19 ideas for half-term family fun in Thanet

Half term fun

It’s half-term (again!) and you may need to amuse the family without breaking the bank.

Here’s our round up of 19 things to do in Thanet next week.

Liz Pichon and The Tom Gates Brilliant Bands and Doodle Live tour

Monday, October 23, Theatre Royal at 1pm. Recommended ages 5-12 years old.

Bring a pencil or pen and some paper if you are taking your youngsters to Liz Pichon and The Tom Gates Brilliant Bands and Doodle Live tour when it stops at the Theatre Royal on Monday (October 23)

Author and illustrator Liz Pichon is bringing her character Tom Gates to life with drawing, music and interactive fun.

Full Price £16
Family of 4 £56
Booking fees – 50p per ticket in person/phone. £1.50 per ticket online

To book call 01843 292795 or click here

Get Spooked at Dreamland

Free fun all week until October 29

Ghost hunts, creepy crawlies, a wizard battle and Monster Mash ball are just somer of the fun, free activities taking place for youngsters at Dreamland this half term.

Every day there will be a full programme of spooky activities, entertainment, games and fun for all the family for Dreamland’s Get Spooked.

Daily activities for children will feature alongside the vintage rides, pop-up entertainment, roller disco and arcades at the park.

Children under 1.0m receive a free ride wristband with one paying adult.

Find the full programme here

Lego Ninjago (U) at The Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Starring Jackie Chan, Justin Theroux, Dave Franco and Olivia Munn

Monday 23 October / 3pm, 5.30pm

Tuesday 24 October / 3pm, 5.30pm

Wednesday 25 October / 3pm, 5.30pm

Thursday 26 October / 3pm, 5.30pm

Friday 27 October / 3pm

Saturday 28 October 3pm

Sunday 29 October / 3pm

The battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad.

Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu.

Victorian Optical Toys

October 24-27, Powell Cotton Museum, Quex

Sessions in Gallery 6 11am-12:30pm and 1:30pm-3pm

Join us as we take part in the Big Draw Festival and be inspired by early types of animation. Have a go at creating two Victorian toys, thaumatropes and spinning tops, and see your drawing come to life.

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

Children’s Pottery Painting Workshop

October 25-27, Pick ‘n’ Paint a Pot, 68 Northdown Road, Cliftonville

Wednesday 25th – 22cm Plate (Drawing / Tracing)
Thursday 26th – Cereal Bowl (Masking / Scafico)
Friday 27th – Mug (Stencils)

Session 10.30am -12pm

£8 per person, per session. Booking is recommended

Children’s events suitable for children aged 7 years or more.

Simple Simon’s Spooky Halloween Adventure

October 26 at 2.30pm, Margate Winter Gardens

Simple Simon’s Spooky Halloween Adventure is full of thrills and spills as Simon, his pet cat Tommy, and Fairy Moonbeam battle Wicked Witch Wilhelma, her horrible henchman Grot and their ghosts and ghouls to save the day for children everywhere!

This panto style show is packed with songs, comedy, and lots of joining in, especially the popular ‘Stage Spots’: where lucky children from the audience are selected at random to take part in games and songs to win small prizes.

Full Price £7.50
Family of 4 £28
Booking fees – 50p per ticket in person/phone. £1.50 per ticket online

Ages – 2 – 11years

Book here

Find 12 Halloween events in Thanet here

The Pirates of Penzance

Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs, October 26-28 at 7.30pm and October 29 at 2.30pm.

Ramsgate Operatic will stage this popular comic opera by Gilbert & Sullivan..

Tickets: Thursday only: £10 Paid in advance/Friends: £12 doors. Friday to Sunday: £12 Paid in advance/Friends: £14 doors.

