19 things to do and see in Thanet this weekend (June 2-4)

Try out the new Coastal Explorer packs

It is almost the end of the working week and the sun is shining (hopefully for a bit longer).

Here are 19 things going on in Thanet this weekend to keep you amused

Friday, June 2

Micro Museum Space adventure

Mike and Carol Deer, owners of The Micro Museum, are delighted to announce that visitors to the Museum for the Space weekend, which runs from Friday, June 2 to Sunday June 4, will be able to enjoy an extra treat.

Not only will they be able to play games in fictional space on the many consoles, they will also be able to see and explore the real universe using Stellarium.

Nick Thompson, volunteer at the museum and organiser of this fascinating additional feature of the Space weekend, said: “Stellarium is a powerful virtual planetarium that you can use on any computer, tablet or smartphone, allowing you to explore the entire cosmos and locate any object in the night sky.  You can see planets, stars and galaxies.  We will have a demo set up at the museum so that visitors can get some basic instruction in how to use Stellarium and how to load the app onto their own devices”.

Nick is a keen member of the Thanet Astronomy Group and he and members of the group will be present to talk about Stellarium and other aspects of astronomy.

The Micro Museum is at 11 Church Hill in Ramsgate and will be open from 1pm to 4pm on all three days of the event.

From Wasteland to Wasteland First Friday event

Marine Studios at 6.30pm

Artist Dawn Cole and 4 other Thanet based artists present their research and development of  the project exploring the Lochnagar Crater in France and  T S Eliot.

The exhibition also runs on Saturday (June 3) from 11am to 3pm.

Cowardy Custard at the Sarah Thorne Theatre

Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3 at 7.30pm and Sunday, June 4 at 2.30pm.

£12 paid in advance/Friends

£14 on the door

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

Dean Spinks photography exhibition

Dean Spinks

Isle photographer Dean Spinks holds his first solo exhibition at Bernies Chocolate Lounge Margate. (Part of Imperial building).

There’s a Selection of 32 images on display

June 2-June 29

Race night at The Goose, Ramsgate

A race night to support the dressing of Ramsgate town centre for Ramsgate Week and the Ramsgate Festival!

One of the main activities the business community will doing is raising bunting around the town to give it a great nautical look and showcase our town to the visitors to Ramsgate. The decorations and work will be done by local Ramsgate artists, volunteers and crafters and will focus heavily on recycling.

The Goose, Harbour Street, Ramsgate,7pm.

Saturday, June 3

King Ethelbert School Summer fair


More than 30 stalls, face painting, refreshments, Johnny Meah from Heart Fm and a special guest between 11am – 1pm – an actual Stormtrooper! Have your photo taken for a donation to the Steve Reeve wheelchair fundraiser..

Jungle Book at Theatre Royal Margate

Mowgli the man cub has escaped the clutches of the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan, who is intent on revenge. Adopted by wolves Mowgli is taught the ways of the jungle by Baloo the Bear and his friend good Bagheera.

Sticking fairly faithfully to the original storyline, with the introduction of pantomime characters as Jane (the dame) and two mischief makers (Chitter and Chatter), the variety of songs ensure a well-rounded show suitable for all the family.
Saturday 3 June – 6:30pm
Sunday 4 June – 11am & 3pm

Full Price £10
Concessions £8

Theatre Royal

01843 292795

Author Tom Rhattigan at Waterstones

Margate resident and author Tom Rhattigan will be signing copies of his book, 1963-A Slice of Bread and Jam, at Waterstones, Westwood Cross.

The tale is set amid the derelict terraced houses of Manchester’s Hulme, and is one boy’s year of adventure, abuse, crippling poverty and an encounter with The Moors Murderers

He will be at the store from 10.30am to close.

Contact the store on 01843 865254 to reserve a copy.

 A Place to Stand, works by Alan Root

Pie Factory Gallery Margate

June 3-6

11am-4.30pm daily or by appointment: 07879 774211

Not very Private View: Friday 2nd June 2017 6pm-8pm

Born in London in 1946 Alan recently moved to the east coast where he fell in with artists of great talent and extraordinary patience. Surrendering his last few pennies on a studio, Alan pursued the creative urge to gain expertise with oils acrylic, wire, coffee makers and daytime television.

Another year has past and again the accumulated body of work has covered most of the available wall space in his home and become a walking hazard in the corridors and the studio and so another exhibition was born.

Val Whitehouse has joined in this year with a series of abstracts based on the seasons and three that aren’t.

