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Family Fun Weekend to celebrate The Riverside, Canterbury

Canterbury City Council will be celebrating the launch of its exciting new Riverside leisure quarter on 30th September/1st October with a free ‘Family Fun Weekend’.

On Saturday 30th September, activities have a distinct movies theme, to celebrate Curzon’s iconic 5-screen cinema on the site. On display from 11am to 6pm will be four movie car replicas including Ecto 1 from Ghostbusters, a Jurassic Park Jeep, the Batman Tumbler and Lightning McQueen from Pixar’s Cars. There will be further selfie opportunities with a walk along the red carpet and the chance to win a year’s membership to the Curzon. Five live bands will play throughout the day and a facepainter will be on hand to recreate that movie star look. There will be special screenings of Jurassic Park and Batman at the Curzon cinema, with visitors being encouraged to dress up for the latter as their favourite Batman character (book online at Visitors are also invited to ‘spin the wheel’ for a chance to win some great prizes.


On Sunday 1st October, the events focus on the flora and fauna of the River Stour, which flows alongside the scheme and has been a vital artery for the city for centuries. There will be special displays by the River Stour Project Group and river dipping ‘safaris’ organised by the Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership. A mini aquarium will showcase some of the invertebrates that call the Great Stour home and children can make a foil embossed artwork using natural resources found along the riverside to take home. There will be a ‘touch and feel’ table organised by the Wildwood Trust and the opportunity to win a family ticket to the park. In the afternoon, visitors can watch two falconry displays and there will also be Harris hawk meet and greets throughout the day. Visitors can also join in community daffodil plantings along the entrances to the scheme between 11am and 1pm. Returning to the movie theme, look out for special guest appearances by Toy Story’s Woody and Buzz Lightyear as well as a special Curzon Kids Club screening of the movie at 10.30am.

Further details of all activities can be found on Riverside’s website at

The Riverside is a £115 million mixed use development owned by Canterbury City Council. In addition to the Curzon cinema, there are eight restaurants and bars overlooking the new public square, with areas alongside for hosting pop-up events to animate and enliven the space. The scheme, comprising 50,000 sq ft of commercial space, also includes 189 new homes, 493 student bedrooms and 220 dedicated undercroft parking spaces, all situated within an attractive, pedestrian friendly neighbourhood.


Restaurants already open on the site include Boom Battle Bar, a chain of ‘competitive social’ bars, Pan Asian modern dining experience Sekkoya, The Korean Cowgirl, Heavenly Desserts and Fireaway Pizza. Riverside Social – a stylish new foodhall operator – will shortly be joining the Riverside line-up, along with Black Sheep Coffee, competitive gaming concept Side Quest and Asian supermarket chain, Starry Mart.


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