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Friends of Canterbury Festival

The Friends of Canterbury Festival were created to support the Festival and, in turn, to give extra benefits to its loyal supporters. For the small sum of £25 for a single, £35 for a couple and £40 for a family, Friends receive some excellent benefits such as two weeks’ priority booking, discounts on selected events and last minute offers. For those who would like to become more deeply involved and receive more benefits there are also Silver (£100.00) and Gold (£300.00) memberships. Canterbury Festival, Kent’s International Arts Festival, offers a terrific variety of entertainment during late October and early November each year. Using local venues such as the Marlowe Theatre, the Cathedral, St Mary’s Studio Hall Theatre and St Gregory’s Centre for Music, an incredible mixture of performances can be enjoyed. Nowhere is this variety better demonstrated than at the fantastic Spiegeltent, an atmospheric and beautiful 1920’s Mobile Dance Hall which hosts a truly eclectic mix of shows. In addition, there are Walks and Talks, Science and Family shows and a whole assortment of Umbrella events. Canterbury Festival is also dedicated to bringing the Arts to new audiences, encouraging participation and providing opportunities for learning. Its year-round programme promotes engagement with the Arts for everyone and, under its Made in Kent framework, provides opportunities for young Kent-based performers to feature in the Festival itself. For more information about the Festival’s outreach work please see the Festival website To help support the Festival the Friends run fundraising events throughout the year and organises the annual Poet of the Year Competition. Friends receive an early copy of the brochure, Spring and Autumn Newsletters and regular emails with news of everything happening in and around the Festival. For more information please visit the Friends pages of the Festival website. To join please download an application for from there, contact Tina on 01227 452853 or

Goodnestone Music

Over the last decade Holy Cross Goodnestone has undergone an extensive interior restoration, and a recent organ restoration. We now have a beautiful building, with a stunning acoustic and one of the finest organs in the area. The aim of Goodnestone Music is to establish Holy Cross church as a venue for regular concerts and recitals.

Ms Genevieve Hall

She aims to bring Art and Culture to the local community, especially the elderly. She organises a series of about 12 talks every summer, covering a wide range of subjects with excellent speakers.

Josephine Harvatt

Josephine Harvatt is a painter who has exhibited and sold both nationally and internationally since graduating in 1996 with a degree in Fine Art. Her colourful and semi abstract work is inspired by British land and seascapes

Herne Bay Arts Group

Herne Bay Arts Group was formed in 1957 and its first President was Augustus John, one of the county's finest painters. The aims of the group are to encourage new and existing members in all branches of Art and to organise activities to that end. Regular events at the First Over 60's Club, William Street, Herne Bay, include evening meetings on the 1st Friday of each month, with demonstrations by professional artists in March, May, June, September and October (Visitors welcome from 7.30-9.30pm); a studio workshop every Tuesday; an AGM in April and Social Evening in April. There is a Spring indoor painting exhibition in April and an Annual Exhibition in August, both at the United Church Halls, High Street, Herne Bay. There are also Al fresco exhibitions on Herne Bay seafront from May to September (weather permitting) and outdoor painting days organised twice a year. Membership is limited to Herne Bay residents. For more please contact 01227 366480.

Herne Bay Little Theatre

Promotes Drama for the local community.

Herne Bay Musical Theatre Society

Herne Bay Organ & Keyboard Club

We meet bi-monthly (on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays) and encourage local people with an interest in Organ & Keyboards playing as a hobby to join us. Our social evenings involve our members playing either, their own or our club instruments to entertain during the evening. Several members play during the evening. We have several Themed nights throughout the year such as Country & Western Nights, Fish & Chip Suppers and 50?s/60?s nights. The evenings include a raffle & light refreshments. On our Concert meetings we invite professional Organ & Keyboard musicians from around the country to entertain us for the whole evening. This too includes light refreshments and a raffle. We encourage members of all ages and their musical ability is unimportant. Many of our members and guests do not play at all. Meetings are now held at Pettman House (1st Herne Bay Over 60's Club), Hanover Square, Herne Bay.