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Carol singing, Advent and Christmas services, music concerts, family days out*, unique Christmas gifts, festive lunches and Christmas parties! Whatever you need to make your Christmas, discover it at Canterbury Cathedral *Kids Go Free until 31 October 2022 (T&Cs apply)

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Christmas in the City 2021 We can’t believe it’s almost Christmas! The lights are twinkling, the shop windows are full of festive goodies and Canterbury is getting ready to welcome in everyone’s favourite season. After the challenges of Covid, Canterbury’s shops, pubs, restaurants, salons, venues and hotels are getting ready to throw everything at Christmas and ensure that the city enjoys a magical season. You deserve it.

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On behalf of all the city’s businesses, thank you for your goodwill and steadfast support over the last year. Canterbury is a truly wonderful place at Christmas, and we urge you to shop local and support our fantastic city businesses.

Enjoy the festive season!

We hope you will take inspiration from the Christmas Guide, find new places to shop, eat, drink, visit and enjoy, and perhaps rediscover old favourites. Who needs to go anywhere else?

Our thanks to our friends at Girlings Solicitors for partnering with us to produce your free Christmas Guide.


Travel in the city

From the team at Canterbury Business Improvement District (BID).


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What’s On Guide

Things change – please check local listings closer to the date. Correct at time of printing.

What ’s On Guide

Wed 10 - Sat 20 Nov White Christmas | The Marlowe Theatre Irving Berlin’s timeless romantic comedy features the classic songs Blue Skies, Sisters and the most famous festive song of all, White Christmas. ➜

Fri Nov 12 – Fri Dec 24 Canterbury Christmas Market | Whitefriars Shopping Centre and St George’s St


Festively decorated huts, gifts, eats and treats plus a helter-skelter! Open Mon to Fri 10-6, Sat 9-6 and Sun 11-4. Plus, enjoy live music at the market every Fri, Sat and Sun afternoons. ➜

5-7pm | Friday 12 Nov Christmas Light Switch On | Marlowe Theatre Forecourt to Whitefriars Come and celebrate the start of Christmas in Canterbury at the city centre switch-on. This year join the parade as we light a way through the city led by this year’s panto cast and the lord mayor! ➜

11am-4pm | Sat 20 Nov Westgate Hall Christmas Market | Westgate Hall Local artisans and makers bring their produce, crafts, food, homewares, jewellery and more under one roof. Perfect for original and unique gifts ➜ westgate-hall-market

10am-2pm | Sat 20 Nov Kent MS Therapy Christmas Fair | Kent MS Therapy Centre, CT4 7DZ. Enjoy a Christmas Fair with craft stalls, the KMSTC pop up charity shop, games, raffle, Santa’s Grotto and much more! ➜

Sat 20 Nov Bach’s Christmas Oratorio | Canterbury Cathedral In a perfect event to start your countdown to Christmas, the Cathedral’s Girls’ Choir and Lay Clerks will perform J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (Parts I-III, VI), accompanied by frequent collaborators, The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen. ➜ events/

Fri 26 Nov – Sun 9 Jan Jack and the Beanstalk | The Marlowe Theatre Duncan James and local legend Ben Roddy star in this year’s panto extravaganza! Beg, steal or borrow a ticket to the Christmas season’s favourite night out of all. ➜

10am-2pm | Sat 27 Nov Family Advent Wreath Workshop | Canterbury Cathedral Make your own Advent wreath with The Friends of Canterbury Cathedral. All materials will be provided, including greenery from the Precinct gardens. Booking essential. ➜ events/

Sat 27 Nov – Fri 24 Dec Santa’s Grotto | Marlowe Arcade, Whitefriars Shopping Centre Open on selected dates up to and including Friday December 24th. Come and meet the fairy, elves and the big man himself. Bookings open on Oct 1st. ➜

Fri 10 - Fri 24 Dec

Merry Brickmas City Centre Trail | Canterbury City Centre

Beauty and the Beast | The Malthouse Theatre

Inspired by Merry Brickmas at The Beaney (launching on 11 Dec), the businesses of Canterbury City Centre will be displaying their own lego creations in their shop windows – see how many you can spot! Pick up a trail leaflet from the Visitor Information Centre at The Beaney.

Belle will have her Ball (oh yes she will) in this spectacular family pantomime ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Featuring stunning sets & costumes, side splitting comedy, catchy hit songs and a dazzling West End cast, you don’t want to miss this festive treat for the whole family. ➜ beauty-and-the-beast

Sat 4 – Sun 5 Dec Stick Man – Live on Stage | Gulbenkian Theatre, University of Kent

