27 things to see and do in Thanet this weekend (July 28-30)

The festival will include a fire finale

It’s the end of the week and many of us are looking forward to two whole days off. It’s also the school Summer holidays so there are plenty of events to check out.

Here is our list of 27 things to do and see:

Friday (July 28)

Falcon Inn Reggae night

It’s reggae galore at the Falcon Inn at Westwood.

The Margate Road boozer is offering live music from Brad Pittance and the Pirates, DJ with all the classics from Bob Marley, Desmond Dekker, UB40 and more. There will also be some red, gold and green reggae themed drinks.

The fun kicks off at 7pm.

Thanet Photographers exhibition

Photo Frank Leppard

King Street Studio and Gallery, Margate

The exhibition from talented isle photographers has now been extended for another week meaning the photos can be viewed until August 5.

Gallery is open Monday – Friday 9am-4pm
Saturday 10am-4pm

Sea-themed Games, Micro Museum

Church Hill, Ramsgate

Friday 28, Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 July

1pm-4pm on all days

Come and have a jolly time playing with fishy friends, try sea fishing or go adventuring with pirates – all on the classic games consoles.

No extra charge for admission during the events – you can enjoy all that the Museum has to offer for the standard entry charge, adult £4 and children £3. No need to book in advance.

Too Good To Be True at the Sarah Thorne theatre

Part of the Summer Rep Season

Friday 28th July at 7.30pm, Saturday 29th July 2.30pm and 7.30pm and Sunday
30th July at 6.30pm

Bernard Shaw’s 1920s surreal comedy of the post-war world with a talking germ, a gangster nurse, an aviator turned burglar and an affectionate satirical picture of his friend Lawrence of Arabia.

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..

Book by calling  01843 863701 or click here

Littoral Light

Photo Jevons Hwan

9pm-10.30pm, beach adjacent to East Cliff Underchine,

Littoral Light is back again for a second year.

Beautiful, illuminated, twilight art exhibition  uniquely set on a remote stretch of the tidal zone of Ramsgate beach, by the artists’ collective, Article 10.

At 9pm, when the sun has set and the tide reaches its lowest point, artists will temporarily take over the beach to create magnificent light sculptures, performance and sound installations.

The art will be installed, curated and shown in the short time frame of just a few hours before the tide returns. All traces of the exhibition will vanish overnight leaving only the waves against the iconic white-chalk cliffs of the Kent coastline.

The exhibition is created by Article10, a Thanet-based artist collective. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to become part of the show by bringing along their own torches and lanterns to light their way as they discover the works amongst the rocks, sand, caves and cliffs.

More Ramsgate Festival events here

The Turbans at Ramsgate Music Hall

The eight-piece group will be playing from 7.30pm-11pm at the Best NME venue in Turner Street.

Book Tickets

Quote ‘Ramsgate Festival’ for discount price of £12.

The Banal  & The Beautiful – New work by JFK Turner

Friday 28th July to Tuesday 1st August

11am to 4pm Daily

At Pie Factory Margate, 5 Broad Street, Margate CT9 1EW

A  solo exhibition of work by JFK Turner (currently being  exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition). Turner’s work is somewhere between painting and collage.

JFK Turner will be presenting a selection of new work at Pie Factory Margate. Turner’s work is concerned with the unnoticed ephemeral elements of everyday life; found objects, marks, stains and the natural effect of time. The objects Turner collects from the street form the basis of the work.

The paintings are not abstract – they are based on something from the real world – for example a rubber band, a screwed up piece of paper, or a flap on a cardboard box. These are non-objects, just the remnants of life.

Oliver, Margate Winter Gardens

Photogenic Photography

Friday and Saturday 7:30pm with a Saturday matinee 2:30pm.

Regency Productions presents the Dickens classic Oliver Twist.

More details here

Saturday (July 29)

Rubbish monster battle

Photo Frank Leppard

Ramsgate main sands, 2pm to 5pm

The Rubbish Monster is threatening Ramsgate. Another very strange creature is here to help, the Tyran of Cardboardia.

