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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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21 May 2015 to 22 May 2015

Benefit at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 21 - Fri 22 May 2015Three interwoven stories unlock the frustrations and passions of characters struggling with their bank balances, their addictions, their histories and their own sense of self.

22 May 2015 to 22 May 2015

Monkeyshine's Last Stand at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 22 May 2015Two cracking shows starring this year’s crop of talented comedians from the University of Kent’s famous stand-up course, who have been entertaining audiences in Kent and further afield since last October.

22 May 2015 to 22 May 2015

The Ancestors: Evening Talk at Canterbury CathedralFri 22 May 2015Before the Ancestors: the clerestory windows of the early 12th century. Sandy Heslop BA FSA FR HistS, Professor of Visual Arts, University of East Anglia.

22 May 2015 to 22 May 2015

Private View at The Marlowe TheatreFri 22 May 2015Enter into the funny, filthy and grotesquely honest world of the twentysomething female in this darkly comic show.

22 May 2015 to 22 May 2015

Jumping Beaneys - Shaggy Dog Stories at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 22 May 2015Enjoy a shaggy dog story, discover paintings of dogs on display and make a very hairy dog to take home! A creative workshop for the under 5s

22 May 2015 to 22 May 2015

Force Majeure (15) at Gulbenkian CinemaFri 22 May 2015A critical hit at Cannes, the new film from Ruben Östlund is an audacious treat for those who like their cinema teetering between the harrowing and hilarious.

23 May 2015 to 23 May 2015

Tokaido Road - Chamber opera at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 23 May 2015Tokaido Road comes to the Gulbenkian as part of the University's fiftieth anniversary, part of which is celebration of the work of members of the University community.

11 May 2015 to 23 May 2015

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time at The Marlowe TheatreMon 11 - Sat 23 May 2015Winner of seven 2013 Olivier Awards, this highly-acclaimed National Theatre production comes to Canterbury.

23 May 2015 to 23 May 2015

The Big Blue Hunt (3-7yrs) at The Marlowe TheatreSat 23 May 2015Oh no! We're all excited to start Canterbury Children's Festival, but we've lost Big Blue! Can you help us find him?

23 May 2015 to 23 May 2015

Horsebridge Film: The Theory of Everything at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 23 May 2015Eddie Redmayne puts in an extraordinary performance as the as astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who had to face an earth-shattering diagnosis of debilitating disease at a young age.

23 May 2015 to 23 May 2015

Stepping Out 2 Night at The Kings HallSat 23 May 2015Come and enjoy a social evening of Ballroom, Latin American, Argentine Tango and Sequence dancing.

20 May 2015 to 23 May 2015

The Lindley Players present Music Hall at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableWed 20 - Sat 23 May 2015The famous, (no inferior imitations), traditional Music Hall will again be performed by the Lindley Players for your delectation. In what will be a extravaganza of the senses, prepare to be delighted, surprised and maybe a little titillated

23 May 2015 to 23 May 2015

Deadly Dinosaurs! (Age 3 to 6) at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 23 May 2015Learn about dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals in this fun hands-on workship. Investigate and handle some monstrous fossils, enjoy dinosaur stories and poems, and create a roaring dinosaur to take home!

23 May 2015 to 23 May 2015

Force Majeure (15) at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 23 May 2015A critical hit at Cannes, the new film from Ruben Östlund is an audacious treat for those who like their cinema teetering between the harrowing and hilarious.

23 May 2015 to 23 May 2015

The Boxtrolls 3D (U) at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 23 May 2015A dark, stop-motion movie, following a young boy, Eggs, and his attempt to save a race of box-inhabiting trolls.

23 May 2015 to 23 May 2015

Canterbury University Film Festival (CUFF) at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 23 May 2015Canterbury University Film Festival is a platform which was created to showcase the best in student talent.

