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Attractions in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay


At the heart of the district the city of Canterbury boasts a wealth of visitor attractions. The Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey and St Martin's Church form the World Heritage Site, but there are also many other excellent attractions in the city too, including river tours, canoeing, museums and walking tours to name just a few.

Herne Bay offers romantics and traditionalists in search of British seaside magic exactly what they are looking for. Brightly coloured beach huts line part of the water's edge and beyond. In the summer months jet skiing and other water sports are enjoyed here, as well as the Herne Bay Festival.

Whitstable has a wide range of attractions to suit everyone. Water sports, history, shopping, walking or just relaxing on the beach are some of the things you can enjoy. Charming cafes, pubs, great restaurants and independent, quaint shops all serve to provide an unspoilt charm.

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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 July 2015 to 08 July 2015

'Ancient Egyptian Festivals' at Christ Church Wed 8 Jul 2015Our next talk will be given by Chris Humber on 'Ancient Egyptian Festivals'. Plus sampling some Egyptian Fare.

05 July 2015 to 05 July 2015

The Wootton Dog Agility and Fun Show at Wootton Cricket FieldSun 5 Jul 2015Dog Agility and Fun Show featuring Police Dog Display Team, Dog Obedience Tea, Trade stands, Tea & Cakes, BBQ, Beer Tent.

26 June 2015 to 17 July 2015

Room for Negotiation at Herbert Read GalleryFri 26 Jun - Fri 17 Jul 2015This exhibition is concerned with spatial relationships, interdisciplinary practices, and the negotiation of space itself.

05 July 2015 to 05 July 2015

A Gloriously Vintage Day Out at Mount Ephraim GardensSun 5 Jul 2015Its back again! A Gloriously Vintage Day Out is back for 2015!!! Come along and enjoy a Vintage Day with Retro Clothing, Homeware Stalls and a Vintage Wedding Section for you brides to be!

11 July 2015 to 11 July 2015

Lost in Music at Theatre in the ParkSat 11 Jul 2015Lost in Music is a fully professional and really cool live party band who will be recreating the 80s era with all your favourite anthems and dance hits combined with lots of audience participation and dance routines.

11 July 2015 to 11 July 2015

The Friends of Westgate Parks Open Day at Westgate GardensSat 11 Jul 2015The Friends of Westgate Parks Open Day and Community Archaeological Dig Lots of activities and entertainment for all the family to enjoy including: Falconry Displays, Archery, Punch and Judy shows, Dance Displays and Live Music.

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.

29 June 2015 to 05 July 2015

Pauline Doney and Friends at Bay ART GalleryMon 29 Jun - Sun 5 Jul 2015Pauline Doney and friends. Paintings, acrylics and watercolours.

06 July 2015 to 12 July 2015

CT6 Contemporary Art Group 'Little and Large' at Bay ART GalleryMon 6 - Sun 12 Jul 2015Contemporary work relating to 'Small' Sculptures/paintings/prints/textiles and also simultaneously at Beach Creative with the subject 'Large'.

07 July 2015 to 12 July 2015

'Large and Little' at Beach Creative Community Arts CentreTue 7 - Sun 12 Jul 2015'Large and Little' exhibition by CT6 Contemporary Art Group in both Beach Creative and our Little Sister Gallery - Bay Art Gallery. An eclectic mix of paintings/prints/photographs/textiles and sculptures.

13 July 2015 to 19 July 2015

Helen Link at Bay ART GalleryMon 13 - Sun 19 Jul 2015Helen Link - Paintings, prints, sculptures.

09 July 2015 to 09 July 2015

Magna Carta Tea at Canterbury Cathedral LodgeThu 9 Jul 2015Full afternoon tea in The Cathedral Lodge, with a talk by Cressida Williams, Cathedral Archivist.

