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What’s inside All aboard for Christmas in Canterbury!
Your ticket to festive fun is right here in our beautiful, bustling city. Shopping, dining, gifting and entertainment – find it all in Canterbury’s vibrant streets. This year we’re delighted to welcome worldfamous Hornby® model trains into Christmas window displays around the city, forming a fun trail for children to take part in – see page 6 to find out more. It’s particularly exciting to have Hornby visit us for Christmas as Canterbury has historic railway connections – did you know the world’s first season tickets were issued in 1834 from what is now Canterbury West station? This guide will help to keep your Christmas in Canterbury on track – discover what’s on, where to shop, tips for festive tipples and how to have a more sustainable Christmas. Whether you live, work, study, shop or socialise in Canterbury, we’re very pleased to have you here – season’s greetings to one and all! The Canterbury BID Team.
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Contents p6 The Hornby Christmas Trail p8 Hornby: Lifetime Hobbies p10 Christmas Light Parade p12 What’s On Guide p18 Meet Ben Roddy: Marlowe Legend p22 Make Your Own Christmas Card p24 Make Your Own Decoration p27 Canterbury’s Shopping Quarters p28 City Centre Shopping Map p30 Christmas Window Competition p32 Canterbury’s Christmas Cocktails p34 The Spirit of Invicta p37 Climate Action Festival & Awards p38 A Sustainable Christmas Countdown p40 Wine & Cheese Pairings p44 New Businesses Welcome p60 Travel In The City
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Hornby Traun Trail
the Hornby® Train Trail!
18 November to 22 December 2023 This Christmas climb aboard our festive rail adventure and embark on a whistlestop tour of Canterbury’s medieval streets. Firstly, pick up a free ticket from any of the participating businesses, then it’s full steam ahead… Around Canterbury city centre there will be 38 festive Hornby Train displays hidden in Christmas windows of local businesses. Each time you spot a Hornby train, pop inside and the ‘station master’ will stamp your ticket! Collect 5 stamps and head to your final destination, Fenwick Toy Department in St George’s Street, to collect your prize. While there, you can also enter the BIG prize draw to win your very own special Hornby Train set and Christmas bundle!
All participating businesses will have a poster displayed, so you know they are taking part. You can find a full list by scanning the QR code below. Please note – you will only be able to claim a stamp when the businesses are open, so please plan your visit in advance.
Find a list of the participating stores here:
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Lifetime hobbies start at Christmas Over the next few weeks, you might notice some amazing Christmas trains in shop windows around Canterbury’s shopping centre as part of the Hornby train trail, and if you find enough of them, you could win a fantastic prize! But how much do you know about this beloved model railway creator and its links to Canterbury?
Hornby A Train Ride Away ®
Based in Margate, Hornby® is only a 20-minute train ride away from the heart of Canterbury, and the company has been intertwined within the local Canterbury community for over 103 years. Hornby is a heritage model railway brand that welcomes all to the hobby, delivering happiness and joy to all ages with its iconic train sets, highly detailed locomotives and rolling stock models. The company’s journey began in 1901 by founder Frank Hornby with educational toys, fast-forward a century and a bit to today, and Hornby Hobbies Ltd includes 15 collectable scale model brands, most notably Scalextric, CORGI® and Airfix, alongside Hornby.
As a long-established and well-known company both locally and internationally, Hornby’s legacy continues to live on through enthusiasts who grew up with the hobby or are just beginning their journey with model railways. Offering something for everyone, with iconic sets for all ages, a Family Fun project to enjoy together, an extensive main range, and Playtrains – a range young children will love. Create your own miniature world, whether it be fictional or based on a real location, there is no barrier to the imagination with Hornby. You may just find a lifetime of happiness with this wonderful hobby.
‘Tis the season for a Santa’s Express Train Set! Perfect for beginners, model railway enthusiasts or as unique seasonal décor. This set features a festive red Santa Express locomotive, a wagon piled high with presents, and a van for Santa’s sleigh. An oval of track is also included so you can run your Santa’s Express train around the base of your tree for a magical Christmas! Pop into Fenwick to find out more about the Hornby Winter Trail, or head to our website, where you’ll also find Santa’s Express Train Set. ➜ hornby.com
If you do find time to pop to Margate, head to the new Wonderworks visitor centre, which celeb rates all things Hornby Hobb ies!
What’s On this Summer
Christmas Light Parade 2023 Friday 10 November will see crowds gather throughout the city to enjoy this year's Aladdin-themed Christmas Light Parade, brought to you by the businesses of Canterbury via Canterbury BID and sponsored by Miles & Barr. The parade will make its way through the city centre, illuminating the Christmas lights as it goes past, celebrating the opening of the Christmas Market and launching Christmas 2023 in Canterbury.
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This year's lantern parade will make its way up the high street before turning left into Guildhall Street, weaving through Sun Street, passing Canterbury Cathedral (Buttermarket), up through Longmarket, past Whitefriars and finish in the Dane John Gardens with speeches, a magic wish and a Christmas sing-a-long.
Bigger and better parade The parade will be led by the Lord Mayor and the amazing Bloco Fogo Drumming Band, followed by 6 huge Aladdin characters, 100+ light up costumes created by local schools, a festive brass band and a whole host of lively Christmas characters to entertain you on the route. As the parade reaches its destination in the Dane John Gardens, we will make a Christmas wish with the Lord Mayor and the members of the Marlowe's panto cast, followed by a short Christmas sing-along with Robbie White.
Then it's time to head over to the Christmas Market for cup of hot cocoa, mulled wine or a delicious meal in one of our many fabulous restaurants.
