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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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23 September 2014 to 23 September 2014

Propeller - Pocket Dream at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 23 Sep 2014Propeller presents a sixty minute version of its award-winning production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, especially devised for young audiences and known as Pocket Dream.

23 September 2014 to 23 September 2014

Photo Day at WildwoodTue 23 Sep 2014A day of wildlife photography with expert tuition from our resident photographer. Gift vouchers also available.

10 September 2014 to 23 September 2014

Vintage Aircraft Furniture at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 10 - Tue 23 Sep 2014David Chewter Individual designer furniture and art made from Military and Civilian aviation pieces.

17 September 2014 to 23 September 2014

the Dawn of Colour Exhibition at Fish Slab GalleryWed 17 - Tue 23 Sep 2014The Dawn of Colour exhibition. Paintings by June Dixon.

24 September 2014 to 24 September 2014

Shadow Boxing at The Marlowe TheatreWed 24 Sep 2014One Man fights his own demons. The son of a boxer who couldn’t win, Flynn is determined not to end up like his father. He becomes a successful fighter through utter dedication.

24 September 2014 to 25 September 2014

Omid Djalili - Iranalamadingdong at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 24 - Thu 25 Sep 2014He's back on tour with a new show, following a sell-out four week West-End residency and a sold-out season at the Edinburgh Festival.

25 September 2014 to 25 September 2014

The Galliard Ensemble at St Gregory's Centre for MusicThu 25 Sep 2014This well known Wind Ensemble will present a programme including music by Holst, Britten, Arnold, Vinter, Sullivan, Clarke & Paul Patterson.

25 September 2014 to 25 September 2014

The Croydon Gospel Choir at Colyer-Fergusson BuildingThu 25 Sep 2014The Croydon Gospel Choir Big City Tour, featuring the P&O Ferries Choir.

26 September 2014 to 26 September 2014

Tall Stories - Emily Brown and the Thing at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 26 Sep 2014Tall Stories, creators of the much-loved Gruffalo stage show, present their brand new show, based on the much-loved book by Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton.

26 September 2014 to 26 September 2014

Duncan Perkins Memorial Concert at Canterbury CathedralFri 26 Sep 2014This concert given in memory of Duncan and in aid The Pilgrims Hospice will feature the Lay Clerks of Canterbury Cathedral performing a selection of sacred and secular music.

25 September 2014 to 26 September 2014

Horror Box at The Marlowe TheatreThu 25 - Fri 26 Sep 2014Thing you know fear? Think again. A play with a difference: all the terrors and scares of a horror movie - except this time - you’re in it.

26 September 2014 to 26 September 2014

Film @ The Horsebridge: Dallas Buyers Club at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreFri 26 Sep 2014Matthew McConaughhey stars as real-life Texas cowboy Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when he was diagnosed as HIV-positive and given 30 days to live.

27 September 2014 to 27 September 2014

Tall Stories - Emily Brown and the Thing at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 27 Sep 2014Tall Stories, creators of the much-loved Gruffalo stage show, present their brand new show, based on the much-loved book by Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton.

27 September 2014 to 27 September 2014

The Little Unsaid at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 27 Sep 2014Fresh from succesful shows at Glastonbury Festival The Little Unsaid will be touring with full band this Autumn.

24 September 2014 to 27 September 2014

Lord Of The Flies at The Marlowe TheatreWed 24 - Sat 27 Sep 2014A thrilling new dance production. Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures has created some of the most successful shows of the last 25 years, including Swan Lake, Nutcracker! and Sleeping Beauty.

27 September 2014 to 27 September 2014

The Marlowe Comedy Cabaret at The Marlowe TheatreSat 27 Sep 2014Our comedy and variety night brings you top stand-up comedy acts and a few surprises!

27 September 2014 to 27 September 2014

Comedy Tour at Canterbury TalesSat 27 Sep 2014Join Nicholas the necromancer and his clumsy assistant Nigel on a jaunt through the historic streets, meeting the colourful characters of Canterbury's past that have contributed to the city's heritage.

27 September 2014 to 27 September 2014

The Bubble Club Presents: Nine Below Zero at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 27 Sep 2014Nine Below Zero are Britain's coolest mod-minded blues rockets who sold out their last Bubble Club gig raising the roof with an amazing set that included most of their classic 1979 Live At The Marquee album.

27 September 2014 to 27 September 2014

Guns or Roses: The UK's Top Guns 'N' Roses Tribute at The Kings HallSat 27 Sep 2014Get your friends and family our for a rocking night you'll not forget! Prepare for some of the biggest heavy metal anthems of all time, as we welcome the UK’s top Guns ‘N’ Roses tribute act to Herne Bay.

23 September 2014 to 27 September 2014

Sylvia at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableTue 23 - Sat 27 Sep 2014Greg and Kate have been married for twenty odd years, their lives have changed, the children have left home and they have moved back from the suburbs to Manhattan and city life.

27 September 2014 to 27 September 2014

Kent Film Festival at Canterbury Christ Church UniversitySat 27 Sep 2014This year, 2014 we celebrate our 40th Anniversary. We have provided an opportunity for local film makers to show their films to appreciative audiences since 1974.

