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Great for Children in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay

 

From beaches and beautiful countryside, to bustling towns and wild beasts, there’s no excuse to run out of ideas for things to do with the kids.

The district’s wildlife parks, museums, castles, river tours, walking tours and cathedral are a must for great family days out.

Safe shingle beaches, good walking paths and wide promenades are ideal for youngsters to enjoy a day on the beach during the warmer months. They’ll have a great chance to work off some energy on trampolines, playground or mini golf on Herne Bay’s seafront.

There are also cinemas in Herne Bay and Canterbury, and leisure centres with large swimming pools in all three towns.

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21 August 2014 to 21 August 2014

Bioblitz! at WildwoodThu 21 Aug 2014Bring the family and join our annual challenge to record as many plants and animals as we can at Wildwood in just one day. Help us find and identify as many birds, animals, trees, plants, flowers and insect as possible.

21 August 2014 to 21 August 2014

Let's Make at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreThu 21 Aug 2014Arts and craft activity workshop during the summer holidays for children aged 4 to 8 years. A fun creative class where children will have the opportunity to make things from a wide range of projects. Themes differ each week.

21 August 2014 to 21 August 2014

Take to the Skies Lantern Making Workshop at Herne BayThu 21 Aug 2014Join Animate Art in this FREE workshop to make rocket, butterfly and hot air balloon lanterns for the annual Lantern Parade on Saturday 23 August!

21 August 2014 to 21 August 2014

Herne Bay Rocks - The First HeatThu 21 Aug 2014The opening heat of the towns biggest music event as four acts from the best local talent battle it out for the chance to win a slot on the main stage, two days recording, a global release and an on location photo shoot.

18 August 2014 to 21 August 2014

2014 Conference on the Arts at CanterburyMon 18 - Thu 21 Aug 2014Warnborough College Conference on the Arts (WCCA) will bring international artists, filmmakers, screenwriters, authors and art historians to Canterbury this August.

21 August 2014 to 21 August 2014

'Traditional Gullah Ragquilting Hands On Workshop' at Canterbury Baptist ChurchThu 21 Aug 2014Art Studio Workshops. Endia Plunkett (USA) - 'Traditional Gullah Ragquilting Hands On Workshop'.

21 August 2014 to 21 August 2014

'Making Time for Writing' at Canterbury Baptist ChurchThu 21 Aug 2014Creative Writing and Film Workshops. Sandra Hutcheson (USA) - 'Making Time for Writing: Tips to Keep a Writer on Track'

21 August 2014 to 21 August 2014

The Artistry of the Lowcountry Sweet Grass Basket at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 21 Aug 2014Art History Classes. Endia Plunkett (USA) - 'The Artistry of the Lowcountry Sweet Grass Basket'.

21 August 2014 to 21 August 2014

'Writing through Layers and Collisions' at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 21 Aug 2014Creative Writing and Film Workshops. Drew Brody (USA) - 'Writing through Layers and Collisions'.

21 August 2014 to 21 August 2014

'A Drawing Exercise' at WISE EnglishThu 21 Aug 2014Art Studio Workshops. Chris McClelland (Australia) - 'A Drawing Exercise'.

21 August 2014 to 21 August 2014

'Understanding your Camera to Take Great Photos' at WISE EnglishThu 21 Aug 2014Art Studio Workshops. Margie McClelland (Australia) - 'Understanding your Camera to Take Great Photos'

21 August 2014 to 21 August 2014

REPEAT 'Creating Characters with Dimensions' at WISE EnglishThu 21 Aug 2014Creative Writing and Film Workshops. Robert Reece (USA) - 'Creating Characters with Dimensions' Videos

18 August 2014 to 22 August 2014

The Canterbury Rock School at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 18 - Fri 22 Aug 2014Specialist workshops for song-writing, singing, running a band, performance and jamming for vocalists and all instrumentalists run by top music educators and professional musicians.

22 August 2014 to 22 August 2014

Jumping Beaneys: Marvellous Minibeasts at Canterbury Heritage MuseumFri 22 Aug 2014Enjoy a fun minibeast storytime, create your own minibeast to take home and join in a fun minibeast hunt around the nearby Greyfriars Garden!

11 July 2014 to 22 August 2014

Beyond the View at Sidney Cooper GalleryFri 11 Jul - Fri 22 Aug 2014Beyond the View: Reframing the Sunbeam Photographic Collection. The photographs document life in the South East of England from 1917 to 1976 and capture social history through political, civic and ceremonial events.

