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Things to See and Do in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay

Thinking about what to do in Canterbury? The Canterbury district offers you so much to see and do during your stay with a huge variety of attractions and indoor and outdoor activities to suit all tastes and interests.

Wondering what to see in Canterbury? With a cathedral city at its heart, Canterbury's surrounding countryside dips and sweeps through river valleys, woods and hills to the seaside towns of Herne Bay and Whitstable.

Take a look through the pages in this section to find Canterbury attractions and find out about things to do in Canterbury, including villages used for period dramas, and the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You will find wonderful places to visit in Canterbury, enjoy quirky individualism in Whitstable, traditional charms in Herne Bay and a truly inspiring city of Canterbury.

We hope you will be tempted to stay for a while and take your time to explore our glorious countryside, dig deep into our history and heritage, go shopping, relax and soak up the atmosphere, enjoy some seaside fun, bask on our beaches or bathe in waters that lap more than 14 miles of coastline.

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01 April 2015 to 01 April 2015

Cafe Live - Glub Slam at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 1 Apr 2015GulbSlam returns! Brillian spoken word - and you can take part.

01 April 2015 to 01 April 2015

The Archbishop of Canterbury's Holy Week Lectures at Canterbury CathedralWed 1 Apr 2015III: The Celebration of Witness The Lecture will be followed by a service of music, scripture and praywe for Holy Week sung by the Cathedral Choir.

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.

01 April 2015 to 01 April 2015

Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny (NC) at Curzon CanterburyWed 1 Apr 2015Kurt Weill's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny The Royal Opera Live broadcast

02 April 2015 to 02 April 2015

Easter Crafts at WildwoodThu 2 Apr 2015Decorate your house for Easter with bunnies, eggs, chicks, flowers, baskets and bonnets to take home.

02 April 2015 to 02 April 2015

Driftwood Easter Tree Workshop at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreThu 2 Apr 2015With Sharon Cavalier Create a driftwood wall hanging tree that needs no watering! Bring along any driftwood you can find.

02 April 2015 to 02 April 2015

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG) at Gulbenkian CinemaThu 2 Apr 2015Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith et al return for the sequel to John Madden’s very funny, very touching first film about the hotel populated by British retirees looking for a fresh start.

27 March 2015 to 02 April 2015

Cinderella (U) at Curzon CanterburyFri 27 Mar - Thu 2 Apr 2015In the age of revisionism and reboots, it's heartening that Kenneth Branagh has recognised the innate beauty of the story of Cinderella, one of the best-known fairtales.

02 April 2015 to 02 April 2015

Mommy (15) at Curzon CanterburyThu 2 Apr 2015A widowed single mum finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her explosive 15-year-old ADHD son.

27 March 2015 to 02 April 2015

Dior And I (12A) at Curzon CanterburyFri 27 Mar - Thu 2 Apr 2015Frédéric Tcheng's documentary is behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons' first haute couture collection as the new artistic director of Christian Dior fashion house.

01 April 2015 to 02 April 2015

Suite Francaise (15) at Curzon CanterburyWed 1 - Thu 2 Apr 2015Irène Némirovsky's acclaimed novel reaches the screen with Michelle Williams in the lead role as Lucille Angellier, a young woman living in Nazi occupied France, who awaits news of her husband's fate.

27 March 2015 to 02 April 2015

Still Alice (12A) at Curzon CanterburyFri 27 Mar - Thu 2 Apr 2015At age fifty, Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) has it all: a Columbia University linguistics professorship, a devoted husband, and three loving children.

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.

03 April 2015 to 03 April 2015

Herne Bay Clock Tower Easter Egg Hunt at Herne Bay Clock Tower and BandstandFri 3 Apr 2015The Herne Bay Clock Tower Easter Egg Hunt Good Friday 3 April 2015, Clock Tower Plaza. Easter Egg Hunt starts at 11.15am for the first 250 children aged 3 - 10 years (children must be accompanied by an adult).

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

Easter Treasure Trail at Westgate GardensSat 4 Apr 2015Follow a self-led Easter trail around the Westgate Parks. Solve the clues to complete the challenge and receive a small prize. Pick up your trail sheet from the Information Stand at Toddler's Cove.

04 April 2015 to 04 April 2015

Driftwood Easter Tree Workshop at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 4 Apr 2015With Sharon Cavalier Create a driftwood wall hanging tree that needs no watering! Bring along any driftwood you can find.

04 April 2015 to 04 April 2015

Arts & Crafts with Penny Wright - Explore Painting at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 4 Apr 2015Try out oil and acrylic mediums, experiment with technique and discover your own style. Paint a canvas to bring home. Ages 7+

04 April 2015 to 04 April 2015

Sarah Jane Morris at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 4 Apr 2015Modern jazz soul singer-songwriter Sarah Jane Morris returns to the Horsebridge. 'Her opulent, multi-octave vooice and raw emotional clout recalls Nina Simone and Janis Joplin' - The Guardian.

