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Public Events at Canterbury Cathedral

Below you will find details of our main public events. To see details of all events and services, check the Calendar View, which can be viewed per day, week or month. For news items, see the News & Newsletter section.

March 2018


Event Date 23 Feb-16 May 2018
An evocative artwork being hung in the Nave to highlight the plight of refugees around the world.
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April 2018

Bach to Baby – Carnival of the Animals

Event Date 26 April 10:30 - 11:30
Featuring Mary Thorneloe, flute, Alexandra Callanan, bassoon & David Knotts, piano. Come one, come all to see the animals big and small: the dancing elephant, the tortoise who knows how to beat the hare, the beautiful swan and more from Saint-Saëns much-loved suite.
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Canterbury Christ Church University – Annual Cathedral Concert

Event Date 28 April 19:30 - 21:00
The Annual Canterbury Christ Church University School of Music and Performing Arts’ Cathedral Concert. The University’s professionally-directed ensembles present a spectacular programme in the peerless surroundings of Canterbury Cathedral, culminating in Mozart’s compelling setting of the Requiem Mass for orchestra, choir and soloists.
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May 2018

Under an Equal Sky

Event Date 26 May - 11 November
A series of glass installations by international artists Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg reflecting on themes of war and remembrance, migration and refugees.
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Oh Sow FRIENDly Sunflowers

Event Date 26 May - 27 May
‘Oh Sow FRIENDly Sunflowers’ in the Friends’ Garden Visit us during Cathedral Open Gardens weekend and plant your own sunflower seed to take home with you.
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Open Gardens Weekend

Event Date 26 May - 27 May
We are again opening our private gardens in the Precincts for visitors to enjoy and to support the National Garden Scheme (NGS) and charities. Full details of times and other information are to follow for this fantastic annual event.
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June 2018

Lemn Sissay: A Poem For Canterbury

Event Date 9 June 19:30 - 21:00
Canterbury Poet Laureate Lemn Sissay is one of the nation’s best-loved voices. His poems have become landmarks, sculpted in granite and built from concrete, recorded on era-defining albums and performed in over 30 countries. In this very special performance in The Nave, Lemn will perform his Poem For Canterbury, commissioned as part of his Laureateship.
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The FRIENDly Plant Sale

Event Date 29 June 10:00 - 13:00
The Friends of Canterbury Cathedral will be holding a plant sale with a host of bedding plants and herbs. Come early to avoid disappointment. Regretfully we cannot accept cards.
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July 2018

Medieval Pageant

Event Date 7 July 11:00 - 13:00
Commemorating Henry II’s pilgrimage to Canterbury in 1174 this colourful parade features historical characters, mounted warriors , East Kent Giants , local schools, re-enactment groups, music and medieval mayhem.
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Cathedral Lodge Summer Party Night

Event Date 7 July 18:30 - 23:59
Canterbury Cathedral Lodge invites you to enjoy the spectacular back drop of Canterbury Cathedral at their Summer Party on Saturday 7 July 2018. On arrival guests will enjoy a glass of Pimms and canapés in the beautiful Campanile Garden, overlooking the Cathedral, while being entertained by solo singer, Sarah Banks.
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Stone Masonry Tour and Afternoon Tea

Event Date 23 July 14:30 - 17:00
The Canterbury Cathedral Lodge invite you to join them for a special Stone Masonry Tour and Afternoon Tea. Heather Newton, Head of Conservation and her team, will give a fascinating overview of current projects and a rare opportunity to experience a behind-the-scenes tour of the Stone Mason’s workshop.
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August 2018

Cathedral Archives & Library Tour and Afternoon Tea

Event Date 13 August 14:30 - 17:00
Enjoy a full afternoon tea in our The Cathedral Lodge restaurant which overlooks a beautiful courtyard garden. Afterwards, experience a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of the Cathedral Archives and Library.
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Cathedral Archives & Library Tour and Afternoon Tea

Event Date 17 August 14:30 - 17:00
Enjoy a full afternoon tea in The Cathedral Lodge restaurant which overlooks a beautiful courtyard garden. Afterwards, experience a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of the Cathedral Archives and Library.
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September 2018

The FRIENDly Scarecrow Trail

Event Date 7 September - 15 October
Take a stroll around the Precincts to find the Harvest Festival scarecrows. Donations to the Canterbury Food Bank are encouraged and may be left at collection points in The Precincts on the day you visit. This is a  Family Friends of Canterbury Cathedral  event and is open to all.
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Hop Hoodening Service followed by Dancing in The Precincts

Event Date 8 September 11:00 - 00:00
Hop Hoodening is the Kentish harvest festival featuring the traditional Hooden Horse, a hobby-horse with snapping jaws. There is a service in the Nave attended by the Hop Queen who arrives in a bower constructed of hop-bines. Morris men dance during the service and afterwards in the Precincts.
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Animal Blessing Service

Event Date 30 September 14:00 - 15:30
Bring your family pet to our informal Service. More details including confirmation of the timing will be available closer to the day. There is no Precincts entry charge for attending this service. This service is being held in connection with The Family Friends of Canterbury Cathedral and is open to all.
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October 2018

Remember Me?!

Event Date 20 October - 11 November
A series of work produced by the Cathedral’s recent Artist in Residence, Dawn Cole, who has been using Canterbury Cathedral Archives as the starting point for a new body of work which explores the act of Remembrance. Further details of the exhibition to follow.
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December 2018

Advent Wreath Workshop

Event Date 1 December 11:00 - 15:00
Come and make your family’s Advent Wreath with greenery from the Cathedral gardens. All material for making your wreath will be provided . This is a Family Friends of Canterbury Cathedral event but is open to all. Come and find out about the Cathedral’s fan club.
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