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01 December 2014 to 01 December 2014

Seabright Productions presents Eric and Little Ern at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 1 Dec 2014This affectionate, moving and fantastically funny homage to the greatest comedy double act that Britain has ever seen vividly brings back warm memories of a bygone era.

02 December 2014 to 02 December 2014

Rural Consortium of Schools at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 2 Dec 2014Primary Schools Choir and Snowdown Colliery Band. Enjoy a great start to the Christmas Season.

02 December 2014 to 02 December 2014

Comic Book Club at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreTue 2 Dec 2014For current, new and lapsed lovers of comics and graphic novels. Geek it up, talk comics and help add to the club's reading list. Over 18s.

03 December 2014 to 03 December 2014

Cafe Live - The Fez Comedy Club at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 3 Dec 2014The Fez Comedy Club proudly presents a stellar night of star spangled comedy.

03 December 2014 to 03 December 2014

Princess of Wales Royal Regiment Carol Service at Canterbury CathedralWed 3 Dec 2014A bi-annual fundraising Carol Service run by the 3rd Battalion PWRR on behalf of the Army Benevolent Fund.

03 December 2014 to 03 December 2014

Poetry, memorials and battlefield tourism at Sidney Cooper GalleryWed 3 Dec 2014Poetry, memorials and battlefield tourism: Commemorating the First World War. Dr Sally Minogue and Dr Andrew Palmer will speak about the ways we commemorate the First World War with words, stone, and travel.

03 December 2014 to 03 December 2014

Festive Strings at St Gregory's Centre for MusicWed 3 Dec 2014The University's String Orchestra (director: Martin Outram) and string chamber groups perform a diverse range of music, including Ireland's atmospheric Downland Suite.

04 December 2014 to 04 December 2014

Jason Byrne In You Name The Show at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 4 Dec 2014As featured on BBC1's Live at the Apollo and IVT's The Royal Variety Show.

05 December 2014 to 05 December 2014

Three Half Pints - A Christmas Carol at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 5 Dec 2014Based on Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol, comedy troupe in residence at Gulbenkian, the Three Half Pints have created their own unique, slapstick and slightly silly version - we guarantee you've never seen it like this before.

05 December 2014 to 05 December 2014

The Rat Pack Show Christmas Special at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableFri 5 Dec 2014The Playhouse Theatre is pleased to welcome back by popular demand ‘The One and Only Rat Pack’ with their special Christmas Show – a fabulous way to start your festive season!

05 December 2014 to 05 December 2014

Music Society End of Term Showcase at Canterbury Christ Church UniversityFri 5 Dec 2014The University's Music Society's diverse ensembles step up with this festive offering for the year's end. All ensembles are directed and rehearsed by students, demonstrating the sheer talent and creative variety fostered by the Society.

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

Three Half Pints - A Christmas Carol at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 6 Dec 2014Based on Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol, comedy troupe in residence at Gulbenkian, the Three Half Pints have created their own unique, slapstick and slightly silly version - we guarantee you've never seen it like this before.

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

Gerard and the Watchmen at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 6 Dec 2014Rising stars of the UK's Alternative Folk Scene, the band have toured extensively throughout the UK.

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

The Marlowe Comedy Cabaret at The Marlowe TheatreSat 6 Dec 2014Our comedy and variety night brings you top stand-up comedy acts along with some quirky cabaret performers. Expect to see tomorrow's comedy stars today.

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

Christmas Conservation Task Day at Westgate GardensSat 6 Dec 2014Take part in our Christmas conservation coppicing task on Bingley Island. Hot drinks and mince pies provided!

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

Oysterband at University of Kent Sat 6 Dec 2014Gulbenkian in collaboration with Kent Sport present Oysterband.

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

Gospel Choir at Canterbury Christ Church UniversitySat 6 Dec 2014The University's acclaimed Gospel Choir (director: Vince Peilow) kick-starts your celebration of Christmas with joyful music by Kirk Franklin, Hezekiah Walker, Bazil Meade, Mark Beswick and more.

06 December 2014 to 06 December 2014

Christmas with the Pops Orchestra at St Gregory's Centre for MusicSat 6 Dec 2014The Music Society's acclaimed Pops Orchestra (director: Dan Tomkinson) is joined by another Society ensemble, Cantiamo, to bring you traditional Christmas sounds along with a selection of Christmas television favourites.

