28 things to see and do in Thanet this weekend (November 3-5)

Broadstairs fireworks display Photo John Horton

It’s time for your weekend guide again and there are loads of events going on in Thanet.

Friday, November 3


St Saviour’s Junior School, Elm Grove, Westgate

Annual firework display on the school playing field

Gates open from 6.30pm for 7pm display

Tickets from the school office


Minster Recreation Ground, St Mildred’s Road, Minster

6pm-8pm, Fireworks start at 7pm

Hot food and drinks, free admission

Antony Gormley sculpture

Photo Frank Leppard

Turner Contemporary has extended the stay for the Antony Gormley on the chalk bed in front of Turner Contemporary.

The sculpture at Fulsam Rock.is in place until the end of November.

Beauty & The Copper Beasts

Lovelys Gallery, Northdown Road, Cliftonville, November 3-4

Last chance to see  Beauty & The Copper Beasts, an exhibition of copper sculptures by the celebrated and much loved Kent artist Emily Stone.

Following on from her hugely popular and successful 2015 exhibition at the gallery, Emily has once again transformed the space into a magical and wondrous world of copper beasts in all shapes, colours and sizes

Christmas 1917

Margate Museum, Market Place, November 1- January 22

Christmas 1917… the last Christmas before the Great War ended.

A look at how this was celebrated, with shortages and families decimated by war.

£1.50 for adults
Accompanied children under 16 free admission

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


Photo Alex Brenner

Theatre Royal Margate, 7.30pm

The Actors of Dionysus reimagine the tragedy in a dystopian landscape, where fate is written in code and drones flock across the skies.

The tale follows Antigone in the aftermath of a violent battle as she takes a stand for her beliefs and comes up against the authority of new ruler Creon.

Full Price £14
FOMT £12
Schools £10
Booking fees – 50p per ticket in person/phone. £1.50 per ticket online

To book call 01843 292795 or click here

Festival of Remembrance

Winter Gardens, Margate, 7.15pm

The Royal British Legion leads a Festival of Remembrance in Margate on Friday (November 3).

The RBL will be joined by the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas and the Parade of Service Representatives and Standards for the event at the Winter Gardens.

The Royal British Legion is recognised as the national custodian of Remembrance.

Remembrance Sunday, the second Sunday in November, is the day traditionally put aside to remember all those who have given their lives for the peace and freedom we enjoy today.

Tier 1 £8.50
Tier 2 £7.50
Tier 3 £6.50

Booking fees – 50p in person/phone

Call 01843 292795 or click here

The Lark

St Peter’s Church, Hopeville Avenue

Friday 3 November at 7.30pm and Saturday 4 November at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

The Lark by Jean Anouilh.

A dynamic, exciting interpretation of the story of Joan of Arc set against the atmospheric backdrop of St Peter’s Church, woth choral music by CANTATE.

Tickets are £12 from the Sarah Thorne Company, Hilderstone, Broadstairs 01843 863701 – www.sarahthornetheatre.co.uk
or St Peter’s Parish Office (Hopeville Avenue) between 9am – 1pm 01843 866061 (cash payments only)

Death of Stalin (15)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Starring Rupert Friend, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Paddy Considine, Simon Russell Beale, Steve Buscemi and Jason Isaacs

Friday 3 November / 7.45pm

Saturday 4 November / 8.30pm

Sunday 5 November / 7.45pm

Monday 6 November / 6pm

Tuesday 7 November / 3pm

Wednesday 8 November / 8.30pm

Thursday 9 November / 6pm

A brilliantly funny all-star British comedy from the creators of The Thick of It and In the Loop in which the remaining members of the Secretariat of the Communist Party vie to fill the power vacuum in the aftermath of Stalin’s demise.

It’s 1953 and Joseph Stalin is busy terrorising everyone, killing off suspected enemies, and keeping even his comrades on edge. Until, one morning, he is found belly-up on the floor of his office following a stroke. What follows is Iannucci’s (The Thick of It, In the Loop) madcap version of hijinks: the plotting and jostling for power by a group of connivers who cowered under their boss. In politics everything and nothing changes in a moment.

Palace Cinema

Sand, Sea and Salt – Ross Andrews

New Kent Art Gallery, Broadstairs

On show until November 12

Ross Andrews stunning wave photography and sand art for his first solo show in Broadstairs!

Following a sell out show at the Pie Factory in Margate earlier this year, visitors are being given a second chance to see Ross’s breathtaking photographic pieces up close and personal in Broadstairs town.

