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Via Francigena

Via Francigena is the ancient route from Canterbury to Rome, followed by archbishops travelling to receive from the pope their symbols of authority as well as ordinary pilgrims en route to Rome or onward to Jerusalem. It was originally described by Archbishop Sigeric in AD990 and his route has been adopted by the Council of Europe Institute of Cultural Routes as the definitive way from Canterbury to Rome.

Today people of all ages and beliefs enjoy the physical challenge of this 1,200 mile journey. Starting at Canterbury Cathedral the entire journey will take approxinately 12 weeks on foot, based on an average of between 15 and 25 miles per day. Crossing England, France, Switzerland and Italy you will climb to heights above 8,000 feet and be exposed to a wide range of weather conditions.

You can obtain a Via Francigena passport which will be stamped at the Information Centre in the cathedral precincts. The first part of the route will require you to exit the cathedral via the Christchurch gate, turning left onto Burgate and continuing along Church Street and Longport, beside St Augustine's Abbey.

After passing North Holmes Road and St Martin's Church, turn right onto Pilgrim's Way and begin to follow the signs for the North Downs Way.

The pathway to Dover is nearly 20 miles and will take between seven and eight hours on foot.

To find out more about the Via Francigena visit the website www.viefrancigene.org/en/

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24 November 2014 to 24 November 2014

Ballet Boys at Gulbenkian CinemaMon 24 Nov 2014This inspiring and candid documentary follows three male ballet dancers over at the very start of their careers.

24 November 2014 to 24 November 2014

Northern Soul at Gulbenkian CinemaMon 24 Nov 2014An authentic, uplifting drama about two friends whose horizons are expanded by their discovery of black American soul music.

24 November 2014 to 24 November 2014

20,000 Days On Earth (15) at Curzon CanterburyMon 24 Nov 201420,000 Days On Earth is a bold vision of one of music’s most mysterious and charismatic figures: Nick Cave.

25 November 2014 to 25 November 2014

Tavaziva Ten at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 25 Nov 2014The extraordinary story of one's imagination.

25 November 2014 to 25 November 2014

Photo Day at WildwoodTue 25 Nov 2014A day of wildlife photography with expert tuition from our resident photographer. For all levels/abilities. Gift vouchers also available.

19 November 2014 to 25 November 2014

Sky Bound at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 19 - Tue 25 Nov 2014Loraine Burgon Paintings, oil on canvas, collage on wood 'Bound for the sky or bound by the sky? Where are we bound? When we sleep are we unbound?'

25 November 2014 to 25 November 2014

Lecture: Art and War at Sidney Cooper GalleryTue 25 Nov 2014Through the centuries artists have responded to the experience of war through art. This illustrated lecture will explore art as a historical document and a means of personal expression.

25 November 2014 to 25 November 2014

Portrait Drawing at the Beaney - Introduction at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeTue 25 Nov 2014Learn, explore and extend your portrait drawing skills with artist Judith Anketell. You will take inspiration from some of the artists whose work is displayed in the Beaney collection.

25 November 2014 to 25 November 2014

Hockney - Live from LA at Gulbenkian CinemaTue 25 Nov 2014An exclusive gala screening of the highly anticpated new feature HOCKNEY, followed by an in-depth conversation with David Hockney from his Los Angeles studio, broadcast live into cinemas.

26 November 2014 to 26 November 2014

Guestlist - Christmas Science Lectures at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 26 Nov 2014Dr Andrew Hanson, The National Physical Laboratory Colour informs, influences consumer choices, warns us of disaster and comforts us.

26 November 2014 to 26 November 2014

Top Voices sing Autumn Leaves at St Gregory's Centre for MusicWed 26 Nov 2014The University's versatile group of high-voiced singers (director: Chris Price) performs another of its famously eclectic programmes for an autumnal lunchtime: from Hildegard to big-band jazz standards.

26 November 2014 to 26 November 2014

Famous Paintings at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeWed 26 Nov 2014Ned West-Sherring brings pictures alive with this engaging series of lectures, looking at a variety of different artworks from galleries around the world and in the Beaney collection.

