Theatres, Ferris Wheels & Futuristic Art: Spare Time Fillers in Canterbury

If you are joining Kent Business School and are studying on our Canterbury Campus this year, there are plenty of things you can do in your spare time. University life isn’t all about lectures and seminars, Canterbury and the surrounding areas offer endless opportunities for socialising, shopping, sports and much much more.

  1. Visit the cobbled streets of Canterbury City. Ok, so it’s not rocket science that you might take a short ten minute stroll from campus to the beautiful streets of Cants. The world-famous historical bustling city houses shops, bars, restaurants, theatres, tourist attractions and a world-famous cathedral – where you will graduate once you finish your degree!
  2. Have a roar-some day out. Hop over to Howletts Aspinall Wild Animal Park where you can see the UK’s largest herd of African elephants amongst 390 other species of animals or Wingham Wildlife Park which alongside the animals, is a shrine to the prehistoric with its dinosaur zoo.
  3. Go retro at the country’s most famous funfair.  Dreamland, the vintage fairground-inspired theme park has been a much-loved attraction for over a century. Reopened with a new look in 2015, its rides, street food outlets, live events and unique artwork installations make it a must-see, any time of the year.
  4. Use the shuttle bus to our Medway campus. Our free bus service runs regularly to our sister campus. Check out the vintage shops, bars and restaurants of historic Rochester and visit the Copper Rivet Distillery, where you can have a gin tasting tour. Cheers!
  5. Immerse yourself in Art. Margate is one of England’s biggest creative hubs, not least of all because it is home to the Turner Contemporary – a key destination since it’s opening in 2011, for art lovers, especially Margate’s own modern art creator, Tracy Emin.
  6. Stroll through Westgate Gardens. This beautiful 11-acre green space is set around Tower House, a medieval bastion constructed to defend Canterbury’s city wall, the River Stour flows through the site.
  7. Plan an escape from Westgate Tower The award-winning Escape In The Towers is set within England’s largest surviving Medieval gateway built in 1380 and a former 1830s jailhouse and is a nail-biting experience to get the adrenaline pumping.
  8. Cycle, walk or run around Blean Woods Nature Reserve Take one of the five winding trails by foot or bike in this quiet, relaxing tranquillity – if you’re lucky you might spot some woodpeckers or nightingales on your way.  a picture of stone bay
  9. Visit a Kent coastal town. The Kent coast is home to countless Blue Flag beaches. From Stone Bay, Joss Bay and Botany Bay in Broadstairs to Tankerton at Whitstable the rolling seas, sand and stones are just a short drive, train or bus ride from our Canterbury campus.
  10. Catch a Show at The Marlowe Theatre Named after the city’s Tudor playwright, Christopher Marlowe, this stunning theatre offers a cultural delight of stage productions and workshops.


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