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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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  • Changing Times: Herne Bay's Clocktower at Herne Bay Museum and GalleryThu 12 Jun - Sun 27 Jul 2014The story of Herne Bay's clocktower (probably the oldest freestanding clocktower in the world) & the wider story of public monuments to timeliness. Fun family drop-in activity to accompany the exhibition. A community partnership exhibition.
    Scallywags Dog Show at Tankerton SlopesSun 27 Jul 2014The Scallywags Fun Novelty Day Show is a great day out for everyone with a love of dogs and a sense of fun.
    Harbour Food Festival at Whitstable HarbourSat 26 - Sun 27 Jul 2014Over 100 local producers converge on Whitstable’s Harbour for a two day exhibition of sumptuous seafood, food & drink.
    Oyster Challenge at Whitstable HarbourSun 27 Jul 2014Your mission should you choose to accept it: eat six oysters and drink half a pint. The fastest time wins a prize and considerable glory but taking part is only for the brave. Great fun to watch.
    Benzego at Whitstable HarbourSun 27 Jul 2014Following Ben's success on the X Factor, and the nationwide recognition that came with it, both his and Benzego's fan base expanded considerably and the band now plays regularly in venues all around the UK.
    Harbour Stage at Whitstable HarbourSun 27 Jul 2014Music from Whitstable Community College, Sea Shantee Singers, 1st Whitstable Scout Band, Oyster Challenge, The Cuban Brothers and Benzego.
    Busker's Stage at Whitstable HarbourSat 26 - Sun 27 Jul 2014This year we welcome a new addition to the opening weekend... The Busker's Stage! This is open to anyone with a passion for music. You will get the chance to perform in front of a large audience at the Harbour Food Fair.
    Arthur Kitchener: The Hobo Manifesto at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSun 27 Jul 2014Dedicated to and inspired by the life and music of Woody Guthrie. Guthrie has been an inspiration to Arthur since 1984, when Arthur as a member of the Balham Alligators he backed the likes of Odetta in a concert tribute to Woody.
    Mud Tug at WhitstableSun 27 Jul 2014This epic battle of muscles and mud is Whitstable's unique version of tug o' war. Eight teams (men's and women's) take the Mud Tug Challenge, competing not only with each other by also the persistent rising tide.
    Charity Tea Garden at WhitstableSat 26 - Sun 27 Jul 2014Step into this secluded oasis on the main high street. Tea and coffee served in a beautiful garden with vintage crockery and home made cake.
    Fairytale Fun Day at Strode Park HouseSun 27 Jul 2014Meet famous fairy tale characters such as Cinderella, Elsa from 'Frozen' Belle, Rapunzel, The Mad Hatter, Snow White, Jack Sparrow, Captain Hook, The Despicable Me Minions, Hello Kitty, Mr & Mrs Mouse...
    I Heart Whitstable Crafts Market at Whitstable Umbrella Community CentreSun 27 Jul 2014A contemporary craft market hosted by I Heart Whitstable. I Heart Whitstable loves all things local, and this event promises to provide a broad variety of arts, crafts and tasty treats.
    Sea Sunday Service at St Alphege ChurchSun 27 Jul 2014Make a gentle start to your Sunday with a traditional 'Sea Sunday' service followed by a procession to the Harbour led by 'The Native Oyster Band'. The service is supported by Churches Together in Whitstable.
    Billy Smart's Circus at CanterburyTue 22 - Sun 27 Jul 2014The Billy Smart's Circus UK tour is brimming with a dazzling combination of acrobatics, comedy, music, juggling, and aerial feats brought to you by our amazing international artistes.
    Wind and Strings at United Reformed ChurchSun 27 Jul 2014An evening of popular light music performed by three groups from Whitstable, The Windy Whistlers (flutes), Whitsax (saxophones), Clariable (Clarinets) and two young harpists from Folkestone, Just2Harps.
