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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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29 November 2014 to 29 November 2014

The egg and Southbank Centre -The Queen's Knickers at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 29 Nov 2014Get your knickers in a twist with this classic comedy for wise young children.

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

The Marlowe Comedy Cabaret at The Marlowe TheatreSat 29 Nov 2014Our comedy and variety night brings you top stand-up comedy acts along with some quirky cabaret performers. Expect to see tomorrow's comedy stars today.

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?

29 November 2014 to 29 November 2014

Whitstable Christmas Lights Sat 29 Nov 2014Whitstable Christmas Lights switch on will take place on Saturday 29th November at 4.15pm outside St Alphege's School.

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

Mr Turner at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 29 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.

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

The Polar Express at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 29 Nov 2014Based on the children's book of the same name, it sees a doubting boy board a magical train on Christmas Eve that's headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus's home.

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 29 November 2014

Victoria Simonsen and Daniel de Borah at St John's Methodist ChurchSat 29 Nov 2014Victoria Simonsen (cello) and Daniel de Borah (piano). Bach: Solo Suite No.6 in D major BWV 1012 Prokofiev: Sonata in C major Op. 119 Franck: Sonata in A major

30 November 2014 to 30 November 2014

Tom Stade - Decisions Decisions at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 30 Nov 2014The free-thinking philosopher returns to ponder timeless questions and reflect upon life's choices and decisions.

30 November 2014 to 30 November 2014

Cathedral Advent Carol Service at Canterbury CathedralSun 30 Nov 2014A Service of Carols to mark the beginning of Advent.

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.

30 November 2014 to 30 November 2014

Tankerton Christmas Market at The Whitstable Castle and GardensSun 30 Nov 2014Craft, charity and trade stalls on three floors of Whitstable Castle; in the Castle Studio and outside in the grounds including good food, hot drinks, gluwein and stollen, fudge. Family entertainment including children's fairground rides.

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

Meet Santa at Howletts Wild Animal ParkSat 29 - Sun 30 Nov 2014Meet Santa Claus and his elves in his enchanted Gingerbread Grotto at selected weekends throughout November and December 2014 at Howletts Wild Animal Park, near Canterbury. Please see the website for more information and terms & conditions.

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.

30 November 2014 to 30 November 2014

'I Heart Whitstable' Arts and Craft Market at Whitstable Umbrella Community CentreSun 30 Nov 2014'I Heart Whitstable' Arts and Crafts Market. Sunday 30th November and 14th December.

30 November 2014 to 30 November 2014

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop at Petham Village HallSun 30 Nov 2014Join us in Petham Village Hall for this enjoyable Christmas workshop. Custom make your own Christmas wreath from scratch, and tailor it to your own colour scheme - be it traditional red or modern metallics.

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.

29 November 2014 to 30 November 2014

Christmas Crackers! at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 29 - Sun 30 Nov 2014Drop-in to the Learning Lab and have fun creating a 'Victorian' Christmas cracker. Discover how crackers became a Christmas favourite and challenge friends and family in the History of Christmas Quiz! One cracker each. Suitable for all ages

30 November 2014 to 30 November 2014

Mr Turner at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 30 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.

30 November 2014 to 30 November 2014

To Have and Have Not at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 30 Nov 2014Sizzling chemistry between Humphrey Bogart and the late Lauren Bacall and a cooly smart script adapted from the Ernest Hemingway novel make this classic war film-slash-romance, a timeless classic.

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.

28 November 2015 to 29 November 2015

Craft and Gift Fair at The Kings HallSat 28 - Sun 29 Nov 2015A 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.

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