Route: • Westgate Towers (6pm) • High Street • Guildhall Street • Sun Street • Buttermarket • Burgate • Longmarket • Rose Lane • Rose Square • Watling Street • Dane John Gardens
Transport The Park and Ride will be extended to run until 8pm on Friday 10 November. Due to the parade route, we recommend avoiding parking at Watling Street and Whitefriars multi-storey between 5-7pm. If you wish to be close to the Dane John we would recommend Castle Street multi-storey or Castle Row as alternative options.
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What’s on in Canterbury:
There’s so much to see and do in the city this winter. Canterbury’s famous Christmas parade and lights switch-on, Christmas Market cabins, live music, breakfast with Santa, angel trails, wine-tasting, elf-spotting and not one but TWO pantomimes! Check details and prices with venue before you travel. Fri 10 Nov, 5.30pm–7pm
Fri 10 Nov–Fri 24 Dec, 10am–7pm
Christmas Light Parade Canterbury City Centre
Christmas Market Whitefriars & St George’s St
One of the city’s biggest and brightest events, the Christmas Light Parade starts at the Westgate Towers and weaves through the city centre, illuminating the Christmas Lights as it passes. The grand finale features the cast from The Marlowe’s Aladdin and live music.
Canterbury’s much-loved wooden cabins throw open their shutters for 2023! Plenty of inspiring gift ideas, decorations and festive food and drink, extending into St George’s Street this year for even easier access.
Fri 10 Nov, 5pm Salvation Army Band Marlowe Arcade at The Giving Tree The familiar sound of the Salvation Army brass band soaring from the Marlowe Arcade helps to launch the festive season in Canterbury. Enjoy the hearty tunes and sing along to the Christmas classics. ➜ canterburychristmasmarket.co.uk
Every Thu-Sun between 10 Nov–Fri 24 Dec Live Music Whitefriars & St George’s St Live music is coming to town! Get rocking around the Christmas Market between Thursdays and Sundays throughout the Christmas shopping season right up to Christmas Eve. ➜ canterburychristmasmarket.co.uk
Every Tue & Sat 11.15am–12.15pm until Sat 23 Dec Stained Glass Windows Guided Tour Canterbury Cathedral As the cathedral approaches its busiest time of the year, an opportunity to step away from the hustle and bustle and explore the beauty, history and significance of Canterbury Cathedral’s stainedglass windows, with a focus on depictions of the Nativity story. ➜ canterbury-cathedral.org.uk
Check details and prices before you travel
Sat 18 Nov, 6pm-10pm
War Horse Concert Canterbury Cathedral
Diwali: Festival of Lights Extravaganza The Great Hall, Kent College
Celebrated author Michael Morpurgo reads an abridged version of his classic book, accompanied by Ben Murray with music and songs from the National Theatre production.
A celebration of Diwali with live music, Bollywood dances, a bar and delicious food. Donations from the event will be made to charities including the Canterbury Food Bank.
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Fri 10 Nov & Sat 13 Jan Live At The Marlowe The Marlowe Theatre Ho-ho-hos are in plentiful supply at The Marlowe’s popular live comedy nights, featuring top TV acts alongside emerging talent. An ideal antidote to festive frazzle. ➜ marlowetheatre.co.uk
Sun 19 Nov, 10am–4pm The Canterbury Kilo Sale Westgate Hall A sustainable solution to finding the perfect partywear, winter wardrobe and unique Christmas gifts. Buy vintage, retro and branded fashion by the kilo. ➜ westgatehall.org
Fri 10 Nov, 6pm–9pm Sat 11 Nov & Sat 16 Dec, 11am–4pm
Fri 24 Nov–Sun 7 Jan
Westgate Hall Market Westgate Hall
Aladdin The Marlowe Theatre
Shop local for the festive season! Locallymade produce, crafts, jewellery,
Your wish for a fun-filled family pantomime is granted! Brought to you by the awardwinning Evolution Productions and starring TV and West End star Kevin Clifton (Strictly Come Dancing), CBeebies’ Mister Maker Phil Gallagher and Marlowe Legend Ben Roddy.
homewares and lots more from Kent makers and artists, all under one roof. ➜ westgatehall.org
Thu 16 Nov 6.30pm–8pm Wines For Christmas Wine Tasting Event
Thu 30 Nov 6.30pm–8pm
Fri 1 Dec, 4pm-6pm
Festive Fizzes Wine Tasting Event Corkk, Burgate
Santa Arrives at the Christmas Market Canterbury Christmas Market
An enjoyable and informal chance to explore wines to complement a range of festive and celebratory menus. Sample, nibble and discover with Corkk’s friendly and knowledgeable staff.
A fun interactive experience as Santa, his elves and their festive friends make their grand arrival in Canterbury with giveaways and selfie opportunities throughout the day.
What’s On this Winter
Fri 10 Nov, 7.30pm
What’s On this Winter
Fri 1 Dec–early Jan
Sat 2–Sat 23 Dec
Gregory Gargoyle’s Angel Trail Canterbury Cathedral
Breakfast or Afternoon Tea with Santa at Fenwick Fenwick, Whitefriars
Find angels across the Cathedral by looking for clues in the stained-glass windows, statues, stone and wall paintings. Fill in the trail and claim a prize! ➜ canterbury-cathedral.co.uk
Fri 1 Dec, 7.30pm
Sun 3 Dec, 5.30pm–6.30pm
Soul Wonderland, UK Soul Choirs Colyer-Ferguson Hall, The Gulbenkian
Advent Carol Service Canterbury Cathedral
Festive inspired soul and pop classics from community choirs including Whitstable and Canterbury.
A beautiful service at the beginning of the season of Advent with music, readings and the lighting of candles.
Sat 2 Dec, 7.30pm
Sat 9 Dec 10.30-6pm
Handel’s Messiah by Candlelight Canterbury Cathedral Quire
Enjoy a festive feast at Fenwick’s The Eatery, followed by a meeting with Santa for a photo and Christmas gift!
