19 October 2019 - 2 November 2019


The Big Eat Out

The Big Eat Out encourages Festival goers to sample restaurants across the city. Whether you are looking for a quick meal before or after a Festival show, or you are looking to try restaurants you have never dined in before, it is time to celebrate the varied and delicious foods that the city’s restaurants have to offer.

For further information on booking terms and conditions, particularly at the weekend, we advise that you contact the restaurants directly.

The Big Sleepover

Canterbury and the surrounding area is a wonderful place to come and spend a few days, especially during Festival time. Extend your stay and check into one of the Big Sleepover Hotels, Guest Houses or Holiday Cottages to sample some excellent Kentish hospitality – or recommend to friends and family visiting. Relax, soak up the Festival atmosphere and enjoy your stay. 

The Big Day Out

We hope you enjoy your time in Canterbury during the Festival period. This vibrant city offers a wide range of activities available throughout the year and here are a few ideas that could punctuate your cultural itinerary this October.

Please don't hesitate to call the office if you have any questions about any of the above schemes.


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Betteshanger Park

Betteshanger Park guarantees an energising and enjoyable day out. The Park offers miles of traffic-free cycling plus a programme of lively outdoor events and activities, including a season of open air cinema.

Betteshanger Park
Sandwich Road
CT14 0BF

01304 619227


Canterbury Historic River Tours

Discover Canterbury’s fascinating history while enjoying views of the city’s finest architecture and hidden areas of natural beauty with these National Tourism Award Finalists 2016 and European Tourism Winners 2017.

Based on the King’s Bridge opposite Eastbridge Hospital
Canterbury High Street

07790 534744


Canterbury Tales

Enjoy a charming journey through Chaucer's famous Canterbury Tales. For full details of additional events and special offers, visit the venue’s website.

St. Margaret’s Street

01227 479227


Canterbury Tourist Guides

The heart of Canterbury can be explored only on foot. Join the 90-minute daily tour to discover more about its historic, cultural and artistic heritage. Tours depart daily from The Buttermarket.

Christ Church Gate
The Precincts
Kent CT1 2EE

01227 459779


Chartham Vineyard

Open Saturdays 10.30 - 5.30. Wine shop, free tastings, gallery, demonstration vineyard, bookable vineyard tours. A anique visitor experience in an historic farmyard.

Chartham Vineyard,
Station Road,

01223 813709


Escape In The Towers

Packed full of fun and adrenaline with just 60 minutes on the clock, it’s time to escape Dr Wellington’s Crime and Punishment Lab by solving clues and puzzles. Based in Canterbury’s former city gaol!

The Pound & Westgate Towers

01227 458629


Godinton House & Gardens

Enjoy a tour of this delightful Jacobean house. Explore the 12 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland complete with tearoom serving homemade cakes. Free parking. Events throughout the year.

Godinton Lane
TN23 3BP

01233 643854


Howletts Wild Animal Park

Howletts offers a wild day out like no other! Discover some of the world’s rarest and most endangered species, including Kent’s only African elephants.

Nr Canterbury

01227 721286


The Kent Museum of Freemasonry

A rare, fascinating and educational collection of exhibits of both national and international importance. It is one of the finest collections of Masonic material in the UK.

St Peter’s Place

01227 785625


Wildwood Discovery Park

Set in 40 acres of ancient woodland, Wildwood holds a stunning collection of over 200 British animals in natural enclosures including bears, wolves and otters.

Woldwood Discovery Park,
Canterbury Rd,
Herne Common,
Herne Bay,

01227 712 111