05 July 2015 to 05 July 2015

Almere Youth Symphony Orchestra at Colyer-Fergusson BuildingSun 5 Jul 2015Almere is a young city in the centre of the Netherlands, and the residence of the Almere Youth Symphony Orchestra (AJSO), one of the best youth orchestras in the Netherlands.

06 July 2015 to 06 July 2015

RaveFit at The Kings HallMon 6 Jul 2015Vibes Dance Studio introduces a fun, energising dance class suitable for all fitness levels to get you ready for the summer months!

07 July 2015 to 07 July 2015

Walk and Talk at The Kings HallTue 7 Jul 2015Now that nicer weather is here, why not join our weekly walks along the beautiful sea front? Enjoy the fresh air and get some gentle exercise too!

05 July 2015 to 05 July 2015

ROH: Gioachino Rossini's Guillaume Tell (12A) at Curzon CanterburySun 5 Jul 2015Opening with what is arguably the most exciting of all operatic overtures, Rossini's final opera helped to lay the foundations of the genre of French grand opera that dominated European stages throughout the mid-19th century.

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

05 July 2015 to 05 July 2015

Royal Opera House - William Tell (live) at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 5 Jul 2015The opera's theme is liberty, as exemplified in the struggle against Austrian occupation led by the Swiss archer and patriot Guillaume Tell.

11 July 2015 to 11 July 2015

Grubby Gang! at WildwoodSat 11 Jul 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.

12 July 2015 to 12 July 2015

Brilliant Bees at WildwoodSun 12 Jul 2015Make bee crafts including bee puppets and paper flowers for them to pollinate, play the pollination game to find out how pollination works and why it's so important.

11 July 2015 to 11 July 2015

Introduction to Beekeeping at WildwoodSat 11 Jul 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.

12 July 2015 to 12 July 2015

Bumblebees for Intermediates at WildwoodSun 12 Jul 2015With an introduction to Solitary bees. This course is designed for persons who can already identify the big seven bumblebee species, and will provide a detailed description of bumblebee ecology, lifecycle and behaviour.

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.

11 July 2015 to 11 July 2015

Whitstable Choral Society Concert at Canterbury CathedralSat 11 Jul 2015Performed by The Whitstable Choral Society and The Festival Chamber Orchestra and Directed by Dr David Flood.

03 July 2015 to 06 July 2015

Queen and Country at Gulbenkian CinemaFri 3 - Mon 6 Jul 2015Follow up to the much-loved Hope and Glory. Ten years on, Bill is now starting his basic army training with trouble-making mate, Percy and engage in a constant battle of wits with their superiors.

07 July 2015 to 07 July 2015

The Man Who Saved The World (15) at Gulbenkian CinemaTue 7 Jul 2015This utterly fascinating film tells the true story of the Russian colonel who, for a few minutes in 1983, had the fate of the planet in his hands.

08 July 2015 to 08 July 2015

In Love With Alma Cogan (12A) at Gulbenkian CinemaWed 8 Jul 2015Norman, a pier’s theatre manager is frustrated by the council’s plan to hand the place over to commercial management. They bring in Eddie to ‘help’ who comes up with comically bizarre programming plans including an Alma Cogan tribute artist

09 July 2015 to 09 July 2015

Avengers: Age Of Ultron 3D (12A) at Gulbenkian CinemaThu 9 Jul 2015When Tony Stark jumpstarts a dormant peacekeeping program, things go terribly awry, forcing him, Thor, the Incredible Hulk, the Black Widow and Captain America and the rest of the team to reassemble.

10 July 2015 to 16 July 2015

Mr Holmes (PG) at Gulbenkian CinemaFri 10 - Thu 16 Jul 2015Ian McKellen gives a wonderfully poignant performance as the eponymous Mr. Holmes in this handsome, moving and complex imagining of the famous detective’s future.

12 July 2015 to 12 July 2015

The Day The Earth Caught Fire (PG) at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 12 Jul 2015When a luckless journalist starts investigating the reasons behind the world’s increasingly severe weather conditions, he uncovers the frightening cause: the Earth has been knocked off its axis by worldwide nuclear testing.