    Teddy Bear Story at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 10 May - Sun 27 Jul 2014'Teddy Bear Story' celebrates the special toys that have been childhood companions to millions of people.
    Beer Festival at The East QuaySat 26 - Sun 27 Jul 2014Sample over 30 cask ales with a BBQ on the beach, accompanied by live music.
    Kent Coastal Concert Band at Herne Bay BandstandSun 27 Jul 2014Herne Bay's own Kent Coastal Concert Band will help you enjoy a sunny afternoon at the Central Bandstand.
    Love, Life & Memories at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 23 - Tue 29 Jul 2014Charlie Veniga-Garrett Glass A collection of glass that is dedicated to my mother, who died suddenly. Her influence and inspiration has inspired my designs.
    Scrap Sisters at Beach CreativeWed 16 - Tue 29 Jul 2014A collective of nine local femail artists creating art from or inspired by Scrap. Mandy Broughton, Jan Cook, Jean Fraser, Sarah Lankester, Cathy McTurk, Nina Shilling, Karen Simpson, Mandy Troughton and Jill Young.
    Scrap Sisters - Workshops for Families & Children at Beach CreativeWed 23 - Tue 29 Jul 2014Learn how to turn rubbish into art, try your hand at printing, weaving or knitting. As part of this exhibition there will be creative workshops running all week so come and learn a new skill.
    Re-create at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 2 - Wed 30 Jul 2014Julie Costain Soft Pastels, Oil Pastels, Acrylics, Watercolours 'Ideas can come from anywhere, I will see something and want to re-create it as a piece of artwork'.
    Whitstable Oyster FestivalSat 26 Jul - Fri 1 Aug 2014A week of festivity celebrating Whitstable's fascinating history and unique heritage alongside its contemporary talent and enthusiasm for fun.
    Textile Exhibition of Margo Selby & Tracie Peisley at WhitstableSat 26 Jul - Fri 1 Aug 2014A textile exhibition of Margo Selby's latest jackets, rugs and hand-woven pieces plus guest artist Tracie Peisley will be launching her wearable art. All visitors welcome.
    Oyster Lacemakers at The Whitstable ShopSat 26 Jul - Fri 1 Aug 2014The gentle and intricate art of bobbin lace-making is on display with Whitstable's Oyster Lacemakers in the Whitstable Shop Garden. A chance for the nimble-fingered to have a go.
    MAHL at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 23 Jul - Tue 5 Aug 2014Watercolours, Acrylics, Oils, Paints, Sculptures. Malone, Gadenne, Hughes & Livesey provide the acronym for this eclectic array of art, a Mahlstick being the rest tool for artists working at their easels.
    Beyond the View at Sidney Cooper GalleryFri 11 Jul - Fri 22 Aug 2014Beyond the View: Reframing the Sunbeam Photographic Collection. The photographs document life in the South East of England from 1917 to 1976 and capture social history through political, civic and ceremonial events.
    Display Space at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 26 Jul - Sun 24 Aug 2014The Beaney Front Room takes you on a journey into the infinite void with a group exhibition by local artists that interprets the great unknown, exploring planets, stars, alien landscapes and black holes.
    Robert Jarvis: aroundNorth at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 12 Jul - Sun 24 Aug 2014Inspired by a visit to Armagh Observatory, Robert Jarvis created this sound installation.
    365: a year in the life of Whitstable at Whitstable Museum and GalleryThu 26 Jun - Sat 30 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.
    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).
    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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23 July 2014 to 26 July 2014

