17 things to see and do in Thanet this weekend (August 4-6)

Margate Carnival is this Sunday

It’s that time again, two whole days off work, and  there is plenty to keep you amused.

Friday, August 4

Sunset Session at Dreamland

Bring Your Own Brass will be bringing the naughtiest noughties mashups, spine-tingling hip-hop licks and some tasty Latin and tropical flavours to the park, fresh from playing at Glastonbury. The fun starts at 6pm.

Dreamland’s Sunset Sessions run until 10pm and are free to enter. In addition to the live music, there is a special wristband offer. Unlimited ride wristbands during the Sunset Sessions are priced at £12.50 for Big Kids (over 1.25m) and £9.00 for Little Kids (under 1.25m).

Free tickets to all of the park’s Sunset Sessions are available in advance online via dreamland.co.uk. Booking is highly recommended

Margate Soul Festival

American R&B and jazz funk band The Blackbyrds are the headliners for the Margate Soul Weekend.

Hosted by Mi-Soul Radio, it will feature live performances both on Saturday and Sunday, during the festival on August 4-6, alongside a huge line up of DJs.

The event boats more than 50 DJs, two stages, seven themed venues and four major live acts.

The soul festival takes over  Margate, including the old town, market, Winter Gardens and harbour.

On from August 4-6, find your full guide here 

ODT Space

Micro Museum, Ramsgate

The Team at The Micro Museum will be putting a new game into the ODT Space – the place to find – and have a go at – the oddest, most obscure or just plain bizarre games ever made.

If you were a gamer in the early 1990s you will know this phrase

“All your base are belong to us” and will know just why the game Zero Wing for the Sega Megadrive is perfect for the ODT Space.  Although it is an enjoyable classic shmup (shoot-em-up) game it has one really quirky aspect that sets it apart.

Jamie Ferguson, museum volunteer, who is lending his own copy of Zero Wing for visitors to enjoy, explained: “Zero Wing has come to be famous because it is the unwitting source of one of the most popular internet memes of all time. The opening sequence of the console version has some of the most unintentionally hilarious mis-translations from the original Japanese in video game history”.

You can see just how funny it is and enjoy playing Zero Wing for yourself during two (long) weekends  Friday 4 – Sunday 6 August as well as Friday 11 – Sunday 13 August.  1pm-4pm on all days.

The game will be available alongside all the usual fun to be had at The Micro Museum on Church Hill in Ramsgate.

Earth, Spirit and Soul exhibition

Pie Factory Gallery, Broad Street, Margate

A  group show combining artworks from a diverse range of materials, techniques and processes. Artists  Kimberley Money, Dee Wild, Ian Barrowcliffe, Nelson Were, Justin Gilday and Emily Tull  express their passions through representational, objective, subjective and abstraction which together produces an eclectic statement of their own experiences of this Earth.

The exhibition includes artworks in silver, leather, thread, glass, paint, print and pastel. It runs until August 8th and is part of this year’s Margate Festival. More artworks from some of the artists can also be found across the road at eclecTic Art gallery.

Exhibition is open 10am – 4pm and runs until August 9.

Summer Of Love 50th Anniversary Tour

Ramsgate Music Hall, 7.30pm

Relive the…Summer of Love  ’67-’17

50th anniversary tour featuring Mike Heron & Trembling Bells, Ed Askew

Admission £15

Messham’s Wall of Death at Dreamland.

Shows are on every hour from 11.30am until 4.30pm (last show) each day until Sunday, August 6.

Entry to the amusement park is free. Tickets for the Wall of Death show are £3.50 or £3 for park members.

Find out more here

Funky Friday Disability Youth Club

Ramsgate Youth Centre, High Street, St Lawrence

Age 11-25 6-8pm Sport, Pool, 5-a-side Football, Art, Cookery, Music, Gardening Projects & Events

Saturday, August 5

QEQM League of Friends fun day, dog show and health fete

The League of Friends of QEQM Hospital is holding a Summer fete on  in the maternity car park on the St Peter’s Road side of the hospital.  This year the fete is held in conjunction with a Health Fair run by East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, which will showcase specialist healthcare services available in the area.

The event will be opened at 10.30am by the Mayor of Margate and will finish at 1.30pm after the raffle is drawn.

