23 things to do and see in Thanet this weekend (August 18-20)

Photo Adam Dark

It’s the end of the week again and time, for most, to spend a couple of days chilling out and having fun.

Here is our round up of 23 things to do this weekend.

Friday, August 18

Broadstairs Folk Week

Photo Adam Dark

It’s the last day of the 52nd Broadstairs Folk Week festival. Venues throughout the town have been bursting with music as over 500 separate events were crammed into one week.

There are dances and ceilidhs in the Pavilion on the Sands; the Craft and Music Fair on Victoria Gardens; over 70 workshops in music, dance and song for beginners to advanced.

Check out the website here http://broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk/

Margate Bookie

Photo Benjamin Bowles

Bookworms, storytellers and just those who like a good yarn  can still catch Bookie events this weekend.

The event  has a line-up of established authors, rising literary stars and breakout local talent.

Running until August 20 the festival will include more than 32 speakers, 25 author readings, interactive sessions, workshops and talks at venues including Turner Contemporary, Sands Hotel and Bernie’s Chocolate Bar. Many of the events are free to enter although booking is advised.

Find out more here

World’s biggest bouncy castle at Dreamland

Photo Frank Leppard

12-25 August

The world’s biggest bouncy castle is at Dreamland for another week.

House of Bestival and Something Creatives teamed up to create the world’s biggest bouncy castle, which measures an epic 21 metres square and stands at nearly 13 metres tall at its highest point.

Filled with 1143 cubic metres of air it can comfortably accommodate 100 people at one time. It will be set up in the large area at the back of the Dreamland park. Tickets are £3

Find out more here

Last Of The Red Hot Lovers

17 August – 20 August, Sarah Thorne Theatre Company

Friday 18th August at 7.30pm, Saturday 19th August at 2.30pm and 7.30pm and Sunday 20th August at 6.30pm.

Part of 12th Summer Repertory Season (Sponsored by the Broadstairs & St. Peter’s Chamber of Commerce)

Last of the Red Hot Lovers by Neil Simon

Middle-aged and married, New Yorker, Barney Cashman wants to join the sexual revolution before it is too late. He sets out to prove himself the Great Lover with comic and un-anticipated resutls

Tickets £14 advance/Friends and £16 on the doors. Book and pay for three or more at the same time and the price per play is £13.

Call 01843 863701 or click here

Football themed games at Ramsgate Micro Museum

August 18-20

The team at the Micro Museum on Church Hill in Ramsgate are going “Football crazy” for the next themed-games event.

During the long weekend Friday 18–Sunday 20 August (1pm-4pm on all three days), visitors will find lots of football games to challenge their playing skills on the many games consoles.

Mike, who owns the museum with his wife Carol, said: “With the football season starting this month, this is the right time of year to share some of our favourite football games with our visitors.  And for the kids (aged 14 years and younger) who have a favourite team, we invite them to come along in their team’s kit or colours and get £1 off the usual entry price”.

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

You can find out more about The Micro Museum at www.themicromuseum.org.

Jabberwocky at the Theatre Royal, Margate

A cast of 40 young people, aged 11-21, will take to the stage in Margate to perform an adaption of Lewis Carroll classic Through The Looking Glass.

The tale of Jabberwocky will be staged by Youth Theatre Music UK at the Theatre Royal Margate from August 18-20.

Friday 18 August – 7pm

Saturday 19 August 7pm and 3pm

Sunday 20 August 2pm


Adults: £14 / Concession: £12 / Groups of 4+ £10pp/ FOMT £10

Box office: 01843 292795 or online here

Sunset Session at Dreamland with Jenova Collective

Sunset Sessions see the park open until 10pm! Start your night or finish your day and ride, dine and dance til late at Dreamland.

Free entry

Jenova Collective’s electric combination of vintage samples, gypsy-jazz guitar, funky bass, screeching sax, dirty synths & live drums all fronted by an enigmatic front woman creates something which could be described as Caravan Palace meets Hot Chip meets the Chemical Brothers with a heavy electro house/DnB twist.

Find out more here

Saturday, August 19

Lark In The Park Fun Run

Lark in the Park’s Glo Fun Run and Mini Mile takes place alongside Lark in the Parks Fun Day event

1.15pm – A Mini Mile fun run for children (5-13yrs) who will be accompanied by an adult

3pm – The Glo Fun Run (14yrs+) which is approximately 5k in length.

Once finished the fun run participants will meet within the Park Life area for awards to commence.

Registration open during Friday 18th August at 4pm.

Free to enter

Thanet Open Studios

Artists Lee Nicholls is one of those taking part in Thanet Open Studios

19-20 August, 10am-4pm

Studios and Homes in Westgate, Margate, Cliftonville, Broadstairs and Ramsgate

Artists and Artisans across Thanet open up their studios or homes to the public over three weekends in August. A great opportunity to chat to the artists about the artworks and buy directly from them.

More details here

Wheels and Fins Film Festival, Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

11am to 8pm

2017 sees the first year of the Wheels and Fins International Film Festival – A festival that showcases all things great about the coastal lifestyle – the sea, the beaches, action sports, surfing etc.