Sat 11 Dec - Sun 2 Jan

Merry Brickmas! | Special Exhibition The popular Julia Donaldson book Gallery, The Beaney comes to life! Visit Santa’s workshop at The Beaney ➜ featuring BRICKLIVE Christmas models Mon 6 Dec including life size Santa, Reindeer and Christmas Tipple-Tasting Evening | those cheeky elves! (Closed Mondays, 25 The Abode Hotel December, 26 December and 1 January) In an evening with an expert mixologist, FREE entry. get ready for the festive party season with a ➜ Christmas cocktail making demonstration. merry-brickmas An expert mixologist will show you how to 12–4pm | Sun 12 Dec make five fabulous festive cocktails. A 4 or 5 Festival Family Fun Day | course menu is included. Houdini’s Magic Bar ➜ Live Magic with Darren Cullen. Tues 7 – Weds 8 Dec All ages welcome. Booking essential. Santa Paws | Whitefriars Shopping Centre Call 0333 006 4151. Bring your furry friend to meet Father ➜ Christmas in the grotto at Canterbury 3pm | Sun 12 Dec Christmas Market, Marlowe Arcade. Concert by The Choir of Clare College Bookings open on Oct 1st. Cambridge | Gulbenkian Theatre ➜ Enjoy a performance of Praetorius’s 7pm | Friday 10 Dec Christmas Magnificat, Palestrina’s ‘Surge, Canterbury Choral Society Christmas illuminare’, hymns to the Virgin by Pierre Concert | Canterbury Cathedral Villette and Benjamin Britten, James Long’s invigorating ‘Vigilate’, motets by Messiaen, A Christmas feast for all the family! The Tavener, Will Todd, and John Rutter, and a programme features Canterbury Choral beautiful selection of arrangements that tell Society Youth Choir and the Festival Brass us that Christmas has truly begun. Ensemble. Children in the audience will be ➜ invited to come forward to sing Away in a Manger and I Saw Three Ships on the stage. the-choir-of-clare-college-cambridge (Event not suitable for under 2’s). ➜

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1pm & 3pm | Mon 20 Dec

7.30pm | Mon 13 Dec

The Nutcracker | The Malthouse Theatre

Philharmonia at Christmas | The Marlowe Theatre Feel the festive cheer with the brass ensemble of the Philharmonia Orchestra. From glittering fanfares to gentle carols, nothing captures the spirit of the festive season like the warm sound of a brass ensemble at Christmas. ➜ philharmonia-christmas-concert

Journey through the magical night with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince, meet the Mouse King and join the Sugar Plum Fairy in the beautiful Land of Sweets. Ballet suitable for all ages, especially children (inc. those with special needs). Duration 50 mins (no interval). Photo opportunity after every show for children with the dancers on stage. ➜

Mon 13 Dec

7pm | Mon 20 Dec

Christmas Wine Tasting | The Abode Hotel

Celebration of Christmas | Canterbury Cathedral

Christmas Wine Tasting Evening. Just in time for Christmas, a wine expert will guide you through a selection of wines that pair perfectly with your Christmas roast and other festive dishes. A 4 or 5 course meal is included. ➜

The Celebration of Christmas event is back at Canterbury Cathedral, raising money for Demelza Hospice care. Enjoy festive readings and carols in this glorious setting. ➜ celebration-of-christmas

11am-4pm | Sat 18 Dec

Canterbury Cathedral Carol Service | Canterbury Cathedral

7.30pm | Thurs 23 Dec

Christmas Craft Market | Westgate Hall

3pm | Fri 24 Dec | Canterbury Cathedral

Local artisans and makers bring their produce, crafts, homewares, food, jewellery and more under one roof. Perfect for original and unique gifts, and a lovely place to browse and soak up the festive atmosphere. ➜

Doors open at 6pm (23 Dec) and 1.30pm (24 Dec), first come, first seated. These are two identical public carol concerts, open to the public. ➜ calendar

6pm | Fri 24 Dec

7.30pm | Sat 18 Dec

Lord Mayor’s Christmas Eve Carol Sing-along | Rose Square (outside Primark)

The Albion Christmas Band | Gulbenkian

As much a part of the build up to Christmas Join the Lord Mayor, plus the Archbishop of as the local Village Christmas Bazaar or Canterbury and a few thousand locals for a the pre-cooking of the sprouts! The Albion community carols sing-along in Rose Square. Christmas Show sells out all over the country, There will be plenty of classic Christmas carols leading up to Christmas every year. Described and some modern favourites too. Wrap up as “the perfect antidote to the corporate warm and bring some coins for the charity Christmas”. An evening of traditional English collection at the end! Christmas music, humorous stories and ➜ spine-tingling Christmas carols and ballads sung by Kellie While and Simon Nicol. ➜ ickmas!

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1pm | Tues 28 Dec Family Christingle | Canterbury Cathedral Studio Join the Rev Dr Emma Pennington, Canon Missioner, in a workshop where children will create their own Christingles to take to the Cathedral Christingle Service at 3pm. A joyful celebration that brings families and communities together to share the light of Jesus and spread a message of hope. A collection will be taken for The Children’s Society. BOOKING ESSENTIAL. ➜ christingle-family-worshop (sic)

6.30pm | 31 Dec New Years Eve at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge | Canterbury Cathedral Lodge A spectacular back drop to seeing in the New Year in Canterbury. Enjoy prosecco and canapés on arrival, a 5-course gala dinner, DJ and dancing with live band, followed by a Scottish Piper at midnight. This event is strictly black tie and adults only.

Canterbury Cathedral services for Advent and Christmas Sun 28th Nov


Advent Carols

Sun 5th Dec


St Nicholas Family Service

Sun 19th Dec


Evensong with Carols

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Fri 24th Dec

Sat 25th Dec

Tue 28th Dec

Wed 29th Dec

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Sun 9th Jan 2022


Said Evensong


Carol Service 1


Family Crib Service


Carol Service 2


Choral Evensong


Community Carols Rose Square (by Primark)


Holy Communion


Choral Matins


Christmas Eucharist


Christmas Evensong


Christingle Service


Choral Evensong


St Thomas Evensong


RC Vespers


Said Evening Prayer


Choral Eucharist for Epiphany


Said Evening Prayer


Epiphany Carol Service


open 7 days a week

Tel: 01227 638766

16 St. Dunstan's Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 8AF the refectory kitchen



A Warm Welcome to our City in Winter Girlings is delighted to sponsor Canterbury BID’s Winter Guide to share with you the best places to eat, visit and explore this wintertime.


