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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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27 August 2014 to 27 August 2014

Gulbenkian and Wide Eyed Present Play In A Day at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 27 Aug 2014Make a play in one day on Gulbenkian stage. Suitable for ages 5 to 11 years.

27 August 2014 to 27 August 2014

Junior Zoo Keeper at WildwoodWed 27 Aug 2014Do you know a budding zoo keeper? Let them discover what it's like to work as a Wildwood animal keeper and how we care for our animals to keep them happy and healthy.

27 August 2014 to 27 August 2014

Summer Fun Days at The Whitstable Castle and GardensWed 27 Aug 2014Bring your own picnic and enjoy a huge range of activities suitable for all the family.

27 August 2014 to 27 August 2014

Herne Bay Rocks - The Final HeatWed 27 Aug 2014The final heat of the towns biggest music event as four eacts from the best local talent battle it out for the chance to win a slot on the main stage, 2 days recording, a global release, and an on location photo shoot.

26 August 2014 to 27 August 2014

BOING 2014 - A Playground of Dance at Herne Bay Clock Tower and BandstandTue 26 - Wed 27 Aug 2014Highly playful, physical and fun! This is a cheeky dance celebration of the child within. Combining quirky, dynamic dance with high energy street gymnastics.

27 August 2014 to 27 August 2014

Baby Bounce and Rhyme at Herne Bay Library Wed 27 Aug 2014'Take to the Skies' is this year's theme, so get your child involved and have fun learning through flying themed songs, rhymes and activities. Ages 0 - 2 years.

27 August 2014 to 27 August 2014

Interactive Dance Mat Workout at The Bay Sports ArenaWed 27 Aug 2014Come along and have a go at the interactive dance mats! Ages 11-15 years: 5:00pm – 5:30pm Ages 16+ years: 5:30pm – 6:00pm

27 August 2014 to 27 August 2014

Busking Brahms at Herne Bay BandstandWed 27 Aug 2014Busking Brahms at the Herne Bay Bandstand.

28 August 2014 to 28 August 2014

This is the Kit at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 28 Aug 2014This Is The Kit is the much beloved musical project of Kate Stables, born in England and based in Paris, though the heart of their musical community remains in Bristol, UK.

28 August 2014 to 28 August 2014

Herne Mill Open DayThu 28 Aug 2014Dating from 1789, discover this Grade I listed local landmark with guided tours.

28 August 2014 to 28 August 2014

Let's Make at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreThu 28 Aug 2014Arts and craft activity workshop during the summer holidays for children aged 4 to 8 years. A fun creative class where children will have the opportunity to make things from a wide range of projects. Themes differ each week.

28 August 2014 to 28 August 2014

Gadgets and Gizmos - Junk Modelling Workshop at Herne BayThu 28 Aug 2014A junk modelling workshop based on the children's book 'Rosie Revere, Engineer'. The session will start with a reading of 'Rosie Revere, Engineer' by Andrea of A Bundle of Books, but feel free to drop-in anytime between.

28 August 2014 to 28 August 2014

Matthew Bourne’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at Kavanagh CinemaThu 28 Aug 2014Bourne cleverly sets his latest ballet in the year this fairytale was first ever performed, 1890, at the Christening of Aurora, the story’s heroine.

28 August 2014 to 28 August 2014

Flying High - Storytelling and Craft at Herne Bay Library Thu 28 Aug 2014Stories in the air! Come and hear some tales, and craft your own flying object.

29 August 2014 to 29 August 2014

Sing-A-Long-Grease at The Marlowe TheatreFri 29 Aug 2014This fully interactive screening of the classic film is The One That You Want. Your host will lead a vocal warm-up before showing you how to use your magic moments fun pack. You’ll even get a chance to hand-jive!

29 August 2014 to 29 August 2014

Film @ The Horsebridge: Blue Jasmine at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreFri 29 Aug 2014Film @ The Horsebridge - Blue Jasmine. Director: Woody Allen | 2013 | 1 hour 38 minutes.

29 August 2014 to 29 August 2014

Herne Bay Rocks final 2014 at The Kings HallFri 29 Aug 2014The competition reaches its climax as the three highest scoring acts from the heats battle it out in a play-off final at Herne Bay’s most prolific music venue.