Oliver! at The Marlowe TheatreWed 23 - Sat 26 Jul 2014Supporting local talent.

26 July 2014 to 26 July 2014

The Marlowe Comedy Cabaret at The Marlowe TheatreSat 26 Jul 2014Our comedy and variety night brings you top stand-up comedy acts and a few surprises!

26 July 2014 to 26 July 2014

Outdoor Theatre: Shakespeare's Two Noble Kinsmen at Canterbury TalesSat 26 Jul 2014Marking the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth, The Canterbury Tales and Mirthful Oak Theatre company are proud to present an open-air version of this play - which is an adaptation of Chaucer's "The Knight's Tale".

26 July 2014 to 26 July 2014

A Natural History of Kent's Mammals at WildwoodSat 26 Jul 2014In partnership with Kent Wildlife Trust. This course will provide an overview of Kent's mammals, small and large. The focus will be on their ecology, reproduction biology and conservation issues.

26 July 2014 to 26 July 2014

Whitstable Harbour MatchSat 26 Jul 2014Vessels taking part will include traditional Oyster Smacks and Bawleys, Replica Smacks, Thames Barges and traditional Gaff Rigged craft. Come along and see these sailing craft in their splendour.

26 July 2014 to 26 July 2014

Harbour Stage at Whitstable HarbourSat 26 Jul 2014Music from Whitstable Community College, Chaucer College Japanese Drummers and Dancers, Steve Bolton and Anouska Lucas.

26 July 2014 to 26 July 2014

Horsebridge Comedy Presents: Eric Tales of the Sea at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 26 Jul 2014Eric has a story to tell, the mysterious life of a submariner. Serving in the Royal Navy for 17 years before turning stand-up comic.

26 July 2014 to 26 July 2014

Parade Camp at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSat 26 Jul 2014We are inviting all children and their families to join in the parade celebrations. Visit 'Parade Camp' at the Horsebridge Centre from 12pm and join our creative parade workshops.

26 July 2014 to 26 July 2014

Club Tropicana Night feat Bad Boys at The Kings HallSat 26 Jul 2014Drinks aren't free, but head down to Club Tropicana Night anyway for a fantastic Saturday night out!

26 July 2014 to 26 July 2014

Landing of the Oysters at WhitstableSat 26 Jul 2014Join us on the sea shore for the formal opening of the Festival, a simple and charming ceremony blessing a catch of oysters landed from the sea by Whitstable Sea Scouts.

26 July 2014 to 26 July 2014

Oyster Festival Parade at WhitstableSat 26 Jul 2014Commencing beachside at the Landing of the Oysters, the parade will wind its way through the town, bigger and bolder than ever before in a festive swirl of music and colour.

26 July 2014 to 26 July 2014

Street Theatre Walkabout at WhitstableSat 26 Jul 2014Street Theatre Walkabouts with Rag & Bone and Deep Sea Jiving.

26 July 2014 to 26 July 2014

Live Music Trail at WhitstableSat 26 Jul 20148pm at the Duke of Cumberland - City Funck Orchestra. 9pm at Deco 5 - Fullcircleuk - Sixties music.

26 July 2014 to 26 July 2014

Whitstable Farmers' Market at Whitstable Umbrella Community CentreSat 26 Jul 2014Whitstable Farmers' Market started regular markets in February 2007 in the heart of Whitstable. The market aims to have mostly organic produce stalls, and all stalls are from closer than 30 miles from Whitstable.

26 July 2014 to 26 July 2014

The Roystercatchers - Barn Dance / Ceilidh at Whitstable Umbrella Community CentreSat 26 Jul 2014The Roystercatchers are a six person Whitstable-based acoustic Folk and Ceilidh Band, formed in 2013, though most of us have been involved in the local folk scene for many years.

26 July 2014 to 26 July 2014

Hire a Hymn at St Alphege ChurchSat 26 Jul 2014Ask the choir to sing your favourites for a small donation! (All money raised goes to church ministry in the town).

21 June 2014 to 26 July 2014

Moving Textiles: Digital Encounters at Herbert Read GallerySat 21 Jun - Sat 26 Jul 2014The work of over forty textile designers, artists and craftspeople will be presented to explore the place of digital technology in contemporary textile practice.

26 July 2014 to 26 July 2014

Brian Baker's Diver's Trail at Keam's Yard Car ParkSat 26 Jul 2014This guided walk, led by Brian Baker, tells the story of how the Diving helmet and suit were invented in Whitstable, stopping at the houses and pubs that played their park and those that were built from the proceeds.

