Things to do in Canterbury during spring

Spring has arrived in Canterbury and we’re all excited to see sunshine and blue skies over the city. After a challenging couple of years for us students and many others, we’re taking the opportunity to get outside and enjoy all that Canterbury has to offer. In this blog post, I’ll be sharing some of my favourite things to do in Canterbury, both on and off campus, during the warmer months. Hope you enjoy!

  1. Go for a picnic

We’re lucky to be surrounded by plenty of green spaces here at Kent, with our Canterbury campus set amongst beautiful woodlands. When the sun is shining, one of my favourite things to do is grab some food and head out for a picnic on campus with friends. Opposite the Templeman library is a great picnic spot, with clear views over the city and Canterbury cathedral.

  1. Take a walk around Westgate Gardens

Located in the heart of the city, Westgate Gardens is a lovely place to take a walk and relax, especially after a long day of studying. You’ll find an impressive variety of trees, plants and flowers, as well as a medieval bastion and war memorials. It’s a great place to enjoy both nature and history, bringing you a sense of calmness and tranquillity.

  1. Go on a boat tour along River Stour

If you fancy doing something a little different, I definitely recommend a boat tour or punting on the River Stour. You’ll see plenty of beautiful views and learn about the history of Canterbury, including King’s Bridge (one of the oldest working road bridges in Britain), Franciscans’ home, the 16th Old Weavers’ House, the Marlowe Theatre and the prestigious King’s School.

  1. Visit the Cathedral

Of course, I have to mention the spectacular Canterbury Cathedral, one of the oldest and most famous cathedrals in the UK. As a student at Kent, you’ll receive free access with your student card (one of the may perks of studying here). Explore the grounds and take in the breath-taking building at this World Heritage site.

  1. Go for something to eat or drink in the city centre

Canterbury has a lovely historic city centre, with a range of independent bars, restaurants and cafes to enjoy with friends. During the warmer months, the city comes to life with plenty of establishments offering outdoor seating. Why not head to The Pound for a cocktail in the sun? Or grab a bite to eat Older Weavers House overlooking the river.

This blog post was written by Kent student Minetou Mbodje