As one of the leading law firms in Kent, we’ve been successfully managing the legal affairs of both business and individual clients since 1881 with our first Canterbury office opening in 1906. Canterbury is now our head office based in the very heart of the city at 16 Rose Lane. Canterbury is a magical city all year round but especially in the run up to Christmas. We count ourselves lucky to live and work in an area that has so much to offer and that we can enjoy on a regular basis. The resilience of our beautiful city has been truly remarkable over the last year and it is heart-warming to see the city bounce back from darker times. We hope you enjoy your winter visit to our magnificent cathedral city and will come again soon. For further details on our services visit Offices in: Ashford | Canterbury | Herne Bay

Girlings Solicitors is proud to sponsor:

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Get festive at the Foundry Brewpub NOVEMB E R 2 2 N D — D E C EM BE R 2 2 ND For bookings email or call 01227 455899. Delicious 3 course menu with mince pies and coffee/tea to follow £29.95 (V) (VG) AND (GF) AVAILABLE

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Beautiful, handmade ceramics made on site. Come and see our fantastic selection of Christmas present ideas for all the family. (Find us opposite the main Cathedral entrance)

Made to use. Made to last. Made for you. Follow us on Instagram @canterburypottery

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Merry Brickmas

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Santa’s little helpers have heard about ‘Elf’ and well-being work at The Beaney and they have decided to spend the holidays there!

Visit Santa’s FREE workshop at The Beaney featuring BRICKLIVE Christmas models including life size Santa, Reindeer and those cheeky elves! Santa’s workshop will run from Saturday 11 December to Sunday 2 January. Please note The Beaney is closed on Mondays and 25 December, 26 December and 1 January.


Plus, follow the free Christmas brick trail through Canterbury City Centre that will bring our city alive with wonderful Christmas models in shop windows! Brought to you in partnership with Canterbury BID. The trail will run from Wednesday 1 December to Friday 24 December.

The workshops are £8 per ticket. For more info and to book visit ➜

Little ones will also love The Beaney’s Brickmas Workshops! Join them for some playful LEGO learning on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 December 2021. Working with LEGO® Education partner Raising Robots, The Beaney will be hosting fun, hands-on workshops this festive season. Children will work with a LEGO Education Certified trainer to build fantastic robotic creations, bringing them to life using motors, sensors and coding.





Saturday 11 December to Sunday 2 January 2022 Special Exhibition Gallery The Beaney, 18 High Street, Canterbury CT1 2RA


Please note we are closed Mondays, 25 December, 26 December and 1 January Copyright © Brick Live Group Limited. All rights reserved. Brick Live Group Limited is an independent producer of BRICKLIVE and is not associated with The LEGO Group. LEGO ® is a trademark of LEGO Juris A/S.


Westgate Hall - where village meets city

MAKING YOUR CELEBRATIONS COME ALIVE A vibrant community venue for hire in the heart of Canterbury City centre. | 01227 634886

Spacious, distinctive, adaptable Covidconscious venue, next to Pound Lane car park. Licensed bar and catering.


Explore the new 2022 furniture and accessory collection at BoConcept Canterbury now and remember to ask about our Free Interior Design Service in store.


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Canterbury McDonald’s, St Georges Street

Open 7am-2am | 160 Eat-In Seats Upstairs

Available for delivery

Subject to availability.

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925 57 Palace Street, The King’s Mile Canterbury, CT1 2DY

Curzon Cinema

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The Cathedra Quarter Guided Tours

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Handmade jewellery, bespoke pottery, handcrafted gentleman’s shoes, specialist food shops, restaurants and giftware, home decor, bespoke opticians and beauticians, The Cathedral Quarter has everything here for a unique retail experience unlike anything you will find in the modern high street.


The Plantagenet King are specialists in modern first edition books, many of which are signed. Come and browse our stock of the most collectible authors including J.K. Rowling, Julia Donaldson (The Gruffalo), Michael Bond (Paddington), Ian Fleming, John Le Carre, Agatha Christie, Stephen King, Philip Pullman and many more. 13 Burgate, Canterbury, Kent CT12HG | 01227 941 543 | plantagenetking @theplantagenetking

Independent retailer of unique cards, brilliant gifts & fabulous homewares


Winkworth is pleased to be supporting the Canterbury Bid We have a long heritage selling and letting property since 1835 and would be pleased to assist you with your property needs. From city centre to country and coast, we’ve got property covered!

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New Year’s Eve Tasting Dinner Celebrate the arrival of 2022 with our outstanding black-tie tasting dinner. For the biggest night of the year, welcome in the New Year with our black-tie tasting dinner. Set the tone with a glass of Champagne and relish the outstanding seven-course menu with coffee and petits fours.

£130 Per Person

New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner Welcome in a New Year with our exclusive black-tie gala dinner. See in the New Year in style with our exclusive black-tie gala dinner. The countdown starts with a glass of chilled Champagne as you arrive, followed by a glorious five-course meal finished off with coffee and petits fours. Then it’s just a short step to the dance floor, with a cracking DJ to keep you grooving until the clock strikes midnight and beyond.