12 June 2014 to 27 July 2014

Changing Times: Herne Bay's Clocktower at Herne Bay Museum and GalleryThu 12 Jun - Sun 27 Jul 2014The story of Herne Bay's clocktower (probably the oldest freestanding clocktower in the world) & the wider story of public monuments to timeliness. Fun family drop-in activity to accompany the exhibition. A community partnership exhibition.

27 July 2014 to 27 July 2014

Scallywags Dog Show at Tankerton SlopesSun 27 Jul 2014The Scallywags Fun Novelty Day Show is a great day out for everyone with a love of dogs and a sense of fun.

26 July 2014 to 27 July 2014

Harbour Food Festival at Whitstable HarbourSat 26 - Sun 27 Jul 2014Over 100 local producers converge on Whitstable’s Harbour for a two day exhibition of sumptuous seafood, food & drink.

27 July 2014 to 27 July 2014

Oyster Challenge at Whitstable HarbourSun 27 Jul 2014Your mission should you choose to accept it: eat six oysters and drink half a pint. The fastest time wins a prize and considerable glory but taking part is only for the brave. Great fun to watch.

27 July 2014 to 27 July 2014

Benzego at Whitstable HarbourSun 27 Jul 2014Following Ben's success on the X Factor, and the nationwide recognition that came with it, both his and Benzego's fan base expanded considerably and the band now plays regularly in venues all around the UK.

27 July 2014 to 27 July 2014

Harbour Stage at Whitstable HarbourSun 27 Jul 2014Music from Whitstable Community College, Sea Shantee Singers, 1st Whitstable Scout Band, Oyster Challenge, The Cuban Brothers and Benzego.

26 July 2014 to 27 July 2014

Busker's Stage at Whitstable HarbourSat 26 - Sun 27 Jul 2014This year we welcome a new addition to the opening weekend... The Busker's Stage! This is open to anyone with a passion for music. You will get the chance to perform in front of a large audience at the Harbour Food Fair.

27 July 2014 to 27 July 2014

Arthur Kitchener: The Hobo Manifesto at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreSun 27 Jul 2014Dedicated to and inspired by the life and music of Woody Guthrie. Guthrie has been an inspiration to Arthur since 1984, when Arthur as a member of the Balham Alligators he backed the likes of Odetta in a concert tribute to Woody.

27 July 2014 to 27 July 2014

Mud Tug at WhitstableSun 27 Jul 2014This epic battle of muscles and mud is Whitstable's unique version of tug o' war. Eight teams (men's and women's) take the Mud Tug Challenge, competing not only with each other by also the persistent rising tide.

26 July 2014 to 27 July 2014

Charity Tea Garden at WhitstableSat 26 - Sun 27 Jul 2014Step into this secluded oasis on the main high street. Tea and coffee served in a beautiful garden with vintage crockery and home made cake.

27 July 2014 to 27 July 2014

Fairytale Fun Day at Strode Park HouseSun 27 Jul 2014Meet famous fairy tale characters such as Cinderella, Elsa from 'Frozen' Belle, Rapunzel, The Mad Hatter, Snow White, Jack Sparrow, Captain Hook, The Despicable Me Minions, Hello Kitty, Mr & Mrs Mouse...

27 July 2014 to 27 July 2014

I Heart Whitstable Crafts Market at Whitstable Umbrella Community CentreSun 27 Jul 2014A contemporary craft market hosted by I Heart Whitstable. I Heart Whitstable loves all things local, and this event promises to provide a broad variety of arts, crafts and tasty treats.

27 July 2014 to 27 July 2014

Sea Sunday Service at St Alphege ChurchSun 27 Jul 2014Make a gentle start to your Sunday with a traditional 'Sea Sunday' service followed by a procession to the Harbour led by 'The Native Oyster Band'. The service is supported by Churches Together in Whitstable.

22 July 2014 to 27 July 2014

Billy Smart's Circus at CanterburyTue 22 - Sun 27 Jul 2014The Billy Smart's Circus UK tour is brimming with a dazzling combination of acrobatics, comedy, music, juggling, and aerial feats brought to you by our amazing international artistes.

