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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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18 December 2014 to 18 December 2014

Demelza House Celebration of Christmas at Canterbury CathedralThu 18 Dec 2014An annual fundraising Carol Service held to raise money for the Demelza House Children's Hospice.

18 December 2014 to 18 December 2014

Michael Collins & Michael McHale at St Gregory's Centre for MusicThu 18 Dec 2014Michael Collins, clarinet; Michael McHale, piano. Works by: Debussy, Saint Saens, Brahms, Carl Reinecke, Poulenc & Bizet.

18 December 2014 to 18 December 2014

My Old Lady at Gulbenkian CinemaThu 18 Dec 2014Wistful, charming comedy-drama about New Yorker Mathias, a failed playwright who inherits an apartment in Paris but is stunned to find a refined elderly Englishwoman living there.

12 December 2014 to 18 December 2014

Paddington (PG) at Curzon CanterburyFri 12 - Thu 18 Dec 2014From David Heyman, producer of the Harry Potter series and Gravity, Paddington follows the comic misadventures of a young bear from Peru with a passion for all things British, who travels to London in search of a home.

12 December 2014 to 18 December 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (12A) at Curzon CanterburyFri 12 - Thu 18 Dec 2014Katniss Everdeen continues to fight the system and the wicked misdeeds of President Snow in the first part of the final story in Suzanne Collins's hugely popular series.

17 December 2014 to 18 December 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies (3D) at Curzon CanterburyWed 17 - Thu 18 Dec 2014Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenceless Lake-town.

12 December 2014 to 18 December 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies (2D) at Curzon CanterburyFri 12 - Thu 18 Dec 2014Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenceless Lake-town.

12 December 2014 to 18 December 2014

The Green Prince (15) at Curzon CanterburyFri 12 - Thu 18 Dec 2014Set against the chaotic backdrop of recent Middle East conflicts, The Green Prince is a breathtaking, multi-layered thriller tracing the details of an unprecedented secret partnership between two sworn enemies.

16 December 2014 to 19 December 2014

Lyngo Theatre - SNOW PLAY at Gulbenkian TheatreTue 16 - Fri 19 Dec 2014When Mr Green comes back from holiday to find Mr White in his house it's the start of a brrrrilliant series of adventures!

18 December 2014 to 19 December 2014

Twilight Teas at WildwoodThu 18 - Fri 19 Dec 2014Enjoy a two course meal in the company of Santa's chief Elf, go on a woodland walk to meet the reindeer, make Christmas crafts and write letters to Santa. Each child will also meet Santa and receive a special present and photograph.

19 December 2014 to 19 December 2014

Film @ The Horsebridge: Miracle on 34th Street at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreFri 19 Dec 2014In this Christmas classic, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day parade.

19 December 2014 to 19 December 2014

Christmas Party Night at The Kings HallFri 19 Dec 2014Celebrate Christmas in style at The King’s Hall traditional yuletide party! Enjoy a delicious three course Christmas dinner, a DJ and disco, and all the trimmings you would expect; including Christmas crackers and party favours.

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.

19 December 2014 to 19 December 2014

Jumping Beaneys: Create a Winter Landscape at The Beaney House of Art & KnowledgeFri 19 Dec 2014Enjoy a winter-themed story, explore the galleries to discover paintings of animals in the snow, and have fun creating your own snowy collage to take home.

19 December 2014 to 19 December 2014

Get On Up at Gulbenkian CinemaFri 19 Dec 2014From the director of The Help comes this stirring, thrillingly soundtracked biopic of soul and funk superstar James Brown.

19 December 2014 to 19 December 2014

Stations of the Cross (tbc) at Gulbenkian CinemaFri 19 Dec 2014Maria is 14 years old, brought up in a fundamentalist Catholic community she dreams of sainthood.

20 December 2014 to 20 December 2014

Grubby Gang at WildwoodSat 20 Dec 2014Let your kids go wild in the woodland at Grubby Gang! Get your kids out into the woodland to learn all about animals and nature, and to get grubby! There are different activities each week including games, dens, bushcraft and mud sculptures

20 December 2014 to 20 December 2014

Santa's Grotto at Westgate GardensSat 20 Dec 2014Get into the spirit of Christmas and meet Santa in this Grotto at Toddler's Cove. A small gift will be provided for each child and a self-led Christmas Trail around the Park will also be available.

20 December 2014 to 20 December 2014

Festive Family Christmas Ball at The Kings HallSat 20 Dec 2014Festive Family Christmas Ball at the King's Hall, Herne Bay. Santa DJ! Goodies, Minions, Elsa, Olaf & Anna. Fancy Dress. Free Cadbury Selection Box for all children.

20 December 2014 to 20 December 2014

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 20 Dec 2014Christopher Wheeldon's full-length ballet based on Lewis Carroll's book is an exuberant piece of storytelling.

20 December 2014 to 20 December 2014

Get On Up at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 20 Dec 2014From the director of The Help comes this stirring, thrillingly soundtracked biopic of soul and funk superstar James Brown.

