14 things to see and do in Thanet this weekend (September 8-10)

Wheels and Fins Festival

Autumn seems to be well and truly here, the youngsters are back at school and the skies are grey. But it is the weekend once more and there are still plenty of things to go and see and do.

Friday, September 8

Wheels and Fins Festival

The three day sports and music fest at Joss Bay  starts today and runs until Sunday. The music line up will include Scots band Twin Atlantic, composed of Sam McTrusty, Barry McKenna, Ross McNae and Craig Kneale on the main stage on the Friday and Glastonbury-based Reef as the Sunday headliners.

The event will also host The UK Mini Ramp Champs and the UK Flatland BMX Champs events.

Find the full programme here

Undercover Festival at Dreamland

The Undercover Festival  at Dreamland, which is coming to Margate for the first time, is a two day celebration of alternative music including Punk, Ska, Dub  and Reggae.

Headliners include Tom Robinson doing his only south east show with the full band.

Undercover festival, usually based in Brighton,  uns on Friday, September 8 and Saturday, September 9 with the newly added after show on Sunday, September 10 at The Dug Out in Fort Hill.

Find a full guide here

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days  is running now until Sunday (September 10) with some 30 Thanet venues offering free entry for people to experience the area’s rich history, architecture and culture.

Thanet District Council’s tourism team has worked with the Ramsgate Society, Margate Civic Society and the Broadstairs Society to produce a wide-ranging programme of events for this year’s four-day festival.

Find all the venues taking part here

Pugin Week

The annual festival of Augustus Pugin – the designer of the Houses of Parliament – takes place in Ramsgate from now until 14th September.

Pugin Week celebrates the life and legacy of Augustus Pugin – the Ramsgate resident who designed Big Ben and led the worldwide Gothic Revival. He was one of the most influential designers and architects Britain has produced, and who made his home in Ramsgate. He lived 1812-1852, and his impact is still being felt today.

Friday 8th September
• 11am and 1pm Tours of St Augustine’s
• 2.30pm Ramsgate Costumed Walks meet at West Cliff Lift

Saturday 9th September
• All day Ride and Stride
• 11am, 1pm and 3pm Tours of St Augustine’s
• 12.30-3pm Children’s Activity Afternoon
• 4pm St Augustine’s Abbey: Digitally Reconstructed

10th September
• 12 noon Sung mass
• 2pm Churchyard Tour meet at the South Porch
• 7pm Pugin Concert £10

Monday 11th September
• 7pm Annual Pugin Lecture

Tuesday 12th September
• 2pm Talk and Tour
• 7pm John Hardman Powell and Ramsgate

Wednesday 13th September
• 7pm Restoration Illustrated: Our Heritage Lottery Fund project

Thursday 14th September
• 7pm Sung Requiem Mass

The full programme is available on the St Augustine website

Saturday (September 9)

Bye Bye Baby

Margate Winter Gardens, 7.30pm

A Celebration of ‘Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons’ presented by Europoe’s No 1 tribute ‘Bye Bye Baby’

Bye Bye Baby is more than your average tribute band; they deliver a full theatre show covering the journey of the Four Seasons from the very beginning up until the Disco era and the ‘Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’. In fact, a musical journey through the sounds of one of the most successful bands of all time.


Full Price £21, Bleachers £19, FOMT £2 OFF, Child £10, Table of 10 £180
Booking fee applies: 50p per ticket holder in person/phone, £1.50 per ticket holder online
Call 01843 292795 or click here

Craft Fair

Crafts at Quex

September 9-10, Quex Park

10am to 4pm

Midas Leisure present the Craft Fair at Quex in partnership with Jungle Jims.

Visit the craft village and enjoy the array of crafts and gifts and local Kentish food and drink.

Entertainment from the Cadet Band, a beer tent, barbecue and refreshments, outdoor children’s play area and lots more.

Raising funds for Kent Air Ambulance

Tickets £2 per person

Full details here

Margate Collectors Fair

10am-3pm, Union Church, Union Crescent

Margate Collectors Fair is run with Margate’s United Church and is a great opportunity to buy and sell:

Stamps – Postcards – Playing Cards – Militaria – Coins – Phone Cards – Cigarette Cards

Books –  Antiques and Small Collectibles

Refreshments available

Margate Caves postcard auction

A preview of around 150 art postcards that will be sold in a fundraising auction opens on Saturday (September 9).

