Why YOU should go to The Canterbury Festival 2017

The Canterbury Festival has been a tradition since the 1920s, first introduced by George Bell while he was Dean of Canterbury. It lasts for two weeks, so here’s why you should go along to a few events.

Some are free and most are cheap

Some of the wonderful events are even free. The Canterbury Throwdown at the Lanfranc Theatre is free. Do something new and try your hand at pottery. Why not take the family or friends along to have a go?


If it’s one of the paid events that interests you, you don’t have to take out a mortgage to come to the Canterbury Festival as most events are extremely cheap. The Dr Death and the Evil Medicine Show is only £8 per person and promises to be a thrilling afternoon learning about the history of medicine and illness with the time-travelling Dr Death.

Dr Death (Simon Watt) Credit: Canterbury Festival

If you don’t live in Canterbury, you can still enjoy the Canterbury Festival, there are open art exhibitions taking place in Faversham, Whitstable and Ramsgate among other places, where you can enjoy the artwork from the people in your community.

Westgate Gardens

There’s something for everyone

No matter what your age or interests, there will be something for you at The Canterbury Festival. If you enjoy history, why not pop along to Jenni Murrays talk on ‘A History of Britain in 21 Women’.

If you like music, then you can enjoy the Bursary Competition where Kent’s finest and youngest musicians battle it out to win a bursary to help them with their musical development.


Get involved in the community

The festival is also a great way to make new friends who share the same interests as you. If you would like to know more about Canterbury, join the Canterbury Ramblers who will take you on multiple walks around Canterbury, teaching you about multiple subjects, such as Jane Austin’s childhood and St Augustine’s Monks.

Canterbury Tower (Credit: Canterbury Festival Website)

Explore local talent

The Canterbury Festival encourages locals to take part and this is exemplified by the Made in Kent comedy competition being held at Lanfranc Theatre. Over the summer the festival has been searching for Kent’s newest comedic talent and this is your chance to enjoy them and watch Kent’s best new comedian be crowned.

Here are some highlights from last years festival.

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  • 21/10/2017 at 1:29 pm

    Excellent article. Thanks for the information. I will be attending the event.

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