22 August 2014 to 22 August 2014

Herne Bay Rocks - Heat 2 at The HeronFri 22 Aug 2014Another exciting heat of the towns biggest music event as four acts from the best local talent battle it out for the chance to win a slot on the main stage, two days of recording, a global release, and an on location photo shoot!

23 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

Live in Concert 2 & Live recording at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 23 Aug 2014Formed in 2009, the choir's tight accapella harmonies with a fusion of Southern African humble Spirit, and love for God.

23 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

Community Archaeological Dig at Westgate GardensSat 23 Aug 2014Celebrate the history of the Parks by helping us to find evidence of the first Roman Canterbury.

23 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

ABBA 40th Anniversary Tribute at The Kings HallSat 23 Aug 2014Join Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny & Anni-Frid as we celebrate music from one of the world’s biggest ever bands with Abalicious, one of the UK’s top Abba tribute bands.

23 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

Take to the Skies Lantern Making Workshop at Herne BaySat 23 Aug 2014Join Animate Art in this FREE workshop to make rocket, butterfly and hot air balloon lanterns for the annual Lantern Parade on Saturday 23 August!

23 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

Annual Sailing Race at Herne BaySat 23 Aug 2014Get caught up in the excitement of a race at the Annual Sailing Race between Hampton Pier Yacht Club and Herne Bay Sailing Club. The start and finish line will be at Hampton Pier Yacht Club.

23 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

Sandcastle Competition at Herne BaySat 23 Aug 2014Sandcastle competition based on this years theeme 'take to the skies'! There will be the following categories: 4 - 7 years (infant) 7 - 11 years (junior) 12 - 18 years (senior) Adult

23 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

Lantern Parade at Herne BaySat 23 Aug 2014Herne Bay Festival’s Lantern Parade is an annual flagship event and provides the culmination of the opening day of the Festival. This year the theme of the festival is “take to the skies”.

23 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

Phoenix Rising: Big Burn at Herne BaySat 23 Aug 2014Don’t miss the most anticipated event of the whole festival! The immortal and glorious Phoenix has chosen Herne Bay for it’s rejuvenation and will be ‘rising’ from Herne Bay Beach between the Clock Tower and the Pier on this very day.

23 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

Festival After Party at Herne BaySat 23 Aug 2014Vivid Nightclub will be running various after parties for the festival! Come and continue the party at one of these events running on both Saturdays of the festival, and Fridays for an under 16′s disco!

23 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

Herne Bay Rocks – Heat 3 at The Divers ArmsSat 23 Aug 2014Another exciting heat of the towns biggest music event as 4 acts from the best local talent battle it out for the chance to win a slot on the main stage, 2 days recording, a global release, and an on location photo shoot!

23 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

Public Skating at The Bay Sports ArenaSat 23 Aug 2014Roller Skating for all the family! Vouchers available from The Bay Sports Arean website.

23 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

Interactive Dance Mat Workout at The Bay Sports ArenaSat 23 Aug 2014Come along and have a go at the interactive dance mats! Ages 16+ years: 12:05pm to 12.35pm Ages 11 - 15 years: 12.35pm to 1.05pm.

23 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

Kent Roller Girls – Roller Derby Demonstration at The Bay Sports ArenaSat 23 Aug 2014Roller derby is a contact sport played by two teams of five members roller skating around a track.

23 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

One Day Show - Heritage Open Day at Beach CreativeSat 23 Aug 2014Herne Bay Historical Records Society will be holding a Heritage Open Day in the main galleries as part of this year's Herne Bay Festival. With exhibits from their collections and experts available to answer questions on Herne Bay's history.

23 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

Origami Workshops at Beach CreativeSat 23 Aug 2014Learn and take part in the traditional Japanese art of origami. Following the festival's theme of Take to the Skies, Beach Creative will be teaching you how to make beautiful origami birds of all sizes!

23 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

History Day at Beach CreativeSat 23 Aug 2014Herne Bay Historical Records Society will showcase some of their projectsm and a 'who lived in your house' event.

23 August 2014 to 23 August 2014

Canterbury and Herne Bay Bay Ballet Class at Herne Bay BandstandSat 23 Aug 2014Baby ballet classes are where every baby, toddler and young child can build their confidence and social skills, learn manners, discipline and respect while developing their basic ballet technique, coordination, musicality and more.

18 August 2014 to 24 August 2014

Hoofstock Week at Howletts Wild Animal ParkMon 18 - Sun 24 Aug 2014Join us for a week dedicated to our hooved friends! Enjoy a selection of animal feeds and try your hand at arts and crafts inspired by our hooved animals.

