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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, 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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01 April 2015 to 01 April 2015

Rise and Fall of the city of Mahagonny (live) at Gulbenkian CinemaWed 1 Apr 2015A major work from the remarkable partnership of playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht and composer Kurt Weill, Mahagonny was first performed in Leipzig in 1930.

02 April 2015 to 03 April 2015

Noises Off at The Marlowe TheatreThu 2 - Fri 3 Apr 2015The University of Kent's drama society perform Michael Frayn's comedy.

30 March 2015 to 04 April 2015

Rebecca at The Marlowe TheatreMon 30 Mar - Sat 4 Apr 2015Kneehigh are one of the world's most acclaimed theatre companies and their productions include the international hits Brief Encounter and Tristan and Yseult.

04 April 2015 to 04 April 2015

Enid Blyton drop-in family art activities at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 4 Apr 2015Drop in to the Learning Lab to enjoy Enid Blyton inspired art and craft activities. For families with children age 2 to12 years.

05 April 2015 to 05 April 2015

The Rat Pack Live at The Marlowe TheatreSun 5 Apr 2015During their 50s and 60s heyday they were the definition of cool.

05 April 2015 to 05 April 2015

Easter Sunday Lunch at Canterbury Cathedral LodgeSun 5 Apr 2015Bring the family and enjoy a special 3-course lunch with coffee in our restaurant. After lunch, there will be an Easter Egg hunt for the children (big or small) in the beautiful Campanile garden!

05 April 2015 to 06 April 2015

Easter Egg Trail at Mount Ephraim GardensSun 5 - Mon 6 Apr 2015Enjoy our special Easter egg trail and search for our giant hand-made wooden eggs hidden throughout the gardens. All hunters completing the trail will get some tasty Easter treats!

06 April 2015 to 06 April 2015

Enid Blyton drop-in family art activities at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeMon 6 Apr 2015Drop in to the Learning Lab to enjoy Enid Blyton inspired art and craft activities. For families with children age 2 to12 years.

14 March 2015 to 06 April 2015

Kent Association for the Blind Portrait Exhibition at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 14 Mar - Mon 6 Apr 2015Stunning photographic portraits and moving life stories which challenge people’s ideas of what it is like to live with sight loss.

07 April 2015 to 07 April 2015

Ugly Duckling at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 7 Apr 2015Join in the adventures of this famous 'under-dog' in Hans Christian Anderson's much-loved tale of transformation, brought to you by Thingumajig Theatre.

07 April 2015 to 07 April 2015

Performance Lecture: Moment's Notice at Sidney Cooper GalleryTue 7 Apr 2015Moment's Notice: The Perception of Now in Musical Experience Dr Adam Linson

07 April 2015 to 07 April 2015

Enid Blyton drop-in family art activities at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeTue 7 Apr 2015Drop in to the Learning Lab to enjoy Enid Blyton inspired art and craft activities. For families with children age 2 to12 years.

08 April 2015 to 08 April 2015

Richard Herring In Conversation with Olly Double at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 8 Apr 2015British Stand-Up Comedy Archive has received extra funding to celebrate the University of Kent's 50th anniversary and are staging a series of in-conversation events.

08 April 2015 to 08 April 2015

Lee Nelson: Suited and Booted at The Marlowe TheatreWed 8 Apr 2015You may have seen him host Live At The Apollo or caught him trying to join the England squad as Premier League footballer Jason Bent. Contains adult themes and language.

09 April 2015 to 09 April 2015

Sing-A-Long-A Sound Of Music at The Marlowe TheatreThu 9 Apr 2015The original sing-a-long-a is back in the 50th anniversary celebratory tour of the Julie Andrews film. Enjoy this classic film in full screen Technicolor with subtitles, live host and an interactive fun pack.

09 April 2015 to 09 April 2015

Sing-A-Long-Frozen at The Marlowe TheatreThu 9 Apr 2015A screening of Disney's Frozen with lyrics on screen to help you sing along with Elsa and Anna.

09 April 2015 to 09 April 2015

Hamlet starring Maxine Peake (recorded) at Gulbenkian CinemaThu 9 Apr 2015In this stripped-back, fresh and fast-paced version, BAFTA nominee Maxine Peake creates a Hamlet for now.

10 April 2015 to 10 April 2015

An Evening Of Burlesque at The Marlowe TheatreFri 10 Apr 2015Britain's biggest show returns with an all-new, all-star cast. Join a riotous romp into the bizarre world of burlesque and cutting-edge variety. Dress up and come to the cabaret. Suitable for 18yrs+

10 April 2015 to 11 April 2015

Et si... at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 10 - Sat 11 Apr 2015Two very curious travellers invite us to discover the world together, wherever they are, wherever they're going, it's a new world for them and for us! Suitable for ages 2+

11 April 2015 to 11 April 2015

Philharmonia Orchestra at The Marlowe TheatreSat 11 Apr 2015Nielsen’s sound-world is filled with the forests, seas and mesmerising shore-lines of his native Denmark.

11 April 2015 to 11 April 2015

Duck In The Truck at The Marlowe TheatreSat 11 Apr 2015A hilarious tale for your little ducklings! This is the tale of a duck in a truck - a truck that was stuck in some yucky brown muck.

11 April 2015 to 11 April 2015

Craft and Gift Fair at The Kings HallSat 11 Apr 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.

11 April 2015 to 11 April 2015

Canterbury postcard & Collectors Fair at Westgate HallSat 11 Apr 2015Dealers selling Postcards, Stamps, Playing Cards, Militaria, Coins, Cigarette Cards, Books, Breweriana, Ephemera, Antiques and Small Collectables etc.

