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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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02 March 2015 to 02 March 2015

Wadjda (PG) at Gulbenkian CinemaMon 2 Mar 201510 year old Wadjda has a simple plan, she will acquire a bicycle and beat the neighbourhood boys in a race. But Wadjda is growing up in Saudi Arabia, where society dictates that girls cannot ride bicycles.

02 March 2015 to 02 March 2015

LGBT Month - The Colour Purple (15) at Gulbenkian CinemaMon 2 Mar 2015Based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Steven Spielberg's sweeping adaptation stars Whoopi Goldberg as Celie Harris, a poor and abused African-American woman living in the American South in the early 20th century.

03 March 2015 to 03 March 2015

Martin Carthy at The Marlowe TheatreTue 3 Mar 2015Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014.

03 March 2015 to 03 March 2015

Life Drawing at Sidney Cooper GalleryTue 3 Mar 2015Back by popular demand, artist Roy Eastland brings his expertise in drawing to the purpose built drawing studios at the Sidney Cooper Centre and invites you to join him in a five week evening course.

03 March 2015 to 03 March 2015

Banff Mountain Film Festival 2015 at Gulbenkian CinemaTue 3 Mar 2015From the world's most prestigiou mountain film festival comes an evening of extraordinary short films.

04 March 2015 to 04 March 2015

Care Fees - The New Regime at The Marlowe TheatreWed 4 Mar 2015A seminar covering the imminent changes to social care funding.

04 March 2015 to 04 March 2015

More Famous Paintings at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeWed 4 Mar 2015Ned West-Sherring brings pictures alive in this engaging series of lectures, looking at a variety of different artworks from galleries around the world and in the Beaney collection.

04 March 2015 to 04 March 2015

Working from Paintings at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeWed 4 Mar 2015With the expert guidance of artist Sarah McNulty, you will work and take inspiration from some of the artists whose work is displayed in The Beaney galleries.

04 March 2015 to 04 March 2015

Love's Labour's Won, or Much Ado About Nothing at Gulbenkian CinemaWed 4 Mar 2015Shakespeare's comic romance plays out admist the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party in autumn 1918, as memories of the trenches give way to a life of parties, masked balls and youthful passions.

04 March 2015 to 04 March 2015

Royal Shakespeare Company:Love's Labour's Won (NC) at Curzon CanterburyWed 4 Mar 2015Curzon Cinemas brings you the exciting 2015 season from the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Company live via satellite.

05 March 2015 to 05 March 2015

Canterbury Musicians at The Old Synagogue Thu 5 Mar 2015Songs, instrumental solos and duets. Music from classical to popular (including music by Mozart, Beethoven, Hurlstone, Bernstein, Kern and others). In aid of Canterbury Age UK.

05 March 2015 to 05 March 2015

Creative Writing - Writing Your Life at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 5 Mar 2015This course is for beginners and experienced writers. Through writing exercises you will practise writing skills and cover topics appropriate to life writing.

05 March 2015 to 05 March 2015

A Most Violent Year (15) at Gulbenkian CinemaThu 5 Mar 2015Set in 1981 – one of the most crime-ridden years in the city's history – Oscar Isaac plays Abel Morales, an immigrant trying to expand his business and in doing so, forced to navigate the overwhelming violence and corruption of the world.

05 March 2015 to 05 March 2015

Martyrs (18) at Gulbenkian CinemaThu 5 Mar 2015Notorious for being divisive on its release, Martyrs is as original as it is disturbing.

27 February 2015 to 05 March 2015

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG) at Curzon CanterburyFri 27 Feb - Thu 5 Mar 2015The Saga set are back! The follow-up to John Madden’s phenomenally successful comedy about a group of British retirees living the high life in India.

26 February 2015 to 05 March 2015

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG) at Curzon CanterburyThu 26 Feb - Thu 5 Mar 2015The Saga set are back! The follow-up to John Madden’s phenomenally successful comedy about a group of British retirees living the high life in India.

