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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 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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September 2017

St Anselm’s Crypt talk and tour

Event Date 8th September 18:00 - 21:00
A talk on the organisation and decoration of the Crypt followed by a tour to explore the extraordinary creatures carved into its columns and architecture.
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Hop Hoodening

Event Date 9th September 11:00 - 13:15
Service followed 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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Explore Your Cathedral

Event Date 20th September 13:00 - 21:00
Join us on The Canterbury Journey and find out more about the Cathedral's largest restoration project for more than 100 years at this open to all event.
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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
One of Britain’s best-loved art historians and BBC television presenters Dan Cruickshank lives in a house in Spitalfields first occupied by French Huguenot silk weavers in the 18th century. His talk will draw on his love of the area and the Huguenot influence in Spitalfields, Canterbury and beyond.
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Canterbury Festival Science – The Art of Dying Well

Event Date 23rd October 20:00 - 22:00
Can we conquer the last taboo to achieve a ‘good end'? Join a panel of experts chaired by Andrew Thorns, Medical Director for Pilgrims Hospices, for a warm and sometimes even light-hearted debate about this important human topic.
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Canterbury Festival Talk – AN Wilson – The Queen

Event Date 26th October 17:30 - 18:30
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 Science – A is for Arsenic

Event Date 26th October 20:00 - 22:00
Why did Agatha Christie use poison so often to dispatch characters, and why do their poisons of choice provide such important clues to the identity of the murderer? Kathryn Harkup explores the fascinating background to the novelist’s detailed chemical knowledge, illustrated by the use of poisons in her classic crime novels.
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Canterbury Festival Talk – Tom Kerridge

Event Date 27th October 17:30 - 18:30
Tom Kerridge has all the ingredients of a national treasure-in-the-making. He is known and loved for his west-country burr and meteoric rise through the culinary world (his gastro pub, The Hand and Flowers, won a Michelin star a year after it opened, and a second star a few years later; it is the only pub to do so).
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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
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. Antiques Roadshow presenter Paul Atterbury, who has been a poster enthusiast all his life, tells the story of the poster from the the Victorian era to the creation of the modern multicoloured image.
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Canterbury Festival Science – Adam Rutherford

Event Date 31st October 20:00 - 22:00
The way we understand the past has been radically altered by the introduction of DNA as an historical text. Adam Rutherford, one of the country’s most engaging broadcasters and presenter of Inside Science, Radio 4’s flagship science programme, explains how history can be revisited using the map that we all contain, and all its revelations.
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November 2017

Canterbury Festival Talk – James Alexander-Sinclair

Event Date 1st November 17:30 - 18:30
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. He will give a whistlestop tour of his life in horticulture – from Peckham to adjudicating on some of the world’s most beautiful gardens.
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Canterbury Festival Talk – Nicholas Crane

Event Date 2nd November 17:30 - 18:30
‘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
Operation Garbo and Kent. Author Nigel West gives an intriguing account of his 12-year search for the most successful double agent of World War II – Juan Pujol García, Codenamed Garbo - and how he went to Buckingham Palace in 1984 to receive a medal in recognition of his contribution to the liberation of Europe.
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Canterbury Festival Concert – We Looked for Peace

Event Date 4th November 19:30 - 21:30
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, the world-renowned English Chamber Orchestra and Canterbury Choral Society.
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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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January 2018

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