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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 2017

Tapestry of Light: Intersections of Illumination

Event Date 14 Oct-19 Nov, 10.00-16.00 Mon-Sat. Closed 4-10 Nov and all Sundays
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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From Catwalk to Quire

Event Date 19th October 18:30 - 20:30
From Catwalk to Quire, Cathedral Virger Margaret Ovenden, entertains and delights an audience with tales of her two contrasting worlds.
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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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Explorer Backpacks

Event Date 24th October - 27th October
Explorer Backpacks for little pilgrims will be available this half term. 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. Backpacks are available from 11.00 – 15.00hrs (last issue at 14.00hrs) each day (Tues-Fri).
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The Big Draw 2017

Event Date 24th October - 27th October
The Big Draw is the world’s biggest celebration of drawing. It’s for anyone who loves to draw, as well as those who want to give it a go. It’s an opportunity to join a global community in celebration of the universal language of drawing.
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Canterbury Festival Talk – David Lough

Event Date 24th October 17:30 - 18:30
David Lough Churchill and Trumps: birds of a feather? It takes some chutzpah to compare two holders of the world’s greatest offices, but David Lough, a former banker with a first-class degree in history from Oxford, fearlessly examines the private records of Winston Churchill and Donald Trump before each became a national leader – and
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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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Voice Trials – Boys of the Canterbury Cathedral Choir

Event Date 11th November 11:55 - 16:00
Canterbury Cathedral Choir is looking to award substantial scholarships to talented boys who would like to join them in September 2018. Auditions, for a long time referred to as a Voice Trial, will be held on Saturday 11 November 2017.
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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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The Goose Is Getting Fat

Event Date 27th November 14:30 - 16:30
One of the Friends’ favourite speakers, Imogen Corrigan, returns to talk to about the history of Christmas traditions.
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December 2017

90 Hymns in 90 Minutes

Event Date 2nd December 12:00 - 14:00
Join Adrian Bawtree, Second Assistant Organist, as he attempts to play 90 hymns in 90 minutes as part of The Dean’s Challenge.
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Bach to Baby Christmas Family Concert

Event Date 8th December 10:30 - 11:30
Magical music, festive frolics, sparkles and spices, oh my! Grab your friends, harness up your fastest reindeer and meet us at a Bach to Baby concert for the perfect prelude to the holiday season! Bach to Baby is the acclaimed concert series for the whole family to enjoy together.
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St Nicholas Parade

Event Date 9 December from 12 noon
St Nicholas Parade – a short service following the city parade which departs from the Westgate Hall at 12 noon. All are welcome to join the parade and service.
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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

February 2018

Lunchtime Concert

Event Date 7th February 13:00 - 14:00
Come and hear the musicians of Canterbury Christ Church University. With a distinguished tradition of musical study, composition and performance, the university boasts ensembles and solo performers working in classical, choral, jazz, experimental, pop, and rock styles. Today’s recital offers a snapshot of the best current and developing undergraduate talent.
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Wandering in Flanders Fields

Event Date 28th February 14:30 - 16:00
By popular demand, Melanie Gibson-Barton returns to talk about her Great Uncle George, a member of the 1914 British Expeditionary Force who is buried just outside of Ypres.
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