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Summer in Barham 2024

18 – 21 July

We present our fourth Summer in Barham mini-festival fundraiser, celebrating the long hot days of July with music and walks in the idyllic setting of Barham, just a short journey from the city centre.

Summer in Barham will run from 18 – 21 July with events taking place within the stunning grounds of Barham Court, as well as Barham’s historic St John the Baptist Church and walks in the surrounding countryside.

Stretch a leg and join in with a guided walk, exploring the woodland, orchards and villages of Canterbury’s beautiful countryside – it’s the perfect way to get some steps in and embrace the warmer weather. 

Don’t miss an evening of ethereal music with harpist Alexander Rider at St John the Baptist Church on Thursday 18 July. Alexander is noted for his affinity with French music at the turn of the last century, and for his work on original instruments of the period. He has conducted extensive research into the music and players of the time, delving into rich and often hidden histories. Alexander freelances with major ensembles throughout the United Kingdom including the BBC Concert, BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras, the London Sinfonietta, London Chamber Orchestra and English Touring Opera.

On Saturday 20 July Barham Court opens its gates for an evening of gypsy jazz music that is guaranteed to get you on your feet! Gypskazz are a melting pot of Ska, Jazz and Eastern European Gypsy music with Latin and Cuban influences thrown in for good measure. Expect a musical adventure that takes you through country and continent, filled with pondering ballads, tango, waltz, swing, and high-energy songs. Their music is infectious, fun, soulful and spirited.

On Sunday 21 July the music continues. Following up last year’s sold-out performance, the Festival Friends have invited Rubber Biscuit for a second round at Barham Court. Boasting four singers supported by a seven-piece band with full horn section, Rubber Biscuit deliver live music as it should be – energetic, infectious and fun! Covering R&B, Soul, Northern Soul, Motown, Ska and Pop – you can expect a fully interactive show along with audience participation, humour and professionalism.

Performances at Barham Court are outdoors, so be sure to pack a picnic, blanket or camping chairs and an umbrella just in case. Raffles will be taking place on Saturday 20 July and Sunday 21 July with some fabulous prizes available – every ticket purchased will help to raise funds for the annual October Festival and year-round work.

Click here to view our Summer in Barham programme