The girl choristers and Lay Clerks of Canterbury Cathedral are joined by The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen, and a stellar line-up of soloists for a candlelit performance of Handel’s Messiah, directed by Dr David Newsholme. ➜ canterbury-cathedral.org
Sat 2–Sat 23 Dec, 12pm & 4pm Sun 24 Dec, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm Storytime with the Elves at Fenwick Fenwick, Whitefriars A snuggly storytime session with Santa’s helpers on Fenwick’s First Floor. Festive tipples and nibbles are available for the grown-ups; and milk and warm cookies (or alternatives) for the little ones. A special photo opportunity wraps things up. ➜ fenwick.co.uk/events/kids
Climate Action Festival & Awards St Peter’s Methodist Church, Canterbury Browse the sustainable market, enjoy inspiring talks and get involved with family friendly activities.
Sat 9 Dec, 5.30pm–8.30pm Paul Cantara: The Legends Show The Reindeer Bar, High St One man, six tribute acts! From Frank Sinatra to Freddie Mercury, the multi-talented Paul Cantara puts on a dazzling show with something for everyone. ➜ canterburychristmasmarket.co.uk
Sat 9, Sat 16 & Tue 19 Dec Build LEGO® robotic trains The Beaney, High St Build robotic trains and bring them to life using motors, sensors and coding using LEGO® Education SPIKE Essentials! See website for details. Plus: all Christmas season, roll along to the Ivor the Engine display in the Smallfilms Gallery! ➜ thebeaney.co.uk
Check details and prices before you travel
Sat 16 –Sun 31 Dec
The Littlest Yak The Marlowe Theatre Studio
Mint Your Own Roman Coin Canterbury Roman Museum, Butchery Lane
A musical adaptation of the awardwinning children’s book by Lu Fraser and Kate Hindley with beautiful puppets and catchy tunes from Kent-based theatre company, LAStheatre. 3yrs+
Fed up with chocolate coins? Looking for a cool gift idea? How about minting your very own Roman coin for just £3? Don’t eat it, though! Kids go free between Sat 16Sun 31 Dec (2 per paying adult).
Sun 10 Dec, 5.30pm–6.15pm St Nicholas Family Service Canterbury Cathedral A short service for children and families to celebrate the story of St Nicholas and find out about the original Santa Claus! ➜ canterbury-cathedral.org.uk
Wed 13 Dec, 5.15pm Christmas Swingalong 2023 Colyer-Ferguson Hall, The Gulbenkian Christmas classics with the feel-good factor of a swinging big band. The University Big Band, conducted by Ian Swatman, returns with its annual cracker of a festive gig. ➜ thegulbenkian.co.uk
Thu 14 Dec–Mon 1 Jan Snow White Malthouse Theatre The fairest pantomime of them all! A West End cast, spectacular effects, a stunning set and hilarious comedy from The Malthouse Theatre in association with Gardner Hodges Entertainment ➜ malthousetheatre.co.uk
What’s On this Winter
Sat 9–Sun 31 Dec
Sun 17 Dec, 5.30pm–6.30pm Festival of Carols Canterbury Cathedral A new seasonal service featuring popular songs, carols and readings inspired by the peace and joy of Christmas. ➜ canterbury-cathedral.org.uk
Mon 18 Dec, 7.30pm Philharmonia Orchestra: Brass At Christmas The Marlowe Theatre The Philharmonia brass section bring their high-quality ensemble playing and infectious camaraderie. Join them for a Christmas concert that has something for everyone. ➜ marlowetheatre.co.uk
Mon 18 Dec, 1pm & 3pm The Nutcracker Malthouse Theatre Fabulous dancing and beautiful costumes from the Let’s All Dance Ballet Company, and, of course, Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music. Suitable for all ages, especially children, including those with special needs. ➜ malthousetheatre.co.uk
Tue 19 Dec, 7.30pm–9pm Demelza House Carols Canterbury Cathedral A festive service with readings and carols to support Demelza and celebrate their 25th anniversary. Pre-purchased tickets via their website. ➜ demelza.org.uk
What’s On this Winter
Wed 20–Fri 22 Dec, 11am-3pm
Sat 23 Dec, 5.30pm–7pm
Christmas Activities at the Cathedral Canterbury Cathedral
Cathedral Carol Service Canterbury Cathedral
Enjoy family-friendly Christmas crafting in the glorious surroundings of the Cathedral.
A highlight of the Cathedral’s year, with music by the world-famous Cathedral Choir.
Sat 23 Dec, 10am
23 Dec, 5.30pm–8.30pm
Family Crib Service Canterbury Cathedral
Paul Cantara: The Legends Show Merry & Bright, Whitefriars Square
An informal service for children and families telling the story of the birth of Jesus with music from the Cathedral Choral Scholars and traditional Christmas Carol singing. Approx 45 mins.
Paul Cantara returns for a Christmas Eve special, bringing his extraordinary six-act tribute show to Canterbury one last time before the big day. ➜ canterburychristmasmarket.co.uk
Check details and prices before you travel
À la Carte Sunday Lunch details Relax after the chaos of Christmas, and enjoy a free glass of House Wine with a 3-course Sunday Lunch, if you book to dine between January-March The Refectory Restaurant, Canterbury Cathedral Lodge Located in the historic grounds of Canterbury Cathedral
To make a reservation, please call 01227 865350 www.canterburycathedrallodge.org
Festive Afternoon Tea Take a break from the Christmas shopping and indulge in a lavish Festive Afternoon Tea at ABode Canterbury. To get into the festive spirit, why not add a glass of chilled Champagne?
