21 things to do this Easter in Canterbury, Herne Bay, and Whitstable

Goodbye winter, hello spring!

Days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, the Easter holiday is upon us — now is the perfect time to get out and about in Canterbury, Herne Bay, and Whitstable.

Whether it’s spending time together as a family, having a good time with friends or something a bit different, we have your Easter covered!

There are plenty of things to do, see and experience across the district. How many of these ideas can you squeeze into the Easter holidays?

Fun for all the family

Get battle-ready for the Knights Tournament at Canterbury Tales Visitor Attraction

Join the Knights Tournament and practice your battle skills, swords, mock jousting, medieval remedies and more, at The Canterbury Tales Visitor Attraction.

Explore a symphony orchestra from the inside with this free immersive, virtual reality, experience, brought to you by the Philharmonia Orchestra and The Marlowe.

Meet the players and much more the Kent Cricket Open Day

Meet the players and mascots and enjoy lots of cricket activities at the Kent Cricket Open Day, Canterbury. A great free event for all the family to enjoy!

Find out what it takes to care for a range of animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals at the Animal Easter Activity Club.

Learn how to take care of animals

Enjoy Rockpool Easter Eggsploration at Reculver. Search for eggs and collect clues, take part in the seashore safari to discover eggs found on the rocky shore or make a giant egg in the coastal classroom.

The hunt is on! Head to the coast for Strode Park and Whitstable’s annual Easter egg hunts.

Play with clay and make something memorable to take home at the Horsebridge Arts Centre’s Easter pottery class for kids.

Treat the family to a special three-course Easter Sunday lunch at Canterbury Cathedral, followed by an egg hunt in the beautiful Campanile Garden.

Hanging out with friends

Paddling the River Stour with Canoe Wild

If you’re up for a challenge, why not make a day of it with Canoe Wild and paddle from Fordwich to Grove Ferry and back again!

Treat yourself to a tour and tasting at Canterbury Brewers and Distillers, a small artisan producer that is one of only two places in Kent to handcraft beers and spirits from grain to grass.

Taking an award-winning Canterbury Historic River Tour

Sit back and relax while your guide gives you insider knowledge and local stories you won’t find in guide books on this multi-award winning historic and humourous river tour.

Visit Canterbury Cathedral’s archives and library for the chance to see historical manuscripts dating from the 9th century.

Learn the tricks of the trade and delve into the history, styles and production process of some of our best-loved spirits with a Distilled Masterclass at the Abode, Canterbury. You can even book a room to make a night of it!

Enjoy a spookily entertaining blend of history, humor and haunting on the 90 minutes Canterbury Ghost Tour.

Take part in Canterbury’s newest escape room Marlowe’s Ghost. Overcome a series of devilishly clever games and puzzles to unlock the soon-to-be-lost work of Marlowe.

Dining with a difference at The Parade Room, One Pound Lane

Treat yourself to a tasty cocktail and dinner in Canterbury’s atmospheric medieval city gaol and former police station. Or indulge turn a meal into an experience with fantastic dishes using the best local produce in this 16th century former coach house overlooking the city walls.

Something a little bit different

Battle of the Chefs at the ABode

Crown your favourite course at the Battle of the Chefs! Award-winning chefs will create and share their signature dishes in this unique culinary competition.

Take part in Chicken Run 2019, Strode Park’s fancy dress fun run along Herne Bay seafront. Or simply witness this weird and wonderful event as 100s run past in their super chicken costumes!

Discover essential sailing manoeuvres like gybing and tacking with a taster sailing session Whitstable Yacht Club.

See Venice inspired paintings by acclaimed artist Liam Thompson at Chartham Vineyard’s Art in the Vineyard Gallery, and enjoy a tour and tasting while you’re there!

Stay for longer

Contemporary city stay, The Hugo in Canterbury

With so much to do, it’s worth treating yourself to an overnight stay. Choose from a number of excellent hotels, coaching inns and coastal retreats.