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Things to See and Do in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay

Thinking about what to do in Canterbury? The Canterbury district offers you so much to see and do during your stay with a huge variety of attractions and indoor and outdoor activities to suit all tastes and interests.

Wondering what to see in Canterbury? With a cathedral city at its heart, Canterbury's surrounding countryside dips and sweeps through river valleys, woods and hills to the seaside towns of Herne Bay and Whitstable.

Take a look through the pages in this section to find Canterbury attractions and find out about things to do in Canterbury, including villages used for period dramas, and the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You will find wonderful places to visit in Canterbury, enjoy quirky individualism in Whitstable, traditional charms in Herne Bay and a truly inspiring city of Canterbury.

We hope you will be tempted to stay for a while and take your time to explore our glorious countryside, dig deep into our history and heritage, go shopping, relax and soak up the atmosphere, enjoy some seaside fun, bask on our beaches or bathe in waters that lap more than 14 miles of coastline.

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30 March 2015 to 30 March 2015

The Archbishop of Canterbury's Holy Week Lectures at Canterbury CathedralMon 30 Mar 2015I: The Risk of Prayer The Lecture will be followed by a service of music, scripture and praywe for Holy Week sung by the Cathedral Choir.

30 March 2015 to 30 March 2015

Beyond Clueless (15) at Gulbenkian CinemaMon 30 Mar 2015A dizzyingly enjoyable look at that most nostalgic of cinematic landscape, the teen movie. Drawing upon over 250 teen films, Lyne offers a funny, engaging and evocative analysis of these films' unending appeal.

30 March 2015 to 30 March 2015

The Craft (15) at Gulbenkian CinemaMon 30 Mar 2015A quintessential 1990s teen horror flick. A troubled teenager moves to L. A. where she falls in with a trio of outcast girls who practice witchcraft but things go too far when they invoke an unexpectedly powerful spirit.

30 March 2015 to 30 March 2015

Mommy (15) at Curzon CanterburyMon 30 Mar 2015A widowed single mum finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her explosive 15-year-old ADHD son.

31 March 2015 to 31 March 2015

The Archbishop of Canterbury's Holy Week Lectures at Canterbury CathedralTue 31 Mar 2015II: The Cost of Reconciliation The Lecture will be followed by a service of music, scripture and praywe for Holy Week sung by the Cathedral Choir.

01 March 2015 to 31 March 2015

One Man Show at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSun 1 - Tue 31 Mar 2015Help Paul Elliot raise money to make a film and realise an ambition before he gets to old and dies. Lots of fun but maybe not for all the family.

25 March 2015 to 31 March 2015

Altered Textiles at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 25 - Tue 31 Mar 2015Altered Textiles is a dynamic group of women passionate about textile art, each having unique creative skills.

25 March 2015 to 31 March 2015

Sirens at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 25 - Tue 31 Mar 2015Rosie Burns Prints and sculpture based on the female form.

31 March 2015 to 31 March 2015

Performance Lecture: Music for Semionauts at Sidney Cooper GalleryTue 31 Mar 2015Music for Semionauts Dr Lauren Redhead

31 March 2015 to 31 March 2015

Carry Greenham Home (tbc) at Gulbenkian CinemaTue 31 Mar 2015Filmed over seven months at the Greenham Common women's peace camp.

20 September 2014 to 31 March 2015

Kent Freemasonry and the First World War at Kent Museum of FreemasonrySat 20 Sep 2014 - Tue 31 Mar 2015A new temporary exhibition at Canterbury's Kent Museum of Freemasonry displays many items relating to The Great War and freemasonry that will be of interest to historians, anthropologists, genealogists and masons alike.

31 March 2015 to 31 March 2015

Suite Francaise (15) at Curzon CanterburyTue 31 Mar 2015Irène Némirovsky's acclaimed novel reaches the screen with Michelle Williams in the lead role as Lucille Angellier, a young woman living in Nazi occupied France, who awaits news of her husband's fate.

27 March 2015 to 02 April 2015

Cinderella (U) at Curzon CanterburyFri 27 Mar - Thu 2 Apr 2015In the age of revisionism and reboots, it's heartening that Kenneth Branagh has recognised the innate beauty of the story of Cinderella, one of the best-known fairtales.

27 March 2015 to 02 April 2015

Dior And I (12A) at Curzon CanterburyFri 27 Mar - Thu 2 Apr 2015Frédéric Tcheng's documentary is behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons' first haute couture collection as the new artistic director of Christian Dior fashion house.

27 March 2015 to 02 April 2015

Still Alice (12A) at Curzon CanterburyFri 27 Mar - Thu 2 Apr 2015At age fifty, Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) has it all: a Columbia University linguistics professorship, a devoted husband, and three loving children.

30 March 2015 to 04 April 2015

Rebecca at The Marlowe TheatreMon 30 Mar - Sat 4 Apr 2015Kneehigh are one of the world's most acclaimed theatre companies and their productions include the international hits Brief Encounter and Tristan and Yseult.

14 March 2015 to 06 April 2015

Kent Association for the Blind Portrait Exhibition at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 14 Mar - Mon 6 Apr 2015Stunning photographic portraits and moving life stories which challenge people’s ideas of what it is like to live with sight loss.

10 March 2015 to 11 April 2015

Louise Bourgeois at Sidney Cooper GalleryTue 10 Mar - Sat 11 Apr 2015Exhibition: Louise Bourgeois: Autobiographical Series and 11 Drypoints

31 January 2015 to 19 April 2015

Mystery, Magic and Midnight feasts at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 31 Jan - Sun 19 Apr 2015Mystery, Magic and Midnight feasts, the many adventures of Enid Blyton

01 January 2015 to 30 April 2015

Armchair Artist Residency at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 1 Jan - Thu 30 Apr 2015Our new Armchair Artist is Nicky Thompson, who will be in residence between January and April, exploring the Beaney, using the experience to take her creative writing practice in fascinating new directions.

01 January 2015 to 30 April 2015

Armchair Artist in Residence - Rob Turner at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 1 Jan - Thu 30 Apr 2015Our new Armchair Artist, Rob Turner, will be in residence between May - August 2015.

01 January 2015 to 30 April 2015

Poet in Residence: Canterbury Roman Museum - Gary at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 1 Jan - Thu 30 Apr 2015Gary is a writer and visual artist with long-term connections to Canterbury.

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