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Canterbury Christmas Market

City Centre

Canterbury's beautiful Christmas markets throw open their shutters on the evening the Chrsitmas Lights are switched on, and will be selling festive food, drinks and gifts throughout the Christmas season. Expect to see them lining the streets in Whitefriars, St Georges Street and Rose Lane so do go grab yourself a mulled wine, listen to live music and a bite to eat in between your Christmas shopping.

Marlowe Theatre Pantomime: Jack and the Beanstalk

The Marlowe Theatre

Do stalk to this year’s fun-filled, family pantomime Jack And The Beanstalk, with West End star and pop icon Duncan James, Strictly Come Dancing’s Joanne Clifton, alongside Marlowe favourite Ben Roddy, returning villain Marc Pickering (Mother Goose, Boardwalk Empire), Milkshake! presenter Nathan Connor and Bobbie Chambers (South Pacific). Jack And The Beanstalk promises to be a giant of a pantomime, so don’t miss out, book today! Please note: Duncan James will not be appearing in the following performances: Sat 4 Dec: 10.30am, Sat 11 Dec: 10.30am, Sat 18 Dec: all performances Sun 19 Dec: all performances, Mon 20 Dec: all performances, Sat 8 Jan: 10.30am Joanne Clifton will not be appearing in any performance before Wed 1 Dec.

Gavin Esler In Conversation: Sir Michael Morpurgo

Gulbenkian Theatre

The In Conversation series continues with Sir Michael Morpurgo OBE, who will be joining Gavin Esler live in the Gulbenkian Theatre at 18.30 with doors opening at 18.00. Michael Morpurgo has written over 130 books, including The Butterfly Lion, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Why the Whales Come, The Mozart Question, Shadow, and War Horse, which was adapted for a hugely successful stage production by the National Theatre and then, in 2011, for a film directed by Steven Spielberg.  Michael was awarded the OBE for his writing in 2006. His latest novels are When Fishes Flew (HarperCollins), Carnival of the Animals (Harper Collins) and Song of Gladness (Macmillan).

Canterbury Record and CD Fair

Enhance your vinyl and CD collection at the popular Canterbury Record Fair, brought to you by UK Vinyl Vault. Safely browse and buy the best in music from every genre and era, at a social distance in our fully Covid-secure venue. Discover new and used vinyl, CDs, DVDs, Music Memorabilia and accessories, Rock/Pop/Indie/Reggae/Metal/Jazz/Soul and much more. Saturday 4 December 9.30am to 3.30pm Free entry  

Worth the Weight Vintage Kilo Sale

Westgate Hall

The biggest vintage sale you’ve ever seen – Worth the Weight Vintage Kilo Sale – returns to Westgate Hall’s Covid-secure venue. Pack as much as you can (safely) into a biodegradable bag for just £15 a kilo! Sunday 5 December 10am to 4pm Buy tickets > Refresh your post-lockdown wardrobe with wonderful vintage ware – grab a bag on your way in and pick & mix your vintage clothing, filling your bag to your hearts content. Plus enjoy takeaway hot and cold drinks and snacks from our pop-up cafe. Tickets Early Bird 10am – 11am Get in an hour early with £3 early bird tickets for an exclusive capped shopping session. You also get entered into a 5 kilo draw. General Admission 11am £1.50, free for under 12s Stock Worth the Weight brings 9 tonnes of handpicked vintage stock to their events for you to have a rummage through. Pick & Mix Mens & Womens vintage clothing from the 60s-90s, including all of your favourite branded names. Stock is replenished all day. What you can get for a kilo There’s no minimum or maximum spend at our events so you can pick as little or as much as you want. Items start at […]

Canterbury Postcard and Collectors Fair

Westgate Hall Westgate Hall Road, Canterbury

Enter the wonderful world of ephemera at the Canterbury Postcard and Collectors Fair. Buy and sell postcards, stamps, militaria, coins, cigarette cards, antiques, toys, books, and much more, all at a social distance in our fully Covid-secure venue. Browse dozens of stalls. Saturday 11 December 8.30am Doors open (£2 entry) From 10am free entry  Plus enjoy takeaway hot and cold drinks and snacks from our pop-up cafe.

Kent Police Safer Streets pop up hub

Outside Barclays Bank

The Safer Streets Team (Kent Police in partnership with Canterbury City Council) will be in the city centre on Saturday 11 December, with a pop-up hub outside Barclays Bank to share safety messages and marking bicycles against theft etc.

Sunday 12 December – Wellness Market

Westgate Hall

Discover ethical, local, environmentally friendly health and wellbeing products and services at the Wellness Market. Venture through our doors into a unique health and wellbeing shopping event for the whole community. Sunday 12 December 10am-4pm Free entry Find friendly and helpful local businesses providing products and services with you in mind, all under our Covid-secure roof and at social distance. Browse dozens of stalls, from fitness for all the family and pampering to wellbeing, nutrition and ethically handmade products, all designed to fall under the 8 Pillars of Holistic health and Wellness: physical, nutritional, emotional, social, spiritual, intellectual, financial, and environmental, to aid your self-care. Meet wellbeing practitioners and product-creators and enjoy 1-2-1 conversations. Plus enjoy takeaway hot and cold drinks and snacks from our pop-up cafe. Looking to hold a stall? Contact Wellness Markets > @wellnessmarkets #wellnessmarkets

Christmas Lights Switch-on

This spectacular event will be happening in Canterbury City Centre along with the opening of the Christmas Market. More information will follow nearer the time

City Feast Street Food Market

Guildhall Street

Canterbury's popular Street Food Market returns for a festive offering of mulled wine, spirits, cocktails and beers. Also on offer is a wonderful diverse mix of street food served outside in Canterbury's Guildlhall Street, set beneath the Christmas lights with tables, chairs and mini bar tables for you to enjoy you food and drinks on. The perfect place to meet friends, or take a break from your Christmas shopping. Find out more HERE