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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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  • Birdman (15) at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableWed 3 Jun 2015Birdman is a drama following an actor once renowned for playing the title role in a superhero film, as he attempts to revitalise his career by writing, directing and starring in a theatre production.
    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.
    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.
    Kentish Allsorts at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 3 - Tue 9 Jun 2015Eight of Kent's most popular artists come together to exhibit the best of their latest work. Whether you are interested in prints or paintings, textiles or jewellery there will be something here for you.
    Paintagon at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 3 - Tue 9 Jun 2015The five artists are all members of Canterbury Society of Art, who have come together for the first time to exhibit their recent work which is an eclectic mix of artistic styles and media.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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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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.

27 May 2015 to 02 June 2015

Spring into Summer at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 27 May - Tue 2 Jun 2015Jean Markham Colourful artwork: paintings, prints and cards. Jean's inspiration comes from the countryside, animals, weather, mountains and sea and she paints in oils and acrylic.

03 June 2015 to 03 June 2015

Birdman (15) at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableWed 3 Jun 2015Birdman is a drama following an actor once renowned for playing the title role in a superhero film, as he attempts to revitalise his career by writing, directing and starring in a theatre production.

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.

04 June 2015 to 04 June 2015

What Difference did Feminism make to Art? at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 4 Jun 2015An examination of art and feminism in the 1960s and discussions around the ongoing relationship between gender and art. Talk from Professor Mary Evans (London School of Economics).

05 June 2015 to 05 June 2015

Informal Concert at Canterbury CathedralFri 5 Jun 2015Performed by John Findon and David Newsholme.

05 June 2015 to 05 June 2015

Safeguarding the Ancestors at Canterbury Cathedral LodgeFri 5 Jun 2015Safeguarding the Ancestors: The Renewal of Canterbury's Great South Window

06 June 2015 to 06 June 2015

Bruckner's Mass In E Minor at Canterbury CathedralSat 6 Jun 2015Performed by The Canterbury Choral Society.

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

Peter Knight's Gigspanner Album Launch at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 6 Jun 2015Gigspanner launch their new album Layers of Ages, which blows the dust from well-worn traditional music and songs to reveal authentic moments of staggering originality and beuaty.

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.

06 June 2015 to 06 June 2015

Canterbury in the Age of the Magna Carta at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 6 Jun 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.

06 June 2015 to 06 June 2015

Magna Carta Celebration Day at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 6 Jun 2015Celebrate the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta and the launch of the Canterbury in the Age of Magna Carta exhibition.

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.

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.

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

09 June 2015 to 09 June 2015

Comic Book Club at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreTue 9 Jun 2015A great club got lovers of comics and graphic novels - a heady mix of industry professionals and fans of the artform. Come and have a beer and read great, inspiring, new or vintage graphic novels.

03 June 2015 to 09 June 2015

Kentish Allsorts at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 3 - Tue 9 Jun 2015Eight of Kent's most popular artists come together to exhibit the best of their latest work. Whether you are interested in prints or paintings, textiles or jewellery there will be something here for you.

03 June 2015 to 09 June 2015

Paintagon at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 3 - Tue 9 Jun 2015The five artists are all members of Canterbury Society of Art, who have come together for the first time to exhibit their recent work which is an eclectic mix of artistic styles and media.

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

Horsebridge Film: Magic in the Moonlight at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 10 Jun 2015A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle, directed by Woody Allen and starring Colin Firth, Emma Stone and Eileen Atkins.

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.

11 June 2015 to 11 June 2015

Canterbury in the Age of Magna Carta at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 11 Jun 2015Discover the story of the Bridge Iron Age helmet with archaeologist Andrew Richardson from Canterbury Archaeological Trust.

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.

12 June 2015 to 12 June 2015

Making Glass for windows in the Middle Ages at Canterbury Cathedral LodgeFri 12 Jun 2015Ian Freestone BSc, MSc, PhD, FSA, FGS, Professor of Archaeological Materials and Technology and An experiment in light Leonie Seliger, Director of the Stained Glass Studios, Canterbury Cathedral.

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

The One and Only Rat Pack Show at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableSat 13 Jun 2015The Playhouse Theatre is delighted to welcome back 'The One and Only Rat Pack' starring Frank, Dean and Sammy at their finest!

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.

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

The Proclaimers at The Marlowe TheatreSun 14 Jun 2015Strikingly individual, twin brothers Craig and Charlie Reid have over the years enjoyed huge successes across the globe and in April this year release their 10th album on the Cooking Vinyl label.

14 June 2015 to 14 June 2015

10 June 2015 to 16 June 2015

Colin McGowan at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 10 - Tue 16 Jun 2015A selection of artworks from local artist Colin McGowan in watercolour, acrylic and raku-fired ceramic.

10 June 2015 to 16 June 2015

Brushes with Nature at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 10 - Tue 16 Jun 2015Perrywood Arts Having worked in and around the woodlands of Kent for some years, Perrywood Arts present their intrepretation of Brushes with Nature.

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.

18 June 2015 to 18 June 2015

Canterbury Castle and the time of Magna Carta at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 18 Jun 2015Discover the fascinating story of Canterbury’s Norman castle including its role at the time of Magna Carta by Richard Eales, former Head of History at the University of Kent.

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.

20 June 2015 to 20 June 2015

Art in the Park at Westgate GardensSat 20 Jun 2015Art in the Park offers you the opportunity to meet multi-talented artists, painters, photographers and sculptures and enjoy displays and demonstrations in the beautiful surroundings of the Westgate Gardens.

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 Sea 3 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.

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.

13 June 2015 to 28 June 2015

Our Great Charter (Skillnet Group) at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 13 - Sun 28 Jun 2015Channelling current interest in the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the audio, visual and tactile exhibition will create a modern Great Charter, with visitors’ contributions to a journey towards the achievement of equality.

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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