We often hear the phrase ‘live like a local’ bandied around to tourists to advertise destinations or experiences. But what about the importance of locals taking the time to live like tourists?
Visit a café or pub garden that you’ve never been to before
Did you know about the huge garden at the back of the Unicorn pub, or the gorgeous retreat at the back of the Old City Bar? Or the fairy-lit kingdom at the back of The Dolphin? Take some time to explore your favourite pub gardens, especially while it’s sunny. Bonus points if you try a new Kentish beer or lager.
If you’re feeling hungry…
Have you ever wanted to try a vegan bacon cheeseburger? You can at The Monument, which has an entirely plant-based menu. The Lady Luck also just made it into PETA’s list of Best Vegan Sweets and Desserts around the UK, with its honeycomb sundae coming out on top.
Alternatively, have a VIP chocolate lock-in at Hotel Chocolat. It comes with prosecco.
If you really are hungry, you can opt for a food challenge at The Penny Theatre. You can win a t-shirt (and let’s face it, you may need a new, larger one after this challenge).
Learn a new skill
The Marlowe Studio offer creative classes for all ages, exploring acting techniques and writing techniques.
The Gulbenkian offer ART31 and TECH31 for 13 – 25 year-olds who are interested in learning new skills within the arts and developing skills in technical theatre.
If you’re feeling in the mood for some dancing, you can join in on a salsa class every Thursday from 8.30pm (no need to book!)
You can learn sewing, craft and needlework at The Sewing Shop, with group workshops, demonstrations, and one-to-one tuition.
Visit a gallery
Pop into the Lilford Gallery, the Sidney Cooper Gallery, or the Beaney House of Art & Knowledge. The Beaney is currently showcasing the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize (2016), which displays fifty-seven portraits by some of the most exciting and contemporary photographers from around the world.
Go off on a wander
Visit Greyfriars chapel, the oldest Franciscan chapel in the UK, sequestered in some secret gardens along Stour street. Or visit the Church of St. Martin, the first church founded in England.
Walk or cycle the Crab & Winkle way, or take a short drive to Clowes woods, a hidden gem you can get utterly lost in.
Joseph Conrad, author of ‘Heart of Darkness’ and ‘The Secret Agent’ lies here in Canterbury, in Westgate Court Avenue and you can still visit his grave to this day.
Walk through the town alone, only looking up. Study the architecture, notice the murals and the features of all the buildings. You’ll be surprised at what you begin to notice, and you may find some gargoyles and cherubs along the way. Document what you see.
Check out the arts scene
There are independent shows on at The Marlowe Studio, Kent’s home for independent writing and for new theatre. See and support something truly different, or catch a show that you’ve always wanted to see in the Marlowe theatre, from Shakespeare plays to War Horse.
Visit a festival; with free outdoor performances at bOing! festival and plenty of shows to see at Canterbury festival, you’ll never be at a loss for something to do or see over the next few months. There’s everything to explore, from free pottery workshops to a giant luminarium.