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Dogs in Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay


If you plan to bring your dog on holiday to the Canterbury district it is essential that you confirm your holiday accommodation provider's policy on acceptable pets before you leave. Consider where you will take your pet and what you will do with them whilst you are visiting attractions and restaurants which don't accept pets.

Never leave your pet unattended in a vehicle when it is warm or hot outside.

Dogs on Beaches

Between 1st May and 30th September dogs are not allowed on two sections of beach. These Control Orders coincides with the Coastal Award areas.

1. Tankerton Bay (between 1st house and start of beach huts at Safety Point 14 - boundary lines marked on promenade)

2. Herne Bay Central Beach (between Lane end and the Pier)

Dog Control Orders also apply to sections of the promenade in the same areas whereby dogs must be kept on leads.

All access points into both locations will clearly display signage often sprayed onto the promenade itself relating to these Dog Control Orders.

98% of our coast is dog friendly and the remaining 2% is only a seasonal ban.

Owners must clear up after your dog in all areas at all times.

To find out the latest up to date information regarding dogs on beaches please visit www.canterbury.gov.uk/coast

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28 July 2014 to 28 July 2014

Seaside Cinema Screening - West Side Story at Tankerton SlopesMon 28 Jul 2014It's time to brill back that hair, stretch those dancing muscles, click those fingers and act real cool boy, because tonight, tonight we are screening this timeless classic on the banks of Tankerton Slopes.

28 July 2014 to 28 July 2014

Children's Cinema Screening at Tankerton SlopesMon 28 Jul 2014Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971). Popcorn, hotdogs, an oceanview and giant screen.

28 July 2014 to 28 July 2014

Toddlers Tea Party at The Whitstable Castle and GardensMon 28 Jul 2014... with Emily Guille – Marrett from Reading Fairy and Honker Tonker.

28 July 2014 to 28 July 2014

Film @ The Horsebridge: The Lego Movie at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreMon 28 Jul 2014The Lego Movie follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world.

28 July 2014 to 28 July 2014

Children's Craft Workshop: Masquerade Mask Making at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreMon 28 Jul 2014Get ready for the beach-side Venetian Carnival, where Whitstable will be donning exquiste masks to celebrate the finale fireworks! These workshops will give children the chance to make their own unique mask for this special occasion.

28 July 2014 to 28 July 2014

Lets Go Crabbing at Reeves BeachMon 28 Jul 2014This popular event attracts children of all ages - hook, line and sinker! Prizes are given for the biggest, smallest, prettiest, ugliest and angriest. Bait and crab lines will be on sale on the beach, or you can bring your own.

29 July 2014 to 29 July 2014

Midday Recital at Canterbury CathedralTue 29 Jul 2014This outstanding American choir from Washington State performs a varied programme of Schubert, Bach and Mendelssohn along with works by contemporary American composers.

29 July 2014 to 29 July 2014

Children's Cinema Screening - Find Nemo at Tankerton SlopesTue 29 Jul 2014The perfect screening for this seaside summer festival. Keep a look out to sea folks, you never know where you may spot him! Film 'subject to licence'.

29 July 2014 to 29 July 2014

Seaside Cinema Screening - Blazing Saddles at Tankerton SlopesTue 29 Jul 2014This hilarious bad-taste spoof of Westerns, co-written by Richard Pryor, features Cleavon Little as the first black sheriff of a stunned town scheduled for demolition by an encroaching railroad. Also starring Gene Wilder

29 July 2014 to 29 July 2014

Let's Fly a Kite at Tankerton SlopesTue 29 Jul 2014Scale the heights of Tankerton Slopes and hope for fair winds. A kite-flying competition for children judged by our resident expert Any Thomas of Kites and Things, generous supporter of the event.

23 July 2014 to 29 July 2014

Love, Life & Memories at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 23 - Tue 29 Jul 2014Charlie Veniga-Garrett Glass A collection of glass that is dedicated to my mother, who died suddenly. Her influence and inspiration has inspired my designs.

29 July 2014 to 29 July 2014

Shell Grotto Workshop at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreTue 29 Jul 2014An exhibition of postcards sent through Royal Mail from all over the world and locally, our fourth annual postcard exhibition.

