Canterbury Wine Festival
Canterbury Wine festival™ was founded by Westgate Hall in 2019, in collaboration with Master of Wine Clive Barlow.
Kent is the epicentre of England’s current viticulture scene- we’re becoming known as the “Vineyard of England” and we want to let the whole world know about it!
Our aim is to bring the global wine culture to you, in he heart of our city
“Wine brings people together, it’s a social lubricant” says Clive. In a time when coming together and spending quality time with each other is becoming ever more paramount and needed, the Canterbury Wine Festival is a chance to switch off from the everyday and indulge a little in the finer things in life and leisure time.
Kent is the best county producing wine in England. Canterbury is the heart of Kent, and therefore of the wine region. There’s nowhere better to tantalise those taste buds and to try new flavours.
The inaugural Canterbury Wine Festival
In June 2019 we held the inaugural Canterbury Wine Festival, where over 300 people gathered under our historic roof to taste, discover and talk about Kent’s award-winning wines from 14 vineyards across our beautiful county.
The mysteries of this most illustrious of libations were explained at one of Clive’s expert Masterclasses, where the inimitable Master of Wine will share his knowledge from over 30 years in the trade.
Sounds like fun doesn’t it? Come join us
We’re planning the next Canterbury Wine Festival, for when restrictions allow. Keen to be the first to hear about the festival?
Amrita Bartram, Partner, Girlings Solicitors
‘The first ever Canterbury Wine Festival showcased a great selection of high quality wine from vineyards from across the county. It is easy to see why Kent is stamping its mark as the vineyard capital of the UK and why its wine continues to receive international acclaim.’
Westgate Hall Market
We showcase Kent's talented Makers, Artists and Producers, all in one place, in our fully Covid-secure venue. Browse the very best in local produce, crafts, arts, homeware, jewellery and more. Meet the people behind the products and hear how they lovingly make each item, or host your own stall.
Produced in Kent
Westgate Hall is proud to be an Industry Partner of Produced in Kent. The garden of England is abundant in exceptional locally grown food, drink and artistry. We join Produced in Kent's mission to celebrate, promote and champion Kent's exceptional produce and crafts.
Kent's much-loved, long-standing International Arts event, Canterbury Festival, is coming to Westgate Hall from 16 - 30 October 2021, bringing world-renowned artists, musicians, comedians and performers to Canterbury, for the whole community to enjoy and participate in.
Bemix Discovery Catering
We regularly welcome social enterprise Bemix Discovery Catering and their wonderful group, those with and without learning difficulties, to enjoy time together gaining skills in cooking and catering. Restrictions permitting, you can visit their monthly pop-up cafe at the Hall.
Canterbury Academy Trust
Westgate Hall supports young people as they practise, rehearse and perform their creative skills during their studies at Canterbury Academy Trust - the "school of all talents". We provide a large, safe space for them to thrive and flourish in as part of their studies and training.