14 things to see and do in Thanet this weekend (October 20-22)

It’s the end of the week and time for our round up of weekend events in Thanet.

Friday October 20

Screamland at Dreamland

Screamland is back at Dreamland  for its third year – and promises to be bigger than ever.

The scare-fest, staged for the first time since Dreamland’s £25 million overhaul – will this year have six mazes open for six nights starting tonight.

Screamland is upping the fear factor for 2017 with all-new mazes and disorientating experiences involving vision-blocking hoods and areas that visitors will need to crawl through.

Tickets available from: bit.ly/Screamland17

Find out more here

Artists Open Houses

October 21-22

East Kent Artists’ Open Houses is now in its 17th year. Venues open 11am-5pm

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October
• Govinda Sah – 35 Godwin Road, Margate CT9 2HE
• Jose Fonseca, Gay Gower and Ryan Jowitt – Flat 1 Granville Court, Margate CT9 2LQ
• Graham Ward – Lombard Street Gallery, 2 Lombard Street, Margate CT9 1EJ
• Earth Lines – Pie Factory Margate, 5-9 Broad Street, Margate CT9 1EW
• Seran Tahsin and PFish – The Serene Retreat, 2 Adelaide Gardens, Ramsgate CT11 9HH
• Madeline Wright, Sarah Stokes and Lesley Gray – AiR 18 Harbour Street, Ramsgate CT11 8HA
• Catherine Evans – 11 Warten Road, Ramsgate CT11 8BL
• Karen Hiscock-Lawrence and Brian Hodgson – New Kent Art Gallery, 49a Albion Street, Broadstairs CT10 1NE

Sunday 22nd October
• Anita Bates, Alison Jones, Molly Pickles and Theresa Smith – 64 Chilton Lane, Ramsgate CT11 0LQ

Beauty & The Copper Beasts

Lovelys Gallery, Northdown Road, Cliftonville

21 October – 4 November, 9am to 5pm

This autumn Lovelys Gallery presents Beauty & The Copper Beasts, an exhibition of copper sculptures by the celebrated and much loved Kent artist Emily Stone.

Following on from her hugely popular and successful 2015 exhibition at the gallery, Emily will once again transform the space into a magical and wondrous world of copper beasts in all shapes, colours and sizes

Saturday October 21

The Mad House, Westgate Pavilion

Westgate Pavilion director Lee Williams is the brains behind the terrifying maze based on the fictitious St Mildrith’s Waterfront Institution -nicknamed The Mad House – a cross between a hospital and a prison where doctors performed outrageous experiments.

And the award-winning scare attraction has now added a second maze – The FunHouse.

The FunHouse is approximately 30 minutes long and The Mad House 45 minutes.

The attraction is open on October 21-22 and October 26-29. Tours run from 7pm.


MadHouse £15

FunHouse £10

Combo £20

Find out more and book here

1st St Peter’s Sea Scouts

8am-4pm, the scouts will be selling sausages at Bunnings on both Saturday and Sunday to raise funds to buy a new minibus.

Charity Day

St Nicholas at Wade Church, The Street, 10am to 3pm

A wonderful opportunity to visit the beautiful St. Nicholas at Wade Church, stock up on Christmas cards, wrapping paper and other festive items whilst supporting a range of national and local charities in the process.

Get Spooked at Dreamland

Ghost hunts, creepy crawlies, a wizard battle and Monster Mash ball are just somer of the fun, free activities taking place for youngsters at Dreamland this half term.

Every day from October 21-29 there will be a full programme of spooky activities, entertainment, games and fun for all the family for Dreamland’s Get Spooked.

Daily activities for children will feature alongside the vintage rides, pop-up entertainment, roller disco and arcades at the park.

Children under 1.0m receive a free ride wristband with one paying adult.

Find the full programme here

Shark in the Park, Theatre Royal Margate

For little ones aged 3 and over

Fin-tastic tales of the Shark in the Park are coming to Margate.

All three of children’s author and illustrator Nick Sharratt’s Shark in the Park books will be performed at the Theatre Royal this month.

The tales follow Timothy Pope as he looks through his telescope and makes amazing discoveries.

The show is for children aged 3 and over.

It will be at the Theatre Royal on October 21 at 2pm.

Full Price £10
Concessions £7.50
Family Ticket £30 (available from the Box Office)
Booking fees – 50p per ticket in person/phone. £1.50 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 or click here

The Budapest Cafe Orchestra

Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs, at 7.30pm.

