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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, 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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19 November 2014 to 21 November 2014

Guestlist - Oh! What a Lovely War at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 19 - Fri 21 Nov 2014T24 present Oh! What a Lovely War Take your places for the ever popular war game! Complete with songs, battles and a few Jokes” – come and see this imaginative re working of Joan Littlewoods classic.

21 November 2014 to 21 November 2014

Philharmonia Orchestra at The Marlowe TheatreFri 21 Nov 2014The Philharmonia brings you the soundtrack to some of the greatest Sci-Fi Movies of all time, all hosted by film legend Barry Norman. Music to include Star Wars, Blade Runner, E.T. and many more.

21 November 2014 to 21 November 2014

Just Whitney - A Tribute Act at The Kings HallFri 21 Nov 2014Just Whitney creates the sound and look of the wonderful Whitney Houston, an artist very few try to take off, but which comes naturally to this extraordinary performer.

21 November 2014 to 21 November 2014

Jumping Beaneys: Jack and the Beaneystalk at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 21 Nov 2014Join Jack and friends on a magical adventure. Can you find the gold at the top of the Beaneystalk? Then have fun creating your own beanstalk to take home!

21 November 2014 to 21 November 2014

The Riot Club at Gulbenkian CinemaFri 21 Nov 2014Lone Scherfig's adaptation of the successful stage play Posh stars Sam Claflin and Max Irons as first-year Oxford students determined to join the university's infamously wild Riot Club.

22 November 2014 to 22 November 2014

Chalk About at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 22 Nov 2014Join Christine and Hendrik on their journey as they find answers to some big questions about identity and the meaning of life.

22 November 2014 to 22 November 2014

Stephen K Amos - Welcome To My World at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 22 Nov 2014The master of feel-good comedy is back on tour with his new show.

22 November 2014 to 22 November 2014

Alan Davies: Little Victories at The Marlowe TheatreSat 22 Nov 2014QI’s resident dunderhead continues his successful return to stand-up.

22 November 2014 to 22 November 2014

Family Campfire Cooking at Westgate GardensSat 22 Nov 2014See how a hot chocolate drink can be made using a storm kettle and cook popcorn and marshmallows on a camp fire!

22 November 2014 to 22 November 2014

Stepping Out 2 Night at The Kings HallSat 22 Nov 2014Enjoy an evening of Ballroom, Latin American, Argentine Tango and Sequence dancing!

22 November 2014 to 22 November 2014

Drawing Days with Roy Eastland at Sidney Cooper GallerySat 22 Nov 2014Drawing Days at the Sidney Cooper Gallery with Roy Eastland. Roy Eastland (exhibiting artist) will lead a workshop focusing on Life Drawing as a way to explore the act of Drawing.

22 November 2014 to 22 November 2014

The Riot Club at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 22 Nov 2014Lone Scherfig's adaptation of the successful stage play Posh stars Sam Claflin and Max Irons as first-year Oxford students determined to join the university's infamously wild Riot Club.

22 November 2014 to 22 November 2014

Ashford Choral Society at Colyer-Fergusson BuildingSat 22 Nov 2014J S Bach - Mass in B minor

22 November 2014 to 22 November 2014

Kids Club: Pinocchio (U) at Curzon CanterburySat 22 Nov 2014When the gentle woodcarver Geppetto (Christian Rub) builds a marionette to be his substitute son, a benevolent fairy brings the toy to life. The puppet, named Pinocchio (Dick Jones), is not yet a human boy.

22 November 2014 to 22 November 2014

EVENT Met Opera Rossini’s The Barber of Seville at Curzon CanterburySat 22 Nov 2014New York Met Opera Live in HD 2014-2015 Season Rossini’s The Barber of Seville Conductor: Michele Mariotti Cast: Isabel Leonard, Christopher Maltman, Lawrence Brownlee

23 November 2014 to 23 November 2014

The Noise Next Door -The Noise Are Back In Town at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 23 Nov 2014The Noise Next Door will be delivering explosive doses of their trademark off-the-cuff comedy directly into the funny bones of the nation.

23 November 2014 to 23 November 2014

Wolf Workshop #2 at WildwoodSun 23 Nov 2014Part 2 or 2 wolf workshops; understanding how your dog's behaviour is an echo of his wild wolf ancestry with dog trainer Dave Butcher and wolf expert Anne Riddell. It will include a visit to see Wildwood's own European wolves.

