11 great events in Thanet this weekend – and two that want your stall bookings

The Dickens Festival is 80. Photo Thanet Tourism

Hurrah – it’s Friday, the sun is out and most of us have two whole days of freedom before returning to work.

Here’s our pick of 11 events taking place this weekend and two to book up for if you’d like a stall.


Ballet Central at Theatre Royal Margate

Ballet Central’s diverse range of dance and theatre returns under the auspices of its new artistic director Christopher Marney.

See the company’s young and dynamic dancers on the cusp of their professional careers showcasing newly commissioned works and celebrated masterpieces.
The repertoire for this year’s tour features work by Sir Matthew Bourne, Indigo Children by Royal Ballet artist in residence Liam Scarlett, and a new version of the ballroom scene from Romeo & Juliet by former English National Ballet’s Jenna Lee. It also includes a specially created work by Christopher Bruce, as well as excerpts from Petipa’s La Bayadere and The Nutcracker.

The tour will also feature a scene from Dracula, choreographed by Michael Pink from the original production directed by Christopher Gable at Northern Ballet Theatre in 1996.


Full Price £14.50, Concessions £12, Friends £10
Booking fee applies: 50p per ticket holder in person/phone, £1.50 per ticket holder online

Call 01843 292795 or click here


Broadstairs Dickens Festival

A grand parade, gin tasting, dog show and readings are just some of the events that will be on offer for the 80th anniversary of The Broadstairs Dickens Festival.

The week-long celebration takes place from June 17-23 and will include firm favourites and new events to honour author Charles Dickens.

Find the programme here

The festival also includes a Dickens’ play at the Sarah Thorne theatre.

The  company present Pickwick, adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, written and directed by John Goodrum.

Join  Samuel Pickwick and other members of the club he founded in this delightful adaption, specially commissioned for the 80th annual Dickens Festival by the Sarah Thorne Theatre Company.

See  “Pickwick”  from Saturday, June 17 to Wednesday, June 21 at 7.30pm, except Sunday at 4pm.  £11 paid in Advance/Friends. £13 on the doors. Also Children/Group prices available.

Book by calling the Box Office on 01843 863701  or go to  www.sarahthornetheatre.co.uk

Open Gardens in Minster

June 17-18, 10am-5pm

Selection of Open Gardens with plenty of opportunities to buy plants at the different gardens and in the churchyard.

The annual Minster Scarecrow Challenge is held over the same weekend – come and vote for your favourite and possibly win a prize!!

Proceeds of Open Gardens in aid of upkeep of St. Mary’s Church, Minster.

Lunches and refreshments available in the Old Schools.

Tickets are £5 and cover both days. Under 14s are free.

Tickets on sale at the Old Schools, Open Gardens & at the Recreation Grounds.

Free car parking at the Recreation Ground, CT12 4DE.

Thanet Festival Choir’s Summer Concert

The choir teams John Rutter’s The Sprig of Thyme with Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury.

In The Sprig of Thyme, Rutter has put together eleven traditional songs which, through simple, direct language and lilting melodies, tell us about the complexities of human life – especially where love is concerned!

Trial by Jury, Gilbert and Sullivan’s first major collaboration, has been described as ‘probably the most successful British one-act operetta of all time’. It is a witty, tuneful and very ‘English’ piece about an action for Breach of Promise and the wonderful singalong tunes and witty dialogue for which the duo later became famous are there for all to hear and enjoy.

The Choir’s President, Scott Farrell (Rochester Cathedral), in a rare singing role, is among the Soloists, who also include some very promising Music College students – an opportunity to see and hear some stars of the future.

The concert takes place  at Holy Trinity Church, Cliftonville, starting at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £9 in advance and £10 at the door, accompanied children £2, available from the Ticket Secretary, Barbara, on 01304 620560, from choir members or online via the choir’s website www.thanetfestivalchoir.org (PayPal)

United Society of Artists

At Pie Factory Margate and Lombard Street Gallery

Saturday 17 June  to Sunday 25 June

The United Society of Artists brings together contemporary artists whose work covers a broad spectrum of style, subjects and media.

This year the exhibition is showing the portrait of actress Indira Varma featured in the first episode of Sky Arts “Portrait Artist of the Year” painted by Charlotte Baynes who shares her time between Whitstable and Spain. There are also  some beautiful local scenes, still life painting and various styles of prints.

The Society enables members to show and be promoted in exhibitions at different galleries and locations throughout the UK.

Styles range from representational to abstraction and conceptual. UA members cover a diverse range of approaches including figurative, impressionist and expressionist. This diversity and openness to ideas is what helps to make the UA distinctive in character and so welcoming to new artists.

