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.
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.
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.
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
• 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
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
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
2.30pm until 4pm
At the Palace Cinema, Broadstairs
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.