17 things to do and see in Thanet this weekend (July 7-9)

Fun for the weekend

Hurrah, it’s Friday, the sun’s out and most of us have two glorious days off work.

Here is our pick of things to do this weekend.

Friday (July 7)

The Falcon Inn, Westwood

Fancy a pint? The former Grog wench pub reopens at 7pm with new landlords and a new name.

There will be live music, a bouncy castle and a barbecue.

Find out more here

Thanet Exposed

Photo Brian Whitehead

A last chance to see an exhibition of stunning images by isle photographers.

Seventeen members of facebook group Big Up Thanet, many also regular contributors to The Isle of Thanet News, are showing their photos at the New Kent Art Gallery and Studio at 49a Albion Street, Broadstairs.

The Big Up Thanet – Thanet Exposed exhibition will be on display  until July 9 and will also include work from local artists.

The gallery is open from 10am-4pm.

Saturday (July 8)

Artgate – part of the Margate Festival

Art installations created by 80 children at four neglected sites in Margate will be unveiled on July 8.

The artworks are the result of an 18-month project between Turner Contemporary and four primary schools called Art Inspiring Change.

Pupils have been encouraged to find their voices, take the lead and show how they think Margate should be regenerated through working with artists, Thanet District Council, the team at Turner Contemporary, a philosopher and the wider community.

There are four artworks on four separate plots by four sets of Young Art Leaders from four primary schools – Holy Trinity & St John’s Primary School, Northdown Primary School, Palm Bay Primary School and Salmestone Primary School

The locations stretch from one end of Margate to the other and there is a set walking trail if you want to visit them all.

At each site there will be singing, music and art and craft workshops from 11am to 3pm when a drummer will round up the crowd at each site and lead everyone, artworks in hand, towards Turner Contemporary to join up with the other schools for final celebrations.

The event will end by 4.30pm.

Battles for Victory

Photo Martin Cook

Ellington Park, Ramsgate, open Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm. Entry £2

A rare chance to see the only big band performing the music of Glenn Miller that has direct family links to the musician will take place at the Battle for Victory event in Ramsgate.

The John Miller Band will be playing on the second day of the two-day event at Ellington Park this weekend (July 8-9).

Other attractions include a military and vintage vehicle display, wartime reenactors, stalls, bars, barbecue and a NAAFI wagon and vintage funfair and miniature steam engine rides.

Find the full programme here

Roachford at Olby’s Soul Cafe

3-5 King Street, 7.30pm

Andrew Roachford was born in London. The band was formed in 1987, the line-up featuring Andrew Roachford (vocals, keyboards, percussion), Chris Taylor (drums), Hawi Gondwe (guitars) and Derrick Taylor (bass guitar). By 1988 the band were touring, supporting acts such as Terence Trent D’Arby and The Christians. Shortly afterward, a seven album recording contract with Columbia was signed. They went on to have a string of success throughout the 1990s, becoming Columbia’s biggest selling UK act for ten years.

Roachford released his first solo album, Heart of the Matter, in 2003. His next album Word of Mouth was released in June 2005 under the band name Roachford. In 2010, Roachford joined Mike + The Mechanics along with Tim Howar. The following year the album The Road was released featuring Roachford and Howar as lead vocalists.

Tickets £15 on door

Shakespeare on the beach

Photo Nicholas Dawkes

Margate Main Sands

Theatre lovers can grab a chair on the main sands for a production of Hamlet.

Changeling Theatre performs the Shakespearian tale of Hamlet, a young man with everything going for him. A wealthy prince, a successful student, living the good life overseas. But when word reaches him that his father is dead, his world starts to fall apart.

Returning home he finds his mother has remarried his uncle, and his rightful succession to the throne has been snatched from under him. Everything in his universe has changed, and he struggles to understand it. Hamlet faces a difficult choice: to accept this new reality or to rebel against it.