12 May 2015 to 23 May 2015

Tokaido Road at Beach Creative Community Arts CentreTue 12 - Sat 23 May 2015An exhibition of photographs by Wynn White. These photographs, which appear during the opera, are exhibited at Beach Creative to coincide with the performance at the Gulbenkian Theatre in May.

24 May 2015 to 24 May 2015

Rapunzel at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 24 May 2015A delightful production for children about the curiosity and joys of growing up, risk taking and discovering who you are.

24 May 2015 to 24 May 2015

Orfila, Eden Circle & Jake West at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 24 May 2015Beautiful Town Music continue their monthly night in the Gulbenkian Cafe, featuring the best in bands and singer/songwriters.

24 May 2015 to 24 May 2015

Deadly Dinosaurs! (Age 7 to 11) at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSun 24 May 2015Learn about dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals in this fun hands-on workshop. Investigate and handle some monstrous fossils, enjoy dinosaur stories and poems, and create a roaring dinosaur to take home!

21 May 2015 to 24 May 2015

A Little Chaos (12A) at Gulbenkian CinemaThu 21 - Sun 24 May 2015Kate Winslet stars as a revolutionary garden designer, Sabine de Barra, hired by renowned landscape architect André Le Nôtre to help him construct King Louis XIV's garden at Versailles.

24 May 2015 to 24 May 2015

Force Majeure (15) at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 24 May 2015A critical hit at Cannes, the new film from Ruben Östlund is an audacious treat for those who like their cinema teetering between the harrowing and hilarious.

24 May 2015 to 24 May 2015

Dancing In Jaffa (PG) at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 24 May 2015Pierre Dulaine, four-time ballroom dancing world champion, is fulfilling a life-long dream when he returns to his home city to teaches Jewish and Palestinian Israeli children to dance.

24 May 2015 to 24 May 2015

Canterbury University Film Festival (CUFF) at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 24 May 2015Canterbury University Film Festival is a platform which was created to showcase the best in student talent.

25 May 2015 to 25 May 2015

Arabian Nights at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 25 May 2015Come and enjoy Ali Baba's encounter with the 40 thieves along with Aladdin and his lamp, the Little Beggar and the Fisherman and the Genie.

25 May 2015 to 25 May 2015

Rocking Rockpooling - Family Event (hedgehog) at Reculver Country Park & Reculver TowersMon 25 May 2015Explore the rocky shore, hunt for marine creatures and discover how they have adapted to this extreme environment. Wellies or sturdy footwear (you may get wet), uneven slope to shore, shingle, slippery rocks.

25 May 2015 to 25 May 2015

Create a Monster Hand Puppet (Age 3 to 6) at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeMon 25 May 2015Discover some 'misunderstood monsters' from museum collections in a fun handling session (including spiders, crocodiles and aliens!). Then create a colourful monster hand puppet to take home.

26 May 2015 to 26 May 2015

Captain Flinn & The Priate Dinosaurs (4+yrs) at The Marlowe TheatreTue 26 May 2015Le Petits Theatre present Captain Flinn And The Pirate Dinosaurs Based on the award-winning book.

26 May 2015 to 26 May 2015

Monster Moves at The Marlowe TheatreTue 26 May 2015Calling all little monsters! Bring your adult along, and together you'll move to make all kinds of mischievous shapes!

26 May 2015 to 26 May 2015

How To Be A Pirate Dinosaur (3+yrs) at The Marlowe TheatreTue 26 May 2015This adventurous workshop gives children the chance to create their own pirate dinosaur epic escapade. Be sure to bring all your energy and your loudest roar!

26 May 2015 to 26 May 2015

Bug Hunters at WildwoodTue 26 May 2015Go on a bug hunt to help us find the minibeasts living in the woods, then make cool bug crafts to take home.

20 May 2015 to 26 May 2015

Through the Looking Glass at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 20 - Tue 26 May 2015Annie Taylor Annie Taylor combines film and digital photographic processes, together with illustration and 3D textile work, to create worlds of fairy tales and forgotten toys.