23 August 2014 to 24 August 2014

Beach Hut Cosy Project and Workshop at Herne BaySat 23 - Sun 24 Aug 2014Knitting and crocheting has made a comeback in recent times! Learn how to master these crafts at the People's United Beach Hut, and make your mark by contributing to the efforts to create a giant tea cosy for a beach hut.

23 August 2014 to 24 August 2014

Media Magic Exhibition at Bay ART GallerySat 23 - Sun 24 Aug 2014An exhibition of mixed media art by Helen Fenner and Min Langridge.

26 July 2014 to 24 August 2014

Display Space at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 26 Jul - Sun 24 Aug 2014The Beaney Front Room takes you on a journey into the infinite void with a group exhibition by local artists that interprets the great unknown, exploring planets, stars, alien landscapes and black holes.

12 July 2014 to 24 August 2014

Robert Jarvis: aroundNorth at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 12 Jul - Sun 24 Aug 2014Inspired by a visit to Armagh Observatory, Robert Jarvis created this sound installation.

23 August 2014 to 25 August 2014

National Coastwatch Institution (NCI) - Open Day at Herne BaySat 23 - Mon 25 Aug 2014Open day to see what NCI does in support of search and rescue. You can learn to tie knots and communicate using flags. There will also be stalls and refreshments.

13 August 2014 to 26 August 2014

I Love Where I Live at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 13 - Tue 26 Aug 2014Locus Arts Group Various Mediums '... This year, our artists will respond in painting, print, ceramics, drawing, photography and sculpture to the title 'I Love Where I Live'.

13 August 2014 to 26 August 2014

Colourful Seaside at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 13 - Tue 26 Aug 2014Rhiannon Roberts Watercolours, Acrylics, Card, Coasters, Placemats Rhiannon uses her vivd imagination and bright vibrant colours to create various sceneries. She mixes reality with fantasy to make others feel happy.

23 August 2014 to 30 August 2014

Barnes Wallis and the Bouncing Bomb at Herne Bay Library Sat 23 - Sat 30 Aug 2014The Herne Bay Library will be storytelling for ages 0 to 2 from a local author.

26 June 2014 to 31 August 2014

365: a year in the life of Whitstable at Whitstable Museum and GalleryThu 26 Jun - Sun 31 Aug 2014Showcasing 365 photographs of Whitstable taken everyday of the year in 2013 by residents and visitors. In partnership with Kent Creative Arts. A Whitstable Oyster Festival exhibition.

23 August 2014 to 31 August 2014

Herne Bay FestivalSat 23 - Sun 31 Aug 2014The Herne Bay Festival is a celebration of Herne Bay's vibrant community and beautiful coastline. With nine days of live music, entertainment, workshops, performances and demonstrations - there's something for everyone to enjoy!

23 August 2014 to 31 August 2014

Active Al’s Fun Time – A Fun Water Session at Herons Leisure CentreSat 23 - Sun 31 Aug 2014Whether it’s enjoying a ride down our fantastic flume, trying to race your friends to the end of the huge monster island, having a blast with our giant floats, or relaxing in our bubble pool, everyone will find their favourite activity.

17 January 2014 to 31 August 2014

Investigating Portraits family trail at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 17 Jan - Sun 31 Aug 2014Take part in a fun, self-guided family trail investigating portraits in the People and Places gallery led by the Little Girl at the Door (a favourite character in one of the paintings).

23 August 2014 to 31 August 2014

Herne Bay Arts Group Exhibition at United Reform ChurchSat 23 - Sun 31 Aug 2014Art exhibition based on the theme of “Take to the Skies”.

23 August 2014 to 31 August 2014

David Ruddock Piano Recital at United Reform ChurchSat 23 - Sun 31 Aug 2014All are invited to the classical piano recital by east Kent’s leading pianist, David Ruddock.

13 August 2014 to 02 September 2014

'Take to the Skies' Open Exhibition at Beach CreativeWed 13 Aug - Tue 2 Sep 2014Our next Open Show has the same theme as this year's Herne Bay Festival - Take to the Skies.We welcome entries on the show's theme from everyone. Please check back for details on the handing in dates.

07 August 2014 to 28 September 2014

French Dressing at 50 at Herne Bay Museum and GalleryThu 7 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014Celebrating director Ken Russell's first ever feature film, which was set in Herne Bay, and came out 50 years ago. The beach, bandstand and pier recognizably starred in the film, and many Herne Bay residents were extras.

08 August 2014 to 02 November 2014

Taylor Wessing Photographic Protrait Prize 2013 at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 8 Aug - Sun 2 Nov 2014A unique opportunity to see sixty new portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world.

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.

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