05 March 2015 to 05 March 2015

Canterbury Screenwriting Evening Course at The PoundThu 5 Mar 2015The course is open to beginners and will cover everything you need to turn your TV/film idea into a script in six weeks.

03 March 2015 to 06 March 2015

Inside Out of Mind at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 3 - Fri 6 Mar 2015Darkly comic and offering glimpses of a mysterious world, this insightful play enters into the experience of dementia care.

06 March 2015 to 06 March 2015

Hoot Night! at WildwoodFri 6 Mar 2015Enjoy sausage baps and soup before meeting one of our hand-reared owls and going on a 1 hour woodland night walk for a hoot with the locals.

06 March 2015 to 06 March 2015

Berliner Philharmoniker (live) at Gulbenkian CinemaFri 6 Mar 2015Distinguished conductor Bernard Haitink interpreting Beethoven's Pastorale Symphony and Beethoven's Violin Concerto with Isabelle Faust, one of the most sought-after violinists of our time.

06 March 2015 to 06 March 2015

Joe Cang at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreFri 6 Mar 2015Named by the Evening Standard as 'one of London's great singers and songwriters', Joe made a huge impact last year with Make Love which was playlisted on Radio 2 for five weeks.

07 March 2015 to 07 March 2015

Pocket Comedy at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 7 Mar 2015A sixty minute version of Propeller's acclaimed production of The Comedy of Errors.

07 March 2015 to 07 March 2015

The Choral Society and Symphony Orchestra at Canterbury CathedralSat 7 Mar 2015The Choral Society and Symphony Orchestra of The King's School Canterbury.

03 March 2015 to 07 March 2015

Cirque Éloize: Cirkopolis at The Marlowe TheatreTue 3 - Sat 7 Mar 2015Cirque Éloize’s Cirkopolis is an exciting blend of circus, dance and theatre.

05 March 2015 to 07 March 2015

Fleabag at The Marlowe TheatreThu 5 - Sat 7 Mar 2015The outrageous Olivier Award-nominated comedy play.

07 March 2015 to 07 March 2015

Beautiful Damned at Charlton Park FoundationSat 7 Mar 2015Husband and wife meet in a smoky bar and relive the last ten years of their lives.

07 March 2015 to 07 March 2015

Boyhood (15) at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 7 Mar 2015A labour of love for the prolific Richard Linklater, who's worked on it for 12 years alongside many other films.

07 March 2015 to 07 March 2015

Handel - Messiah at Colyer-Fergusson BuildingSat 7 Mar 2015Performed by the Ashford Choral Society and Orchestra with Ensemble Choral Diapason (France)

17 February 2015 to 07 March 2015

Red Is Hot at Beach Creative Community Arts CentreTue 17 Feb - Sat 7 Mar 2015Our current open show is themed around the colour RED. The exhibition will open on Tuesday 17 February and runs for three weeks.

07 March 2015 to 07 March 2015

March Art Courses: Working with Stencils at Beach Creative Community Arts CentreSat 7 Mar 2015Our two hour short courses provide an introductory experience to different art techniques.

07 March 2015 to 07 March 2015

Stuart Maconie: The People's Song at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 7 Mar 2015The popular TV and radio presenter, journalist, columnist and author talks about his new book and epic radio series.

08 March 2015 to 08 March 2015

Richard Herring - Lord of the Dance Settee at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 8 Mar 2015Can he revisit the joke thirty years on or will it smash his old bones?

08 March 2015 to 08 March 2015

Simon Amstell: To Be Free at The Marlowe TheatreSun 8 Mar 2015Following sold out residencies in New York and London, Simon Amstell embarks on his fourth international stand up tour - To Be Free.

08 March 2015 to 08 March 2015

Sing-Along-A Frozen at The Marlowe TheatreSun 8 Mar 2015A screenig of Disney's Frozen with lyrics on screen to help you sing along with Elsa and Anna.

08 March 2015 to 08 March 2015

Food and Drink Fair at The Kings HallSun 8 Mar 2015Taste and discover the incredible range of food and drink that Kent produces! Plentry of local businesses will be on hand with samples and offers to suit all taste buds, including meats, cheeses, cakes, wine and much more.

