29 things to do and see in Thanet this weekend (October 27-29)

QuExtreme Terror

It’s the weekend again and there are lots of events, and Halloween parties, to keep people entertained.

Here is our round up of things to see and do in Thanet

Friday, October 27

It’s Magic!

27-29 October, Ramsgate Micro Museum, Harry Potter Themed Games Weekend

Come and join Harry and his friends on the games the Micro Museum will be loading onto their classic consoles. Enjoy magical adventures or test your hand – and your broomstick – at playing Quidditch.

Budding Hogwarts students in costume, aged 14 years and younger, get in for just £2. There is no event charge for everyone else – all included in the standard admission price.

Advance booking not necessary. Just turn up at platform 9¾ (or The Micro Museum) in Church Hill.

Adult £4, Child £3, Family ticket £8*

  • *1 or 2 adults and 1 or 2 children
  • Adult – over 14 years old (children 14 years or younger, must be accompanied by an adult)


Screamland is back at Dreamland  for its third year – and promises to be bigger than ever.

The scare-fest, staged for the first time since Dreamland’s £25 million overhaul – will this year have six mazes open for six nights in October.

Screamland is upping the fear factor for 2017 with all-new mazes and disorientating experiences involving vision-blocking hoods and areas that visitors will need to crawl through.

Daredevil visitors who are looking for even more frights can book a live and spooky séance at the park, which will be taking place in the Victorian folly building. Tickets to the séance will be bookable on each night at an additional cost.

There will be street performers, live music and DJs on the Scenic Stage – including Radio 1’s Rock Show presenter Daniel P Carter, Rockaoke, and more to be announced.

A Screamland ticket includes access to all six scare mazes at night, unlimited use of the rides in the amusement park, access to entertainment (including live music) and The Prop Store. Spaces are limited so book your tickets now.

Click here for ticket prices and a run down of the mazes

Quextreme Terror

Three spine-chilling adventures will take place at Quex  in Birchington this Halloween.

Run by Quex Park and Nail in the Coffin Productions the scare story events will be run within the eerie surroundings of the Quex Forest, Maize Field and Woodland Trails.

Taking place on October 27, 28 and 29.

Tickets for the Scare experiences start from £17.50 if bought in advance and can be booked at www.quexevents.co.uk,

Click here for the run down on the mazes

Mad House at Westgate Pavilion

Westgate Pavilion director Lee Williams is the brains behind the terrifying maze based on the fictitious St Mildrith’s Waterfront Institution -nicknamed The Mad House – a cross between a hospital and a prison where doctors performed outrageous experiments.

And the award-winning scare attraction has now added a second maze – The FunHouse.

The FunHouse is approximately 30 minutes long and The Mad House 45 minutes.

The attraction is open October 26-29. Tours run from 7pm.


MadHouse £15

FunHouse £10

Combo £20

Find out more and book here

Get Spooked at Dreamland

Free fun until October 29

Ghost hunts, creepy crawlies, a wizard battle and Monster Mash ball are just somer of the fun, free activities taking place for youngsters at Dreamland this half term.

Every day there will be a full programme of spooky activities, entertainment, games and fun for all the family for Dreamland’s Get Spooked.

Daily activities for children will feature alongside the vintage rides, pop-up entertainment, roller disco and arcades at the park.

Children under 1.0m receive a free ride wristband with one paying adult.

Find the full programme here

Lego Ninjago (U) at The Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Starring Jackie Chan, Justin Theroux, Dave Franco and Olivia Munn

Friday 27 October / 3pm

Saturday 28 October 3pm

Sunday 29 October / 3pm

The battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad.

Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu.

Mother! (18) at The Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Directed by Darren Aranofsky, USA, 2h 1m

Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer and Domhnall Gleeson

Friday 27 October / 6pm

A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. From filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream), Mother! stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer in this riveting psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice.

The Party (15) at The Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, and Timothy Spall

Friday 27 October / 8.30pm

Saturday 28 October 6pm

Sunday 29 October / 8.30pm

Monday 30 October / 6pm

Tuesday 31 October / 3pm

Wednesday 1 November / 6.30pm

Thursday 2 November / 6pm

A comedy wrapped around a tragedy! Janet is hosting an intimate gathering of friends to celebrate her promotion to Shadow Minister of Health in the party of opposition. Her husband, Bill, seems preoccupied. As their friends arrive, some of whom have their own dramatic news to share, the soirée gradually unravels. An announcement by Bill provokes a series of revelations that rapidly escalate into all-out confrontation. As people’s illusions about themselves and each other go up in smoke, along with the canapes, The Party becomes a night that began with champagne but ends with blood on the floor.