29 July 2014 to 29 July 2014

Children's Craft Workshop: Masquerade Mask Making at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreTue 29 Jul 2014Get ready for the beach-side Venetian Carnival, where Whitstable will be donning exquiste masks to celebrate the finale fireworks! These workshops will give children the chance to make their own unique mask for this special occasion.

29 July 2014 to 29 July 2014

Beach Hut Tales (0-6 months) at WhitstableTue 29 Jul 2014…with Emily Guille-Marrett from www.ReadingFairy.com Book Babies (0-1years): Awaken your baby’s senses with Reading Fairy’s unique sensory story time.

29 July 2014 to 29 July 2014

Beach Hut Tales (5 and under) at WhitstableTue 29 Jul 2014…with Emily Guille-Marrett from www.ReadingFairy.com Toddlers' Tales (under 5): Sing fun seaside nursery rhymes and songs before telling lively stories inspired by the coast.

29 July 2014 to 29 July 2014

Tacoma Youth Chorus at St Peter's Methodist ChurchTue 29 Jul 2014This outstanding American choir from Washington State performs a varied programme of Schubert, Bach and Mendelssohn along with works by contemporary American composers.

29 July 2014 to 29 July 2014

Summer Fun Days at Herne Bay Memorial ParkTue 29 Jul 2014Bring your own picnic and enjoy a huge range of activities suitable for all the family.

29 July 2014 to 29 July 2014

Brian Baker's Maritime Walk at Keam's Yard Car ParkTue 29 Jul 2014Along the beach, across the original sea wall and down through the alleyways. Brian Baker guides you as he paints the picture of the trades, boats and lives of the Whitstable Natives.

16 July 2014 to 29 July 2014

Scrap Sisters at Beach CreativeWed 16 - Tue 29 Jul 2014A collective of nine local femail artists creating art from or inspired by Scrap. Mandy Broughton, Jan Cook, Jean Fraser, Sarah Lankester, Cathy McTurk, Nina Shilling, Karen Simpson, Mandy Troughton and Jill Young.

23 July 2014 to 29 July 2014

Scrap Sisters - Workshops for Families & Children at Beach CreativeWed 23 - Tue 29 Jul 2014Learn how to turn rubbish into art, try your hand at printing, weaving or knitting. As part of this exhibition there will be creative workshops running all week so come and learn a new skill.

30 July 2014 to 30 July 2014

Rude Mechanicals Outdoor Theatre Company at The Whitstable Castle and GardensWed 30 Jul 2014Based loosely on a Chaucer tale, the play is aimed at adults and is bawdy in the places and essentially for grown ups. Bring warm clothes and a low backed chair, the site is open from 6pm for picnics.

30 July 2014 to 30 July 2014

Oystercatchers Treasure Hunt at The Whitstable Castle and GardensWed 30 Jul 2014Great Pirate fun for kids as we search the castle for buried treasure. Puzzling clues and pieces of eight all round.

02 July 2014 to 30 July 2014

Re-create at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 2 - Wed 30 Jul 2014Julie Costain Soft Pastels, Oil Pastels, Acrylics, Watercolours 'Ideas can come from anywhere, I will see something and want to re-create it as a piece of artwork'.

30 July 2014 to 30 July 2014

Sea Glass, Wite & Driftwood Jewellery Workshops at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 30 Jul 2014Create a unique piece of coastal jewellery, such as a brooch, pendant, or bracelet.

30 July 2014 to 30 July 2014

Children's Craft Workshop: Masquerade Mask Making at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 30 Jul 2014Get ready for the beach-side Venetian Carnival, where Whitstable will be donning exquiste masks to celebrate the finale fireworks! These workshops will give children the chance to make their own unique mask for this special occasion.

30 July 2014 to 30 July 2014

Brian Baker's 'The Way We Were' at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 30 Jul 2014Brian Baker expands on his local history articles from the Whitstable Times, bringing our past to life through images and film.

30 July 2014 to 30 July 2014

Beach Hut Tales (0-6 months) at WhitstableWed 30 Jul 2014…with Emily Guille-Marrett from www.ReadingFairy.com Book Babies (0-1years): Awaken your baby’s senses with Reading Fairy’s unique sensory story time.

