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Talk, Mon 27 Nov 2017


Friends of Canterbury Cathedral

01227 865292


The Precincts,

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One of the Friends’ favourite speakers, Imogen Corrigan, returns to talk to about the history of Christmas traditions.

What’s behind the Wassail and why do we kiss under mistletoe and let loose women into York at Christmas? This talk cannot possibly cover all of our traditions, but it gives a glimpse behind the scenes to see our ancestors preparing for the day, stirring-up puddings and dragging Yule logs into the house on Christmas Eve and the rituals that went with it. We see Lords of Misrule lording it over rowdy parties, learn how pantomime developed, and discover how a few carollers sent out a coded message.

Join us to get into the Christmas spirit!

This is a Friends of Canterbury Cathedral event but is open to all. Come and find out about the Cathedral's fan club.

Event details

Dates Times
Mon 27 Nov 2017 14:30 to 16:30


Tickets £8.00 including refreshments.

Booking required. Tickets available from the Friends' Office at 3 The Precincts in advance or by telephone 01227 865292, Monday to Friday, 10:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 16:00.


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Map reference: TR 150578  Lat: 51.27900 Long: 1.08265

By Train:
Canterbury West and Canterbury East train stations are both 0.5 miles away (10 min walk). Journey time from London by train is approximately just under one hour.

By Road:
If you are using Satellite Navigation, you should enter the address ‘Burgate, Canterbury’ rather than using our postcode.
- From London: From M2 and M20 motorways, follow signs to A2 or Canterbury. Arriving in Canterbury, turn right onto the ring road at Rheims Way roundabout. Keep the city walls on
your left. After the 3rd (St George’s) roundabout, turn left into Burgate
- From Dover/Folkestone: Follow signs to Canterbury. You will arrive at the St George’s roundabout. Turn right onto the ring road and then left into Burgate.
- From Ashford: Follow signs to Canterbury (A28). At Wincheap roundabout, turn right. Follow ring road. Turn left into Burgate. There is a Park and Ride site as you enter the city from this direction.

Cathedral entrance gates:
• 7am – 6pm turn RIGHT into Postern Gate, just after Pub.
• 6pm – 7am continue straight down Burgate, turning right into Christ Church Gate just after
Cathedral Café.
• After 9pm – ring bell on left hand side of Christ Church Gate to gain entrance.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Canterbury East/West station