13 things to see and do in Thanet this weekend (September 15-17)

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It’s that time again, Friday is here and many of you will be looking for entertainment over the weekend.

Here’s our look at fun on the isle from today (September 15) to Sunday (September 17)

Friday, September 15

Greg Davies – You Magnificent Beast

September 15-16, Margate Winter Gardens, starts at 8pm

Greg Davies, BAFTA nominated star of Cuckoo, Man Down, The Inbetweeners and Taskmaster, is back with his first stand up show in four years.

Come witness the magnificent beast that is Greg Davies

Tickets* Standard £27.50
*Booking fee applies: 50p per ticket holder in person/phone, £1.50 per ticket holder online
Ages: Parental Advisory

Call 01843 292795 or click here to book

Helen Whitehead: Connective Tissues

September 15-19

Pie Factory, 5-9 Broad Street, Margate

In association with the Hypermobility Syndromes Association, local artist Helen Whitehead has been working on an exhibition exploring hypermobility syndromes and their effects on those who live with them. Working principally in ceramic and glass, and using sculpture, light and mosaic, she is attempting to explain and raise awareness of connective tissue disorders.

All profits from this exhibition go directly to the Hypermobility Syndromes Association, to help them with their continuing work in supporting those affected by these debilitating conditions.

Opening times 10am to 4pm


Margate’s Pie Factory gallery, September 14-20

An exhibition of work by Thanet artists will include everything from sculpture to illustrations and photography.

Find more details here

Saturday, September 16

Rooswijk1740 Open Day

 Photo Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands

Ramsgate Royal Harbour, old port workshop, Military Road.

10am to 3pm

This summer, a team of archaeologists have been diving, excavating and recording the wreck site of Dutch East India Company vessel the Rooswijk.

The vessel sank on the treacherous Goodwin Sands, off Ramsgate, in January 1740. Now a protected wreck site the ship’s remains lie at a depth of some 20 metres and are owned by the Dutch Government, and managed by Historic England on behalf of the Department of Digital, Culture Media and Sport

Come to the free open day to learn about the finds and how these are being stabilised by the team of conservators.

Find full details about the Rooswijk and the excavation work here

Thanet beach cleans

Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17

Cliffsend beach Photo Brian Whitehead

Thanet beaches will be cleared up this weekend as part of The Great British Beach Clean.

Thanet Coast Project and volunteers will take part in the clean ups on Saturday (September 16), at Minnis Bay,  and Cliffsend to coincide with the Marine Conservation Society’s annual campaign.

Meet: Outside ‘The Minnis Restaurant’, Minnis Bay,at 10am

Meet: On the beach below the former hoverport access road at 2.30pm for Cliffsend

A third clean is taking place at Walpole Bay on Saturday from noon-2pm. Volunteers are welcome to come along on the day and there is no need to register in advance.

There will also be a beach clean at Westbay in Westgate on Sunday (September 17) from 10am. Meet opposite The Swan pub and a ‘weed weekend’ on Saturday and Sunday were residents are being encouraged to clear areas near their homes.

More details here

The Spikedrivers

Photo Tim Calloway

The Sarah Thorne Memorial Theatre, Broadstairs

The Spikedrivers will visit the venue as part of their 25th anniversary tour.

They will be performing material spanning their entire career and returning to some of their favourite festivals and venues with lots of surprises along the way. As well as celebrating the past, they will also be releasing a new CD.

See The Spikedrivers in Concert at the Sarah Thorne Theatre on Saturday, September 16 at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 paid in advance/Friends. £12 on the doors.

Book by calling the box office on 01843 863701 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm) or go to www.sarahthornetheatre.co.uk

Then And Now In Margate

September 16-24, 10am-5pm, free entry

Drum Room, Margate Visitor Information Centre, Droit House, Margate Harbour

Photo Mel Chennell

How has Margate changed? Has it changed a lot? Which old buildings still remain? Take a look back in pictures at this exhibition right on the seafront, next to Turner Contemporary.

A series of images from Margate Museum’s archive of recognisable parts of Margate from as early as the 18th century onwards. These will be paired with a modern-day images from a local photographer to highlight the changes/similarities.

Sunday, September 17

Miller Plays The Musicals

Margate Winter Gardens, 5pm

 Terry Steel’s Astor Big Band and singers, together with Thanet Stage School of Performing Arts, present  Miller Plays the Musicals.

A tribute to Glenn Miller and other great big bands, and to singers like Frank Sinatra and the Andrews Sisters. Plus songs from musicals, old and new, presented in the big band style.

All profits, and a collection at this performance, go to the Royal British Legion to support their work with PTSD sufferers.

Call 01843 292795 or click here to book

Roman Toga Party

Sarah Thorne Theatre Company, Broadstairs, 7pm

Join The Perfectly Dreadful Murder Company for another night of mischief. mayhem, mystery and murder. The audience will be taken back to the Roman Empire where the conquerors have invaded Broadinium and are throwing a toga party full of decadence, dancing and….death!

The guest of honour has been found tangled in his toga and now it is up to you, the emperor’s guest to try and solve the mystery.  Dress up in  Roman finery for a chance to win the best dressed title.

Tickets are £10 paid in Advance/Friends, £12 on the door. Unreserved table seating, bring a buffet but corkage fees apply.

Book by calling the box office on 01843 863701 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm) or go to www.sarahthornetheatre.co.uk

Open Cockpit Day

RAF Manston History Museum, 10am to 4pm

 Buccaneer, Wessex, Canberra and Lightning will be open to the public.

‘Shorts’ Burger bar will be open.

Entrance is just £2 for adults and 50p for children

Puppetry season

Dreamland’s Hall by the Sea, 2pm-3pm

In Our Hands
Described as “clever and inventive” by the HHHH British Theatre Guide, In Our Hands by the award-winning Smoking Apples has innovative puppetry, a striking set and an original score that will transport you out to sea, under the ocean and onto the deck of the Catcher’s Fortune along with trawler fisherman, Alf.

£8 plus booking fee. Recommended for ages 11+.

Click here to book

Ramsgate Society shelter clean up

The Ramsgate Society is cleaning the Victorian Shelters on the Eastcliff. If anyone has a couple if hours to give they will be welcome to bring a sponge and a bucket and some Marigolds. Meet at 10.30am outside the Granville Cinema.

At the Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Victoria and Abdul (PG)

Directed by Stephen Frears,

Starring Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Olivia Williams, Michael Gambon, Simon Callow and Eddie Izzard

Friday 15 September, 6pm and 8.30pm

Saturday 16 September, 6pm and 8.30pm

Sunday 17 September, 8pm

Monday 18 September, 6pm and 8.30pm

Tuesday 19 September, 3pm and 5.30pm

Wednesday 20 September, 5.45pm

Thursday 21 September, 6pm

From the director of The Queen and Philomena comes this extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule.

When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favour with the Queen herself. Almost as surprised as the rest of the Queen’s bemused and slightly jealous court.

As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

To book click here