20 December 2014 to 20 December 2014

Frozen Sing a long at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 20 Dec 2014Fearless Princess Anna sets off on an epic journey with rugged mountain man Fristoff to find her sister whose icy powers have cruelly trapped the Kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.

20 December 2014 to 20 December 2014

Stations of the Cross (tbc) at Gulbenkian CinemaSat 20 Dec 2014Maria is 14 years old, brought up in a fundamentalist Catholic community she dreams of sainthood.

20 December 2014 to 21 December 2014

Lyngo Theatre - SNOW PLAY at Gulbenkian TheatreSat 20 - Sun 21 Dec 2014When Mr Green comes back from holiday to find Mr White in his house it's the start of a brrrrilliant series of adventures!

20 December 2014 to 21 December 2014

Meet Santa at WildwoodSat 20 - Sun 21 Dec 2014Meet Santa in his wonderous woodland grotto at Wildwood! every child gets a special present (assuming they've been good!).

21 December 2014 to 21 December 2014

Kent Youth Dance Christmas Variety Show at The Kings HallSun 21 Dec 2014Kick off your Christmas with an afternoon of family friendly festival entertainment!

21 December 2014 to 21 December 2014

Whitstable Farmers' Market at Whitstable Farmers MarketSun 21 Dec 2014Whitstable Farmer's Christmas Market takes places on Sunday 21st December.

21 December 2014 to 21 December 2014

Santa's Tickly Tale by Whizz Bang Pop at Charlton Park FoundationSun 21 Dec 2014Children from 3-11yrs will love this rollicking adventure coming to the Ballroom at Charlton Park Bishopsbourne on Sunday 21st December at 3pm.

21 December 2014 to 21 December 2014

Get On Up at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 21 Dec 2014From the director of The Help comes this stirring, thrillingly soundtracked biopic of soul and funk superstar James Brown.

21 December 2014 to 21 December 2014

It's a Wonderful Life at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 21 Dec 2014Set on Christmas Eve, this very touching, very romantic reverse - Scrooge fable is a seasonal classic.

21 December 2014 to 21 December 2014

Stations of the Cross (tbc) at Gulbenkian CinemaSun 21 Dec 2014Maria is 14 years old, brought up in a fundamentalist Catholic community she dreams of sainthood.

22 December 2014 to 22 December 2014

Faulty Towers Dining Experience at Gulbenkian TheatreMon 22 Dec 2014Following 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.

01 December 2014 to 22 December 2014

Made in Whitstable at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreMon 1 - Mon 22 Dec 2014Select members from Made in Whitstable present a collection of art and craft for the Christmas period.

22 December 2014 to 22 December 2014

Get On Up at Gulbenkian CinemaMon 22 Dec 2014From the director of The Help comes this stirring, thrillingly soundtracked biopic of soul and funk superstar James Brown.

22 December 2014 to 22 December 2014

The Muppet Christmas Carol at Gulbenkian CinemaMon 22 Dec 2014Brian Henson directs this joyful Muppet version of the best-known Christmas story of all time.

22 December 2014 to 22 December 2014

The Shop Around the Corner at Gulbenkian CinemaMon 22 Dec 2014Ernest Lubitsch's romantic comedy is a very Christmassy fable - that also inspired the Tom Hank/Meg Ryan vehicle You've Got Mail.

23 December 2014 to 23 December 2014

Canterbury Cathedral Service of Carols Tue 23 Dec 2014The first of two identical Public Carol Services held by the Cathedral to celebrate Christmas.

17 December 2014 to 23 December 2014

Made in Whitstable Christmas Show at Horsebridge Arts and Community CentreWed 17 - Tue 23 Dec 2014Made in Whitstable Christmas Show.

20 December 2014 to 23 December 2014

Meet Santa at Howletts Wild Animal ParkSat 20 - Tue 23 Dec 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.

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.

01 December 2014 to 23 December 2014

Christmas Party at The Veg Box CaféMon 1 - Tue 23 Dec 2014Have a Christmas party with a difference at The Veg Box Cafe. We are now taking bookings of between 20 and 40 people. For just £20 a head you get the whole cafe to yourselves including staff and a licensed bar.

01 December 2014 to 24 December 2014

Christmas Lunches at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge at Canterbury TalesMon 1 - Wed 24 Dec 2014A brand new opportunity to literally follow in the footsteps of Chaucer's pilgrims this Christmas!

22 December 2014 to 24 December 2014

Meet Santa at WildwoodMon 22 - Wed 24 Dec 2014Meet Santa in his wonderous woodland grotto at Wildwood! every child gets a special present (assuming they've been good!).

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 December 2014 to 31 December 2014

Christmas Events at Canterbury Cathedral LodgeMon 1 - Wed 31 Dec 2014The ideal location to celebrate Christmas with family, friends and colleagues! Once again we will be offering our ever popular festive events in 2014.

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.

20 December 2014 to 04 January 2015

Home Front Whitstable, 1914-18 at Whitstable Museum and GallerySat 20 Dec 2014 - Sun 4 Jan 2015Exploring life on the British home front 1914-18 through original posters, cartoon artworks and popular arts and souvenirs.

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.

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