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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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19 April 2015 to 19 April 2015

Cara Dillion at Gulbenkian TheatreSun 19 Apr 2015County Derry born Cara has risen to become one of the finest exponents of traditional Irish song anywhere in the world.

17 April 2015 to 19 April 2015

Dinosaur Zoo at The Marlowe TheatreFri 17 - Sun 19 Apr 2015Dare to get up close and personal! Direct from the West End, Dinosaur Zoo brings these awesome prehistoric creatures to the stage as you've never see them before!

02 April 2015 to 19 April 2015

Easter Holiday Fun at Howletts Wild Animal ParkThu 2 - Sun 19 Apr 2015Visitors to Howletts Wild Animal Park, one of Kent's most affordable days out, are guaranteed to enjoy a cracking time this Easter holiday, when they take part in activities, games, crafts and more - all included in the cheaper day entry.

31 January 2015 to 19 April 2015

Mystery, Magic and Midnight feasts at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 31 Jan - Sun 19 Apr 2015Mystery, Magic and Midnight feasts, the many adventures of Enid Blyton

20 April 2015 to 20 April 2015

Curzon Curates: Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter (12A) at Curzon CanterburyMon 20 Apr 2015Kumiko lives a humdrum life. Her only escape is an American movie she owns on a VHS tape about a hidden treasure somewhere in the Midwest.

21 April 2015 to 21 April 2015

Chrysanthemums at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 21 Apr 2015Mesmerising music and sensual dance, featuring Argentine Tango, presented by The Mirabai Project.

15 April 2015 to 21 April 2015

Art by the Sea IV at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 15 - Tue 21 Apr 2015Three artists from the same family: Mike and John paint gnerally in acrylic and this work relates to the sea and natural phenomena. Carol works mainly in stoneware clay incorporating glazes and stains, and firing her own work.

15 April 2015 to 21 April 2015

Peter and Linda J Smith at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 15 - Tue 21 Apr 2015Linda's work is inspired by light, shape and forms found in landscape. Through invention and process, the works evolve into compositions where colour predominates. Peter's themes are of marine forms.

22 April 2015 to 22 April 2015

Reading Series: Catherine Hall at Sidney Cooper GalleryWed 22 Apr 2015Enjoy the gallery's current exhibition with a glass of wine before the event begins. Catherine Hall.

22 April 2015 to 22 April 2015

Curzon Curates: Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter (12A) at Curzon CanterburyWed 22 Apr 2015Kumiko lives a humdrum life. Her only escape is an American movie she owns on a VHS tape about a hidden treasure somewhere in the Midwest.

23 April 2015 to 23 April 2015

Faulty Towers Dining Experience at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 23 Apr 2015Following a tremendous year that included sold-out seasons in Canada, Sydney Opera House and Edinburgh Fringe, Australia's much feted tribute to the BBC's best-loved sitcom continues to tour the world.

23 April 2015 to 23 April 2015

Interstellar (12A) at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableThu 23 Apr 2015Interstellar is a sci-fi frama about an intergalactic space mission to seek a new home for mankind after survival on Earth is threatened.

23 April 2015 to 23 April 2015

An A-Z of the Beaney at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 23 Apr 2015Enjoy an entertaining, romp through the Beaney’s world collections with stories of alphabetical oddities from aardvarks, brain corals and cocos-de-mer, to x-rays, yaffles and Zeppelins!

24 April 2015 to 24 April 2015

Thomas Ashby, Nina Clark & Alice Heggie at Gulbenkian TheatreFri 24 Apr 2015Beautiful Town Music present a new monthly night in the Gulbenkian Cafe, featuring the best in bands and singer/songwriters.

24 April 2015 to 24 April 2015

Gods Are Fallen And All Saftey Gone at The Marlowe TheatreFri 24 Apr 2015One play. A lifetime of conversations. What happens when we discover that our parents are flawed human beings? And that at some point, sooner than we think, they are suddenly going to disappear from our lives?

25 April 2015 to 25 April 2015

Grand Organ Recital at Canterbury CathedralSat 25 Apr 2015Performed by William Wallace - Canterbury Cathedral.

14 April 2015 to 25 April 2015

Top Hat at The Marlowe TheatreTue 14 - Sat 25 Apr 2015Direct from its tremendous West End success, winning three Olivier awards for Best New Musical, Best Choreography and Best Costume Design, this spectacular production returns to wow audiences once again.

25 April 2015 to 25 April 2015

The Marlowe Comedy Cabaret at The Marlowe TheatreSat 25 Apr 2015Our comedy and variety night brings you top stand-up comedy acts and a few surprises!

25 April 2015 to 25 April 2015

Folk In The Barn present Phil Beer at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableSat 25 Apr 2015Phil Beer is the multi-instrumental half of the west country's award winning acoustic duo, Show of Hands.

25 April 2015 to 25 April 2015

Radio Arts Book Workshops at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 25 Apr 2015Join artists' collective Radio Arts for a free workshop running over two Saturdays, led by Magz Hall and Jim Backhouse.

25 April 2015 to 25 April 2015

Michael McHale (piano) at St John's Methodist ChurchSat 25 Apr 2015Michael McHale (piano) Sponsored by Gill Smyth

25 April 2015 to 25 April 2015

Met Opera Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci (NC) at Curzon CanterburySat 25 Apr 2015Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar (Giulio Cesare, Maria Stuarda, Il Trovatore), who sets the verismo action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian setting.

25 April 2015 to 26 April 2015

Lila Dance - The Deluge at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 25 - Sun 26 Apr 2015First there was a loud crack in the city, and then a shudder out to sea. Four people arrive in the safehouse.

