Pilgrimage themed Local Festival with multiple events promoting heritage, local produce, business and community involvement
A week-long festival on the theme of pilgrimage involving film, walks, literature, drama, music, poetry, local schools and businesses and a community feast at the end of the week.
Multiple organisations at different levels were involved including local history and church groups, businesses, restaurants, local interest groups, national charities, national and local authors, and walking groups.
Local businesses put on pilgrim themed meals and the butcher and baker even created special pilgrim themed produce

Resources needed

£10,000 to run and promote a week-long festival
Scope to generate income through charging for events and feast

Evidence of success

Over 700 attendances
Follow on festival in Canterbury organised twice in subsequent years
Business income and involvement
Increased awareness of pilgrimage and local and regional heritage
International, national and regional requests to run the festival again

Difficulties encountered

1 year of officer time to plan, prepare, communicate and mange event
Needs ongoing development and local support

Potential for learning or transfer

Any area with pilgrimage heritage could copy the festival idea
Main institution
Kent Downs AONB
Start Date
September 2018
End Date
September 2018


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