spiegely small.jpgWe are delighted to be able to welcome back the Spiegeltent for another year of spectacular cabaret, circus, puppetry, comedy, dance, music and family events.

However we still need to raise an additional £60,000 in order to ensure that the tent will remain part of the Festival for years to come and to safeguard the Arts Council Catalyst Match Fund.  So please continue to show your support - please visit MyDonate page and give whatever you feel you can. See you there in October!


Canterbury Festival


Canterbury Festival is looking for Friends

Wednesday 23 February 2011


Every year great anticipation surrounds the announcement of the Festival programme in July and tickets going on sale to the Friends of Canterbury Festival for two weeks before general booking opens in August.

Diane Gaskain, Chairman of the Friends, comments 'Your Friends membership card is the hottest ticket in town. Did you manage to get tickets to see the likes of Willard White and Stacey Kent or were you one of the hundreds who were disappointed? Many top events sell out as soon as general booking opens; if you want to be sure of getting the tickets and the best seats, you need to join the Friends before the end of June and take advantage of the exclusive early booking opportunity.'

She adds: 'In addition, the Friends of Canterbury Festival run some top class events throughout the year, which are not only highly enjoyable but also raise funds for the Festival itself. Last year we had, amongst other things, 'A Night in Little Italy' with Cameo Opera in February; and in July we held the fabulous Divas and Delphiniums when 14 stars from the West End, including Robert Lindsay, entertained us at the most wonderful garden party. This event sold out as soon as tickets went on general sale. The only way to make sure to get to these type of events is by becoming a Friend. Show your ticket and get the tickets.'

The very reasonable membership rates start from as little as £1.67 a month or £20 per annum for an individual (£10 students) with further options available for couples (£30), families (£35) and enhanced memberships (Silver £100, Gold £300).

To join now and for more information about the Friends of the Festival, including forthcoming and previous events and an application form visit the Friends section on this website or contact the Friends Secretary on 01227 452853 or email