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


October 28, BayPoint Club, Ramsgate Road, Sandwich

Doors open at 6pm

Tickets £8 per person or £25 for Family of 4

Please book tickets online https://baypointsportsclub.co.uk/events

Events include
• Face Painting,
• Fairground rides
• BBQ food
• Halloween theme  night
• Children’s fancy dress

Find four more firework events here

Turner Contemporary holiday fun

Family Workshop

Wednesday, October 25

1pm-4pm Clore Learning Studio £4.50/ Free for CT9 Card Holders

Inspired by Jean Arp and Sophie Tauber’s art and involvement in the Dada movement create your own collage mask using a range of recycled materials with costume designer Martina Trottman

Fri 27 Oct 2017

Family dance workshop

3 Sessions: 1-2pm, 2-3pm, 3-4pm Clore Learning Studio £4.50 per child / Free for CT9 Card Holders

Kamala Devam, director of London-based dance company Kamala Devam Company, will teach a dance workshop based on her choreography to Helen Caddick’s original score “Amphora”, inspired by the work of Jean Arp and his dancing wife, Sophie Taeuber-Arp.

Drop in workshop

Shell Grotto

Photo Carole Adams

Grotto Hill, Margate

Open every day, 10am to 5pm, including Sundays and Bank Holidays until Sunday 29 October, when it is Winter opening hours of weekends only, 11am to 4pm.

Admission prices are £4.00 for adults, £3.50 for concessions (over 60s, students, registered disabled and armed forces, both serving and veterans), £1.50 for children (aged 4-16).

A family ticket for two adults and two children is £8.

Children aged three and under are free.

Hornby Hobbies Visitor Centre

Ramsgate Road, Margate

Open every day, from 10am – 4pm (October – March)

 Bowling at Bugsy’s, Ckiftonville

Bugsys has 12 fully automated lanes with an automatic scoring system.

Ramps for launching, and lightweight balls are ideal for small kids or bowlers with accessibility needs.

Click here from times and prices

Bumble Beez

Pysons Road, Ramsgate

Custom play equipment inclusive for all children of all abilities plus there’s a unique interactive room inside the play frame which enables disabled children to access play equipment that’s not segregated. They have a large changing area and an electronic changing stretcher for disabled children .

The 3 main play areas are split into Babies (for under 18 months), Toddlers (up to 4 years) and Juniors (up to 12 years old).

During school holidays there is a £5.50 fixed entry fee. During busy periods play may be restricted
to 2 hours.

Open Monday-Friday 9am-6pm and weekends 10am-6pm

Revolution skate park

Oakwood Industrial Estate, Dane Valley Road in St Peters

Skateboards, BMX, scooters and rollerblades. Split into the Street Course, Bowl Room and Ramp Room.

Times and prices here

Zombies of Athelstan Road

Young people’s art and movie showing

October 23-24 from 6pm to 8pm

Open School East, 50 Athelstan Road

Ramsgate Tunnels

Photo Carole Adams

Explorer tours

Your tour starts with a short film show in a 150 year old Victorian Railway Tunnel before heading off into purpose built Air Raid Precaution tunnels under the town of Ramsgate.

  • Hear about the “Mad Mayor” who saved the town
  • Discover how the tunnels were built
  • See where a town below the town evolved
  • Listen to stories of life underground
  • Children under 3 years are admitted free at the discretion of the guides.
  • Pushchairs and wheelchairs may be difficult to operate and are admitted at the guide’s discretion.

Tickets  – adult £6.50, 3-16 years £4, under 3 free, over 60 £5

WINTER (Oct-Mar 2018) Wed – Sun  10am, 12pm, 2pm

A 50p booking fee applies to adult & senior tickets to cover online charges

Find out more here

Harry Potter Themed Games

The Micro Museum in Ramsgate

Friday 27 – Sunday 29 October

It’s going to be Magic at The Micro Museum in Ramsgate for the final weekend of their 2017 season.

Harry Potter and Hogwarts is the theme for the weekend and, as Carol Deer owner of the museum with husband Mike, explained: “We are loading lots of Harry Potter games onto our consoles, so that visitors can enjoy magical adventures with the boy wizard and his friends.  You will even be able to play Quidditch and test your broomstick riding skills as you try to catch the Snitch.

“We are encouraging our young visitors – aged 14 years or younger – to turn up at platform 9¾ , also known as 11 Church Hill in Ramsgate, dressed as Hogwarts Students for a discounted entry of just £2”.

There is no additional charge on top of the standard price for admission during this event.

Following this weekend, the museum will close for the winter but will re-open at Easter next year.

Thanet Colts half term football club

Hartsdown Park, Margate

October 24-26, 10am to 3pm

Ages 5-11

Call 07739430954 or www.thanetcolts.uk