07 December 2014 to 07 December 2014

The Return of Strictly Music Hall at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableSun 7 Dec 2014Wickham’s Wandering Oldtyme Stagers (WWOS) will be returning to the Whitstable Playhouse, to present for your delight and delectation, The Return Of Strictly Music Hall as a lead up to the Christmas festivities for one performance only!

09 December 2014 to 09 December 2014

Sara Pascoe VS History at The Marlowe TheatreTue 9 Dec 2014Sara Pascoe, star of Stand Up For the Week and Campus (C4), Live at the Apollo, QI, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Mock The Week and Twenty Twelve (BBC)...

09 December 2014 to 09 December 2014

St Agnes Fountain at Canterbury Cathedral LodgeTue 9 Dec 2014St Agnes Fountain will be embarking on their 14th consecutive sell-out Christmas tour.

10 December 2014 to 10 December 2014

Cafe Live - Digibury at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 10 Dec 2014Digibury is Kent's monthly meet-up event for digital and creative types.

10 December 2014 to 10 December 2014

Reading Series: Tibor Fischer at Sidney Cooper GalleryWed 10 Dec 2014Tibor Fischer’s first novel, Under the Frog was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1993. He is the author of four other novels, The Thought Gang, The Collector Collector, Voyage to the End of the Room and Good to be God.

10 December 2014 to 10 December 2014

Early/Historical Dance at St Gregory's Centre for MusicWed 10 Dec 2014Early/Historical Dance with the Early Music Ensemble. Year 1 Dance Education students perform a variety of dances from 16th century to 19th century, directed by Angela Pickard. Early Music Ensemble director: Robert Rawson.

09 December 2014 to 12 December 2014

Lyngo Theatre - SNOW PLAY at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 9 - Fri 12 Dec 2014When Mr Green comes back from holiday to find Mr White in his house it's the start of a brrrrilliant series of adventures!

12 December 2014 to 12 December 2014

Cafe Live - James Kirby at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 12 Dec 2014James has opened stages for artists such as Labrinth, Matt Cardle, Sarah Cox, Pendulum, The Hoosiers, Wiley, and Eddie Reader.

12 December 2014 to 12 December 2014

Christmas Concert at Augustine HallFri 12 Dec 2014Join Ensembles from the Department of Music and Performing Arts for a celebratory evening to mark the end of term.

13 December 2014 to 13 December 2014

Canterbury Choral Society Family Carols at Canterbury CathedralSat 13 Dec 2014Performed by Canterbury Choral Society and The Canterbury Choral Society Youth Choir. Sponsored by Pharon.

13 December 2014 to 14 December 2014

Lyngo Theatre - SNOW PLAY at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 13 - Sun 14 Dec 2014When Mr Green comes back from holiday to find Mr White in his house it's the start of a brrrrilliant series of adventures!

14 December 2014 to 14 December 2014

Kent Coastal Concert Band at The Kings HallSun 14 Dec 2014Herne Bay's own Kent Coastal Concert Band will be performing its annual Christmas Concert at the Kings Hall. Over the past 15 years, this has become a real family event and for many, this concert signifies the start of Christmas.

14 December 2014 to 14 December 2014

The Luke Jackson Trio at Canterbury Christ Church UniversitySun 14 Dec 2014Come and join us for some Christmas nibbles and a fabulous concert from Canterbury’s own Luke Jackson and his Trio – Connor Downs and Andy Sharps on Percussion and Bass.

16 December 2014 to 16 December 2014

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland at Gulbenkian CinemaTue 16 Dec 2014Christopher Wheeldon's full-length ballet based on Lewis Carroll's book is an exuberant piece of storytelling.

12 November 2014 to 17 December 2014

Remembering, we Forget at Sidney Cooper GalleryWed 12 Nov - Wed 17 Dec 2014Remembering, we Forget; Poets, Artists and the First World War. This exhibition has been structured round key poems of the First World War, by poets such as Vera Brittain, Ivor Gurney, David Jones and Siegfried Sassoon.

18 December 2014 to 18 December 2014

Demelza House Celebration of Christmas at Canterbury CathedralThu 18 Dec 2014An annual fundraising Carol Service held to raise money for the Demelza House Children's Hospice.

