23 things to see and do in Thanet (November 10-12)

The Night Pirates © Deborah Allwright

Thank Heavens it’s Friday and most of us have a whole two days to ourselves.

Here’s our list of things to see and do in Thanet this weekend.

Friday, November 10

Shipwrecks and Smugglers

November 10,  A guided walk with artist Dan Thompson, connecting maritime history and migration in Margate. Meet outside Margate Station at 5pm.

Part of the Festival of Migration 

My Ghosts at Turner Contemporary

Photo Turner Contemporary

A new exhibition of sculptures and drawings has opened at Turner Contemporary.

My Ghosts by John Davies, exhibited in the Sunley Gallery and balcony, brings together a new, large-scale tableau alongside a series of scarecrow-like sculptures and recent drawings.

My Ghosts will be exhibited until February 11.

Turner Contemporary is open Tuesday to Sunday and bank holidays 10am-5pm and closed Mondays except public holidays.
Admission to the gallery is free.

Your Time

Hussar pub, Canterbury Road, Margate

Your Time at the Hussar will be officially launched at noon on Friday, November 3 and will take place each Friday afternoon from then on.

Your Time has been set up by the Thanet Community Support Partnership (TCSP) – a project led by the Thanet Volunteer Bureau – in response to a study commissioned jointly by the British Red Cross and the Co-op in 2016, which revealed parts of Thanet were among the top 39 loneliest places to live in Britain. It is aimed at those aged 65 and over.

Read more here

Murder on the Orient Express (12A)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Starring Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Olivia Coleman and Johnny Depp

Friday 10 November / 7.45pm

Saturday 11 November / 8.30pm

Sunday 12 November / 7.45pm

Monday 13 November / 7.45pm

Tuesday 14 November / 3pm

Wednesday 15 November / 5.45pm

Thursday 16 November / 6pm

Friday 17 November / 7.45pm

Saturday 18 November / 6pm

Sunday 19 November / 7.45pm

Monday 20 November / 7.45pm

Tuesday 21 November / 6pm

Wednesday 22 November / 5.45pm

Thursday 23 November / 6pm

Kenneth Branagh stars as Hercule Poirot in this all-star re-telling of Agathe Christie’s classic hugely entertaining tale of a murder on a train where thirteen stranded strangers and the great Belgian detective, race to solve the puzzle before the killer strikes again.

Seldom Seen

November 10-15, Pie Factory, Broad Street, Margate, open 11am to 5pm

Seldom Seen exhibition with artists Malcolm Allen, Tim Long, Sandra Pearson and Clare Ruddock-West

Meet the Artists on Saturday 11 November Noon-5pm
An exhibition bringing together an engaging array of installation, paintings, and sculptures, revealing surprising and exciting contrasts between the diverse productions.

Sunday November Noon, 2pm – 4pm
Drawing on the self: Free open drawing workshop run by Tim Long
Materials provided.
Contact 07842 239051.

The Dreamboys

Margate Winter Gardens, 7.30pm (doors open at 6.45pm)

The Dreamboys action packed show full of music, muscle, magic and mayhem.

Tier 1 £27.50
Tier 2 £24.50
Tier 3 £22.50
FOMT £3 off (excludes Tier 1)
Booking fees – 50p per ticket in person/phone. £1.50 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 or click here

The Hartlepool Monkey

Credit Dan Tsantil

November 10-11, 7.30pm both nights, Theatre Royal Margate

The tale of the Hartlepool Monkey comes to the stage of Margate’s Theatre Royal.

The legend has survived the test of time, capturing the imagination of people of all ages for more than 200 years.

A French ship runs aground off the coast of England. Only a cabin girl and the ship’s mascot, a chimpanzee, survive and make it to shore. But the townsfolk mistake the monkey, in its military uniform, for a spy, and condemn him to a life-or-death trial. What will the verdict be – and can the local children save the day?

A boisterous crew tell the story through spirited sea shanties and mischievous puppetry from Gyre & Gimble, original puppeteers on War Horse and the team behind Running Wild.

The show is suitable for those aged 10 and over.


Full Price £15, Concessions £13,  FOMT £12

Booking fee applies: 50p per ticket holder in person/phone, £1.50 per ticket holder online

Box Office: 01843 292795


Mono Thanet photography exhibition

McGillan & Woodell, 43 Queen Street, Ramsgate, 10am to 5pm.

On display until November 16
An eclectic mix of black and white images of all things Thanet from 12 local photographers. Exhibitors Frank Leppard, Adam Dark and Mel Chennell (pictured) won the top prize to go on to have their own free collaborative exhibition next year in the gallery.

Saturday, November 11

The Hartlepool Monkey workshop

Turner Contemporary – 2pm

Fuel and Gyre and Gimble are giving you the chance to learn more about the show and make your own monkey puppet.

Up to 25 participants – Ages 10+ – Approx. 90 minutes

In groups of 3, families will have the opportunity to make a chimp puppet using the Gyre and Gimble technique.

Reserve your place – Tickets are free and can be booked via Margate Winter Gardens Box office on 01843 292795 or online here

Anyone attending the workshop will be given the option of buying £5* tickets for the show that evening.

Sorcerer (15)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Starring Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Anne-Marie Deschott, Chico Martinez and Joe Spinell

Saturday 11 November / 6pm

Tuesday 14 November / 6pm

Thursday 16 November / 8.30pm

A rediscovered and restored classic from William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist). Four men standed deep in a South American jungle agree to drive a truck carrying highly unstable nitroglycerin over miles of hostile terrain. The drivers will be handsomely paid – if they survive.

