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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28 April 2015 to 28 April 2015

Photo Day at WildwoodTue 28 Apr 2015A day of wildlife photography with expert tuition from our resident photographer. Suitable for all levels and abilities. Gift vouchers also available.

22 April 2015 to 28 April 2015

Sculptures and Prints at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 22 - Tue 28 Apr 2015Aysegul Coles and Ben Parsons. Wall sculpture and sculptures by Aysegul Coles plus woodcuts, etchings and engravings by artist printmaker Ben Parsons, inspired by travelling and portraiture.

22 April 2015 to 28 April 2015

Scratching the Itch at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 22 - Tue 28 Apr 2015Apart New works from a group of artists who have met weekly in Rochester for many years to exchange ideas and explore making art together.

28 April 2015 to 28 April 2015

MA Creative Writing at Sidney Cooper GalleryTue 28 Apr 2015Students from Canterbury Christ Church University's MA in Creative Writing will read extracts from their prose fiction, offering a wide and wonderful range of styles and voices.

28 April 2015 to 28 April 2015

Bach to Baby at St Peter's Methodist ChurchTue 28 Apr 2015Bach to Baby believes children can enjoy exceptional live classical music from their very earliest moments. So Canterbury families can expect outstanding musicians from the UK’s top concert stages performing for them.

28 April 2015 to 28 April 2015

Lucia Gahlin on Creation Myth of Ancient Egypt at Friends' Meeting HouseTue 28 Apr 2015Ankh - East Kent Egyptology Society. Our next talk will be given by Lucia Gahlin on 'Creation Myth of Ancient Egypt' and will be held on Saturday 25th April 2015 from 2pmm until 4pm at not our usual venue but at The Friends Meeting House

29 April 2015 to 29 April 2015

Canterbury Songwriters' Circle at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 29 Apr 2015Beautiful Town Music in association with Gulbenkian present Canterbury Songwriters' Circle.

29 April 2015 to 29 April 2015

Jasmin Vardimon presents JV2 2015 at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 29 Apr 2015This year's JV2, are a vibrant and fresh new group of 14 young international dancers, hand-picked by Artistic Director Jasmin Vardimon.

29 April 2015 to 29 April 2015

Midday Recital at Canterbury CathedralWed 29 Apr 2015Performed by The Choir Musart, Netherlands.

27 April 2015 to 29 April 2015

National Theatre Connections at The Marlowe TheatreMon 27 - Wed 29 Apr 2015We are proud to be part of Connections: the National Theatre's annual festival of new plays for youth theatres and schools.

30 April 2015 to 30 April 2015

Idle Motion - Shooting with light at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 30 Apr 2015In 1934 a young German refugee flees to Paris and discovers the genius of photography.

30 April 2015 to 30 April 2015

Russell Watson at The Marlowe TheatreThu 30 Apr 2015An intimate evening with Russell Watson.

01 April 2015 to 30 April 2015

Sweepings from the Studio Floor at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 1 - Thu 30 Apr 2015Twenty small works on paper (mostly collages) and two larger watercolour and quill drawings by an artist who lives and works in Kent. 'Sweepings from the studio floor' was a phrase first used to describe the work of Max Ernst.

30 April 2015 to 30 April 2015

National Theatre Live - Encore The Hard Problem at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableThu 30 Apr 2015Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brainscience institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness?

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.

07 April 2015 to 03 May 2015

Victorian and Edwardian Theatre Exhibition at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 7 Apr - Sun 3 May 2015This public exhibition launch marks the final assessment on the second-year Drama module 'Victorian and Edwardian Theatre'.

11 April 2015 to 04 May 2015

Animal Magic at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 11 Apr - Mon 4 May 2015Animal Magic: a celebration of birds, beasts and bugs!

29 April 2015 to 05 May 2015

Fusion One at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 29 Apr - Tue 5 May 2015Gail Robins Gail's vibrant abstract paintings draw from the various languages of abstraction, geometric, hard edge, expressionist etc. By a process of 'fusion', she looks to find something fresh.

29 April 2015 to 12 May 2015

Seas Spring Tide at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 29 Apr - Tue 12 May 2015Sixteen members of South East Artists, both established and new, unveil a variety of original works. There are delights to discover amongst a range of painting, collage, sculpture, ceramics, fused glass, photography, mosaics and textiles.

17 April 2015 to 16 May 2015

Cedric Christie: Massive Retrospective - Up To Now at Sidney Cooper GalleryFri 17 Apr - Sat 16 May 2015Cedric Christie’s work explores a broad range of cultural and art historical references, often using humour and irony as subtle vehicles of communication.

02 April 2015 to 31 May 2015

Letting in the Light: Ben Sands, a retrospective at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 2 Apr - Sun 31 May 2015Special exhibition exploring the wonderful and distinctive work of East Kent printmaker Ben Sands and his Shoestring Press.

02 April 2015 to 31 May 2015

Catching Lives – City Ciphers: an installation at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 2 Apr - Sun 31 May 2015For the City Ciphers arts project, clients at Catching Lives open centre for homeless people in Canterbury worked with community artists to create an intriguing city trail.

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.

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