Both Pie Factory Margate in Broad Street and Lombard Street Gallery will be exclusively exhibiting UA Members work.

Pie Factory Margate, 5 Broad Street and Lombard Street Gallery, 2 Lombard Street

Both galleries will be open

Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm

Sunday 12 to 4pm

Gears of Change

Visit the trenches at Gears of Change

Gears of Change Classic Car Show and Fought for Freedom Military Show returns to Quex Park on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June.

The Gears of Change Classic Car Show and Fought for Freedom Military Show officially opens on Saturday 18 June with a huge array of classic, vintage and interesting vehicles, fun fair, rides, gift, craft and traders market.

Visit the very popular WW1 trenches, updated with new and interesting trenches for 2017, visit the field hospital and German dugouts. Take part in bayonet training as well as the crawling assault course and then see if you can dominate the skies on the simulator.

Find more here

Back to the Future at Westwood Cross

June 17-18

A piece of Hollywood is coming to Westwood Cross this weekend in the shape of the famous Back to the Future DeLorean car.

The iconic car has been transported to the shopping centre from Universal Studios, Hollywood and is signed by movie stars Michal J Fox and Christopher Lloyd.

The temporary addition is expected to attract scores of fans and will provide the perfect family photo opportunity as Westwood Cross Shopping Centre is transformed with ‘Back to the Future’ props and 1950’s inspired live music.

Find more details here


BAE Systems Band

Dan Thomsett

Summer entertainment

3pm until 4.30pm

Broadstairs bandstand, Victoria Parade

Broadstairs Seafront Open Air Art Exhibition

Photo Dan Thomsett

10am to 5pm

Broadstairs & St. Peter’s Art Group

Broadstairs Seafront Railings by the lift

Exhibition showcasing wide range of group members’ talents comprising paintings in all media, embroideries, ceramics and stained glass.

All work for sale – original art at affordable prices

At the Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

My Cousin Rachel (12A)

Directed by Roger Michell,

Starring Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin and Iain Glen

Friday 16 June / 6pm, 8.30pm

Saturday 17 June /  8.30pm

Sunday 18 June / 7.30pm

Monday 19 June / 5.30pm

Tuesday 20 June / 3pm

Wednesday 21 June / 5.30pm

Thursday 22 June / 6pm

Brilliantly adapted from the Daphne du Maurier (The Birds, Rebecca) novel by BAFTA winning director Roger Michell (Notting Hill, Enduring Love). This dark romance mystery tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feeling become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.

An all-star cast led by Oscar winning Rachel Weisz (Constant Gardener, Bourne Legacy, Light Between Oceans) and Sam Claflin (Their Finest, Me Before You, Any Human Heart) and Iain Glen (Eye in the Sky, Game of Thrones) this is a gorgeous, suspenseful gothic romance delivered with real power and subtlety.


The Other Side of Hope (12A)

Directed by Aki Kaurismäki, Starring Kati Outinen, Ville Virtanen, Tommi Korpela, and Matti Onnismaa

In Finnish with English subtitles

Saturday 17 June / 6pm

Tuesday 20 June / 8.30pm

Thursday 22 June / 8.30pm

From writer/director Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre, Lights in the Dusk, Man Without A Past), the master of European dead-pan humour, comes this heart-warming, prescient comedy drama in which a Syrian refugee befriends a travelling salesman trying to start a restaurant.

The Other Side of Hope manages the neat trick of exploring one of the most urgent tragedies of the 21st Century – the Syrian refugee crisis. It does this sublimely – not by hectoring or lecturing but by employing side-splitting absurdist comedy, a deep sense of the good found in humanity and scathing satire of an unfeeling, unthinking European bureaucracy. It’s a potent combination which is at once highly entertaining and deeply thought-provoking without ever stooping to the obvious or simplifying the complex ethics of a terrible situation. A masterpiece.

Book your stalls

Fresh Hope Disabled Services Summer fair

Fresh Hope Disabled Services is holding a summer fair this year on  August 12 at Drapers Mills School in Margate.

The fair will raise money for new equipment for the Saturday Club held by the service  for children with a disability or additional needs.

It will run from 11am till 3pm,  and have pony rides, bouncy castles, barbecue, picnic area, soft play area, stalls, tombola, lucky dips and so much more.

There are still spaces for stalls, to book email freshhopethanet@gmail.com

Help for Heroes charity fair

Book a stall for the Help for Heroes charity craft and gift fair being held at Margate Winter Gardens on September 17, 10am to 4pm.

Stalls are £25 for 6ft or £40 for 12ft

Book by calling Julie on 07860696005