Sun-drenched Barham Court at the 2016 Friends Picnic and Concert.
Welcome to the Festival Friends
The Friends were formed to support the Canterbury Festival and over the years have contributed enormously to its success and are proud to continue to do so. Outside of the Festival itself the Friends hold a whole range of fabulous fundraising events and issue a Newsletter twice a year with details of all that’s going on, even giving sneak previews of the forthcoming Festival. The Friends also run the Poet of the Year Competition which now reaches out as far as Australia!
The 2016 Festival was fabulous with all the traditional elements – Music, Theatre, Comedy, Science, Exhibitions, Walks and Talks - plus the amazing Spiegeltent on its new site. Many events sold out quickly and one of the benefits of being a Friend is a two week priority booking period immediately before the tickets go on sale to the general public. Friends also get discounts on tickets and last minute offers for selected events.
So, if you went to anything during the Festival, or wish you had, if you enjoyed a show or missed out on something you wanted to see, why not join the Friends? For as little as £25 per year for single membership, £35 for a couple and £40 for a family you can take advantage of all the privileges.
- Two weeks of priority booking exclusively for Friends for all Festival events, before booking opens to the general public
- Discounts on selected Festival events.
- Special offers and last minute deals.
- Twice yearly newsletter with previews of Festival events.
- A full social programme of Friends' events organised throughout the year.
- Listing in the Festival Concert Programme and on the Festival website
We also have special Silver and Gold memberships if you’d like to get more deeply involved:
- Silver Friend - £100
- All Friends Benefits + Invitation for 2 to the Exhibition Private View during the Festival
- Gold Friend - £300
- All Friends Benefits + Exclusive Invitation for 2 to a Networking Reception and to the Exhibition Private View during the Festival
- We also do Gift Memberships for that out-of-the ordinary present!
Increase in Subscriptions from 1 January 2017
The Friends Membership Subscriptions have remained the same for very many years now. After much research in the archive it was discovered that the last time they increased was in January 2002. A great deal has happened during the intervening 15 years and the Festival has developed considerably in that time.
It is, therefore, after much consideration that the Committee have reluctantly decided that it is now time that the annual subscriptions should be increased. From 1 January 2017 the new amounts are:
- £25 for a single membership
- £35 for a couple
- £40 for a family
Silver and Gold remain the same.
Being a Friend will remain the same excellent value with the exclusive two weeks’ priority booking period and the special ticket offers available, not to mention the Friends most important role; supporting the Festival!
From the beginning of the year, as your annual subscription falls due you will receive a reminder detailing the new amounts. If you pay by Standing Order you will need to increase your subscription with your bank or you can download an replacement standing order form here and send it to the Festival Office.
If you are not already a Friend but are interested in joining just download the form and send it to the Festival Office (click here for an application form).
If you have any difficulties or wish to know more about this, please contact Tina at the Festival Office or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Friends are a vital and valued part of the Canterbury Festival so if you’re a Festival fan why not join today and contribute to its success. You can also join the Friends via the Festival Box Office in person or on 01227 787787.
If you are a UK taxpayer HMRC allows the Festival to reclaim basic rate tax which means a further £0.25 for every £1 paid. Click here for further HMRC information about Gift Aid. Click here to download a Gift Aid Declaration Form.
The Festival Friends are now working closely with The Friends of Canterbury Cathedral and would like to offer all Festival Friends a further exclusive benefit:
Four months free membership of The Friends of Canterbury Cathedral
Your membership benefits would include:
- Four months free unlimited entry to the Cathedral and its Precincts*
- A Programme of Friends’ Events – including Friends’ Day each summer
- 10% discount in the Cathedral Shop
- The Friends’ Newsletter
The Friends of Canterbury Cathedral are the Cathedral’s fan club. They are admirers of the building, its history and its community. They are part of the Cathedral and work together to cherish it forever, contributing financially and directly, to many individual projects, and provide a channel for individuals to show their support.
Annual and Life Friends of Canterbury Cathedral enjoy further benefits, including a special New Member Celebration which includes a free Guided Tour of the Cathedral.
so why not sign up for four months free membership and get a taste of what’s on offer? Please contact The Friends’ Office by email at email@example.com stating Festival Friends in the Subject box or phone 01227 865292. If you would like to join the Friends of Canterbury Cathedral immediately, they will still give you four months extra free on top of your first 12 months membership in your first year. Please note this offer is not open to current Friends of the Cathedral.
For more information contact Tina on 01227 452853 or firstname.lastname@example.org