Fantasic For Families

Gulbenkian is the University of Kent’s Arts Centre offering innovative, engaging and high quality arts activity for the public, staff and students. It provides a key role in delivering the University commitment to public engagement and has a particular focus on the creative empowerment of children and young people.  The building contains a 340 seat theatre, 300 seat cinema and a café which incorporates an informal cabaret style space for live music, comedy and slam poetry.

Find us at...

  • Gulbenkian
  • University of Kent
  • Canterbury
  • Kent
  • CT2 7NB


To ensure the best use of our facilities please notify the Tickets & Information Office of your requirements when booking on 01227 769075 or by email.

Theatre: 12 wheelchair spaces available- advance booking essential.
Cinema: 10 wheelchair spaces available - advance booking essential.
Colyer-Fergusson Hall: 3 wheelchair spaces available - advance booking essential.
Dedicated parking spaces in Central Car Park.
Level access to the foyer and cafe through automatic doors. Level access to cinema, theatre and Colyer-Fergusson Hall.
Disabled accessible toilet in Gulbenkian and Colyer-Fergusson.
Assistance dogs welcome.
Infra-Red Audio system for the hearing impaired. Allows patrons to independently control the level of volume required, from any seat in the theatre. Two types of headsets are available; one for people who do not use hearing aids and one for use in conjunction with a hearing aid, by switching it to the 'T' position. Headsets available from the Front of House team, please ask at Tickets & Information for more information. A refundable deposit is required.

Handrails on the stairs in the cinema and Colyer-Fergusson Hall.

Lift available to first floor for Cinema and Colyer-Fergusson Hall. Please be aware that we can only accommodate wheelchair uses on the ground floor of the cinema.

Hard of Hearing Subtitles: Gulbenkian is committed to offering Hard of Hearing Subtitles om a Tuesday evening screening where available. If Tuesday or Hard of Hearing subtitles is unavailable we will endeavour to screen another film that week with subtitles.

Audio Description: Gulbenkian is committed to offering Audio Desciption on a range of cinema screenings where available. There are specific seats where Audio Description is available in our cinema. Please see Audio Description Seating Plan for more information

Our Events

  • Kent

    The Snow Dragon

    15-Dec-2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Toe-tapping songs and lots of laughs for everyone aged 3 and up, from the company that brought you ‘The Gruffalo’ and ‘The Snail and the Whale’.

    3 - 10 years
  • Canterbury

    Family Film: The Grinch

    15-Dec-2019 11:00 AM
    Family Film: The Grinch

    A grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.

    0 - 10 years
  • Canterbury

    Family Film: The Muppet Christmas Carol

    15-Dec-2019 16:00 PM
    Family Film: The Muppet Christmas Carol

    Anarchic and warm, the Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.

    0 - 12 years
  • Canterbury

    Family Film: Frozen II

    20-Dec-2019 16:30 PM
    Family Film: Frozen II

    Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she'll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey.

    0 - 16 years
  • Canterbury

    Accessible Film Club: The Addams Family

    21-Dec-2019 15:00 PM
    Accessible Film Club: The Addams Family

    An animated version of Charles Addams' series of cartoons about a peculiar, ghoulish family.

    0 - 16 years
  • Canterbury

    Family Film: Home Alone

    22-Dec-2019 11:00 AM
    Family Film: Home Alone

    Cheer on pint-sized hero, Kevin as he runs rings around two would-be burglars in this Christmas caper full of pranks and booby-traps galore.

    0 - 16 years


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