27 September 2014 to 27 September 2014

Gift & Craft Market at Herne Bay BandstandSat 27 Sep 2014Viist the Gifts & Craft Market, which has a variety of individual stalls from homemade jewellery, scarves and handbags, knitted gifts, paintings and artwork, cards, toys, woodare, bric a crac and much more.

27 September 2014 to 27 September 2014

The Sacconi Quartet with Stephen Orton (cello) at St John's Methodist ChurchSat 27 Sep 2014Ben Hancox (violin) Claudia Ajmone-Marsan (violin) Robin Ashwell (viola) Cara Berridge (cello) Frank Bridge: Three Novelletten for String Quartet Maurice Ravel: String Quartet in F major Schubert: String Quintet in C major D956

28 September 2014 to 28 September 2014

Tall Stories - Emily Brown and the Thing at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 28 Sep 2014Tall Stories, creators of the much-loved Gruffalo stage show, present their brand new show, based on the much-loved book by Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton.

28 September 2014 to 28 September 2014

NGS Garden Open Day at Mount Ephraim GardensSun 28 Sep 2014Enjoy a visit to the gardens on this special National Garden Scheme day and help benefit charities at the same time.

11 September 2014 to 28 September 2014

Home Front Whitstable, 1914-18 at Whitstable Museum and GalleryThu 11 - Sun 28 Sep 2014Exploring life on the British home front 1914-18 through original posters, cartoon artworks and popular arts and souvenirs.

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.

28 September 2014 to 28 September 2014

Wild Food Foraging at Westgate GardensSun 28 Sep 2014Join us on a foraging walk and discover the treasure trove of food that can be found in natures larder and learn how to safely identify and harvest wild plants.

28 September 2014 to 28 September 2014

SRP Toy and Train Seafront Show at The Kings HallSun 28 Sep 2014SRP fairs have been going for 20 years and promote 60 shows in the South East, covering Colchester, Essex, Brighton, Bognor and all over Kent.

28 September 2014 to 28 September 2014

Bunbury Celebrity Cricket Match at Kent County Cricket ClubSun 28 Sep 2014Dr David English and his Bunbury Celebrity Cricket team are holding a special cricket match Sunday 28th September at Kent County Cricket Ground – Spitfire Lawn.

26 September 2014 to 28 September 2014

Canterbury Food and Drink Festival at Dane John GardensFri 26 - Sun 28 Sep 2014Canterbury Food & Drink Festival will be returning to the Dane John Gardens, Canterbury in 2014.

30 August 2014 to 28 September 2014

Diane Smalley at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 30 Aug - Sun 28 Sep 2014This exhibition is an artist's response to 'The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge'. The paintings and drawings will all have connections to the Beaney's art and artefacts displayed in the Garden Room and upstairs galleries.

28 September 2014 to 28 September 2014

Billy Elliot the Musical Live at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 28 Sep 2014Live from London's West End this special performance brings multi award-winning Billy Elliot the Musical to cinemas for the first time.

29 September 2014 to 30 September 2014

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 29 - Tue 30 Sep 2014Set amongst the princes and nobles of Verona, this dynamic new production combines the purity and beauty of Shakespeare's original text with entrancing contemporary street dance.

30 September 2014 to 30 September 2014

Bridget Christie: A Bic For Her at The Marlowe TheatreTue 30 Sep 2014Winner of the 2013 Edinburgh Comedy Award for best show.

01 September 2014 to 30 September 2014

My SAS Family at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreMon 1 - Tue 30 Sep 2014Arztip Mixed Media Myths about the SAS explored and exploded.

24 September 2014 to 30 September 2014

Crossing Places at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 24 - Tue 30 Sep 2014Ashford Visual Artists Soundtracks, neon, film, printmaking, drawing, paint Members of Ashford Visual Artists will interpret the theme 'Crossing Places' in a variety of disciplines.

24 September 2014 to 30 September 2014

Paul Mitchell & Nina Shilling at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 24 - Tue 30 Sep 2014This is a joint exhibition of our most current work which will include mixed media, urban and street paintings, landscapes and drawings. There will be a huge variety of themes explored in a showcase of our eclectic inspirations.

01 September 2014 to 30 September 2014

Kids for £1 throughout September 2014 at Howletts Wild Animal ParkMon 1 - Tue 30 Sep 2014Beat the back to school blues by treating the kids to a thrilling day out at either Howletts or Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks throughout September 2014. Terms and conditions apply. Please see the website for more details and how to claim.

30 September 2014 to 30 September 2014

Scribble, Sketch learn to Draw - Introduction at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeTue 30 Sep 2014Learn to draw more accurately from observation, explore different methods and media and extend your drawing skills with artist Judith Anketell.

29 September 2014 to 04 October 2014

One Man, Two Guvnors at The Marlowe TheatreMon 29 Sep - Sat 4 Oct 2014The National Theatre’s award-winning comedy.

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).

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.

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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