29 things to do and see in Thanet this Bank Holiday weekend (August 25-28)

It’s the Bank Holiday weekend, meaning an extra fabulous day off work for some people.

There is a bumper load of events to enjoy.

Here is our round-up of 29 things to see and do in Thanet from Friday, August 25- Monday, August 28.

Friday (August 25)

Sunset Session at Dreamland

Sam and The Womp bring the party to the park on Friday. Famous for their hit ‘Bom Bom’, the group will take to the outdoor Scenic Stage as visitors ride, dine and dance at the latest installment of Dreamland’s summer-long Sunset Sessions. 6pm to 10pm.

For the rest of the weekend, don your shoulder pads and dust off your leg warmers as the park hosts an 80s party like no other. Dreamland will be marking the 30th anniversary of 80s classics Dirty Dancing and The Lost Boys with screenings of both films.

Barber’s Son – Hairdresser’s Daughter: North, South, East, West

Pie Factory Margate, 5 Broad Street, Margate

25 to 30 August  10am to 6pm

Sunday 11am to 5pm

‘North, South, East, West’ explores the themes of home, shelter, belonging and alienation. Taking inspiration from John Berger’s writings on the concept of ‘Home’, it is a collaborative, multi-media installation which has been designed to be thought-provoking and encourage discussion.

Susie Darnton’s large paintings include the Manor at Hemingford Grey, one of the longest continually occupied houses in the British Isles and also explore the idea of the childhood home. Jan Wheatley’s exquisite illustrations depict the lives of individuals who have been forced to leave their homeland and seek another life, while Simon Andrew’s photographs suggest buildings as being a place of both home and estrangement. There will also be a feast of delights to put into a home. Artists include Jane Pitt, Richie Punyer, Joan Bell, Phil Darnton, Nicola Taylor, Jenny Duff, Maxine Sutton, Barbara Rae, Emma Crossley, Self, Annie Richards, Diana Barr and, of course, the mysterious ‘Hairdresser’s Daughter’! Performances and poetry readings will also take place, performance times will be announced on Facebook: Barber’s Son – Hairdresser’s Daughter Exhibitons.


Astronomy Viewing Evening

Monkton Nature Reserve

This is a free event for members of the reserve.

Start time: Please check the website, or phone the Reserve before 3pm, to confirm any last minute event details

All evening visitors to the Observatory should wear suitable footwear and bring a torch if you have one, or wait to be directed to the observatory by someone else.

Non-members may attend one free viewing, as a taster session, but will be asked to become members of Monkton Nature Reserve for future scheduled events. Becoming a member of the Reserve will also entitle you to free entry into the Reserve during normal opening hours.

Monkton Nature Reserve is home to the Monkton Stargazers astronomy group and the two Thanet Observatories.

The main observatory houses a 12” reflecting telescope. The smaller observatory, built in 2015, is currently undergoing calibration testing.

Call 01843 822666.

Jimmy Carr – The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour

Margate Winter Gardens, Doors open at 6.45pm for 7.30pm start

Jimmy is gathering a selection of his very best jokes along with brand new material for the ultimate comedy show.

Jimmy Carr has been on the stand-up scene for a decade and a half. In that time he’s performed 9 sell-out tours, playing nearly 2,000 shows to over 2 million people across 4 continents. He’s won the British Comedy Award for ‘Best Live Stand-Up Tour’ and been nominated for the Perrier Award. Tickets* Standard £27.50 *Booking fee applies: 50p per ticket holder in person/phone, £1.50 per ticket holder online Ages: 16+

Call 01843 292795 or click here

Ramsgate Blitz Walks

Relive the dark days of the war in the heaviest bombed seaside town in the country. Hear the stories, visit the places.

Ramsgate Blitz Walks run first Sunday of the month at 10am and Fridays July and August at 7pm

The tour takes approximately 2 hours and is free with donations welcome.

No need to book. Dogs and children welcome.

Meet at Ramsgate Library, Guildford Lawns.

Ramsgate Seaside Rocks Festival

The event takes place on the town’s seafront all Bank Holiday weekend.

The event, organised by The Ramsgate Seafront Traders’ Associaition, will be held in Harbour Parade, Pier Yard and The Queen’s Head pub and will include music, a funfair, street food and a festival stage plus fireworks on Sunday night.

The Rock, Dock & Twelve Smoking Barrels Beer and Music Festival – featuring the finest ales, ciders and live music – will also take place at the Queen’s Head.

The fireworks display will be at the harbour at 10pm on Sunday.

For the music line up click here

Saturday (August 26)

Film screening: The Lost Boys at Dreamland

Live music from The A-Tees – playing favourite songs from the era, a quiz on the film and a screening of this timeless classic under the stars. 6pm to 10.30pm.

