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Whitefriars Christmas Market

Whitefriars Square, St George's St, Rose Lane

Set within the heart of historic Canterbury, the Canterbury Christmas Market is a magical, festive event  with loads  of Christmas-themed stalls and immersive activities for kids and adults!   Enjoy mulled wine, hot chocolate, drinks and festive food plus handcrafted ornaments, unique gifts, and beautiful decorations and much much more

Hornby Christmas Trail Trail

Canterbury City-wide

The Hornby Train Trail will be running from 18 November – 22 December 2023   This Christmas climb aboard our festive rail adventure and embark on a whistlestop tour of Canterbury’s medieval streets.   Around Canterbury city centre there will be 38 festive Hornby Train displays hidden in Christmas windows of local businesses. Each time you spot a Hornby train, pop inside and the ‘station master’ will stamp your ticket!   Collect 5 stamps and head to your final destination, Fenwick Toy Department in St George’s Street, to collect your prize. While there, you can also enter the BIG prize draw to win your very own special Hornby Train set and Christmas bundle!   Hop on board by clicking HERE  

Pantomime: Aladdin at the Marlowe

The Marlowe Theatre

Join us for our spectacular magical pantomime! Don’t miss our fun-filled family pantomime Aladdin, starring TV and West End star Kevin Clifton (Strictly Come Dancing, Singin’ In The Rain, Rock Of Ages), children’s favourite TV presenter, Phil Gallagher (CBeebies’ Mister Maker), and Marlowe Legend Ben Roddy. They will be joined by West End stars, Alistair So (Matilda, The King And I), Lauren Chia (Disney’s Aladdin, The Sound Of Music), Shannon Farrell (Betty Blue Eyes) and Zain Abrahams (Demon Dentist) and WhatsOnStage Award winner for ‘Best Performer in a Musical’, Courtney Bowman (SIX The Musical).    

CCAP Climate Action Festival & Awards 2023

St Peter's Methodist Church St Peter's Street, Canterbury

Join us for the CCAP Climate Action Festival & Awards 2023, raising awareness about climate change, promoting sustainable living and recognising achievement on environmental sustainability.   This exciting event will take place on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at Saint Peter's Methodist Church, Canterbury, CT1 2BE.   At the CCAP Climate Action Festival, you'll have the opportunity to engage with like-minded individuals, learn about the latest climate initiatives, and discover practical ways to reduce your carbon footprint. From family fun workshops and expert-led talks to a sustainable marketplace and interactive climate action games, there's something for everyone   Celebrate all the climate action heroes leading the way with their innovative projects and solutions. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of the CCAP Climate Action Festival & Awards and contribute to a greener, more sustainable future. Visit for more information and to download an application form. Mark your calendars and join us on December 9th!

Canterbury Repair Cafe – CCAP Festival Special

Hub Cafe, Baptist Church, Canterbury St George's Place, Canterbury

To help avoid the huge environmental impact of materials sourced, manufactured, packaged, transported and then thrown away, the Repair Cafe in Canterbury is here for you to bring along any clothes, furniture, toys, gardening tools, bicycles and household appliances  in need of repair. There is also a clothes swap and energy advice desk. Repairs and advice are free but donations are welcome!   Also... if you have a repair problem, or solutions, ideas and skills for how to repair things ... do share them here! If you would like to help us with your skills at a future event please contact us at   The Repair Cafe is hosted at Hub Cafe, Baptist Church, St George’s Place, Canterbury CT1 1XB (just beside the mini roundabout by the entrance to Whitefriars Multi Storey Car Park)

Snow White at the Malthouse Theatre

The Malthouse

From the team that brought you Cinderella and Beauty and The Beast, this year’s production at The Malthouse Theatre will feature stunning sets and costumes, spectacular special effects, side splitting comedy and a dazzling West End cast in Canterbury’s Fairest Pantomime of all, Snow White!     Special rates available for schools and large groups - please email for more info

Lord Mayor’s Open Air Christmas Eve Carol Service

Rose Square, outside Primark

Join the Lord Mayor of Canterbury for Open Air Carol Singing on 24 December at 6.15pm in Rose Square (outside Primark).   This annual event is a traditional part of a Christmas in Canterbury. It is supported by thousands of local residents, of all ages, making a fabulous start to Christmas for both the young and the young at heart! A retiring collection will be taken in aid of the Lord Mayor of Canterbury’s Christmas Gift Fund   Find out more here

Kent & Medway Business Summit – 12 January 2024

Sibson Building, University of kent

The Kent and Medway Business Summit returns on Friday 12 Jan 2024 in the stunning Sibson building on the Canterbury campus of the University of Kent. Bringing together businesses, key policymakers and leading academics, the seventh annual Summit will focus on the latest news from key projects and leading expert keynote speakers from across the county. Alongside the keynote speeches, Q&A and debate will be facilitated on topics including productivity, sustainability, place-making and skills. Click here for Kent Medway Business Summit Agenda 2024 Book early to secure your ticket here: Receive £10 off the ticket price if you purchase before the end of September.   Click here to view a snapshot of 2023's summit success:

Help to Grow: Management Programme at Kent Business School

Kent Business School, University of Kent University of Kent, Canterbury

Develop your strategy, grow your organisation and boost your profits Accredited by the Small Business Charter, Help to Grow: Management is a 12 week programme aimed at senior leaders and decision makers in small and medium businesses to help them take their business to the next level.   Developed in collaboration with industry experts and experienced entrepreneurs it​ costs just £750, as 90% is subsidised by the government. It offers study structured around existing work commitments and access to learning through a blend of online and face-to-face sessions.   Join us today! KBS Help to Grow Management is available for aspiring leaders and decision makers. Next cohort: Wednesday 21st February 2024 Register your place here.