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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.

March 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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Lent Lunches

Event Date 11 March - 8 April
Come along to support a great cause – and have a delicious lunch! A soup lunch will be served with rolls, cake and great company every Monday in Lent from 12.00 until 14.00 in the Cathedral Lodge in exchange for a donation. All proceeds will go to support the work of Porchlight.
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Looking Towards The Cross

Event Date 12 March - 9 April
Bible study groups will meet in the Cathedral Lodge at 19.30 every Tuesday between 12 March and 9 April to help us reflect upon the mystery of the cross, followed by a short time of worship.
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Mozart Requiem

Event Date 23 March 19:30 - 21:30
Mhairi Lawson soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons mezzo-soprano Robin Bailey tenor Tristan Hambleton bass Mozart’s final composition has held its place amongst the great works of Classical music, and one which carries a deep intensity for audience and performers alike. The English Chamber Orchestra is one of the world’s leading chamber orchestras.
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Mothering Sunday Lunch

Event Date 31 March 2019
Every Mum deserves a chance to relax! Enjoy a delicious three-course lunch, followed by a stroll around the Cathedral grounds.
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April 2019

Scribes and Calligraphy: A Day At Canterbury Cathedral

Event Date 1 April 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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Kent Big Weekend 2019

Event Date 6 April - 7 April
Calling all Kent residents! The Kent Big Weekend is back for 2019, and Visit Kent are giving you the chance to enjoy an amazing day out in our county for free! Canterbury Cathedral is, again, one of the 136 Visitor Attractions in Kent taking part in the annual weekend event on the 6 and 7
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Canterbury Cathedral Archive & Library Treasures

Event Date 13 April 10:00 - 12:30
This visit to the Cathedral Archives and Library will focus on the Tudor and Stuart books, manuscripts and other sources in the collections. On display will be examples from the archive of the cathedral, which dates from the 9th century onwards.
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Holy Week Lunchtime Talks

Event Date 15 April - 17 April
From Monday to Wednesday of Holy Week at 13.00 there will be a series of lunchtime talks in the Cathedral Lodge focussing on the way Jesus used the basic gifts of the natural environment.
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Easter Sunday Lunch

Event Date 21 April 2019
Bring the family and enjoy a special 3-course lunch with coffee in the delightful restaurant at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge. After lunch, there will be an Easter Egg hunt for the children (big or small) in the beautiful Campanile garden! Please see the website for further details.
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May 2019

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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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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June 2019

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 June
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

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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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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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.
read more »
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