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Major New Cathedral Exhibition ‘Making History: Church, State and Conflict’

Canterbury Cathedral

A major new exhibition in Canterbury Cathedral’s Crypt opens on 14 February allowing visitors to explore up close, for the first time, a unique collection of artefacts – including the battle shield, gauntlets and jupon of medieval warrior Edward The Black Prince, and fragments of Thomas Becket’s shrine – that tell the complex, and often violent, story of Church-State relations.   The exhibition focuses on the complex relationship between Church and State and the struggles between archbishops and kings, with a particular focus on Canterbury Cathedral’s important role within this relationship, illustrated in the Cathedral’s buildings, collections, and the stories of its people.   The exhibition explores the national and international dimensions of Church-State relations and how they have changed and developed over the centuries – from the Cathedral’s 6th-century origins, through the upheaval of the later Anglo-Saxon period, to the remodelling of both buildings and religious practice forced by the Norman Conquest, and beyond.   To find out more about this truly unique and exciting exhibition please click HERE


The Beaney

'A Place of Safety' showcases the journey through the history of mental health, from ancient approaches to those of the modern day, and is running until 5 June.  There will also be a dedicated visitor area for activities, creativity and reflection. Find out more HERE

Stand With Ukraine Community Event

Augustine House

Canterbury for Ukraine invites you to a special event to: • Hear how Canterbury is standing with Ukraine • Volunteer to help Ukraine and the Ukrainian people • Meet local volunteers and the organisations that are making a difference Find us on Facebook: Canterbury for Ukraine #StandwithUkraine #CanterburyforUkraine Saturday 28th May 10.30 – 13.00 Augustine House, Canterbury Christ Church University CT1 2YA (Nearest parking: Old Dover Rd and Watling St car parks)

Gavin Esler In Conversation: Val McDermid

Gulbenkian Theatre

The In Conversation series continues with the ‘Queen of Crime’, Val McDermid who will be joining Gavin Esler live in the Gulbenkian Theatre at 18.30 with doors opening at 18.00. Val McDermid has sold over 17 million books to date across the globe and is translated into more than 40 languages. She is perhaps best-known for her Wire in the Blood series, featuring clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan, which was adapted for television starring Robson Green and Hermione Norris. She has written three other series: private detective Kate Brannigan, journalist Lindsay Gordon and, most recently, cold case detective Karen Pirie, whose debut appearance in The Distant Echo is soon to become a major ITV series.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022

There will be many events and activities celebrating the Jubilee across the UK Commonwealth and beyond in the months leading up to the special extended bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June 2022. To find events going on in your local area click here  

Jubilee 4-day Street Food Festival

Dane John Gardens

A new 4-day STREET FOOD FESTIVAL is coming to Canterbury this June. The event will be taking place across the 4-day extended Queen's Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend in the Dane John Gardens. Expect: - International Street Food vendors arranged in 'zones' - Craft Beers/Ciders/Ales - Hand-made Cocktails - Event Vehicles - Music + Entertainment - Huge Queen's Jubilee Celebrations Delivered by the team behind City Feast.

NEW BID TRAINING – Newsletter Writing Masterclass

Online via Zoom

Join Stephanie Martin for an business email newsletter writing masterclass on Wednesday 8 June, 9-10am, via Zoom (and yes, we will be picking up tips too!). The session will cover what makes a good email strategy; how to choose and present content; how to maximise open rates and why email newsletters are so important when it comes to communicating with our audiences. To book please email Emily Wells


Baptist Church, St George's Place

Repurpose and re-use broken items, appliances and more by repairing and fixing them (where possible) next Saturday 11 June, 10am-12.30pm at the Baptist Church, St George’s Place (opposite Waitrose). The Repair Café is a free community service, run entirely by skilled volunteers, who fix up a multitude of items including clothing, electricals, pottery, computers and bikes. Find out more HERE

Canterbury Wine Festival

Westgate Hall

Canterbury Wine Festival™ - a celebration of Kent's award-winning wines at Westgate Hall About this event Discover Kent's world-renowned vineyards all in one place at Westgate Hall's Canterbury Wine Festival™. The "Vineyard of England" comes to Canterbury for a one-day wine-tasting event with Master of Wine Clive Barlow. Indulge in our county's vibrant viticulture, meet the vineyards, try a range of sensational locally produced wines and buy your favourites to take home. Plus Clive will share his insights and expertise to enhance your experience and burgeoning wine collection. Find out more about this fantastic event and buy tickets HERE