16 things to do and see in Thanet this weekend (September 22-24)

Roundabout Theatre Photo Frank Leppard

It’s time for our weekend guide again. Summer might be over but there are still plenty of things to see and do across the isle

Friday, September 22

Roundabout Theatre, Marine Gardens,Margate

Photo Frank Leppard

The Roundabout Theatre Festival started yesterday and has a packed programme of shows.

Today you could grab a ticket to see Cliffs Comedy Christmas Special at 9pm. Acts include Broadstairs’ Lou Sanders (as seen on Comedy Central, Dave, ITV, Channel 4, Sky and BBC Three), Cliftonville’s Charlie Partridge (as seen on BBC Three and heard on Radio 4) and Margate’s own transatlantic curio Matthew Kelly (Not that Matthew Kelly).

Expect oddness and jokes.

Tickets £10
Booking fees – 50p per ticket in person/phone. £1.50 per ticket online

There is also ‘Frankenstein’ at 5pm,a brand new adaptation for schools of Mary Shelley’s classic gothic novel. Directed by Iqbal Khan

Theatre Royal Margate is Box Clever’s Kent partner on “The Frankenstein Project”.

Full Price £10
Schools £5
Booking fees – 50p per ticket in person/phone. £1.50 per ticket online

Find the whole festival guide, including free events, and links for booking here

In and Out of Sea

Pie Factory Margate

A joint exhibition by isle artists Ross Andrews and Darren Lewis opens at Pie Factory Gallery in Margate tomorrow (September 22).

This is Darren’s and Ross’s second joint exhibition at the Pie Factory Gallery following their successful exhibition titled ‘Sand, Sea and Light’ in September 2016.

In and Out the Sea brings together the two artists using the same subject matter from very different approaches, perspectives and disciplines.

In and Out The Sea runs from September 22– October 3

Pie Factory Gallery, Broad Street, Margate

10am to 6pm daily

Find out more here

World Rhino Day

Powell Cotton Museum, Quex

Sessions in Gallery 6 11am-12pm, 12pm-1pm and 2pm-3pm

Celebrate World Rhino day. Listen to a story, make a rhino mask and find out more about these amazing animals.

Suitable for children aged 3 years and older.

Adults £8.95 & Children £6.50 (includes admission to the Museum, House and Gardens)
Members: Children £3.

Book here http://www.quexpark.co.uk/

Saturday, September 23

Binker and Moses

Olby’s Soul Café, Margate

London duo Binker and Moses kick of a newly formatted Margate Jazz Festival. Born either side of the Thames – Binker Golding north in Edmonton, Moses Boyd south in Catford – the pair met eight years ago and toured extensively as members of Zara McFarlane’s band, recording three albums for Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings.

heir new album released in June 2017, Journey to the Mountain of Forever, is a two-record set: the first disc features the duo on their own, while on the second they are joined by the great UK free jazz saxophonist Evan Parker, trumpeter Byron Wallen, harpist Tori Handsley, tabla player Sarathy Korwar and drummer Yussef Dayes.

The duo will perform at Olby’s, in King Street, Margate, from 7pm

Tickets cost £15.

Book here

Birchington Silver Band Concert

The Centre, Alpha Road, Birchington, 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Enjoy an afternoon concert by Birchington Silver Band including marches, light classics, music from the shows and popular melodies

Free entry (includes a raffle and collection)

Thanet Concert Band – A stage and screen music spectacular

St Andrew’s Church, Reading Street, Broadstairs, 7.30pm

Tickets £4, under-12s £3.50

On the door or call 01843 867344

Sunday, September 24

Cliftonville Farmers Market – 16th birthday celebration

The farmers market will mark its 16th birthday by hosting two bands, Brad Pittance and the Pirates from 11.30am – 1.and The Railway Swing Band from 2.30pm – 4.30pm.

The two concerts are in tribute to the late Keith Chadband, who organised the markets with wife June, and are part of a series of  Keith Chadband Memorial Concerts.

Keith organised and ran all the concerts on the Oval Bandstand for 10 years.

Wife June said: “ We feel it is a fitting tribute to him, particularly ending with the Big Band Sound, which was one of his favourites. The funding came from donations instead of flowers at his funeral and we received enough for the four concerts. Two we held in June and the last two will be on Sunday.

