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Shopping in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay

If you are in need of some retail therapy, Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay can offer a thoroughly enjoyable retail experience.

Canterbury’s Whitefriars brings you the best in fashion and lifestyle brands with popular high street names while the city’s King’s Mile, Westgate and St Dunstan’s are a stone’s throw away and offer a range of specialist and individual outlets. Fine art, jewellery, clothing, crafts and antiques are just some of the offerings to tempt you to part with your money.

In Herne Bay the pier retail village is a must for those who enjoy quirky and retro products. Open most of the year weather permitting, you can purchase quality crafted silver jewellery and beadwork, bags, hats, gifts for the home, aromatic presents, stunning photographic pictures and art. The town offers a range of independent shops with a great selection of products all year round.

Whitstable is home to numerous independent shops and you can delight in the town’s Bohemian charm, particularly in Harbour Street where there are independent art galleries, boutiques, gift shops and plenty of family-owned businesses with individual style. You will also find plenty of local producers, designers and artists trading at the Whitstable Harbour Village.

There are a number of markets that take place throughout the Canterbury district from weekly general markets to farmers' markets.

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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 August 2015 to 31 August 2015

The Kent Festival of Bees at The Night YardMon 31 Aug 2015Are you interested in finding out more about the world of bees? The Kent Festival of Bees is a great time out for everyone. There will be live bee demonstrations, displays of beekeeping products such as honey and beeswax candles.

31 August 2015 to 31 August 2015

The Pantaloons - Pride and Prejudice at Mount Ephraim GardensMon 31 Aug 2015Will Mrs Bennett manage to offload her numerous daughters in record time? Will Lizzy and Darcy actually get together? Will creepy Mr Collins just go away please? The literary classic gets the Pantaloons treatment in this hilarious and innov

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.

31 August 2015 to 31 August 2015

Dance Xtreme at Westgate GardensMon 31 Aug 2015Looking for something new to do this summer? Why not join dancextreme in the park for a fun dance workshop! Learn something new this August!

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.

24 August 2015 to 06 September 2015

Elaine Newman, Rob Tunrer and Derek Wright at Bay ART GalleryMon 24 Aug - Sun 6 Sep 2015Elaine Newman, Rob Turner and Derek Wright 'The Artist Next Door'. The work of 3 artists living in the same street ... The Painter, The Photographer, and the Map Maker.

13 August 2015 to 30 September 2015

George Eksts: Casual Cursive at Sidney Cooper GalleryThu 13 Aug - Wed 30 Sep 2015George Eksts is an artist using video, printmaking, drawing and sculpture to explore ideas of progress, completion, time and the temporary.

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

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!

26 August 2015 to 01 September 2015

MAHL at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 26 Aug - Tue 1 Sep 2015Malone, Gadenne, Hughes and Livesey return for a third time with sculpture, landscapes, townscapes and figurative realism. The artists' work for the Hanami Cherry Blossom Festival at Brogdale is included.

01 August 2015 to 31 August 2015

Uncharted Waters - Jane Cordery, Lorrain Mailer at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 1 - Mon 31 Aug 2015Contemporary multi-media: an exploration of the sea as a giver and taker of life.

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

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 31 October 2015

Create a Flying Exotic Bird at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 1 May - Sat 31 Oct 2015Create your own flying bird using foam and feathers. Can you make it fly from one end of the gallery to the other?

22 August 2015 to 13 September 2015

The Spectacle at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 22 Aug - Sun 13 Sep 2015SKAR (South Kent Artists Reunited) are MA and BA Fine Art UCA graduates. They draw inspiration from the Beaney's long tradition as a Museum and Gallery and meeting place open to all, to create interpretations.

09 August 2016 to 09 August 2016

Sarah Millican: Outsider at The Marlowe TheatreTue 9 Aug 2016Sarah Millican is venturing outside. Bring a cardie.

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