The morning’s attractions include the very popular Fun Dog Show with 12 classes, such as “most handsome dog” and “dog with the waggiest tail”.  Entries to the show are taken from 9.30am with judging commencing at 10.30am. Entries cost £1 for each class.

There will be lots of stalls selling bric-a-brac, books, refreshments, and plants as well as tombolas and a raffle with 1st prize of £100.  Punch and Judy will give two performances during the fete.  Disco Fever will provide music for the event.

All funds raised by the event will benefit the QEQM Hospital

For all enquiries about the fete, please leave a message on the League’s answerphone on 01843 234507 or search for QEQM Hospital League of Friends on Facebook.  For enquiries about the Health Fair, please phone 07917790322.

Antony Gormley: Another Time

05 August – 30 November

Another Place is one of Antony Gormley’s cast iron sculptures from his series ANOTHER TIME, and will be sited on the chalk bed in front of Turner Contemporary early this August.

Visible from the Turner Contemporary Gallery windows, the solitary figure in Margate invites us to reflect upon the fundamental experience of being human, of inhabiting a human body. Like other works by Gormley it is a cast of his own body, offering a trace of its existence.

Find the full details here

Birchington And Westgate-On-Sea Crafty Crew

Church House, Birchington, 10am-3pm

If you make handmade crafts and would like to book a table, please email bwcraftycrew@gmail.com

Unique crafts and gifts all handmade – baby clothes, bird feeders, cakes, cards, crystal sun-catchers, and more.

Refreshments available and a raffle supporting Rainbow Ward at the QEQM Hospital

Other Craft Fair dates for 2017: Saturday 3rd June, Saturday 1st July, Saturday 5th August, 2nd September, Saturday 7th October and Saturday 2nd December.

Find out more here

Burt Butler’s Jazz Pilgrims

Broadstairs bandstand, 2pm-4pm

Cliftonville Games

Dane Park, noon-4pm

Day of family fun with races, dog shows, inflatables, glitter painting, crafts, footie, under-5s area and free fruit juice for the kids

Joe Pasquale – The Devil In Disguise

Theatre Royal, 7.30pm

We all have a good side and a dark side, and a backside, so come and witness Joe showing off all three

Tickets* Full Price £17.50, Friends £15, Restricted View £14
*Booking fee applies: 50p per ticket holder in person/phone, £1.50 per ticket holder online
Ages: 10+
Call 01843 292795 or click here

Sunset Session, Dreamland

Photo Roy Foord

6pm-10pm,Trojan Sound System

Free entry

Book your free ticket to guarantee entry..

Founded in 1968, they were one of many labels in the United Kingdom that fed the ska, rock steady and reggae craze sweeping the country.

It’s time to escape the rat race, dust off the braces, polish the boots and moonstomp down to Dreamland for a slice of real Jamaican sounds.

Formed in 2004, London based Trojan Sound System are an institution in Sound System culture. A legendary team of selecta and vocalists, they relentlessly tour the globe, representing the most seminal Reggae and Ska record label in history. For the past decade, Trojan Sound System have spread their message of love and unity through the power of Ska, Rocksteady, Roots Reggae, Dub, Dancehall and UK Bass music, headlining club shows, captivating festival crowds and supporting legendary Jamaican acts such as; The Wailers, Luciano, Sly and Robby and the late great, Gregory Isaacs to name but a few. Trojan Sound System are the original crew that broke Reggae music and culture back into contemporary clubs and festivals.

Book here

Sunday, August 6

Battle Of The Bands

Dreamland, 3pm-5pm

Dreamland Battle of the Bands on the Scenic Stage.

Bands will battle it out every Sunday afternoon to be in with a chance of being crowned the inaugural BOTB winners, securing the grand prize of session time in a recording studio.

In association with Pie Factory Music.

Betteshanger Band

Broadstairs bandstand

 2.30pm until 4pm

Margate Carnival, Parade starts 2.30pm, led by Sanger’s Stage Show

It will start in Palm Bay Avenue and travel  along the seafront passing Bugsy Bowling, The Lido, The Winter Gardens and onto Fort Hill passing Margate Police Station and through The Piaza in Margate. through the Soul Festival, past the clock tower towards the train station onto the Royal Esplanade, Westbrook.

Find your full guide here