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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.viafrancigene.org/en/

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07 May 2015 to 07 May 2015

Faulty Towers Dining Experience at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 7 May 2015Following 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.

07 May 2015 to 07 May 2015

Jools Holland And His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra at The Marlowe TheatreThu 7 May 2015A genuine British musical legend, Jools will be joined by his renowned Rhythm & Blues Orchestra for a night of brilliant entertainment and stunning musicianship.

07 May 2015 to 07 May 2015

The Piano Man at The Marlowe TheatreThu 7 May 2015What makes a man need to forget who he is?

07 May 2015 to 07 May 2015

Horsebridge Film: Casablanca at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreThu 7 May 2015Humphrey Bogart is Rick Blaine, an American whose bar is the gathering place for everyone from the French Police to the Nazis.

08 May 2015 to 08 May 2015

Dan Webster at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 8 May 2015A seasoned English singer-songwriter, his music is influenced by sounds and story telling traditions of American and British Folk music, Americana and Rock and Roll.

08 May 2015 to 08 May 2015

Informal Concert at Canterbury CathedralFri 8 May 2015Performed by Alex Caldon, Alexandra Reid and David Flood.

08 May 2015 to 08 May 2015

Shackleton's Cat at The Marlowe TheatreFri 8 May 2015The latest of English Touring Opera’s celebrated productions for children.

08 May 2015 to 08 May 2015

La Bohème at The Marlowe TheatreFri 8 May 2015English Touring Opera present one of the best-loved of all operas.

08 May 2015 to 08 May 2015

The Westgate Parks Remembered at Canterbury Christ Church UniversityFri 8 May 2015A night to remember! Watch old footage of the Westgate Parks and surrounding area in the comfort of the Powell Lecture Theatre, Canterbury Christ Church University. Introductory talk by Dr Jake Weekes from Canterbury Archaeological Trust.

08 May 2015 to 08 May 2015

An Evening of Country, in the Country at The Kingston BarnFri 8 May 2015International cabaret star and award winning country music sensation, Mandy Winters will be appearing at a special fund-raising concert in Kent, in aid of local armed forces charity SSAFA.

09 May 2015 to 09 May 2015

The Demon Barbers - Disco At The Tavern Tour at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 9 May 2015Renowned for their no holds barred approach to their live shows The Demon Barbers return to the concert stage with a new repertoire, extra band members and a modern twist to their multi-award winning Roadshow.

09 May 2015 to 09 May 2015

Verdi: Requiem at Canterbury CathedralSat 9 May 2015This concert is in celebration of the life of Duncan John Perkins 1945 - 2014 who was a renowned bass singer and long standing lay - clerk in the Cathedral Choir. He sang the bass solos in this work many times.

09 May 2015 to 09 May 2015

The Siege Of Calais at The Marlowe TheatreSat 9 May 2015English Touring Opera present one of its best kept secrets.

09 May 2015 to 09 May 2015

WhitLit Writers Day at The Whitstable Castle and GardensSat 9 May 2015A day of discussions and workshops, featuring writers, editors, agents and publishers.

09 May 2015 to 09 May 2015

Switched On - A Radiophonic Happening at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 9 May 2015Switched On is a unique live event hosted by Radio Arts, presenting the work of an array of cutting edge sonic and visual experimenters.

09 May 2015 to 09 May 2015

Kent Roller Girls vs Les Switchblade Roller Grrls at The Bay Sports ArenaSat 9 May 2015On Saturday 9th May, the Switchblade Roller Girls will travel the 130 miles from Lille, France to take on the Kent Roller Girls (KRG).

10 May 2015 to 10 May 2015

Bee Day at WildwoodSun 10 May 2015Meet Wildwood's bee keeper John Holmes as he checks the bees that make our honey and then make fun bee crafts.

10 May 2015 to 10 May 2015

Berliner Philharmoniker (live) at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 10 May 2015Conductor Mariss Jansons presents a colourful programme of music by Bartók, Ravel and Shostakovich's Second Violin Concerto with Frank Peter Zimmermann as the soloist.

12 May 2015 to 12 May 2015

Linda Smith Lecture - Mark Thomas at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 12 May 2015The first annual Linda Smith lecture will be given by Mark Thomas, a friend and colleague of Linda and one of the most exciting and innovative political comedians working today.

12 May 2015 to 12 May 2015

Comic Book Club at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreTue 12 May 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.

29 April 2015 to 12 May 2015

Seas Spring Tide at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 29 Apr - Tue 12 May 2015Sixteen members of South East Artists, both established and new, unveil a variety of original works. There are delights to discover amongst a range of painting, collage, sculpture, ceramics, fused glass, photography, mosaics and textiles.

06 May 2015 to 12 May 2015

Innate Dwellings Whitstable at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 6 - Tue 12 May 2015Selina Firth An exploration of hearth and terrain in paintings and giclée prints by a local painter.

12 May 2015 to 12 May 2015

WhitLit Launch Evening at The Duke of CumberlandTue 12 May 2015Starta Magna Carta Thearta with Graham Clarke & Friends. Celebrate the launch of WhitLit 2015 with Graham Clarke, renowned illustrator, historian, poet, raconteur, musician and Kent Ambassador.

13 May 2015 to 13 May 2015

Cafe Live - Digibury at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 13 May 2015Digibury is Kent's montly meet-up event for digital and creative types.