26 May 2015 to 26 May 2015

Create a Monster Hand Puppet (Age 7 to 11) at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeTue 26 May 2015Discover some 'misunderstood monsters' from museum collections in a fun handling session (including spiders, crocodiles and aliens!). Then create a colourful monster hand puppet to take home.

25 May 2015 to 26 May 2015

The Falling (15) at Gulbenkian CinemaMon 25 - Tue 26 May 2015Carol Morley's eagerly awaited follow-up to her superb Dreams of a Life is a beguiling insight into the agitated fever of teenage girlhood.

26 May 2015 to 26 May 2015

Exit (Cert. tbc) at Gulbenkian CinemaTue 26 May 2015Flashed with moments of black humour, EXIT is a genuine portrait of a woman trapped between two generations, struggling between tradition and modern society.

23 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

Finale Exhibition at Bay ART GallerySat 23 - Sat 30 May 2015Finale Exhibition of work created during the festival, display of historical children's authors and illustrators linked with Herne Bay. Free activities all week.

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

A-May-Zing Madagascar Half Term at Howletts Wild Animal ParkSat 23 - Sun 31 May 2015Visitors to Howletts Wild Animal Park, one of Kent's most popular visitor attractions, this May half term - Saturday 23rd May to Sunday 31st May 2015, can enjoy a host of free activities, games, animal talks and feeds.

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, from the 1940s onwards.

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

Childrens Festival Drop-in activities at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 23 - Sun 31 May 2015Drop into the Marlowe Theatre foyer, the Beaney and Canterbury Roman Museum to enjoy fun, creative activities on the theme of animals, monsters and mythical beasts, including art and craft activities.

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.

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

The Clangers are Coming! at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 23 - Sun 31 May 2015Count down to the launch of the new Clangers TV series with an outer space gallery trail and drop in creative activities, including balloon rocket making and Clangers art.

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

20 May 2015 to 02 June 2015

Another Touch of Colour at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 20 May - Tue 2 Jun 2015A show by artists from south-east Kent who exhibit individually and collectively. Their work is a mix of styles and media, some with a personal take on modernism, and the influence of other artists is a key factor.

09 May 2015 to 07 June 2015

Sense of Place at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 9 May - Sun 7 Jun 2015As part of The Beaney's Sixties Season students and staff from UCA Canterbury's Graphic Design department have created diverse graphic responses to one of the themes in the current Home and Away exhibition: a sense of place.

04 May 2015 to 28 June 2015

POST NUDE at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreMon 4 May - Sun 28 Jun 2015The Horsebridge Centre's quirkiest open exhibition returns by popular demand! We invite nude postcards to be popped into a regular postbox and sent to the centre. Entry guidelines are available at the front desk or on the website.

18 May 2015 to 23 August 2015

The Ancestors at Canterbury CathedralMon 18 May - Sun 23 Aug 2015This summer a collection of the Cathedral's earliest and most important examples of stained glass will go on public display. The Ancestors will exhibit a series of life-size figures representing the Ancestors of Christ.

09 May 2015 to 23 August 2015

Home and Away: Eduardo Paolozzi's General Dynamic at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 9 May - Sun 23 Aug 2015Bringing together two bodies of work by British artists from the second half of the 1960s. General Dynamic F.U.N. is one of Eduardo Paolozzi’s great print series and Tony Ray-Jones was drawing on the example of the new American photography.

01 May 2015 to 30 August 2015

Poet in Residence: Canterbury Roman Museum Fri 1 May - Sun 30 Aug 2015Gary Studley is a writer and visual artist with long-term connections to Canterbury.

01 May 2015 to 31 August 2015

Armchair Artist in Residence - Rob Turner at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 1 May - Mon 31 Aug 2015Rob will be making a series of new maps to form a local travelogue or living history inspired by the maps in The Beaney and Local Studies Collections.

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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