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

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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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