£130 Per Person

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of a green(er) Christmas On the face of it, Christmas could be deemed a very unsustainable festival. Trees cut down and brought indoors, acres of glittery, foiled wrapping paper and tons of unwanted gifts going straight into landfill. Depressingly, 23 million unwanted Christmas gifts (worth between £200m-500m) generate many tens of thousands of tonnes of landfill every year. All this before we even get started on the wasted food and the food packaging we will throw away (we generally buy 30% more food and drink for the Christmas season). We throw out 4,500 tonnes of tin foil and 125,000 tonnes of plastic food packaging during the Christmas season.

So what can we do to try to make their Christmas shopping 2021 much greener and eco friendly? For most people, easy changes can make a considerable difference. Here’s just a few. Shop Local Instead of turning to Amazon, try doing your gift and Christmas shopping locally this year. Canterbury is so lucky to have a wonderful mixture of local, independent retailers as well as its national chains. If you’ve not spent a day wandering the cobbled backstreets of The Cathedral Quarter and The King’s Mile, you’re really missing a great festive shopping experience. Unusual inspirations for the home, toys, beautiful jewellery, shoes, Fairtrade gifts, clothing, scarves and accessories, ceramics – it’s all here. The Christmas windows are beautiful and a great backdrop to give you a Christmassy glow.

➜ Look for Greener Gifts

and Christmas buys

Lush - Great smelling Christmas bath bombs, soaps and sustainably made toiletries. Lush has even introduced a returnable plastic packaging service – giving you money off when you bring the plastic outer layers back for them to recycle. Many of their products are package free. Almost 6 million plastic bottles are saved globally from selling their shampoo bars alone. Unboxed - Local entrepreneur Lynda desMarais opened her St Peter’s St store with the aim of reducing the mountain of waste material from the weekly shop. She decided to open Unboxed, a plastic free, refillable and eco-friendly store. Come take a look - reuse your own jars and fill them up with nuts, seeds, grains or dairy free chocolate buttons for Christmas treats! There are always some lovely gift inspirations at Unboxed, such as loose leaf teas, or locally roasted coffee.

The Veg Box Café - Offers food which is locally sourced wherever possible, to support local farmers and to cut down their carbon footprint, along with Fairtrade goods. Their food boxes are compostable. Visit their website to order food boxes delivered to your door or to find out some of the owner’s fantastic recipes to adorn your Christmas table. ➜ Buy Second-hand and Vintage It’s never boring to find a beautiful vintage piece of clothing, jewellery or homeware under the tree. Canterbury has some amazing vintage and charity shops, and you can relax, knowing that by buying pre-loved, you’re buying a sustainable gift. LEGO is a great example of a reusable toy – this year’s Christmas campaign at The Beaney is encouraging households to recycle and reuse old LEGO. Gemma Cruttenden of Demelza Hospice Shops told us ‘We saw a huge uplift in the sale of toys, games and accessories last Christmas, particularly over the lockdown period, via our online shops, so the drive to continue buying secondhand (or for a better price) is definitely still there!’

Chic vintage clothing stores have long thrived in the city – check out Karma (in Buttermarket), Revivals, Bounce and Funky Monks (all three near the Westgate Towers in St Peter’s St) and Superstore Vintage (Mercery Lane). Beautiful boutique Queen Bee also has some upcycled furniture and homewares (Butchery Lane). Don’t miss Frocks n Stock, the Hospice vintage clothing and accessories store on Burgate, for a curated selection of bags, jewellery, hats and vintage party clothes. Demelza Hospice Shop is almost next door and has some great clothing, childrens toys, books and much more. For vintage, collectable and rare books, try The Plantagenet King, a new antiquarian bookstore in Burgate, and the legendary Chaucer Bookshop in Beer Cart Lane. The Oxfam Bookshop in St Peter’s St is also a wonderful place to source specialist books. The Catching Lives Bookshop (the Wonky Bookshop) in Palace Street is stocked on all floors with many genres of books. ➜ Give them the gift of choice Buy them a Canterbury Gift Card, safe in the knowledge that they’ll receive something they’ll actually want, which won’t end up in landfill. Pick up an empty card from The Beaney Visitor Information Centre and load it with the amount of your choice. Or buy online and send it direct to your recipient: Once the Christmas period is over, why not make a New Year’s Resolution to increase your recycling? Visit one of the many businesses offering to recycle your clothing including M&S, H&M, Primark, Clarks, Wilko and Specsavers! There are many more green businesses to explore – have a look at our website to find out more.

I’m Dreaming Of A Greener Christmas

The Foundry Brew Pub - Canterbury’s award-winning micro brewery, distillery, restaurant & bar donates all their spent grain from brewing to a local farmer for additional cow feed - the cows come running for the chocolate vanilla Porter and stout beers! They recycle the energy created from brewing to heat the water for the next day’s brew and are working to recycle energy to heat and provide hot water for the restaurant. This, alongside using recyclable packaging, is all helping Canterbury’s contribution in tackling climate change. There are some wonderful local gins and beers on offer direct from the producer – and we can guarantee that these ones WON’T get re-gifted!


