Canterbury Festival 2020 will take place from 17 October – 31 October. Join us for a two-week extravaganza of music, performance, talks, family events, science and more in the heart of Kent.
Calling all super sleuths: solve the mystery in our brand new spooktacular trail! Help discover the truth behind the strange sightings of the Black Dog that has been spotted inside The Beaney and around Canterbury. Is this a bad omen? Or maybe things aren’t quite as they seem? Come along for the extra-special Halloween weekend where we’ll be dimming the lights and spooking it up as we transform The Beaney into a haunted house!
Wincheap road will be closed from outside number 57 to outside number 61 on Tues 3 November between the hours of 20:00 and 00:30.for up to 1 night.
You are warmly invited to Whitefriars Square to enjoy a small selection of Christmas inspired retail huts including Christmas confectionery, candied nuts, personalised reindeers, candles, canvas printing, olives and traditional Turkish delight, cider gifts, winter wear, tea gifts and personalised Christmas decorations. Traditional Bratwurst and Mulled Wine will also be on offer under a covered, decorated area. In addition there will be a special Festive Pop-Up selling Christmas gifts in the former Accessorize and Monsoon units. Do pop along!
Bring your family and friends along and join us for this FREE interactive exhibition opening on Saturday 7 November in time for Rupert Bear centenary celebrations! You will get the opportunity to be immersed into magical seasonal landscapes, enjoy a story corner, play interactive games and create your own story as well as engaging with many original collections and artworks from the museum’s collection (some of which have never been on display before) and learn more about Canterbury’s Mary Tourtel, the creator of Rupert Bear.
The pretty festive lights that decorate Canterbury's streets, trees and historical buildings will be switched on for the first time this year as the sun goes down. Unfortunately the hugely popular Switch-On Event cannot go ahead due to the pandemic, but we hope you will still feel the joy when you see the thousands of twinkley lights cast their sparkle and magic over our wonderful city
Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair, voted ‘The UK’s favourite’, returns to our newly Covid-secure Hall! Step into Autumn with a fabulous vintage day out at Lou Lou’s. Specialist traders are all stocked up with new seasonal collections, ready and waiting for you to update your wardrobes post-lockdown. With stunning vintage women’s wear, menswear, jewellery, collectables and homewares there’s surely no better way to spend the day. Pay on the door entry – £2.50 Under 12s go free
Our magical Christmas fairy welcomes children to Canterbury Christmas Market's beautiful grotto at Whitefriars Shopping Centre, where our friendly elves help the children to create their very own personalised Christmas stocking in the activity workshop, before meeting Father Christmas in his cosy grotto to remind him how good they've been this year
We’re delighted to host a ‘Covid-Safe’ traditional family pantomime, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST this December for a very limited run featuring a dazzling West End cast, boasting dazzling sets and costumes, side splitting comedy and catchy songs! The production will be written by Paul Tate and directed by award winning director, Joseph Hodges, with choreography by Jay Gardner and Sound Design by Phil Wilson. Make sure to book your tickets before the last rose petal falls!
Don’t miss this fun-sized, socially-distanced festive family treat. Starring the award-winning Marlowe pantomime legend, Ben Roddy, alongside four phenomenal panto performers, this joyous, funny and uplifting show promises to be the perfect antidote to 2020. When a baddie steals the joy of pantomime, will Nurse Nellie and her friends manage to rescue it? Oh yes they will!