13 things to do and see in Thanet this weekend (May 13-14)

Sea Safety Day in Ramsgate will be next Sunday, May 21 Photo Brian Whitehead

It’s that time again when we take a look at the fun on offer for the weekend.

Fingers crossed for some sunshine!

From today

Young artists on the isle are being invited to help create a huge painting of Margate harbour.

The artwork will be painted  during the exhibition of the annual Thanet Young Artists Painting Competition – with the theme The Simple Pleasures of Life – organised by The Rotary Club of Margate on from today (Friday) until Sunday.

Youngsters from 36 Thanet schools have produced 740 pieces of art which will be exhibited at Westwood Cross Sainsbury’s from May 12-14. Organisers for the big Margate painting will be in the store foyer on Friday, May 12 from 4pm until 6.30pm, on Saturday, May 13 from 10am until 4pm and on Sunday, May 14 from 11am until 4pm.



I can See at Pie Factory Margate

Runs until May 16

Since her sell out show in 2012, Lucianna Whittle has been quietly working to produce the body of paintings for ‘I want to see’, the exhibition that marks her return to the public gallery setting after a deep exploration into her personal artistic practice.

Rooted in the spiritual interplay of darkness with light, Lucianna’s paintings are challenging, uplifting and universal. To be confronted by paintings of this scale (up to 2m) can feel disconcerting before the careful balance of colour and light reveal a softness and sense of opening, that can elevate the viewer. Come prepared to be moved: the effect of these paintings may just stay with you.

Pie Factory Margate, 5 Broad Street, Margate, open 10am to 5pm daily.

A Tour Of Marine Margate & Drapers Windmill

Historian Robin Colyer is leading a tour of Seaside Margate, starting at the Droit House, Margate Harbour.

The local history walk will start at 2pm, taking in Margate Harbour, The Parade, Marine Drive, Marine Terrace and the High Street.

The walk is approximately one and a half miles and will end at Drapers Windmill about 3.30pm

The mill will be open as part of National Mills Weekend and there will be an opportunity to hear Robin give a short talk about the major repair work which is currently in progress.

There is no charge and no need to book.

For further details please contact 07878 537448

Margate Rock & Blues 2017

Dr Feelgood | Eddie and the Hotrods | John Otway | The Members

The third Margate Rock & Blues 2017 one-day festival takes place on Saturday, May 13.

Co-headliners Dr Feelgood are Britain’s most popular Rhythm & Blues band, with a long list of hits under their belt: ‘Roxette’, ‘Back in the Night’, ‘Milk and Alcohol’, ‘Down at the Doctors’, and ‘She Does it Right’ to name a few. Joining the Feelgoods are fellow Canvey Island Rock legends, Eddie & The Hot Rods, still led by original singer Barrie Masters. Special guest is John  and closing Margate Rock & Blues 2017 show are The Members.

Former recording star, Capital Radio DJ and presenter on Channel 4 TV’s The Tube, Wendy May, again returns to Margate with her  Locomotion DJ set, hosting on the main stage and playing top-notch Rhythm & Blues, Ska, Blues, and Punk discs between acts.

DeeJay Wheelie-Bag hosts in the Seaside Bar.

Doors open at 4.30pm

Tickets £22.50 until 31/12/2016, then £25.50 (+ booking fee £2 in person/phone, £3 online)

Margate Winter Gardens: 01843 292795

The Thanet Pugathon is back!

Stalls, food, raffle, a picture booth and, of course, pugs in fancy dress will all be on show at King George VI Park in Ramsgate on May 13.

The event runs from 11am to 2pm and will be raising funds for Guardian Angel Dog Rescue.

When I was Cleopatra

Janet Allen-Thompson will entertain you with stories from her past lives and those of her many clients over the last 20 years. After giving up her acting career Janet became a past life regression therapist. She will explain about karma and your higher self, tell stories of her own past lives and those of her clients, as Buddhist monks and temple dancers, black galley slaves and American Indians, Jewish lives in the last war and lives in Egypt and many, many more.

Meet Janet Allen-Thompson at the Sarah Thorne Theatre on Saturday 13th May at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 paid in Advance/Friends. £12 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

The Colin Hill Memorial Charity Day

Teams will compete for the Colin Hill Memorial Cup

Football tournament and fundraiser for Rainbow children’s ward at QEQM

Includes children’s activities, bar and food

Southwood football ground, Ramsgate, from 10am


Craft And Gift Fair

Broadstairs Pavilion Craft and Gift Fair

Admission Free, open 10am – 4pm

Thanet 5k Colour Run

The 5K colour extravaganza takes place at the Oval, Cliftonville on Sunday, May 14 where 100’s of runners, joggers and walkers  will start with a blast of colour and then continue through an explosion of paint stations along the route to raise funds for hospice care in east Kent.

If you are not taking part you can still join the crowds supporting the runners.

The race starts at 11.30am

Thanet Community Choir Festival

Bringing together choirs from across East Kent. Organised by Thanet Fairtrade Initiative. With quiz and raffle

Tickets £3

Starts 3pm

Margate Winter Gardens: 01843 292795

Thanet Farmers’ Market

Baps & Bloomers will be at Thanet Farmers’ Market

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.

Plenty of free parking on site.

St George’s School, Broadstairs, 9.30am until 1pm.

The Beverley Big Band

Broadstairs bandstand

Victoria Parade


The Dave Bambridge Memorial Cup

Photo Cemanthe McKenzie

A walking football tournament in memory of a former fireman and goalkeeper for Ramsgate and Margate football clubs is due to be held at the Baypoint Club in Sandwich.

The event will be played on Sunday, May 14 and all proceeds from entrance fees and a raffle will go to Cancer Research UK.

The annual event, organised by Alan Austin and the Bay City Strollers, will also feature a fire engine, barbecue, DJ and stalls.

The event is free to attend and kick off is at noon.

Baypoint Club

Ramsgate Road,


Coming up

Ellington May Fayre, Saturday, May 20

Events season in Ramsgate kicks off in style on Saturday, May 20, as the Friends of Ellington Park hold their popular May Fayre from noon-6pm.

Alongside the usual set of attractions – including a funfair, and steam train rides on the park’s unique model railway – a wide array of stalls will be selling bespoke jewellery, personalised wood crafts and reasonably-priced books.

There will also be artisan food and drink, with old favourites such as the sophisticated Red Bean Coffee Machine, Stylish Ice Cream and Warner Wines returning and a traditional beer tent provided by the Flying Horse Pub.

Photo by Kye Boughton

Sea Safety Day takes place on Ramsgate main sands from 11am to 3pm on Sunday, May 21.

Special guest will be world record Pacific rower, and Ramsgate lass, Meg Dyos.

Organisations involved include Kent Police, Kent Fire and Rescue, the sea cadets and the RNLI.

There will be a lifeboat demonstration at 11.30am.