The performance is at 7:30pm

Reserved Deck Chair £10 -only on sale through the box office on 01843 292795
Ages 8+

Spiderman at Ramsgate Micro Museum

Saturday and Sunday, 1pm-4pm

If you like hanging about in the world of old tech, swing on over to The Micro Museum for two afternoons of being Spiderman on the classic games consoles.  Visitors can use their ‘spider sense’ to save the city and the world from villains and criminals, on all the games which will be added to the usual array in the Museum.

Owners Mike and Carol Deer are offering a discounted entry of just £2 to all kids (aged 14 years and younger) who come along dressed as Spiderman.  Carol said; “It would be great fun to have lots of Spidey characters to photograph during this themed-games event.  We love to share the photos of our visitors on our facebook page”.

Standard entry is £8 for families, £4 for adults and £3 for kids.

The Micro Museum 11 Church Hill Ramsgate

Thanet Concert Band

Dan Thomsett

Broadstairs bandstand, Victoria Parade

2.30pm until 4pm

The Medway Brass Band and The Bradstow Singers

Sarah Thorne theatre, Broadstairs, 7pm

This concert is a collaboration with The Bradstow Singers and the Medway Brass Band. The first half will be a celebration of American music and film music, to be followed in the  second half by a “Last Night of the Proms” and other well-known British favourites. We will be joined by local mezzo-soprano Sian Woodling. £10 paid in advance/friends, £12 on the doors (Unreserved seating)

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

 Wisewoods Dance 2017

Margate Winter Gardens

Saturday 8 July – 7pm
Sunday 9 July – 12pm and 5pm

Full Price £14
Family of 4 (Max 2 Adults) £52

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

Call 01843 292795 or click here


Comedy Club 4 Kids

Dreamland, 3pm-4pm

Since 2005, the Comedy Club 4 Kids has been getting the best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit to do their thing for an audience of children and their families… but without the rude bits! It’s just like a normal comedy club, but it’s on in the day, kids are allowed in.

Acts will be performing on the Scenic Stage.

Broadstairs Seafront Open Air Art Exhibition

10am to 5pm

Broadstairs & St. Peter’s Art Group

Broadstairs Seafront Railings by the lift

Exhibition showcasing wide range of group members’ talents comprising paintings in all media, embroideries, ceramics and stained glass.

All work for sale – original art at affordable prices

Palm Bay PTFA Boot Fair


Palm Bay School welcome all to their PTFA Boot Fairs.

It’s A Knockout

Government Acre, Ramsgate, 11:30am-3: 30pm

The Pilgrims Hospices knockout  will be at Government Acre  with colourful inflatables, obstacles of many shapes and sizes and a raft of games both wet and dry!

Teams will battle it out to be crowned the winner.

Find out more here

Thanet Farmers Market

St George’s School, Broadstairs, 9.30am-1pm

Locally produced food and drink including meat, fruit and veg, eggs, bread, cheese, cakes, jam, chutney, fruit juice, cider and beer.

Guest craft stalls and Market Cafe.

Most of the market is inside and there is plenty of free parking on site.

At the Palace cinema, Broadstairs

Hampstead (12A)

Directed by Joel Hopkins, Starring Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleason, Lesley Manville and Simon Callow

Friday 7 July / 8pm

Saturday 8 July / 8.30pm

Sunday 9 July / 8pm

Monday 10 July / 6pm

Tuesday 11 July / 3pm, 6pm

Wednesday 12 July / 6pm

Thursday 13 July / 6pm

Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson pair beautifully in this funny true story of a recent widower and her unlikely alliance with an eccentric man living on Hampstead Heath battling unscrupulous property developers.

Berlin Syndrome (15)

Directed by Cate Shortland, Starring Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt and Lucie Aron

In English with some German and Russian subtitles

Saturday 8 July / 6pm

Tuesday 11 July / 8.30pm

Thursday 13 July / 8.30pm

An Australian backpacker in Berlin begins a relationship with a schoolteacher, who soon reveals himself to be a dangerous obsessive.