18 things to see and do in Thanet this weekend (October 6-8)

Puppet season at Dreamland

It’s Friday, hurrah, and time for our round up of things to do to keep you amused this weekend.

Friday, October 6

Sixties Gold at Margate Winter Gardens

7:30pm (doors 6:45pm)

Gerry and The Pacemakers – on their farewell tour
The Searchers
Brian Poole and The Tremeloes
Steve Ellis
Vanity Fare

Full Price £35
Restricted View £33
Booking fees – 50p per ticket in person/phone. £1.50 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 or click here to check availability of tickets

Autumn at the Ramsgate Micro Museum

Church Hill, Ramsgate

The owners of The Micro Museum have added to their range of games consoles for visitors to enjoy, giving them even more opportunity to look back to the glory days of gaming.

Carol Deer, who owns the museum with her husband Mike, said, “Of course, visitors to our museum can learn about the history of computing and enjoy a true nostalgia trip as they try to spot their first devices, but we also give them the chance to enjoy hands on experience of old computers and gaming.

“We have recently added several computers and consoles to those we have available for our visitors, among them are these three games machines ranging from 1982 to 1995.

“What better way to spend an afternoon than immersing yourself in a space full of wonderful old tech and reflecting on the ‘old days’ of the developing digital world?”

The Micro Museum is open on Saturday and Sunday afternoons 1pm-4pm until the last weekend of October.

Saturday, October 7

Colour For All Seasons: A John Haskins Exhibition

October 7 – 21, Lovelys’ gallery, Northdown Road, 9am-5pm

Lovelys’ Annex Gallery presents Colour for All Seasons’, a new exhibition of original paintings by artist John Haskins.

Coastal Crafty Crew fair

Church House, Kent Gardens, Birchington, 10am to 3pm

Unique handmade crafts and gifts – Baby clothes, bird feeders, cakes, cards, crystal sun-catchers, drift wood, jewellery, knitting, needle craft, 3D pictures plus more

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

Brewery tour at Gadds

Award-winning Gadds’, modern brewers of East Kent, create fresh, local ale at their Ramsgate Brewery.

The price includes a tour of the brewery, beer tasters and a pint (or two halves) of your choice. Strictly over 18s only. £12.50 + £1.18 booking fee. 

Bookings here 

Jackson Live Returns

Margate Winter Gardens, 7.30pm

Touring tribute to the King of Pop, Jackson Live returns to Margate.

Ben’s portrayal of Michael Jackson joined on the stage by his  band and dancers as they perform one of the largest catalogues of smash hits in music history.

Join Ben for a night of pure wonder. He’s got the look, the moonwalk and above all, the voice. Pure Jackson Magic!


£21.50, FOMT £19.50, Child £16.50
Booking fee applies: 50p per ticket holder in person/phone, £1.50 per ticket holder online

Call 01843 292795 or click here

Revelation Strings with the Revellers

Revelation Strings Picture: Andy Jones

Sarah Thorne Theatre Company, Broadstairs, 7.30pm

This popular Kent Orchestra present one of their “no boundaries” mixtures of music from the classics, film and stage, with the exciting younger players of the Revellers performing “Star Trek” and “Star Wars”.

Expect an entertaining and compelling experience from International Cellist Matthew Sharp’s inspirational leadership. The brilliant local singer Abigail Cardwell features as vocal soloist. Conductor David Burridge.

Tickets £10 adults, £5 children. Unreserved seating.

Book by calling the Box Office on 01843 863701 or go to www.sarahthornetheatre.co.uk

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

October 7-7, Theatre Royal, Margate

Saturday 7 October – 3pm and Sunday 8 October – 11am and 2pm

A musical play adapted and directed by David Wood, based on the book by Judith Kerr.

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!

Family show packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos!


Full Price £12.50, Concessions £11, Family of 4 £40
Booking fee applies: 50p per ticket holder in person/phone, £1.50 per ticket holder online
Call 01843 292795 or click here

Tour Of St.Laurence Churchyard

High Street, St Lawrence, 10am until noon

Join a fascinating tour of the historic churchyard, resting place of royalty and many famous people. Combine history with nature and spot wild flowers.

