Privacy Policy

Data Protection Act 1998

Under the Data Protection Act 1998, we have a legal duty to protect any personal information we collect from you.

We will only use personal information you supply to us for the reason that you provided it for.
We will only hold your information for as long as necessary to fulfil that purpose.
We will not pass your information to any other parties (including other Council departments) unless this is made clear to you at the time you supplied it.
All employees and contractors who have access to your personal data or are associated with the handling of that data are obliged to respect your confidentiality.

Cookies and IP addresses

A cookie is a piece of information that is stored on your computer's hard drive by your web browser. We do use cookies to make it easier for you to complete on-line forms and questionnaires but these are only temporary and do not identify you or your visit to our site. However, the computers which host our website do maintain site logs which include the IP address details of all machines accessing our pages. This enables us to monitor website usage so we can

See which pages are the most popular
See which pages are seldom or never visited
See how extensively the Council Website is used
Any IP information is treated as strictly confidential and is not published or divulged to any third party.

1. Information we may collect from you

1. We may collect and process the following data about you:

1. Information that you provide by filling in forms on our Website. This includes information provided at the time of registering to use the Website, subscribing to our service and any additional, posting material, contributions or requesting further services. We may also ask you for information when you enter a competition or promotion sponsored by us and when you report a problem with our Website.

2. If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence.

3. We may also ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes, although you do not have to respond to them.

4. Details of transactions you carry out through our Website.

5. Details of your visits to the Website including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data, weblogs and other communication data, whether this is required for our own billing purposes or otherwise and the resources that you access.

2. IP addresses and cookies

1) We may collect information about your computer, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and to report aggregate information to our advertisers. This is statistical data about our users' browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual.

2) For the same reason, we may obtain information about your general internet usage by using a cookie which is stored on the hard drive of your computer. Cookies are used to make our Website work and to deliver a better and more personalised service. They enable us:

(a) To estimate our audience size and usage pattern.

(b) To store information about your preferences, and so allow us to customise our Website according to your individual interests.

(c) To speed up your searches.

(d) To recognise you when you return to our Website.

3) The cookies used on our Website are:

(a) ASP.NET_SessionId - This cookie is essential for the operation and navigation of the website. The cookie is deleted when you close your browser.

(b) ASPSESSIONIDS******* - This cookie is used to report website 404 errors to our website host. This cookie is deleted when you close your browser.

(c) _utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz - These cookies are used by Google Analytics to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit

(d) dmsTPC - This cookie is used to record if a user has accepted the use of Google Analytics cookies on the Visit Canterbury website. This cookie is deleted when you close your browser.

4) Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit

5) This privacy policy does not cover the links within this site linking to other websites. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit.

6) We may embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube's privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode. To find out more please visit YouTube's embedding videos information page.

7) We may display either (or both) of the following widgets:

(a) Feed widgets (widgets that display a feed from our social network page). These widgets do not create a cookie.

(b) Sharing widgets (widgets such as Facebook Like, Twitter Share or AddThis) which enable you to share content of Visit Canterbury website to your friends or followers. By default these do not create a cookie until you have clicked on the graphic or icon representing the sharing network you would like to use. By clicking the graphic or icon you consent to transmitting data to the respective social network.
Facebook's privacy policy on social plugins:
Twitter's privacy policy on cookies and information sharing:
AddThis' privacy policy on cookies and information sharing:

3. Where we store your personal data

As our servers are located in the United Kingdom, the data that we collect from you is obtained, processed, stored and transmitted in compliance with data protection legislation including the Data Protection Act 1998 and European Directive 95/46 and 2002/58. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy.
All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our Website, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone.
The transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our Website; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use appropriate procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

4. Uses made of the information

1) We use information held about you in the following ways:

(a) To ensure that content from our Website is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.

(b) To provide you with information, products or services that you request from us or which we feel may interest you, where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes.

(c) To carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into through our Website.

(d) To allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so.

(e)To notify you about changes to our service.

(f) To regularly update you about our services and promotions in Newsletters.

2) We may also use your data, or permit affiliates to use your data, to provide you with information about goods and services which may be of interest to you and we or they may contact you about these by email, text post or telephone.

3) Where we permit our affiliates to use your data, we (or they) will contact you only if you have consented to this.

4) We do not disclose information about identifiable individuals to our advertisers, but we may provide them with aggregate information about our users (for example, we may inform them that 500 men aged under 30 have clicked on their advertisement on any given day). We may also use such aggregate information to help advertisers reach the kind of audience they want to target (for example, women in SW1). We may make use of the personal data we have collected from you to enable us to comply with our advertisers' wishes by displaying their advertisement to that target audience.

If you have any query about personal information that we may hold, please write to:

Janet Taylor
Deputy Head of Legal Services
Canterbury City Council
Military Road
Kent CT1 1YW


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Picture Credits

Images on this website have been sourced from Art Hewitt, Karen Kelly, Sue Robinson, Tim Stubbings (, Joanna Sword, Visit Kent, Historic River Tours Company, and Wildwood Trust Woodland and Discover Park. Tiger picture taken at Howletts. Cycling images © David Young (Sustrans). Duncan Down images © A clark. Whitstable Yacht Club image © Nick Champion. Rupert Bear™, © 2009 Classic Media Distribution Limited/Express Newspapers. Herne Bay Festival Image © Paul Spree. All Rights Reserved. Image thanks to Rupert Bear - Follow the Magic Magazine.


Every effort has been made to ensure the information contained on this website is correct and up to date, including hyperlinks to other organisations' websites. However, as the information on these sites is not maintained by the Council;

We cannot accept responsibility for errors or omissions
We do not necessarily endorse views or opinions expressed within these sites
We cannot guarantee that any of these external links will work all of the time
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What's On

<August 2015>

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.

