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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.

May 2017

Drawn to Light: The Hidden Cathedral

Event Date 15 May-15 October 2017 09.00-17.00
An exhibition of paintings and drawings by Cathedral stained glass artist Grace Ayson.
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July 2017

Pilgrimage Experience Day

Event Date 29th July 10:00 - 16:00
People have come on pilgrimage to Canterbury for centuries. Share in family-friendly activities which link medieval and current day pilgrimage and prayer and encourage us to experience the Cathedral through our senses.
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August 2017

September 2017

Hop Hoodening

Event Date 9th September 11:00 - 13:15
Service following by dancing in the Precincts to celebrate the Kentish harvest festival.
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Watercolour exhibition

Event Date 16th September - 17th September
An exhibition of paintings by retired GP Peter Livesey in the Canterbury Cathedral Shop.
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The Big Friendly Sing

Event Date 16th September 10:00 - 20:00
Come and join "Messiah-in-a-day" under the musical directorship of Cathedral Organist and Master of the Choristers Dr David Flood.
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October 2017

Tapestry of Light: Intersections of Illumination

Event Date 14 Oct - 19 Nov 10.00-16.30 daily
The Cathedral's Chapter House is a dramatic setting for artist Irene Barberis' glowing tapestry. Following the end of the Canterbury Festival the tapestry will not be available to see between 4 November and 8 November but will be on display again between 9 and 18 November.
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Luther Quincentenary

Event Date 15th October 15:15 - 16:00
A week of talks and Evensong at Canterbury Cathedral focussing on the five central themes of the Reformation.
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Canterbury Festival Talk – Dan Cruickshank

Event Date 23rd October 17:30 - 18:30
Dan Cruickshank The Huguenots of Spitalfields One of Britain’s best-loved art historians and BBC television presenters Dan Cruickshank has a special interest in the history of architecture. He has lived in Spitalfields for the past four decades in a house first occupied by French Huguenot silk weavers in the 18th century.
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Canterbury Festival Talk – David Lough

Event Date 24th October - 25th July
David Lough Churchill and Trumps: birds of a feather? It takes some chutzpah to compare two holders of the world’s greatest offices, but David Lough, a former banker with a first-class degree in history from Oxford, fearlessly examines the private records of Winston Churchill and Donald Trump before each became a national leader – and
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Canterbury Festival Talk – Patricia Davies and Jean Argles

Event Date 25th October 17:30 - 18:30
Patricia Davies and Jean Argles In conversation Two remarkable sisters, now in their nineties, recall their father Colonel Owtram and his fascinating secret war diary – published this spring – kept hidden while British Camp Commandant of a Japanese POW camp.
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Canterbury Festival Talk – AN Wilson

Event Date 26th October 17:30 - 18:30
AN Wilson The Queen Prolific, droll and always entertaining, AN Wilson casts his waspish eye on the Queen, painting a vivid portrait of ‘Lilibet’ the woman, while examining the recent history of the monarchy and how and why the Royal Family has survived.
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Canterbury Festival Concert – Tenebrae

Event Date 28th October 20:00 - 22:00
To mark their fifteenth anniversary, Tenebrae is reviving its first major commission – Path of Miracles by Joby Talbot. Based on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, the work received dazzling reviews when it premiered in 2005.
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Canterbury Festival Talk – Jenni Murray

Event Date 30th October 17:30 - 18:30
The history of Britain has traditionally been defined by its conflicts, its conquests, its men and its monarchs. It’s high time that it was defined by its women. In her most recent book, Woman’s Hour presenter Jenni Murray tells the stories of women who refused to succumb to the established laws of society.
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Canterbury Festival Talk – Paul Atterbury

Event Date 31st October 17:30 - 18:30
Paul Atterbury The Story of the Poster Colourful posters for advertising, travel, entertainment and propaganda have shaped and documented our lives for 150 years, combining design and social history in a dramatic and often memorable way.
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November 2017

Canterbury Festival Talk – James Alexander-Sinclair

Event Date 1st November 17:30 - 18:30
James Alexander-Sinclair Thirty Years in Gardens James designs gardens all over the place, from the Western Isles to the outskirts of Moscow, and most recently the Listening Garden for Radio 2’s Feel Good Gardens at Chelsea Flower Show. The master of innuendo and wit, he writes regular columns for Gardens Illustrated and Gardeners’ World magazine.
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Canterbury Festival Talk – Nicholas Crane

Event Date 2nd November 17:30 - 18:30
Nicholas Crane The Making of the British Landscape ‘At heart, I’m a walker – it’s just you, a backpack and a pair of boots’. Writer and broadcaster Nicholas Crane never leaves home without a map, a compass and his trademark umbrella – and has written books and presented television series based on his explorations.
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Canterbury Festival Talk – Nigel West

Event Date 3rd November 17:30 - 18:30
Nigel West Operation Garbo and Kent In the months leading up to D-Day in June 1944, the most successful doubleagent of World War II – Juan Pujol García, Codenamed Garbo – pretended to have agents reporting on Allied troop concentrations in the Canterbury area.
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Canterbury Festival Concert – We Looked for Peace

Event Date 4th November 19:30 - 21:30
Canterbury Choral Society English Chamber Orchestra Tasmin Little – Violin Katherine Crompton – Soprano Edward Grint – Bass Richard Cooke – Conductor ‘Nation shall not lift up sword against nation’ An evening of expectation, harmonic beauty and reflection in a programme which comprises a world premiere, Tasmin Little – one of the country’s best-loved violinists,
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Young Futures Conference 2017

Event Date 15th November 2017 09:45-17:00
A free one-day conference for 16-25 year-olds, exploring the life and influence of the Black Prince
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Black Prince Conference

Event Date 16th November - 17th November
Exploring the following and fascination around Edward Woodstock, Prince of Wales - "The Black Prince" 1330 -1376.
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Handel’s Messiah

Event Date 18th November 19:30 - 22:00
The Girls and Men of Canterbury Cathedral Choir give their debut performance of Handel’s famous oratorio, Messiah. They will be joined by critically-acclaimed period instrument orchestra The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen and internationally-renowned soloists for the performance in the Cathedral’s Nave.
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December 2017

Choral Evensong

Event Date 29th December 15:15 - 16:00
Choral Evensong, commemorating the Martyrdom of Archbishop Thomas Becket on this day in 1170
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