Tour free – Donations welcome

World Space Week Celebration

Monkton Nature Reserve

In the afternoon from 1pm Monkton Stargazers will have astronomy activities for all ages and in the evening at 7.30pm Charlotte Jenner from the Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Science, University of Kent will give a talk on the Life Cycle of Stars, again for all ages.

Find out about the Stargazers here

Sunday, October 8

Palm Bay boot fair

Last boot fair of the year at Palm Bay. Gates open at 7am.

Handmade & Vintage Fair

Photo Adam Dark

Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, 11am to 5pm

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

Murder-Just What the Doctor Ordered

Sarah Thorne Theatre Company, Broadstairs, 3pm

A play based on the Anatomy Murders of 1828 when 16 murders were committed over a period of ten months in Edinburgh. The corpses were sold to a Doctor for dissection at his anatomy lectures!

Featuring Pat Abernethy and Dave Marsden.

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

Dreamland puppetry season

Hall by the Sea, 11am to 2pm,

The Girl and the Giraffe
One day whilst Girl is playing in her garden, she spots something peculiar on the other side of the fence. Climbing up as high as she can to get a better view, she is surprised when she comes face to face with… Giraffe! Charming puppetry, an enchanting soundscape and beautiful storytelling combine in this sensitive show about wellbeing and friendship, told from a child’s perspective.

£8 plus booking fee. Recommended for ages 3-6.

Tickets are available at dreamland.co.uk/events

Thanet Farmers’ Market

St George’s school, Broadstairs, 9.30am to 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.

FORS fundraising barbecue

Friends of Ramsgate Seafront sausage sizzler at Bunnings, 10am-4pm

At the Palace Cinema

The Exception (15)

Directed by David Leveaux,

Starring Christopher Plummer, Eddie Marsan, Lily James and Jai Courtney

Friday 6 October / 8pm

Saturday 7 October 8.30pm

Sunday 8 October / 8pm

Monday 9 October / 8pm

Tuesday 10 October / 3pm

Wednesday 11 October / 5.45pm

Thursday 12 October / 6pm

A riveting World War II thriller filled with espionage and romance in equal measure, The Exception follows German soldier Stefan Brandt (Jai Courtney) on a mission to investigate exiled German Monarch Kaiser Wilhelm II (Christopher Plummer).

The Kaiser lives in a secluded mansion in The Netherlands, and as Germany is taking over Holland, the country’s authorities are concerned that Dutch spies may be watching the Kaiser. As Brandt begins to infiltrate the Kaiser’s life in search of clues, he finds himself drawn into an unexpected and passionate romance with Mieke (Lily James), one of the Kaiser’s maids whom Brandt soon discovers is secretly Jewish.

When Heinrich Himmler (Eddie Marsan), Head of the SS, decides to come for an unexpected visit with a large platoon of Nazis in tow, the stage is set for a breath-taking showdown, as secrets are revealed, allegiances are tested, and Brandt is forced to make the ultimate choice between honouring his country and following his heart.

God’s Own Country (15)

Directed by Francis Lee,

Starring Josh O’Connor, Alec Secareanu, Ian Hart and Gemma Jones

Saturday 7 October 6pm

Tuesday 10 October / 6pm

Thursday 12 October / 8.30pm

A British Brokeback Mountain. Captivating and broodingly beautiful, God’s Own Country is a bracingly open hearted, thrillingly romantic story set in the heart of rural Yorkshire. A critical smash.

Johnny Saxby (Josh O’Connor) works long hours running his family’s remote farm in the north of England. He numbs the daily frustration of his lonely existence with nightly binge-drinking at the local pub and casual sex. But when a handsome Romanian migrant worker (Alec Secareanu) arrives to take up temporary work on the family farm, Johnny suddenly finds himself having to deal with emotions he has never felt before. As they begin working closely together during lambing season, an intense relationship starts to form which threatens to pull his family apart and change Johnny’s life forever.