25 August 2014 to 29 August 2014

Mini Museum at Herne BayMon 25 - Fri 29 Aug 2014Experience the world of a by gone era by visiting Dick's annual pop up museum of vintage memorabilia. Look at, and handle ancient artefacts including toy trains, cameras, telescopes and a lucky dip. A different exhibition every day!

28 August 2014 to 29 August 2014

Community Mural Painting at Herne BayThu 28 - Fri 29 Aug 2014Help us paint a community mural on the Nuns' Huts! All ages welcome, under 11s must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear old clothes as you may get covered in paint. This project is supported by the National Lottery.

29 August 2014 to 29 August 2014

Festival UV After Party for Under 16s at Herne BayFri 29 Aug 2014VIVID will be hosting a UV party for under 16′s! Prepare to glow!

25 August 2014 to 29 August 2014

Movie Mania at Kavanagh CinemaMon 25 - Fri 29 Aug 2014Kavanagh Cinema will be screening family films at 11am each morning.

25 August 2014 to 29 August 2014

Supervised Swim at Herons Leisure CentreMon 25 - Fri 29 Aug 2014This is a two hour session for swimmers aged between 5 and 10 years old, who would like to be supervised in the small pool whilst their parents are using the facilities.

29 August 2014 to 29 August 2014

Manic Mats at Herons Leisure CentreFri 29 Aug 2014A fun session for the whole family to enjoy with the giant mats and floats, flume, water canons, geyser jet, mushroom fountain and more! All ages welcome.

25 August 2014 to 29 August 2014

Public Skating at The Bay Sports ArenaMon 25 - Fri 29 Aug 2014Roller Skating for all the family! Vouchers available from The Bay Sports Arean website.

25 August 2014 to 29 August 2014

Sport Camps at The Bay Sports ArenaMon 25 - Fri 29 Aug 2014Activities include bouncy castle, skating, football, basketball, short tennis, kwik cricket, bench ball, uni hockey, football and lots more. Multi sports – Children aged 5 – 12 years.

29 August 2014 to 29 August 2014

Greenhill Gymnastics Club at The Bay Sports ArenaFri 29 Aug 2014Greenhill Gymnastics club members experience excellent gymnastics coaching to suit their individual needs from their team of qualified and extremely dedicated coaches. And at Herne Bay Festival they will be providing taster sessions.

29 August 2014 to 29 August 2014

Roller Disco at The Bay Sports ArenaFri 29 Aug 2014Great atmosphere, great music, and great fun.

29 August 2014 to 29 August 2014

Origami Workshops at Beach CreativeFri 29 Aug 2014Learn and take part in the traditional Japanese art of origami. Following the festival’s theme of Take to The Skies, Beach Creative will be teaching you how to make beautiful origami birds of all sizes!

29 August 2014 to 29 August 2014

Ladies Who Latte at Herne Bay BandstandFri 29 Aug 2014Their business is supporting women who would like to start their own business or grown an existing one. They offer friendship, advice, contacts and business leads.

30 August 2014 to 30 August 2014

BOING 2014 - Bleu at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 30 Aug 2014All the way from sunny Italy Compagnia TPO will take you deep into the bluest of oceans. The Gulbenkian stage becomes a magical world of falling stars, far-away islands and underwater creatures.

30 August 2014 to 30 August 2014

BOING 2014 - Boogie Woogie Baby at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 30 Aug 2014A daytime disco for the whole family. Let yourself go, dance like a mad hatter... or like your dad. Everyone is welcome to dance at any time in our cafe.

30 August 2014 to 30 August 2014

Bat Walk at Westgate GardensSat 30 Aug 2014Discover the Park after Dark. Join Kent Bat group for an evening walk looking for bats. Learn how to use a bat detector to identify which bats you have seen or heard!

30 August 2014 to 30 August 2014

“I believe I can do anything…” at Herne BaySat 30 Aug 2014Meet Amy Johnson researcher Jane Priston and go back in time to the daring 1930’s to explore one woman’s fascinating journey from typist to national heroine and record breaking pilot.

30 August 2014 to 30 August 2014

BOING 2014 - bOing Workshop at University of Kent Sat 30 Aug 2014Inspired by Anne Peltola's book 'Boing Boing', we invite you on a fun filled journey exploring colour, form, sound and movement. Bring your imagination and see where your creations will take you!

