Canterbury Medieval Pageant


The second annual Canterbury Medieval Pageant on Saturday 8th July is going to be a highlight of this Summer in Canterbury!

In July 2016 over 2,000 people watched Canterbury’s inaugural Medieval Pageant Parade and over 1,000 people took part in the Family Trail across the city, which included 14 businesses providing activities throughout the day and into the evening.


Watch the video of the 2016 Medieval Pageant Parade



This year, we would love for even more businesses to take part!

There will be a number of activities taking place in the city centre during the day and night. If you are not already involved why not take part? Here’s how:

  • Decorate your window with a medieval theme – think jesters’ hats, bunting, banners – and don’t forget the Canterbury choughs!
  • Deals: Offer an 11.74% discount to commemorate the year that Henry II came to Canterbury to perform penance.
  • Music: Are you planning any medieval-themed music, dance, performance or cinema? Let us know!
  • Food & Drink: With many children in the city why not offer an ‘early bird’ medieval family feast and for the adults add a medieval dish to your menu for the day? Or hold a Medieval Banquet in the evening? Let us know and we will include you in our publicity.
  • Promote: We can give you a Medieval Pageant poster saying “get your Medieval Family Trail Leaflet here!” Anyone wanting to participate in the Family Trail will need a leaflet and these will be available two weeks prior to the event on 8th July.

Whatever you do, let us know so we can promote your activities on flyers (including Kent-wide distribution), posters, social media and banners around Canterbury! Contact us by 8 May on or ring the office on 01227 787 055.



All about the event

Commemorating Henry II’s pilgrimage to the tomb of Thomas Becket in 1174, accompanied by his Queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, the Parade features characters from history as well as local children in medieval dress and starts near the Westgate Towers at 11am, ending around 12:30pm. With music, drama and pageantry it is a ‘must see’ event.

But that’s not all: between noon and 5pm, various locations in the city are part of the Medieval Family Trail. Designed around children and their parents, the Westgate Towers, the Beaney, the Canterbury Tales, Conquest House, Whitefriars, and others will host an exciting range of activities.

In the evening, make Canterbury a “knight out to remember”. With many children in the city why not offer an ‘early bird’ medieval family feast and for the adults add a medieval dish to your menu for the day? Last year, Conquest House hosted a Medieval Banquet and Canterbury Brewers produced a one-off blood red brew, ‘Henry’s Penance’, with Kent hops and French farmhouse yeast for the Medieval Pageant. If you would like to host a banquet, provide a medieval-themed menu, medieval-themed music, dance, performance or film, let us know by 8 May on or ring the office on 01227 787 055.  

The Family Trail is for children of all ages … even “Middle Ages”!


See more photos from 2016 here

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