Canterbury’s Creative Quarter

The King’s Mile, an area steeped in history, is just a step away from the busy high street. You’ll find independent shops and traditional traders offering handcrafted jewellery, hand-painted china, games, gifts, new and original clothing and more. And when the day of shopping is done, the King’s Mile offers an extraordinary range of food and drink, from locally produced ales in traditional pubs to fine wines and food from across the globe. Walk along Palace Street to visit the infamous Wonky Door at Sir John Boy’s House, or take a look at Conquest House, where four knights met to plot the murder of Thomas Becket, a deed that changed the course of history and one that put Canterbury on the world-map for centuries to come.

Join us for a Merry Lily’s Christmas! Hot Chocolates galore as well as meals and cakes made using food surplus. All of this, while training individuals with Autism and Learning disabilities to prepare them for paid employment. A social enterprise in the city of Canterbury breaking barriers to employment. Come and see us and hear our story!


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Treat yourself to a traditional afternoon tea for three people at the Abbots Barton Hotel and only pay for two at just £33.90. For this exclusive offer, visit:

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Canterbury’s creative toy shop 22 Sun Street, In the cathedral area 01227 504237



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Like most towns and cities in the UK, Canterbury has rough sleepers. In a small city it’s a very visual reminder that when people find themselves without a home, they can end up in shop doorways, public parks or tucked away in a tent. We often hear people ask ‘why are there still people homeless in this day and age?’ and ‘why don’t the council sort this out?’ Rough sleeping is a complex issue. It often involves a long back-story which may include family problems, relationship breakups, job loss, drug and alcohol misuse, mental health problems or trauma. It’s unrealistic to believe that by simply putting a roof over someone’s head, their other problems will go away. Canterbury City Council has helped and rehomed many rough sleepers, but some end up back on the streets in a cycle of complicated and challenging situations. For some, their ‘family’ is the network of other rough sleepers, and they may feel isolated or unhappy when in housing. If a rough sleeper refuses to engage with outreach workers, they cannot be forced to receive help or housing. Some simply wish to be left alone (and it’s not illegal to sleep on the street, so often the police are unable to help).

Main Image: © Herringbone and Catching Lives

Fortunately, Canterbury has two amazing charities who do outreach work with rough sleepers and homeless people and try to offer a more long-term approach to help them to solve some of their problems, allowing them to stabilise and improve their lives and eventually find permanent housing and employment. They can sign-post help to addiction services, to financial support, education and jobs or they can simply support them in their immediate need until they are ready to seek help.

In 2020

Catching Lives saw


including 222 new clients

At their Day Centre, next to Canterbury East train station, they have dedicated support workers who can help with making a homeless application, registering with a GP, housing referrals and job searches. Their on-site mental health professionals provide support for the wellbeing of clients who visit the centre.

During the Winter, temperatures can drop to around 2°c in Canterbury overnight. Catching Lives work tirelessly alongside other local organisations to provide emergency accommodation, known as the Winter Shelter to the homeless in Canterbury. Over the Winter of 2020-2021, the Winter Shelter was used by a total of 41 rough sleepers.

Porchlight also work in the city and last year: Helped


people across Kent to get their lives back on track

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This includes helping


rough sleepers


They helped people who were at risk of losing their home Porchlight also help vulnerable families and individuals at risk of becoming homeless, to help them avoid this situation deteriorating and to keep family life stable.

When shopping in Whitefriars this Christmas, visit their Giving Tree window display. Tap the window with your debit or credit card to support Canterbury’s Winter Shelter.

Homeless At Christmas

Catching Lives is an independent charity aimed at supporting the rough sleepers, homeless and vulnerably housed in Canterbury and East Kent; those who have, for many reasons, fallen through the gaps in society and feel they have nowhere else to turn. Their focus isn’t just on providing hot food, showers and other facilities, but on doing everything they can to help the homeless get into a better place.

They served

19,715 meals across the year

Their work tackling homelessness in the local community is vital to ensuring everyone has a helping hand when they need it


Homeless At Christmas

Case Study


When Porchlight first met Adam, he was 18 years old and homeless. Now 26, he’s an assistant manager at a major high street shop and responsible for managing large sums of money, dealing with customers and motivating a small team of staff. “I’m in a job I like and am in charge of a great team – all because an employer saw the same potential in me that Porchlight did.” Adam has been with his employer for six years. He started out as a cashier while still living with Porchlight.


Adam had become homeless due to a family relationship breakdown. He spent over a year being supported by Porchlight and rebuilding his life. Employment allows people to leave homelessness behind for good, but we know that people must recover from the trauma of homelessness before they’re ready to work. Porchlight helped Adam to overcome the trauma he had experienced and rebuild his confidence. An important step in this process is helping people find volunteering opportunities with local organisations. For Adam, this involved helping to run a large jobs fair. “Volunteering really boosted my confidence. At first, I felt out of my comfort zone but by the end it made me realise I was ready to start applying for jobs.” Adam was good at talking to the public – something he’d realised while volunteering. He began applying for publicfacing jobs with help from his support worker. Soon, Adam’s employer offered him a cashier role. He began work and was able to move out of Porchlight accommodation a few months later. Since then, he’s established himself at the company.

