20 great things to do and see in Thanet this weekend (June 30-July 2)

See The Wall of Death at the Broadstairs Summer Fair

At last, it’s the weekend and there are loads of things to do in Thanet.

Here is our pick of events:

Friday (June 30)

Little Shop Of Horrors

Stroll down Skid Row as the iconic ‘Audrey II’ plant to comes to life on the Theatre Royal stage! With music by the legendary Alan Menken, this all-time cult classic is coming back to Thanet for the first time in years!

Friday 30 June at 7:30pm and Saturday 1 July at  2:30pm and 7:30pm

Tickets* In Advance £10, On the Door £12, Concessions £8
Booking fees – 50p per ticket in person/phone. £1.50 per ticket online

Find out more here

Skagate Weekend

30 June- 2 July

Skagate returns to Olby’s Soul Café in Margate for another helping of original 1960’s Jamaican Ska, Reggae and RnB.

The Clarendonians,formed in 1963, will headline.

Full weekend tickets are £30
Day tickets £15

Find out more here

VW Show

30 June- 2 July

Quex Park VW Show (formerly Kent Coast VW Show) is a relaxed, friendly and fun family event set in the grounds of Quex Park in Birchington .This family friendly event takes place over the weekend of 30th June to 2nd July and with the Manor House and Waterloo Tower as magnificent backdrops.

Camping for up to 3 days- pre-booked: £20 per person, on the gate: £25 per person.
General admission- pre-booked: £5 per person per day, on the gate: £7.50 per person per day.
Under 14’s are Free with a full fee paying adult otherwise £20 fee applies
Find out more here

4 rooms 4 arts at Pie Factory Margate

Artists Jessica Willows, Mina Cullimore, Julie Bradshaw, Claire Warner

30 June to 11 July, open from 10am to 5pm daily

Pie Factory Margate, 5 Broad Street, Margate CT9 1EW

Jessica Willows is holding her yearly event accompanied by 3 fabulous Artists showcasing an array of very distinctive and individual work. Each Artists has their own creative space in which to share their creative talents from large bold statement pieces to fine drawings. Artists: Mina Cullimore, Julie Bradshaw, Claire Warner.

For more information about this exhibition visit www.piefactorymargate.co.uk

Saturday (July 1)

A Lovely Day By The Sea

1 July – 29 July

An exhibition celebrating the seaside and our Kent coastline at Lovelys Gallery in Northdown Road. Includes original paintings, limited edition prints, ceramics, sculptures and textiles.

Featuring acclaimed local and international artists such as Brian Bartlett, Anthony Giles, Darren Lewis, Harriet Peachey, Erica Sturla, Emily Stone and Melanie Tong.

Plus many more artworks inspired by our local seaside heritage

Opening times 9am-5pm

Thanet Exposed Exhibition – Meet And Greet.

Dan Thomsett

Come along and have a glass of something, plus meet some of the names behind the photographs. Starts at 2pm to 4pm  at the New Kent Art Gallery in Albion Street Broadstairs

Find out more here

Birchington And Westgate-On-Sea Crafty Crew

10a,m-3pm, Church House, Kent Gardens, Birchington

If you make handmade crafts and woudl 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, Drift Wood, Jewellery, Knitting, Needle Craft, 3D Pictures plus many more

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

Find out more here

Broadstairs Summer Fair

1 July – 2 July, 10am-6pm

Victoria Gardens and Promenade

Family summer fair with children and adult games and rides, crazy golf, crafts, fun fair, music on the bandstand and more

Fundraising event for Broadstairs Water Gala in August.

Ken Fox Wall of Death will be making a special appearance this weekend at the fair down.

The Wall of Death has never been to Broadstairs before and its original home was actually at Dreamland before it closed down.

Saturday and Sunday 10.30am – 5.30pm (subject to change)

Sing As We Go

Sarah Thorne theatre, Broadstairs

A recreation of a typical ENSA concert.

The performers of ENSA worked and lived in as bad – and sometimes worse – conditions as their audiences. In the dark days of WW2, they brought much needed entertainment to both frontline and home- based troops as well as munitions workers. From the “Moonlight Becomes You” opening, right up to the stirring Patriotic Finale, you will be taken back in time with classic comedy sketches paying tribute to The Crazy Gang, Workers Playtime and the Ovalteenies, plus stars such as Gert and Daisy and Bud Flanagan.

