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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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Harriet House, Canterbury

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Comfortable, stylish ensuite rooms with quality toiletries & towels, digital TVs, tea/coffee making trays & mini fridges. Just a 10-12 minute riverside stroll into city centre. Delicious breakfasts. Friendly staff. Free Wifi. Free parking.

 
 

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17 September 2014 to 17 September 2014

20,000 Days On Earth at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 17 Sep 2014Followed by Live Satellite Event with Nick Cave. 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH is a bold vision of one of music’s most mysterious and charismatic figures, the iconic Nick Cave.

17 September 2014 to 17 September 2014

Writing with Constraints - Neil Baker at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeWed 17 Sep 2014One way to make writing easier is to make it harder. That might sound illogical, but putting obstacles in the way of your writing can be a great way to get the creative juices flowing.

18 September 2014 to 18 September 2014

Milton Jones And The Temple Of Daft at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 18 Sep 2014Milton Jones is back on the road with another tour but unfortunately it isn't quite ready yet.

18 September 2014 to 18 September 2014

The Living Library - A workshop with Peggy Riley at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 18 Sep 2014Take part in a half-day writing workshop at the magnificent Beaney House of Art and Knowledge to bring the library books to life, led by Peggy Riley, playwright and author of Amity & Sorrow.

18 September 2014 to 18 September 2014

The Living Library - A performance at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 18 Sep 2014The Living Library | A Performance | Peggy Riley and participants of the earlier workshop Books talk when no one’s listening. Can you hear them?

19 September 2014 to 19 September 2014

Turin Brakes with Nick Harper at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 19 Sep 2014In Autumn 2014, London based folk-pop-indy band Turin Brakes will tour their new album We Were Here.

19 September 2014 to 19 September 2014

Jumping Beaneys -What's inside the Treasure Chest? at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 19 Sep 2014Enjoy a fun story, investigate exciting treasures from the museum collection and make your own mini treasure chest to take home!

20 September 2014 to 20 September 2014

Sarah Jane Morris - Bloody Rain at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 20 Sep 2014Sarah Jane has brough together world class musicians from Africa, from North and South America and from Europe to combine with her regular, brilliant line up, & the result is musicianship of unique and memorable power and crative authority.

16 September 2014 to 20 September 2014

To Kill A Mockingbird at The Marlowe TheatreTue 16 - Sat 20 Sep 2014Direct from the West End.

20 September 2014 to 20 September 2014

Introduction to Spider Ecology & Identification at WildwoodSat 20 Sep 2014Learn how to identify spiders reliably and understand their role in the ecosystem. Spend time out in the field finding spiders in their natural habitats.

20 September 2014 to 20 September 2014

Wildlife of Reculver at Reculver Country Park & Reculver TowersSat 20 Sep 2014Looking for wildlife on the eroding coastline of North Kent. Led by Geoff Orton. Meet at Reculver Visitor Centre and Country Park.

20 September 2014 to 20 September 2014

Rory McGrath & Philip Pope at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 20 Sep 2014Horsebridge Comedy: Rory McGrath & Philip Pope - Bridge Over Troubled Larger After their hid dad-rock album Dark Side of the Moob, Rory and Philip return to touring with an evening of sophisticated comedy and song.

20 September 2014 to 20 September 2014

Jive Hive's Bedtime Themed Ball at The Kings HallSat 20 Sep 2014Feeling sleepy? Come and join us at Jive Hive’s modern jive bedtime themed ball! Featuring music from guest DJ Gazza from Gazzabash. Don’t dress up, we’d rather you danced in your pajamas!

06 September 2014 to 20 September 2014

MAFAA Graduating Exhibition 2014 at Sidney Cooper GallerySat 6 - Sat 20 Sep 2014This exhibition of five graduating students celebrates the end of the MAFAA programme.

20 September 2014 to 20 September 2014

The Open Mikers at The Kingston BarnSat 20 Sep 2014The Open Mikers - featuring CJ & Nick, The Reckless Sleepers ft Phil Garvey, The Acoustic Architects.

21 September 2014 to 21 September 2014

Actors Touring Company - Blind Hamlet at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 21 Sep 2014Blind Hamlet transforms Shakespeare's tragedy into an interactive theatrical battle and reimagines the bloody struggle for Hamlet's Elsinore.

21 September 2014 to 21 September 2014

Wildlife Photography for Improvers at WildwoodSun 21 Sep 2014This classroom-based course is designed as either a follow up to the first course, or for people that wish to move into wildlife photography for the first time having already been taling photographs of landscapes, buildings etc.

21 September 2014 to 21 September 2014

Horsbridge Autumn Market at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSun 21 Sep 2014Our annual Autumn market will be bursting with handmade treasures and vintage finds from local makers. With more than twenty stalls to browse why not spoil yourself.

12 September 2014 to 21 September 2014

Wise Words Festival at CanterburyFri 12 - Sun 21 Sep 2014A 9-day festival celebrating our experiences through stories awakening our imaginations and offering new perspectives. Join us in the Greyfriars (Secret!) Franciscan Garden for talks, performances, installations, storytelling and more.

21 September 2014 to 21 September 2014

Kate Tempest at CanterburySun 21 Sep 2014Wise Words Festival are delighted to present this exceptional event showcasing work from her forthcoming collection, Hold Your Own.

21 September 2014 to 21 September 2014

Mark Grist & Tom Worth at CanterburySun 21 Sep 2014Mark Grist and Tom Worth discuss rap battle scene in UK.

