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What’s On: September 2017

Think that September is just the damp end of summer? Think again. It’s still warm enough to enjoy some outdoor food and drink festivals, and a duck race along the river Stour.

This month, Canterbury boasts a homage to the golden era of 1950s’ showgirls with an aerialist hanging from the ceiling, a visit from Squeeze, and loads of performances from musicians ranging as far afield as from Boston, USA.

Canterbury Uncovered

Archive Film of South Canterbury

1 September, 7.15pm - 9.15pm

ST Andrew's Church, CT1 2UA

Come along and see some rare archive footage of Canterbury as it used to be, many moons ago before we had Costa Coffee Shops or avocado toast.

Canterbury Food and Drink festival

22 - 24 September

Dane John Gardens, Canterbury, Kent

The Canterbury Food and Drink Festival returns with two stages of live music, delicious street food, a festival bar, a kids area (including fun fair rides), a bar and shopping in the Produced in Kent area.


Dice & Destiny: Sunday Funday! Board Game Take-over

24 September

Dice & Destiny Tabletop Store,
13A The Borough, CT1 2DR Canterbury, Kent

On a monthly basis, Dice & Destiny will be hosting Sundays especially dedicated to gaming as a hobby. Anyone who’s interested is invited to come join in for a day of Board Game fun.

They have a selection of games in store available to the public, but they also encourage people to bring along their favourites to share on the day!

This should be a great opportunity for those gamers who don’t get their full thirst quenched in their evening events. Ideally giving a perfect opportunity to crack out that dusty copy of Twilight Imperium for a six-hour game, or fancy a game of fully-expanded Firefly!

Entry for the day will be £2.

September Spectacular

1 September

Westgate Hall, Westgate Hall Rd, Canterbury CT1 2BT

The spectacular, hosted at the Westgate Hall, is designed to evoke the glamour, frivolity and decadence of the Festival Spiegeltent (Dutch for ‘mirror tent’). It’s just a teaser for the real thing, set to arrive in Canterbury for the Festival season this October.

Expect to get up close and magical with the extraordinary Etienne Pradier and swept away by the charms of Miss Abigail Collins, mistress of comedy, dance and cabaret.
Prepare to be dazzled by fabulous aerialist Alexandra Hofgartner’s breathtaking homage to the golden era of 1950s’ showgirls, oozing sex appeal… all while suspended from the ceiling.



The Beaney's 5th Birthday

16 September, 11am - 4pm

The Beaney
18 High Street, CT1 2RA Canterbury, Kent

The day includes craft workshops, highlights tours, musical performances and the chance to see Canterbury’s most famous cat, Bagpuss.

Meet the Star Wars Stormtroopers, enjoy new displays featuring Bagpuss and the Canterbury Cross, experience the Beaney Butterfly Machine (we’re curious?), and of course, view the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition, currently on loan from the National Portrait Gallery.

Wine & Words

27 September, 7.30pm - 9pm

The Shakespeare, 5 Butchery Lane, CT1 2JR Canterbury, Kent

A writing workshop in which you’ll explore words, craft sentences and play with stories – all accompanied by a glass of wine.

Bellydancing Show

1 September, 8pm - 9.30pm

Azouma Restaurant, 4 Church Street, St Pauls street, CT1 2 Canterbury, Kent

Azouma is offering a free Belly Dance entertainment evening! Come out for a delightful Moroccan dinner and experience the very best of belly dancing right from your table.

Canterbury Duck Race

17th September, 11am - 1pm

Westgate Gardens, Canterbury, Kent

It’s back! The ducks are well rested after last years successful event and ready to go again. Join us on the 17th September for Canterbury’s greatest Duck Race at the Westgate Gardens.

Photo: Canterbury Lifesaving Club Facebook

Rick and Morty Party

18th September

Alberrys, 38 St Margarets Street, CT1 2TY Canterbury, Kent

Expect Rick and Morty playing on screen all night, a Rick and Morty Photo booth, a £50 bar tab for the best fancy dress, DJ’s playing songs from the show, Rick and Morty merchandise giveaways, Rick and Morty themed drinks (Espresso Mortynis, Meeksees Mojito).


Purchase your tickets here: goo.gl/ctDaq4

Photo: Alberry’s


Lions Lions / Mass Lines / Hayworth

11 September

The Lady Luck, 18 St Peters Street, CT1 2BQ Canterbury, Kent

Burger Boys Promotion presents an evening of music featuring an eclectic cocktail of rock/post-hardcore bands from as far afield as Boston, USA.

Lions Lions (US)


Mass Lines




Entry £3

Rob Wicks Acoustic Gig

7 September, 8pm - 10pm

The Shakespeare


Here’s a taste of Rob Wick’s (Coco and the Butterfields) guitar licks. Sip some wine and listen to some mellow acoustic guitar music.

