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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.

October 2018

There But Not There

Event Date The installations are available to view daily in the Cathedral
There But Not There a nationwide installation for the fallen. It is hoped that these nationwide installations will be one of the defining centenary commemoration of the end of the 1914-1918 war, with the silhouettes being installed where the men and women came from across the country, back in the communities they left behind.
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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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Sacred Space

Event Date This is a weekly event held every Wednesday evening between 19.00 - 19.45 during term-time
Sacred Space is a collaboration between the Cathedral and Canterbury Christ Church University Chaplaincy and is a service particularly for young adults. It is held every Wednesday evening during term-time in the Cathedral Crypt and starts at 19.00 hrs.
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Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, World, War

Event Date 19 October - 19 February
Items from the Cathedral’s historic collection are off to London from an exhibition of Anglo-Saxon Life. See the tiny beautiful Anglo-Saxon sundial and the early 10th century Fonthill Letter, the earliest known example of a personal letter from a layman to the King of England.
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The Canterbury War Horse

Event Date The installation will be on display in the Precincts daily.
To commemorate the centenary of the end of The First World War, students and staff from Canterbury School of Visual Arts at Canterbury College, led by Sculptor Clive Soord, have created a large-scale wooden horse for the Cathedral Precincts. The Canterbury War Horse’s head is bowed in respect, facing oncoming visitors to the cathedral.
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Remember Me?!

Event Date This exhibition will run daily from Saturday 20 October. It will be closed from 3 - 8 November and reopen from 9 until 12 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.
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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 23-25 October , 11.00-15.00 daily
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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In Conversation With…

Event Date 24 October 19:30 - 20:30
At 19.30 on Wednesday 24 October, as part of the Canterbury Festival, the glass artists Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg will hold an evening of conversation with the Dean under the ‘Under the Equal Sky’ glass exhibit in the Nave.
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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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Discovering Becket’s Pilgrims

Event Date 30 October 10:30 - 11:30
A TALK: Discovering Becket’s Pilgrims. The eight Becket Miracle Windows in the Trinity Chapel are amongst the most important stained glass windows in Europe. They constitute the surviving part of a hagiographic cycle unique in medieval art in its detail and scale.
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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

The Royal British Legion Field Of Remembrance

Event Date On display in the Precincts daily.
Featuring 531 miniature crosses bearing the names of WWI fallen that can be found in the Buttermarket Cross outside the Christ Church Gate. This installation is included in the Cathedral’s programme of events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Click here to view the full programme.
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Remembering World War I: talk, tour and afternoon tea

Event Date 2 November 14:30 - 16:00
An afternoon at Canterbury Cathedral, with a guided tour by the Cathedral’s Artist in Residence, Dawn Cole, of her exhibition in the Chapter House entitled ‘Remember Me?!’. This exhibition marks the centenary of the end of World War I, and takes its inspiration from the Cathedral collections.
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From Passchendaele To Peace

Event Date 6 November 14:30 - 15:30
A TALK: From Passchendaele To Peace. An illustrated talk providing an overview of the events of the final months of The Great War and into the 1920s.
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Mark Austin – And Thank You for Watching

Event Date 15 November 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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Being Human Festival: Walking with Refugee Tales

Event Date 15 November 18:30 - 20:00
David Herd, co- organiser and co-editor of Refugee Tales will give an illustrated talk introducing the project, which is based on Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. He will discuss indefinite detention in the UK and explain how the project makes its call for detention to end.
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History: The Beginning of the End?

Event Date 16 November 16:30 - 18:00
History: The Beginning of the End? Is there a future for the Humanities? Does it still make sense to study the past when the present is changing faster than ever? Are we really what we read? And what messages does the Heritage sector send out about what it means to be young today? Chaired by
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Being Human Festival: Walking with Refugee Tales

Event Date 16 November 18:30 - 20:00
Writers involved in Refugee Tales will read tales from the project, The Prologue, The Visitor’s Tale, The Appellant’s Tale and The Refugee’s Tale. they will be read by Refugee Tales contributors Patience Agbabi, Hubert Moore and David Herd. This event has been organised in partnership with the University of Kent and is part of www.beinghumanfestival.org.
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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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Stained Glass Studio Tour

Event Date 30th November 2018
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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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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The Politeness Of Princes

Event Date 3 December 14:30 - 15:30
A TALK: The Politeness Of Princes. Punctuality being the politeness of princes, Imogen Corrigan examines the reality of manners and etiquette in later the Medieval period. A far cry from the popular image of appalling table manners, Medieval dining was a minefield of dos and don’ts.
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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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New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Dance 2018

Event Date 31 December - 1 January
New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Dance at the Cathedral Lodge. We cannot think of a more spectacular back drop to seeing in the New Year. Enjoy Prosecco and canapés on arrival, a 5-course gala dinner, DJ and live music by The Kingsdown Band, followed by a glass of Prosecco and a Scottish Piper at midnight.
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