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Platinum Jubilee in Canterbury

Make the most of this special date and Bank Holiday weekend with concerts, street parties, church services and much more. How will you mark the Queen’s 70th year on the throne? Look out for events at Whitefriars, Canterbury Cathedral and local businesses too. We have pulled together details of some of the events you can enjoy in Canterbury – keep checking back for further updates.

Don’t forget to grab a copy of our Summer Guide to Canterbury. If you haven’t found a copy in the city, take a look at our digital version by clicking this image.

Keep scrolling down to read about some of Canterbury’s long-standing businesses who tell us the secrets to their success.

Sat 28 May
The Gin Fling

The King’s Mile (Palace St area)

Join Canterbury’s Creative Quarter as they welcome you in for a taste of some of the finest gins Kent has to offer, as well as some more unusual ones from farther afield.

Sat 28 May
The FRIENDly Platinum Prom
Canterbury Cathedral

Kick off your Jubilee festivities with a celebration of Royal Music in honour of The Friends of Canterbury Cathedral’s First Friend on the Roll, Her Majesty The Queen. Music will be led by The Central Band of the Royal British Legion. Expect patriotic favourites, including Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia, and Jerusalem, as well as a selection of modern classics! Handheld flags and bunting are encouraged. ‘Prom dress’ welcome!

Tue 31 May
Talk: From Princess to Queen
Canterbury Cathedral: Clagett Auditorium

Discover how the childhood experiences of Elizabeth II influenced her role as Queen, wife and mother.

Melanie Gibson-Barton will entertain with an affectionate insight into the life of our monarch, from Princess to Queen.

1-26 June
LUAP Exhibition

Lilford Gallery   

LUAP otherwise known as the Pink Bear Artist is coming to Canterbury with an exhibition of his inspiring pieces.

2 June
Red, White, and Blue Dinner
Canterbury Cathedral Lodge

Enjoy a fabulous Black Tie event in The Cathedral Lodge with a spectacular modern menu inspired by a Coronation Banquet held in 1953. The four courses will feature delicious food from the Garden of England and all wines will be English. Tickets cost £70 (Friends), £75 (non-members) and include all wines. As part of the celebrations on the evening, one of the Jubilee Beacons will be lit on the night!

Thurs 2 – Sun 5 June
Park Fest

Dane John Gardens

Come along and eat your way around the world with international street food stalls, craft beers/ciders/ales, cocktails, music and entertainment for all. The BBC’s Jubilee broadcast will feature on large screens so you won’t miss any of the celebrations. Brought to you by the team at City Feast.

Thurs 2 – Sun 5 June
Jubilee Celebrations


Head to Whitefriars Shopping Centre and enjoy a weekend of celebrations to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee! They are planning a street parties, music, dancing and much more…

Sunday 5 June, 10am to 4pm
Shop Kilo
Westgate Hall

Who knows what amazing vintage clothing you will pick up at Shop Kilo – just in time for the last day of the Jubilee weekend. At the Westgate Hall you can purchase a tonne of sustainable, vintage, retro & branded fashion for just £20 per kilo!

Celebrate Canterbury’s Long Standing Businesses

This summer, the nation is celebrating HM the Queen’s 70 years on the throne, marking a dedication to a job that is rarely found. This got us thinking…there are businesses in our city which have been around almost as long (and longer) than HM has been in the job!

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be interviewing local businesses which have been based in Canterbury between 20 to 100 years (!). Click images below to read more about these fantastic businesses.