Christmas Day Lunch Our Christmas Day special includes Champagne on arrival and a superb six-course meal, all beautifully wrapped up with coffee, mince pies and a few festive extras.
New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Our famous NYE Gala Dinner includes a luxury five-course meal, coffee, and petits fours and music from our live pianist. The evening concludes on the dancefloor with our resident DJ, spinning those tunes until the clock strikes midnight.
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Meet Ben Roddy
Meet Ben Roddy:
Canterbury’s Dame Extraordinaire!
Ben Roddy is synonymous with pantomime in Canterbury. He moved here from London after three seasons at The Marlowe and will celebrate his 1000th performance with the theatre during this season’s spectacular production of Aladdin. MyCanterbury caught up with him for a chat about his passion for pantomime, scary stunts, audience appreciation and the legacy of Dave Lee
Congratulations on your nomination for Best Dame at this year’s Pantomime Awards for Sleeping Beauty 2022/3.
This year’s pantomime production will see your 1000th performance at The Marlowe – how does this feel?
It was a surreal experience. It was nice, I didn’t win but it was my third nomination and I did win it back in 2018. It’s a lovely celebration of the form. Ian McKellan was there, he did Mother Goose in the West End. It was lovely to see everyone – I’ve got hundreds of mates who do pantomime, but of course we never get to see each other!
I feel very honoured to play dame at The Marlowe. I don’t take it for granted and I’m always delighted to come back. My first pantomime in Canterbury was Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and in that run it was Dave Lee’s 1000th performance. I can’t quite believe I’m there, it feels like five minutes ago. And I’m only 23!
Tell us about this year’s pantomime.
What keeps you coming back to the role of the Pantomime Dame at The Marlowe?
Paul Hendy is the best writer – he’s always determined to give Canterbury something different. The Marlowe is really good at pantomime that’s rooted in tradition but also cutting-edge and forward-looking – creating some new traditions. We’ve got Phil Gallagher back, he’s one of my best mates – so on a selfish level I’m delighted to be spending Christmas with him again, because I’m always very jealous when he goes off elsewhere. Kevin Clifton, is going to be a fantastic Abanazar. Courtney Bowman is award-winning, a great actor. We’ve got Zain Abrahams, Lauren Chia, Alistair So, Shannon Farrell – not to mention The Black Diamonds and an amazing ensemble. It’s a big cast this year.
They keep asking me! It’s a privilege to work in such a beautiful theatre. And Canterbury audiences are the best in the world. Pantomime is the original immersive experience. The audience knows they’ve got a part to play. It’s about the shared experience, families looking at each other and laughing – it’s life-affirming.
For Snow White, I was suspended 30 metres above the audience. On my cue – flitter thrown in my face and a loud pyrotechnic – I had to fall backwards into the auditorium. Dress caught in the ropes, deaf from the bang and blind without my glasses. It was pretty scary. In Sleeping Beauty, a few years ago, we had a bath, sink and toilet prop with water that came out everywhere to get us drenched. One day the heater tripped. You can imagine how cold it was, it was ICY. To make up for it, the heater was turned up full the next day – absolutely boiling. Almost as bad.
That’s easy – a beach in Sounion in Greece, where we went as children. It’s a beautiful bay overlooked by the temple of Poseidon. So I’m going to say go there, with my wife Kate and boys Stan and Rudy. If you could have three wishes, what would they be? My first wish would be to eat what I like and not get fat. My second would be to learn lines instantly, like a little chip that uploads a script. For my third, I’d wish for another 1000 shows at The Marlowe.
You worked with local legend Dave Lee, how was that? He was brilliant, lovely – a mate. What I remember most is how generous Dave was. He was fun to work with – hilarious. I’d watch him, to learn. We were all devastated when he died. I’m not filling his shoes – because no-one could do that – I’m following in his footsteps. I feel very proud to be carrying on his tradition. I still mention him when we do the bench routine every year. We move forward but also remember what’s gone, and I think that’s really important. What would you say are the essential ingredients of a good pantomime dame? There are loads of ways of doing it. Mine is: ‘he’s clearly a man.’ Drag is a wonderful art form that I respect immensely, but my dame is closer to clowning. Most important is your connection with the audience. They have to trust you. It’s chaotic, it’s anarchic, it’s subversive but they need to know it’s going to be alright, that we’re all going to have a nice time.
Meet Ben Roddy
Can you share some memorable moments from your career in pantomime?
If you had a magic carpet that could take you anywhere, where would it be?
19 I am very lucky when I’m on a stage with Ben - I’m not only standing next to a sensational Actor, but also my friend. And even when he inevitably pushes a custard pie in my face, it will be my honour to be there supporting him on his 1000th show!” Phil Gallagher (Mister Maker) “1000 performances in one theatre is a wonderful achievement. Ben Roddy is undoubtedly one of the best and funniest Dames in the country and the people of Kent love him. Like a fine wine, he gets better every year. It’s a genuine pleasure to work with Ben and I’m incredibly proud to call him a friend. Here’s to the next 1000 performances! Paul Hendy, Producer, Writer & Director, Evolution Productions
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Make your own relief print seasonal card Create your own card, gift wrap or tag with this versatile relief print activity from Rock Paper Scissors. This activity requires simple art materials and equipment. If you don’t have these at home they are available to buy from Rock Paper Scissors on Stour Street.
What you’ll need: 22
Block printing ink
Newspaper White card / pre-made cards
Sheet of Perspex®, glass or mirror to roll on
Rock Paper Scissors in Stour Street sells exquisite items handmade by local artisans, with an on-site event space for creative classes. ➜ rockpaperscissors.co.uk
Cut the bauble shapes out of the foam with either scissors or a craft knife.
Using the plastic cup again, draw big and small circles onto bubble wrap and cut them out.
