16 things to see and do in Thanet this weekend (October 13-15)

Fun for the weekend

It’s that time again, two whole days of freedom (for most of us) and a whole raft of things to keep the family amused going on in Thanet.

Here’s our list of Thanet things to see and do this weekend.

Friday, October 13

Busman’s Holiday at the New Kent Art Gallery, Broadstairs

Running from now until Sunday, October 15

Isle photographer Mel Chennell is exhibiting alongside gallery curators Brian Hodgson and Karen Lawrence this week at the New Kent Art Gallery and Studio in Albion Street, Broadstairs.

Thanet and non-Thanet artwork is on show, including Mel’s current favourite photograph, “Indigo’s Dream” which was recently placed 2nd out of 2400 entries on Photocrowd.

Brian produces beautiful atmospheric studies of light and shade and Karen brings her usual mixture of illustrative works, resin pieces and oil palette knife studies of the local coast and Broadstairs town.

Tracey Emin: My Bed and JMW Turner

Turner Contemporary October 13- January 14 2018.

Tracey Emin’s controversial installation My Bed is on display alongside a collection of JMW Turner’s seascapes and stormy skies, loaned from Tate’s collection and chosen by the artist.

My Bed famously features Emin’s own bed and gives a snapshot of her life after a traumatic relationship breakdown.

Admission to Turner Contemporary is free

Opening times:

Tuesday – Sunday and public holidays 10am – 5pm

Closed Mondays except public holidays

Read more about Tracey Emin’s installation here

Chasing The Light: Julian Lovegrove

York Street Gallery, Ramsgate until October 18

Isle artist Julian Lovegrove displays his work at York Street Gallery every two years.

Chasing The Light is his third exhibition at the gallery.

The latest batch of works are mainly in oils, a change from Julian’s traditional watercolours and Indian ink works.

York Street Gallery, 22 York Street, Ramsgate

Opening Times

Monday – 10.30am – Noon (afternoons by appointment)

Tuesday – Saturday – 10.30am – 4.00pm

Sunday – 11am – 4pm

Or by appointment outside normal hours

Read more about the exhibition here

Jean Arp: The Poetry Of Forms

Turner Contemporary, October 13- January 14, 2018

Turner Contemporary is bringing the first exhibition of Jean Arp’s work in a public gallery to the UK since his death in 1966 in collaboration with the Kröller-Müller  Museum in The Netherlands.

This landmark exhibition comprises over 70 loans of work, the majority of which have never been on display in the UK. As well as drawings, collages, paintings, wood reliefs and sculptures, the exhibition explores Arp’s poetry, adding a new dimension to his biomorphic sculptures with flashes of the artist’s ingenuity.

Saturday, October 14

Book signing

Isle author and The Isle of Thanet News columnist Matthew Munson will be signing copies of his book, Elysium’s Shadow, at Broadstairs Library between 11am and 1.30pm.

Artists Open Houses

October 14-15

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

  • 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 15th October
• Anita Bates, Alison Jones, Molly Pickles and Theresa Smith – 64 Chilton Lane, Ramsgate CT11 0LQ

Open Studios at Pie Factory Margate

October 14-15, 11am to 5pm

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to visit the studios of Pie Factory Margate during the first weekend of East Kent Artists’ Open Houses 2017.  Call in to see where the creative process takes place, meet the artists and makers and view and purchase the work.

Neil Dixon, Jenny Duff, Don Eachells, Girl Mad as Birds, Maple Tea Press, Sweet Potato & Friends and Clare Youngs will all be in the studios showing paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics, tablemats and paper art.

Also on in the Gallery at Pie Factory Margate during East Kent Artists’ Open Houses Earth Lines : Marilyn Williams, Steve Lobb, David White, painting and pottery

The Studios, Pie Factory Margate, 9 Broad Street, Margate CT9 1EW



For All The Fires Not Yet Lit

Theatre Royal Margate, 7.30pm

A solo performance from singer and storyteller Catherine Ireton about courage.

Bride-to-be Claire wakes with a nagging feeling that something isn’t quite right. There’s too much to do, her bottle of Lucozade has started being mean to her and there’s no milk for a cup of tea. So it is that a morning outing to the shops turns into an odyssey of tiny proportions in which Claire attempts to locate her brave bone. “being scared can be a good thing. It’s where adventures begin”

This small, tender and mighty story of everyday bravery is a clarion call to be brave in an age in which we are constantly told to be fearful. Because courage, like fear, can be contagious.

For those aged 12 and over

Full Price £12
Concessions £10
Booking fees – 50p per ticket in person/phone. £1.50 per ticket online

To book call 01843 292795 or click here

Memories from the Dream Factory

The Dreamland Trust, Dreamland

The exhibition is a collection of original photographs, posters and printed literature of the amusement park over the years. Many of the items date from the 1920s and 1930s, through the war years, the infamous Mods and Rockers era and beyond. The oldest exhibits date from 1913, promoting the famous ‘Hall by the Sea’, Dreamland’s predecessor.