Between September 9-16 the postcards will be on display at the Harbour Arm Gallery in Margate. The auction will take place on the final day at 2pm with Canterbury Auction Rooms heading the sale.

The art works are to be sold off to raise funds for the Margate Caves project, which is working to reopen the historic site in Northdown Road and create additional community facilities by 2019.

Find out more here

St Peter’s Village Tour

St Peter’s Church, Hopeville Avenue, 1.30pm

During the walking tour with your guide, you will meet many costumed characters from past centuries. You will see the flint built church and find out a little more about its long history. You will hear of conditions in the workhouse, the Newbolts breakfast concerts for hundreds of fashionable people, the tower used in the Napoleonic wars, famous (and infamous) local residents and our ancient seat of local government for the area.

The tour is conducted in groups of around ten and covers less than a mile of flat walking, but does involve standing for a number of 5 minute presentations. It includes a break for tea or coffee (although no break on evening tours, or wet weather tours). You are advised to allow two and a half hours for your tour. In very wet weather we provide an indoor alternative.

Access for visitors with disabilities. Children welcome, suggested minimum age of 10 years. At the end of the tour you are invited to contribute towards our costs which average £4 per adult.

Sunday (September 10)

Palm Bay PTFA Boot Fair

Palm Bay Avenue, 7am until noon

Palm Bay School welcome all to their PTFA boot fairs, raising funds for the school

Thanet Farmers Market

St George’s School, Broadstairs, 9am to 1pm

Thanet Farmers Market returns on 10 September after a short summer break.  The volunteer market managers, (Sarah, Martin and Charlotte) are thrilled to be back as are the majority of their regular stall holders including Beth’s Mogador, Stour Valley Games, Little Stour Orchard, Smoke and Spice, Independent Trotters, Once Upon a Cupcake, South Barn, the Tea Gentleman, Enzo’s Bakery, Baps and Bloomers and Crumbs Cakes.

This month you will also be able to pick up fruit and vegetables from PJ Farmshop.  Their local, seasonal and fresh produce will be located outside next to our cheery regular, Martin’s Plants.  PJ Farmshop will also have a stall inside selling ready meals for you.  Wynns Fabulous Fudge from Whitstable will be one of our Guest stalls this month with their handmade fudge.

They have over 20 stalls for you to browse and buy locally grown, made or produced food and drink from including: jams, smoke cheese, cider, cookies, cupcakes, pies, tarts, sausages, games, bread, cakes, pastries, fudge, tea, brownies, apple juice, chilli jam and much more.

Children coming to the market can take part in the FREE children’s activity run by one of the market volunteers.  In September your children will be able to make finger puppets between 10am and 11am.

The market café sells hot and cold drinks and freshly made to order bacon rolls.  There is plenty of seating and a nice friendly atmosphere to enjoy both your café and market purchases.

The Farmers Market also has a small craft section which in September will include, TAG Pet rescue and Linda Sampson and Silver by the Sea.  The FREE community stand this month is Windmill allotment and they will be promoting their services as well as looking for volunteers.

Whitstable Brass Band

Photo Dan Thomsett

Broadstairs bandstand

2.30pm until 4pm

At the Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Logan Lucky

Friday 8 September, 8pm

Saturday 9 September, 8.30pm

Sunday 10 September, 8pm

Monday 11 September. 5.45pm

Tuesday 12 September, 6pm

Wednesday 13 September, 5.45pm

Thursday 14 September, 8.30pm

Starring Daniel Craig, Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, Farrah Mackenzie and Seth MacFarlane

Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) recruit convicted safecracker Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) to execute an elaborate robbery during a NASCAR Speedway race.

If that wasn’t tricky enough, Joe is serving time for a previous job and needs to be broken out of prison so he can perform the technically audacious heist… and then be replaced back in jail hoping no-one will even notice he has been missing. Easy.



Saturday 9 September. 6pm

Tuesday 12 September, 3pm and 8.30pm

Thursday 14 September, 6pm

Starring Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke and Carrie Matchett

Maudie, based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Everett finds himself falling in love as Maudie finds surprising fame as a folk painter.