“It was Keith and I who started the farmers’ market in September 2001 with just 6 stalls, when markets were springing up in Kent, so we thought we would try one in Cliftonville, and here we are 16 years later.

“Personally, I think it is something to be proud of and a great achievement, as we are all unpaid volunteers, wanting to give something to the local community, and I think we have succeeded.”

The market is at the Oval Lawns from 10am to 1pm.

Flanders And Swann Drop Another Hat

Sarah Thorne theatre, Broadstairs, 7pm

Michael Bernstein and Colin Stevens are the original and best tribute show to the late Flanders and Swann but due to retirement this is your last chance to see them recreate some of the funniest songs written

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

Harlots and Hangers On

Broadstairs Pavilion, 3pm

Jane Wenham Jones

Jane Wenham-Jones hosts a conversation with Lucinda Hawksley and Hallie Rubenhold about the 18th/19th century underworld.

The event will take place at The Pavilion, Harbour Street, Broadstairs at 3pm. Tickets (£12.50, including a cream tea) are available from The Pavilion on 01843 600999.

Read what Jane has to say about it here

Mini Steam Fair

Crampton Tower, The Broadway, Broadstairs, 10am-4pm

A steam enthusiasts day with exhibits including a miniature beam engine.

Entry Free with donations gratefully accepted

Dreamland puppetry show season

Hall By The Sea, 2pm-3pm

Fireside Tales with Granddad
Cuddle up around the campfire as Granddad recalls a daring escape from a hungry shark. Tuck into a marshmallow or two as he attempts to make a new set of underpants for a giant. And watch as the shadows between the trees unravel a tale of greedy goblins, grumpy trolls, sneaky princes and a very unusual princess. Exquisite puppets, captivating storytelling, beautiful shadow puppetry combine to create an enchanting show guaranteed to spark the imagination of everyone from 4 -104.

£5 plus booking fee. Recommended for ages 4+.

Book here

Scratch-A-Round: Adventure In Performance

Roundabout Theatre, Margate, 5.30pm

Part of Looping the Loop Festival

Looping the Loop at Theatre Royal Margate and Paines Plough Roundabout Festival.

Come and join an Adventure in Performance, as new shows and ideas are presented in front of your eyes. Forget stuffy sitting back and watching, this is no one-way conversation – it’s Made in Thanet!

Tickets free. Book here http://theatreroyalmargate.com/event/roundabout-festival-2017/

OhSoRetro car show

Photo Nick Simmo Photography

Palm Bay rec, Palm Bay Avenue, 10am to 4pm

Classic and retro car enthusiasts will be able to check out more than 1,000 vehicles at this year’s OhSoRetroShow in Palm Bay.

This year there will be more than 50 club stands and a Top 20 show and shine competition.

There will also be a Sinclair C5 display, radio control drift track hosted by Slide Dynamics RC, a race simulator van and more.

Entry is £5 per person and under-16s free.

Find out more here

At the Palace Cinema

Victoria and Abdul (PG)

Directed by Stephen Frears,

Starring Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Olivia Williams, Michael Gambon, Simon Callow and Eddie Izzard

Friday 22 September, 8pm

Saturday 23 September, 6pm

Sunday 24 September, 8pm

Monday 25 September, 5.45pm

Tuesday 26 September, 3pm

Wednesday 27 September, 5.45pm

Thursday 28 September, 6pm

From the director of The Queen and Philomena comes this extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule.

When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favour with the Queen herself. Almost as surprised as the rest of the Queen’s bemused and slightly jealous court.

As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.


Saturday 23 September, 8.30pm

Tuesday 26 September, 6pm

Thursday 28 September, 8.30pm

In this critically acclaimed singular exploration of love and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost (Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea) returns to his home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife (Rooney Mara – Carol) only to find that in his spectral state he has become unstuck in time, forced to watch passively as the life he knew and the woman he loves slowly slip into new directions without him.

Increasingly unmoored, the ghost embarks on a cosmic journey through memory and history, confronting life’s ineffable questions and the enormity of existence. An unforgettable meditation on love and grief, A Ghost Story emerges ecstatic and surreal – a wholly unique experience.

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