A gangster, a crooked banker, a hitman and an anarchist, all wanted men, find themselves in a small village in South America. Their only chance of escape is to drive two trucks filled with unstable nitroglycerin up a long and rocky mountain road in order to plug an escalating oil refinery blaze. With their deadly cargo likely to explode at the slightest bump, the four men must put aside their differences and work together to survive. This knuckle-biting thriller is a remake of the French classic The Wages of Fear.

Abbey Patchers Christmas Craft Fair

Old Schools , Church Street, Minster, 9am-1pm.

Gifts, crafts, tombola and refreshments.

Belly dance Spectacular

Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs,7.30pm

A belly dance spectacular in Broadstairs will raise money for polycystic kidney disease charity PKD UK.

From tribal troupes to oriental solos, fusion fantasy to Turkish delights, this is a unique show not to miss.

This year’s theme is golden era and silver screen, so you can expect a shimmering spectacular covering the past 100 years of belly dance heritage and creativity.

There will be a souk, two unique MCs, fabulous music and a whole host of surprises…belly dance is nothing if not surprising.

Tickets £10 paid in advance/Friends. £12 on the doors. Unreserved table seating. Corkage rules apply.

Book by calling the box office on 01843 863701 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm)

Or go to www.sarahthornetheatre.co.uk

Read more about the fundraiser here

Children’s Christmas Themed Workshop

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

Children’s Christmas themed workshop

£8 per person, per session. Booking is recommended

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

Call  01843 297778

The Dreamland Fiesta 

7pm to 1am, over 18s only
Dreamland Margate is hosting its first ever Fiesta. The Cuban Brothers, who are making a welcome return following their appearance at park’s Sunset Sessions in the summer, will headline this massive party. Taking place at Dreamland’s state-of-the-art Hall By The Sea, expect a lively atmosphere with pop-up entertainment, street food, drink (tequila, anyone?) and even a live Mariachi band!
Tickets from £12 – buy online in advance to save: bit.ly/DreamlandFiesta

Gem’s Jams

Olby’s Soul Café, 3-5 King Street, Margate, 8pm

Mash up of soul, disco, funk, jungle, garage, old school RnB and pop bangers…

Special Guests – DJ SL – Gem V’s Jody – Whinnie Williams

The Dug Out & Downstairs at Olbys (entrance through the Dug Out)

£5 from www.olbys.com or £7 on the door

We Are Nearly Normal, Are You?

Looping The loop festival

11am – 3pm, Westwood Cross Shopping Centre.  FREE.  Age: 5+

Bottle Dog Agility Team, Eccentric Explorers and The Flight Crew from Kent’s premier perambulatory airline.

Also premiering will be the crews’ Mad Venture Van

Margate Collectors Fair

Union Church, Union Crescent, 10am-3pm

Margate Collectors Fair is run in conjunction with Margate’s United Church. Items on sale include stamps, postcards, coins, books and more.

St. Peter’s Church WW1 Graves Tours

9.45am – 11.15am, Hopeville Avenue, St Peter’s

Visit the WW1 Graves and remember those who died during or as a result of the 1914-18 War. There are 37 people buried here, two of whom are unidentified seamen.

Like the other St. Peter’s Tours, these are guided walking tours around the attractive St Peter’s Churchyard, explaining the stories of those who are buried here.

Please wear comfortable shoes, as the tour involves walking across uneven ground, and also allow 90 minutes for the tour. Please note that there is some restricted access for visitors with disabilities. No charge.

Children are very welcome on our tour, suggested minimum age of 10 years to appreciate the experience.

Advance booking is essential. Call 01843 868646

Mr Wonderful Dance

Margate Winter Gardens, 7.30pm – 11pm

An evening combining the best ballroom and Latin dance music with the presentation skills to ensure that whatever standard of dancer you are, whether you are with a partner, with a group of friends or simply on your own, you will have a thoroughly enjoyable time.

In advance £9
On door £11
FOMT £8.50 (no door discount)
Booking fees – 50p per ticket in person/phone.

Call 01843 292795 or click here

Sunday, November 12

Curious Couples

Photo Jemima Yong

Part of Looping the Loop Festival.

Tom Thumb Theatre 2a Eastern Esplanade Cliftonville

Workshop1pm-5pm and Sundowner 7pm-10pm for ages 16+

The launch event investigates and celebrates creative partnerships in all their curious forms. Expect the unexpected, as the combined imaginations of some of Thanet’s creative community are let loose!

Visual artists and performers,  join in a workshop from local performance couple Ray Prendergast and Lennie where, via their current research project pink suits #1 they will explore the pressures and frustrations around gender roles we are all expected to play within partnerships, and how to resist them.

£5 for both. Evening event free if taking part in workshop

Call  01843 584840

Find more Looping The Loop events here

Kaz Hawkins in Concert

Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs, 7pm

Northern Ireland’s multi award winning, song writing songstress Kaz Hawkins brings her deep, powerful voice, original song writing and soulful tracks to Broadstairs.

Tickets £13 paid in Advance/Friends. £15 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

Thanet Farmers’ Market

St George’s school, Broadstairs, 9.30am to 1pm

Locally produced food and drink including meat, fruit and veg, eggs, bread, cheese, cakes, jam, chutney, fruit juice, cider and beer.

Guest craft stalls and Market Cafe.

Most of the market is inside and there is plenty of free parking on site.

The Night Pirates

© Deborah Allwright

Theatre Royal Margate, 3pm

Adapted from the best-selling children’s book by Peter Harris and Deborah Allwright, The Night Pirates tells the tale of a group of little girl pirates who descend on a young boy called Tom. Eager to join the pirate adventure, Tom uses his house as a pirate ship and sets sail to retrieve stolen treasure from Captain Patch and the bumbling grown-up pirates

Full Price £12
Concessions £11
Family of 4 £40

Book by calling 01843 292795 or click here

Read here: Remembrance services in Thanet