Draw a big and small circle onto the foam, using either end of the plastic cup as your guides. Draw the top of the bauble in.
Take the foam off the card and leave the print to dry. Once dry, roll white ink onto the bubble wrap circle and place on top of the red bauble. Do the same with the blue one. Carefully peel the bubble wrap off and sprinkle the print pattern with eco glitter while it’s still wet. Leave to dry.
At this stage, you can draw in the string on the bauble. If you want, use letter blocks to create words.
Place Perspex® or a piece of glass (something non-porous and flat) onto newspaper. Squeeze some ink onto the Perspex® and roll it out so it’s evenly spread on the roller. Then roller your first colour onto the foam bauble. Repeat with a different colour on the smaller bauble. Place both down onto your card and roll the back, either with a clean roller or a rolling pin.
This process can be used to make your own gift wrap and tags for events and celebrations through the year.
Make your own
Poinsettia flowers These pretty paper Poinsettia flowers are an easy craft to make with items that you probably have around the home. Make your own poinsettia flower decorations with Happy & Glorious
What you’ll need: 24
Red, green and brown paper or card Scissors Pencil Glue stick Hole punch
Step 1 Cut out the templates.
Step 2 Draw around the templates onto red and green card with a pencil. Cut these shapes out.
Step 3 Put a little glue in the middle of the green leaf shape and layer the larger red petals and the smaller red petals on top of them.
Why not make a felt fabric version with the same templates? We embroidered some French knots in the middle or ours, but you could glue on dots of felt fabric, add beads or even sequins for some festive sparkle. Sew or glue a brooch pin on the back and use it to brighten up a coat or scarf.
Happy & Glorious in Burgate sells beautiful British-made gifts and products for the home, handcrafted by talented makers from all over the UK. ➜ happyglorious.co.uk
Step 4 Use a hole punch to make some tiny circles from brown paper.
Step 5 Glue the little circles in the middle of the Poinsettia.
25 Make several paper Poinsettia flowers and tape some thread to the back of each one to make bunting.
Alternatively, use the flower as the finishing touch on a special gift, or loop a piece of ribbon on the back to make a hanging decoration.
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Shopping Quarters Canterbury is a beautifully easy city to navigate, with distinctive areas and quarters just a few minutes’ walk from each other, each with their own character and history.
The King’s Mile A colourful collection of linked streets alongside the cathedral and King’s School, packed with handcrafted jewellery, fresh produce, arts, crafts, games and gifts, clothing, food and drink.
The Cathedral Quarter The historic heart of Canterbury on the doorstep of the cathedral and the Buttermarket, home to independent specialist shops, bars and restaurants.
The Castle Quarter From the castle ruins to the high street, a rich mix of thriving creative businesses, independent makers and the city’s own brewery, The Foundry.
St Peter's Street and The High Street
Canterbury’s Shopping Quarters
The city’s main thoroughfare, lined with national and independent businesses in beautiful buildings, with plenty of cafés, pubs and restaurants for mid-shopping pit-stops.
Whitefriars Shopping Centre Top-brands for serious seasonal shopping here, headed at the top of the town by Fenwick and comprising over 70 of the UK’s leading fashion and lifestyle retailers.
Canterbury’s West End The first taste of the city for many visitors from Canterbury West. The West End offers idyllic riverside walks, England’s largest surviving gateway, independent shopping, exceptional dining choices, and plenty of entertainment!
The Cathedra Quarter Guided Tours
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Canterbury city centre has free Wi-Fi access
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Canterbury’s Christmas Window Competition From paperchains to Denim Santa – Canterbury’s Christmas windows have it all! And each year our lucky judges get to spend an afternoon visiting the city and picking some favourites. Food writer and annual judge, Rachel Phipps published a handy guide about our 2022 displays – here are a few excerpts. To read the full article visit rachelphipps.com
Canterbury Pottery – Winner – Independent Category Purveyors of unique handmade pottery by the Cathedral gate the traditional pottery snowmen were still there, but also so much pink! What we judges loved was that it managed to be striking, lively and modern, but still with so many traditional elements. Sowley - Winner – Independent Category A wonderful gift shop and picture framers – created floating umbrellas of decorated trees, with all the presents sitting underneath them floating atop a sleeping town of pottery houses. Store50 – Winner – Charity Category Denim Santa, dressed up in pre-loved duds, rifling through the postbox of recycled paper letters he’s received from well-behaved children. So creative, so impressive, and managing to be festive whilst still staying try to their key ethos and message. Fenwick – Winner – National Category Their signature green was carried through each window, showing off a different department, and there were so many clever little details to take in the closer you get to them. Violet Elizabeth – Special Mention We loved Violet Elizabeth’s vibrant decorations highlighting their handmade, ethical clothes, gifts and homewares. Those fantastic paper chains (why don’t we make paper chains as much anymore?) – were handmade, and the owners have a new baby!
