Summer Break: What to do in Canterbury and Medway?

By Lena Stuyven-Garcia, Kent Business School Blogger

Need something to do in these 3 months of your summer break? Read our Summer Break Guide to discover 10 different events taking place near you.


1. Explore the Westgate Parks

The Westgate Parks are four unique green spaces (on St Peter’s St) open for everyone to walk around the riverside landscape full of wildlife and history. Stop along the way to relax in the numerous open picnic spaces along the river banks, or even take a short punting trip along the river with a group of friends.

Prices: Free or for a group short punting trip- £10 (minimum of 4 people)

Hours: Monday-Sunday (7:00am–6:00pm)

2. Visit Canterbury Heritage Museum

Learn more about Canterbury’s history, explored through interactive displays in an amazing medieval building. Also, use the Free Digiguide Tour to see and listen to the stories of famous Canterbury characters, key artefacts and aspects of the building’s history. (Available in English, French, German and Japanese).

Prices: £6 per person

Hours: Wednesday – Sunday (11:00am-5:00pm)

3. Check out Canterbury’s unique independent stores and cafés

Visit The King’s Mile where you can discover many of Canterbury’s unique independent stores filled with all kinds of places to shop, eat and explore.

Prices: Free

Hours: Varies

4. Watch a musical at the theatre

Visit the local Marlowe Theatre to experience a wide variety of shows ranging from a live comedy show to well-known musicals such as Mamma Mia and Hairspray- or even the all-singing, all dancing romantic comedy…Legally Blonde.

Prices: Price start from £9 per person

Hours: Varies

5. Go for a bike ride

Despite the unpredictable British summertime weather, go out and explore the town while staying active.

Prices: Free (if you use your own bike) or £22 (if you book online at Kent Cycle Hire to rent a bike)

Hours: Go cycling whenever you like, varies on your booking



1. Visit your local markets

Visit the weekly local markets such the Gillingham Market, Rochester Farmer’s Market or Strood Market to interact with the locals and look at the fun and quirky stalls set up there.

Prices: Free

Hours: Gillingham Market – every Monday and Saturday 9.30am-4.30pm

Rochester’s Farmer’s Market- from 9:00am-1:00pm on the third Sunday of the month

Strood Market – every Tuesday and Saturday 9.30am-3:00pm

2. Have a day out at a castle

Have an action-packed day out at the Rochester Castle exploring the grounds. Educational audio tours are available.

Prices: £4 per person

Hours: Monday-Sunday (10.00am-6:00pm)

3. Explore Riverside Country Park

It is one of Medway’s most beautiful country parks open to the public and a fun way to stay active this summer as it is an ideal location for a walk, run or cycle.

Prices: Free

Hours: All Day

4. Step back in time at the Historic Dockyard Chatham

At the Historic Dockyard Chatham, step aboard the Three Historic Warships and Submarines to explore the world’s most complete dockyard from the age of sail.

Prices: £19.50 per person

Hours: Monday-Friday (10:00am-6:00pm)


Why not spend a weekend joining a Kent Community Action project. They have a variety of projects for you to make a positive impact on the local community whilst studying at Kent.

Prices: Free

Hours: Varies

We hope our blog has helped you with some ideas of what to do over your summer break. To find more events taking place this summer at the University, check out our events calendar.

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