26 November 2014 to 26 November 2014

Royal Opera House - l'elisir d'amore (live) at Gulbenkian CinemaWed 26 Nov 2014Donizetti's romantic comedy of rural life shines brilliantly in Laurent Pelly's hilarious staging, which matches the piece's perfect blend of sentiment and tomfoolery.

27 November 2014 to 27 November 2014

Cuckooed - Written and performed by Mark Thomas at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 27 Nov 2014Mark Thomas tells his true story of how Britian biggest arms manufacturer came to spy on a comedian.

27 November 2014 to 27 November 2014

Guestlist - Christmas Science Lectures at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 27 Nov 2014Glass is at the heart of our oldest technologies, yet continues to offer challenges and opportunities to society. The lecture covers aspects of history and art alongside the science that describes its atomic structure.

27 November 2014 to 27 November 2014

Meet The Makers at The Kings HallThu 27 Nov 2014Meet, shop and be inspired by local artists and makers. Cash only event.

27 November 2014 to 27 November 2014

The Riot Club at Gulbenkian CinemaThu 27 Nov 2014Lone Scherfig's adaptation of the successful stage play Posh stars Sam Claflin and Max Irons as first-year Oxford students determined to join the university's infamously wild Riot Club.

27 November 2014 to 27 November 2014

Tony Benn - Will and Testament at Gulbenkian CinemaThu 27 Nov 2014This profoundly moving documentary is a portrait of the much respected, much-loved Socialist politician and activity Tony Benn.

18 November 2014 to 27 November 2014

20 November 2014 to 27 November 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (12A) at Curzon CanterburyThu 20 - Thu 27 Nov 2014Katniss Everdeen continues to fight the system and the wicked misdeeds of President Snow in the first part of the final story in Suzanne Collin's hugely popular series.

21 November 2014 to 27 November 2014

My Old Lady (12A) at Curzon CanterburyFri 21 - Thu 27 Nov 2014Penniless New Yorker Mathias (Kevin Kline) travels to Paris to liquidate a huge apartment he has inherited from his estranged father.

28 November 2014 to 28 November 2014

Tim Edey at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 28 Nov 2014Originally from Broadstairs is BBC Radio Two's Musician of the year 2012 and a multi-instrumentalist and singer.

28 November 2014 to 28 November 2014

Flamenco Express at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreFri 28 Nov 2014Flamenco is music, sex and history all rolled into one. The fiercest expression of the human spirit ever devised and Flamenco Express represents the purest flamenco available, from the widest range of new talent.

28 November 2014 to 28 November 2014

Maxwell Davies at 80: Christ Church Celebrates at Canterbury Christ Church UniversityFri 28 Nov 2014The Department for Music and Performing Arts has enjoyed a long and fruitful association with its Visit Professor, Peter Maxwell Davies, whose status as one of the towering figures of British post-war music is assured.

28 November 2014 to 28 November 2014

Mr Turner at Gulbenkian CinemaFri 28 Nov 2014Screened to unanimously ecstatic reviews at Cannes, Mike Leigh's Mr Turner casts a superb Timothy Spall as the great British painter and delineates the last quarter century of his life.

28 November 2014 to 28 November 2014

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Sing A Long at Gulbenkian CinemaFri 28 Nov 2014Working with the Musical Theatre Society at the University of Kent to get you doing the time wrap.

28 November 2014 to 28 November 2014

Live Jazz featuring Chilli Jam quartet at Upper Harbledown Village HallFri 28 Nov 2014Bring your own food and drink and enjoy an evening of jazz with Chilli Jam, a quartet of outstanding local musicians playing Blue-Note style jazz. Tunes by Miles Davies, Wes Montgomery, Duke Ellington etc plus originals.

29 November 2014 to 29 November 2014

Cocos Lovers, Arlet & Hot Feet at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 29 Nov 2014Cocos Lovers are a distinctive musical force, seamlessly channelling influences from Africa, the US Deep South and several other real and imagined corners of the globe, while staying ever faithful to their Kentish roots.

29 November 2014 to 29 November 2014

Comedy @ The Horsebridge: Robert Llewellyn at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 29 Nov 2014Robert Llewellyn - Electric Cars are Rubbish, Aren’t They?