Screening of Official Selections at the Palace Cinema in Broadstairs, where there will also be presentations from key people in the sports cinema world and a chance for the winner to screen to 5,000 daily festival-goers over three days at the main Wheels and Fins event in September.

Antony Gormley: Another Time

How the sculpture will look

19 August – 30 November

See Another Place, one of Antony Gormley’s cast iron sculptures from his series ANOTHER TIME, sited on the chalk bed in front of Turner Contemporary.

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.


Dan Thomsett

Broadstairs bandstand music 2.30pm until 4pm

Sunset Session at Dreamland with Soho Radio Takeover

Sunset Sessions see the park open until 10pm! Start your night or finish your day and ride, dine and dance til late at Dreamland.

Free entry

Soho Radio will curate an evening of live music featuring Mercury Prize-nominated Ghostpoet, the “Father of Rare Groove” Norman Jay MBE and Producer/ DJ extraordinaire Tasty Lopez – all to be broadcasted live on their station.

A thriving hub, Soho has been a melting pot of creativity and enterprise for generations and now it has its own soundtrack. Inspired by Soho’s diverse culture, Soho Radio draws together musicians, artists, filmmakers, poets and the generally curious, from across the globe.

St. Peter’s Churchyard Tours

10am – 11.30am

Churchyard tour  of St Peter’s. The churchyard is one of the longest in the country. Your guide will show you the graves and tell stories of various and interesting local people. The earliest grave we have found dates back to 1623.

You will need sensible shoes as you will be walking across grass and uneven ground, and should allow 90 minutes for the tour.

Some restricted access for visitors with disabilities. Children are very welcome on our tour. We would, however, suggest a minimum age of 10 years to appreciate the experience.

Booking essential here

Chatham House boot fair

Chatham House playing fields, Chatham Street, Ramsgate


Margate RNLI Lifeboat shop and station

The boathouse and souvenir shop will be open to the public this weekend on Saturday from 9am to noon and Sunday 10am to noon. Visitors young and old are welcome to pop in and have a look at the lifeboats. On Sunday the crew will be around and the inshore lifeboat may be launching on exercise (usually around 9:30am).

Elton John tribute at Beacon Bingo, Margate

Elton John tribute Greg Andrew will be at Beacon for a one hour show.

Bingo starts 7pm, cabaret is from 8.30pm for one hour then back to bingo which finishes around 10:15pm.

It’s free to play and enjoy the show although a small charge is made for Electronic Bingo Boards (tablets). Over 18s only and photo ID must be produced if under 25 and joining.

Find out more on the Beacon facebook page here

Sunday, August 20

Broadstairs Bus Bonanza

Crampton Tower Museum, The Broadway, 10am-4pm

A bus enthusiasts day.

Enjoy a nostalgic bus ride around Broadstairs in old East Kent & Stagecoach route buses, lovingly cared for by former bus drivers.

Battle of the Bands semi-final at Dreamland


The Angelo Tristan Band will be fighting to win a place in the final at the Battle of the Bands.

Free entry

East Peckham Silver Band

Broadstairs bandstand, 2.30pm until 4pm

RSPCA fun day and dog show

The second Isle of Thanet RSPCA branch fun day and dog show takes place between 11am to 5pm. Admission is £2 adults, £1 kids, toddlers and babies free.

People are invited to come along – with or without pets – to help raise money for the branch while enjoying craft stalls, a bake sale, homemade lemonade, live music, a BBQ, funfair rides, and much more.

Pooches will be able to battle it out to be named top dog at the timed scurry. There will also be a dog show and fun agility course.

Find out more here

At the Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

The Big Sick (15)

Directed by Michael Showalter,

Starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan and Holly Hunter

Friday 18 August / 8pm

Saturday 19 August / 8pm

Sunday 20 August / 8pm

Monday 21 August / 5.45pm

Tuesday 22 August / 3pm

Wednesday 23 August / 5.45pm

Thursday 24 August / 6pm

A hilarious, touching and thought-provoking real-life romance between Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani playing himself) and Emily (Zoe Kazan). From the makers of Bridesmaids, Knocked Up, Superbad and The Royal Tenenbaums.

The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail, who meets student Emily (Kazan) after one of his stand-up comedy sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her hostile parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he’s never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his own family and his heart.

Captain Underpants (U)

Directed by David Soren, USA, Starring Kevin Hart, Jordan Peele, Thomas Middleditch, Ed Helms & Nick Kroll

Friday 18 August / 3pm

Saturday 19 August / 3pm

Sunday 20 August / 3pm

Monday 21 August 3pm

Tuesday 22 August / 5.15pm

Wednesday 23 August / 3pm

Thursday 24 August / 3pm

Friday 25 August / 3pm

Saturday 26 August / 3pm

Sunday 27 August / 3pm

Monday 28 August 3pm

Tuesday 29 August / 5.15pm

Wednesday 30 August / 3pm

Thursday 31 August / 3pm

Friday 1 September / 3pm

Saturday 2 September / 3pm

Sunday 3 September / 3pm

School friends George and Harold are two overly imaginative pranksters who spend hours in a treehouse creating comic books. When their mean Headteacher threatens to separate them into different classes, the mischievous boys accidentally hypnotize him into thinking that he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants. Adapted from the much loved children’s books written by Dav Pilkey.







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