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A well-crafted cocktail adds a sparkling twist to the festive season. Canterbury has so many great bars and mixologists who can shake and stir the perfect party tipple. Here are some of the city’s showcase concoctions:
A blend of 3 different rums, from Jamaica & Guyana, Scotch, Bourbon & Cognac, festively mixed with egg yolks, nutmeg, double cream, sugar and chai spices. Citi Terrace, Longmarket, The Terrace, Canterbury CT1 2JS ➜ cititerrace.co.uk
‘GlitterBerry Punch’ Seasonal sparkle shakes its thing with this Christmas cocktail from Lady Luck! It’s mixed with Peach Schnapps, Spiced Rum, Cranberry Juice and J20 Glitter Berry. The Lady Luck, 18 St Peter’s Street, Canterbury CT1 2BQ ➜ theladyluck.co.uk
‘Plum & Maple Sou’r Mixed with Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, Bush Mango Rum, Merlot, maple syrup, plum jam and fresh lemon juice. This lovely new tipple was curated by Jade Steer fromCosy Club Cardiff Bay. Cosy Club, 20-21 St Margaret’s Street, Canterbury CT1 2TH ➜ cosyclub.co.uk/canterbury
‘The Christmas Old-Fashioned’ ‘C’est La Vie’ A unique cocktail exclusive to The Pound. It’s both warming and refreshing with flavours of ginger, nutmeg, orange and pear. It’s made with lemon juice, Folkington’s pear juice, Giffard Gingerbread Syrup, Hennessy V.S Brandy, Grand Marnier, Velvet Falernum, Jerry Thomas Bitters, Orange Bitters and grated nutmeg. The Pound Bar & Kitchen, 1 Pound Lane, Canterbury CT1 2BZ ➜ onepoundlane.co.uk
Prefer a mocktail? To enjoy a cocktail without the alcohol, try the following substitutes: • Rum Vanilla extract or a dash of vanilla syrup • Brandy Apple juice
• Whisky Chilled Lapsang Souchong tea • Bourbon Almond extract
• Champagne Sparkling white grape juice
This cocktail takes a large measure of Havana Rum infused with a luxurious mince pie filling. The classic sugar and Angostura are added, as well as a little clementine juice and orange bitters. All are muddled and stirred over ice to create what can only be described as Christmas in a glass! Alberrys, 38 St Margaret's Street, Canterbury CT1 2TY ➜ alberrys.co.uk
Girlings Solicitors and the Spirit of Invicta Alongside an awareness of our own Kentish heritage, which stretches back to 1881, at Girlings Solicitors we also marvel at the many layers that make up Canterbury’s rich history. While the Cathedral and Thomas Becket have long been the focal point of Canterbury’s historical tapestry, there is also a lesser-known nineteenth-century story of Robert Stephenson’s Invicta. Invicta was an early steam locomotive that was built by Stephenson’s company immediately after his pioneering Rocket. Representing as it did a significant advance in locomotive design, the Rocket became the template for most other steam engines for the next 150 years – not least Invicta.
Once completed in 1830, Invicta was shipped from Newcastle to Whitstable to begin work on the Canterbury and Whitstable Railway. Named after the County’s motto, meaning undefeated, Invicta operated on the Crab and Winkle Line, which today survives as a popular walking and cycling route linking Canterbury and the coast. Although Invicta was retired only six years later, in 1836, having struggled to meet the rigours of the incline out
of Whitstable, it is rightly celebrated as an important milestone in railway history. Indeed, in the years after it was decommissioned, Invicta was displayed prominently in Dane John Gardens and by the Riding Gate Roundabout, a testament to its innovative role in Canterbury’s past. In that bold attempt to connect Canterbury and Whitstable for the benefit of trade and tourism, we at Girlings Solicitors see parallels in the networks and legal links our Firm has forged in East Kent. With our trio of offices located in the heart of Canterbury, Ashford and Herne Bay, combined with our deep local history, knowledge and experience, it should come as no surprise that we are a strong supporter and facilitator of business and personal relationships in the area. The strength of our commitment is typified by our ongoing support of the Canterbury Business Improvement District’s regular portfolio of events, which bring together like-minded professionals to share opinions, ideas, and inspiration. And while Invicta now resides in graceful retirement in the Whitstable Community Museum, we are pleased to report that the Canterbury community in which Girlings Solicitors operates is thriving and very much set to full steam ahead!
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12 Days of Christmas:
A Sustainable Countdown We are all aware how important it is to reduce our carbon emissions. Small changes can make all the difference in reducing our environmental footprint, especially over Christmas, when the potential for over-consumption and waste is high. Take a look at our 12 days of Christmas countdown for tips on how to be more sustainable in Canterbury this festive season!
Reverse the advent
Opt for a refillable calendar you can use year after year and why not try a reverse advent calendar – each day you add an item to the box and donate it to Canterbury Food Bank (canterburyfoodbank.org) to re-distribute to those in need over Christmas.
up your 4 Jazz jumper Bored of last year’s jumper? Don’t throw it out! Swap jumpers with friends and colleagues or check out Store 50, on St Peter’s St, for a pre-loved beauty! You can also get creative and customise a jumper or top with spare tinsel, lights or sew-on patches and badges from Wrapped! or Walrus & Oyster Emporium, both in Burgate.
in your 5 Trade turkey!
Call it pre-loved, call it vintage – giving second hand gifts can save money and emissions. Choose from a huge range of used tech at CeX on the High St – all with a 24-month warranty. Pick up pretty trinkets and accessories at Demelza Charity Shop in Burgate or seek out a book-lover’s dream gift at The Chaucer Bookshop on Beer Cart Lane.
Fancy a change from the traditional turkey this year? Get some serious plant-based meal inspiration at The Veg Box Café on Burgate with hot food, salads and cakes. They also offer an order-to-collect catering service. Lily’s Social Kitchen in Palace Street caters for events and is a fantastic not-forprofit organisation.
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a (reusable) 6 Pull cracker!
Why not make your own personalised Christmas cards with foraged items, dried flowers or seeded paper? Canterbury has a wealth of brilliant arts and crafts shops where you can pick up crafting essentials, such as Cowling & Wilcox on St George’s St and A guide to making your Rymans in Burgate.
Opt for eco-crackers (made from recycled and recyclable paper with no glitter or plastic) or have a go at making your own - The Works in the High St stocks DIY cracker kits. Try reusable crackers that can be brought out each year – they even double up as napkins. Happy & Glorious in Burgate stocks them and is hosting a reusable cracker workshop on Thursday 30 November. See happyglorious.co.uk for details.
