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page 52 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; 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 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. 7 MayMay Day Celebrations at Whitstable CastleMorris dancing from the town,traditional Jack on the Green,children's entertainers, side shows,stalls and 4 to Tuesday 15 MaySounds New Contemporary Music FestivalA celebration of everything British in 11 & Saturday 12 MayMuseums at Night at CanterburyHeritage MuseumBring your torches to explore thegalleries. Activities across the venuesinclude costumed characters,storytelling, spooky tours and 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 6 to Sunday 8 JulyLounge on the FarmA three day festival of live music, livecomedy and a chance to enjoy localfood and drink 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

SeptemberSaturday 1 to Sunday 16 SeptemberWhitstable BiennaleThe Whitstable Biennale is a festival ofcontemporary visual art exploringperformance and artists' moving image.www.whitstablebiennale.comSaturday 1 to Sunday 16 SeptemberWhitstable Satellite 2012The Whistable Satellite is an openplatform programe that runs alongsidethe Biennale, giving artists at all stagesin their careers the opportunity to showtheir work. www.whitstablebiennale.comFriday 28 to Sunday 30 SeptemberCanterbury Food and Drink Festival The city's annual Food and Drink Festivaltakes place in the Dane John Gardensand offers shoppers some of the finestproducts to tickle their taste 13 - Saturday 27 OctoberCanterbury FestivalCanterbury Festival is Kent'sInternational Arts Festival, the largestfestival of arts and culture in the regionoffering a wide range of events, includingmusic, theatre & dance, comedy,exhibitions, walks and 4 NovemberDownland Cycles Big Kent Sportive110km. Signed and marshalled routes.Food 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 4 AugustWhitstable Harbour Open 18 and Sunday19 AugustWhitstable 219th Anniversary RegattaAll the fun of the fair, medieval re-enactmentgroup, sailing races, the greasy pole, stalls,fireworks and a flying 19 JulyOlympic Flame comes to CanterburyThe Flame will be in the district duringthe afternoon as part of its 70-dayjourney around the United Kingdomleading up to the opening ceremony ofthe London 2012 Olympic be advised that event details may besubject to change. Before making your travelplans we suggest you contact the eventorganisers to confirm 21 to Friday 27 JulyWhitstable Oyster FestivalA week long celebration of Whistableand its unique oyster heritage. Festivalincludes street theatre, live music, foodmarket, heritage events, art workshopsand family 18 to Sunday 26 AugustHerne Bay FestivalAward-winning festival with street theatre, livemusic, bandstand performances andfireworks on both weekends, with a hugeparade on opening Saturday. Kite-flying, giantpicnic, sandcastle competition, crab catchingcontest and more throughout October