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Shopping in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay

If you are in need of some retail therapy, Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay can offer a thoroughly enjoyable retail experience.

Canterbury’s Whitefriars brings you the best in fashion and lifestyle brands with popular high street names while the city’s King’s Mile, Westgate and St Dunstan’s are a stone’s throw away and offer a range of specialist and individual outlets. Fine art, jewellery, clothing, crafts and antiques are just some of the offerings to tempt you to part with your money.

In Herne Bay the pier retail village is a must for those who enjoy quirky and retro products. Open most of the year weather permitting, you can purchase quality crafted silver jewellery and beadwork, bags, hats, gifts for the home, aromatic presents, stunning photographic pictures and art. The town offers a range of independent shops with a great selection of products all year round.

Whitstable is home to numerous independent shops and you can delight in the town’s Bohemian charm, particularly in Harbour Street where there are independent art galleries, boutiques, gift shops and plenty of family-owned businesses with individual style. You will also find plenty of local producers, designers and artists trading at the Whitstable Harbour Village.

There are a number of markets that take place throughout the Canterbury district from weekly general markets to farmers' markets.

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  • Herne Bay Classic Motor ShowSun 28 Jun 2015The Herne Bay Classic Motor Show is sited in the idillic setting on Herne Bay seafront. Over 300 classic vehicles, including cars and bikes dating back to the 1920's, the Classic Music Show, Retro Market, children's rides and entertainment.
    Barnum at The Marlowe TheatreTue 23 Jun - Sat 4 Jul 2015Barnum's the name, P T Barnum, and I want to tell you that tonight, on this stage, you are going to see - bar none - every sight, wonder and miracle that name stands for!
    The Ancestors at Canterbury CathedralMon 18 May - Sun 23 Aug 2015Come and meet the Ancestors Canterbury Cathedral is preparing to exhibit some of its earliest and most important surviving stained glass.
    Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 5 Jun - Sun 6 Sep 2015To celebrate the anniversary of this momentous occasion, the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge will be opening a new exhibition 'Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta', which will run from 5 June to 6 September 2015.
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  • Barnum at The Marlowe TheatreTue 23 Jun - Sat 4 Jul 2015Barnum's the name, P T Barnum, and I want to tell you that tonight, on this stage, you are going to see - bar none - every sight, wonder and miracle that name stands for!
    The Ancestors at Canterbury CathedralMon 18 May - Sun 23 Aug 2015Come and meet the Ancestors Canterbury Cathedral is preparing to exhibit some of its earliest and most important surviving stained glass.
    Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 5 Jun - Sun 6 Sep 2015To celebrate the anniversary of this momentous occasion, the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge will be opening a new exhibition 'Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta', which will run from 5 June to 6 September 2015.
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  • Barnum at The Marlowe TheatreTue 23 Jun - Sat 4 Jul 2015Barnum's the name, P T Barnum, and I want to tell you that tonight, on this stage, you are going to see - bar none - every sight, wonder and miracle that name stands for!
    The Ancestors at Canterbury CathedralMon 18 May - Sun 23 Aug 2015Come and meet the Ancestors Canterbury Cathedral is preparing to exhibit some of its earliest and most important surviving stained glass.
    Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 5 Jun - Sun 6 Sep 2015To celebrate the anniversary of this momentous occasion, the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge will be opening a new exhibition 'Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta', which will run from 5 June to 6 September 2015.

04 June 2015 to 04 June 2015

National Theatre Live - Encore: Man and Superman at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableThu 4 Jun 2015Academy Award® nominee Ralph Fiennes (The English Patient, Schindler’s List; Oedipus at the National Theatre) plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw’s witty, provocative classic.

02 June 2015 to 06 June 2015

Matthew Bourne's The Car Man at The Marlowe TheatreTue 2 - Sat 6 Jun 2015Fasten your seat belts for The Car Man. Matthew Bourne’s internationally-acclaimed dance thriller was first seen in 2000, winning the Evening Standard Award for Musical Event Of The Year.