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Canterbury has a wealth of choice for As with most things, if you have it already, keep low-impact dining with many pubs and using it or donate it – don’t throw it away. Paper restaurants committed to sustainable decorations can look stunning or you could make practices, such as The Foundry Brewpub garlands with dried orange slices and ribbon. & Restaurant on Sun St and The Cook’s The University of Kent’s Community Oasis Tale Restaurant on Beer Cart Lane. Corkk Garden is running a sustainable Christmas wreath in Burgate has incredible Kentish wines and workshop on Wednesday 6 December – a great Paxton & Whitfield in Palace St offers locally excuse to get outside for some festive fun! See produced artisan cheese. The Refillery kent.ac.uk/sustainability/kentcog for details. on Sun St stocks Christmas essentials – all ethically sourced and plastic-free.
to soy 8 Switch candles You can’t have Christmas without a cosy candle on! Unfortunately, most candles are made from paraffin wax (hello fossil fuels!) and release toxic fumes as they burn. Opt for candles made from natural waxes like coconut, soy or beeswax explore Fenwick in St George’s St for a large range of refillable candles and reed diffusers.
Read our wine and cheese pairings feature on p40 for expert tasting advice from Paxton & Whitfield and Corkk
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Give a gift they can choose and support local business with a Canterbury Gift Card (canterburygiftcard.co.uk). Or why not opt for an experience they can enjoy in the new year? From fun (Escape in The Towers, Pound All Lane) to exploration (Canterbury Punting Co, wrapped up Water Lane), to relaxation (Camomile Rooms, The Japanese furoshiki method of wrapping with St Margaret’s St) or even a new look (The Chair, reusable fabric adds a tactile touch to gift-giving. Borough) – give a gift that lasts. They look stunning and there’s no need for tape! The Refillery on Sun St stocks them, or any material can be cut into squares to use. You’ll often find off-cuts or gorgeous fabrics in charity • Christmas cards and gift wrap with foil or shops such as British Heart Foundation in St glitter can’t be recycled George’s St, Cancer Research in Burgate and • 40 million crackers end up in the bin each Oxfam in Best Lane. Christmas Day
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like 10 Party it’s 1999! Canterbury is a treasure trove of vintage clothes shops. It’s a great way to shop sustainably for those Christmas parties – and browsing styles across the decades can be useful inspiration if you’re stuck for ideas. Explore Bounce on Mercery Lane, Revivals on St Peter’s St and Superstore Vintage on Butchery Lane.
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Go natural with decorations
• Over 300,000 trees are cut down each year to make Christmas cards • 34 million unwanted gifts end up in landfill If we all play a small part, we make a big difference. The Canterbury Climate Action Partnership (CCAP) is a local partnership that bring parties together to mobilise action towards a more sustainable future. See ccap. org.uk for more information. Created in partnership with reWARD Events
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Perfect partners: Wine and cheese pairings from Canterbury’s connoisseurs
Wine and cheese make a gorgeous couple all year round, but especially when they’re at the heart of a festive get-together. A skilful pairing can bring out exciting new qualities in each. We asked Canterbury’s prestigious Paxton & Whitfield in Palace St to choose three different cheeses, and award-winning wine shop and bar Corkk in Burgate which wines they would select to accompany them.
Baron Bigod “A soft, white bloomy–rind cheese with a golden curd and long-lasting, earthy and mushroom flavours – very similar to a Brie de Meaux.”
Balfour Luke's Pinot Noir “The Pinot Noir complements the creamy broad notes of the cheese, whilst providing a delicious uplift of red cherry fruits and refreshing acidity.”
Cave Aged Cheddar “Between the Dorset Downs and the West Dorset Heritage Coast in the Bride Valley, Paxton & Whitfield’s Cave Aged Cheddar is handmade to a traditional recipe using milk from local herds to give a fruity flavour and smooth texture.”
Simpsons Roman Road Chardonnay “A great match, each giving rounded notes with a similar weight in the palate. The nutty finish of the cheese is complemented by the judicious partial oaking and creamy texture of this elegant and sumptuous wine.”
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Tips for pairing wine and cheese • Delicately flavoured cheeses and wines pair well • Serve richer cheeses with fuller-bodied wine • Salty cheeses contrast nicely with sweeter wines • Cheese and wine from the same region work well together • Be adventurous. Try new tastes and textures and see what works!
Kentish Blue “A creamy, blue-veined cheese made from cow’s milk in Kent, England. It has a rich flavour and a smooth, melt-in-the-mouth texture.”
Simpsons Derringstone Pinot Meunier “The tangy acidity and long finish of the cheese pairs wonderfully with the orchard fruit and winter berry notes of the wine. The minerality and long finish on the Derringstone gives a beautiful balance to the fruit and salinity of the cheese.”
