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Events calendar for Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable

Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable have a year round calendar of festivals and events such as the Canterbury Festival, Canterbury Medieval Pageant, Wise Words Poetry Festival, Anifest, Whitstable Oyster Festival, Canterbury Food & Drink Festival, Bayfest and the Canterbury Christmas festive market to name but a few!

2019 8 to 9 March: Anifest — annual award-winning animation festival with a range of workshops, masterclasses, talks and films. 18 to 22 March: UK International Radio Festival — celebrates the very best dramas from national broadcasters to independent producers spanning a range of genres. 18 March to 28 April: Philharmonia Virtual Orchestra — free experience for all the family that gives everyone the opportunity to experience a symphony orchestra up-close, no matter what your age or experience. 13 to 14 April: Canterbury History Weekend — Tudors and Stuarts. A weekend of history lectures from leading academics. Pre-booking essential. 4 May: Kent Vegan Festival — stalls, speakers, information and advice about all things vegan. 4 to 5 May: City Sound Project Music Festival — a metropolitan music festival showcasing upcoming national and international artists.

5 May: CT FEST — Canterbury's biggest inner-city electronic music event. 5 May: Whitstable Yacht Club family fun day — 11 to 12 May: WhitLit — Whitstable Literary Festival with author events, family activities and workshops. 24 to 25 May: Celebrating 30 years of UNESCO in Canterbury — two days of talks, a wine reception and light show to celebrate Canterbury's inspiring heritage. 24 to 27 May: Wise Words Festival thought provoking talks, walks, workshops, music, storytelling and poetry taking place in the heart of Canterbury. 15 June: Pride Canterbury — The third biggest Pride event in the south east, celebrating diversity with an annual parade and festival of music, dancing and fun for LGBT+ people, friends and families. 22 June: Canterbury Wine Festival — celebrating Kent's award-winning wines. 16 June: Sci-fi by the Sea 7 — one of the biggest and best sci-fi events in the south east comes to Herne Bay. 3 to 7 July: Herne Bay Creates (details tbc) 6 July: Medieval Pageant — a colourful and exciting annual commemoration of Henry II's pilgrimage to Canterbury with activities across the city

27 to 29 July: Whitstable Oyster Festival — renowned annual summer celebration of music, food and oysters. 28 July to 26 August: BayFest — Herne Bay's Festival — a month of sizzling, summer fun for all the family. 3 August: Whitstable Harbour Day — full day of entertainment and experiences on land and sea. 24 to 25 August: bOing! Festival — Kent's International Family Festival, a brilliant weekend of performance and creativity for all ages.

25 August: Kent Tribute Festival — fantastic music festival bringing together some of Europe's top tribute artists to Strode Park. 6 to 7 September: The Gin Society Canterbury Festival — featuring 120 listed gins, plus a selection on new and local gins. 13 to 22 September: Heritage Open Days — taking part in England's largest grass roots heritage festival, now over ten days. 27 to 29 September: Canterbury Food and Drink Festival — Kent's largest celebration of food, drink and culture, it promises to be bigger and better for 2019. 27 September to 11 October: Kent Green Hop Beer Fortnight — taste newly released beers made from just-harvested hops produced by over 30 of Kent's finest brewers. 12 and 13, 19 and 20, 26 and 27 October: East Kent Artists' Open Houses — Artists' open their houses to exhibit their work during the Canterbury Festival Fringe. 19 October to 2 November 2019: Canterbury Festival — one of the most important cultural events in the south east that takes place every year. December: Canterbury Christmas Market, lights switch on — details to follow.

2020 Key events and anniversaries Events all year: Becket2020 — programme of events throughout 2020 to commemorate the remarkable life and death of Thomas Becket. May: 80th Anniversary of Dunkirk June: - Dickens 150 (Medway — 150years since the death of Charles Dickens) — June 2020 - 500th Anniversary of ‘The Field of The Cloth of Gold' (Leeds Castle) July: 4 July: Canterbury Medieval Pageant 7 to 11 July: University of Kent Graduation 12 to 19 July: The 149th Golf Open returns to Royal St Georges Golf Club in neighbouring Sandwich. 13 to 15 July: Junior Open (The R&A) 22 July and 3 August: Lambeth Conference 2020 — a meeting of all the archbishops and bishops of the Anglican Communion from around the world. 29 to 31 July: Senior Amateur Open 16 September: Mayflower 400 September/October: Estuary 2020 — Whitstable Biennale October/November: - Folkestone Triennial - 100th Anniversary of The Scenic Railway (Dreamland) - 125th Anniversary of the National Trust (NT) - 150th Anniversary of Kent Cricket (Kent Cricket)