06 June 2015 to 06 June 2015

Magna Carta Conference at Canterbury Christ Church UniversitySat 6 Jun 2015It is highly appropriate that Canterbury, as one of the so-called Magna Carta Towns, should have a central place in the 800th anniversary celebrations for Magna Carta in June 2015.

07 June 2015 to 07 June 2015

A Gloriously Vintage Day Out at Mount Ephraim GardensSun 7 Jun 2015Enjoy a gloriously vintage day out at Mount Ephraim. It's a vintage spectcular with vintage wedding suppliers, kitsch and stitch stalls, home-wares, vintage clothing, retro caravans, kitchenalia, afternoon teas, VW Beetles.

07 June 2015 to 07 June 2015

Illegal Eagles at The Marlowe TheatreSun 7 Jun 2015Now established as the world's official No.1 Eagles tribute, the Illegal Eagles continue to amaze crowds everywhere with their extremely tight harmonies and acute attention to detail.

07 June 2015 to 07 June 2015

Alex Horne: Monsieur Butterfly at The Marlowe TheatreSun 7 Jun 2015Nominated for Best Show at 2014 Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards.

08 June 2015 to 08 June 2015

Ministry Of Science Live at The Marlowe TheatreMon 8 Jun 2015Ministry Of Science Live is about to explode on stage.

09 June 2015 to 09 June 2015

Stewart Lee: A Room With A Stew at The Marlowe TheatreTue 9 Jun 2015A brand new live show with fresh material in preparation for Stewart’s next BBC2 series of Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle. "Remains one of the best stand-ups in the country" METRO

10 June 2015 to 10 June 2015

Jasper Carrott's Stand Up and Rock at The Marlowe TheatreWed 10 Jun 2015Jasper Carrott's Stand Up and Rock does exactly what it says on the tin.

10 June 2015 to 10 June 2015

Royal Opera House - La Boheme (live) at Gulbenkian CinemaWed 10 Jun 2015The most popular opera of all returns in one of The Royal Opera's best loved stagings, regularly revived since its opening night in 1974 and now being seen for the very last time.

10 June 2015 to 10 June 2015

Summertime Swing at Colyer-Fergusson BuildingWed 10 Jun 2015Summertime Swing University of Kent Big Band Ian Swatman conductor

11 June 2015 to 11 June 2015

Milton Jones And The Temple Of Daft at The Marlowe TheatreThu 11 Jun 2015Yes him with the loud shirts and messed up hair from Mock The Week, Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and multiple series on Radio 4.

12 June 2015 to 12 June 2015

Philharmonia Orchestra at The Marlowe TheatreFri 12 Jun 2015Sibelius once described his music as “pure, cold water”, in contrast to the “manufactured cocktails” that other composers produced.

12 June 2015 to 12 June 2015

University of Kent Chamber and Cecilian Choirs at Colyer-Fergusson BuildingFri 12 Jun 2015Continuing the musical celebrations of the University's anniversary year, the Music Department has commissioned a new, inter-disciplinary work as a celebration of artistic creativity.

13 June 2015 to 13 June 2015

Killer Queen at The Marlowe TheatreSat 13 Jun 2015Killer Queen’s expert musicianship, extraordinary energy and accurate portrayal of the world’s greatest live band have rightfully earned them the title of Queen tribute royalty.

13 June 2015 to 13 June 2015

Milkshake! Live at The Kings HallSat 13 Jun 2015A great family show featuring your favourite Milkshake! characters.

13 June 2015 to 13 June 2015

Canterbury postcard & Collectors Fair at Westgate HallSat 13 Jun 2015Dealers selling Postcards, Stamps, Playing Cards, Militaria, Coins, Cigarette Cards, Books, Breweriana, Ephemera, Antiques and Small Collectables etc.

