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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.

December 2017

#ThanksToYou Guided Tours

Event Date 11-17 December, 9.00-16.00 daily
To say thank you for supporting the HLF, get a free guided tour or audio tour with a national lottery ticket or scratchcard
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Canterbury Choral Society Family Carol Concert

Event Date 16th December 19:00 - 20:30
  A Christmas feast for all the family!  Come and celebrate singing some favourite Christmas classics with old favourites and a few less familiar carols.  The programme features the Canterbury Choral Society Youth Choir and the Festival Brass Ensemble, and will include O Come all ye Faithful, God rest you Merry, Gentleman and In the
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The Friendly Nativity

Event Date 17th December 16:30 - 17:30
Children to come dressed as an Angel, King, Shepherd, Ox, Ass, or anyone at the stable and perform a Nativity Play with carols for all conducted by Dr David Flood Donations to The Friends of Canterbury Cathedral in aid of The Dean’s Challenge.
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Demelza Hospice Carol Service ‘Celebration of Christmas’

Event Date 18th December 19:30 - 21:00
Annual fundraising Carol Service held to raise money for the Demelza Children’s Hospice. A festive evening packed with traditional carols, readings and performances Ticket’s are available through the Demelza Hospice website or through the hotline 01795 845204.
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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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January 2018

Holocaust Memorial Exhibition

Event Date 15th January - 31st January
The power of words is the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 and to support this there will be an exhibition in the Cathedral's Eastern Crypt and on Tuesday 23 January there will be a short act of worship at 12.30.
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February 2018

La Traviata

Event Date 3rd February 19:00 - 22:00
A specially arranged chamber version of La Traviata with all proceeds going to Porchlight - a charity working to support homeless and vulnerable people in Kent.
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Lunchtime Concert

Event Date 7th February 13:00 - 14:00
Come and hear the musicians of Canterbury Christ Church University. With a distinguished tradition of musical study, composition and performance, the university boasts ensembles and solo performers working in classical, choral, jazz, experimental, pop, and rock styles. Today’s recital offers a snapshot of the best current and developing undergraduate talent.
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Half-term fun

Event Date 13-15 Feb 2018, 11.00-15.00hrs
Explore the Cathedral's gargoyles and grotesques during half-term
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Valentine’s Dinner

Event Date 17th February 19:00 - 22:00
You and your loved one can celebrate in one of the most romantic locations in Canterbury. Canterbury Cathedral Lodge is a superb venue situated in the beautiful grounds of Canterbury Cathedral.
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Wandering in Flanders Fields

Event Date 28th February 14:30 - 16:00
By popular demand, Melanie Gibson-Barton returns to talk about her Great Uncle George, a member of the 1914 British Expeditionary Force who is buried just outside of Ypres.
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March 2018

Unlocking the Chest

Event Date 5th March 10:00 - 16:30
Unlocking the Chest: exploring more records for family history, in conjunction with Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Library On Monday 5 March 2018 discover the exciting benefits of research among the parish collection – or “parish chest” – in which the activities of your ancestors’ lives were recorded for centuries, and explore some sources of information
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Mothering Sunday Lunch

Event Date 11th March 12:30 - 15:00
Every Mum deserves this Sunday off to relax! With Chef’s delicious 3-course lunch and the opportunity to take a stroll in the Cathedral grounds, Mum will be truly spoilt at The Cathedral Lodge this year! £27.95 per adult or £12.95 per child under 14 years (under 4’s eat free) for a 3-course Mothering Sunday Lunch
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Stone Masonry Tour and Afternoon Tea

Event Date 22nd March 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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Palm Sunday

Event Date 25th March 10:50 - 12:00
Join our Palm Sunday procession.
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Chrism Mass

Event Date 27th March 12:00 - 14:00
The Chrism Mass with President and Preacher, the Bishop of Richborough.
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April 2018

Easter Sunday Lunch

Event Date 1st April 12:30 - 15:00
Bring the family and enjoy a special 3-course lunch with coffee at the Cathedral Lodge. After lunch, there will be an Easter Egg hunt for the children (big or small) in the beautiful Campanile garden! £23.95 per adult or £11.95 per child under 14 years.
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May 2018

Open Gardens Weekend

Event Date 26th May - 27th 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

July 2018

Cathedral Lodge Summer Party Night

Event Date 7th 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 23rd 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 13th 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 17th 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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October 2018

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