21 September 2014 to 21 September 2014

Charlton Park Wedding Fair at Charlton Park FoundationSun 21 Sep 201430+ of the best local suppliers. Free entry & free goody bag. Free entry into draw to win a £150 goody bag. Brides and Grooms can pre register via the website.

21 September 2014 to 21 September 2014

WILDE Salome (recorded) at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 21 Sep 2014Written and directed by Al Pacino.

21 September 2014 to 21 September 2014

Ipswich Community Wind Band at Herne Bay BandstandSun 21 Sep 2014Traditional wind band music with the Ipswich Community Band.

22 September 2014 to 22 September 2014

Get Lost & Found - Impromptu Shakespeare at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 22 Sep 2014An entirely new and unique Shakespeare play is made up on the spot using the audience's suggestions.

23 September 2014 to 23 September 2014

Propeller - Pocket Dream at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 23 Sep 2014Propeller presents a sixty minute version of its award-winning production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, especially devised for young audiences and known as Pocket Dream.

23 September 2014 to 23 September 2014

Photo Day at WildwoodTue 23 Sep 2014A day of wildlife photography with expert tuition from our resident photographer. Gift vouchers also available.

10 September 2014 to 23 September 2014

Vintage Aircraft Furniture at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 10 - Tue 23 Sep 2014David Chewter Individual designer furniture and art made from Military and Civilian aviation pieces.

17 September 2014 to 23 September 2014

the Dawn of Colour Exhibition at Fish Slab GalleryWed 17 - Tue 23 Sep 2014The Dawn of Colour exhibition. Paintings by June Dixon.

24 September 2014 to 24 September 2014

Shadow Boxing at The Marlowe TheatreWed 24 Sep 2014One Man fights his own demons. The son of a boxer who couldn’t win, Flynn is determined not to end up like his father. He becomes a successful fighter through utter dedication.

24 September 2014 to 25 September 2014

Omid Djalili - Iranalamadingdong at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 24 - Thu 25 Sep 2014He's back on tour with a new show, following a sell-out four week West-End residency and a sold-out season at the Edinburgh Festival.

25 September 2014 to 25 September 2014

The Galliard Ensemble at St Gregory's Centre for MusicThu 25 Sep 2014This well known Wind Ensemble will present a programme including music by Holst, Britten, Arnold, Vinter, Sullivan, Clarke & Paul Patterson.

25 September 2014 to 25 September 2014

The Croydon Gospel Choir at Colyer-Fergusson BuildingThu 25 Sep 2014The Croydon Gospel Choir Big City Tour, featuring the P&O Ferries Choir.

26 September 2014 to 26 September 2014

Duncan Perkins Memorial Concert at Canterbury CathedralFri 26 Sep 2014This concert given in memory of Duncan and in aid The Pilgrims Hospice will feature the Lay Clerks of Canterbury Cathedral performing a selection of sacred and secular music.

25 September 2014 to 26 September 2014

Horror Box at The Marlowe TheatreThu 25 - Fri 26 Sep 2014Thing you know fear? Think again. A play with a difference: all the terrors and scares of a horror movie - except this time - you’re in it.

26 September 2014 to 26 September 2014

Film @ The Horsebridge: Dallas Buyers Club at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreFri 26 Sep 2014Matthew McConaughhey stars as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live.

24 September 2014 to 27 September 2014

Lord Of The Flies at The Marlowe TheatreWed 24 - Sat 27 Sep 2014A thrilling new dance production. Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures has created some of the most successful shows of the last 25 years, including Swan Lake, Nutcracker! and Sleeping Beauty.

23 September 2014 to 27 September 2014

Sylvia at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableTue 23 - Sat 27 Sep 2014Greg and Kate have been married for twenty odd years, their lives have changed, the children have left home and they have moved back from the suburbs to Manhattan and city life.

11 September 2014 to 28 September 2014

Home Front Whitstable, 1914-18 at Whitstable Museum and GalleryThu 11 - Sun 28 Sep 2014Exploring life on the British home front 1914-18 through original posters, cartoon artworks and popular arts and souvenirs.

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.

26 September 2014 to 28 September 2014

Canterbury Food and Drink Festival at Dane John GardensFri 26 - Sun 28 Sep 2014Canterbury Food & Drink Festival will be returning to the Dane John Gardens, Canterbury in 2014.

30 August 2014 to 28 September 2014

Diane Smalley at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 30 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014This exhibition is an artist's response to 'The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge'. The paintings and drawings will all have connections to the Beaney's art and artefacts displayed in the Garden Room and upstairs galleries.

01 September 2014 to 30 September 2014

My SAS Family at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreMon 1 - Tue 30 Sep 2014Arztip Mixed Media Myths about the SAS explored and exploded.

24 September 2014 to 30 September 2014

Crossing Places at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 24 - Tue 30 Sep 2014Ashford Visual Artists Soundtracks, neon, film, printmaking, drawing, paint Members of Ashford Visual Artists will interpret the theme 'Crossing Places' in a variety of disciplines.

24 September 2014 to 30 September 2014

Paul Mitchell & Nina Shilling at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 24 - Tue 30 Sep 2014This is a joint exhibition of our most current work which will include mixed media, urban and street paintings, landscapes and drawings. There will be a huge variety of themes explored in a showcase of our eclectic inspirations.

01 September 2014 to 30 September 2014

Kids for £1 throughout September 2014 at Howletts Wild Animal ParkMon 1 - Tue 30 Sep 2014Beat the back to school blues by treating the kids to a thrilling day out at either Howletts or Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks throughout September 2014. Terms and conditions apply. Please see the website for more details and how to claim.

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.

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.

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).

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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