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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.

31 July 2015 to 31 July 2015

Play In A Day With Wide Eyed Theatre at Westgate HallFri 31 Jul 2015Play in a Day is an exciting opportunity for children aged 5-11 years to make their own play from scratch in just a day!

31 July 2015 to 31 July 2015

Stained Glass Talk and Afternoon Tea at Canterbury Cathedral LodgeFri 31 Jul 2015We are delighted that Léonie Seliger, Director of Stained Glass, will talk about the rescue of the precious 12th and 13th century Ancestor figures from the Cathedral's largest window. Afterwards enjoy a full afternoon tea.

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 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.

31 July 2015 to 31 July 2015

Hullabaloo at Theatre in the ParkFri 31 Jul 2015A highly talented and very popular four-piece band who bring their own fabulous blend of jazz, jive, swing and an original twist on pop. Ideal music for a summer evening.

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.

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.

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.

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!

30 July 2015 to 30 July 2015

National Theatre Live - Encore Everyman at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableThu 30 Jul 2015A new adaptation by Carol Ann Duffy. Movement by Javier De Frutos.

28 July 2015 to 29 July 2015

A Day & Night at the Museum at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableTue 28 - Wed 29 Jul 2015The Playhouse is excited to welcome Bakehouse Dance Studios from Herne Bay to the theatre for the very first time. The show offers a colourful visit round a museum with someting for everyone!

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.

29 July 2015 to 29 July 2015

We Are Many (12A) at Gulbenkian CinemaWed 29 Jul 2015The incendiary story of 15 February 2003, when over 30 million people across the world marched in demonstration against the Iraq War.

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.

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.

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.

31 July 2015 to 31 July 2015

Djembe and Voice Workshop at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreFri 31 Jul 2015Derek Chai focuses on djembe drumming, hand percussion and singing, encouraging and promoting performance skills and self-expression. It's fun and promotes new musical skills.

31 July 2015 to 31 July 2015

Oyster Festival - Film: Wild at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreFri 31 Jul 2015The story of one woman's 1,100 mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, a challenge undertaken to recover from catastrophes in her life. Starring Reese Witherspoon. Nominated for two Oscars.

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.

29 July 2015 to 29 July 2015

Oyster Festival Workshop: Build a Kite at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 29 Jul 2015Let's go fly a kite! There are several opportunities to make your own, which you can try out on the beach and take home at the end of the Oyster Festival.

30 July 2015 to 30 July 2015

Oyster Festival Workshop: Build a Kite at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreThu 30 Jul 2015Let's go fly a kite! There are several opportunities to make your own, which you can try out on the beach and take home at the end of the Oyster Festival.

31 July 2015 to 31 July 2015

Oyster Festival Workshop: Build a Kite at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreFri 31 Jul 2015Let's go fly a kite! There are several opportunities to make your own, which you can try out on the beach and take home at the end of the Oyster Festival.

29 July 2015 to 29 July 2015

Oyster Festival Workshop: Glass Wire & Driftwood at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 29 Jul 2015Oyster Festival Workshop: Glass Wire & Driftwood Jewellery Local artist and teacher Sharon Cabalier will help you create a unique brooch, pendant or bracelet using beach finds.

29 July 2015 to 29 July 2015

Oyster Festival Adults Workshop: Glass Wire... at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 29 Jul 2015Oyster Festival Adults' Workshop: Glass Wire & Driftwood Jewellery Local artist and teacher Sharon Cavalier will help you create a unique brooch, pendant or bracelet using beach finds.

30 July 2015 to 30 July 2015

Oyster Festival Workshop: Driftwood Sculpture at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreThu 30 Jul 2015Assemble a mixed media sculpture using flotsam, jetsam, driftwood and other beach finds. Bring any of your own if you wish.

30 July 2015 to 30 July 2015

Oyster Festival Adults' Workshop: Driftwood.. at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreThu 30 Jul 2015Oyster Festival Adults' Workshop: Driftwood Sculpture Assemble a mixed media sculpture using flotsam, jetsam, driftwood and other beach finds. Bring any of your own if you wish.

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.

31 July 2015 to 31 July 2015

Jumping Beaneys - Jack and the Beaneystalk at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 31 Jul 2015Enjoy a fun story about Jack and the Beanstalk, then make your own amazing beanstalk to take home. A creative workshop for the under 5s.

29 July 2015 to 30 July 2015

Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom at The Marlowe TheatreWed 29 - Thu 30 Jul 2015A magical show from the makers of Peppa Pig.

31 July 2015 to 31 July 2015

Soul Legends at The Marlowe TheatreFri 31 Jul 2015The smash-hit, stateside spectacular featuring more soul classics than any other production returns.

30 July 2015 to 30 July 2015

Tim Eriksen at The Marlowe TheatreThu 30 Jul 2015A star of americana.

29 July 2015 to 29 July 2015

Canterbury Songwriters' Circle at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 29 Jul 2015Beautiful Town Music in association with Gulbenkian present Canterbury Songwriters' Circle.

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