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A charming open air theatre set within 14acres of beautiful grounds at Strode Park inthe picturesque village of Herne, locatedbetween Herne Bay and Canterbury. Thetheatre has seating capacity for 300 peopleand has been purpose built to offer totalaccess for people with disabilities. Ourfacilities include picnic area, free parkingand licensed bar selling real ale. There isalso hot food available at most performances.This is an ideal family venue and groupbookings are welcome with discountsavailable for groups of 10 or more.Tel: 01227 373 292Web:www.strodepark.org.ukSidney Cooper GalleryThe Sidney Cooper Gallery is acontemporary art gallery that puts onapproximately 10 exhibitions per year. It is part of Canterbury Christ ChurchUniversity. Its programme includesartists of repute, locally, nationally andinternationally.Tel: 01227 453 267Web: www.canterbury.ac.uk/sidney-cooperEmail: gallery@canterbury.ac.ukHorsebridge ArtsLilford GalleryFine art gallery showing contemporaryfine art from national and internationalartists.Tel: 01227 766 616Web: www.lilfordgallery.comEmail: mail@lilfordgallery.comSituated in the historic heart ofWhitstable there is something foreveryone. The award-winning buildinghas three floors under a striking copperdomed roof and contains two artgalleries, a function room, performancespace, café, learning centre and avariety of meeting rooms and workshopspaces, many with spectacular views.Tel: 01227 281 174Web: www.horsebridge-centre.org.ukEmail: info@horsebridge-centre.org.ukTheatre in the Parkwww.canterbury.co.uk21Arts and Culture

22www.canterbury.co.ukFebruaryFrom traditional celebrations to live music and art, car ralliesto regattas and lively parades to food feasts, the Canterburydistrict has a host of festivals and events taking placethroughout the year. Below are just a few; visitwww.canterbury.co.ukfor a more detailed listing. Saturday 18 FebruaryBagpuss' Birthday Party atCanterbury Heritage MuseumMeet Bagpuss, Britain's best-loved catand celebrate his birthday with funactivities. With a special guestappearance by Peter Firmin andmembers of the Firmin and Postgate families.www.canterbury-museums.co.ukAprilSunday 1 AprilDownland Cycles Big KentSportives 110km OR 100 miles.Signed and marshalled routes. Twofood stops. Mechanic support andBroom Wagon. Start and finish at theshop. Registration on line via thewebsite. Home made cakes and rollsthroughout the day. Souvenir to takehome on completion. www.downlandcycles.co.ukMayMonday 7 MayMay Day Celebrations at Whitstable CastleMorris dancing from the town,traditional Jack on the Green,children's entertainers, side shows,stalls and more.www.whitstablelionsclub.org.ukFriday 4 to Tuesday 15 MaySounds New Contemporary Music FestivalA celebration of everything British in music.www.soundsnew.org.ukMayFriday 11 & Saturday 12 MayMuseums at Night at CanterburyHeritage MuseumBring your torches to explore thegalleries. Activities across the venuesinclude costumed characters,storytelling, spooky tours and hands-onactivities.www.canterbury-museums.co.ukFriday 11 & Saturday 12 MaySpooky Museums at Night at Herne Bay Museum and Galleryand Whitstable Museum andGalleryBring your torches to explore thespooky galleries on a fun quest.www.canterbury-museums.co.ukJulyFriday 6 to Sunday 8 JulyLounge on the FarmA three day festival of live music, livecomedy and a chance to enjoy localfood and drink too.www.loungeonthefarm.co.ukThursday 19 - Saturday 21 JulyKent CAMRA Beer FestivalMerton Farm once again host thisfestival where you will find a hugeselection of real ales, foreign bottledbeers and cider.www.kentbeerfestival.comSaturday 7 JulyHaymaking FestivalHambrook Marshes celebrates the 4th annual Haymaking Festival.There will be a range of free activitiesfor all ages and stalls selling localproduce.www.sekgroup.org.ukEvents