“I’m happy where I am. I have made friends with colleagues and customers. At one point in my life, it’s not something I imagined myself being able to do.” If you’ve been homeless it can count against you when going for a job. “My story is proof that no one should be judged because of their situation. If employers are willing to look beyond homelessness, they will find many more people like me who have a lot to give.” So what’s the best thing to do to help? Canterbury City Council would urge people not to give cash directly to rough sleepers, but to donate to either Porchlight or Catching Lives. Both charities work with long-term aims to help their clients to get off the street, rather than a short term fix of one meal or a night in a hostel. As you book your own festivities, please don’t forget what a big difference a few pounds could make for those facing homelessness. This Christmas, we hope that you will consider giving to our local charities who do such great work in the city. Refer someone to Porchlight: 0800 567 7699 Report a rough sleeper to Catching Lives: 01227 464904 If you are concerned about an individual you see sleeping rough in the city or have issues with persistent rough sleeping on or near your premises then please report it via

Grab a pre-loved bargain this Christmas

Shop at Demelza Hospice Care for Children and help us reach more families in Kent next year. Our Canterbury shop hosts a wide range of clothing, accessories, Christmas cards and gifts. £5 could pay for a telephone conversation with a parent in need of advice or reassurance £11 could pay for a precious hour of care by a Demelza Health Care Assistant £15 could pay for a bedroom to be personalised for a child receiving end of life care

Demelza’s Festive wishes Registered Charity No. 1039651

Our opening times Monday to Saturday: 9.30am till 5pm Sundays: 11am till 4.30pm Demelza Canterbury Charity Shop, 18 Burgate, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2HG

A New Kind Of Luxury

A new kind of luxury Goldsmiths has unveiled its brand-new showroom design in Whitefriars, Canterbury


The showroom promises to offer clients a whole new luxury shopping experience– from its dynamic new design, through to the service, hospitality, and the exceptional new line up of luxury timepieces and finejewellery brands it offers.


The new opening is a great addition to Canterbury, and perfectly timed for those Goldsmiths has created a luxury retail looking for a special Christmas gift for environment for the future which loved ones, or a treat for themselves! perfectly combines the best names in Swiss The showroom features dedicated areas watchmaking alongside world-renowned for brands such as Rolex, OMEGA and jewellery brands, expert service, and a bright, Breitling, as well as gorgeous jewellery modern luxury store interior.With it’s white- from the likes of FOPE, Gucci, Roberto washed oak timber, which is contrasted Coin, and Goldsmiths’ sister brand Mappin with white terrazzo and blackened steel to & Webb. All carefully curated, and creatively create a light, uncluttered space that feels displayed, to maximise temptation. luxurious but not intimidating; a place where you can spend time deciding on that perfect Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift, or a timeless piece of jewellery to add to timepiece or ideal engagement ring, while the perfect Christmas outfit, you’ll love the enjoying the store’s hospitality or checking designs from famed Italian jeweller Roberto out the VIP area. Coin. Coin’s beautiful designs are defined by exquisite craftsmanship, almost architectural This is a significant milestone for construction, and a sense of exuberance and Goldsmiths,” says Craig Bolton, joy. The showroom will also be showcasing executive director of the Watches exclusive timepieces, you’ll have the chance of Switzerland Group. “Luxury to try on, or even buy such amazing models today has become far more relaxed, such as a platinum OMEGA Speedmaster inclusive, and experiential, so while Professional – the limited production we are elevating the Goldsmiths model that launched the iconic 321 brand position, our goal is to make calibre, otherwise known as the movement, everyone feel valued and at home that went to the Moon – or the Breitling when visiting our showrooms. Chronomat 42mm, with an18k red gold Our ambition is for everyone to have and anthracite dial, and perfectly matched a memorable luxury experience long to a black rubber strap. after they’ve made their purchase. We believe the repositioning and new showroom concept will Visit Goldsmiths this Christmas transform not just the Goldsmiths 11 Gravel Walk, Canterbury, CT1 2TF profile and experience, but also | 01227 762 402 brings some fresh life to our high streets.”

A New Kind Of Luxury

After months of anticipation, the hoardings are finally down, to reveal the smart monochrome exterior of the new Goldsmiths showroom, at Whitefriars.


The Perfect Stocking Fillers

Helping Father Christmas find the perfect Stocking Fillers

Canterbury is a treasure trove for little treats. Here’s where to head for optimum festive gifts for all ages and pockets!


Elves and the Shoemaker – having teamed up with Adam’s Attic this fantastic independent shop stocks all sorts of children’s toys.


Fenwick – the children’s toy department has some great little toys, cards, notebooks, kits and gadgets for keeping them entertained – and don’t forget LEGO! Whirligig Toys – dedicated to fun ! The ultimate fun grotto for great puzzles, toys, pocket games, crafts, card sets, board games – it’s all in this jam-packed toyshop.


Boots – mini toiletries, soaps and bath bombs, nail polish, makeup kits and so much more. Claire’s Accessories – hair accessories, jewellery, stickers, gloves, purses, nail polish and beauty bags. LUSH – the ultimate stocking filler, glorious bath bombs to fill the water with sparkle and colours. The Body Shop – little bottles of bubbles and bath treats, hand creams and fruity lip balm.


Cowling & Wilcox – pens, pencils, paints and art supplies, notebooks, crafting kits, stickers.

Hotel Chocolat – chocolate reindeers, Santas, penguins and more!

Flying Tiger –notebooks, sweets, stationery, toys, stickers, pencil-cases, masks and amusing gifts.

M&S –fun sweets, games and toys, books, bubble bath miniatures, socks, chocolate coins.

Paperchase – pens, photo-frames, notebooks, diaries, stickers, ornaments, stationery.

Madame Oiseau – check out the hand-poured chocolate Christmas treats, from just a few pounds (we love the big bricks of luxury chocolate, for just £3).

