2016 Key Events for Groups in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay

There are plenty of fun and interesting events and festivals that take place throughout the year. From week-long traditional festivals to day carnivals, classic car shows to international food fayres and live music to out-door theatre, there is something to suit everyone's tastes.

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

Canterbury City Sound Project Festival 2016 logo

City Sound Project Festival 2016

Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May 2016

City Sound Project 2016 will take place on Saturday 30th and Sunday 1st May - a bank holiday weekend, in glorious sunshine. Established in 2012, City Sound Project brings music of all genres, from electronic DJ's to live bands, poetry, art and more in the historic city of Canterbury for a weekend of cultural indulgence unique to the south of England.

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WhitLit Festival

Wednesday 11 May to Sunday 15 May 2016

WhitLit announces the third literary festival programme celebrating Ian Fleming and James Bond, fictional spies and real life espionage.

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Whitstable Biennale

Saturday 4 June to Sunday 12 June 2016

Whitstable Biennale 2016 will feature a wide range of new work by contemporary artists, a pop-up artist-designed cafe, a special cinema showing films every day, and exhibitions, live performances, workshops, tours, events and talks.

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Giant Picnic Queen Birthday

Saturday 11 June 2016

To celebrate Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday, we will be hosing a giant picnic for everyone in Herne Bay Memorial Park on Saturday 11 June 2016. Please bring along your chairs, blankets, chicken drumsticks and sandwichs and enjoy the entertainment on stage, various activities by local businesses and community groups and say hi to the characters wandering around the park.

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Sci-Fi By The Sea

Sunday 19 June 2016

The fantastic Titan The Robot will be returning with his unique brand of comedy-meets-tech, the Gamer Bus is back, except a 16ft Scout Walker created by the talented Michael Lake, more Sci-Fi and comic superheroes and villians than you can throw a long glowing stick at.

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Classic car at the Herne Bay show

Herne Bay Classic Motor Show

Sunday 17 July 2016

The Classic Motor Show will feature 100s of classic vehicles, the Classic Music Show, featuring Ben Mills and his band, Mel Harris and more. Retro market, County Garage, Hollis Motors and lots more.

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Whitstable Oyster Festival

Friday 22 July to Sunday 31 July 2016

Traditional events, such as the historic Landing of the Oysters, the colourful seafood themed Oyster Parade, as well as the bustling Harbour Food Fair and the Firework Finale.

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Whitstable Regatta

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August 2016

Whitstable Regatta is being held on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August 2016.

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bus at the Herne Bay Bus Rally

Herne Bay Bus Rally

Sunday 6 August 2016

The Herne Bay Bus Rally will have classic buses on display and running trips around the town. This will be supported by stalls and refreshments.

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Red Arrows flying over Herne Bay Clocktower

Herne Bay Airshow

Sunday 14 August 2016

The Herne Bay Airshow 2016 will feature the Red Arrows, Lancaster Bomber, Spitfire and Hurrican, Electra and many more fantastic planes. The event will be supported by ground displays along the seafront. Entry to the event is free. Please use public transport, leave your car at home.

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Whitstable Harbour Day

Saturday 20 August 2016

Whitstable Harbour Day will be taking place on Saturday 20 August 2016.

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Whitstable Classic Motor Show

Sunday 21 August 2016

Whitstable Classic Motor Show will take place on Sunday 21 August 2016.

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Herne Bay Festival

Saturday 20 to Sunday 28 August 2016

This year's Herne Bay Festival theme will simply be Celebrating Herne Bay. We're going back to our roots and celebrating all the amazing things in our amazing town today!

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Canterbury Festival

Saturday 15 October to Saturday 5 November 2016

Canterbury Fesitval 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.

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