10 March 2015 to 11 April 2015

Louise Bourgeois at Sidney Cooper GalleryTue 10 Mar - Sat 11 Apr 2015Exhibition: Louise Bourgeois: Autobiographical Series and 11 Drypoints

12 April 2015 to 12 April 2015

Handa's Surprise at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 12 Apr 2015Travel to Kenya and follow in Handa’s footsteps as she journeys to see her best friend Akeyo, in the next village in this magical production from Little Angel Theatre.

12 April 2015 to 12 April 2015

Enid Blyton drop-in family art activities at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSun 12 Apr 2015Drop in to the Learning Lab to enjoy Enid Blyton inspired art and craft activities. For families with children age 2 to12 years.

14 April 2015 to 14 April 2015

Derby Theatre - Penelope RETOLD at University of Kent Tue 14 Apr 2015Made with input from soldiers and military spouses, Penelope RETOLD is an irreverent collision of classic myth, The Odyssey and contemporary rage.

15 April 2015 to 15 April 2015

Enid Blyton drop-in family art activities at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeWed 15 Apr 2015Drop in to the Learning Lab to enjoy Enid Blyton inspired art and craft activities. For families with children age 2 to12 years.

16 April 2015 to 16 April 2015

Canterbury Cantata Choir at St Gregory's Centre for MusicThu 16 Apr 2015Canterbury Cantata Choir, and choirs from Simon Langton Schools for Girls and Boys.

16 April 2015 to 16 April 2015

In Margate by Lunchtime at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 16 Apr 2015Launch event for Maggie Harris' second collection of short stories, following the success of 'Canterbury Tales on a Cockcrow Morning', both published by Cultured Llama.

16 April 2015 to 16 April 2015

NT Live - The Hard Problem (live) at Gulbenkian CinemaThu 16 Apr 2015Acclaimed playwright Tom Stoppard returns to the National Theatre with his highly anticipated new play.

16 April 2015 to 17 April 2015

Nursing Lives at The Marlowe TheatreThu 16 - Fri 17 Apr 2015Vamos Theatre present Nursing Lives A wartime tale of bravery and love from Vamos Theatre (Finding Joy).

17 April 2015 to 17 April 2015

Jumping Beaneys - Noddy, Big Ears and Friends at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 17 Apr 2015Enjoy a Noddy story, and a creative Enid Blyton inspired art or craft activity.

16 April 2015 to 18 April 2015

Cash On Delivery at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 16 - Sat 18 Apr 2015University of Kent Players present Cash On Delivery.

18 April 2015 to 18 April 2015

Luther Vandross: The Tribute at The Kings HallSat 18 Apr 2015The late, great, soul legend was a one-off, but join Harry Cambridge as Luther Vandross at The King’s Hall and you won’t believe your ears!

18 April 2015 to 18 April 2015

Tales, Tales & More Tales: writing short stories at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 18 Apr 2015Place, history, mystery and ghosts all feature in Maggie Harris' new collection of stories, 'In Margate by Lunchtime', set on the Isle of Thanet.

18 April 2015 to 18 April 2015

The Beaney Secret 7 Club at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 18 Apr 2015Come along to a series of art workshops linked to the Enid Blyton special exhibition run by community interest company/social enterprise aim4 Partnerships.

18 April 2015 to 18 April 2015

A Musical Celebration at Colyer-Fergusson BuildingSat 18 Apr 2015A Musical Celebration with the Festival Chamber Orchestra.

19 April 2015 to 19 April 2015

Cara Dillion at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 19 Apr 2015County Derry born Cara has risen to become one of the finest exponents of traditional Irish song anywhere in the world.

17 April 2015 to 19 April 2015

Dinosaur Zoo at The Marlowe TheatreFri 17 - Sun 19 Apr 2015Dare to get up close and personal! Direct from the West End, Dinosaur Zoo brings these awesome prehistoric creatures to the stage as you've never see them before!

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

21 April 2015 to 21 April 2015

Chrysanthemums at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 21 Apr 2015Mesmerising music and sensual dance, featuring Argentine Tango, presented by The Mirabai Project.

22 April 2015 to 22 April 2015

Reading Series: Catherine Hall at Sidney Cooper GalleryWed 22 Apr 2015Enjoy the gallery's current exhibition with a glass of wine before the event begins. Catherine Hall.

23 April 2015 to 23 April 2015

Faulty Towers Dining Experience at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 23 Apr 2015Following a temendous year that included sold-out seasons in Canada, Sydney Opera House and Edinburgh Fringe, Australia's musch feted tribute to the BBC's best-loved sitcom continues to tour the world.

23 April 2015 to 23 April 2015

An A-Z of the Beaney at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 23 Apr 2015Enjoy an entertaining, romp through the Beaney’s world collections with stories of alphabetical oddities from aardvarks, brain corals and cocos-de-mer, to x-rays, yaffles and Zeppelins!

24 April 2015 to 24 April 2015

Thomas Ashby, Nina Clark & Alice Heggie at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 24 Apr 2015Beautiful Town Music present a new monthly night in the Gulbenkian Cafe, featuring the best in bands and singer/songwriters.

24 April 2015 to 24 April 2015

Gods Are Fallen And All Saftey Gone at The Marlowe TheatreFri 24 Apr 2015One play. A lifetime of conversations. What happens when we discover that our parents are flawed human beings? And that at some point, sooner than we think, they are suddenly going to disappear from our lives?

14 April 2015 to 25 April 2015

Top Hat at The Marlowe TheatreTue 14 - Sat 25 Apr 2015Direct from its tremendous West End success, winning three Olivier awards for Best New Musical, Best Choreography and Best Costume Design, this spectacular production returns to wow audiences once again.

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.

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!

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.

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