27 July 2014 to 27 July 2014

Wind and Strings at United Reformed ChurchSun 27 Jul 2014An evening of popular light music performed by three groups from Whitstable, The Windy Whistlers (flutes), Whitsax (saxophones), Clariable (Clarinets) and two young harpists from Folkestone, Just2Harps.

10 May 2014 to 27 July 2014

Teddy Bear Story at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 10 May - Sun 27 Jul 2014'Teddy Bear Story' celebrates the special toys that have been childhood companions to millions of people.

26 July 2014 to 27 July 2014

Beer Festival at The East QuaySat 26 - Sun 27 Jul 2014Sample over 30 cask ales with a BBQ on the beach, accompanied by live music.

27 July 2014 to 27 July 2014

Kent Coastal Concert Band at Herne Bay BandstandSun 27 Jul 2014Herne Bay's own Kent Coastal Concert Band will help you enjoy a sunny afternoon at the Central Bandstand.

28 July 2014 to 28 July 2014

Seaside Cinema Screening - West Side Story at Tankerton SlopesMon 28 Jul 2014It's time to brill back that hair, stretch those dancing muscles, click those fingers and act real cool boy, because tonight, tonight we are screening this timeless classic on the banks of Tankerton Slopes.

28 July 2014 to 28 July 2014

Children's Cinema Screening at Tankerton SlopesMon 28 Jul 2014Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971). Popcorn, hotdogs, an oceanview and giant screen.

28 July 2014 to 28 July 2014

Toddlers Tea Party at The Whitstable Castle and GardensMon 28 Jul 2014... with Emily Guille – Marrett from Reading Fairy and Honker Tonker.

28 July 2014 to 28 July 2014

Film @ The Horsebridge: The Lego Movie at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreMon 28 Jul 2014The Lego Movie follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world.

28 July 2014 to 28 July 2014

Children's Craft Workshop: Masquerade Mask Making at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreMon 28 Jul 2014Get ready for the beach-side Venetian Carnival, where Whitstable will be donning exquiste masks to celebrate the finale fireworks! These workshops will give children the chance to make their own unique mask for this special occasion.

28 July 2014 to 28 July 2014

Lets Go Crabbing at Reeves BeachMon 28 Jul 2014This popular event attracts children of all ages - hook, line and sinker! Prizes are given for the biggest, smallest, prettiest, ugliest and angriest. Bait and crab lines will be on sale on the beach, or you can bring your own.

29 July 2014 to 29 July 2014

Midday Recital at Canterbury CathedralTue 29 Jul 2014This outstanding American choir from Washington State performs a varied programme of Schubert, Bach and Mendelssohn along with works by contemporary American composers.

29 July 2014 to 29 July 2014

Children's Cinema Screening - Find Nemo at Tankerton SlopesTue 29 Jul 2014The perfect screening for this seaside summer festival. Keep a look out to sea folks, you never know where you may spot him! Film 'subject to licence'.

29 July 2014 to 29 July 2014

Seaside Cinema Screening - Blazing Saddles at Tankerton SlopesTue 29 Jul 2014This hilarious bad-taste spoof of Westerns, co-written by Richard Pryor, features Cleavon Little as the first black sheriff of a stunned town scheduled for demolition by an encroaching railroad. Also starring Gene Wilder

29 July 2014 to 29 July 2014

Let's Fly a Kite at Tankerton SlopesTue 29 Jul 2014Scale the heights of Tankerton Slopes and hope for fair winds. A kite-flying competition for children judged by our resident expert Any Thomas of Kites and Things, generous supporter of the event.

23 July 2014 to 29 July 2014

Love, Life & Memories at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 23 - Tue 29 Jul 2014Charlie Veniga-Garrett Glass A collection of glass that is dedicated to my mother, who died suddenly. Her influence and inspiration has inspired my designs.

29 July 2014 to 29 July 2014

Shell Grotto Workshop at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreTue 29 Jul 2014An exhibition of postcards sent through Royal Mail from all over the world and locally, our fourth annual postcard exhibition.