Ryman – plenty of little gift ideas in here under £10, alongside all things stationery. Smiggle – from stationery, toys and pencil cases to their annual bumper Advent Calendar. The Works – books, puzzles, pens, notebooks, jigsaws, stickers, craft sets, diaries.

The Fudge Kitchen and Roly’s Fudge Pantry – both offer locally made sweet treats . Canterbury Gift Card – pop some money on a card and let them decide how to spend it!

Typo – notebooks, keyrings, mugs, stationery and tons of fun stuff for teens. Waterstones – books will give pleasure long after December is over and don’t forget to check out their excellent stationery range.


Level Up Games – not just a video game store, here you will find collectable characters, trading cards and more. Warhammer – tabletop gaming accessories and figures for painting. Dice & Destiny – trading card games and board games for teens and gamers, kits to paint.

The Perfect Stocking Fillers


Why do we hang a stocking up over the fireplace, or at the end of the bed? The reasons are a little lost in the mists of time and storytelling. However, it’s believed to originate from the story of Saint Nicholas, who wanted to help a poor family with three daughters. He threw three bags of gold coins through their window, as he knew that their father would not accept charity. One of the bags of coins landed in a stocking, hanging to dry by the fire. Gold coins (chocolate ones sadly) still appear in stockings today.


Give e Gift of Chƣce

And support the city’s businesses at the same time. Whether it’s a delicious meal out, a haircut, some new clothes, a long lunch or a trip out for the whole family, the Canterbury Gift Card does it all!



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It works in the same way as a department store gift card. Preload the card with your chosen amount and it’s ready to use at over 100 businesses across the city. Pick up a blank card from The Beaney Library in the High Street and load online with the value of your choice. Or send a gift card to your recipient via post at

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Visit Angels: 29 St. Margaret’s St, CT1 2TG 01227 479200


Party like an A-Lister

Party like an A –Lister this Christmas season If you’d like to treat yourself to a special festive season (and we all have a bit of catching up to do, after last year) then let MyCanterbury help you to eat, pamper, dress, shop, party and enjoy yourself like an ‘A Lister’.

So where do we start?


➜ Prep: Any self-respecting A Lister will want to ensure that their look is polished and ready to sparkle, head to toe. With 28 hair and beauty businesses in the city centre alone, you will be spoilt for choice. How about starting your Christmas season with a de-stressing massage at the award-winning Camomile Rooms in St Margaret’s St? Don’t forget the pedicure either – see the specialists next door at Kokobbeautiful for foot pampering treats. They’ll have your toes and feet buffed, pretty and ready to show off in no time. Then it’s on to tanning, brows and lashes – The Chair in The Borough can help you here, and you’ll leave glowing and groomed, ready to party (voted Kent’s Best Salon in Muddy Stilettos Awards 2021).


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➜ Next up: An expert facial and perhaps a few little tweakments to get you through the party season? Head to dermatology specialists Canterbury Skin and Laser on Castle Street for a spot of advice and top of the range treatments. They have everything from LED light treatment, to stimulate collagen and rejuvenate tired, saggy skin, to laser hair removal. Looking good? Great – what’s next? ➜ Hair: Most essential of all – BOOK EARLY to ensure your hairdresser can see you before the party season begins! Canterbury has so many wonderful salons, from one end to the other. How about treating yourself to a deep conditioning treatment or a new colour? A party up-do? Hollywood style extensions?

➜ Nails: an easy one in Canterbury with great salons such as Le Lotus (St Peter’s St), The Chair (Northgate), Kokobbeautiful and The Camomile Rooms (both St Margaret’s St). Go for some added sparkles – it’s Christmas!

choice! Take a look at great party outfits and jewellery at Angels (St Margaret’s St), party shoes from Office or Jones Shoes (High St), then nip over to Whitefriars for some sparkle and sequins from Zara, Fenwick, River Island, M&S, Phase 8, Copperfield and more. Whether your budget is Ralph Lauren or high street, you’ll find great outfits and accessories in the city at every price point. And gentlemen don’t forget to venture up the staircase to Slater Menswear (10 Longmarket) where you’ll find casual suits, black tie and dinner suits, to bring real style to your Christmas celebrations. You should also check into County Clothes in St Margaret’s St, for tailoring and great personal service, finding an outfit to get you feeling ready to party.

➜ Cocktails: Canterbury boasts some excellent spots for a cocktail to kick off the festivities in style. Try The Pound, voted Kent’s Best Bar (Muddy Stilettos Awards) with its atmospheric, riverside bar. Or how about an elegant spot in the wood-panelled champagne bar at The Abode? They serve champagnes by the glass, bottle and magnum alongside cocktails old and new. If you fancy a cocktail evening with an extra twist, head to Houdini’s Magic Bar in St Peter’s St, where their in-house magicians will amaze and baffle you with sleight of hand and incredible illusions. Alternatively visit the amazing mixologists at The Falstaff Cocktail Bar for a designer cocktail, Citi Terrace for their £100 Pornstar Martini Tree, Privy Bar (underground – and so exclusive that booking is essential) or Tokyo Tea Rooms.

➜ Flowers: Any self-respecting A Lister gets some floral expertise in to get their interiors and front door beautiful for Christmas. Talk to local florist Marlowe Flowers (now in Palace St) or Lady Penelope’s in Castle St – they can even offer home visits to ensure your bespoke wreath or decorated fireplace is the envy of the street.