22 November 2014 to 23 November 2014

Meet Santa at Howletts Wild Animal ParkSat 22 - Sun 23 Nov 2014Meet Santa Claus and his elves in his enchanted Gingerbread Grotto at selected weekends throughout November and December 2014 at Howletts Wild Animal Park, near Canterbury. Please see the website for more information and terms & conditions.

23 November 2014 to 23 November 2014

SRP Toy and Train Seafront Show at The Kings HallSun 23 Nov 2014SRP fairs have been going for 20 years and promote 60 shows in the South East, covering Colchester, Essex, Brighton, Bognor and all over Kent.

23 November 2014 to 23 November 2014

Andy Cutting at The Black RobinSun 23 Nov 2014Andy Cutting is a rarity. A musician's musician (BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner Best Musician 2008 & 2011): a soulful and technically outstanding melodeon practitioner with an ear for a fine tune.

23 November 2014 to 23 November 2014

The Vatican Museums 3D (Recorded) at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 23 Nov 2014The long awaited film-event, which will take viewers on an exclusive visit to the very heart of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, in the company of Director Antonio Paolucci.

23 November 2014 to 23 November 2014

The Riot Club at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 23 Nov 2014Lone Scherfig's adaptation of the successful stage play Posh stars Sam Claflin and Max Irons as first-year Oxford students determined to join the university's infamously wild Riot Club.

23 November 2014 to 23 November 2014

Kids Club: Pinocchio (U) at Curzon CanterburySun 23 Nov 2014When the gentle woodcarver Geppetto (Christian Rub) builds a marionette to be his substitute son, a benevolent fairy brings the toy to life. The puppet, named Pinocchio (Dick Jones), is not yet a human boy.

24 November 2014 to 24 November 2014

Ballet Boys at Gulbenkian CinemaMon 24 Nov 2014This inspiring and candid documentary follows three male ballet dancers over at the very start of their careers.

24 November 2014 to 24 November 2014

Northern Soul at Gulbenkian CinemaMon 24 Nov 2014An authentic, uplifting drama about two friends whose horizons are expanded by their discovery of black American soul music.

24 November 2014 to 24 November 2014

20,000 Days On Earth (15) at Curzon CanterburyMon 24 Nov 201420,000 Days On Earth is a bold vision of one of music’s most mysterious and charismatic figures: Nick Cave.

25 November 2014 to 25 November 2014

Tavaziva Ten at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 25 Nov 2014The extraordinary story of one's imagination.

25 November 2014 to 25 November 2014

Photo Day at WildwoodTue 25 Nov 2014A day of wildlife photography with expert tuition from our resident photographer. For all levels/abilities. Gift vouchers also available.

19 November 2014 to 25 November 2014

Sky Bound at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 19 - Tue 25 Nov 2014Loraine Burgon Paintings, oil on canvas, collage on wood 'Bound for the sky or bound by the sky? Where are we bound? When we sleep are we unbound?'

25 November 2014 to 25 November 2014

Lecture: Art and War at Sidney Cooper GalleryTue 25 Nov 2014Through the centuries artists have responded to the experience of war through art. This illustrated lecture will explore art as a historical document and a means of personal expression.

25 November 2014 to 25 November 2014

Portrait Drawing at the Beaney - Introduction at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeTue 25 Nov 2014Learn, explore and extend your portrait drawing skills with artist Judith Anketell. You will take inspiration from some of the artists whose work is displayed in the Beaney collection.

25 November 2014 to 25 November 2014

Hockney - Live from LA at Gulbenkian CinemaTue 25 Nov 2014An exclusive gala screening of the highly anticpated new feature HOCKNEY, followed by an in-depth conversation with David Hockney from his Los Angeles studio, broadcast live into cinemas.

26 November 2014 to 26 November 2014

Guestlist - Christmas Science Lectures at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 26 Nov 2014Dr Andrew Hanson, The National Physical Laboratory Colour informs, influences consumer choices, warns us of disaster and comforts us.

26 November 2014 to 26 November 2014

Famous Paintings at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeWed 26 Nov 2014Ned West-Sherring brings pictures alive with this engaging series of lectures, looking at a variety of different artworks from galleries around the world and in the Beaney collection.