29 July 2014 to 29 July 2014

Children's Craft Workshop: Masquerade Mask Making at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreTue 29 Jul 2014Get ready for the beach-side Venetian Carnival, where Whitstable will be donning exquiste masks to celebrate the finale fireworks! These workshops will give children the chance to make their own unique mask for this special occasion.

29 July 2014 to 29 July 2014

Beach Hut Tales (0-6 months) at WhitstableTue 29 Jul 2014…with Emily Guille-Marrett from www.ReadingFairy.com Book Babies (0-1years): Awaken your baby’s senses with Reading Fairy’s unique sensory story time.

29 July 2014 to 29 July 2014

Beach Hut Tales (5 and under) at WhitstableTue 29 Jul 2014…with Emily Guille-Marrett from www.ReadingFairy.com Toddlers' Tales (under 5): Sing fun seaside nursery rhymes and songs before telling lively stories inspired by the coast.

29 July 2014 to 29 July 2014

Tacoma Youth Chorus at St Peter's Methodist ChurchTue 29 Jul 2014This outstanding American choir from Washington State performs a varied programme of Schubert, Bach and Mendelssohn along with works by contemporary American composers.

29 July 2014 to 29 July 2014

Summer Fun Days at Herne Bay Memorial ParkTue 29 Jul 2014Bring your own picnic and enjoy a huge range of activities suitable for all the family.

29 July 2014 to 29 July 2014

Brian Baker's Maritime Walk at Keam's Yard Car ParkTue 29 Jul 2014Along the beach, across the original sea wall and down through the alleyways. Brian Baker guides you as he paints the picture of the trades, boats and lives of the Whitstable Natives.

16 July 2014 to 29 July 2014

Scrap Sisters at Beach CreativeWed 16 - Tue 29 Jul 2014A collective of nine local femail artists creating art from or inspired by Scrap. Mandy Broughton, Jan Cook, Jean Fraser, Sarah Lankester, Cathy McTurk, Nina Shilling, Karen Simpson, Mandy Troughton and Jill Young.

23 July 2014 to 29 July 2014

Scrap Sisters - Workshops for Families & Children at Beach CreativeWed 23 - Tue 29 Jul 2014Learn how to turn rubbish into art, try your hand at printing, weaving or knitting. As part of this exhibition there will be creative workshops running all week so come and learn a new skill.

30 July 2014 to 30 July 2014

Rude Mechanicals Outdoor Theatre Company at The Whitstable Castle and GardensWed 30 Jul 2014Based loosely on a Chaucer tale, the play is aimed at adults and is bawdy in the places and essentially for grown ups. Bring warm clothes and a low backed chair, the site is open from 6pm for picnics.

30 July 2014 to 30 July 2014

Oystercatchers Treasure Hunt at The Whitstable Castle and GardensWed 30 Jul 2014Great Pirate fun for kids as we search the castle for buried treasure. Puzzling clues and pieces of eight all round.

02 July 2014 to 30 July 2014

Re-create at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 2 - Wed 30 Jul 2014Julie Costain Soft Pastels, Oil Pastels, Acrylics, Watercolours 'Ideas can come from anywhere, I will see something and want to re-create it as a piece of artwork'.

30 July 2014 to 30 July 2014

Sea Glass, Wite & Driftwood Jewellery Workshops at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 30 Jul 2014Create a unique piece of coastal jewellery, such as a brooch, pendant, or bracelet.

30 July 2014 to 30 July 2014

Children's Craft Workshop: Masquerade Mask Making at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 30 Jul 2014Get ready for the beach-side Venetian Carnival, where Whitstable will be donning exquiste masks to celebrate the finale fireworks! These workshops will give children the chance to make their own unique mask for this special occasion.

30 July 2014 to 30 July 2014

Brian Baker's 'The Way We Were' at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 30 Jul 2014Brian Baker expands on his local history articles from the Whitstable Times, bringing our past to life through images and film.