The Pirates of Penzance

Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs, October 27-28 at 7.30pm and October 29 at 2.30pm.

Ramsgate Operatic will stage this popular comic opera by Gilbert & Sullivan..

Tickets: Friday to Sunday: £12 Paid in advance/Friends: £14 doors.

Book by calling the Box Office on 01843 863701 (Mon to Fri 10am to 2pm) or go to www.sarahthornetheatre.co.uk

Halloween Fright Night

RSPCA Thanet branch, Woodchurch animal centre,  6.30pm-8.30pm

There will be a spooky walk, zombie zone and crazily fun photo booth to name a few things!
The creepy cattery will also be open for you to meet all our frightfully beautiful residents.
Cost to get in is £2 for all ages (Some activities will incur an extra charge).
There will also be food and refreshments available to purchase.
Fancy dress is important!


Saturday, October 28

Once Upon A Dream Trick or Treat

Dreamland, 2pm-4.30pm

Dreamland plays host to fairytale characters in a spooky spectacular. Join Teddy and Betty alongside their friends from Happily Ever Afters, as they sing and dance to lots of familiar tunes with your help in this fully interactive show and party. Meet villains, princesses, pirates and re-school favourites.

£10 plus booking fee.

Click here 

Halloween fun at The Falcon Inn

The Falcon Inn, Westwood, 7pm until 1am, £3 entry

All draughts £3
All spirits & mixer £3
Pitcher Jugs £10
Cocktails £5 per glass
5 sourz £5

Scare factors and ghoulish cocktails.
Apple bobbing
Cauldron games

Prize of 3 bottles of Prosecco for the best dressed.

Hip Hop Halloween

Quarterdeck at Dreamland, 8pm-1am

Hip Hop, RnB and Old School jams with DJ Steven Welton aka Waxer and DJ Jason Anderson bringing you thumpin’ bass and happy vibes with lashes of fright and horror.

Come dressed as your favourite Hip Hop artist or in traditional Halloween attire (with a Hip Hop/RnB twist) and jump into the Halloween Photo Booth and grab yourself a photo strip. You might just see the ghosts of Biggie and Tupac in the background.

Free entry.


BayPoint Club, Ramsgate Road, Sandwich

Doors open at 6pm

Tickets £8 per person or £25 for Family of 4

Please book tickets online https://baypointsportsclub.co.uk/events

Events include
• Face Painting,
• Fairground rides
• BBQ food
• Halloween theme  night
• Children’s fancy dress

Find four more firework events here

Family dance workshops at Turner Contemporary

3 Sessions: 1-2pm, 2-3pm, 3-4pm Clore Learning Studio £4.50 per child / Free for CT9 Card Holders

Kamala Devam, director of London-based dance company Kamala Devam Company, will teach a dance workshop based on her choreography to Helen Caddick’s original score “Amphora”, inspired by the work of Jean Arp and his dancing wife, Sophie Taeuber-Arp.

Drop in workshop

Artists Open Houses

October 28-29

East Kent Artists’ Open Houses is now in its 17th year. Venues open 11am-5pm

Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October
• Govinda Sah – 35 Godwin Road, Margate CT9 2HE
• Jose Fonseca, Gay Gower and Ryan Jowitt – Flat 1 Granville Court, Margate CT9 2LQ
• Graham Ward – Lombard Street Gallery, 2 Lombard Street, Margate CT9 1EJ
• A Group Exhibition – Pie Factory Margate, 5-9 Broad Street, Margate CT9 1EW
• Seran Tahsin and PFish – The Serene Retreat, 2 Adelaide Gardens, Ramsgate CT11 9HH
• Madeline Wright, Sarah Stokes and Lesley Gray – AiR 18 Harbour Street, Ramsgate CT11 8HA
• Catherine Evans – 11 Warten Road, Ramsgate CT11 8BL
• Karen Hiscock-Lawrence and Brian Hodgson – New Kent Art Gallery, 49a Albion Street, Broadstairs CT10 1NE

Sunday 29th October
• Anita Bates, Alison Jones, Molly Pickles and Theresa Smith – 64 Chilton Lane, Ramsgate CT11 0LQ

Dixit Dominus

St Mary the Virgin Church, Minster, 3pm

The Canterbury Singers, director Adrian Bawtree, with participation by the Edmunds Sisters and a string ensemble.

Programme to include Dixit Dominus by Handel, Monteverdi Beatus vir.and Shearing Songs and Sonnets of Shakespeare.

Proceeds to St. Mary’s Church for the organ restoration fund.

Tickets £12 on the door, or £10 in advance – contact Julian Sampson (see below), or buy at the church on 14th October at another concert in aid of the organ restoration fund.

