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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 buds.www.canterburyeurofair.co.ukSaturday 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 talks.www.canterburyfestival.co.ukNovemberSunday 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 completion.www.downlandcycles.co.ukAugustSaturday 4 AugustWhitstable Harbour Open Daywww.canterbury.co.ukSaturday 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 display.www.whitstablelionsclub.org.ukJulyThursday 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 Games.www.canterbury.co.ukPlease be advised that event details may besubject to change. Before making your travelplans we suggest you contact the eventorganisers to confirm details.www.canterbury.co.uk23Saturday 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 entertainment.www.whitstableoysterfestival.co.ukSaturday 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 week.www.hernebayfestival.co.uk October

24How to get hereThe Canterbury district has excellentroad links with the M20 (M25/M26)and M2 motorways providing easy linksto London and its airports. The A2 andA260 connect Canterbury with the portof Dover and the Eurotunnel terminalin Cheriton near Folkestone. Herne Bayand Whitstable are both a short drivefrom Canterbury, via the A28/A291 andA290. Helpful route planners:www.multimap.comand www.theaa.comPark and RideCanterbury Park and Ride is thegreenest, cheapest and fastest way toget to the heart of the city and helpsmore than one million shoppers,commuters and visitors a year beat citycentre congestion. The all day Parkand Ride fee is £2.50 and customerscan park in one of the 1,800 spacesavailable across the three sites at NewDover Road, Sturry Road andWincheap. Each site is convenientlysituated on the main routes into thecity. Buses run approximately everyeight minutes, Monday to Saturday,from 7am to 7.30pm. New Dover Road has a dedicatedmotorhome area with extra wide bays,large turning circle and extra facilities.For more details visitwww.canterbury.gov.uk/parkandrideBy railCanterbury has two mainline railwaystations, East and West and is servedby frequent trains to and from LondonCharing Cross, London Victoria(approximately 90 minutes) andelsewhere in Kent. The ChannelTunnel Rail Link (CTRL) provides ajourney time from London's St PancrasBy roadInternational to Canterbury West ofapproximately 59 minutes.Passengers getting off Eurostar atAshford International will find thatCanterbury is just a 20-minute railjourney. Whitstable and Herne Bay areboth on a direct line to London Victoria(approximately 80 minutes journeytime). For National Rail enquiriestelephone +44 (0) 8457 484 950.By busThe district is well served byStagecoach East Kent buses fromCanterbury Bus Station. For timetableenquiries, telephone +44 (0) 871 20022 33. Timetable information website:www.stagecoachbus.com. Buses 4, 4A, 4B, 4X and 5 travel atregular intervals between CanterburyBus Station and Whitstable towncentre. For Herne Bay take either the6, 6A, 6B, 6X or 7. National Expresscoaches run to Canterbury from LondonVictoria Coach Station. For allenquiries, Tel: +44 (0) 8717 818 181or check out the National ExpressTimetable Information website:www.nationalexpress.comLondon Airports are all approximatelyunder two hours drive from CanterburyCity Centre.Gatwick Airport 1 hour 20 minutesHeathrow Airport 1 hour 50 minutesLuton Airport 1 hour 55 minutesStansted Airport 1 hour 45 minutesKent International Airport 30 minutesVisitors arriving at any of London'sairports and wanting to travel by publictransport to the area must first travel tocentral London and change to aconnecting coach or train service.The Canterbury district is very close tomainland Europe. A day trip or stay isa great way to sample the continentalatmosphere. Take the car ferry fromDover or take your vehicle through theChannel Tunnel from Folkestone.www.canterbury.co.ukBy airBy seaUseful contacts for cross-channel operators:Eurotunnel: +44 (0) 8443 353 535or www.eurotunnel.com(vehicle-carrying shuttles through the Channel Tunnel)P&O Ferries: +44 (0) 8716 642 121 (UK only)or www.poferries.com (ferries: Dover to Calais)DFDS Seaways: +44 (0) 208 127 8303 (UK) 0871 574 7235or www.norfolkline.com(ferries:Dover to Dunkirk)