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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.

June 2018

Under an Equal Sky

Event Date 26 May - 11 November 2018
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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The FRIENDly Plant Sale

Event Date 29 June 10:00 - 13:00
The Friends of Canterbury Cathedral will be holding a plant sale with a host of bedding plants and herbs. Come early to avoid disappointment. Regretfully we cannot accept cards.
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July 2018

Canterbury City Medieval Pageant

Event Date 7 July 11:00 - 13:00
Commemorating Henry II’s pilgrimage to Canterbury in 1174 this colourful parade features historical characters, mounted warriors, East Kent Giants, local schools, re-enactment groups, music and medieval mayhem.
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Informal Recital

Event Date 7 July 16:15 - 17:00
Recital by the Chicago Master Singers, with Dr David Flood, the Cathedral’s Master of the Choristers. Free recital, but normal Precincts charges apply.
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Cathedral Lodge Summer Party Night

Event Date 7 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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Orchestral Mass

Event Date 15 July 11:00 - 12:00
Canterbury Cathedral presents a special Eucharist. Mozart’s Coronation Mass sung by the Boys and Men of Canterbury Cathedral Choir with full Orchestra. Supported by a gift from The Friends of Canterbury Cathedral.
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Stone Masonry Tour and Afternoon Tea

Event Date 23 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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A Taste of Kent

Event Date 25 July 18:15 - 20:00
Sam and Paul, founders of Eastry based Time and Tide brewing, will talk about their Brewery and bring you a number of craft beers for you to taste. To accompany the beers, enjoy a tasting platter of Doughty Butchers sausages, Canterbury Cheesemakers produce, Wooden Spoon mustards and chutneys and breads baked at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge.
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August 2018

Discovery Days

Event Date 1 August 11:00 - 15:00
Inspired by the boats in the Cathedral’s Under and Equal Sky exhibition, the Activity team will take you on an exploration of all things nautical in the Cathedral from HMS Canterbury to hidden historic graffiti boats. Why not come along and make a boat of your own.
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Explorer Backpacks

Event Date 1 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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Discovery Days

Event Date 8 August 11:00 - 15:00
Join the Activity Team on a safari of Animal Mask Making inspired by the menagerie of creatures found in the Cathedral’s architecture!
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Explorer Backpacks

Event Date 8 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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Cathedral Archives & Library Tour and Afternoon Tea

Event Date 13 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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Discovery Days

Event Date 15 August 11:00 - 15:00
Find out from the Activity Team how the medieval monks lived their lives at Canterbury Cathedral through object handling, and taking part in some of their creative activities including the ancient art of calligraphy and decorative illumination
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Explorer Backpacks

Event Date 15 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.
read more »

Cathedral Archives & Library Tour and Afternoon Tea

Event Date 17 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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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 and add your drawing to the Activity Teams Gallery of Animals.
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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.
read more »

Discovery Days

Event Date 29 August 11:00 - 15:00
Come along and meet the new Activity Team member, Gregory Gargoyle. Make your very own gargoyle hand puppet and find out more about the mysterious Gregory from our story-teller.
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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.
read more »

September 2018

The FRIENDly Scarecrow Trail

Event Date 7 September - 15 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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Hop Hoodening Service followed by Dancing in The Precincts

Event Date 8 September 11:00 - 00:00
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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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

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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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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