Enjoy the world of Eastern music with this magical café orchestra belting out a series of Balkan, Hungarian and other classical pieces.

Tickets £12 paid in advance/Friends. £14 on the doors.

Book by calling the Box Office on 01843 863701 or go to www.sarahthornetheatre.co.uk

Verdi’s Requiem

St Peter’s Church in Broadstairs, 7pm

Merry Opera returns to St Peter’s in Broadstairs with a staged production of Verdi’s Requiem.

This production follows the Company’s staged version of Handel’s Messiah that has been touring to churches since 2011 and has been seen by over 7,000 people.

The production is created and directed by John Ramster, who also staged the Messiah. He has directed for the Royal Northern College and the Handel Festival in the UK and in Portugal, Spain, France, Norway, Finland and Serbia.

As you take your seat for the performance, you’ll find that the church looks pretty much as it does every day: no special lighting, no lines of chairs for a choir, no music stands for an orchestra. The person sitting next to you may turn out to be one of the 12 professional opera singers.

The conductor is Mark Austin, who is artistic director of the Faust Chamber Orchestra, and whose contracts include work with the BBC & Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras and the Hangzhou Philarmonic in China.

The costumes are designed by Michelle Bradbury, whose credits include work at The Globe, the Chichester Festival Theatre, The Barbican, the Theatre Royal (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and the Manchester Opera House

The organist is Richard Leach, whose work includes performances in the Wigmore Hall, Charlton House, and live on Radio 3 and with the English Baroque Choir. He is also the organist at Ealing Abbey.

Tickets: £17

Box Office: Sarah Thorne Theatre on 01843 863701 (No booking fees)


Killicam night at Margate Winter Gardens

Charity bouts raising money for a specialised wheelchair for Archie Page

Killacam night features fighters from the UK, including the isle, and Europe.

The doors at 5.30pm with the charity boxing bouts  followed by the MMA fights with three belts on the line.

Money is also being raised for Archie through a crowdfunder page. Click here to donate 

VIP £650 (table of 10)
Standard £30 In advance, £35 on the night
Balcony £40

Book by calling 01843 292795 or click here

Read Archie’s story here

Sunday October 22

LDN Wrestling

Margate Winter Gardens, 5pm (doors 4:30pm)

The best wrestling action in the UK returns to Margate. This time, the superstars of LDN will be joined in the ring by WWE & ECW legend, Sabu.

This Sunday’s main event sees the 25 stone Crusher Curtis take on the former WWE and ECW hardcore star Sabu, in a no-holds barred match.

Sabu, 52, has been wrestling since his 20s and has worked for the global WWE. However, he made his name in ECW (extreme championship wrestling) and has toured nearly 120 countries around the world. There will also be a meet and greet with Sabu.

“It’s a great honour to come here and wrestle in this great country. I love coming to England and wrestling, the country has such great history and I’m proud to be part of it. I’ve had the privilege of wrestling all over the world and working for the WWE but coming to England is something I just cannot describe. I look forward to coming to Margate!”


Full Price £13, Concessions £11, Child £11, Group of 4 £44, Sabu meet & greet pass £11 + ticket

*Booking fee applies: 50p per ticket holder in person/phone, £1.50 per ticket holder online

Ages: 5+

Call 01843 292795 or click here

At The Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Lego Ninjago (U)

Directed by Paul Fisher, Charlie Bean & Bob Logan,

Starring Jackie Chan, Justin Theroux, Dave Franco and Olivia Munn

Friday 20 October / 3pm, 5.30pm

Saturday 21 October / 3pm, 5.30pm

Sunday 22 October / 3pm, 5.30pm

Monday 23 October / 3pm, 5.30pm

Tuesday 24 October / 3pm, 5.30pm

Wednesday 25 October / 3pm, 5.30pm

Thursday 26 October / 3pm, 5.30pm

Friday 27 October / 3pm

Saturday 28 October 3pm

Sunday 29 October / 3pm

The battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad.

Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu.

Mother! (18)

Directed by Darren Aranofsky,

Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer and Domhnall Gleeson

Saturday 21 October / 8pm

Sunday 22 October / 8pm

Friday 27 October / 6pm

A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. From filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream), Mother! stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer in this riveting psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice.

Click here for cinema website

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