All Saints Art Group Annual Exhibition

August 26-28

All Saints Church House, Birchington

All Saints Art Group Annual Art Exhibition of traditional and contemporary art in oils, acrylics, and watercolours, with over 100 pictures for sale at very reasonable prices.

The 17 Bays of Thanet’s Coastline

The main feature of the exhibition will be the depiction of every bay around the Isle of Thanet by all 18 members of the Group. These paintings of our lovely coastline will be exhibited on the walls of the Church Hall, and will be for sale.

A map will indicate the names and locations of each of the Bays.

Local historian Jenny Burgess, will also be photographing the paintings and producing pamphlets about the Bays.Free Entry

The Little Mix Experience

Margate Winter Gardens, 6pm

The Little Mix Experience – If you’re a fan of one of X Factor’s finest exports you’re sure to L.O.V.E. The Little Mix Experience!

Four hugely talented girls pay tribute to one of the UK’s finest Girl-Bands. With breathtaking dance moves, replica costumes and some of the finest vocals in the UK, this is a high-energy show from beginning to end, packed with all of Little Mix’s greatest hits and suitable for all ages!

Featuring songs such as DNA, Wings, Salute, Black Magic, Love Me Like You, Secret Love Song and many, many more.

Booking fees – 50p per ticket in person/phone. £1.50 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 or click here

Bank Holiday Bonanza

Hornby Hobby Visitor Centre, Westwood

Each day a different brand will be on display, with a huge range of stock at great prices!

Saturday 26th – Hornby Event
Sunday 27th – Scalextric Event
Monday 28th – Corgi and Airfix Event

City Of Canterbury Band

Broadstairs bandstand, 2.30pm until 4pm

Punch And Judy

West Bay Photo Sue Fewings

August 26-28, West Bay, Sea Road, Westgate

A series of Punch and Judy shows for visitors and residents to Westgate-on-Sea

Shows 3 times a day at noon, 2pm and 4pm.

Thanet Open Studios

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

August 26-28

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.

Saturday 26th to Monday 28th
• 10.30am-4pm Mike Child – 16 Paragon Street, Ramsgate CT11 9JZ
• 10.30am-4pm Mike Samson – York Street Gallery, York Street, Ramsgate CT1 9DS
• 10am-4pm AiR: Arts in Ramsgate – 18 Harbour Street, Ramsgate CT11 8HA
• 10am-4pm Heike Jardene – 46 Church Road, Ramsgate CT11 8RF
• 10am-4pm Quona Bullivant – 46 Church Road, Ramsgate CT11 8RF
• 10am-4pm Margaret Rhodes – 32 Liverpool Lawn, Ramsgate CT11 9HJ
• 10am-4pm Nigel Cunningham – 5 Marlborough Close, Broadstairs CT10 2HF
• 10am-4pm Jullian Lovegrove – 21 Seafield Road, Broadstairs CT10 2DD
• 10am-4pm (Sat) 11am-4pm (Sun & Mon) New Kent Art Gallery and Studio – 49a Albion Street, Broadstairs CT10 1NE
• 10am-4pm Martin Cheek- Flint House, 21 Harbour Street, Broadstairs CT10 1ET
• 10am-4pm Margaret Foreman – Flint House, 21 Harbour Street, Broadstairs CT10 1ET
• 10am-4pm Mollie Cheek – Flint House, 21 Harbour Street, Broadstairs CT10 1ET
• 10am-6pm Gay Gower – 6-7 Lewis Crescent, Flat 1 Granville Court, Cliftonville, Margate CT9 2LQ
• 10am-6pm Jose Fonseca – 6-7 Lewis Crescent, Flat 1 Granville Court, Cliftonville, Margate CT9 2LQ
• 10am-4pm eclectic Art – 6 Broad Street, Margate CT9 1EW

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th
• 10am-4pm Lee Nicholls – 47 Addington Street, Ramsgate CT11 9JJ

Sunday 27th
• 12-5pm  Molly Morgan – 64 Chilton Lane, Ramsgate CT11 0LQ
• 12-5pm Anita Bates – 64 Chilton Lane, Ramsgate CT11 0LQ

Sunday 27th – Tuesday 29th
• 10am-4pm Andy Johnson – 64 South Eastern Road, Ramsgate CT11 9QE

Monday 28th
• 12-5pm Molly Morgan – 64 Chilton Lane, Ramsgate CT11 0LQ
• 12-5pm Anita Bates – 64 Chilton Lane, Ramsgate CT11 0LQ

Young Artist Painting Challenge

Minster Abbey Painting Challenge at Minster Abbey

For young artists aged 10 – 18 years

Enjoy a fantastic day painting in the grounds. Prizes to be won. Paint in the medium of your choice

Bring all your materials on the day. Work to be judged at the end of the day

Registration Fee £5, Balance of £5 to be paid on the day

Call into Park Minster Tea Room or King Street Gallery Margate for more information and to book

Telephone 07743 003314 / 07745 486636

World’s biggest bouncy castle at Dreamland

Photo Frank Leppard

Details here

Your last chance to have a bounce on the castle.

