Festival Parade and Pop Up Performances

Bursting with colour and sound Canterbury Festival takes to the streets for the annual opening day parade. This year’s parade celebrates fifty years since the Apollo Moon Landing, so expect a sea of costumes, banners and flags inspired by this historic step into the great unknown!

Join in or watch the uplifting parade as it makes its way up the High Street and into Whitefriars, led by Fulston Manor and Northbourne Park School Samba bands and Buckswood Pipe Band. Join us on the High Street from 12-1pm.

Anifest Workshop: Design a Minion

2-4pm, Hospitality Tent, Spiegeltent, Free

How do animators communicate the personalities of their characters? This workshop will give you the chance to discuss elements of character design, and then put your ideas into practice by designing and drawing your own minion character. The workshops are run by Chris Pallant (Festival Director, Canterbury Anifest) and Christopher Holliday (Kings College University). suitable for ages 5-11. all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Pop Up Performances – Keep Your Eyes Peeled!

In and around Whitefriars, Longmarket and Rose Square

1-4pm: Interact with Pilgrim’s Hospices Before I Die board.

1-4pm: Watch out for flashmobs from Chestfield’s Empire Group.

1-4pm: CCCU BA Hons Dance students share their choreography.

1-4pm: Canterbury College Students will be showcasing their creative skills.

1.40-2pm: Northbourne Park School Choir will be singing a mixture of songs, including pop, soul and classical.

2.15-2.30pm: don’t forget the bagpipes and drums happening at Rose Square.

2.30-3.30pm: Captain Breadbeard’s Pop Up Comedy Show comes to The Beaney, may contain gluten.

3.30-4pm: Herden Majorettes will be performing a baton twirling extravaganza.

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This event is free, no booking required.

This event is free, no booking required.


Sat 19 Oct


12:00 pm


Canterbury City Centre


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