25 November 2014 to 29 November 2014

Humble Boy at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableTue 25 - Sat 29 Nov 2014Humble Boy by Charlotte Jones is a comedy about broken vows, failed hopes and the joys of bee-keeping.

29 November 2014 to 29 November 2014

Christmas Fair at Strode Park HouseSat 29 Nov 2014Visit Santa and his Real Reindeer, browse our many stalls including gifts, cakes, books, cards, tombola, Giant Christmas raffle and enjoy a glass of mulled wine or a mince pie!

29 November 2014 to 29 November 2014

Drawing Days with Roy Eastland at Sidney Cooper GallerySat 29 Nov 2014Drawing Days at the Sidney Cooper Gallery with Roy Eastland. Roy Eastland (exhibiting artist) will lead a workshop focusing on Life Drawing as a way to explore the act of Drawing.

29 November 2014 to 29 November 2014

Maleficent at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 29 Nov 2014A vengeful fairy is driven to curse an infant princess, only to discover that the child may be the one person who can restore peace to their troubled land.

29 November 2014 to 29 November 2014

Canterbury Orchestra at Colyer-Fergusson BuildingSat 29 Nov 2014A Musical Love Triangle.

29 November 2014 to 29 November 2014

Christmas Fair at Ann Robertson CentreSat 29 Nov 2014Pilgrims Hospices Christmas card sale, homemade cakes and preserves, gifts, tombola, raffle, refreshments, grand draw and lots more! Visit Santa in his grotto!

29 November 2014 to 30 November 2014

Artisan Christmas Gift Fair at Canterbury TalesSat 29 - Sun 30 Nov 2014Are you looking for a unique Christmas Shopping experience this year? On the 29th and 30th November, The Canterbury Tales visitor attraction will be transformed into a haven celebrating the best of locally produced gifts and crafts.

01 November 2014 to 30 November 2014

Snakes and Ladders at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 1 - Sun 30 Nov 2014Contemporary multi media Jane Cordery and Lorrain Mailer A childhood game or the inexorable pattern of life? This exhibition explores the next moves in the game of life.

29 November 2014 to 30 November 2014

Craft and Gift Fair at The Kings HallSat 29 - Sun 30 Nov 2014A selection of the finest crafts and gifts Kent has to offer, with unique items to buy plus everything you need to start making crafts yourself.

29 November 2014 to 30 November 2014

Christmas Fair at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 29 - Sun 30 Nov 2014An opportunity to find that unique present with a wide range of quality arts and heritage craft gifts available for that special person at Christmas.

19 November 2014 to 02 December 2014

Oil Paintings at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 19 Nov - Tue 2 Dec 2014Kevin Lord Oil on canvas This is my fourth exhibition at the Horsebridge. Using oul paint is my passion. Landscapes and still life are the subjects which inspire me.

26 November 2014 to 02 December 2014

A Selection of Shiraz Rugs at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 26 Nov - Tue 2 Dec 2014Shiraz Rugs Come and view this beautiful collection.

22 November 2014 to 12 December 2014

'Despite Efficiency:Labour' at Herbert Read GallerySat 22 Nov - Fri 12 Dec 2014Despite Efficiency aspires to create a (working) space where these ideas can be played out in different formats and shapes, independently of their utility.

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.

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.

22 November 2014 to 23 December 2014

Meet Santa! at Whitefriars Shopping CentreSat 22 Nov - Tue 23 Dec 2014Santa's Grotto will be open from 22 November to 23 December, 10am to 5pm. You will find the entrance to his Grotto behind our Christmas Market cabins, where you will be able to view the winners of our Christmas windows schools competition.

20 November 2014 to 28 December 2014

Whitefriars Christmas Market at Whitefriars Shopping CentreThu 20 Nov - Sun 28 Dec 2014The Whitefriars Christmas Market is bigger and better this year, with over 35 colourful cabins selling festive produce, gifts and decorations, in addition to our 60+ top brand stores.

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.

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 magic carpet ride to the Far East with our hilarious, fun-packed family pantomime, Aladdin.

22 November 2014 to 18 January 2015

Winter exhibition at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 22 Nov 2014 - Sun 18 Jan 2015Warm yourself by the cultural fireside that is the Front Room's selling Winter exhibition, celebrating all aspects of the season.

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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