Pie Factory

5 Broad Street, Margate

DJ Lord Anthony

Scenic Stage at Dreamland

From 2pm


St Augustine visitor centre opening

The new visitor centre and restored church interior will be officially opened and blessed by Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark.

This will consist of a service of Vespers, followed by the opening.

St Augustine and shrine of Pugin

St Augustine Road


Hornets Boxing Academy Boxing Night

Royal Harbour Academy upper school, Stirling Way, Ramsgate

Weigh in 4.30pm, boxing starts 6pm.

Tickets £12 adults, £5 children

Call 07815 002228

Sunday June 4

Craft And Gift Fair

Broadstairs Pavilion Craft and Gift Fair

Admission Free

Open 10am – 4pm

Handmade & Vintage Fair

Local and East Kent makers and sellers showing and sharing their work

Stall bookings and info: Janice via marketstalls@yahoo.co.uk or 07946 147032

Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, 11am to 5pm

The Great Bucket And Spade Run

Government Acre, 10am to 4pm

Annual historic classic car run to Government Acre on Ramsgate seafront, now in its 36th year.

Presented by Ramsgate Old Motor and Motor Cycle Club. A display of vehicles dating from 1920 to modern day, varying in makes and models.

Fun day for all the family of any age to enjoy with stalls selling various goods, sideshows and children’s rides.

The ride will start from Challock, Kent with approximately 300 classic vehicles of various types arriving at Government Acre between 10.30am and 12pm

Coastal Explorers

Try out the new Coastal Explorer packs

If it is going to be a day down the beach for your family then check out the Thanet council Coastal Explorer packs.

The packs include a trail map showing where you can join in activities such as ‘art on the beach’, ‘seaweed and shell search’, ‘write a postcard’,  ‘play hopscotch’ and learn about the weather and clouds.

  • Historical  photos
  • Binoculars
  • Compass
  • Rock-pooling net
  • Marine life identification sheets
  • Lightweight waterproof backpack

How to get your packs:

  • The Coastal Explorer Packs will be available to hire for £5 from Friday, 26 May.
  • Customers will be asked to leave proof of ID such as driving licence or passport as a deposit.
  • Available from:
    – Thanet Visitor Information Centre, Margate;
    – Customs House, Ramsgate;
    – Lillyputt Minigolf, Broadstairs.
  • Two packs are included in the hire package for the Community Beach Huts, on Margate and Ramsgate Main Sands.
  • Coastal Explorers are invited to share their experiences of the pack with @visitthanet on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using #coastalexplorers.

Further information on the Coastal Explorer packs can be found on www.visitthanet.co.uk/coastalexplorers

At the cinema

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul (U) at Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Directed by David Bowers

Starring Jason Drucker, Alicia Silverstone, Owen Aszatalos and Chris Coppola

Friday 2 June – 3pm

Saturday 3 June – 3pm

Sunday 4 June – 3pm

Based on the record-breaking book series, the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie finds the Heffley family on a zany road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party. Naturally it all goes hilariously off course, mainly thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to get to a video game convention and (finally!) become famous.

The Time of Their Lives (12A), Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Directed by Roger Goldby

Starring Pauline Collins, Joan Collins, Franco Nero & Joely Richardson

Friday 2 June – 7.30pm

Saturday 3 June – 6pm

Sunday 4 June – 7.30pm

Monday 5 June – 5.30pm

Tuesday 6 June – 3pm

Wednesday 7 June – 5.30pm

Thursday 8 June – 6pm

A feel-good character-driven British comedy starring Joan Collins, Oscar nominee and BAFTA winner Pauline Collins (Shirley Valentine), and Italian heartthrob Franco Nero. Determined to gatecrash her ex-lover’s funeral on the glamorous French hideaway of Îe-de-Ré, former Hollywood siren Helen (Joan Collins) escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla (Pauline Collins), a repressed English housewife stuck in a fading marriage. Pooling their limited resources, they hit the road in a race to get to Île-de-Ré, becoming entangled in a love triangle with a reclusive Italian millionaire (Franco Nero) along the way.

Frantz (12A), Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Directed by François Ozon, France

Starring Pierre Niney, Paula Beer and Ernst Stötzner

In French with English subtitles

Saturday 3 June – 8.30pm

Tuesday 6 June – 6pm

Thursday 8 June /-8.30pm

In the aftermath of WWI, a young German woman, bereft after the death of her fiancé, spots mysterious Frenchman Adrien visiting her fiancé’s grave to lay flowers. Who is Adrien? How did he know her fiancé? What was their relationship and what does he want from Anna now?

Palace Cinema

Harbour Street, Broadstairs

01843 865726