

Caribbean Party Night at Theatre in the ParkSat 8 Aug 2015With Barbados showcase David Brewster and the Faze 3 Reggae Caribbean Steel Band will be cooking up a real Caribbean vibe.

05 August 2015 to 05 August 2015

Canterbury Summer Fun Day at Dane John GardensWed 5 Aug 2015Come down to Dane John Gardens, next to the main bus station in Canterbury to find a number of stalls, activities and entertainment and all FREE!

28 July 2015 to 09 August 2015

Martin Honeysett at Bay ART GalleryTue 28 Jul - Sun 9 Aug 2015An exhibition of work by Martin Honeysett for the Herne Bay Cartoon Festival.

18 July 2015 to 16 August 2015

Outrage! A brief history of offensive cartoons at The Seaside Museum, Herne BaySat 18 Jul - Sun 16 Aug 2015A brief history of offensive cartoons. Part of the third annual Herne Bay Cartoon Festival.

05 August 2015 to 05 August 2015

Iris (12a) at Curzon CanterburyWed 5 Aug 2015The last film by Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter) is a wonderful portrait of nonagenarian style icon Iris Apfel.

06 August 2015 to 06 August 2015

Iris (12a) at Curzon CanterburyThu 6 Aug 2015The last film by Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter) is a wonderful portrait of nonagenarian style icon Iris Apfel.

05 August 2015 to 05 August 2015

Beyond The Reach (12a) at Curzon CanterburyWed 5 Aug 2015Academy Award winner Michael Douglas is Madec - a rich, ruthless international businessman and avid game hunter. Searching for a new trophy to add to his collection, he hires young tracker Ben (Jeremy Irvine) as his guide through the Reach.

06 August 2015 to 06 August 2015

Beyond The Reach (12a) at Curzon CanterburyThu 6 Aug 2015Academy Award winner Michael Douglas is Madec - a rich, ruthless international businessman and avid game hunter. Searching for a new trophy to add to his collection, he hires young tracker Ben (Jeremy Irvine) as his guide through the Reach.

05 August 2015 to 05 August 2015

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (12a) at Curzon CanterburyWed 5 Aug 2015In the latest of Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) and Tom Cruise's highly successful collaborations, Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate.

06 August 2015 to 06 August 2015

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (12a) at Curzon CanterburyThu 6 Aug 2015In the latest of Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) and Tom Cruise's highly successful collaborations, Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate.

05 August 2015 to 05 August 2015

Inside Out (U) at Curzon CanterburyWed 5 Aug 2015We are ruled by our emotionsm but what - or who - controls our moods? For young Riley, it's Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lweis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling).

06 August 2015 to 06 August 2015

Inside Out (U) at Curzon CanterburyThu 6 Aug 2015We are ruled by our emotionsm but what - or who - controls our moods? For young Riley, it's Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lweis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling).

25 July 2015 to 02 September 2015

Create a Medieval pilgrim badge at Canterbury Heritage MuseumSat 25 Jul - Wed 2 Sep 2015Discover the colourful story of Thomas Becket, explore the interactive Medieval Discovery Gallery and create a fun pilgrim badge to take home inspired by those on display.

05 August 2015 to 05 August 2015

Amy (15) at Curzon CanterburyWed 5 Aug 2015Following his multi-award winning box office sensation Senna, director Asif Kapadia turns his talents to another cultural icon.

06 August 2015 to 06 August 2015

Amy (15) at Curzon CanterburyThu 6 Aug 2015Following his multi-award winning box office sensation Senna, director Asif Kapadia turns his talents to another cultural icon.

05 August 2015 to 05 August 2015

Minions (U) at Curzon CanterburyWed 5 Aug 2015In the 1960s, the Minions need to find a new evil master to serve, so three of them vie for the mastermind Scarlet Overkill at a villain convention.

06 August 2015 to 06 August 2015

Minions (U) at Curzon CanterburyThu 6 Aug 2015In the 1960s, the Minions need to find a new evil master to serve, so three of them vie for the mastermind Scarlet Overkill at a villain convention.

09 July 2015 to 27 September 2015

Whitstable's Rich Heritage at Whitstable Museum and GalleryThu 9 Jul - Sun 27 Sep 2015Shipbuilding, the first passenger railway and Whitstable as a popular leisure destination are explored in this new exhibition. Whitstable Museum’s archive has been raided to link early photographs, maps and artefacts with family memories i

08 August 2015 to 08 August 2015

Grubby Gang! at WildwoodSat 8 Aug 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.

