Templeman Library

Lambeth Conference: What to expect over the next fortnight

The Lambeth Conference is taking place at the University of Kent, Canterbury Cathedral and Lambeth Palace from 26 July – 8 August, with some delegates arriving earlier this week. You can read more about the conference on our website.

Given both the scale and international profile of the Conference, campus will be busy with delegates, support staff, media and members of the public following the different events. We are also likely to see protest from different groups who wish to voice their concern at different aspects of the Church’s work, and we have worked closely with the Conference organisers to ensure this is peaceful and well managed. If you have concerns at the way any protest is being conducted on campus, please contact Campus Security.

Catering and room bookings

The increased numbers of visitors mean that alongside usual summer closures, a number of our catering outlets will be closed for students, staff and the public temporarily – Kent Union-run outlets such as Woody’s and the Library Cafe remain open, along with Co-Op and Caffe Nero. Room bookings will also be much busier due the number of fringe events we are hosting.

Main conference venues

The main meeting venue for the Bishops is the Kent Tennis and Events Arena, with Spouses meeting in the Sports Centre. The Chaplaincy will be based in the Kennedy Building, with numerous seminar rooms and lecture theatres used across campus for fringe events throughout the Conference.

Summer Parking Changes

With a very busy summer of conferences and events taking place at the Canterbury campus, there have been some temporary changes to our car parks. If you are a permit holder, please see notices within car parks and the email sent to permit holders.

Support available

If you feel concerned by any aspect of the Lambeth Conference, please get in touch with Student Support and Wellbeing, College and Community Life or Kent Union, who are all available to provide free, non-judgement support. Read more about support available.

Thank you in advance for helping us make this summer’s conference season a success.