Canterbury Festival


Bring the Spiegeltent back for years to come!

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Following the fantastic support of our Festival donors, fundraising events and Friends support, we have reached the Arts Council's Match Funding target of £162,500 and are delighted to be able to welcome back the Spiegeltent for 2015 to host spectacular cabaret, circus, puppetry, comedy, dance, music and family events. 

This is the final year of the Catalyst funding so from now on - if we want the Spiegeltent - we'll have to keep fundraising and ask for your help to do so. 

As well as supporting us through buying tickets please consider donating whatever you can afford to bridge the gap in costs between what we can raise at the box office and what staging a Festival like ours actually costs. Government support for the Arts is dwindling but we are determined to preserve Canterbury Festival.

Your Festival needs you!




You can help us achieve this by making a donation or by becoming a Friend of the Festival (and also receive priority booking privileges).


If you think you could make a donation (no matter how small) please visit our BT MyDonate page - literally every pound will help us bring the Speigeltent closer to Canterbury for next year's Festival.


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Join the Spiegel 100 Club

The Canterbury Festival Spiegel 100 Club has now been successfully running for two years. It is a fundraising initiative in which you can be a winner! 

By signing up to donate £5 per month for a minimum of a year, you will be supporting our bid to bring the Spiegeltent back to Canterbury. For the price of two cups of coffee a month, you'll not only be supporting the Spiegeltent, you'll also be allocated a number between 1 and 100. This number will then be entered into a monthly prize draw where you stand the chance to win £50.

To join, download the application form here and post it to: 

Amanda McKean, Canterbury Festival, 8 Orange Street, Canterbury, CT1 2JA
(unfortunately the form requires a signature so electronic copies cannot be accepted). 

Previous Winners:

March 2016 Giles Champion 
February 2016 Steve Austen
January 2016  Jenny Harrop
December 2015 Willie Cooper
November 2015 Peter Williams 
October 2015 Lucy Johnson
September 2015 Clifford and Gillian Liles
August 2015 Robert Bridge-Wilkinson 
July 2015 Peter Harris
June 2015 Janet Penton
May 2015 Anonymous
April 2015 Colin Carmichael
March 2015 Jane Carey-Harris 
February 2015 Colin Carmichael 
January 2015 Sue Vinson
December 2014 John Meardon
November 2014 Diane Gaskain
October 2014 Bill Rudgard


Kent County Cricket Ground

We are working closely with the St Lawrence Cricket Ground, the home of Kent County Cricket, on Old Dover Road where the Festival Spiegeltent is sited. With excellent facilities, the Les Ames bar and plenty of parking spaces, the St Lawrence Cricket Ground makes the perfect home for the Spiegeltent experience!

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