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Events | Winter Break at Kent


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Religious services and events

Carol services

10 December 2018 | University of Kent Carol service in Canterbury (ticketed event)

23 December 2018 | Canterbury Cathedral Service of Carols for Christmas (free entry)

24 December 2018 | Canterbury Cathedral Service of Carols for Christmas (free entry)

Chaplaincy services during Winter break

The Chaplains lead worship and run social and educational events throughout the year, including over Winter break. To find out about what activities and services may be on offer, contact one of the Chaplins and Local Faith Contacts.

The Team is both ecumenical and multi-faith, serving various Christian traditions as well as the Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist communities.

Medway chaplaincy
Lynne is the Medway Campus Chaplain and runs a number of regular activities for students both during term and non-term time. To contact her, please email or


On-campus events and activities

Gulbenkian | Christmas Movies, Music and Theatre

Enjoy a vast choice of festive concerts, movies and theatre taking place at the Gulbenkian this Christmas season. Visit the website for full details of 'Whats On' and dont forget about the great student discounts on offer as well!

Kent Union Activities

If you're staying on campus over the winter break sign up to Kent Union's mailing list for more information on what's on! If you have any questions/concerns, you can contact Kateryna (Christmas Activities Coordinator) at

Kent Graduate Student Association (KGSA)

The Kent Graduate Student Association always have great information for postgraduate students staying in Canterbury during the winter break. Get in touch with them to find our what events, activities or information may be of interest to you!

Global Hangout Christmas Special

Festive food, drink, live music and games - all for free to Kent students! Sign up here

New Year's Dinner party!

The Student Learning Advisory Service would like to invite all International Students to a traditional New Year’s Dinner on Friday 4th January 2019 (during the winter vacation), 6pm - 8pm on the Canterbury Campus. The venue will be confirmed nearer the time.

This is a great opportunity for you to enjoy an evening of traditional British food, to meet up with the other ‘stay on campus students’, to enjoy some music and break the monotony of the winter holiday. The dress code is smart casual, but feel free to dress up if you wish.

This event is FREE, but please book a place online ASAP.

So, if you are around during the holidays, book a place here:


Off-campus events & activities

Pantomime perfomances

If you have never been to a Pantomime, get ready for this British festive favorite that you could enjoy over the winter break:

Read more about this 'Festive Family Fun' and more opportunities to check out a Panto this Christmas.

Shopping & other festive events

Coming soon!

Volunteering opportunities
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HOST UK is a voluntary organisation, a network of UK residents who welcome international students into their homes for a weekend or a Christmas visit.

Age Concern

Age Concern supports all those over 50 in the UK, ensuring they get the most out of life. Volunteering opportunities can range from attending lunch clubs over the festive period, accompanying members on outings or simply visiting homes for a chat.


The Samaritans provide help and support to those who are physically or emotionally distressed. Over the Christmas period calls increase by 17% as individuals can find the period stressful with money troubles or family conflict.

Homeless Shelters

Crisis opens shelters over the Christmas period in London for homeless and vulnerably housed people. The shelters are open 24 hours a day and are run almost entirely by volunteers.

Kent Wildlife Trust

University of Kent student Xilona Blanco takes part in conservation work over the holidays with Kent Wildlife Trust.

"There are usually various volunteer days over the christmas holidays doing conservation work. It's a nice way to celebrate the holiday spirit with other local people, doing hands-on work in the fresh air with a bonfire, hot drinks and doing good for the environment!
Woodland management in Blean Woods with Kent Wildlife Trust and wetland management with Hambrook Marshes involves building fences, clearing land, trenches, highland cattle, etc. The people are very friendly and they could always do with helping hands."

Caring Hands Chatham

Caring Hands in Chatham is a drop in centre for drug addicts, alcoholics, street prostitutes and homeless offering food, showers, laundry service etc. Telephone 01634 847477 to find out about volunteering opportunities.

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Last Updated: 14/12/2018