Dulcie May Jazz Trio

8 September, 8pm - 10pm

Conquest House, 17 Palace Street, CT1 2DZ Canterbury, Kent

An intimate evening of song with Jazz trio Dulcie May, Stephen Bridgland on guitar and Alexander Keen on Double Bass.

Moses / The Gallery's / Coldbones

29 September, 7pm - 10pm

The Penny Theatre, 30-31 Northgate, CT1 1BL Canterbury, Kent

MOSES (Canterbury Debut)
Four guys met in London at the beginning of 2015, started writing music together and never stopped since then. Hotly tipped as one the bands to watch in 2017 and already played big festivals this summer including The Great Escape / Download and Reading and Leeds.

“(…) thrilling London four-piece M O S E S – recalling the fizzing energy of very early Blur, except, maybe even better.”
Tom Doyle for Mojo Magazine

The Gallerys
The Gallerys are a young three piece band from Kent in England,
drawing influences from TheWho, Oasis and The Jam, modernising
the sound of classic Britpop.

Already supported bands such as Madness / The Rifles, Secret Affair, Mark Morriss (Bluetones), The Sherlocks.

These boys have been killing it across Kent at all the festivals and surely are one of the next bands to go on to bigger things.

Coldbones (Venue Debut)
Instrumental rock from South East Kent.
They’ve been making real waves in the local scene and the Penny Theatre is very happy to finally get them to the venue.

Tall Trees Live

18 September, 9pm - 11pm

The Black Griffin, 40 St Peters Street, CT1 2BG Canterbury, Kent

Having returned from their European tour, Tall Trees will be performing at The Black Griffin in Canterbury.


28 September, 7.30

Westgate Hall

Their previous show at the Westgate Hall in 2015 was a sellout, and the band wowed the audience with a host of their old hits, including “Cool for Cats”, “Up the Junction”, “Tempted”, “Labelled with Love”, and “Black Coffee in Bed”, alongside material from their critically-acclaimed album ‘Cradle to Grave’.


Tokyo Tea Room, Dreamweaver and Fieves

23rd September

Chromos, 77 Stour Street, CT1 2NR Canterbury, Kent

Tokyo Tea Room

Hot off the press from their huge release of ‘Another Place, Another Time’ through Easter Island Records, we are happy to be hosting them again for another important night of music.

Fuzzy guitars, melodic bass lines and blissful vocals soaked in an air of psychedelia.



Comprising of members from lots of local bands of many different genres, this collective of legends creates music with so much versatility and style. Their psychedelic rock with pulsing hooks is like being in a hazy dream world.



Another one of Easter Island’s favourite bands: rock, punk, indie and other wicked styles meshed together are what make this band stand out. Imagine Danzig and Queens Of The Stone Age having a boxing match with a crowd of rock legends watching – that’s the experience you get.



John Berger and Film: A Day of Free Screenings

11 September, 1pm - 8pm

Sidney Cooper Gallery, 23 St Peters Street, CT1 2BQ Canterbury, Kent

A day of screenings celebrating storyteller, essayist, and critic John Berger’s relationship with film, curated by Gareth Evans (film curator Whitechapel Gallery), in association with Whitstable Biennale. The screenings are free, come and go as you please.

This is a rare opportunity to see a selection of extraordinary and varied films, including two remarkable TV documentaries Berger made with Ways of Seeing collaborator Mike Dibb, Timothy Neat’s playful adaptation of Berger’s story, Play Me Something, starring Tilda Swinton and Berger himself, Taskafa, Andrea Luca Zimmerman’s wonderful visual essay about Istanbul’s street dogs, featuring a voiceover by Berger, and Boat People, Sarah Woods’s rich meditation on migration and exile.

An Evening of Silent Cinema with Live Piano

23 September, 7pm - 8.45pm

The Gulbenkian

A wonderful night of cinema and music, with internationally acclaimed Silent Film Pianist, Stephen Horne, resident pianist for the BFI and regular at Cannes Film Festival.

Prepare to be transported back to the era of Silent Film, when film soundtracks were orchestrated in front of spectators by live musicians.

Tickets £10


Chinese Brush Painting Workshop

16 September, 10am - 4pm

Conquest House,
17 Palace Street, CT1 2DZ Canterbury, Kent

Learning to use Chinese Brush painting techniques is a great way to relax and unwind and also an excellent opportunity to expand existing painting skills. This class is suitable for people seeking an introduction to this fascinating and rewarding art form and for those wishing to brush up on their existing skills. The instructors will start with a short introduction into the various materials and how they are used, followed by step-by-step demonstrations showing how to produce some of the traditional Chinese Brush subjects.

Charges Apply

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