Group Show at Pie Factory Margate

Presented in this mixed media group show will be large botanical paintings by Nicola Lebon, collage that explores  shape, structure and re-assembly by Hannah Hughes, Warped comic like ink drawings by Andrew Shrubb and poetry that will leave you mesmerized by Karen Penn Simkins

28thOctober-6th November 2017

11am-4pm (Saturday 11am-6pm)

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

Brimstone (18) at The Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Starring Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, Kit Harington and Carice van Houten

Saturday 28 October / 7.45pm

Monday 30 October / 7.45pm

Tuesday 31 October / 5.30pm

Thursday 2 November / 7.45pm

Wrongly accused of a crime she didn’t commit, a frontier woman turned fugitive is hunted by a vengeful preacher in the menacing inferno of the old American West.

Dakota Fanning stars in this 19th century American frontier tale of a young mute mother, whose life is thrown into turmoil by the appearance of a commanding and sinister reverend (Guy Pearce), forcing her back into a tragic past she hoped to have escaped in this dark and disturbing mystery/drama western.

With a starry cast including both Game of Thrones’ Kit ‘John Snow’ Harrington and Carice ‘Melisandre’ van Houten, this is top notch sweeping cinema not for the faint of heart.


Christmas craft fair

All Saints Church Church House,Kent Gardens, Birchington, 10am-2pm

Plus Birchington Silver Band from 7pm in All Saints Church

Sunday, October 29

Halloween party at Jungle Jims

Jungle Jims at Quex, Sunday, October 29,  5.30pm – 7.30pm  and  Tuesday, October 31, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Spooktastic fancy dress Halloween disco parties. Join Jungle Jims for ghoulish games, scary disco dancing and trick or treating. Ticket price is inclusive of party food box.

Fancy dress for adults is optional.

Call 01843 846305 to check ticket availability

Halloween Afternoon Tea. The Fall Ball

Princess World, Westwood Business Park, Strasbourg Street, CT9 4JJ

Feast upon ghoulish treats, devilish delicacies and scrumptious bites to celebrate halloween in style!

Savoury and sweet treats, all themed and beautifully created, will be served by character waitresses, making sure every guest is well fed and impressed!
See the castle, dressed with pumpkins, autumn leaves, magical trees and enjoy the special Halloween entertainment, which will excite and entice both adult and children alike.

Sitting 1: 12:30pm – 2pm, Sitting 2: 3:30pm – 5:00pm

£13.95 each. Adults and children require their own ticket.

Book here

Halloween Parties with Off The Hook

Noon-2pm, 2.30pm to 4.30pm and 5pm-7pm, £5 per child, disco, games, prizes for best dressed.

Off The Hook, 59 Northdown Road, 01843 491742

Halloween disco at Newington Community Centre

October 29, 6pm-9pm

fun, games, fancy dress and spooky disco.

Tickets £2 from the centre in Princess Margaret Avenue

Birchington Silver Band Concert

The Centre, Alpha Road, Birchington, 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Enjoy an afternoon concert by Birchington Silver Band including marches, light classics, music from the shows and popular melodies

Free entry (includes a raffle and collection)

Children’s Toys Bring & Buy Sale

Crampton Tower, Broadstairs, 11am-3pm

Children’s Toys Bring and Buy Sale

To book a 6ft long table for £5, please call Tel: 01843-601091

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.

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

Lefty Scum

Theatre Royal, Margate, 7.30pm

Comedy, music and socialism comes to Margate with Lefty Scum: Josie Long, Grace Petrie and Jonny and the Baptists on tour.

Three-time Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Josie Long, British Comedy Award & Musical Comedy Award nominees Jonny and the Baptists and protest musician Grace Petrie say audiences of all political persuasions are welcome.

Full Price £13
Concessions £11
FOMT £10
Booking fees – 50p per ticket in person/phone. £1.50 per ticket online

Suitable for ages 14+

To book call 01843 292795 or click here

Jawbone (15) + Q&A with writer/star Johnny Harris

The Palace Cinema, Broadstairs, 6pm

Starring Johnny Harris, Ian McShane, Ray Winstone and Michael Smiley

Broadstairs Town Team fundraiser – When former youth boxing champion, Jimmy (Johnny Harris), hits rock bottom he turns to his childhood boxing club and the only family he has left.

A former youth boxing champion, Jimmy McCabe (Johnny Harris), is a man in search of hope but looking in all the wrong places. When he hits rock bottom he turns to his childhood boxing club and the only family he has left: gym owner Bill (Ray Winstone) corner man Eddie (Michael Smiley) and promoter Joe (Ian McShane). Back in training, years after anyone thought he was a contender, he risks his life, as he tries to stand tall and regain his place in the world. With music by Paul Weller.