18 December 2014 to 18 December 2014

Michael Collins & Michael McHale at St Gregory's Centre for MusicThu 18 Dec 2014Michael Collins, clarinet; Michael McHale, piano. Works by: Debussy, Saint Saens, Brahms, Carl Reinecke, Poulenc & Bizet.

16 December 2014 to 19 December 2014

Lyngo Theatre - SNOW PLAY at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 16 - Fri 19 Dec 2014When Mr Green comes back from holiday to find Mr White in his house it's the start of a brrrrilliant series of adventures!

12 September 2014 to 19 December 2014

KCA Health Walks at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 12 Sep - Fri 19 Dec 2014Move to improve health walk caters for various levels of fitness and both experienced and new walkers are very welcome.

19 December 2014 to 19 December 2014

Jumping Beaneys: Create a Winter Landscape at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 19 Dec 2014Enjoy a winter-themed story, explore the galleries to discover paintings of animals in the snow, and have fun creating your own snowy collage to take home.

20 December 2014 to 20 December 2014

Santa's Grotto at Westgate GardensSat 20 Dec 2014Get into the spirit of Christmas and meet Santa in this Grotto at Toddler's Cove. A small gift will be provided for each child and a self-led Christmas Trail around the Park will also be available.

20 December 2014 to 20 December 2014

Jive Hive's Modern Jive Christmas Ball at The Kings HallSat 20 Dec 2014Jive Hive’s Modern Jive Christmas Ball with Guest DJ ‘Gazza’ & Jive Hive. Dress Code : Dress to Impress. Decorated tables, helium filled balloons & chocolates & sweets!

20 December 2014 to 20 December 2014

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 20 Dec 2014Christopher Wheeldon's full-length ballet based on Lewis Carroll's book is an exuberant piece of storytelling.

20 December 2014 to 21 December 2014

Lyngo Theatre - SNOW PLAY at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 20 - Sun 21 Dec 2014When Mr Green comes back from holiday to find Mr White in his house it's the start of a brrrrilliant series of adventures!

21 December 2014 to 21 December 2014

Santas Tickly Tale presented by Whizz Bang Pop at Charlton Park FoundationSun 21 Dec 2014A fun filled hour of songs, dances, chases and merriment with a very happy ending.

22 December 2014 to 22 December 2014

Faulty Towers Dining Experience at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 22 Dec 2014Following a tremendous year that included sold-out seasons in Canada, Sydney Opera House and Edinburgh Fringe, Australia's much feted tribute to the BBC’s best-loved sitcom continues to tour the world.

23 December 2014 to 23 December 2014

Canterbury Cathedral Service of Carols Tue 23 Dec 2014The first of two identical Public Carol Services held by the Cathedral to celebrate Christmas.

01 December 2014 to 31 December 2014

Christmas Events at Canterbury Cathedral LodgeMon 1 - Wed 31 Dec 2014The ideal location to celebrate Christmas with family, friends and colleagues! Once again we will be offering our ever popular festive events in 2014.

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.

20 December 2014 to 04 January 2015

Home Front, Whitstable 1914-18 at Whitstable Museum and GallerySat 20 Dec 2014 - Sun 4 Jan 2015Exploring life on the British home front 1914-18 through original posters, cartoon artworks and popular arts and souvenirs.

06 September 2014 to 04 January 2015

Alternative Stories at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 6 Sep 2014 - Sun 4 Jan 2015A display of altered books crafted in response to an open call for artists to create works of art by modifying a book.

06 September 2014 to 04 January 2015

In Remembrance at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 6 Sep 2014 - Sun 4 Jan 2015Images, objects and words from the First World War to commemorate the centenary of its outbreak, and the role played by local people, in particular Voluntary Aid Detachment nurses and The Buffs (East Kent Regiment).

28 November 2014 to 11 January 2015

Aladdin at The Marlowe TheatreFri 28 Nov 2014 - Sun 11 Jan 2015This Christmas take a magical carpet ride to the Far East in our fun-packed family pantomime, Aladdin.

20 September 2014 to 31 March 2015

Kent Freemasonry and the First World War at Kent Museum of FreemasonrySat 20 Sep 2014 - Tue 31 Mar 2015A new temporary exhibition at Canterbury's Kent Museum of Freemasonry displays many items relating to The Great War and freemasonry that will be of interest to historians, anthropologists, genealogists and masons alike.

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