Sunday (August 27)

Film screening: Dirty Dancing at Dreamland


Live DJs, a special edition watermelon Pimms – inspired by the iconic “I carried a watermelon” scene and a Dirty Dancing quiz for the fanatics – all before a showing of the legendary film. 6pm-10.30pm.

Battle of the Bands, Dreamland


Free entry

Cliftonville Farmers Market

Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade, 10am to 1pm

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

Award winning Farmers Market where producers will be selling bread, cheese, honey, fruit, vegetables, wild game, fruit juices, fresh meat and much more


Broadstairs bandstand

2.30pm until 4pm

Music in the Garden

Live music August 27-28

Italianate GreenhouseKing George VI Memorial Park, Ramsgate

National Garden Scheme- Haven

August 27-28, 10am to 4pm

Haven, 22 Station Road, Minster

Award winning 300ft garden and Greenhouse cactus garden 

Admission £4, children free.

Visitors also welcome by arrangement February to November any day or time. 24hrs notice required. 

The Big Family Bike Ride

11am to 12.30pm

Palm Bay Café, Cliftonville.

A fun event to encourage families to get on their bikes.  5km coastal bike ride. Goody bags for all families.

This event is supported by the National Charity Partnership – a partnership between Tesco and registered charities Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation.

Monday (August 28)

Gloomy Monday at Dreamland

DJs from the world’s only club devoted to sad music bring anthems of gloom that will make you want to put on your red shoes and dance the blues to Margate for the first time. There will also be a live performance from The Smyths – Europe’s premier tribute to The Smiths.


Activities at Powell Cotton Museum, Quex Park, Birchington

Quex estate

Discover the history of photography with the Powell-Cotton Museum.  Each week we will be exploring different ways images can be created.  Have a go at making a cyanotype, create your own camera obscura and use a modern digital camera to create very different images.

28th August -1st September – Stop Motion

Sessions run from 11am-12.30pm, and from1.30-3pm.

All activities are suitable for children aged 5 years and over.

Adults £8.95; children £6.50 (includes admission to the Museum, House and Gardens).

Members: Children £3


Family Fun Day

Nelson Riding Centre, Woodchurch

Tank Rides
Craft Stalls
Live music and entertainment
CosPlay Characters
Bouncy Castle
Kids Go Karts
Zorb Balls
Rodeo Bull and Wipeout
Fun Dog Show
Pony and Horse Taster Rides – £5 for 15 minutes. Must be prebooked

Supporting Cancer Research and Alzheimers Research UK. Entry £1 per car load


Dan Thomsett

Broadstairs bandstand

2.30pm until 4pm

At The Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Captain Underpants (U)

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

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

Schoolfriends 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.

Final Portrait (15)

Directed by Stanley Tucci, Starring Geoffrey Rush, Arnie Hammer and Tony Shalhoub

Friday 25 August / 8pm

Saturday 26 August / 8pm

Sunday 27 August / 8pm

Monday 28 August / 6pm

Tuesday 29 August / 3pm

Wednesday 30 August / 6pm

Thursday 31 August / 6pm

Paris, 1964. Alberto Giacometti, played by Geoffrey Rush (Shine, The Book Thief), the famous artist, bumps into his old friend James Lord, and begs he sit for a portrait because he has an interesting face.

Supposedly, it’ll just take a couple of days in his studio. Lord is flattered by the request bus as the days turn into weeks seemingly with no end in sight he realises his entire life has been hijacked by this erratic genius.

Veering between frustration and joy, Lord ultimately sees logic in the artist’s chaotic mind and together we witness a genius complete one of his last masterpieces which eventually sold for over $115 million setting a record for the time and establishing Giacometti as a household name.

England is Mine (15)

Directed by Mark Gill, Starring Jack Lowden, Jessica Brown-Findley and Jodie Comer

Saturday 26 August / 6pm

Tuesday 29 August / 8pm

Thursday 31 August / 8pm

From the producer of Control. Before the Smiths, before Jonny Marr, Steven Patrick Morrissey wants to write and sing. But first he must become himself in a world that’s trying to make him like everybody else.

From the producer of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis biopic Control. As a young man, his voice goes no further than the NME letters page and his dead-end office walls. Then the punk scene explodes. Steven makes up his mind there’s more to life than Manchester’s dark satanic mills. With the help of a pair of strong women, the young Morrissey embarks on a journey from nowhere to international icon and world-class lyricist, performer and song-writer. Starring rising star Jack Lowden (Dunkirk, Wolf Hall, ’71, A United Kingdom) as Morrissey.