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Upcoming Events

-Dean’s Deanery Discs


Tuesday 16th September 2014 in the Claggett Auditorium, Cathedral Lodge, The Precincts, Canterbury

The Dean of Canterbury, the Very Revd. Dr. Robert Willis,  has a great love of music and has offered to share his favourite pieces with us for a special evening of music and entertainment not to be missed.  The Dean will be in conversation with BBC legend Jan Leeming and will also play us excerpts from his chosen works.

Why not start you evening by attending Evensong in the Cathedral at 5.30 pm and then joining us in the Lodge for Cheese and Wine at 6.30 pm?

Tickets for this event cost £12.50 or include Cheese and Wine for £19.50.  They are on sale from the Gallery, The Cathedral Shop, Burgate, Canterbury. We apologise that we have no facilities for Credit Cards so payment must be by cash or cheque.

This will be a popular evening so why not reserve your tickets by emailing us at


Cash Back in Calais

New Date – Tuesday 18th November 2014 

Join us for a fantastic voyage a la francaise! We will be traveling by ferry across the channel to the pretty town of Ardres in the Pas de Calais. With stops for a sumptuous lunch, an informative wine tasting led by M. Guy Boursot and of course the chance to ‘shop ’till you drop’ to top up your Christmas cellar and larder!

The menu selection is available to view here. An all inclusive ticket costs £69.50.

Places are limited and must be reserved by emailing


St Nicholas City Parade

Saturday 6th December 2014, 12.00 noon

Join in our annual Parade through our iconic city and enjoy the magical atmosphere; music, costumes and fun for all. More information to follow later in the year. For now see below for details of last year’s wonderful parade and other events. Pictures in the “Festival Pics” section.


Previous Events

A Christmas Extravaganza

November 2013

Becoming inventive with new fundraising initiatives now seems second nature to the St Nicholas Festival Committee, and this event certainly reflected and continued that trend. Edward Asquith, an experienced and skillful senior member, and a Kent Area demonstrator, of NAFAS (National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies) put together an inspiring variety of yuletide flora and fauna  arrangements suitable for both home and hearth.

Edward can lay claim to have created flower displays at two Archbishop Enthronements at Canterbury Cathedral and also boasts (with due modesty) of a Silver Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show so this was no amateur event! The village hall at Lower Hardres (where rumour has it that Canterbury sleeps with its money!) is a most convenient and modern location and sufficiently spacious to make and ideal venue.   To a packed village hall of enthusiastic flower arrangers,  and some less gifted,  but aspiring, hopefuls,  it was  a most enjoyable and impressive demonstration of  skill and dexterity.

First a Christmas Ring (perhaps a better description than ‘Wreath’?)  to enhance the grandest of front doors, or to uplift more modest ones. Then a Christmas Coat Hanger Swag (don’t ask!), followed by a Textured Centre Table arrangement, splendid enough to grace any turkey led feast. Edward then followed with three other arrangements from a towering Christmas Obelisk; to a decorative Wall Mounted Star; and finally a simple (what an inadequate word) Wall Design. Whilst every eye was on Edward and every memory sinew strained to remember the ‘tricks of the trade’, most were equally relieved to receive a most comprehensive crib sheet to take a way with them. Oh, if only we could have taken away Edward’s skill as well! All of these superlative examples of expertise were then raffled off to ensure more funds for our two charities being supported in 2013 Westbere Sailing Opportunities and Kentish Retts Angels.  Please check elsewhere in our web site to find out more about these two most deserving charities. But to ensure that the pockets and purses were well opened and responsive to the raffle demands,   after Edwards Feast of Flowers, all present then enjoyed a sumptuous Ploughman’s Lunch, prepared by our active and talented Committee.

If this Christmas you are invited to an East Kent home boasting a ‘Ring’. or a ‘Swag’, or an ‘Obelisk’, a ‘ Star’ or a ‘Wall Decoration’, then raise a glass (or better still make a donation ) to the St Nicholas  Festival.   After all, with the generous help of Edward Asquith, it was our idea first!


St Nicholas City Parade

December 2013 

From Westgate Towers the annual fun community Parade led by Big Bash and participating local school children and musicians welcomed St Nicholas to Canterbury’s streets. There were brass fanfares at the start and finish and also from the balcony at BHS. The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of Dover walked with the Procession. St. Nicholas was greeted by Cathedral and City dignitaries at the Cathedral Gate followed by a short service, refreshments, and then there were gifts from the Cathedral Shop. Everyone joined in and enjoyed the Fanfares during the Procession!


St Nicholas Festival Gala Dinner

December 2013

Dinner in the Clagett Auditorium

Black Tie or Lounge Suit

The evening began with a welcome drink, an opportunity to view the auction lots and a chance to enter the Champagne Raffle. Then we moved into the Auditorium for a three course dinner, with wine, prepared by the lodge’s award winning chefs using Kentish ingredients.

This year the entertainment was provided by the Dean, the Very Reverend Robert Willis, his “The duties of a Dean” to a Gilbert & Sullivan tune was brilliant.  Auction lots included a holiday cottage in Yorkshire, Tea in the member’s Dining Room at Wimbledon, a tailor made guided tour of the Cathedral by Professor John Butler, author and Cathedral Guide, original artworks and specialty food. This was wittily conducted by Nick Papadopulus, canon treasurer and altogether the evening raised over £2,000 in support of our 2013 charities, Kentish Retts Angels & Westbere Sailing Opportunities.