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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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30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

Katherine Ryan - Glam Role Model at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 30 May 2015The fresh, often dangerously fierce pop-culture obsessed Canadian, was unaffected by publicized death threats and survived the world's first crack smoking mayor.

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

TEDxUniversityofKent - Milestones at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 30 May 2015TEDxUniversityofKent is a day-long conference of stimulating talks and performances devoted to spreading ideas and sparking conversation. Please note that this event will be filmed.

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

Open Gardens 2015 at Canterbury CathedralSat 30 May 2015For one weekend the private gardens of the Cathedral will be open to view as part of the National Garden Scheme.

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

Grand Organ Recital at Canterbury CathedralSat 30 May 2015Performed by: Tom Bell and Richard Brasier - International recital duo

26 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

The Pirates Of Penzance at The Marlowe TheatreTue 26 - Sat 30 May 2015Packed with merriment, mayhem and memorable music. Young or old, a G&S buff or new to the genre, this show is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and get you humminh along to some really great tunes.

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

The Marlowe Comedy Cabaret at The Marlowe TheatreSat 30 May 2015Our comedy and variety night brings you top stand-up comedy acts and a few surprises!

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

James Campbell's Comedy 4 Kids (6+yrs) at The Marlowe TheatreSat 30 May 2015Comedy but without the rude words! A show which might or might not discuss lollipop ladies, quantum chromatic disruption machines and tartan badgers.

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

Take A Tour! at The Marlowe TheatreSat 30 May 2015Take a sneak peek behind the scenes at The Marlowe Theatre!

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

The Big Blue Tea Party at The Marlowe TheatreSat 30 May 2015Join us for an afternoon tea as we wave off Big Blue after another fabulous festival!

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

Kent Refugee Help Annual Meeting at CanterburySat 30 May 2015Kent Refugee Help invites you to a Positive Conversation about Migration. Join us is solidarity with Refugees and Migrants.

23 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

Finale Exhibition at Bay ART GallerySat 23 - Sat 30 May 2015Finale Exhibition of work created during the festival, display of historical children's authors and illustrators linked with Herne Bay. Free activities all week.

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

Little Monster Costume Workshops & Parade at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 30 May 2015Little Monster Costume Workshops and The Big Monster Parade! (Age 3 to 11)

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

Moomin and Midsummer Madness (U) at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 30 May 2015Everyone's favourite Finnish fictional cartoon creatures, the endearing Moomins, find themselves on the big screen in this utterly delightful film.

31 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

The Journey Home at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 31 May 2015Join Polar Bear as he sets off in search of a new home when the ice starts melting...

31 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

Open Gardens 2015 at Canterbury CathedralSun 31 May 2015For one weekend the private gardens of the Cathedral will be open to view as part of the National Garden Scheme.

31 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

With Laughing Song and Merry Dance at The Marlowe TheatreSun 31 May 2015The Marlowe Friends Committee presents With Laughing Song and Merry Dance. An evening to delight fans of Gilbert and Sullivan.

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

A-May-Zing Madagascar Half Term at Howletts Wild Animal ParkSat 23 - Sun 31 May 2015Visitors to Howletts Wild Animal Park, one of Kent's most popular visitor attractions, this May half term - Saturday 23rd May to Sunday 31st May 2015, can enjoy a host of free activities, games, animal talks and feeds.

31 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

LDN Wrestling at The Kings HallSun 31 May 2015LDN Wrestling are power-slamming their way back to Herne Bay for more spectacular pro-wrestling action!

31 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

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.

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

Childrens Festival Drop-in activities at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 23 - Sun 31 May 2015Drop into the Marlowe Theatre foyer, the Beaney and Canterbury Roman Museum to enjoy fun, creative activities on the theme of animals, monsters and mythical beasts, including art and craft activities.

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.

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

The Clangers are Coming! at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 23 - Sun 31 May 2015Count down to the launch of the new Clangers TV series with an outer space gallery trail and drop in creative activities, including balloon rocket making and Clangers art.

23 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

31 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

NT Live - Man and Superman at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 31 May 2015Ralph Finnes plays Jack Tanner in this exhilarating reinvention of Shaw's witty, provocative classic.

29 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

The Falling (15) at Gulbenkian CinemaFri 29 - Sun 31 May 2015Carol Morley's eagerly awaited follow-up to her superb Dreams of a Life is a beguiling insight into the agitated fever of teenage girlhood.

29 May 2015 to 31 May 2015

A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence at Gulbenkian CinemaFri 29 - Sun 31 May 2015Shifting between dreams and reality, Roy Andersson explores man's inhumanity to man in a provocative, disturbing film that works as a searing, tragicomic indictment of our times.

20 May 2015 to 02 June 2015

Another Touch of Colour at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 20 May - Tue 2 Jun 2015A show by artists from south-east Kent who exhibit individually and collectively. Their work is a mix of styles and media, some with a personal take on modernism, and the influence of other artists is a key factor.

27 May 2015 to 02 June 2015

Spring into Summer at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 27 May - Tue 2 Jun 2015Jean Markham Colourful artwork: paintings, prints and cards. Jean's inspiration comes from the countryside, animals, weather, mountains and sea and she paints in oils and acrylic.

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.

18 May 2015 to 23 August 2015

The Ancestors at Canterbury CathedralMon 18 May - Sun 23 Aug 2015This summer a collection of the Cathedral's earliest and most important examples of stained glass will go on public display. The Ancestors will exhibit a series of life-size figures representing the Ancestors of Christ.

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.

28 May 2015 to 30 August 2015

Poet in Residence: Canterbury Roman Museum Thu 28 May - Sun 30 Aug 2015Gary Studley is a writer and visual artist with long-term connections to Canterbury.

28 May 2015 to 31 August 2015

Armchair Artist in Residence - Rob Turner at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 28 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.

04 May 2016 to 04 May 2016

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