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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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  • Craft and Gift Fair at The Kings HallSat 3 - Sun 4 Oct 2015A selection of the finest crafts and gifts Kent has to offer, with unique items to buy plus everything you need to start making crafts yourself.
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  • Canterbury FestivalSat 17 - Sat 31 Oct 2015Canterbury Festival is Kent's International Arts Festival and attracts over 60,000 visitors every year to 200 events in two weeks.
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  • Canterbury FestivalSat 17 - Sat 31 Oct 2015Canterbury Festival is Kent's International Arts Festival and attracts over 60,000 visitors every year to 200 events in two weeks.
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  • Canterbury FestivalSat 17 - Sat 31 Oct 2015Canterbury Festival is Kent's International Arts Festival and attracts over 60,000 visitors every year to 200 events in two weeks.
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  • Canterbury FestivalSat 17 - Sat 31 Oct 2015Canterbury Festival is Kent's International Arts Festival and attracts over 60,000 visitors every year to 200 events in two weeks.
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  • Canterbury FestivalSat 17 - Sat 31 Oct 2015Canterbury Festival is Kent's International Arts Festival and attracts over 60,000 visitors every year to 200 events in two weeks.
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  • Canterbury FestivalSat 17 - Sat 31 Oct 2015Canterbury Festival is Kent's International Arts Festival and attracts over 60,000 visitors every year to 200 events in two weeks.
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  • Ed Byrne - Outside, Looking In at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 25 Oct 2015That bloke. You know. The Irish guy. No, not the bald one. The other one. You know him. The one Carol from work really likes. Wait, that might be Jason Byrne. Anyway. Funny chap. Has a new show!
    Canterbury FestivalSat 17 - Sat 31 Oct 2015Canterbury Festival is Kent's International Arts Festival and attracts over 60,000 visitors every year to 200 events in two weeks.
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  • Canterbury FestivalSat 17 - Sat 31 Oct 2015Canterbury Festival is Kent's International Arts Festival and attracts over 60,000 visitors every year to 200 events in two weeks.
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  • Canterbury FestivalSat 17 - Sat 31 Oct 2015Canterbury Festival is Kent's International Arts Festival and attracts over 60,000 visitors every year to 200 events in two weeks.
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  • Canterbury FestivalSat 17 - Sat 31 Oct 2015Canterbury Festival is Kent's International Arts Festival and attracts over 60,000 visitors every year to 200 events in two weeks.
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  • Canterbury FestivalSat 17 - Sat 31 Oct 2015Canterbury Festival is Kent's International Arts Festival and attracts over 60,000 visitors every year to 200 events in two weeks.
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  • Scary Scavenger Hunt at Westgate GardensFri 30 Oct 2015Take part in our scary scavenger hunt! How many spooky things can you spot hidden around Toddler's Cove and the Westgate Gardens. Pick up your spotter sheet from the Friends of Westgate Parks information stand located in Toddler's Cove.
    Canterbury FestivalSat 17 - Sat 31 Oct 2015Canterbury Festival is Kent's International Arts Festival and attracts over 60,000 visitors every year to 200 events in two weeks.
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  • Canterbury FestivalSat 17 - Sat 31 Oct 2015Canterbury Festival is Kent's International Arts Festival and attracts over 60,000 visitors every year to 200 events in two weeks.

01 October 2015 to 01 October 2015

Dara O Briain: Crowd Tickler at The Marlowe TheatreThu 1 Oct 2015The star of Mock The Week.

02 October 2015 to 02 October 2015

Patrick Kielty - Help at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 2 Oct 2015Patrick Kielty returns to his stand up roots with a brand new show. But he can't do it on his own - he needs your help.

29 September 2015 to 03 October 2015

Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks at The Marlowe TheatreTue 29 Sep - Sat 3 Oct 2015A show based on the phenomenally successful Horrible Histories books.

30 September 2015 to 03 October 2015

Horrible Histories: Incredible Invaders at The Marlowe TheatreWed 30 Sep - Sat 3 Oct 2015A show based on the phenomenally successful Horrible Histories books.

03 October 2015 to 03 October 2015

Waverley - Great Days Out from Whitstable at Whitstable HarbourSat 3 Oct 2015Great days out from Whitstable. Celebrating 40 years of preservation. Fridays September 25 and October 9. Steam through Tower Bridge. Depart 11:00. Back by coach from London 19.30

03 October 2015 to 04 October 2015

Craft and Gift Fair at The Kings HallSat 3 - Sun 4 Oct 2015A selection of the finest crafts and gifts Kent has to offer, with unique items to buy plus everything you need to start making crafts yourself.

09 October 2015 to 09 October 2015

Elves And The Shoemaker at The Marlowe TheatreFri 9 Oct 2015After the sell-out success of Ugly Duckling and Three Little Pigs, and the TV adaptations for CBeebies, Northern Ballet presents their latest ballet for children, Elves And The Shoemaker.

09 October 2015 to 09 October 2015

Waverley - Great Days Out from Whitstable at Whitstable HarbourFri 9 Oct 2015Great days out from Whitstable. Celebrating 40 years of preservation. Fridays September 25 and October 9. Steam through Tower Bridge. Depart 11:00. Back by coach from London 19.30

06 October 2015 to 10 October 2015

Wuthering Heights at The Marlowe TheatreTue 6 - Sat 10 Oct 2015A ballet version of the romantic masterpiece.

10 October 2015 to 10 October 2015

Scarecrow Trail at Westgate GardensSat 10 Oct 2015Members of the public, local schools and businesses have joined together to create Scarecrows of all shapes and sizes. Follow them on a trail through the Westgate Parks and don't forget to vote for your favourite!

10 October 2015 to 10 October 2015

An evening of Burlesque (18) at The Kings HallSat 10 Oct 2015Join the biggest burlesque stars from arounf the world on one stage!

10 October 2015 to 10 October 2015

Canterbury postcard & Collectors Fair at Westgate HallSat 10 Oct 2015Dealers selling Postcards, Stamps, Playing Cards, Militaria, Coins, Cigarette Cards, Books, Breweriana, Ephemera, Antiques and Small Collectables etc.

18 October 2015 to 18 October 2015

Mad About The Musicals at The Marlowe TheatreSun 18 Oct 2015Starring Gareth Gates and Michael Courtney.

25 October 2015 to 25 October 2015

Ed Byrne - Outside, Looking In at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 25 Oct 2015That bloke. You know. The Irish guy. No, not the bald one. The other one. You know him. The one Carol from work really likes. Wait, that might be Jason Byrne. Anyway. Funny chap. Has a new show!

30 October 2015 to 30 October 2015

Scary Scavenger Hunt at Westgate GardensFri 30 Oct 2015Take part in our scary scavenger hunt! How many spooky things can you spot hidden around Toddler's Cove and the Westgate Gardens. Pick up your spotter sheet from the Friends of Westgate Parks information stand located in Toddler's Cove.

17 October 2015 to 31 October 2015

Canterbury FestivalSat 17 - Sat 31 Oct 2015Canterbury Festival is Kent's International Arts Festival and attracts over 60,000 visitors every year to 200 events in two weeks.

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