Medieval Pageant and Trail

Celebrate Canterbury’s horrible history with the Medieval Pageant and Family Trail Saturday 6th July Commemorating Henry ll’s pilgrimage to Canterbury and astonishing public apology in 1174 this colourful parade features historical characters, knights on horseback, re-enactment groups, giants, local schools, music and medieval mayhem.

The pageant will commence with a performance in the Westgate Gardens (by Tower House) at 11am, introducing our fabulous royal visitors. The pageant will then process through the city centre returning to the Westgate Gardens for the closing performance at 12.15 and an opportunity to enjoy the Medieval activities taking place in the park.

But that’s not all: between 11.30am 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, St Augustine’s Abbey, Marlowe Kit and many more will host an exciting range of activities including shield making, knight training and even a medieval encampment!

When you visit any of the places featured in the Family Trail have the trail leaflet ‘stamped’. Collect at least 5 stamps and receive a FREE giant chocolate coin at the Cathedral Shop. Suitable for children of all ages … even “Middle Ages”!


Starting in the Westgate Gardens, the pageant will walk through the City Centre. The afternoon Trail covers the whole city with 15 trail locations.

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