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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.

August 2018

Under an Equal Sky

Event Date 26 May - 6 January 2019
**Now running until January 2019** - a series of installations by international artists Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg reflecting on themes of war and remembrance, migration and refugees.
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Discovery Days

Event Date 22 August 11:00 - 15:00
A fishes tail, striped body and snapping teeth – what would you draw from a description like this? Let your imagination run wild with some free holiday fun
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Explorer Backpacks

Event Date 22 August 11:00 - 15:00
The Explorer Backpacks provide a fun and interactive trail as well as helpful tools for all to enjoy. Inside the backpacks are binoculars, magnifying glasses and magnetic compasses – all to help young explorers investigate many of the beautiful and extraordinary places and objects within the Cathedral.
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Tour of Nave Safety Deck – Summer Special

Event Date Two groups at 18.30 and 19.30
See Canterbury Cathedral as you have never seen it before! Get up to the roof vaulting, high above the Nave floor and enjoy spectacular views; truly a photo opportunity that won’t come up again in centuries! We are offering a one-off summer special visit onto the giant safety platform inside the Nave on Tuesday, 28
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Discovery Days

Event Date 29 August 11:00 - 15:00
Come and meet our new friend Gregory Gargoyle for free fun, stories and crafts!
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Explorer Backpacks

Event Date 29 August 11:00 - 15:00
The Explorer Backpacks provide a fun and interactive trail as well as helpful tools for all to enjoy. Inside the backpacks are binoculars, magnifying glasses and magnetic compasses – all to help young explorers investigate many of the beautiful and extraordinary places and objects within the Cathedral.
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September 2018

Hop Hoodening Service followed by Dancing in The Precincts

Event Date 8 September 11:00 - 12:30
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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The Kent Centenary Service ( at The Spitfire Ground )

Event Date 23 September 14:00 - 16:15
The Kent Centenary Service at The Spitfire Ground on Sunday 23 September 2018 is the county’s major First World War commemorative event. Viscount De L’Isle, the Lord-Lieutenant of Kent – Her Majesty The Queen’s representative in the county – is hosting this unique occasion.
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Animal Blessing Service

Event Date 30 September 14:00 - 15:00
New for Canterbury Cathedral all are welcome to attend this informal service in the Precincts and are encouraged to bring well – behaved animals, large or small. All animals must be kept in an appropriate cage or on leads. There is no Precincts entry charge for attending this service.
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October 2018

The FRIENDly Scarecrow Trail

Event Date 6 October - 14 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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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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European Union Chamber Orchestra

Event Date 20 October 19:30 - 21:45
‘As near to perfection as it’s possible to get’ Cambridge Evening News. The European Union Chamber Orchestra consistently gives fresh, dynamic performances which benefit from the physical freedom of their playing standing up.
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Canterbury Festival Evensong

Event Date 21 October 15:15 - 16:00
Every year the Festival works closely with the Cathedral throughout the two week period. The Cathedral offers this special Evensong as part of the Festival’s city-wide celebrations.
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Luke Harding: How Russia helped Trump win the White House

Event Date 22 October 17:45 - 18:45
Award-winning journalist Luke Harding reveals the true nature of Donald Trump’s decades-long relationship with Russia, drawing on sources from the intelligence community. He shows how Russia is reshaping the world order to its advantage with an astonishing story of offshore money, sketchy real-estate deals, mobsters, money laundering, hacking and Kremlin espionage.
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The Big Draw

Event Date 23 October - 25 October
We are thrilled to once again be taking part in the world’s biggest drawing festival, The Big Draw. This year we are making upcycled poppies for the Canterbury War Horse sculpture.
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Patricia Davies: 95 years as a modern woman – In conversation with Simon Robinson

Event Date 23 October 17:45 - 18:45
As a 95-year-old, the remarkable Pat Davies has lived through some of the greatest upheavals in history. Here, in conversation with Simon Robinson, she talks about women’s lives in the 20th century from the vote onwards, including her experiences as a woman in wartime, serving as Special Duties (Linguist) in the WRNS for Bletchley Park.
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The Denial of Death: How to overcome our fear of dying