02 August 2015 to 02 August 2015

Dogs Trust Canterbury Fun DaySun 2 Aug 2015There will be plenty to see and do throughout the day, with activities including a Fun Dog shows, Fun Dash & Scurry, Have-A-Go Agility, Raffles and Tombola, Arts and craft stalls, dog merchandise and much more!

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.

02 August 2015 to 02 August 2015

Herne Bay Cartoon Festival - Live Cartooning Event at Herne Bay BandstandSun 2 Aug 2015The Cartoon Festival returns to Herne Bay with another live cartooning event. This is a hugely popular FREE event where you can meet some of Fleet Street's most famous cartoonists, watch them work and learn some cartooning skills as well.

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.

01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015

Arts & Crafts Fair at Church HallSat 1 Aug 2015Fifteen stalls offering items for gifts and personal use. Original paintings, prints, letterpress and etchings with an emphasis on local handcrafting. Refreshments available.

01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015

WhatsOn Grand Reveal - Featuring Hullabaloo at WhatsOn LifeSat 1 Aug 2015You are cordially invited to join the Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Hullabaloo and the WhatsOn Team at the launch of a brand new service for visitors, residents and businesspeople of Canterbury.

01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015

Comic Strip and Cartoon Workshop at Beach Creative Community Arts CentreSat 1 Aug 2015We have comic strip and cartoon workshops during the day on Saturday 1st August. No need to book. Just turn up between 11am to 12.30pm to 3pm to 4.30pm at Beach Creative.

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.

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.

04 August 2015 to 04 August 2015

Canvas Painting at Westgate GardensTue 4 Aug 2015Come and paint a picture in the Park with local artist Colette Baumback. Canvas adn paints provided. Choose your time slot.

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!

27 July 2015 to 02 August 2015

Shellie Birkett - Rescued Relics at Bay ART GalleryMon 27 Jul - Sun 2 Aug 2015Shellie Birkett - Rescued Relics - Shellie and friends with a display of beautifully renovated upcycled items.

03 August 2015 to 03 August 2015

Richard Broome - 'Venice to the Carribean' at Bay ART GalleryMon 3 Aug 2015Richard Broome - 'Venice to the Carribean' - wonderfully atmospheric photographs.

02 August 2015 to 02 August 2015

Herne Bay Cartoon FestivalSun 2 Aug 2015The Cartoon Festival returns to Herne Bay in August.

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.

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.

01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015

Just Whitney! at The Kings HallSat 1 Aug 2015Don't miss this mid-summer offering of all things Whitney Houston, with hits such as Saving All My Love, Wanna Dance with Somebody, and So Emotional, all expertly delivered by an artist that performs all over the world at top venues!

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

23 July 2015 to 02 August 2015

Whitstable Oyster FestivalThu 23 Jul - Sun 2 Aug 2015Traditional 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.

02 August 2015 to 02 August 2015

Whitstable Classic Car ShowSun 2 Aug 2015Whitstable Classic Motor Show is at the idyllic setting of Tankerton Slopes, Whitstable, Kent. We have space for 700 classic vehicles, included in the show will be the Classic Music Show, Retro Market, children’s entertainers and more.

01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015

Grubby Gang! at WildwoodSat 1 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!

01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015

Introduction to Beekeeping at WildwoodSat 1 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.

03 August 2015 to 03 August 2015

Griffins, Gargoyles and Greenmen (5 to 12yrs) at Canterbury CathedralMon 3 Aug 2015Art workshop for children age 5 to 12 accompanied by an adult. Discover some strange and scary carvings around the Cathedral - who made them and why.

03 August 2015 to 03 August 2015

Griffins, Gargoyles and Greenman (11 to 16yrs) at Canterbury CathedralMon 3 Aug 2015Art workshop for children age 11 to 16 accompanied by an adult. Discover some strange and scary carvings around the Cathedral - who made them and why.

31 July 2015 to 04 August 2015

Amy (tbc) at Gulbenkian CinemaFri 31 Jul - Tue 4 Aug 2015The career of the late, great Amy Winehouse, her extraordinary talent and her personal demons are explored in Asif Kapadia's (Senna) brilliant, almost unbearably moving documentary.

01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015

Minions 3D (PG) at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 1 Aug 2015Spin-off prequel from the hugely successful Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2.

02 August 2015 to 02 August 2015

San Francisco Opera - Showboat (recorded) at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 2 Aug 2015A true classic of American musical theatre, this tale of life on the Mississippi from the 1880s to the 1920s is both a poignant love story and a powerful reminder of the bitter legacy of racism.

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.

29 July 2015 to 04 August 2015

Moving Light at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 29 Jul - Tue 4 Aug 2015Ceramic, paintings and prints: constantly changing light determines what we see.

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.

01 August 2015 to 01 August 2015

Oyster Festival - Comedy: Iain Lee at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 1 Aug 2015The award-winning presenter on radio (Five Live, Radio 4, XFM, BBC 3 Counties) and TV (The 11 o'clock Show, This Morning, Big Brother's Bit on the Side) has a mass of clips that most radio presenters would rather you forgot.

03 August 2015 to 04 August 2015

Beach Bag Workshop for Children at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreMon 3 - Tue 4 Aug 2015On this two day course with Angela Pressley, children will make a shoulder bag with a lining and learn how to make an appliquéd design. Beginners welcome. Everything supplied.

03 August 2015 to 03 August 2015

Oyster Festival - Film: Cinderella at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreMon 3 Aug 2015Midnight is just the beginning... a beautiful re-telling of the fairytale by film director Kenneth Branagh, with classy actos Cate Blanchett as the step-mother and Helena Bonham Cater playing the Fairy Godmother.

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 30 September 2015

Make a Flying Exotic Bird at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 1 May - Wed 30 Sep 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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