30 July 2014 to 30 July 2014

Beach Hut Tales (5 and under) at WhitstableWed 30 Jul 2014…with Emily Guille-Marrett from www.ReadingFairy.com Toddlers' Tales (under 5): Sing fun seaside nursery rhymes and songs before telling lively stories inspired by the coast.

30 July 2014 to 30 July 2014

Reggae Rocks at The Duke of CumberlandWed 30 Jul 2014The festival music trail will reach fever pitch when Brit and Mobo award winner Finley Quaye leads a night of rhythmic reggae grooves overflowing with goood-time vibes.

30 July 2014 to 30 July 2014

Pearl Dive - 8 & Under at Whitstable Swimming PoolWed 30 Jul 2014A festival favourite with our young swimmers. Grab the treasure from the bottom of the pool for your chance to win a prize!

30 July 2014 to 30 July 2014

Pearl Dive - 8 to 13 years at Whitstable Swimming PoolWed 30 Jul 2014Orientated for the older children, it's still a great fun swim session.

30 July 2014 to 30 July 2014

Oyster Festival Quiz at St Peter's Church HallWed 30 Jul 2014Win the trophy for our annual favourite fun quiz - bring your own food and drink.

31 July 2014 to 31 July 2014

Nuru Kane & The BFG at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 31 Jul 2014Originally from Dakar, Senegal, Nuru Kane moved to Paris in the 1990's and is now internationally famous on the world music scene in France, North Africa and Japan.

29 July 2014 to 31 July 2014

Beautiful Butterflies at WildwoodTue 29 - Thu 31 Jul 2014Maket beautiful giant butterflies to take home to celebrate the annual Big Butterfly Count (19th July to 10th August). Plus, pick up a free butterfly trail to count the butterflies you see in the woods.

31 July 2014 to 31 July 2014

Whitstabubble Beach Party at Tankerton SlopesThu 31 Jul 2014Last year's event was a scorcher! Giant bubbles, music, crafts and beachside games. Plenty of shade and a free Kiddies Bar.

31 July 2014 to 31 July 2014

Film @ The Horsebridge: The Grand Budapest Hotel at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreThu 31 Jul 2014The film humorously tells the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

31 July 2014 to 31 July 2014

Seaside Tile Making Workshops at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreThu 31 Jul 2014Make a plaster cast tile using beach finds. Bring along an old frame if you wish.

31 July 2014 to 31 July 2014

Children's Craft Workshop: Masquerade Mask Making at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreThu 31 Jul 2014Get ready for the beach-side Venetian Carnival, where Whitstable will be donning exquiste masks to celebrate the finale fireworks! These workshops will give children the chance to make their own unique mask for this special occasion.

31 July 2014 to 31 July 2014

A Night at the Oscars at The Kings HallThu 31 Jul 2014Join talented students at their annual summer show, and enjoy dance performances from young people aged 3 to 19. Glitz and glamour is welcome, and audience members are encouraged to dress up for the occasion!

31 July 2014 to 31 July 2014

Whitstable Oyster Festival Comedy Gala at The Duke of CumberlandThu 31 Jul 2014The festival music trail will reach fever pitch when Brit and Mobo award winner Finley Quaye leads a night of rhythmic reggae grooves overflowing with goood-time vibes.

31 July 2014 to 31 July 2014

Brian Baker's Postcard Trail at The Whitstable ShopThu 31 Jul 2014With some old postcards pictures and a camera enjoy a walk of discovery around the town. Led by Brian Baker, you'll find out what has changed, if at all, over the last century. Recreate the view today as a Then and Now comparison.

31 July 2014 to 31 July 2014

Blessing of the Waters at Reeves BeachThu 31 Jul 2014This historic service gives thanks for the bounty of the sea and is associated with St. James of Compostela, the patron saint of Oystermen whose feast day is in July. Everyone is welcome.

26 July 2014 to 01 August 2014

Whitstable Oyster FestivalSat 26 Jul - Fri 1 Aug 2014A week of festivity celebrating Whitstable's fascinating history and unique heritage alongside its contemporary talent and enthusiasm for fun.

