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    Events & Festivals, Sat 4 - Sun 5 Oct 2014

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    Canterbury Cathedral Visits

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    The ancient tradition of Pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral will be celebrated with a weekend of events and special services in the historic city on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October 2014.

    Pilgrims are encouraged to pack their bag, put on their boots and make the journey to Canterbury on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October as the Cathedral and some of the city's most iconic locations celebrate a weekend of Pilgrimage themed events, walks, talks and services.

    Canterbury its famed Cathedral have long since had a historic connection with Pilgrimage. As the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion, the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury and once the home of the shrine of St Thomas Becket, the Cathedral is both a holy place and part of a World Heritage Site and still today welcomes Pilgrims.

    It is a destination for those who have travelled the Pilgrims' Way, the ancient Pilgrim paths from Winchester, Rochester and Southwark and it is often the starting point for those en route to European Pilgrimage sites such as Santiago de Compostela in Spain and the Via Francigena to Rome. The planned weekend will celebrate this heritage and will culminate with the Archbishop of Canterbury preaching at a celebratory Evensong at the Cathedral on Sunday 5th October at 3.15pm.

    Saturday 4th October - at the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge

    11.30am - 12.30pm Guided Walk (from front entrance of the Beaney) to St Martin's Church and Eastbridge Hospital and local sites associated with Canterbury pilgrims.

    1pm - 2pm Pilgrim clinc for those interested in walking the Pilgrims' Way to Canterbury or pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela and Rome. Hear from experienced pilgrims to help plan your journey.

    2pm - 3pm Pilgrim history talk with John Butler, about the medieval practice of pilgrimage to Canterbury to the tomb of St Thomas.

    3pm - 4pm The Green Pilgrimage Network with Catherine Lloyd, GPN Project Officer, about other places of pilgrimage to visit in Kent.

    All day Pilgrimage family activities at The Beaney, including the chance to see pilgrim artefacts.

    At St Dunstan's Church

    7pm film showing of 'The Way' about modern day pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela. A light supper of soup, roll and pate will be served at 6pm. £5 per person. Phone number for bookings is 01227 784800. All proceeds to Christian Aid.

    Sunday 5th October:

    2pm onwards - Sunday services in Canterbury churches. Pilgrims procession, Hospitality and Evensong with Archbishop Justin.

    6pm - County Harvest service, Cathedral. Preacher: Martin Palmer, Secretary General of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation.

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    Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesItalian signs/guidesOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberSpanish signs/guidesWelcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

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    Dates Times
    Sat 4 - Sun 5 Oct 2014



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    Map reference: TR 151578  Lat: 51.27878 Long: 1.08343

    The Cathedral is located in the centre of Canterbury, within walking distance of both Canterbury East and West stations. Canterbury is only 30 minutes drive from Dover (continental ferries) and Folkestone (Eurotunnel), making it an ideal stop-over en route to London. Fast speed trains bring passengers from Canterbury to London within 56 minutes.

    Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Canterbury East/West station


    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Disabled accessDisabled access
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
    • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
    • Italian signs/guidesItalian signs/guides
    • On-site cateringOn-site catering
    • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
    • Picnic sitePicnic site
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
    • Spanish signs/guidesSpanish signs/guides
    • Welcome HostWelcome Host
    • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
    • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
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