02 April 2015 to 04 April 2015

Canterbury Players present Charley's Aunt at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableThu 2 - Sat 4 Apr 2015A comedy by Brandon Thomas, this English farce follows the hilarious events that arise when two students, Jack and Charles, use the excuse of the imminent visit of Charley's aunt Donna Lucas to invite their young ladies to their rooms.

04 April 2015 to 04 April 2015

Strode Park Easter Egg Hunt at Strode Park HouseSat 4 Apr 2015Hunts for the over and under 4's start at 10.30am. Easter bonnet competition. Stalls and refreshment. Special guest - The Easter Bunny.

04 April 2015 to 04 April 2015

Messy Church - New Life at St Stephen's Church Sat 4 Apr 2015Messy Church at St Stephen's Church Canterbury is back after a very fun event in February. This time our theme is New Life - linked to Easter.

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.

04 April 2015 to 04 April 2015

Big Hero 6 (PG) at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 4 Apr 2015Energetic and very funny comedy adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who turns to his closest companion - a robot named Baymax – in the midst of a dangerous plot and transforms a group into a band of high-tech heroes.

04 April 2015 to 04 April 2015

Easter Egg Hunt at The King's MileSat 4 Apr 2015Primary school children are invited to take part in an Easter Egg Hunt. Pop into 925 at 57 Palace Street to pick up your clues and when you've found the answers take them to Milestones at 40 Palace Street to collect your reward.

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.

04 April 2015 to 05 April 2015

Love Is Strange (15) at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 4 - Sun 5 Apr 2015John Lithgow and Alfred Molina are wonderful as a gay couple who, after nearly 4 decades together, finally tie the knot in New York, which leads to George (Molina) losing his Catholic school teaching job. Moving and comic in equal measure.

05 April 2015 to 05 April 2015

My Name Is Salt (U) at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 5 Apr 2015Screened to acclaim at international film festivals, Farida Pacha’s exquisitely made documentary is a meditation following the process of salt production in the Indian desert.

03 April 2015 to 05 April 2015

Craftsmakers Market at Beach Creative Community Arts CentreFri 3 - Sun 5 Apr 2015Beach Creative hosts Craftsmakers Market. Look and shop handmade local goods.

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 05 April 2015

Nordic Walking Taster Day at Toddlers Cove Car ParkSun 5 Apr 2015Nordic Walking Taster Day - a perfect event for anyone over the age of 10. Participants will be required to fill in a medical form before taking part in the event. Forms will be given out on the day.

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 our giant hand-made wooden eggs hidden around the beautiful gardens. All hunters completing the trail will be rewarded with a tasty Easter Treat!

06 April 2015 to 06 April 2015

PPA Live 2015 at The Marlowe TheatreMon 6 Apr 2015An evening packed with entertainment, comedy, music and dance.

06 April 2015 to 06 April 2015

Arts & Crafts with Penny Wright - Pebble Painting at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreMon 6 Apr 2015Have lots of fun and use your imagination to make and decorate your own unique creature using pebbles, shells, driftwood and craft materials. All ages welcome.

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.

06 April 2015 to 06 April 2015

Curzon Curates: A Most Violent Year (15) at Curzon CanterburyMon 6 Apr 2015J. C. Chandor (Margin Call, All is Lost) offers up a penetrating study of corruption at every level in New York during 1981, on record as the most violent year in the city's history.

01 April 2015 to 07 April 2015

Fracture at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 1 - Tue 7 Apr 2015The Canterbury Art Collective. Following 2014's successful show and subsequent exhibition in Barcelona, the Canterbury Art Collective are back here for their highly anticipated 2015 show.

01 April 2015 to 07 April 2015

Textures of the Natural Landscape at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 1 - Tue 7 Apr 2015Peter Hayes-Watkins. Paintings in watercolour, gouache and ink inspired by the colours and textures of the natural landscape, mainly the Kent coast and countryside in all seasons.

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.

07 April 2015 to 07 April 2015

Girl Model (cert. tbc) at Gulbenkian CinemaTue 7 Apr 2015Told through the eyes of a 13 year-old Siberian girl and the American scout who discovered her.

01 April 2015 to 10 April 2015

Family Fun - Easter trail sheets at Canterbury CathedralWed 1 - Fri 10 Apr 2015Easter theme family trail sheets will be available from the Welcome Centre throughout the Easter Holidays. Solve the clues and receive a chocolate reward.

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

02 April 2015 to 19 April 2015

Easter Holiday Fun at Howletts Wild Animal ParkThu 2 - Sun 19 Apr 2015Visitors to Howletts Wild Animal Park, one of Kent's most affordable days out, are guaranteed to enjoy a cracking time this Easter holiday, when they take part in activities, games, crafts and more - all included in the cheaper day entry.

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 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.

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.

01 January 2015 to 30 April 2015

Armchair Artist in Residence - Rob Turner at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 1 Jan - Thu 30 Apr 2015Our new Armchair Artist, Rob Turner, will be in residence between May - August 2015.

01 January 2015 to 30 April 2015

Poet in Residence: Canterbury Roman Museum - Gary at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 1 Jan - Thu 30 Apr 2015Gary is a writer and visual artist with long-term connections to Canterbury.

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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