Event Date 23 October 20:00 - 21:00
Why do we fear death, where does this fear come from and what exactly are our concerns? This event starts with a fascinating 30 minute presentation on the topic of death anxiety (inspired by psychologist Sheldon Solomon’s work on our fear of death), after which the discussion will be opened up to the floor.
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Mark Austin – And Thank You for Watching

Event Date 24 October 17:45 - 18:45
For over 30 years Mark Austin has covered the world’s biggest stories as a foreign correspondent and anchorman for ITN and Sky News. He has witnessed first-hand some of the most epic events of our times, including the Iraq war and the historic transition in South Africa from apartheid to democracy.
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Hilary Kay : My Favourite Things

Event Date 25 October 17:45 - 18:45
Hilary Kay is a consultant, lecturer, broadcaster and writer on antiques and collectables. In this presentation she draws on her personal experience over 40 years in the rarefied world of international antiques; as an expert on Antiques Roadshow and as a former auctioneer and senior director of Sotheby’s.
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Adam Kay: This is Going to Hurt

Event Date 25 October 20:00 - 21:00
Ninety-seven-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids – and the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Welcome to the life of a junior doctor.
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John Suchet: Tchaikovsky Revealed

Event Date 26 October 17:45 - 18:45
Highly regarded Classic FM radio presenter, author and newsreader John Suchet explores the troubled genius of the great Romantic Russian composer Tchaikovsky.
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Rachel Podger (Violin) and VOCES 8 – A Guardian Angel

Event Date 27 October 19:30 - 21:45
‘Queen of the Baroque violin’ (Sunday Times) Rachel Podger’s serene and beguiling virtuosity is the angelic guiding voice amidst choral masterpieces sung by star vocal ensemble VOCES8. Designed to explore the acoustics of the Cathedral, the music alternates between the artists with VOCES8 calling to Rachel’s central ‘Angel’ from around the space.
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David Starkey – Henry VIII: The First Brexiteer?

Event Date 30 October 17:45 - 18:45
Historian and presenter David Starkey, best known for his Channel 4 series, The Six Wives of Henry VIII and Monarchy, presents his witty insight into Britain’s most notorious king. Starkey argues that the Reformation could be defined as the first Brexit.
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Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger

Event Date 31 October 17:45 - 18:45
In 2015, Champagne Taittinger acquired a slice of farmland in Chilham, Kent, and announced the launch of Domaine Evremond.
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November 2018

Bach to Baby – Winter Concert

Event Date 27 November 10:30 - 11:30
Bach to Baby is the acclaimed concert series for the whole family to enjoy together. Featuring outstanding musicians and exhilarating performances in inspiring venues right on your doorstep. Programme for this concert date will be announced shortly.
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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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Advent Carol Service

Event Date 2 December 15:15 - 16:30
Celebrate the start of the Advent season with the Cathedral’s Advent Carol Service. All are welcome to attend.
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Bach to Baby – Christmas Concert

Event Date 10 December 10:30 - 11:30
Bach to Baby is the acclaimed concert series for the whole family to enjoy together. Featuring outstanding musicians and exhilarating performances in inspiring venues right on your doorstep. Programme for this concert date will be announced shortly.
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Cathedral Carol Service

Event Date 23 December 15:00 - 17:00
Cathedral Carol Service, a reading of seven lessons with seasonal music.  This the first of two identical services. It is an un-ticketed service and all are welcome to attend. Please note this service is seated on a first come first seated basis. Doors open at 13.30.
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Cathedral Carol Service

Event Date 24 December 15:00 - 17:00
Cathedral Carol Service, a reading of seven lessons with seasonal music.  This the first of two identical services. It is an un-ticketed service and all are welcome to attend. Please note this service is seated on a first come first seated basis. Doors open at 13.30.
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Christmas Day Eucharist

Event Date 25 December 11:00 - 12:30
Christmas Day Eucharist. All are welcome to attend. Please note this service is seated on a first come first, seated basis. Doors open at 10.00.
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Christingle Service

Event Date 28 December 15:00 - 16:00
Now in its 50th year Christingle is a celebratory event which takes place every year at Christmas. This event is hugely popular and raises vital funds for The Children’s Society to help transform the lives of vulnerable children.
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Choral Evensong

Event Date 29 December 15:15 - 16:30
Choral Evensong, commemorating the Martyrdom of Archbishop Thomas Becket on this day in 1170. All are welcome to attend.
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