Things to see and do in Thanet for May 19-21

Kids fun at the Garden Gate Project with First Hand Experiences

You’ve survived another week at work and now it’s time to think about having some fun.

Here is the latest round-up of things to do this weekend (May 19-21)


Spring Bird Migration Walk, 6.30pm – 9pm at Pegwell Bay

Discover the varied birdlife of Sandwich & Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve, a site of global importance for wetland birds, under the expert guidance of local birder Tony Swandale. Observe and find out about the migratory species that visit Pegwell Bay at this exciting time of year. Suitable for beginners and those who wish to improve their bird identification skills. Adults and children over 12.

Binoculars available to borrow free of charge. Advice on optical equipment and field guides. Helpful handouts with written information will be provided on the day.

Pegwell Bay Country Park is very accessible with firm level paths and a hide for the comfortable viewing of birds. This event is one of a series of Friday morning bird identification sessions taking place around the Thanet coast. Other venues will include Minnis Bay, Ramsgate Harbour and North Foreland.


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Join Academy FM down the pub

Marilyn Sky will be among the performers at the social evening

The fundraising team at Thanet community radio station 107.8 Academy FM will be holding its first social evening for listeners, supporters and Friends of Academy FM.

The event runs from 7:30pm and will be held at the Racing Greyhound pub in Hereson Road, Ramsgate.

The evening is an opportunity for all to show their support for Academy FM, which is a registered charity, and to remember former news reader Paddy Earp who passed away last month.

There will be a great line up of live music during the evening from Thanet musicians including Kieran Newell, Ross Uttridge, Skittle, Newane, Lauren Deep and Argyle, who are releasing their acoustic EP on 19 May.

Ivan Hussy at Map Agency has provided the musicians for the evening.

All are welcome to come along during the evening and there will be an opportunity to join Friends of Academy FM.

Membership is £12 per year.

For further information on Friends of Academy FM please email the team at:

Find Academy FM Thanet online at

Snow Sleep til Breakfast – Alzheimer’s Charity Club Night at Ramsgate Music Hall

Music therapy has always pivotal to the treatment of Alzheimer patients, so it seems fitting to use music as a base for a fundraiser. Expect Disco, Nu-Jazz, Lo-fi House and World Music (maybe not your typical treatment, but it might be in the year 2050 if we don’t act now!)

All entry fees go to the Alzheimer’s Society.
Gig starts 8pm.


First Hand Experiences exploration at  Garden Gate Project in Margate for 3-11 year olds. 

In the morning, there will be whole food adventures including growing, harvesting, cooking and feasting. Parents and guardians are also invited to share lunch made by the children.

After lunch there will be immersive theatre and original song followed by arts and crafts.

Between these activities children will snack on their own handmade treats and drinks, learn new forest school games and relax with their new friends in the safety and warmth of the magical garden space.

First Hand Experiences clubs at the Garden Gate are aimed at creating something for the community. There are a small number of bursary places still available for their events.

More details at

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Ellington Park May Fayre

Events season in Ramsgate kicks off in style 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.

Vote for Thanet poster making workshop

The Vote for Thanet group will be running a poster making workshop in Harbour Street outside by the mural or, if the weather is bad, at Arts In Ramsgate, from noon.

Bring a poster, design a poster or write your own newspaper headline for this General Election.
Free materials and free space for informed and creative political discussion and exchange. Exhibited iconic political posters the a political spectrum.

There will be calligraphy, collage, scribbling and lively discussion.

Mulholland Drive (15), Palace cinema, Broadstairs

Starring Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Robert Forster, Ann Miller and Justin Theroux

Saturday 20 May at 8pm

Tuesday 23 May at 6pm

Thursday 25 May at 8pm

David Lynchʼs (Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks) towering achievement is given a spanking new restoration just before his new Twin Peaks airs this summer.

A hallucinogenic noir-esque trip deep into the dreams and nightmares of two aspiring actresses, Betty (Naomi Watts) and Rita (Laura Harring). Arriving in Hollywood with their sights set on stardom at any cost, the pair find reality slowly blurring before their eyes as Rita loses her memory relying on Betty to help her figure out an ever-deepening mystery.

A night at the Powell-Cotton Museum

Quex House and museum

Once the doors have closed for the night, the Powell-Cotton Museum usually remains quiet until the next morning. However, in an exclusive event, families have the chance to camp out in front of the animal dioramas and see what really happens after dark!

There are lots of activities planned, including games in the gardens, a torchlight tour through the museum and making a craft to take home with you in the morning!

This exciting after-hours event will be taking place on Saturday 20 May starting at 8pm and going through to Sunday 21 May where you will wake up, have a light breakfast and go home as the museum is waking up for the day!

Tickets are priced at £35 per adult and £30 for children. Family tickets are also available for £120 for 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children.

For more information on the event, or to buy tickets, visit, call 01843 842168.

Burton at the Theatre Royal

Burton vividly presents the life of the great Welsh actor in his own words from humble beginnings to Hollywood mega-stardom. Beautiful women (not least Liz Taylor), alcohol, wealth, stage and screen are the threads woven into this sad, happy, exuberant often hilarious one-man show. Drink was the only real anodyne to his deteriorating health and mental state, his doomed tempestuous relationship with Taylor and his constant guilt over the abandonment of his family.

Rhodri Miles, (Game of Thrones, Eastern Promises, Atlantis) takes on the role of the younger Burton.
Tickets* Full Price £12, Concs £10, Friends £8
Booking fee applies: 50p per ticket holder in person/phone, £1.50 per ticket holder online

Theatre Royal 01843 292795

Elite Dance Academy – A Night At The Movies

20 May  – 21 May at Margate Winter Gardens

Saturday – 6pm (doors 5:30pm) and Sunday – 2:30pm (doors 2pm)

A show from Elite Dance Academy

Tickets: Full Price £12 and Concessions £10
Booking fees – 50p per ticket in person/phone. £1.50 per ticket online

01843 292795


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

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

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.

Friends Of Quex Family Fun Day

Family entertainment with live music, dancing, theatre, magic, falconry, inflatables and art and craft activities. Delicious food, drinks and treats available at reasonable prices.  Some stalls and inflatables will incur a small charge.

Pre sale tickets available from Powell-Cotton Museum and St Nicholas at Wade Primary School (Presale price of £10/family (2 adults and up to 3 children).  Cash only.

Adults £4  Children £3

Ikigai: The artwork of Ian and Karen Record. Pie Factory Margate

Runs until May 24

Open 11am to 6pm

Karen works in watercolours and oils whil Ian uses salvaged and recycled steel.

Pie Factory, Broad Street, Margate