Cool things to do this summer in Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable
We’re all going on a summer holiday, no more working for a week or two…
There are plenty of things to do, see and try in Canterbury, Herne Bay and Whitstable this summer.
We’ve got the perfect events, attractions and experiences for relaxed sightseers, curious explorers and buzz seekers.
Whether you’re seeking an adventure, want to explore the countryside and coast or spend time together as a family. We’ve got your summer covered!
Join the Knights Tournament and practice your battle skills, swords, mock jousting, medieval remedies and more, at The Canterbury Tales Medieval Story Garden
Head to the Herne Bay Festival for hundreds of events for all the family. From traditional seaside fun, music, dance and arts and crafts, to food, drink and the famous finale fireworks!
Board the boats at Whitstable as a range of historic and high tech craft come together to fill up the waterfront at Whitstable Harbour Day!
Spend the weekend at the Gulbenkian’s bOing! Festival, a unique family festival of brilliant performance and creative experiences for children to share with their families.
Enjoy a musical extravaganza as Europe’s top tribute bands and artists assemble in the stunning grounds of Strode Park for just one day.
Pack a comfy chair, blanket and picnic and chill with the family at Cinema on the lawn at Whitstable castle.
Pack a picnic and head to Toddlers Cove play area in the wonderful Westgate Gardens. Relax by the River Stour while the young ones exhaust themselves playing vikings!
Keep kids entertained with archaeology and arts workshops at the Young History Makers’ summer school.
Hanging out with friends
Grab a deckchair, enjoy a drink and take in the sea views while listening to the King’s Hall’s free rooftop summer gigs.
Head to Canterbury’s hidden Secret Garden Summer Party. Tucked away just metres from the city centre, expect live music from a huge Ibiza brand, boutique bars and the best local street food.
Take a trip on the River Stour and sit back and relax while your guide shows you Canterbury’s historic past and hidden gems that can only be seen by boat. There are a variety of tours available from Canterbury Historic River Tours or the Canterbury Punting Co.
Explore the fascinating history of Canterbury with a 90 minute guided tour of the city, taking in the medieval lanes, majestic Cathedral’s Precincts, famous ‘crooked house’ and more!
Something a little bit different
Channel your inner chef with a cookery class taught by award-winning chef Dev Biswal from The Ambrette.
Capture shots of a stunning sunset at Reculver and visit some of the most evocative and unique locations on the north Kent coast with award-winning landscape photographer Alex Hare.
Experience World Heritage Site of St Augustine’s Abbey as it would have been in the 1500s with virtual reality headsets that walk you through parts of this 16th-century monastery in an immersive way.
Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims and pass amazing historical sites, including Canterbury Cathedral, on the 153 mile North Downs Way trail (much shorter routes are available).
Catch a live broadcast of shows from the National Theatre, the Royal Opera House or MET Opera at the Curzon Cinema.
Step aboard the historic sailing barge Greta and enjoy a relaxing six-hour trip cruising around the coast. Sail through the Kentish Flats Wind Farm, to the Maunsell Forts and towards Herne Bay and Reculver.
Stay for longer
Want to do it all, why not extend your stay? Whether you’re looking for a rural retreat, city centre chic, coastal cottage or luxury lodgings, we’ve got it all!