30 July 2014 to 30 July 2014

Beach Hut Tales (0-6 months) at WhitstableWed 30 Jul 2014…with Emily Guille-Marrett from www.ReadingFairy.com Book Babies (0-1years): Awaken your baby’s senses with Reading Fairy’s unique sensory story time.

30 July 2014 to 30 July 2014

Beach Hut Tales (5 and under) at WhitstableWed 30 Jul 2014…with Emily Guille-Marrett from www.ReadingFairy.com Toddlers' Tales (under 5): Sing fun seaside nursery rhymes and songs before telling lively stories inspired by the coast.

30 July 2014 to 30 July 2014

Reggae Rocks at The Duke of CumberlandWed 30 Jul 2014The festival music trail will reach fever pitch when Brit and Mobo award winner Finley Quaye leads a night of rhythmic reggae grooves overflowing with goood-time vibes.

30 July 2014 to 30 July 2014

Pearl Dive - 8 & Under at Whitstable Swimming PoolWed 30 Jul 2014A festival favourite with our young swimmers. Grab the treasure from the bottom of the pool for your chance to win a prize!

30 July 2014 to 30 July 2014

Pearl Dive - 8 to 13 years at Whitstable Swimming PoolWed 30 Jul 2014Orientated for the older children, it's still a great fun swim session.

30 July 2014 to 30 July 2014

Oyster Festival Quiz at St Peter's Church HallWed 30 Jul 2014Win the trophy for our annual favourite fun quiz - bring your own food and drink.

31 July 2014 to 31 July 2014

Nuru Kane & The BFG at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 31 Jul 2014Originally from Dakar, Senegal, Nuru Kane moved to Paris in the 1990's and is now internationally famous on the world music scene in France, North Africa and Japan.

29 July 2014 to 31 July 2014

Beautiful Butterflies at WildwoodTue 29 - Thu 31 Jul 2014Maket beautiful giant butterflies to take home to celebrate the annual Big Butterfly Count (19th July to 10th August). Plus, pick up a free butterfly trail to count the butterflies you see in the woods.

31 July 2014 to 31 July 2014

Whitstabubble Beach Party at Tankerton SlopesThu 31 Jul 2014Last year's event was a scorcher! Giant bubbles, music, crafts and beachside games. Plenty of shade and a free Kiddies Bar.

31 July 2014 to 31 July 2014

Film @ The Horsebridge: The Grand Budapest Hotel at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreThu 31 Jul 2014The film humorously tells the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

31 July 2014 to 31 July 2014

Seaside Tile Making Workshops at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreThu 31 Jul 2014Make a plaster cast tile using beach finds. Bring along an old frame if you wish.

31 July 2014 to 31 July 2014

Children's Craft Workshop: Masquerade Mask Making at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreThu 31 Jul 2014Get ready for the beach-side Venetian Carnival, where Whitstable will be donning exquiste masks to celebrate the finale fireworks! These workshops will give children the chance to make their own unique mask for this special occasion.

31 July 2014 to 31 July 2014

A Night at the Oscars at The Kings HallThu 31 Jul 2014Join talented students at their annual summer show, and enjoy dance performances from young people aged 3 to 19. Glitz and glamour is welcome, and audience members are encouraged to dress up for the occasion!

31 July 2014 to 31 July 2014

Whitstable Oyster Festival Comedy Gala at The Duke of CumberlandThu 31 Jul 2014The festival music trail will reach fever pitch when Brit and Mobo award winner Finley Quaye leads a night of rhythmic reggae grooves overflowing with goood-time vibes.

31 July 2014 to 31 July 2014

Brian Baker's Postcard Trail at The Whitstable ShopThu 31 Jul 2014With some old postcards pictures and a camera enjoy a walk of discovery around the town. Led by Brian Baker, you'll find out what has changed, if at all, over the last century. Recreate the view today as a Then and Now comparison.

31 July 2014 to 31 July 2014

Blessing of the Waters at Reeves BeachThu 31 Jul 2014This historic service gives thanks for the bounty of the sea and is associated with St. James of Compostela, the patron saint of Oystermen whose feast day is in July. Everyone is welcome.