Ross is an artist that uses the natural environment as his canvas. This means that he is working with but often against the elements and as a result making his art ephemeral. Most of Ross’ work is done on a freestyle basis, often with no idea of planning but a visualization that feels right at the time.

Saturday, November 4

Crafty Crew pre-Christmas fair

A free admission special event  organised by a local craft group. The Coastal Crafty Crew – formerly the Birchington & Westgate Crafty Crew –  in the main hall and adjoining annexe at King Ethelbert School, Birchington.

The Crafty Crew have relaxed their normal rules of only selling handmade crafts, to allow sellers of new, good quality items and global brands such as Scentsy, Oriflame and Jamberry Nails.

In addition to the Crew’s unique selection of beautifully handmade crafts ranging from semi-precious jewellery, hand-made soaps, personalized keepsakes, hand decorated wine glasses, stained glass, home-made fudges, home-made cakes, book-folds and much more.

The fair runs from 10am to 3pm.

Find the crafty crew facebook page here


The Falcon Inn

460 Margate Road, Westwood


Kids free entry, adults £3

Memories of the Dream Factory

Dreamland 1954

The exhibition, a collection of original photographs, prints and posters depicting the heritage of the historic amusement park has proved so popular with visitors that it will open for a final day on Saturday, November 4.

The owner of the collection, Nick Evans, will also be on hand to sign copies of his book Dreamland Revived between noon and 2pm.

The exhibition at Dreamland, by the main entrance, is only open for a limited time and to date nearly 500 people have visited. It will open for the last time between 11am – 5pm.

Children’s Christmas Themed Workshop

Pick n Paint a Pot, 68 Northdown Road, Cliftonville, 10.30am – noon

Children’s Christmas Themed Workshop – Square Tile (Poinsettia)

£8 per person, per session. Booking is recommended

Children’s events suitable for children aged 7 years or more.

Call 01843 297778

Japanese Cultural Day

Powell Cotton Museum, QuexSessions in Gallery 6

Join us as we celebrate Japan. Find out more about the Powell-Cotton family’s Japanese Collection. Make a Japanese theatre mask to take away and have a go at making an origami crane. Watch Kensei Taiko play Japanese drums and try some delicious examples of traditional Japanese food.

Adults £6.95 and Children £4.50 (includes admission to the Museum and Gardens)
Members: Children Free

Quex Park

The Book of Darkness

Photo Jon Foxley-Evans

Theatre Royal Margate, 7.30pm

The Book of Darkness and Light stops at the Theatre Royal as part of its 26-date tour of the country.

Adam Z Robinson and Ben Styles are the Story Teller and Music Maker introducing the audience to chilling tales set to the haunting strains of the violin.

But before peeling open The Book of Darkness & Light to recount three of its dark stories, the duo will get a little closer to home with spooky insights into isle hauntings.

The show is suitable for those aged 12 and over.

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

To book call 01843 292795 or click here

Loving Vincent (12A)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Starring Chris O’ Dowd, Saoirse Ronan and John Sessions

Saturday 4 November / 6pm

Monday 6 November / 8.30pm

Tuesday 7 November / 6pm

Wednesday 8 November / 6pm

This feature-length hand-painted animation – the first film of its kind – explores the life and unusual death of Vincent van Gogh through his artwork.

The world’s first fully painted animated feature, which took 5 years to complete, brings to life a stellar cast and a true tribute to the Dutch master. Animated from over 62,000 individual oil painted frames, Loving Vincent recounts the life and controversial death of Vincent van Gogh as told by his paintings and by characters that inhabit them.

Young Armand travels to Van Gogh’s old friend Dr. Gachet to hand deliver the artist’s final letter. On arrival Armand waits for the doctor to return from business and meets many of the people who not only knew Vincent, but were also models and inspirations for his art. In doing so, Armand becomes increasingly fascinated by the psyche and fate of van Gogh slowly coming to realize that Vincent’s troubled life is as much a matter of interpretation as his paintings and there are no easy answers for a man whose work and tragedy would only be truly appreciated long after his passing into history.

Palace Cinema

The Red Room

Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs, 7.30pm

A spine chilling new play based on the classic ghost story by H.G. Wells.

Everyone warned against it, but stubbornness is a curious thing … one night, entirely alone in an apparently haunted room. It’s a familiar scenario, but the outcome is totally unexpected … and utterly terrifying!

