15 things to do and see in Thanet this weekend (September 29-October 1)

Broadstairs Food Fair

It’s the weekend and time to look ahead to a couple of days off. Here is our list of things you might like to try

Friday, September 29

Broadstairs Food Festival

Credit Thanet Tourism

The Broadstairs Food Festival has more than 100 stalls offering regional produce.

The annual event, which runs from today (Friday, September 29) to (Sunday, October 1) at Victoria Gardens and seafront promenade, will also have chef demonstrations, vintage tea parlour, ciders and beers and children’s activities.

The 3-day event celebrates the very best food, drink and culinary skills in and around Kent.

Opening times

Friday 29th September: 10am-6pm

Saturday 30th September: 10am-6pm

Sunday 1st October:  10am-5pm

By The Sea Festival

Photo Jason Pay

Back for its third year at Dreamland, By The Sea festival  kicks off this Friday across venues including Dreamland, Margate Winter Gardens, Olby’s Soul Café and Margate Museum.

Headliners include The Libertines, who have just bought the Palm Court Hotel in Margate, Everything Everything and Metronomy.

Find your guide here

Jazz with Sabina Desir

Accomplished jazz singer, Sabina is donating her time and her beautiful voice to help raise funds for restoration work at York Street Methodist Church, Broadstairs. The gig is a the church at 7.30pm.  Sabina will be accompanied by internationally renowned drummer Doug Sides, Frances Knight on piano and London based bass player Alex Keen.

Admission £10 in advance, £12 on the door, Students – with ID – £5. Call 01843 864969.

Wedding Open Days

Friday and Saturday

Friday  4pm – 8pm and Saturday 10am-2pm

Over the two days Stonelees will be a romantic setting for those twilight and magical wedding ideas plus the Saturday event will be showcasing the venue in all its daylight splendour.

Goody bags and a glass of fizz for the first 40 couples plus some of the industry’s best suppliers will be available for a chat whilst our delectable canapes are being served!

Wisdom Of A Fool

Theatre Royal Margate, 7.30pm

In this emotional roller-coaster one-man play Jack Lane takes you behind Norman Wisdom’s well-known character to reveal a tough and lonely childhood. After joining the Army he discovers a passion for comedy and begins to perfect an act that would go on to shape his unique style.

The world of post-war Music Hall and Variety embraces Norman’s manic slapstick routine catapulting him to stardom in the early 1950s. Success on the silver screen including the hit song, ‘Don’t Laugh at Me’, seals his fame. But fame comes at a price… This is the first play ever written on the legendary comic and features his original Gump suit, on generous loan from Norman’s children, Nicholas and Jacqueline Wisdom.


Standard £16.50, Concs £15, Friends £14
Booking fee applies: 50p per ticket holder in person/phone, £1.50 per ticket holder online
Call 01843 292795 or click here

Saturday, September 30

A Night To Shine walk with Pilgrims Hospices

7pm (registration from 6pm)

Sponsored 5k, 8k or 10k walk that brings together people from all across our east Kent community for one very special night, shining for Pilgrims in Broadstairs. Music, a friendly party atmosphere, energetic warm up and lots more before setting off  at 7pm; amid a sea of lantern light.

Entry includes t-shirt, lantern, medal and more…

Broadstairs: The Pavilion, Harbour Street,

Dream of a Dream with Jo Doolan

Sarah Thorne Theatre Company, Broadstairs, 7.30pm

Vocalist Jo Doolan will be joined by acoustic and electric guitarist Richard Rozze and world renowned saxophonist/multi instrumentalist Paul Booth for this special event. The trio will be playing music that fuses jazz, Americana, World Music and Popular Music. Music from Jo’s debut album ‘Dream of a Dream’ will be featured.

Tickets £10 paid in Advance/Friends. £12 on the doors. Unreserved table seating. Corkage rules apply.