13 May 2015 to 13 May 2015

WhitLit Crime Evening at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 13 May 2015WhitLit Crime Evening: Peter James, Lesley Cookman, Robert Daws Lesley Cookman and Robert Daws - 7.30pm to 8.30pm Peter James and Jane Wenham Jones - 8.45pm to 9.45pm

13 May 2015 to 13 May 2015

Telling it like it was; Coal mining in Kent at Whitstable LibraryWed 13 May 2015Telling it like it was; Coal mining in Kent – Keith Owen, Ross Llewellyn & Sarah Brinicombe

14 May 2015 to 14 May 2015

WhitLit: Poems About the Sea with Maggie Butt at The Old NeptuneThu 14 May 2015Dr Maggie Butt hosts readings from ‘Running Before the Wind’, an anthology of contemporary poems edited by joy Howard, covering every aspect of our relationship with the unbiddable two-thirds of our planet.

14 May 2015 to 14 May 2015

WhitLit: David Nicholls at The Community College WhitstableThu 14 May 2015WhitLit is thrilled to welcome UK Author of the Year David Nicholls to discuss with writer Andrew McGuinness his critically acclaimed new novel ‘Us’.

14 May 2015 to 14 May 2015

WhitLit: Hate - Alan Gibbons at The Community College WhitstableThu 14 May 2015Eve knows him.When a newcomer arrives in her school, she knows his name. It brings back memories of the terrible night her sister died. This is the beginning of Alan Gibbons’ new novel Hate.

14 May 2015 to 14 May 2015

NT Live - Man and Superman at Gulbenkian CinemaThu 14 May 2015Ralph Finnes plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw's witty, provocative classic.

15 May 2015 to 15 May 2015

Friday Night Kitchen at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 15 May 2015A special evening of cookery and conversation with the Archbishop of Canterbruy Justin Welby, and hosted by the Rev Richard Coles.

15 May 2015 to 15 May 2015

At the Villa Mauresque starring Tony Smee at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreFri 15 May 2015Following the sell-out success of last year’s one man play ‘Mr Maugham at Home’, actor Anthony Smee returns to WhitLit to reprise his acclaimed role as Maugham in this rehearsed reading of Anthony Curtis’s final full length play.

15 May 2015 to 15 May 2015

Whitstable Through Time - Kerry Mayo & Brian Baker at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreFri 15 May 2015Talk - join photographer and author of 'Whitstable Through Time', Kerry Mayo, and local historian Brian Baker, for a journey through Whitstable's past and present.

15 May 2015 to 15 May 2015

WhitLit Poetry Evening at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreFri 15 May 2015Fiona Sinclair, Nancy Charley, Whitstable Women's Writers.

15 May 2015 to 15 May 2015

WhitLit: Celebrating the Novel - Frank Foley at Whitstable LibraryFri 15 May 2015Join Frank Foley for a journey of exploration into the wonderful space we call the novel.

15 May 2015 to 15 May 2015

WhitLit: Varjak Paw - SF Said at St Alphege SchoolFri 15 May 2015SF Said is the author of Varjak Pawk, winner of the Smarties Prize for Children's Literature; The Outlaw Varjak Paw, winner of the Blue Peter book of the year; and Phoenix, shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction award.

15 May 2015 to 15 May 2015

A Celebration of Children's Stories at St Alphege SchoolFri 15 May 2015Emily Guille-Marrett from Reading Fairy brings songs, sensory stories, action-storytelling, games and more. Feel free to dress-up as your favourite picture book charcater. Price includes activity tables, book corner, stalls, tea and coffee.

16 May 2015 to 16 May 2015

A Perfect Heritage...and Somerset Maugham at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 16 May 2015A Perfect Heritage...and Somerset Maugham - Penny Vincenzi Glamour meets business in Penny Vincenzi's latest blockbuster 'A Perfect Heritage' featuring fabulous female characters and department store politics.

17 April 2015 to 16 May 2015

Cedric Christie: Massive Retrospective - Up To Now at Sidney Cooper GalleryFri 17 Apr - Sat 16 May 2015Cedric Christie’s work explores a broad range of cultural and art historical references, often using humour and irony as subtle vehicles of communication.

16 May 2015 to 16 May 2015

Activities at the WIT at The Whitstable ShopSat 16 May 2015The Whitstable Improvement Trust will be hosting free writing and reading inspired events on Saturday 16 May.

12 May 2015 to 17 May 2015

WhitLit 2015 at WhitstableTue 12 - Sun 17 May 2015Welcome to the second WhitLit. This year our programme has more than doubled in size and we are delighted to present events running simultaneously at the Horsebridge Centre and the Whitstable Library.

15 May 2015 to 17 May 2015

Lady Mayoress Charity Cycle Ride at CanterburyFri 15 - Sun 17 May 2015The annual Lady Mayoress Charity Cycle Ride is taking place over the weekend of the 15 - 17 May 2015. Forty four cyclists of all abilities will cycle around 205 miles from Calais to Amsterdam.

13 May 2015 to 19 May 2015

Made in Whitstable at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 13 - Tue 19 May 2015Makers and artists from the Whitstable collective come together in their biggest show of the year to display a broad and exciting range of arts and crafts produced in our home town.

11 May 2015 to 23 May 2015

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time at The Marlowe TheatreMon 11 - Sat 23 May 2015Winner of seven 2013 Olivier Awards, this highly-acclaimed National Theatre production comes to Canterbury.

02 April 2015 to 31 May 2015

Letting in the Light: Ben Sands, a retrospective at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 2 Apr - Sun 31 May 2015Special exhibition exploring the wonderful and distinctive work of East Kent printmaker Ben Sands and his Shoestring Press, from the 1940s onwards.

02 April 2015 to 31 May 2015

Catching Lives – City Ciphers: an installation at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 2 Apr - Sun 31 May 2015For the City Ciphers arts project, clients at Catching Lives open centre for homeless people in Canterbury worked with community artists to create an intriguing city trail.

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.

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.

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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