➜ New Year’s Eve: Can we sneak this one in? ‘A’ Listers love a good New Year party and you’ll find some VERY exclusive ones in Canterbury! Get your black tie or little black dress ready and check out Canterbury Cathedral Lodge’s New Year’s Eve Gala with 5-course dinner, DJ and dancing with live band, followed by prosecco and a Scottish Piper at midnight. Or how about a SEVEN course tasting dinner, with champagne at the Abode Hotel, in their exclusive black-tie event to welcome in 2022?

Whether you manage all of these options, or just a few – we hope you enjoy a wonderful time shopping, partying and celebrating like an ‘A Lister’ in Canterbury this Christmas.

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Christmas dinner the Shepherd Neame way! Many of us spend the weeks in the run up to Christmas Day planning, and shopping for that big special meal for friends and family. It’s a stressful time for the person in the kitchen. Imagine then, how it feels to be responsible for thousands of Christmas meals in December.

Shepherd Neame is Britain’s oldest brewer, founded in 1698. Shepherd Neame is still rooted firmly in East Kent and has a large brewery in Faversham, supplying its Kent pubs, as well as supermarkets with over 60m pints produced each year. Shepherd Neame’s managed food food offer is led by Head Development Chef Simon Howlett, supported by Development Chef Ellina Smith and Retail Development Manager Gareth Finney.

When do you start thinking about Christmas menus? In January (!!) when we review our festive menu to assess what dishes sold well and received positive feedback from both our customers and kitchen teams. Around late February we will start to plan our new menu, which then goes through various reviews including gathering our kitchen teams to try the dishes and offer feedback and ideas. The new festive menu is then shared in our managed pubs and on our websites at the end of the summer as customers begin to think about booking their Christmas events. What inspires you? We want to be best in class for the traditional favourites such as roast turkey and Christmas pudding, while also ensuring we are offering something a little different, as some customers will be attending multiple festive events and will want to enjoy something other than turkey!

What’s new on the menu this Christmas? As the demand for vegan cuisine continues to rise, we have ensured that all our festive menus have vegan and vegetarian choices. We have also added more under-600 calorie dishes and introduced new gluten free menu items, including ‘pigs in blankets’ and Christmas puddings for the first time, to offer as much choice to customers as possible. We’re passionate about serving great, freshly cooked food, using the finest ingredients. As might be expected from a brewery based in the Garden of England, we want to use the seasonal produce available on our doorstep on our menus wherever possible, working with a handpicked network of farmers, fishermen and food producers throughout Kent and the South East to ensure the best, sustainable fresh ingredients are used. They include Master Butchers Joseph and Henry based in Ramsgate, fishmongers Chapmans of Sevenoaks, and Maidstone-based fruit and vegetable wholesaler RJ Kingsland & Son. Our focus on local produce has also resulted in a reduction of food miles, part of our ongoing efforts to ensure our offer is sustainable.

Shepherd Neame has 8 pubs in Canterbury: The Shakespeare – 5 Butchery Ln, CT1 2JR The Parrot – 1-9 Church Ln, St Radigunds St, CT1 2AG The Bishop’s Finger – St. Dunstans St, CT2 8AF The Cricketers – 14 St Peter’s St, CT1 2BQ The White Hart Inn – Worthgate Place, Dane John Mews, CT1 2QX Ye Olde Beverlie – St Stephen’s Green, CT2 7JU The Old City Bar – 2 Oaten Hill Pl, Canterbury CT1 3HJ Millers Arms – 2 Mill Lane, Canterbury, CT1 2AW

Christmas the Shepherd Neame Way

We spoke with Simon Howlett, to find out how they plan for Christmas on such a large scale...


Travel in the city Local bus services

The Canterbury district is served by Stagecoach South East buses based at Canterbury Bus Station in the city centre on St George’s Lane, CT1 2SY. Visit or download the Stagecoach Bus App to plan your bus journey. You can check live bus times too! No change? No problem! Stagecoach has new cashless ways to pay for bus travel. You can now buy day and weekly tickets on the Stagecoach Bus App, or pay contactless onboard. You can pay contactless for transactions under £30 using your contactless enabed credit or debit card, Apple Pay, or Android Pay. Students – Stagecoach offers discounted academic year tickets for stidents – studentrider tickets for all students or unirider tickets for Canterbury Christ Church University or University of Kent students. Visit for more details.

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At £4.00 per day, Park and Ride is the greenest, cheapest and fastest way to get to the heart of the city. There are three park and ride sites located around the city, with regular bus services to the city centre. For more details call 01227 862 000 or visit the website • New Dover Road – CT1 3EJ • Sturry Road – CT1 3EJ • Wincheap, Ten Perch Road – CT1 3TY (Free every Sunday)

Whilst Park and Ride buses finish running at 7.30pm, regular Stagecoach buses along the New Dover Road and Sturry Road will accept P&R tickets, and the car park barriers remain open during the evening to exit. New Dover Rd, 7.30pm-11.30pm (buses 15, 16, 17) Sturry Rd, 6.00pm-11.15pm (buses 6A, 8, 8A)

Train Train services to the city are served by Southeastern, via Canterbury West and Canterbury East stations. Regular services run to and from London and across the South East. For more information

Parking Canterbury has 24 hour car parks near the city centre – see the map on page 28-29 to find where or visit the website or call the Canterbury Visitor Informatiom Centre on 01227 862 162

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