14 February 2015 to 08 March 2015

The Essence of Memory – A Distillation of Thought at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 14 Feb - Sun 8 Mar 2015Holder and Lamoon present ‘The Essence of Memory - A Distillation of Thought’, an exhibition.

08 March 2015 to 08 March 2015

The Green Ray (12A) at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 8 Mar 2015Delphine, a beautiful young Parisian smarting from a recent break-up is left reeling about how to spend her holiday.

09 March 2015 to 09 March 2015

Woody Pines at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 9 Mar 2015Last time North Carolina band Woody Pines toured over here, reviewers unanimously declared them to be one of the most entertaining acts on the Americana circuit.

09 March 2015 to 09 March 2015

One Sings, The Other Doesn't (15) at Gulbenkian CinemaMon 9 Mar 2015French New Wave director Agnes Varda portrays the lives and friendship of two very different women over ten years.

09 March 2015 to 10 March 2015

Coppélia at The Marlowe TheatreMon 9 - Tue 10 Mar 2015Performed by The Russian State Ballet and Orchestra Of Siberia.

07 March 2015 to 10 March 2015

A Most Violent Year (15) at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 7 - Tue 10 Mar 2015Set in 1981 – one of the most crime-ridden years in the city's history – Oscar Isaac plays Abel Morales, an immigrant trying to expand his business and in doing so, forced to navigate the overwhelming violence and corruption of the world.

10 March 2015 to 10 March 2015

Amer (18) at Gulbenkian CinemaTue 10 Mar 2015A hallucinogenic homage to the horror films of Dario Argento and Mario Bava.

10 March 2015 to 10 March 2015

Comic Book Club at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreTue 10 Mar 2015A great club for lovers of comics and graphic novels. A heady mix of industry professionals and fans of the artform. Come and have a beer and read great, inspiring, new or vintage graphic fiction. Over 18s only.

04 March 2015 to 10 March 2015

out on the EDGE at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 4 - Tue 10 Mar 2015Four artists present intersecting works, collaborations and sculpture in the Somerset Maugham Gallery and Gallery 2.

04 March 2015 to 10 March 2015

Getting a Head 2015 at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 4 - Tue 10 Mar 2015Brook Hobbins Brook Hobbins' pop-up studio reveals the process of making a portrait in clay from life. This forms part of out on the EDGE in the Somerset Maugham Gallery.

06 March 2015 to 12 March 2015

Still Alice (12A) at Curzon CanterburyFri 6 - Thu 12 Mar 2015At age fifty, Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) has it all: a Columbia University linguistics professorship, a devoted husband, and three loving children.

19 February 2015 to 29 March 2015

Create a Remembrance Poppy at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 19 Feb - Sun 29 Mar 2015Create a special poppy in the Explorers and Collectors Gallery in honour of a local soldier, sailor or airman who died. Dedicate it to their memory and add it to the In Remembrance WW1 exhibition poppy display in the Drawing Room.

19 February 2015 to 29 March 2015

In Remembrance at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 19 Feb - Sun 29 Mar 2015Images, objects and words commemorating the centenary of World War One and the role played by local people: including VAD nurses and The Buffs Regiment, as well as those experiencing hardship and loss on the Home Front.

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.

01 March 2015 to 31 March 2015

One Man Show at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSun 1 - Tue 31 Mar 2015Help Paul Elliot raise money to make a film and realise an ambition before he gets to old and dies. Lots of fun but maybe not for all the family.

31 January 2015 to 19 April 2015

Mystery, Magic and Midnight feasts at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 31 Jan - Sun 19 Apr 2015Mystery, Magic and Midnight feasts, the many adventures of Enid Blyton

01 January 2015 to 30 April 2015

Armchair Artist Residency at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 1 Jan - Thu 30 Apr 2015Our new Armchair Artist is Nicky Thompson, who will be in residence between January and April, exploring the Beaney, using the experience to take her creative writing practice in fascinating new directions.

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