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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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26 October 2014 to 26 October 2014

Charles Dickens' Bleak House at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 26 Oct 2014Join The Pantaloons Theatre Company for a fog-filled adventure in Victorian London.

25 October 2014 to 26 October 2014

History of the Illuminated Page at St Augustine's AbbeySat 25 - Sun 26 Oct 2014Many important and beautiful manuscripts were created by monks over 800 years ago. See this process from start to finish.

26 October 2014 to 26 October 2014

The Stones of Reculver at Reculver Country Park & Reculver TowersSun 26 Oct 2014Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust. A look at the history, construction and building materials of the walls of the Roman fort and St Mary's Church. Leader: Geoff Downer

25 October 2014 to 26 October 2014

Moths: A Further Apology! at Reculver Country Park & Reculver TowersSat 25 - Sun 26 Oct 2014Back by popular deman! This superb exhibition by local artist, Linda Evans is revisiting Reculver this autumn. An art and nature exhibition demonstrating the enormous diversity of moth, beautifully rendered in pastels.

26 October 2014 to 26 October 2014

The Phonos Ensemble at St Gregory's Centre for MusicSun 26 Oct 2014The eight musicians of this early music group will present a programme including music by Telemann, Sammartini, Bach, Handel & Vivaldi.

25 October 2014 to 26 October 2014

Adventure in Acrylics at Petham Village HallSat 25 - Sun 26 Oct 2014A display of work in acrylics produced by the Petham Adult Studies Art Group under the tutelage of Micky Motley.

18 October 2014 to 26 October 2014

Canterbury Society of Art - Autumn ExhibitionSat 18 - Sun 26 Oct 2014Canterbury Society of Art presents an exhibition by a well known group of professionals and amateur artists with an eclectic mix of styles and media.

26 October 2014 to 26 October 2014

Canterbury Burial GroundsSun 26 Oct 2014Funerary art and burial practices are features of this tour of some of the City's atmospheric and sometimes forgotten graveyards. Leader: Malcolm Campbel

26 October 2014 to 26 October 2014

Welcome to the Treehouse at CanterburySun 26 Oct 2014Open Mic Poetry moderated by Scott Nell / Featuring Pierre Hollins and others.

26 October 2014 to 26 October 2014

Canoe Trip: Fordwich to Canterbury at The George And DragonSun 26 Oct 2014A half day wildlife tour in a canoe through the stunning Stodmarsh Nature Reserve. (Includes transfer back to Fordwich). Please note trainers, waterproof jacket and warm layers are required and a flask with a warm drink is recommended.

26 October 2014 to 26 October 2014

A Tantalizing Taste of Authentic Argentine Tango at Lower HardresSun 26 Oct 2014Argentine Tango South East present a 90 minute workshop for beginners with tea, cake and optional social dance. Authentic contemporary Argentine tango taught by professional tangueros.

26 October 2014 to 26 October 2014

Birdwatching Walk at The SportsmanSun 26 Oct 2014A walk along the footpath adjoining the sea wall observing the birds and other wildlife. Leader: Glynn Crocker

26 October 2014 to 26 October 2014

Pride at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 26 Oct 2014Bittersweet comedy based on the true story of how a group of lesbian and gay activists came together in 1984 to support striking miners.

26 October 2014 to 26 October 2014

The Guest at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 26 Oct 2014Dan Stevens is a revelation in Adam Wingard's slick, disturbing psychological thriller.

26 October 2014 to 26 October 2014

The Lady from Shanghai at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 26 Oct 2014With audacious sequences including the famous hall of mirrors scene, this is a distrubing and brilliant classic noir.

26 October 2014 to 26 October 2014

Nova Music Opera at Colyer-Fergusson BuildingSun 26 Oct 2014Nova Music Opera presents a double-bill of chamber operas by living British composers. United by their common theme of misadventure, Airborne and Prometheus Drowned make perfect performance partners.

26 October 2014 to 26 October 2014

Brigitte Baden-Rennie at Festival SpiegeltentSun 26 Oct 2014Join the very unconventional and adventuress Granny as she shares her tales of life in the woods, her relationship with Red and some of Big Bad Wolves that crossed her path!

26 October 2014 to 26 October 2014

Finding the Silence at Festival SpiegeltentSun 26 Oct 2014As humans we’re always searching for that elusive silence, that peace, that moment of pure clarity, but does it really exist?

26 October 2014 to 26 October 2014

Tolu at Festival SpiegeltentSun 26 Oct 2014Three friends left to their own devices discover each other’s likes, dislikes, strengths and weaknesses, joyfully told through circus, dance and play.

26 October 2014 to 26 October 2014

Sweet, Sour & Saucy at Festival SpiegeltentSun 26 Oct 2014Framed within a 1950s Australian talkback radio love show hosted by Barry and Barbara, Sweet, Sour & Saucy includes songs by Eartha Kitt, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Bessie Smith, Nat King Cole and more.

25 October 2014 to 26 October 2014

Flight: Patricia Wilson Smith at St Mary's ChurchSat 25 - Sun 26 Oct 2014An installation in remembrance of 346 soldiers of the First World War whose stories cannot be told.

25 October 2014 to 30 October 2014

Buying Illusions at WhitstableSat 25 - Thu 30 Oct 2014Collective exhibition by Dorota Todd, Clarinda Tse, Jolanta Morell. Private View 24th October, 6pm to 9pm.