Book by calling the Box Office on 01843 863701 (Mon to Fri 10am to 2pm) or go to  http://www.sarahthornetheatre.co.uk

National Garden Scheme- Haven

Saturday amd Sunday, 10am to 4pm

Haven, 22 Station Road, Minster, CT12 4BZ

Award winning 300ft garden, designed in the Glade style, similar to Forest gardening but more open and with use of exotic and unusual trees, shrubs and perennials, with wildlife in mind, devised and maintained by the owner, densely planted in a natural style with stepping stone paths.

Two ponds (one for wildlife, one for fish with water lilies), gravel garden, rock garden, fernery, Japanese garden, cactus garden, hostas and many exotic, rare and unusual trees, shrubs and plants incl tree ferns and bamboos and yr-round colour.

Greenhouse cactus garden 

The garden has proved to be very attractive to wildlife and is visited by large numbers of birds also lizards, grass snakes, frogs, newts, hedgehogs, slow worms, dragon flies, damsel flies and many bees, butterflys and other insects.

Admission £4, children free.

Sunday, October 1

An Evening With Nik Kershaw

Theatre Royal Margate, 7.30pm

Following the success of his 2014, “Me, Myself and I” tour, Nik Kershaw returns with more solo shows. An intimate evening of songs and stories in the company of one of the UK’s most respected songwriters.


Full Price £25, R/View £20
Booking fee applies: 50p per ticket holder in person/phone, £1.50 per ticket holder online
Ages: 14+

Call 01843 292795 or click here

Broadstairs Pavilion Craft and Gift Fair

Pavilion, Harbour Street

Admission Free

Open 10am – 4pm

Peggy Lee And Friends

Sarah Thorne Theatre, 6.30pm

Brigitte Rennie and Jason Allen will celebrate the life and music of the great Peggy Lee. With full supporting band.

See  “Peggy Lee and Friends” at the Sarah Thorne Theatre at 6.30pm. Admission  £10 paid in Advance/Friends. £12 on the doors. Unreserved table seating. Corkage Rules Apply.

Book by calling the Box Office on 01843 863701 (Mon to Fri 10am to 2pm) or go to  http://www.sarahthornetheatre.co.uk

Ramsgate Blitz Walks

Ramsgate Library, Guildford Lawns, 10am

Relive the dark days of the war in the heaviest bombed seaside town in the country. Hear the stories, visit the places.

Ramsgate Blitz Walks run first Sunday of the month at 10am.

The tour takes approximately 2 hours and is free with donations welcome.

No need to book. Dogs and children welcome.

Book talk and swim

10am tea and coffee followed by a talk at Tom Thumb Theatre, Eastern Esplanade, Cliftoville with Jenny Landreth at 11am. Swim at Walpole Bay at noon and then fish and chips. Organised by Walpole Bay Swimmers and Kent Sea Swimmers.

At the Palace Cinema Broadstairs


If ever a film should be seen on the big screen it’s Spielberg’s glorious wonder about alien contact which has just received a full-blown restoration for its 40th birthday.

Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) becomes obsessed after a life-changing UFO encounter. Following a mysterious inexplicable image planted in his mind’s eye, he leaves his job and family, and journeys across America to a remote mountainside where an awe-inspiring encounter awaits him.

Saturday 30 September, 8.30pm

Tuesday 3 October, 5.30pm

Thursday 5 October, 8.30pm


The city of London is gripped with fear as a killer – dubbed The Limehouse Golem – is on the loose and leaving cryptic messages written in his victim’s blood. With few leads and increasing public pressure, Scotland Yard assigns the case to Inspector Kildare (Bill Nighy – Love ActuallyTheir Finest) – a seasoned detective with a troubled past and a sneaking suspicion he’s being set up to fail. Faced with a long list of suspects, including music hall star Dan Leno (Douglas Booth), Kildare must get help from a witness who has legal troubles of her own (Olivia Cooke), so he can stop the murders and bring the killer to justice.

Adapted from the Peter Ackroyd’s (London: The Biography) acclaimed novel Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem by Jane Goldman, writer of The Woman in Black.

Friday 29 September, 8pm

Saturday 30 September, 6pm

Sunday 1 October, 8pm

Monday 2 October, 5.45pm

Tuesday 3 October, 3pm

Wednesday 4 October, 5.45pm

Thursday 5 October, 6pm

Book at the Palace here