26 April 2015 to 26 April 2015

Snakes, Frogs & Bugs! at WildwoodSun 26 Apr 2015Meet some Britain's very own reptiles and amphibians and the experts who study them.

26 April 2015 to 26 April 2015

Kent College: Hendel - Messiah at Colyer-Fergusson BuildingSun 26 Apr 2015Kent College are delighted to be returning to the Colyer-Fergusson Hall for the third year running, this year to perform Handel’s Messiah.

28 April 2015 to 28 April 2015

Photo Day at WildwoodTue 28 Apr 2015A day of wildlife photography with expert tuition from our resident photographer. Suitable for all levels and abilities. Gift vouchers also available.

22 April 2015 to 28 April 2015

Sculptures and Prints at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 22 - Tue 28 Apr 2015Aysegul Coles and Ben Parsons. Wall sculpture and sculptures by Aysegul Coles plus woodcuts, etchings and engravings by artist printmaker Ben Parsons, inspired by travelling and portraiture.

22 April 2015 to 28 April 2015

Scratching the Itch at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 22 - Tue 28 Apr 2015Apart New works from a group of artists who have met weekly in Rochester for many years to exchange ideas and explore making art together.

28 April 2015 to 28 April 2015

MA Creative Writing at Sidney Cooper GalleryTue 28 Apr 2015Students from Canterbury Christ Church University's MA in Creative Writing will read extracts from their prose fiction, offering a wide and wonderful range of styles and voices.

28 April 2015 to 28 April 2015

Bach to Baby at St Peter's Methodist ChurchTue 28 Apr 2015Bach to Baby believes children can enjoy exceptional live classical music from their very earliest moments. So Canterbury families can expect outstanding musicians from the UK’s top concert stages performing for them.

28 April 2015 to 28 April 2015

Lucia Gahlin on Creation Myth of Ancient Egypt at Friends' Meeting HouseTue 28 Apr 2015Ankh - East Kent Egyptology Society. Our next talk will be given by Lucia Gahlin on 'Creation Myth of Ancient Egypt' and will be held on Saturday 25th April 2015 from 2pmm until 4pm at not our usual venue but at The Friends Meeting House

29 April 2015 to 29 April 2015

Canterbury Songwriters' Circle at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 29 Apr 2015Beautiful Town Music in association with Gulbenkian present Canterbury Songwriters' Circle.

29 April 2015 to 29 April 2015

Jasmin Vardimon presents JV2 2015 at Gulbenkian TheatreWed 29 Apr 2015This year's JV2, are a vibrant and fresh new group of 14 young international dancers, hand-picked by Artistic Director Jasmin Vardimon.

29 April 2015 to 29 April 2015

Midday Recital at Canterbury CathedralWed 29 Apr 2015Performed by The Choir Musart, Netherlands.

27 April 2015 to 29 April 2015

National Theatre Connections at The Marlowe TheatreMon 27 - Wed 29 Apr 2015We are proud to be part of Connections: the National Theatre's annual festival of new plays for youth theatres and schools.

30 April 2015 to 30 April 2015

Idle Motion - Shooting with light at Gulbenkian TheatreThu 30 Apr 2015In 1934 a young German refugee flees to Paris and discovers the genius of photography.

30 April 2015 to 30 April 2015

Russell Watson at The Marlowe TheatreThu 30 Apr 2015An intimate evening with Russell Watson.

01 April 2015 to 30 April 2015

Sweepings from the Studio Floor at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 1 - Thu 30 Apr 2015Twenty small works on paper (mostly collages) and two larger watercolour and quill drawings by an artist who lives and works in Kent. 'Sweepings from the studio floor' was a phrase first used to describe the work of Max Ernst.

30 April 2015 to 30 April 2015

National Theatre Live - Encore The Hard Problem at Playhouse Theatre WhitstableThu 30 Apr 2015Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brainscience institute, is nursing a private sorrow and a troubling question at work, where psychology and biology meet. If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness?

01 January 2015 to 30 April 2015

Armchair Artist Residency at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeThu 1 Jan - Thu 30 Apr 2015Our new Armchair Artist is Nicky Thompson, who will be in residence between January and April, exploring the Beaney, using the experience to take her creative writing practice in fascinating new directions.

07 April 2015 to 03 May 2015

Victorian and Edwardian Theatre Exhibition at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 7 Apr - Sun 3 May 2015This public exhibition launch marks the final assessment on the second-year Drama module 'Victorian and Edwardian Theatre'.

11 April 2015 to 04 May 2015

Animal Magic at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeSat 11 Apr - Mon 4 May 2015Animal Magic: a celebration of birds, beasts and bugs!

29 April 2015 to 05 May 2015

Fusion One at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 29 Apr - Tue 5 May 2015Gail Robins Gail's vibrant abstract paintings draw from the various languages of abstraction, geometric, hard edge, expressionist etc. By a process of 'fusion', she looks to find something fresh.

29 April 2015 to 12 May 2015

Seas Spring Tide at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 29 Apr - Tue 12 May 2015Sixteen members of South East Artists, both established and new, unveil a variety of original works. There are delights to discover amongst a range of painting, collage, sculpture, ceramics, fused glass, photography, mosaics and textiles.

17 April 2015 to 16 May 2015

Cedric Christie: Massive Retrospective - Up To Now at Sidney Cooper GalleryFri 17 Apr - Sat 16 May 2015Cedric Christie’s work explores a broad range of cultural and art historical references, often using humour and irony as subtle vehicles of communication.

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.

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.

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.

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