Join the Tyran on the beach — make cardboard tubes and water pistols in the arsenal and cardboard tube Workshop Wherehouse, train hard and follow your leader, join the EPIC fight to defeat the Rubbish Monster. (Age 8+)

Young children and anyone who prefers quieter activity can play and go fishing – come and have a look and join in the FREE fun.

Ramsgate Rising

Noon-10pm, Pier Yard, Harbour Parade

An all-dayer on the festival frontline with MAP, TC Promotions, Generation Uncovered and local artists, presenting a supercharged line up of original sounds from a top flight of independent artists, breaking through right now into the popular music scene; supported by a showcase of a new wave of the freshest young entertainers Ramsgate’s youth music scene has to offer.
Line Up:
12.30pm – 12.50pm Dannii Jayne
1pm – 1,20pm – Squangey Bobbins
1.25pm – 1.50pm – Lauren Deep & Kieran Newell
2pm – 3pm Generation Uncovered
3.10pm – 3.40pm Iversen
3.50pm – 4.20pm JCP
4.30pm – 4.50pm – Shaving the Pineapple
5pm – 5.35pm – Big Steve
5.45pm – 6.20pm – Ross Uttridge
6.25pm – 7pm – Argyle
7.05pm – 7.40pm – Newane
7.50pm – 8.05pm – Ramsghetto Records
8.15pm – 8.35pm – Skittle
8.40pm – 9.10pm – Danny Allen & Tenjay
9.20pm – 10pm – Marilyn Sky

Compere – Dom Farrall

Sunset Session at Dreamland

A surprise Sunset Session, headlined by a very special guest – the identity of whom will not be announced until the show.

The event will see BBC Radio 1 DJ Danny Howard and festival favourites The Cuban Brothers take to the park’s all-new outdoor stage, the Scenic Stage.

Dreamland’s Sunset Sessions run from 7pm to 10pm and are free to enter. In addition to the live music, there is a special wristband offer. Unlimited ride wristbands for the Sunset Sessions are priced at £12.50 for Big Kids (over 1.25m) and £9.00 for Little Kids (under 1.25m).
Kent’s Marine And Coastal Wildlife

Photo Carole Adams

29 July – 3 September

Drum Room, Margate Visitor Information Centre, Droit House, Margate Harbour CT9 1JD

Free exhibition of our intriguing marine & coastal wildlife of the local Marine Protected Areas – with additional images from our volunteer Coastal Wardens / Guardians, and the SEAS archives of the Thanet coastline.


Elephant and Castle

Theatre Royal Margate, 7.30pm

Using live music and extracts from those recordings, Elephant and Castle is a Gig Theatre show about how honest it’s possible to be and have your relationship survive.

Tickets* Full Price £12, Concs £10
*Booking fee applies: 50p per ticket holder in person/phone, £1.50 per ticket holder online
Ages: 12+

To book call 01843 292795 or click here

Little Opry

Tom Thumb Theatre, Eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville, 7.30pm

A foot-stomping celebration of bluegrass and old-time music.  Chadwell Hillbillies plus open mic

Tickets £9

National Garden Scheme- Haven

29 July – 30 July, 10am-4pm

Haven, 22 Station Road, Minster, Ramsgate, CT12 4BZ

Award winning 300ft garden, designed in the Glade style, similar to Forest gardening but more open and with use of exotic and unusual trees, shrubs and perennials, with wildlife in mind, devised and maintained by the owner, densely planted in a natural style with stepping stone paths.

Two ponds (one for wildlife, one for fish with water lilies), gravel garden, rock garden, fernery, Japanese garden, cactus garden, hostas and many exotic, rare and unusual trees, shrubs and plants incl tree ferns and bamboos and yr-round colour.

