19 October 2019 - 2 November 2019


Best Shot Volunteers 2017

Volunteering with Canterbury Festival is a great opportunity to try out new skills, gain experience, make friends, enjoy being part of a team and most of all have fun helping to make a great festival happen.


By volunteering with the Festival, individuals will:

  • gain experience of customer care and events management
  • meet new people and be part of a friendly team
  • feel a sense of achievement
  • be supporting the arts in Canterbury
  • enjoy high quality performances

You will be working alongside a tight knit and friendly family of festival staff, some of whom are permanent and others who come together each year to make the festival happen. We have a loyal team of volunteers, many of whom return to work with us year after year, but we are always welcome to new members.


What we are looking for

We are looking for team players with good common sense; volunteers who are reliable, enthusiastic, flexible, able to listen and share. You should also be able to recognise your own limitations, take responsibility for yourself and adhere to any health and safety instructions which are given to you by the team. But most importantly of all we ask that you ensure you commit to any shifts you agree to, as last minute changes can be very difficult to resolve and staff shortages could reflect badly on the festival.



We really value all the support that volunteers offer, and are grateful for any time that you can spare. As a thank you, we invite all volunteers to a post-festival party which is a great opportunity to have a drink or two with the wider festival team. We are also able to offer stewards who have completed their shifts a complimentary ticket to a show of their choosing (subject to availability) at the following year’s festival. 

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Recruitment for the 2018 Canterbury Festival is now open. If you would like to join the Festival team, please download the full application form here:




For enquiries and completed application forms please contact Tina at tina@canterburyfestival.co.uk


Penny Cornet


Penny Cornet is officially our longest serving volunteer having done so for over 30 years. Volunteering nearly every night during the three-week Festival and at other fundraising events throughout the year, Penny (and her husband, David) are true Festival stalwarts. Here, she fills us in on her experience of being a Festival volunteer and shares some lesser known facts about Canterbury Festival...