25 July 2015 to 02 September 2015

Super Summer Holiday Events! at WildwoodSat 25 Jul - Wed 2 Sep 2015We have lots of fun events for the whold family at Wildwood during the Summer Holidays!

08 August 2015 to 08 August 2015

Introduction to Beekeeping at WildwoodSat 8 Aug 2015This 8 week course is designed for complete beginners who are looking for a 'Hands On' course which will give you the knowledge and confidence to get your first colony of honey bees.

05 August 2015 to 05 August 2015

Extreme Stunt Show at CanterburyWed 5 Aug 2015The Extreme Stunt Show preforming in Canterbury - Kingsmead Car Park, Kingsmead Road, CT1 1BD.

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.

07 August 2015 to 07 August 2015

Painting with Light (5 to 12yrs) at Canterbury CathedralFri 7 Aug 2015Stained glass window workshop for children age 5 to 12 accompanied by an adult. Investigate the Cathedral's stained glass windows, discover how they were made and some of the stories they tell.

07 August 2015 to 07 August 2015

Painting with Light (11 to 16yrs) at Canterbury CathedralFri 7 Aug 2015Stained glass window workshop for children age 11 to 16 accompanied by an adult. Investigate the Cathedral's stained glass windows, discover how they were made and some of the stories they tell.

05 August 2015 to 06 August 2015

The Salt Of The Earth (12A) at Gulbenkian CinemaWed 5 - Thu 6 Aug 2015The ravishing The Salt of the Earth is Wim Wenders' (Pina) documentary portrait of Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado.

07 August 2015 to 07 August 2015

Survivor (12A) at Gulbenkian CinemaFri 7 Aug 2015Milla Jovovich and Pierce Brosnan star in this superb British-American spy thriller from V for Vendetta director James McTeigue.

08 August 2015 to 08 August 2015

The Moomins On The Riviera (U) at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 8 Aug 2015Tove Jansson's universally loved Finnish cartoon creatures take a trip!

05 August 2015 to 11 August 2015

Tomcat Stencil Exhibition - Tommy Gurr, Catman at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 5 - Tue 11 Aug 2015Tomcat is the name of two Whitstable urban artists: Tommy Gurr and Catman. Both were finalists in the 2014 Stencil Art Prize Exhibition in Sydney.

05 August 2015 to 05 August 2015

Mr Tuner at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 5 Aug 2015A warts-and-all portrayal of the artist in later life, including his relationship with his Margate landlady. Actor Timothy Spall learned to paint specifically for this film. Directed by Mike Leigh.

29 July 2015 to 11 August 2015

Journey: Colin McGowan at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 29 Jul - Tue 11 Aug 2015A retrospective exhibition showing Colin's work in paint, pencil and raku-fired ceramics from the past 15 years.

01 August 2015 to 31 August 2015

Uncharted Waters - Jane Cordery, Lorrain Mailer at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 1 - Mon 31 Aug 2015Contemporary multi-media: an exploration of the sea as a giver and taker of life.

06 June 2015 to 06 September 2015

Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 6 Jun - Sun 6 Sep 2015This exhibition, organised in partnership with Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Canterbury Christ Church University sets the ground-breaking document in the context of Canterbury's people and places. I

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.

01 May 2015 to 31 August 2015

Armchair Artist in Residence - Rob Turner at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 1 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 May 2015 to 31 October 2015

Create a Flying Exotic Bird at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 1 May - Sat 31 Oct 2015Create your own flying bird using foam and feathers. Can you make it fly from one end of the gallery to the other?

25 July 2015 to 16 August 2015

Sew Much More… East Kent Embroiderers' Guild at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 25 Jul - Sun 16 Aug 2015Celebrating 45 years of stitching in Canterbury the East Kent Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild present an exciting exhibition of members’ recent work reflecting traditional and contemporary techniques.

04 August 2015 to 22 August 2015

Dirty Dancing at The Marlowe TheatreTue 4 - Sat 22 Aug 2015Following its phenomenal run in 2013, the record-breaking sensation returns to Canterbury for three weeks only.

03 August 2015 to 07 August 2015

Summer Marlowe Youth Theatre - Play In A Week at The Marlowe TheatreMon 3 - Fri 7 Aug 2015Young people will work with a professional director to create a play based on the Grimm Fairy Tales, performed live on The Marlowe Studio stage. (8 to 11 years).

03 August 2015 to 08 August 2015

Taking Sides by Ronald Harwood at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 3 - Sat 8 Aug 2015The Old Stagers present for their 164th Season Taking Sides by Ronald Harwood.

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