30 August 2014 to 30 August 2014

BOING 2014 - Alice in Wonderland at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 30 Aug 2014Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson | US | 1951 | 75mins | Voice cast: Kathryn Beaumont, Ed Wynn, Richard Haydn On a golden afternoon by the river bank, Alice follows a snuffling White Rabbit down a rabbit hole.

23 August 2014 to 30 August 2014

Barnes Wallis and the Bouncing Bomb at Herne Bay Library Sat 23 - Sat 30 Aug 2014The Herne Bay Library will be storytelling for ages 0 to 2 from a local author.

30 August 2014 to 31 August 2014

bOing 2014 at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 30 - Sun 31 Aug 2014Join us on a very special journey of imagination with a weekend of amazing theatre, dance, music, films and fun for all the family.

26 June 2014 to 31 August 2014

365: a year in the life of Whitstable at Whitstable Museum and GalleryThu 26 Jun - Sun 31 Aug 2014Showcasing 365 photographs of Whitstable taken everyday of the year in 2013 by residents and visitors. In partnership with Kent Creative Arts. A Whitstable Oyster Festival exhibition.

25 August 2014 to 31 August 2014

Small Cat Week at Howletts Wild Animal ParkMon 25 - Sun 31 Aug 2014This week Howletts is celebrating the park's extraordinary small cats! Learn about these elusive felines at our special feeds and unique tours. Children will also love the special crafts and games running in the park.

23 August 2014 to 31 August 2014

Herne Bay FestivalSat 23 - Sun 31 Aug 2014The Herne Bay Festival is a celebration of Herne Bay's vibrant community and beautiful coastline. With nine days of live music, entertainment, workshops, performances and demonstrations - there's something for everyone to enjoy!

23 August 2014 to 31 August 2014

Active Al’s Fun Time – A Fun Water Session at Herons Leisure CentreSat 23 - Sun 31 Aug 2014Whether it’s enjoying a ride down our fantastic flume, trying to race your friends to the end of the huge monster island, having a blast with our giant floats, or relaxing in our bubble pool, everyone will find their favourite activity.

25 August 2014 to 31 August 2014

Art in Motion at Bay ART GalleryMon 25 - Sun 31 Aug 2014An exhibition of paintings/prints/textiles/photographs/scultures by CT6 Contemporary Art Group.

17 January 2014 to 31 August 2014

Investigating Portraits family trail at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 17 Jan - Sun 31 Aug 2014Take part in a fun, self-guided family trail investigating portraits in the People and Places gallery led by the Little Girl at the Door (a favourite character in one of the paintings).

23 August 2014 to 31 August 2014

Herne Bay Arts Group Exhibition at United Reform ChurchSat 23 - Sun 31 Aug 2014Art exhibition based on the theme of “Take to the Skies”.

23 August 2014 to 31 August 2014

David Ruddock Piano Recital at United Reform ChurchSat 23 - Sun 31 Aug 2014All are invited to the classical piano recital by east Kent’s leading pianist, David Ruddock.

29 August 2014 to 31 August 2014

World Village Market at Herne Bay PierFri 29 - Sun 31 Aug 2014A unique street market featuring exotic world cooking, homemade, healthy and traceable foods together with handmade, arts, crafts, clothing, jewellery, accessories and original ideas!

27 August 2014 to 02 September 2014

Urban Obsession at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 27 Aug - Tue 2 Sep 2014Stencil, graffiti, photography, sand A collection of artists with 'Urban Obsession' expressed in their own unique ways and styles from Graffiti to Geometry.

27 August 2014 to 02 September 2014

Beverley Fisher at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 27 Aug - Tue 2 Sep 2014Mixed Media Beverley is back for another year, this time on her own. A mix of abstract and florals, this exhibition promises to be another exciting show bursting with colour and style.

13 August 2014 to 02 September 2014

'Take to the Skies' Open Exhibition at Beach CreativeWed 13 Aug - Tue 2 Sep 2014Our next Open Show has the same theme as this year's Herne Bay Festival - Take to the Skies.We welcome entries on the show's theme from everyone. Please check back for details on the handing in dates.

07 August 2014 to 28 September 2014

French Dressing at 50 at Herne Bay Museum and GalleryThu 7 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014Celebrating director Ken Russell's first ever feature film, which was set in Herne Bay, and came out 50 years ago. The beach, bandstand and pier recognizably starred in the film, and many Herne Bay residents were extras.

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.

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.

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