BarCamp Canterbury

A free-to-attend unconference in the heart of the historic city of Canterbury



BarCamp Canterbury is a free-to-attend unconference.

The content of BarCamp Canterbury is provided by the attendees.


Based in the historic city of Canterbury in the heart of Kent.

Woolf College

Generously donated by the University of Kent: School of Computing


Saturday 8th June 2019.

  • Doors at 9am.
  • Opening talk at 10am.
  • First session 10:30am!
Add to Calendar 08/06/2019 10:00 08/06/2019 18:00 UK/London Barcamp Canterbury Woolf College, Canterbury, Kent, UK 1440



BarCamp Canterbury is an unconference that is completely free-to-attend and based loosely around the theme of technology.

As an unconference, the content of BarCamp Canterbury is provided by you, the attendees! Meet with like-minded people, share your ideas and engage in discussions.

If you you have a topic you’d like to present, pick a timeslot on-the-day to give a talk.

We're back in action

After a few years break, BarCamp Canterbury is back in action!

This year’s event follows successful BarCamp Canterbury events which welcomed over 150 delegates from all around the UK (and further afield).

See snippets from previous events:

Coming? What you need to know

So you have decided that BarCamp sounds awesome, and you want to attend? Check out this check list of things you should do.

  1. Book your ticket.
  2. Find some accommodation.
  3. Decide if you'd like to give a talk.
  4. Turn up on the day.



This years theme is loosely around The Fifth Element.

Our 4 event rooms will be titled Blaze, Cloud, Flood and Terra.

Attendees will be assigned one of the 4 elemental tribes and invited to partake in an optional treasure hunt and puzzles throughout the day.

There is an impending great calamity. What will the tribes do to protect the world?

Talks 💬

On the day we will share a link to the session grid. If you'd like to give a talk, you simply add the details of the talk to the grid. It's as easy as that!

Need ideas for the topic of your talk? Here's the session grid for BarCamp London 2019.

Talks can be about just about anything. Although talks tend to be tech-related, there's no strict requirement for them to be. Attendees don't have to give a talk, although we do encourage everyone to get involved in some way.

Talk slots are 30mins

All eventrooms will have whiteboards and projectors with VGA or HDMI connectivity

Digital Badges 📛

The first 40 ticket signups will have a custom BarCamp digital badge with an IR sensor and LED's to enhance the treasure-hunt.

The badges will activate with different activities.

The badges and puzzles have been designed/engineered/built by Daniel Knox and Keith Greenhow from the School of Computing's Makerspace - The Shed.

Swap Shop ↹

Do you have any unloved/unwanted gadgets, cables, tools, boards, tech, bits, stuff?

Donate any working bits that someone else could use in an upcoming projects.

One persons junk is another persons treasure!

After Event 🎉

After the main event there will be a social event. More details will be announced closer to the date.

In past years we've had some epic games of Werewolf at our after event!

Free Food! 🍕

Thanks to our generous sponsors and supporters, lunch and dinner will be provided!

If you have any dietary requirements please let the organisers know as soon as possible.

Tickets 🎫

BarCamp Canterbury will always be free, however a small donation will help us provide refreshments and goodies at the event.

Tickets will be released in batches. If we've run out of tickets, check back again soon.

Eventbrite Tickets

If you have booked a ticket, but cannot come, please return your ticket to the pool so that someone else can come instead. To do this "refund" the ticket on EventBrite.

Supporters can have their name enshrined on our list of supporters below.


If you would like to sponsor BarCamp Canterbury, please read the additional sponsorship details and email us.



By Train 🚆

  • London (St Pancras) to Canterbury West: High speed trains – journey time approximately 56 minutes. Trains depart on an hourly basis.
  • London (Charing Cross or Waterloo East) to Canterbury West: journey time approximately 90 minutes.
  • London (Victoria) to Canterbury East: journey time approximately 85 minutes.
  • Onward Travel:

By Car 🚗

Parking on camps can be free at weekends. Carpark 9 is the closest to Woolf College

  • From London, the North and East Anglia (via M25 clockwise): Leave M25 at junction 2 signposted A2 Canterbury, continue on A2/M2, leave M2 at junction 7 signposted A2 Canterbury. Follow signs to Canterbury.
  • From the West and South-West (via M25 anticlockwise): At M25 junction 5 continue ahead on M26(M20) signposted Maidstone, leave M20 at junction 7 signposted A249 Canterbury, join M2 at junction 5 for Canterbury, leave M2 at junction 7 signposted A2 Canterbury. Follow signs to Canterbury.
  • From the South-East: Maidstone and Tonbridge: M20, A249, M2, A2 Ashford: A28 Folkestone: M20, A28 Dover: A2. Staying in Canterbury.

Accommodation ⌂

If you don’t live in Canterbury, you’re going to need somewhere to stay during BarCamp Canterbury. Unfortunately this is one thing we cannot make free, and there is no sleeping in the venue. There are, however, many reasonably-priced establishments in Canterbury. The list below should help you find somewhere to stay (we are not affiliated with any of the companies listed here and take no responsibility for the quality of your sleep).


We would like to thank our supporters who have helped to make BarCamp Possible.

BarCamp supporters have contributed time, money or wares to help support this event.