15 October 2014 to 31 October 2014

In Here Out There at Canterbury CathedralWed 15 - Fri 31 Oct 2014Sculpture at Canterbury Cathedral This exhibition brings together a variety of artists that have an academic association with the city of Canterbury.

24 October 2014 to 31 October 2014

The Terrible Tales at Canterbury TalesFri 24 - Fri 31 Oct 2014This Halloween, experience The Canterbury Tales like never before! Join us for a live theatre performance in the adjacent churchyard, followed by a spine-tingling visit through the Canterbury Tales attraction.

18 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

I Offer You These Feet at Eastbridge HospitalSat 18 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014Sonia McNally and Liz Jones. Sculptural piece using steel, plaster and cast glass.

18 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

Wood and Form 2014 at Eastbridge HospitalSat 18 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014Peter Leadbeater, Simon Jewell, Andrew Lapthorn, Jason Muteham, Jay Barton. An exhibition of beautifully crafted, unique, furniture, sculptures and photographs.

18 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

Floral & Koi Fish Paintings: Annett E. Bank at WhitstableSat 18 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014A solo exhibition of elegant koi fish, Whitstable beach scenes and semi-abstract flower paintings in a colourful, experssionist style. The Rose in Bloom Pub & Restaurant, 69 Joy Lane, Whitstable, CT5 4DD

27 September 2014 to 01 November 2014

John Copnall Paintings at Sidney Cooper GallerySat 27 Sep - Sat 1 Nov 2014The Sidney Cooper Gallery is proud to present a selection of works by acclaimed painter John Copnall (1928-2007).

18 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

Canterbury FestivalSat 18 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014Canterbury Festival is Kent's International Arts Festival, the largest festival of arts and culture in the region, and one of the most important cultural events in the South East.

18 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

Story of the Crow: Irina Pavlova-McGahan at CanterburySat 18 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014Sounds of the flowers, songs of the trees and the whisper of the old crow you can find in Irina's work.

18 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

Save the Children Art Postcard Exhibition & Sale at Lilford GallerySat 18 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014160 local and national artists. Charity postcard sale in aid of Save the Children alongside a selection of artwork including paintings, ceramics and modern craft.

18 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

Canterbury at Lilford GallerySat 18 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014Drawings and Paintings of Canterbury People by Andy Howe with accompanying sounds by Richard Kilner.

18 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

Fringe Features at Lilford GallerySat 18 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014A visual-arts treat running throughout the whole Fringe Festival featuring video artist Erin Laurel Hayhow.

18 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

18 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

Jolly Drawings at The Jolly SailorSat 18 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014

26 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

18 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

Canterbury at the BrunchSat 18 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014Canterbury at the Brunch - a selection of views in oils and water colours. Michael Hutchinson. A unique chance to enjoy views of Canterbury in oils and water colours, whilst sampling the delights of this independent coffee shop.

27 October 2014 to 02 November 2014

8-bit Ghibli at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 27 Oct - Sun 2 Nov 2014A wonderful set of 8-bit art pieces have been revealed as a part of the UK release of Hayao Miyazaki’s final film, ‘The Wind Rises’.

25 October 2014 to 02 November 2014

Spooky Hallowe'en fun! at Canterbury Heritage MuseumSat 25 Oct - Sun 2 Nov 2014Pick up a Halloween trail sheet and explore the galleries in a fun interactive adventure! Then create your own Hallowe'en mask or floating balloon ghost to take home!

25 October 2014 to 02 November 2014

Make a Roman gladius sword at Canterbury Roman MuseumSat 25 Oct - Sun 2 Nov 2014Investigate evidence for Roman soldiers as you explore the galleries, try on a Roman soldier's uniform in the hands on area and make a cardborad gladius sword to take home. Suitable for families with children age 5 to 12.

25 October 2014 to 02 November 2014

Home Front Whitstable, 1914-18 at Whitstable Museum and GallerySat 25 Oct - Sun 2 Nov 2014Exploring life on the British home front 1914-18 through original posters, cartoon artworks and popular arts and souvenirs.

25 October 2014 to 02 November 2014

Spooky Hallowe'en fun! at Whitstable Museum and GallerySat 25 Oct - Sun 2 Nov 2014Pick up a Halloween trail sheet and explore the galleries in a fun interactive adventure! Then create your own Hallowe'en mask or floating balloon ghost to take home!

25 October 2014 to 02 November 2014

Spooky Hallowe'en fun! at Herne Bay Museum and GallerySat 25 Oct - Sun 2 Nov 2014Pick up a Halloween trail sheet and explore the galleries in a fun interactive adventure! Then create your own Hallowe'en mask or floating balloon ghost to take home!

25 October 2014 to 02 November 2014

Bat Hunt at Druidstone ParkSat 25 Oct - Sun 2 Nov 2014Bat Hunt at Druidstone Park during October Half Term.

25 October 2014 to 02 November 2014

Frightful Fun at Howletts Wild Animal ParkSat 25 Oct - Sun 2 Nov 2014Visitors to Howletts near Canterbury, Kent's most successful wild animal park, this October half term will have a frightfully fun time with free activities and talks running everyday throughout the holiday.

08 August 2014 to 02 November 2014

Taylor Wessing Photographic Protrait Prize 2013 at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 8 Aug - Sun 2 Nov 2014A unique opportunity to see sixty new portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world.

04 October 2014 to 09 November 2014

Canterbury at War at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 4 Oct - Sun 9 Nov 2014Students have studied archives and records to research for themselves what life was like for Canterbury residents during the First World War.

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.

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).

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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