Things to do in Canterbury - entertainment

If you’re are looking to find out what’s on in Kent, here are a few entertaining suggestions located in and around Canterbury.

Theatres and Cinemas

The Marlowe in Canterbury hosts a wide variety of shows from pantomimes to West-End performances that have included Shrek, Jersey Boys, Hairspray and Kinky Boots. There is also comedy from stars such as Dara O-Briain, and a variety of music and dance shows. Whether you are looking for a small show to fill a weekend or are booking to see something more spectacular, The Marlowe has the best range of shows on offer in Kent.

Situated on the University of Kent campus, the Gulbenkian is known for hosting popular, culturally relevant films. It also presents niche drama, music and dance performances that often explore coming-of-age issues. Every summer, bOing! is hosted by the Gulbenkian, it is a campus wide two-day festival that celebrates European art.

The Curzon not only screens the latest films, but also brings a few extra events to Canterbury. At times, exclusive Q&As follow some of the more niche films providing an insight into the world of filmmaking that wouldn’t otherwise be experienced. This cinema also hosts a premiere of the eight short films nominated in the BAFTA awards every year. The Curzon is a little more than a cinema, creating cultural events for every film buff out there.

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Escape Rooms

The Canterbury Escape Room is based in Westgate Towers. The aim of the game is to escape from a jail cell that you have been placed inside of on the grounds of treason. The only way to do this is to complete puzzles, games and riddles. Can you escape within an hour? Experience this with five or more friends and receive a heavy discount.

Alternatively, head to Escape Kent where you can choose between saving the world, escaping from a serial killer and capturing an infamous treasure.

Canterbury Festival

Every year Canterbury holds a festival spanning over three weeks in late autumn. Showcasing not only music, dance and performance but also informative talks from household names and events from the School of Biosciences, there is a little something for everyone. There is also the chance to explore lots of different venues in Canterbury as this festival is spread all over the City.

Wildlife Parks

Just twenty minutes from Kent, Wingham Wildlife holds a variety of birds, primates, big cats and reptiles. There are talks and feeding times which can be experienced on a daily basis and as students you can receive a discount on this day trip.

Howletts Wild Animal Park focuses on conservation. You can visit rare species such as the black rhino and the lowland gorilla. You can even try the high ropes and act like a monkey yourself as part of your exploration of the 90 acres of parkland.

Students’ Union trips

As part of your Students’ Union membership you will be able to take trips to see West-End shows such as Wicked, to trampoline parks, Premier League football matches and much more. There are also plenty of events within Canterbury to join in with over the course of the year including a sleep out to raise money for homelessness and a campus zombie day. Taking part in SU events is a great way to make new friends, find out about what is happening in your area and fully engage yourself in Canterbury College life.