Kent Sport and Gulbenkian Cinema reopen

Gary Hughes

On Monday 17 August, Kent Sport reopened its Sports Centre facilities including the gym, fitness classes, sports halls and Physiotherapy Clinic. The Pavilion outdoor sports facilities will reopen on Monday 24 August 2020.

With additional safety measures in place, Kent Sport is asking every visitor to pre-book activities online before accessing its facilities. Kent Sport has implemented social distancing within its facilities and a one-way system for members to follow. There will also be an increase in the cleaning of all facilities including a daily full clean.

This news comes as the University announces it will offer all first-year students free Premium Plus membership with Kent Sport in the 2020/2021 academic year. This includes all undergraduate and postgraduate students living on the Canterbury campus and those commuting from Medway.

Mel Clewlow, Director of Sport at Kent Sport, said: ‘We are really excited to be opening our doors again. I am pleased to announce from the 17 August we will be implementing a phased reopening and I am extremely confident we have new policies and procedure in place that will create a safe and welcoming environment for our members’.

For Kent Sport’s Opening Times and FAQs please see here.


The Gulbenkian Cinema will reopen on 20 August.

The opening two weeks will see a mix of new films, including Clemency, Summerland and Parasite, plus the return of Emma, Jojo Rabbit and 1917.

The popular family screenings are also back on Sunday afternoons, with Onward and Trolls World Tour the first offerings.

Initially the cinema will screen films Thursday to Sunday, to test audience demand, but the team aim to return to a full offering in September.

The team at Gulbenkian have been busy putting in place systems to support social distancing, as Operations Director David Haigh explains:

‘Gulbenkian is an independent arts centre with a strong sense of community. It has been so sad to see the building empty these last few months and we are all looking forward to being open again.

‘We have put a lot of thought into how we maintain our friendly, personal welcome whilst keeping staff and audiences safe. We have reduced our cinema capacity, put in place clear one way systems and improved our online booking process to ensure the public can book and visit with confidence – and you can expect the usual cheerful welcome from our front of house team.’

The first tickets will go on sale from Friday 7 August, and full details can be found at