Greenhouse cactus garden 

The garden has proved to be very attractive to wildlife and is visited by large numbers of birds also lizards, grass snakes, frogs, newts, hedgehogs, slow worms, dragon flies, damsel flies and many bees, butterflys and other insects.

Admission £4.00, children free.

Royal Charter Anniversary

29 July – 23 December

Margate Museum, Market Place

In 1857 the Royal Charter for the Borough of Margate was granted.

To commemorate this 160th anniversary, an exhibition including the Royal Charter, other artefacts and memorabilia will be mounted.

£1.50 for adults

Accompanied children under 16 free

Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays 11am – 5pm (last entry 4pm)

Seashore Safaris

Eastcliff (Victoria Parade) 9am

Explore Thanet’s chalk rocky shore for its fascinating rockpool wildlife!

Identification sheet and equipment is provided and there is help on hand to identify your finds.

Wear suitable footwear for rocks and rockpools!  All events last for 2 hours and are suitable for ALL the family, but particularly 4-11s.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Suggested donation of £1 per person (adults & children).

Further details and public booking/payment link online www.nekmpa.org.uk

Surprise Sunset Session

Dreamland, 7pm

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

This particular session brings a very special guest (TBA) plus DJ Danny Howard & The Cuban Brothers. Tickets are FREE but must be booked in advance here.  

Sunday (July 30)

Ramsgate waterslide CANCELLED

Photo Bristol City Council

Royal Parade

11am to 5pm

A 300-foot water slide will descend Ramsgate’s iconic Royal Parade on 30th July, the last day of the Festival.

Read more here

Dream Marine twilight parade

Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, 8pm to 9pm

Twilight procession, presented by Andrew Kim of Handmade Parade, with beautiful boats, shoals of fishes, guardians of the deep and fisher folk

Festival fire show finale


Ramsgate main sands

Festival fire show, a mix of circus skills, beautifully choreographed fire dancing and a liberal dose of showmanship.

Broadstairs Seafront Open Air Art Exhibition

Photo Dan Thomsett


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

Cliftonville Farmers Market

Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade, 10am-1pm

Cliftonville Farmers’ Market was established in 2001 by the Cliftonville Residents Association and is run entirely by volunteers.

Producers will be selling bread, cheese, honey, fruit, vegetables, wild game, fruit juices, fresh meat and much more

History Walk From Margate Harbour To Drapers Windmill

 Local historian Robin Colyer is leading a tour of historic parts of Margate, starting at the Droit House, Margate Harbour.

The walk will start at 2pm visiting King Street, Trinity Square, Dane Road, Victoria Road, Thanet Road and Dane Park on the way.

The walk is approximately one and a half miles and will end at Drapers Windmill about 3.20pm

The mill will be open for a free guided tour 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.

Crystal Palace Band

Photo Dan Thomsett

Broadstairs bandstand

2.30pm until 4pm

At the Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Tommy’s Honour (PG)

Directed by Jason Connery

Starring Sam Neill, Peter Mullan, Jack Lowden and Ophelia Lovibond

Friday 28 July / 8pm

Saturday 29 July / 6pm

Sunday 30 July / 8pm

Monday 31 July / 5.30pm

Tuesday 1 August / 3pm

Wednesday 2 August / 5.30pm

Thursday 3 August / 6pm

A Scottish biopic about Old Tommy Morris, the founding father of golf, and his son, Young Tommy Morris, a champion golfer. In every generation, a torch passes from father to son. And that timeless dynamic is the beating heart of Tommy’s Honour – an intimate, powerfully moving tale of the real-life founders of the modern game of golf.

Slack Bay (15)

Directed by Bruno Dumont,

Starring Juliette Binoche, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Fabrice Luchini

In French with English subtitles

Saturday 29 July / 8.30pm

Tuesday 1 August / 8pm

Thursday 3 August / 8.30pm

Summer 1910. Several tourists have vanished while relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Northern France. Juliette Binoche stars in this distinctly idiosyncratic French comedy from multiple Cannes award-winning director Bruno Dumont.