Tickets £14 paid in Advance/Friends. £16 on the doors.

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

Tour of St.Laurence Church

High Street, St Lawrence, 10am-noon

Guided tour of the historic, Grade I listed church, which can trace its history back to 1062.

Tour free – Donations welcome

Thanet Festival Choir and the Seventy Chamber Choir of Thanet

Holy Trinity Church, Broadstairs, 7pm

The choirs join forces to perform Handel’s dramatic oratorio Israel in Egypt in Broadstairs. The two choirs have performed together three times before, but Thanet music-lovers will particularly remember their sell-out performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion in 2011. The combined Choirs will also be joined by the Thanet Festival Orchestra and six outstanding Soloists, some of whom are regular performers with highly-regarded professional groups such as The Sixteen and I Fagiolini.

Israel in Egypt tells the familiar Old Testament story of the plagues of Egypt, Moses and the Exodus. It is Handel at his very best, a musically inventive and powerful work in which the composer made use of every choral texture and trick in his repertoire. The choruses are tremendously exciting, and the orchestration is amongst the most dramatic in the whole of oratorio.

The concert takes place at 7pm, at Holy Trinity Church Broadstairs. Tickets are £12 in advance and £15 at the door, accompanied children £2. Advance tickets are available from members of both choirs, from the Ticket Secretary by telephoning 01304 620560, online (PayPal) via  www.thanetfestivalchoir.org  or from the Vinyl Head Café and Record Shop, 3 The Broadway, Addington Street, Ramsgate.

Lynnette Gladding: Dreaming of Houses exhibition

November 4 – November 19, Lombard Street Gallery

Private View Saturday 4 November, 2pm-4pm

Artist Lynnette Gladding, award winning and recently graduated with a first class honours degree, opens her exhibition with a private view on Saturday and a short talk, followed by drinks and an opportunity to chat with her and view her work which will be available to purchase.

The dwellings selected to paint are places she is drawn to for their genius loci – the spirit and atmosphere of the place and their representation of monuments to human fragility and resilience. They are known and visited places but are depicted with the influence of memories of houses from her experience, literature, film and television. Her work is also influenced by a professional career in theatre following studies in drama and dance at the Arts Educational School in London.

Lombard Street Gallery

2 Lombard Street, Margate Old Town


01843 292 779

Open: Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm

Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays 12noon to 4pm

Sunday, November 5


Photo Broadstairs Firework Events

Fireworks will light up the sky over Viking Bay.

Entertainment at the bandstand from 6pm featuring ‘This Little Girl’ with firework display at 8pm*

  • Hot and cold food on Victoria Gardnes and the bandstand cafe
  • Children’s funfair rides
  • Glow novelties

*Display timing is subject to weather conditions


The Hussar pub

219 Canterbury Road, Margate, 5pm to 8pm

Firework party. Food and Winter warming drinks. Tickets £5 adults and £3 children. Under 2 free.

Limited tickets available

Piano and wind instrument with Patrick Dunn

Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs, 3pm

Programme to include Beethoven – Piano Quintet, Op. 16 and Poulenc – Piano Sextet.

£9 paid in Advance/Friends. £11 on the doors.

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

Ramsgate Blitz Walk

Ramsgate Library, Guildford Lawns, 10am

Relive the  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.

Special Blackout Tour

Photo Carole Adams

Ramsgate Tunnels, 4pm to 5.30pm

November 1940 was one of the most difficult times for Ramsgate, suffering an Air Raid or Air Raid Warning nearly every single day that month.

This special tour will have a distinct focus on the events of November 1940 and will be enjoyed in total darkness with just Hurricane lamps to illuminate over half a century of history. 

Due to the restricted visibility on the tours and the personal lighting used, it is deemed unsuitable for those aged 12 and below and for those with restricted vision.

Entry price Adults : £10.50

Ramsgate Tunnels


Racing Greyhound, Hereson Road, Ramsgate

5pm start with fireworks around 8pm

Face painting, music from The Interceptors, bonfire and barbecue.


eclectic Art gallery, 6 Broad Street, Margate

November 5 – December 2

An exhibition of artworks by Linda Brill. The show consists of contemporary still life paintings of natural and man-made objects using traditional oil painting techniques.

eclecTic Art gallery opened in Easter 2017 and is a permanent display space for local artists Dee Wild, Ian Barrowcliffe, Emily Tull and Justin Gilday. Open 10.30am – 4.30pm Wednesday – Sunday.