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Special Offer for Local Schools


Award-winning visitor attraction The Canterbury Tales is slashing its normal school admission price by more than half to enable local pupils to enjoy its unique learning experience as part of their itinerary.

Any school with a CT1 or CT2 postcode will be given an exclusive discounted entry price of just £2.50 per child (normal school price £5.50) if they book by the end of January 2016.

The Canterbury Tales’ General Manager, Lyndsay Ridley, says: “Local schools have access to the only attraction in the world devoted to Chaucer’s medieval tales. It’s a wonderful way to learn in a fun and interactive environment. We love Chaucer and we want to pass our passion on to as many local schools as possible!”

Live actors will set the scene before pupils join Chaucer’s band of pilgrims as they embark on a journey from The Tabard Inn to Canterbury Cathedral. The experience includes engaging audio and multi-sensory scenes, with The Knight’s Tale, The Miller’s Tale, The Wife of Bath’s Tale, The Nun’s Priest’s Tale and The Pardoner’s Tale all vividly brought to life in a stunningly accurate reconstruction of 14th-century England.

The children’s pilgrimage finishes with a live actor recounting the murderous story of St Thomas Becket followed by a visit to the attraction’s medieval shop, where they can learn about heraldry.

Schools planning trips for 2016 can book now and pay later. Booking must be made by 31 January 2016 for visits to be taken by 22 July 2016. To take advantage of the discount, call 01904 261262.

The Canterbury Tales allows students to learn in a unique environment and complements classroom studies in a wide range of subjects, including History, English and Religious Education. For further information about the attraction’s extensive education packages, visit


Buster's Book Club

Buster's Book Club

The Canterbury Tales Visitor Attraction is proud to be supporting the KM Charity Group’s home reading initiative – Buster’s Book Club!

The aim of the initiative is to encourage home reading, with each child being set targets dependent on their year group. Subsequently incentives are given within the school such as ‘Top Readers of the Month’ with prizes handed out to encourage classes to work together. The scheme has been particularly successful with engaging not only pupils but their parents with reading, and has seen particular engagement with boys.

Literacy is at the heart of The Canterbury Tales Visitor Attraction, and we are proud to be offering 30 free child tickets to each school that signs up as prizes for children’s achievements, to compliment vouchers from other leading attractions, book tokens and storytelling visits. To find out more about the scheme, please visit

Whitefriars Christmas Market


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Did you know that if your second toe is longer than your big toe, it’s highly likely that you are

Anglo-Saxon? Or that if your surname is Campbell, you are probably a descendant of someone who had a crooked mouth?

You can discover more fun facts at this year’s Whitefriars Christmas Market in Canterbury, where staff from The Canterbury Tales will be offering you the chance to explore the fascinating origins of your family name.

Lyndsay Ridley, General Manager at the award-winning visitor attraction, says: “We’ll be giving visitors to our festive cabin an insight into the history behind their surname, including spelling variations, where their name was first recorded and some of the first settlers who had that name.

“Does your family name have a coat of arms, or a motto? Where does it derive from? What does your name mean in Old English? Come along and find out!”

Some fun facts about common surnames found in Kent…
•    Taylor – derived from the Old French word ‘tailleur’, meaning ‘tailor’
•    Baker – from the Saxon word ‘bacan’, which literally means ‘to dry with heat’
•    Smith – metal worker or blacksmith, derived from the Old English word ‘smitan’, meaning ‘to smite or to hit’
•    Collins – Gaelic origins from the word ‘cuilein’, meaning darling – a term of endearment applied to young animals
•    Robinson – literally ‘son of Robin or Robert’
•    Bailey – derived from the Middle English word ‘baili’, meaning ‘bailiff’

Did you know…?
•    The name Campbell derives from the Gaelic words ‘cam’, meaning ‘crooked’, and ‘beul’, meaning ‘mouth’, hence meaning  ‘a person with a crooked mouth or smile’!
•    There are at least 45,000 different surnames in the UK
•    Surnames were often applied because of a person’s characteristics – i.e. Short, Long, Small
•    Some surnames were occupational (e.g. Archer) or topographical (e.g. Bridge or Dale); others were quite literally descriptive, such as White, meaning ‘of light or fair complexion’
•    Spellings of surnames varied greatly – the same person may have different spellings on their birth, marriage and death certificates!
•    The first census documenting all surnames (The Domesday Book) was carried out in 1086 by William The Conqueror
•    Coats of arms have been registered at the College of Arms since 1484

Visitors to The Canterbury Tales’ Christmas market cabin can buy a framed Hall of Names certificate as a Christmas gift, detailing the full history and meanings of a family surname and family coat of arms.

The Whitefriars Christmas Market opens on November 28 and runs until Christmas Eve. For more details, visit

To find out more about The Canterbury Tales, and other gifts available at its medieval shop, visit


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Tel: 01227 479 227
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