26 July 2014 to 01 August 2014

Whitstable Oyster FestivalSat 26 Jul - Fri 1 Aug 2014A week of festivity celebrating Whitstable's fascinating history and unique heritage alongside its contemporary talent and enthusiasm for fun.

26 July 2014 to 01 August 2014

Textile Exhibition of Margo Selby & Tracie Peisley at WhitstableSat 26 Jul - Fri 1 Aug 2014A textile exhibition of Margo Selby's latest jackets, rugs and hand-woven pieces plus guest artist Tracie Peisley will be launching her wearable art. All visitors welcome.

26 July 2014 to 01 August 2014

Oyster Lacemakers at The Whitstable ShopSat 26 Jul - Fri 1 Aug 2014The gentle and intricate art of bobbin lace-making is on display with Whitstable's Oyster Lacemakers in the Whitstable Shop Garden. A chance for the nimble-fingered to have a go.

28 July 2014 to 02 August 2014

Tonight's The Night at The Marlowe TheatreMon 28 Jul - Sat 2 Aug 2014Tonight's The Night, the smash-hit West End musical inspired by the hit songs of Rod Stewart, is an all-singing, all-dancing feel-good show that has played to sell-out audiences across the country.

29 July 2014 to 02 August 2014

Grand-Guignol Theatre of Film at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableTue 29 Jul - Sat 2 Aug 2014An evening of classic tales, reliving the spirit of Grand-Guignol, the infamous turn-of-the-century Parisian theatre that captivated and terrified audiences with its tales of the macabre, of mystery, suspense, and horror and of bawdy comedy

30 July 2014 to 05 August 2014

Bend One's Steps III at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 30 Jul - Tue 5 Aug 2014Jude Kingshott and Penny Watts Mixed Media Jude and Penny return to the Horsebridge with a collaborative and diverse exhibition of mixed media fine art.

23 July 2014 to 05 August 2014

MAHL at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 23 Jul - Tue 5 Aug 2014Watercolours, Acrylics, Oils, Paints, Sculptures. Malone, Gadenne, Hughes & Livesey provide the acronym for this eclectic array of art, a Mahlstick being the rest tool for artists working at their easels.

30 July 2014 to 06 August 2014

Your Fishy Whitstable at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 30 Jul - Wed 6 Aug 2014The University of Greenwich is running an exciting and innovative photo project called Your Fishy Whitstable. For full details of how to enter work please see the Horsebridge website.

11 July 2014 to 22 August 2014

Beyond the View at Sidney Cooper GalleryFri 11 Jul - Fri 22 Aug 2014Beyond the View: Reframing the Sunbeam Photographic Collection. The photographs document life in the South East of England from 1917 to 1976 and capture social history through political, civic and ceremonial events.

26 July 2014 to 24 August 2014

Display Space at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 26 Jul - Sun 24 Aug 2014The Beaney Front Room takes you on a journey into the infinite void with a group exhibition by local artists that interprets the great unknown, exploring planets, stars, alien landscapes and black holes.

12 July 2014 to 24 August 2014

Robert Jarvis: aroundNorth at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 12 Jul - Sun 24 Aug 2014Inspired by a visit to Armagh Observatory, Robert Jarvis created this sound installation.

26 June 2014 to 30 August 2014

365: a year in the life of Whitstable at Whitstable Museum and GalleryThu 26 Jun - Sat 30 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.

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).

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.

23 June 2015 to 04 July 2015

Barnum at The Marlowe TheatreTue 23 Jun - Sat 4 Jul 2015Barnum's the name, P T Barnum, and I want to tell you that tonight, on this stage, you are going to see - bar none - every sight, wonder and miracle that name stands for!

14 July 2015 to 14 July 2015

Jimmy Carr: Funny Business at The Marlowe TheatreTue 14 Jul 2015Jimmy Carr brings his brand-new stand up show to The Marlowe.

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