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Ways to spend your summer evenings in Canterbury

07 Aug 2018

Canterbury is one of Kent’s top tourist attractions, with an iconic World Heritage Site, exciting cultural scene and great shopping and dining, there’s little to rival the ever-popular city. But the fun doesn’t stop when the sunsets, with so much variety on offer; you are spoilt for choice when it comes to the city’s nightlife. Whether you’re a fan of a quiet pub, cocktail bar or dancing the night away in a club, Canterbury has something for everyone.

Summer’s here and the time is right to start making the most of your warm evenings. But don’t panic if late night beverages don’t ‘tipple’ your fancy, as we’re here to help you find tons of great events happening during these long, drawn out summer nights. See you there?


Canterbury Shakespeare Festival

This summer sees the return of the Canterbury Shakespeare Festival - a community interest organisation set to bring Shakespeare performances to the local community and giving writers a platform to present their adaptations and experimental pieces.

Each Shakespearian classic has been entwined with original plot twists, with performances of Anthony & Cleopatra which takes the tragic love story and places it in the glitz and glamour of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Other performances include, The Tempest, Shakespeare’s most fantastical problem play, surrounded by sea shanties, spirits and salt spray. This shipwreck is sure to make waves this summer!

And for all you sci-fi lovers, don’t miss the experimental show Bard to the Future: an original production that follows the Bard as he time travels to save his legacy! If you love Back to the Future, Shakespeare and high concept nonsense then this will be your idea of a good TIME. BOOK NOW!


Performance information:

  • Anthony & Cleopatra: Thursday 9 August – Saturday 11 August 7:30pm until 10:00pm
  • The Tempest: Thursday 16 August – Saturday 18 August 7:30pm – 10:30pm
  • Bard of the Future: 8/12/15 August 7:30pm until 10:00pm


Escape Rooms

Located in one of Canterbury’s oldest and most prominent landmarks, One Pound Lane offers a night of escapism in The Towers Escape Room. Set within Canterbury’s original former city gaol built in the 1830s; making it the perfect setting for your escape room experience. Play with family, friends or colleagues and find yourself immersed in a truly unique and atmospheric setting. This live action experience can be enjoyed all summer long with the last game starting from 8:00 – 9:00pm. See if you have what it takes to escape...


Gulbenkian Arts Centre

If you are familiar with Canterbury you won’t be a stranger to the Gulbenkian – University of Kent’s Arts Centre offering innovative, engaging and high quality arts activities for the public. The theatre has plenty to offer all year round with live performances, cinema screenings and a cafe that gives performers a space for live music, comedy and slam poetry nights.

This summer don’t miss the world premiere of Jasmin Vardimon Company’s new piece Medusa from Thursday 13 – Saturday 15 September.  A reflection on the powerful feminine symbol of Medusa, the myth and its various connotations in our contemporary life. The piece not only looks back to deconstruct the myth but will also look forward and explore her aquatic symbolism in the environmental future of our seas. Book now

Plus catch Joseph Hodges Academy of Theatre Arts production of Legally Blonde the Musical Jr. on Sunday 16 September. Based on the adored movie, this musical stays true to form with a peppy score and playful book. Ridiculously enjoyable from start to finish; you won’t want to miss it! Book now


The Canterbury Tales

Nestled in the heart of Canterbury since 1988, the long-running and well-loved visitor experience encapsulates Chaucer’s famous tales in an authentic and engaging way. This summer, the Canterbury Tales welcomes you to join them around a crackling campfire for an evening of interactive storytelling you’ll never forget. Immerse yourself in adventurous, intriguing and magical tales that allow you to seek your path through the narration. This wonderful event, the Campfire Tales, is on every Thursday until 30 August, located in the Medieval Story Garden, from 7pm until 8:30pm. Book online now... 


The Marlowe Theatre

The Marlowe Theatre has plenty show stopping musicals to offer this summer, with the world premiere of a new musical that will simply sweep you off your feet! Based on true events, An Officer and a Gentlemen, follows the Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere. Showcasing on Monday 6 August, until Saturday 11 August from 7:30pm. You won’t want to miss it, book online now.

Other performances include Calendar Girls the musical. Straight from London’s West End, this musical production of the hit film will be taking centre stage from Wednesday 5, until 15 September. The award-winning production based on the true story of the calendar girls – a group of ordinary ladies who achieved something extraordinary. Tickets for this marvellous musical comedy can be purchased here.

Or if musicals aren’t your cup of tea why not go see Britain’s biggest theatre-circus spectacular show, Cirque Berserk! Showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Berserk will be an adrenaline-fuelled performance. Live at the Marlowe Theatre from Wednesday August 29, until Saturday September 1. Performances start from 7:30pm and tickets can be booked online here.


Just want to bus the night away!?!

Getting about couldn’t be easier with the Stagecoach South East eveningrider ticket - letting you make the most of your summer evenings. The ticket is valid from 19:00 and it gives you unlimited travel on any Stagecoach bus in the region.   Find out more about the eveningrider ticket here. Stagecoach offer buses in and out of Canterbury from different corners of the county, with regular services from Thanet, Dover, Folkestone, Elham Valley, Faversham, Whitstable and Herne Bay. In Canterbury itself there are regular buses between the Uni of Kent and city centre until late. To find the best route for your bus journey, use our   journey  planner.

We’ve even reduced the price of our eveningrider ticket by 40% on the App, making it even better value! You can find out more about our App here >


Last buses back:

To Birchington & Margate (route 8/8X): 22:45 & 23:15 (Monday to Saturday), 21:45 and 22:45 Sunday & Bank Holiday


To Dover (route 15): 22:15 and 23:25 (Monday to Saturday), 20:05 Sunday & Bank Holiday


To Hawkinge & Folkestone (Gold route 16):  22:10 and 23:25 (Monday to Saturday), 19:46 Sunday & Bank



To Elham Valley, Cheriton & Folkestone (route 17): 22:40 (Monday to Saturday), 18:55 Sunday & Bank Holiday


To Sandwich (route 43): 22:40 (Monday to Saturday), 17:18 Sunday & Bank Holiday


To Whitstable (Triangle): 22:50 & 23:20 (Monday to Saturday), 21:45 and 22:50 Sunday & Bank Holiday


To Herne Bay (Triangle): 22:40 & 23:15 (Monday to Saturday), 22:20 and 23:00 Sunday & Bank Holiday


To Faversham (route 3): 21:00 (Monday to Saturday), 18:55 Sunday & Bank Holiday