30 May 2015 to 13 June 2015

BA Fine and Applied Arts/BA Visual Art and Design at Sidney Cooper GallerySat 30 May - Sat 13 Jun 2015Graduating students from our art degree programmes will showcase their work in the Sidney Cooper Gallery and painting studios, Augustine House and the Augustine Art Centre.

13 June 2015 to 13 June 2015

Music for a Summer's Day at Colyer-Fergusson BuildingSat 13 Jun 2015A fun, sizzling musical farewell to the academic year, followed by the annual sumptuous cream tea on the lawn.

14 June 2015 to 14 June 2015

Whitstable Fun Day at Tankerton SlopesSun 14 Jun 2015Craft, charity and trade stalls. Family entertainment including fairground rides. Good food.

17 June 2015 to 17 June 2015

Hop at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 17 Jun 2015Mr Dedalus and his son Icarus are trapped on an island. They long for home, but there's no way to get off.

16 June 2015 to 20 June 2015

Oklahoma! at The Marlowe TheatreTue 16 - Sat 20 Jun 2015Music & Lyrics and Royal & Derngate Northampton present Oklahoma! The original feel-good musical.

21 June 2015 to 21 June 2015

Up Close And Personal With Mandy Winters at The Marlowe TheatreSun 21 Jun 2015Mandy Winters, one of the UK's top female cabaret stars, who has toured both the UK and US, brings an evening full of great music and laughter.

21 June 2015 to 21 June 2015

Sci-Fi By The SeaQuel at Herne BaySun 21 Jun 2015Brought to you by BayPromo Team. Join us for our fantastic family fun day, Sci-Fi By The SeaQuel on Sunday 21st June from 11am - 5pm on the fields of Herne Bay Junior School.

24 June 2015 to 24 June 2015

Freddy Kempf: Piano at Colyer-Fergusson BuildingWed 24 Jun 2015Freddy Kempf is one of today’s most successful pianists, performing to sell-out audiences all over the world.

27 June 2015 to 27 June 2015

The Marlowe Comedy Cabaret at The Marlowe TheatreSat 27 Jun 2015Our comedy and variety night brings you top stand-up comedy acts and a few surprises!

19 June 2015 to 27 June 2015

BA Photography Degree Show at Sidney Cooper GalleryFri 19 - Sat 27 Jun 2015This show celebrates our students’ achievements and showcases extracts from their final year photographic projects.

19 June 2015 to 27 June 2015

BA Digital Design Suite Degree Show at Sidney Cooper GalleryFri 19 - Sat 27 Jun 2015The 2015 Digital Design Suite degree show presents the very best project work of the final year graduates from BA (Hons) Graphic Design, BA (Hons) Web Design and BA (Hons) Multimedia Design.

27 June 2015 to 27 June 2015

Canterbury Orchestra at Colyer-Fergusson BuildingSat 27 Jun 2015Canterbury Orchestra’s Summer Concert presents a feast of orchestral music from the early 19th Century

28 June 2015 to 28 June 2015

Herne Bay Classic Motor ShowSun 28 Jun 2015The Herne Bay Classic Motor Show is sited in the idillic setting on Herne Bay seafront. Over 300 classic vehicles, including cars and bikes dating back to the 1920's, the Classic Music Show, Retro Market, children's rides and entertainment.

23 June 2015 to 04 July 2015

Barnum at The Marlowe TheatreTue 23 Jun - Sat 4 Jul 2015Barnum's the name, P T Barnum, and I want to tell you that tonight, on this stage, you are going to see - bar none - every sight, wonder and miracle that name stands for!

18 May 2015 to 23 August 2015

The Ancestors at Canterbury CathedralMon 18 May - Sun 23 Aug 2015Come and meet the Ancestors Canterbury Cathedral is preparing to exhibit some of its earliest and most important surviving stained glass.

05 June 2015 to 06 September 2015

Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 5 Jun - Sun 6 Sep 2015To celebrate the anniversary of this momentous occasion, the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge will be opening a new exhibition 'Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta', which will run from 5 June to 6 September 2015.

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