24 June 2015 to 07 July 2015

Canterbury Society of Art Summer Exhibition at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 24 Jun - Tue 7 Jul 2015Canterbury Society of Art, founded in 1968, is a group of local artists, both professional and amateur. They promise a wide selection of style and media by both new and established members.

01 July 2015 to 31 July 2015

Paul Mitchell and Nina Shilling at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 1 - Fri 31 Jul 2015An exhibition of original paintings and drawings encompassing urban and rural landscapes. Throughout the month new work will be added.

01 July 2015 to 07 July 2015

Bead n Banter at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 1 - Tue 7 Jul 2015Handmade jewellery by the Bead n Banter group who meet on the first Wednesday of every month at the Horsebridge Centre.

08 July 2015 to 14 July 2015

Horsebridge Life Drawing Group at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 8 - Tue 14 Jul 2015The Horsebridge Life Drawing Group meets on two Sundays a month. This exhibition demonstrates the diversity of styles and techniques of participants.

10 July 2015 to 10 July 2015

Flamenco Festival - The Skin I Live In at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreFri 10 Jul 2015A Spanish thriller directed by acclaimed director Pedro Almodóvar: a brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage.

11 July 2015 to 11 July 2015

Flamenco Dance Workshop for Children at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 11 Jul 2015Flamenco workshops will be backed with live music by Punta del Boqueron, a 7-strong troupe from Cadiz. Very young children must be accompanied.

11 July 2015 to 11 July 2015

Palmas (Hand Clapping) Workshop at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 11 Jul 2015Hand-clapping is an essential part of flamenco, to accentuate song and dance and to enhance rhythm. For adults and teenagers.

11 July 2015 to 11 July 2015

Taking Care of Vegas at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 11 Jul 2015Are you lonesome tonight? Las Vegas comes to Whitstable in a glitzy tribute to The King's finest performances - by Elvis Parsley and a sparkling showband. Nothin' but a hound dog should keep you away!

12 July 2015 to 12 July 2015

Flamenco Festival - Flamenco Dance Workshop at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSun 12 Jul 2015Throw yourself into the colour and rhythm of Spanish dance with musical backing from Punta de Boqueron. For adults and teenagers.

12 July 2015 to 12 July 2015

Flamenco Festival - Flamenco Singing Workshop at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSun 12 Jul 2015Learn this distinctive and traditional style of song with help from Spanish experts. For adults and teenagers.

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.

02 July 2015 to 19 July 2015

Magna Carta Rediscovered at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 2 - Sun 19 Jul 2015On the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta Kent unveils one of its hidden treasures! Visitors will have the thrill of seeing an original reissue of the document from 1300 on display in the Beaney.

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?

09 July 2015 to 09 July 2015

From Archbishop to Cathedral Drain Cleaner Lecture at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 9 Jul 2015Find out about Canterbury at the time of the Magna Carta in this fascinating lecture. Talk by Professor Louise Wilkinson (Canterbury Christ Church University).

07 July 2015 to 11 July 2015

Dead Simple at The Marlowe TheatreTue 7 - Sat 11 Jul 2015From the creators of The Perfect Murder.

12 July 2015 to 12 July 2015

Justin Hayward at The Marlowe TheatreSun 12 Jul 2015An intimate evening with music legend Justin Hayward.

08 July 2015 to 11 July 2015

The Rights Of Others at The Marlowe TheatreWed 8 - Sat 11 Jul 2015It's a long walk to freedom. Are we nearly there yet?

08 July 2015 to 08 July 2015

Cafe Live - Digibury at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 8 Jul 2015Digibury is Kent's monthly meet-up event for digital and creative types

11 July 2015 to 11 July 2015

Stepping Out 2 Night at The Kings HallSat 11 Jul 2015Come and enjoy a social evening of Ballroom, Latin American, Argentine Tango and Sequence dancing.

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