In addition to the council-led initiatives, this section details some of the many other heritage based initiatives which other organisations are leading across the Canterbury district. For more information please contact the project organisers. Heritage open days Heritage open days give access to a wealth of heritage places, many of which are normally closed to the public. Hop Hoodening festival Kent’s original hop festival began in 1957 and has taken place in Canterbury and the surrounding area on the second Saturday in September ever since (now in its 66th year) including a service in Canterbury Cathedral. Canterbury Food and Drink festival Celebrating local food and drink. Green Hop Beer fortnight Celebrating local Kentish hops and beer. Canterbury Festival Starting in 1920, the festival is now an international arts festival and has been running every year since 1984, using many heritage sites across the city. Canterbury Society design awards The Canterbury Society design awards aim to recognise and celebrate buildings, spaces and places that are loved by our community. The Awards celebrate projects nominated by the people who live alongside them, use them and who have a real understanding of their impact on the local area. Canterbury Society blue plaque scheme The Canterbury Society is planning to implement a new blue plaque scheme within the city of Canterbury. The society made a call for potential nominees in 2021. Subject to funding and any necessary permissions, plaques will be installed. Whitstable Maritime gamecock conservation project Ongoing volunteer project to restore the 1907 Oyster Yawl, is now on the Register of National Historic Vessels. Timescapes Kent Timescapes Kent are a volunteer group working on a variety of projects including the Tankerton wreck excavations, Old Brig excavations at Seasalter, the Tankerton tapestry illustrating our wartime coastal defences, and a variety of community and education projects. Whitstable Museum Whitstable Community Museum and gallery has permanent galleries, temporary exhibitions, archives and events open to everyone. Herne Bay Seaside Museum The seaside museum offers a programme of seashore walks and evening talks alongside their permanent exhibitions. Canterbury Cathedral See what's on at Canterbury Cathedral this year. Christopher Marlowe statue The Christopher Marlowe Statue Committee are planning to create a new statue of Christopher Marlowe in Canterbury.