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What’s on in Canterbury

8 October 2020

Whether you fancy exploring city, coast or countryside, Canterbury has it all! Home to the world-famous cathedral, once one of medieval Europe’s great places of pilgrimages, this World Heritage site offers plenty to do and sights to see while safely social distancing. We’ve put together our top 10 suggestions below.

Canterbury Festival

You’ll have to be quick, but there's still time to catch this two-week extravaganza of music, performance, talks, family events, science and more in the heart of Kent. Canterbury Festival activities run from October 17th to 31st.

Canterbury Punting 

River punting isn’t unique to Cambridge. Try a 45-minute tour of Canterbury in a classic hand-built punt on the River Stour taking in locations like Poor Priests Hospital, the 50 Yard Tunnel, Old Weavers House and Blackfriars.

Canterbury Cathedral

The place where Archbishop Thomas Becket was famously murdered in 1170, the first Cathedral was founded by St Augustine in about 600AD. Reopened to visitors and for services of worship, you can visit or choose a virtual tour.

World Heritage sites

Canterbury is home to two other UNESCO World Heritage Sites – take a virtual tour of the Church of St Martin (the oldest church in the English-speaking world) or pre-book a visit to the ruins of St Augustine’s Abbey, once a burial place for the Anglo-Saxon kings of Kent.

The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge

Canterbury’s central museum, library and art gallery features collections brought back from travels across Asia, Africa, India and South America by some of Kent’s great explorers, as well as remarkable finds from excavations of Ancient Egypt and Anglo-Saxon Kent, alongside rare Ancient Greek art.

Take a ghost tour

If you’re feeling brave, sign up for a 90-minute guided tour of Canterbury’s dark side with an entertaining blend of history, humour and haunting. You’ll join award-winning ghost hunter, author and local historian, John Hippisley.

From cloisters to oysters

Travel roughly seven miles by bike along the Crab and Winkle Way to get to the seaside town of Whitstable on the north coast of Kent. Walk along the harbour and beaches or indulge in some traditional British fish and chips!

Treasure Hunt

For something different, why not try a Canterbury Treasure Hunt. Following directions and solving clues along the way, it’s a great way to see local attractions and places of interest. A hunt takes about two hours to complete.

Pick your own pumpkin

With Halloween almost upon us, head to the pumpkin patch at The Felderland Pick Your Own (PYO) Farm, one of the largest in Kent with thousands of pumpkins to choose from.

Gulbenkian

Gulbenkian, the University of Kent’s Arts Centre, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019. The cinema and café has now reopened, though you’ll have to book online first. Choose from blockbusters, classics or art house films.

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