Shop local for your Christmas table at Paxton & Whitfield and Corkk. Artisan cheesemonger Paxton & Whitfield has a long-held reputation for its industry expertise, proud heritage and friendly service. Find them at 55 Palace Street, Canterbury CT1 2DY. ➜ paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk
Corkk has rapidly established itself as a skilled curator and champion of fine English wines and holds regular tastings events. Their wine store/bar and functions venue is at 29/30 Burgate, Canterbury CT1 2HA. ➜ corkk.co.uk
Visit us in our NEW Canterbury store to shop local this festive season paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk | 01227 785535 email@example.com | 55 Palace Street, Canterbury, CT1 2DY
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Lots of exciting new businesses have opened their doors in our city already this year with more to come:
Square Peg ➜ squarepegpizzas.com
Seafarer ➜ instagram.com/ seafarercanterbury
Pho, Burgate ➜ Phocafe.co.uk
Mirabella ➜ St Margaret’s Street
February Taco Bell ➜ tacobell.co.uk Standing Tree Clinic ➜ standingtreecanterbury.co.uk Finesse Clinics ➜ instagram.com/finesse_clinics
Arto Recruitment ➜ artorecruitment.com American Candy & Gifts ➜ High St
March Palace Street Treats ➜ Palace Street Vaporettes ➜ Iron Bar Lane Claire’s ➜ claires.com The Sneaker House ➜ instagram.com/ thesneakerhouseshop
Coah Hair ➜ coahhair.co.uk Jimmy’s Chop Shop ➜ Northgate Irun Dudu ➜ Orange St
May The Refillery ➜ therefillery.co.uk Cha Lab ➜ chalab.co.uk Canterbury Tails Cat Café ➜ canterburytails.co.uk Metro Mobiles ➜ St Margaret’s St
June Weird Fish ➜ Marlowe Arcade weirdfish. co.uk
Bubblin Bubble Waffle & Beverage ➜ Instagram.com/ bubblinwaffleuk Chamber of Ducks ➜ instagram.com/ chamberofducks Leo’s Café ➜ St Dunstan’s St Bakarat Food Centre ➜ facebook.com/ kingscornercanterbury Convenience Store ➜ Canterbury Lane Moss ➜ moss.co.uk
September The Cornish Bakery ➜ thecornishbakery.com La Cabana ➜ Lacabana.uk
Moo Like A Monkey ➜ moolikeamonkey.com
The Snuggery ➜ thesnuggerycanterbury
Balkan Foods ➜ Castle St
Clarendon Fine Art ➜ clarendonfineart.com
We are also lucky to have lots of amazing longstanding businesses who have celebrated BIG anniversaries. You can read about them here: canterburybid.co.uk/MyCanterbury
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Café St Pierre Celebrating 28 years in business, this family-owned cafe near Westgate towers offers generously-filled, innovative baguettes, quiches, salads, cakes and pastries plus • To be enjoyed in a friendly atmosphere • Try the typical French ‘Petit dejeuner’ served till noon • Open 7 days a week - 8am - 6pm (Sun - 9am - 5.30pm) • Outdoor seating in the wonderful garden • Take-away service available A bientôt! Alan, Maria and the team
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Canterbury Roman Museum Embark on a journey back in time to the enchanting world of Roman Canterbury. Explore the remains of an authentic Roman Town House, wander through the lively marketplace, and uncover hidden treasures. With each step, you’ll descend into the charming streets of Roman Canterbury, where history comes alive in a season of wonder.
Canterbury Roman Museum Butchery Lane, Canterbury CT1 2JR For more information visit: canterburyromanmuseum.co.uk
Museum highlights include: One of the UK’s only remaining in situ Roman pavement mosaics A scheduled ancient monument Rare soldier’s helmet from the time of Julius Caesar Original hypocaust (under floor heating system) Exceptional examples of rare Roman glassware Interactive children’s activities
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eTickets take you there Shop till you drop with an eTicket*, now up and running across all Southeastern stations. Buy and download from the Southeastern app. No booking fees when you buy direct from us. *Season tickets, Kent Rover, Boundary Zone tickets and journeys involving London Underground are not available as Southeastern eTickets.
Travel in the city Local bus services Canterbury district is served by Stagecoach South East buses, based at Canterbury City Centre in St George’s Lane CT1 2SY. Check times, fares and more at stagecoachbus.com or download the Stagecoach Bus App
Park & Ride You can park for £4 per day, for up to 6 people via the three following sites: •
New Dover Rd CT1 3EJ
Wincheap, Ten Perch Rd, CT1 3TY
For more details visit canterbury.gov.uk/parkandride or call 01227 862 000
Parking Here are a few insider tips to help you find cheaper parking spots: If you plan to visit Canterbury through its original medieval gateway in the St Dunstan’s area, park at Station Road West for £1.80 per hour and walk through the Westgate Towers like visitors have done for centuries. For those wishing to start their visit with a trip to the Creative Quarter, or The King’s Mile, you will find parking at £1.80 per hour at Northgate Car Park and a lovely walk past some of our finest independent retailers. And finally, why not park right next to Canterbury Castle and enjoy a walk through the Castle Quarter with plenty of shops to visit and quick access to some of our premium retailers – Castle Street multi-storey charges £1.80 per hour. For further details visit canterbury.gov.uk/parking or call Parking Facilities on 01227 862 000.
Why not travel by train this Christmas? The city has two train stations (East and West) serving the city. It's the perfect way to travel sustainably - your Christmas carriage awaits!
Castle Row: £2.50
ALL PRICES ARE PER HOUR
Castle Street Multi-Storey: £1.80
Canterbury is a small, easy to navigate city, which makes exploring so much easier!
Toddler’s Cove: £1.70
3 Station Road West: £1.80
4 North Lane: £2.50
Whether you are coming to shop, eat or explore the history hidden around every corner, here is a handy guide to the parking options across the city.
Pound Lane: £2.50
6 Miller’s Field: £2.50
7 9 St Radigund’s: £2.50
4 5 WESTGATE TOWERS
8 Northgate: £2.50
6 ST AUGUSTINES ABBEY
WESTGATE GARDENS CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL
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Whitefriars Multi-Storey: £2.50
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Holman’s Meadow: £1.80
13 Watling Street: £3.50
It’s only £4 per car for up to six people to use our park and ride services for the whole day. All of our car parks have a dedicated disabled space.
14 Riverside: £2.50
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Kent Museum & Library of Freemasonry
Why not come and enjoy a unique visitor experience and immerse yourself back in time
Family Festive Fun Day, Saturday 9th December, 10am to 8pm
Father Christmas • Face Painter • Balloon Twister • Christmas Carols www.kentmuseumoffreemasonry.org.uk St Peters Place, Canterbury, opposite Westgate Towers
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