26 July 2014 to 01 August 2014

Textile Exhibition of Margo Selby & Tracie Peisley at WhitstableSat 26 Jul - Fri 1 Aug 2014A textile exhibition of Margo Selby's latest jackets, rugs and hand-woven pieces plus guest artist Tracie Peisley will be launching her wearable art. All visitors welcome.

26 July 2014 to 01 August 2014

Oyster Lacemakers at The Whitstable ShopSat 26 Jul - Fri 1 Aug 2014The gentle and intricate art of bobbin lace-making is on display with Whitstable's Oyster Lacemakers in the Whitstable Shop Garden. A chance for the nimble-fingered to have a go.

28 July 2014 to 02 August 2014

Tonight's The Night at The Marlowe TheatreMon 28 Jul - Sat 2 Aug 2014Tonight's The Night, the smash-hit West End musical inspired by the hit songs of Rod Stewart, is an all-singing, all-dancing feel-good show that has played to sell-out audiences across the country.

29 July 2014 to 02 August 2014

Grand-Guignol Theatre of Film at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableTue 29 Jul - Sat 2 Aug 2014An evening of classic tales, reliving the spirit of Grand-Guignol, the infamous turn-of-the-century Parisian theatre that captivated and terrified audiences with its tales of the macabre, of mystery, suspense, and horror and of bawdy comedy

30 July 2014 to 05 August 2014

Bend One's Steps III at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 30 Jul - Tue 5 Aug 2014Jude Kingshott and Penny Watts Mixed Media Jude and Penny return to the Horsebridge with a collaborative and diverse exhibition of mixed media fine art.

23 July 2014 to 05 August 2014

MAHL at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 23 Jul - Tue 5 Aug 2014Watercolours, Acrylics, Oils, Paints, Sculptures. Malone, Gadenne, Hughes & Livesey provide the acronym for this eclectic array of art, a Mahlstick being the rest tool for artists working at their easels.

30 July 2014 to 06 August 2014

Your Fishy Whitstable at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 30 Jul - Wed 6 Aug 2014The University of Greenwich is running an exciting and innovative photo project called Your Fishy Whitstable. For full details of how to enter work please see the Horsebridge website.

11 July 2014 to 22 August 2014

Beyond the View at Sidney Cooper GalleryFri 11 Jul - Fri 22 Aug 2014Beyond the View: Reframing the Sunbeam Photographic Collection. The photographs document life in the South East of England from 1917 to 1976 and capture social history through political, civic and ceremonial events.

26 July 2014 to 24 August 2014

Display Space at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 26 Jul - Sun 24 Aug 2014The Beaney Front Room takes you on a journey into the infinite void with a group exhibition by local artists that interprets the great unknown, exploring planets, stars, alien landscapes and black holes.

12 July 2014 to 24 August 2014

Robert Jarvis: aroundNorth at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 12 Jul - Sun 24 Aug 2014Inspired by a visit to Armagh Observatory, Robert Jarvis created this sound installation.

26 June 2014 to 30 August 2014

365: a year in the life of Whitstable at Whitstable Museum and GalleryThu 26 Jun - Sat 30 Aug 2014Showcasing 365 photographs of Whitstable taken everyday of the year in 2013 by residents and visitors. In partnership with Kent Creative Arts. A Whitstable Oyster Festival exhibition.

17 January 2014 to 31 August 2014

Investigating Portraits family trail at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 17 Jan - Sun 31 Aug 2014Take part in a fun, self-guided family trail investigating portraits in the People and Places gallery led by the Little Girl at the Door (a favourite character in one of the paintings).

01 May 2014 to 31 December 2014

Armchair Artist Residency at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 1 May - Wed 31 Dec 2014Holder and Lamoon, practicing artists, will be working together to make new works in response to the eclectic objects to be found in the galleries.

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!

14 July 2015 to 14 July 2015

Jimmy Carr: Funny Business at The Marlowe TheatreTue 14 Jul 2015Jimmy Carr brings his brand-new stand up show to The Marlowe.

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