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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.

April 2019

Canterbury War Horse

Event Date Ongoing
Over eight-million horses died during the First World War, of which many travelled through Kent on their way to the continent.
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Graffiti in the Cathedral

Event Date Ongoing
Throughout the year our Volunteer Graffiti Researchers can be found in the Cathedral investigating and recording its historic graffiti. Volunteers are very happy to share what they have discovered so please do stop and talk to them to find out more about the fascinating marks made on this ancient monument.
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May 2019

See-through Stories: Windows on the World

Event Date 1 May - 2 October
Book here Six presentations by leading public speakers looking through/at Canterbury Cathedral’s stained glass windows, the biblical figures they illustrate and their relevance for today. These talks are supported by The Friends of Canterbury Cathedral in association with the University of Kent. 1 May Rabbi Dr.
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Stained Glass Studio Tour

Event Date 17 May 14:00 - 15:00
The Cathedral houses the most important collection of early medieval stained glass, and we employ a team of expert conservators who create new and restore old.
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Patrick Williams Recital for Flute and Piano

Event Date 18 May 19:30 - 21:30
Patrick Williams – Flute Stephen Barlow – Piano Flautist Patrick Williams and Pianist Stephen Barlow return to Canterbury Cathedral on 18 May 2019 to perform music by Bach, Schubert, Faure, Poulenc, Messiaen and Bartok.
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Wedding Reception Open Day

Event Date 19 May 11:00 - 14:00
Canterbury Cathedral Lodge offers the perfect location for your special day. At our wedding open day couples can experience our unique venue, view our wonderful banqueting facilities, meet our fantastic team and enjoy a glass of Prosecco and canapés on arrival. You’re welcome to drop by anytime from 11.00 to 14.00.
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Stone Week

Event Date 28 May - 30 May
For Stone Week this year we will be scratching the surface of the historic graffiti found in the Cathedral. The team behind the Cathedral’s Graffiti Project will be sharing their discoveries and leading activities. Come along to tell your own story through ‘graffiti’ before embarking on a self-led graffiti hunt. 11.00-15.00 daily.
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June 2019

A Kentish Tea Dance

Event Date 8 June 14:00 - 17:00
Come and trip the light fantastic at our special Tea Dance! With live music from The Totsys you will be able to waltz, quickstep, swing, and jive in the Clagett ‘ballroom’.
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Choir Bursary Concert

Event Date 21 June 19:30 - 22:00
A lovely opportunity to hear the choristers in concert and know by attending that you are supporting the future of choral talent at the Cathedral. The Choir Bursary Fund is a bi-annual event and is held in conjunction with the Graeme Hamilton Memorial Fund.
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Elgar The Apostles

Event Date 22 June 19:30 - 21:00
An epic event for Canterbury Choral Society and Youth Choir together again with the Royal Philharmonic, following their triumphant performance of The Dream of Gerontius in June 2018.
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July 2019

Summer Party Night

Event Date Starts 5 July
Canterbury Cathedral Lodge invites you to enjoy the spectacular backdrop of Canterbury Cathedral at their Summer Party on Friday 5 July. On arrival guests will enjoy a glass of Pimms and canapés in the beautiful Campanile Garden, overlooking the Cathedral, while being entertained by a solo singer.
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Plants and Print-Making

Event Date 29 July 10:30 - 16:30
Join us for a day exploring gardening history at Canterbury Cathedral and developing print-making skills with a local artist. In the morning, the Cathedral’s Head Gardener, Philip Oostenbrink will give an illustrated talk on the history of the Cathedral’s gardens.
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August 2019

Plants and Print-Making

Event Date 5 August 10:30 - 16:30
Join us for a day exploring gardening history at Canterbury Cathedral and developing print-making skills with a local artist. In the morning, the Cathedral’s Head Gardener, Philip Oostenbrink will give an illustrated talk on the history of the Cathedral’s gardens.
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Cathedral Archives and Library Tour with Afternoon Tea

Event Date 9 August 14:30 - 17:30
Enjoy a full afternoon tea in our delightful restaurant which overlooks a beautiful courtyard garden. Afterwards, experience a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of the Cathedral Archives and Library. During the tour you will learn about the rich collections of printed books, archives and manuscripts held at the cathedral and see some important examples.
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Cathedral Archives and Library Tour with Afternoon Tea

Event Date 19 August 14:45 - 17:30
Enjoy a full afternoon tea in our delightful restaurant which overlooks a beautiful courtyard garden. Afterwards, experience a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of the Cathedral Archives and Library. During the tour you will learn about the rich collections of printed books, archives and manuscripts held at the cathedral and see some important examples.
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September 2019

Stained Glass Studio Tour

Event Date 20 September 14:00 - 15:00
The Cathedral houses the most important collection of early medieval stained glass, and we employ a team of expert conservators who create new and restore old.
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October 2019

Music in the Collections of Canterbury Cathedral: Talk, Tour and Tea

Event Date 28 October 14:30 - 17:30
Enjoy an afternoon starting with a fascinating talk by Dr Chris Price, Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University, and also a member of the Cathedral Choir, on the music collections of the Cathedral Archives and Library. This will be followed by a viewing of items from the collections.
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November 2019

Scribes and Calligraphy: A Day At Canterbury Cathedral

Event Date 18 November 10:30 - 17:00
Enjoy a fascinating talk by Dr Alison Ray, Assistant Archivist, on the finely decorated (‘illuminated’) manuscripts in the Cathedral’s collections and on manuscript production by the monks here in the Middle Ages. This will be followed by a special display of items from the collections.
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