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Black History Month: Black Lives Matter Exhibition

Following the death of George Floyd on May 25th 2020 students at the University of Kent campus joined together as a strong collective voice to support the US Black Lives Matter anti-racist protests in demand for social justice and police accountability. On 6th and 12th June 2020, students led peaceful protests through Canterbury city centre in light of systematic racism, police brutality and in solidarity with protests around the globe. This photographic exhibition is a glaring visual reminder that ‘Enough Is Enough’

Fright at the Museum: Spider Stories

The Beaney

Trick or treat! Test your spidey-senses at The Beaney this Halloween as you explore the museum with Anansi, the famous web-slinging trickster of African folklore. Solve Anansi’s puzzles to unlock a very special exhibition and take part in your own sensational spider story! Our Spider Stories museum trail is just £5 and will be available from Saturday 2 October until Sunday 7 November (Closed Mondays). After a sell-out year in 2020, pre-order your trail online now to avoid disappointment. Complete the trail successfully to be entered into our competition to win an Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet! Get dressed up in your best spooky costume to enjoy free activities like our special Front Room exhibition (Closed Mondays) and Halloween themed games on our interactive BEAM! projector (weekends only). Plus, join us on Saturday 30 October for our special spooky day, where we dim the lights for you to dress up, get your spook on and explore the museum in a whole new way!

Canterbury Festival, various city centre locations

16-30 Oct: Canterbury Festival, various city centre locations Canterbury Festival will return in 2021 from 16 – 30 October. Join us for a two-week extravaganza of music, performance, talks, family events, science and more in the heart of Kent. Canterbury Festival activities take place throughout the year. Be sure to visit our What’s On section for the latest events and our Participate pages to find out more about opportunities and our extensive community programme. Contact Us Festival House 8 Orange Street Canterbury Kent CT1 2JA info@canterburyfestival.co.uk 01227 452853

Canterbury BID October Lunchtime Networking

The Foundry Brew Pub 77 Stour Street, Canterbury

As part of Canterbury Climate Action Week, our October networking event will be highlighting the work of local businesses committed to reducing carbon emissions, addressing climate change and promoting biodiversity. There will also be business support for those starting the journey towards a net zero economy and the launch of the 2022 Climate Action Awards (business category). If you are a BID business you are welcome to attend for FREE. Please email Emily here

Black history 365: Professor Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu (Live Streamed Event)

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is pleased to welcome Professor Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu as part of our BH 365 programme. Elizabeth put a substantial amount of her life into her work as a nurse, health visitor and tutor working with black and minority ethnic communities in London. ‘People from diverse cultures are not always valued and still sometimes just seen as problems,’ she says. In 1979, she helped to establish in Brent the first nurse-led UK Sickle & Thalassaemia Screening and Counselling Centre. In 1988 she was awarded a PhD from the Institute of Education, University College London (UCL). From 1990-1997 she worked at the Institute of Child Health, UCL as a Lecturer then Senior Lecturer in Community Genetic Counselling. She has written extensively and is a co-author with Professor Karl Atkin of the book ‘The Politics of Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia’ published in 2001 by the Open University Press. Elizabeth was honoured with a Damehood (DBE) in the 2017 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for her services to nursing and the Mary Seacole Statue Appeal. The Queen’s Nursing Institute awarded her a Fellowship (FQNI) in October 2017. In 2001 she was awarded a CBE for services to nursing. In […]

Halloween Student Safety Hub

CITY CENTRE COMMUNITY SAFETY HUB A special Students’ Halloween Safety Hub will be set up outside Mcdonald's in St George's Street on Sunday 31 October between 7–10pm. This will be staffed by members of the police, enforcement , security, and other safety agencies to give advice and support to late night revelers.

Bazaar Makers Market

Come and visit this regular open-air Makers Market, taking place in this newly refurbished yard space to the rear of Platform Gallery & Shop in St Dunstan's Street, Canterbury Each day will run from 10am-4pm. Platform Gallery & Shop, 27. St.Dunstan’s Street, Canterbury CT2 8BT

The Canterbury Society Design Awards

The Cathedral Lodge

The Canterbury Society Design Awards aim to recognise and celebrate buildings, spaces and places that are loved by our community. The Awards celebrate projects nominated by the people who live alongside them and use them and who have a real understanding of their impact on the local area. The Awards Ceremony is held at the Cathedral Lodge and is one of the City’s most prestigious events. For further details please click here.

Black History 365: In Conversation with Bernadette Hawkes (In-Venue Event)

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is pleased to welcome Bernadette Hawkes as part of our Black History 365 programme. This lecture was postponed from March 2021. Bernadette Hawkes is a semi-retired Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist; she has supervised trainee psychotherapists and colleagues in the voluntary sector. She was the Clinical Director at the Women’s Therapy Centre in London. She has lectured at IPSS and other organizations and has published several papers. For a time, she was the Book Reviews Editor and contributor to the International Journal of Psychotherapy. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, she worked in the Probation Service at main-grade and as a Senior Probation Officer for 17 years. She is particularly interested in African-American & African Caribbean literature and its uses in psychotherapy. Bernadette is a volunteer with Age UK (Thanet) and is currently a music radio show presenter and writes a blog about her weekly radio show, which covers a wide range of musical genres. This is an in-venue event taking place in the Daphne Oram building, room DO.0.14. Seats are limited to adhere to current COVID-19 guidance, so please ensure that you book tickets in advance.

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.

Christmas Lights Switch-On

Get set to celebrate the switching on of Canterbury's beautiful Christmas Lights this year. The event will be marked in a spectacular way with the Canterbury's Lord Mayor pressing the famous red button to illuminate the city and lots of suprises and fun are being planned too ...watch this space!