There are so many things to do and see in Canterbury during the summer months, from theatre performances, exhibitions, walks and talks to festivals, and even a medieval pageant. What will you discover?
Escape Rooms, Marlowe’s Ghost - weekends The Marlowe Kit, Stour Street
The ghost of the recently murdered Christopher Marlowe returns. Overcome a series of devilishly clever interactive challenges in order to unlock the soon-to-be-lost works of Marlowe.
10yrs+, under 16yrs must be accompanied by an adult. Every weekend.
A Kentish Tea Dance 8 June from 2-5 Clagett Auditorium, The Cathedral Lodge
Waltz, quickstep, swing, and jive all afternoon! Don’t worry if you are coming on your own, the Coastal Dance Club will be on the floor to accompany you. All this and a full afternoon Kentish Cream Tea (sandwiches, scones, and cake) to enjoy as well.
Canterbury Pride 15 June
Join the fab-u-lous street parade through the city centre to the Dane John Gardens. Enjoy a day of music, food, glitter and performance, as Canterbury celebrates all things LGBTQ+. Family friendly. All welcome.
Westgate Hall Craft and Food Market - June 15/Aug 17 Westgate Hall, Canterbury
Discover locally produced food and artisan crafts every third Saturday of the month. Westgate Hall Rd, CT1 2BT.
Canterbury Wine Festival – Westgate Hall, 22 June Westgate Hall, Canterbury
The inaugural Canterbury Wine Festival will be bringing together vineyards from all over Kent. The seven largest Wine Garden of England members and many of the smaller independent producers will be showing off their incredible English wines, many of which are winning awards around the world. Hosted by Master of Wine, Clive Barlow.
Elgar The Apostles – Canterbury Choral Society, Sat June 22, 7.30pm Canterbury Cathedral
An epic event for Canterbury Choral Soc and Youth Choir, together again with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Summer Party Nights - 5 July Canterbury Cathedral Lodge
Enjoy the spectacular backdrop of Canterbury Cathedral at the Summer Party. An evening of live music and incredible food and drink!
Canterbury’s 4th Medieval Pageant and Family Trail - Sat 6 July Westgate Gardens and City Centre
Commemorating Henry ll’s pilgrimage to Canterbury and astonishing public apology in 1174 this colourful parade features historical characters, local schools and community and re-enactment groups, giants, music and medieval mayhem for all ages (even middle-ages!).
Taylor Wessing Portrait Exhibition – from 6 JulyThe Beaney Library, High Street
Showcasing talented young photographers, gifted amateurs and established professionals’ work, this leading international competition captures both formal portraits and spontaneous moments. FREE entry.
Kent CAMRA Beer Festival 18-20 JulyCanterbury Rugby Club, Merton Lane North, Nackington Road, Canterbury, CT4 7BA.
Enjoy over 200 real ales and ciders alongside live entertainment, local food, Children's entertainment (on Saturday) and the opportunity to camp!
Canterbury Shakespeare Festival 19 July-10 AugustVarious locations across the city.
This year will see performances of Hamlet, King Lear, The Merry Wives of Windos, Timon of Athens and Mary Stuart.
Raise the RoofDane John Gardens
This weekend family-friendly event will include headliners Toploader, Heather Small, CBeebies star Mr Bloom, Abba Gold Tribute, Wannabe Spice Girls Tribute, and more to be announced. The event will be raising awareness and funding for Catching Lives.
Pilgrims Hospices Vintage Tea and Fair - Sunday 21 July Westgate Gardens, Canterbury
Spend the afternoon watching the punts go by on the river as you enjoy a pot of tea, a slice of delicious cake and a little retail therapy at the luxury vintage craft stalls. Everyone is invited to wear their best vintage dress! https://www.pilgrimshospices.org/event/vintage-tea-fair-2019/
Cathedral Archives and Library Tour with Afternoon Tea 9 and 19 August Cathedral Archives
A full afternoon tea overlooking the beautiful courtyard garden, plus a behind-the-scenes tour of the Cathedral Archives and Library.
Kent Vegan Market - Sunday 4 August (and the first Sunday of every month)North Lane Car Park, next to the Westgate Towers, Canterbury
Kent Vegan events runs ethical, inclusive, vegan events that are animal-friendly, human-friendly and planet-friendly, with the aim of having the lowest negative impact possible and of demonstrating how humans are inextricably part of nature.
Kent Cricket Week -14-23 AugustThe Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, Old Dover Road, CT1 3NZ
This will be the 168th Canterbury Cricket Week. Be sure to check their website as fixtures will be released nearer the time.
Boing! 24 and 25 August 2019 The Gulbenkian, University of Kent
bOing! is a brilliant weekend of performance and creativity for all ages every August bank holiday weekend. Performers and artists come from across the world, creating unforgettable festival experiences for over 10,000 people each year. bOing! is FREE to enter (plus free parking!)
Save the date:
Canterbury Food Festival - 27-29 September 2019. Dane John Gardens
Over 120 local traders (including plenty of Kent produce) offering a wide range of food, drink and crafts to the visiting public. Enjoy live music from the 2 stages, including DJ’s, bands and buskers as well as a kid’s field and poet corner.*
Canterbury Festival 2019 19 Oct-2 Nov Various sites throughout the city.
Kent's International Arts Festival, one of the most important cultural events in the South East. As an independent charity, the Festival brings a rich mixture of performing arts from around the world to surprise and delight audiences each October. https://www.canterburyfestival.co.uk/