The collection is owned by Nick Evans, author of the book Dreamland Revived, which charts the park’s history. All of the photographs and literature formed part of Dreamland’s reference collection but were given to Nick’s late father, Bill Evans, who was the holding company’s press officer for much of the 1970s and early 1980s, ahead of the park being acquired by the Bembom Brothers in 1981.

Nick said: “It’s thanks to Bill that we have the collection at all. It was very nearly all thrown away as the outgoing owners were clearing the decks after agreeing terms with the Bemboms. Dad stepped in and asked if he could have the material – to be told to help himself as it was otherwise heading for a skip outside.

“Many of the items on display are the sole surviving examples of their kind and thanks to careful handling and storage over the decades they are in extremely good condition.

“By chance, the exhibition opens to the public on the 22nd anniversary of Bill’s death – he would have been delighted that the collection he saved was on display like this for the first time.”

Memories from the Dream Factory will be open weekends during October. Copies of Nick’s book will be available to buy and he will be on hand some of the time to sign them.

Bernie Morgan, Chair of the Dreamland Trust said: “We are delighted to be able to display this wonderful collection of photographs and prints which demonstrate the incredible heritage and history of Dreamland.”

The collection, some of which is fragile due to its age, was expertly framed by Lovely’s of Northdown Road, Margate.

Mister Maker and The Shapes

Margate Winter Gardens. 1.30pm

BBC’s Mister Maker encourages Mini Makers and grown-ups to sing, dance and make some noise!

There’s a big ‘make’ to take part in, lots of audience participation and….The Shapes!

For ages  2-8


Full Price £14, Child £11.50, Group £48

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

Call 01843 292795 or click here

The Sounds of Simon

Sarah Thorne Theatre Company, Broadstairs, 7.30pm

A tribute to the music of Simon & Garfunkel. Hear how the songs should be sung: just two voices and one guitar. With Ben Bowden and Adam Ellis.

Tickets £13 paid in Advance/Friends. £15 on the doors.

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

Puppetry Season: Puppetry And Crafts

Dreamland, 11am to 3pm

£5 + booking fee, Discount for Members

Join Teddy and Betty, for an afternoon of arts and crafts. Storytelling with Teddy and Betty puppet shows and even take part in your own puppet making.

Drop-in session, where guests can visit at any point between the two times.

For more click here

Sleeping Beauty Vienna Festival Ballet

Margate Winter Gardens, 5pm

Vienna Festival Ballet present Sleeping Beauty, the classic fairytale set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, stunning choreography, beautiful costumes all combine to portray the struggle between good and evil.

The wicked Carbosse casts a spell on Princess Aurora proclaiming that she will one day prick her finger – and die.  The Lilac Fairy changes the spell, and instead on the fateful day the Princess and the entire Palace fall into a deep sleep. A century later Prince Florimund revives the Princess with a kiss, the Palace awakes and a parade of fairytale characters attend the wedding.

Full Price £19.50
Concessions £18.50
Child £13.50
Schools £12

Booking fees – 50p per ticket in person/phone. £1.50 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 or click here

The London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra

Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs, 7pm

Back by public demand this unique colourful mix of music and comedy returns to Broadstairs

Tickets £10 paid in advance/Friends. £12 on the doors.

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

At The Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG)

Directed by Simon Curtis,

Starring Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Kelly Macdonald

Friday 13 October / 8pm

Saturday 14 October 6pm

Sunday 15 October / 8pm

Monday 16 October / 5.45pm

Tuesday 17 October / 3pm

Wednesday 18 October / 5.45pm

Thursday 19 October / 6pm

A rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh.

From Simon Curtis, the director of My Week With Marilyn, comes this enchanting story of one of the birth of Britain’s best loved children’s characters.  Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

Wind River (15)

Directed by Taylor Sheridan

Starring Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen and Graham Greene

Saturday 14 October 8.30pm

Tuesday 17 October / 6pm

Thursday 19 October / 8.30pm

The writer of Sicario and Hell or High Water directs this terrifically tense grown-up thriller as rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) teams up with a local game tracker (Jeremy Renner) to investigate a murder on a remote Native American Reservation.

When tracker Cory (Jeremy Renner) discovers a body in the wilderness of the Wind River Indian Reservation, the FBI sends out rookie agent Jane Banner (Elizabeth Olsen) to investigate, and the pair head out into the treacherous snow-scape to hunt for a predator of a very different kind.

With a brilliant soundtrack from Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, this is one of the standout thrillers of 2017.

Find out more here

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