Canterbury Medieval Pageant

The third annual Canterbury Medieval Pageant on Saturday 7th July is going to be a highlight of this Summer in Canterbury!

In July 2017 over 5,000 people watched Canterbury’s inaugural Medieval Pageant Parade and over 1,000 people took part in the Family Trail across the city, which included activities at 14 heritage locations around the city throughout the day and into the evening.


All about the event

Commemorating Henry ll’s pilgrimage to Canterbury and astonishing public apology in 1174 this colourful parade features historical characters, local schools and community and re-enactment groups, giants, music and medieval mayhem. From near the Westgate Towers at 11am to the Marlowe Theatre at around 12:30 this is a must see event.


Parade route

But that’s not all: between noon and 5pm, various locations in the city are part of the Medieval Family Trail. Designed around children and their parents, the Westgate Towers, the Beaney, the Canterbury Tales, Conquest House, Whitefriars, and others will host an exciting range of activities.

Collect your Family Trail Leaflet from The Beaney and many other locations around Canterbury or download the Medieval Family Trail Leaflet (available from June). When you visit any of the places featured in the Family Trail on Saturday 7th July, have the leaflet ‘stamped’. Collect at least 5 stamps and receive a FREE giant chocolate coin at the Cathedral Shop on Burgate.

The Family Trail is for children of all ages … even “Middle Ages”!

Allow a whole afternoon to complete the Trail. If you have less time, visit the venues of your choice and don’t forget to collect your stamps!

Full details to follow shortly.


See more photos from 2017 here