26 November 2014 to 26 November 2014

Royal Opera House - l'elisir d'amore (live) at Gulbenkian CinemaWed 26 Nov 2014Donizetti's romantic comedy of rural life shines brilliantly in Laurent Pelly's hilarious staging, which matches the piece's perfect blend of sentiment and tomfoolery.

18 November 2014 to 27 November 2014

20 November 2014 to 27 November 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (12A) at Curzon CanterburyThu 20 - Thu 27 Nov 2014Katniss Everdeen continues to fight the system and the wicked misdeeds of President Snow in the first part of the final story in Suzanne Collin's hugely popular series.

21 November 2014 to 27 November 2014

My Old Lady (12A) at Curzon CanterburyFri 21 - Thu 27 Nov 2014Penniless New Yorker Mathias (Kevin Kline) travels to Paris to liquidate a huge apartment he has inherited from his estranged father.

25 November 2014 to 29 November 2014

Humble Boy at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableTue 25 - Sat 29 Nov 2014Humble Boy by Charlotte Jones is a comedy about broken vows, failed hopes and the joys of bee-keeping.

01 November 2014 to 30 November 2014

Snakes and Ladders at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 1 - Sun 30 Nov 2014Contemporary multi media Jane Cordery and Lorrain Mailer A childhood game or the inexorable pattern of life? This exhibition explores the next moves in the game of life.

19 November 2014 to 02 December 2014

Oil Paintings at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 19 Nov - Tue 2 Dec 2014Kevin Lord Oil on canvas This is my fourth exhibition at the Horsebridge. Using oul paint is my passion. Landscapes and still life are the subjects which inspire me.

26 November 2014 to 02 December 2014

A Selection of Shiraz Rugs at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 26 Nov - Tue 2 Dec 2014Shiraz Rugs Come and view this beautiful collection.

22 November 2014 to 12 December 2014

'Despite Efficiency:Labour' at Herbert Read GallerySat 22 Nov - Fri 12 Dec 2014Despite Efficiency aspires to create a (working) space where these ideas can be played out in different formats and shapes, independently of their utility.

12 November 2014 to 17 December 2014

Remembering, we Forget at Sidney Cooper GalleryWed 12 Nov - Wed 17 Dec 2014Remembering, we Forget; Poets, Artists and the First World War. This exhibition has been structured round key poems of the First World War, by poets such as Vera Brittain, Ivor Gurney, David Jones and Siegfried Sassoon.

12 September 2014 to 19 December 2014

KCA Health Walks at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 12 Sep - Fri 19 Dec 2014Move to improve health walk caters for various levels of fitness and both experienced and new walkers are very welcome.

22 November 2014 to 23 December 2014

Meet Santa! at Whitefriars Shopping CentreSat 22 Nov - Tue 23 Dec 2014Santa's Grotto will be open from 22 November to 23 December, 10am to 5pm. You will find the entrance to his Grotto behind our Christmas Market cabins, where you will be able to view the winners of our Christmas windows schools competition.

20 November 2014 to 28 December 2014

Whitefriars Christmas Market at Whitefriars Shopping CentreThu 20 Nov - Sun 28 Dec 2014The Whitefriars Christmas Market is bigger and better this year, with over 35 colourful cabins selling festive produce, gifts and decorations, in addition to our 60+ top brand stores.

01 May 2014 to 31 December 2014

Armchair Artist Residency at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 1 May - Wed 31 Dec 2014Holder and Lamoon, practicing artists, will be working together to make new works in response to the eclectic objects to be found in the galleries.

06 September 2014 to 04 January 2015

Alternative Stories at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 6 Sep 2014 - Sun 4 Jan 2015A display of altered books crafted in response to an open call for artists to create works of art by modifying a book.

06 September 2014 to 04 January 2015

In Remembrance at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 6 Sep 2014 - Sun 4 Jan 2015Images, objects and words from the First World War to commemorate the centenary of its outbreak, and the role played by local people, in particular Voluntary Aid Detachment nurses and The Buffs (East Kent Regiment).

22 November 2014 to 18 January 2015

Winter exhibition at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 22 Nov 2014 - Sun 18 Jan 2015Warm yourself by the cultural fireside that is the Front Room's selling Winter exhibition, celebrating all aspects of the season.

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.

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