Over 35 great songs of the period will be presented from “A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square” to “The White Cliffs of Dover” and “As Time Goes By” and much more in between! Gordon Clarkson heads a talented cast: Stacy Young, Moira Pearn, Ian Douglas, Chris Porteous, Rocio Day, with live musical support from Paul Stewart. This is your chance to hear all your favourite songs again and enjoy the nostalgic comedy from stage, screen and radio…oh – and don’t forget your Gas Mask!

£11 paid in advance / Friends

£13 on the door

To book, call the Box Office on 01843 863701 (Mon to Fri 10am to 2pm) or at www.sarahthornetheatre.co.uk

Sunset Sessions

Start your night or finish your day at Dreamland and ride, dine and dance until late every Saturday night.

Open every Saturday evening until 10.30pm with live music and entertainment on the Scenic Stage and  street food trucks in The Friendliest Food Court Ever.

Visitors can also take advantage of the 5 rides for £5 offer until 22nd July, between 7pm and 10pm.

Can’t make it on this day? Visit on the 8th or 15th July for more Sunset Sessions. 

Tour Of St Laurence Church, Ramsgate


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

Village Fete

St Peter’s Village Green, 10am to 3pm

In the Church Community Hall stalls selling locally sourced goods – books, bric a brac, cakes, fresh produce and raffle

On the green there will be a dog show and children’s entertainment

In the church there will be a flower festival

Dog DNA launch

Thanet District Council will launch its dog DNA registration scheme on Saturday 1 July at Government Acre, Ramsgate, from 1pm to 4pm.

Council members and officers will spend the afternoon talking to dog walkers about the benefits of the scheme. Special guest will be Chunky the chihuahua who was stolen from his home in Thanet before being tortured, beaten, drugged, set fire to and dumped at a rubbish tip last year.

He has since recovered.


1st Whitstable Scout Group Band

Broadstairs bandstand

Summer entertainment, 2.30pm until 4pm


Theatre Royal Margate, 7.30pm

Bradford, in the month of Ramadan. Latching on to the latest grooming scandal, racists plan to march through the city, while Shaz, a local garage mechanic, desperately tries to keep his business running smoothly so he can marry well. In this combustible atmosphere, his sister Samina is determined to make her voice heard.

Bradford-born Asif Khan’s debut play is a fabulously comic take on the combustion surrounding young British Muslim lives in the North today.

Combustion was selected as one of 6 new plays for the Arcola Theatre’s playWROUGHT#2 Festival, 2014. It progressed through to the final stage of the BBC Writers Room Script Room 8 Scheme.

Full Price £14
Concessions £12
FOMT £10
Schools £8
Booking fees – 50p per ticket in person/phone. £1.50 per ticket online

Book here

Craft And Gift Fair

Broadstairs Pavilion Craft and Gift Fair

Admission Free

Open 10am – 4pm

Jazz And Swing

Taking place in Quex Gardens, Birchington

Enjoy  local musicians and good company.  Bring your own picnic or pre-order a  gourmet hamper filled with Quex Barn goodies, ready for you on arrival.

Pre-event ticket purchases: Adults £7.50, Children £5
Event price on the day (if tickets still available): Adults £10, Children £7.50
To buy tickets for this event (cash only) please visit the Powell-Cotton Museum during opening times – 10 am – 5 pm Tuesday – Sunday inclusive.

Dreamland Vintage Market


Free entry for Members
Online in advance – £1
On The Day – £2

Held in the Hall by the Sea, there will be a characterful bunch of traders to inspire and excite your treasure-hunting tendancies, selling all things kitsch, retro, funky and fun.

So bring a big bag on wheels, a strong armed companion and some well-honed bartering skills and perhaps even rock your vintage look and join the very first Dreamland Vintage Market undercover!

At The Palace Cinema

Churchill (PG)

Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky

Starring Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, James Purefoy and John Slattery

Friday 30 June / 6pm

Saturday 1 July / 8pm

Sunday 2 July / 7.30pm

Monday 3 July / 5.30pm

Tuesday 4 July / 3pm, 6pm

Wednesday 5 July / 5.30pm

Thursday 6 July / 8.30pm

A ticking clock-thriller following Sir Winston Churchill in the 96 hours before D-Day. Writer-director Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man) directs Brian Cox as one of Britain’s most prominent and complex icons, Prime Minister Winston Churchill, at a nail-bitingly crucial stage of World War II.

Neruda (15)

Directed by Pablo Larrain, Chile

Starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Luis Gnecco and Mercedes Morán

In Spanish with English subtitles

Friday 30 June / 8pm

Tuesday 2 July / 8.30pm

Thursday 4 July / 6pm

An investigator launches a search for Pablo Neruda, a Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, who became a fugitive in his own country for his Communist leanings during the 1940s.



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