15 things to do and see in Thanet this weekend (November 17-19)

Always Muddy at Turner Contemporary

It is the weekend and we have rounded up a whole host of events for you to enjoy, from a Christmas light switch-on to mind reading, there’s something for everyone.

Friday, November 17

Westwood Cross Christmas light switch-on

X Factor girl band Lemonade and Marcel and Gabby from Love Island are among the guests who will be heading up the Westwood Cross Christmas light switch on.

Crowds will also be entertained by cast members of the Theatre Royal panto, The Wizard of Oz, and kmfm. Entertainment starts at 4pm and the lights will be switched on at 6pm.

There will also be music  from Hotsy Totsy, pop-rock covers band Exit Strategy, the winner of the Summer Party’s Little Stars talent show, Kelsie Bissett (pictured) and a Father Christmas parade.

Making It Happen

Archive café and Homestore, Military Road, Ramsgate, 5pm

Part of Looping the Loop Festival.

​East Kent theatre practitioners and enthusiasts are invited to a pre-show (Ross & Rachel) networking/information sharing salon.

The event will include a talk and Q&A with visiting and local producers. You can also expect drinks, snacks and excellent tunes from local DJs.

Ross And Rachel

St George’s Hall, Broad Street, Ramsgate, 8pm

Part of Looping the Loop Festival

​St George’s Hall becomes the surprise setting for this critically acclaimed show that takes an unflinching look at the myths of modern love. This is a mind-bending heart-breaking examination of the ‘Ross and Rachel’ syndrome – what happens when best friends get together and stay together? A disquieting dualogue performed solo and written by Olivier-nominee and Critics Circle Most Promising Playwright winner James Fritz brings with it a spectacular set that will fill the space and seat the audience on what is usually the hall’s stage.

Tickets £10, concessions £6. There is a service charge

Find out more here

Jelly -exhibition by four artists

Pie Factory, Margate, November 17-21, 11am -5pm. Opening event November 18, 2pm – 5pm

The show offers a diverse range of contemporary new work that comes out of a year’s collaborative working on huge scroll drawings. This experience has significantly altered the individual work of artists Elizabeth Burman, Karen Crosby, Claire Manning and Ruth Payne, as JELLY reveals.

Entry to the exhibition is free Some of the works are explicit.

Pie Factory Margate, 5 Broad Street, Margate

Sadler and Cooke

York Street Methodist Church, Broadstairs, 7.30pm

Jerome Sadler on piano and James Cook on viola present music by Beethoven, Schubert and Messiaen

Tickets £6 on the door or £5 from 01843 864969

Murder on the Orient Express (12A)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

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

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.

Find out more here

Shakespeare for Schools is at the Theatre Royal, 7pm

Pupils from seven Thanet schools will take to the stage at the Theatre Royal in Margate as part of the world’s largest youth drama festival.

Youngsters from Dame Janet primary, Dane Court, St Anthony’s, Chatham and Clarendon, Bradstow, Palm Bay primary and St Peter’s juniors will perform in the Shakespeare Schools Festival.

Much Ado About Nothing    –     Bradstow School

The Tempest                         –      Palm Bay Primary School

Romeo and Juliet                  –     St. Peter-in-Thanet CE Junior School


Full Price £9.50
Concessions £7
Groups 20+ £6.50
Booking fees – 50p per ticket in person/phone. £1.50 per ticket online.

Box Office: 01843 292795


Margate Museum exhibition

Margate Museum, Market Place.

A special exhibition of 19 Raleigh bicycles either bought or sold in Margate. They date from 1959 and include 2 post office cycles , one police cycle and two Choppers. There are also examples of Raleigh advertisements from 1894 to 1962 and the history of Raleigh Bicycles.

Winter opening hours (October-April)

Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 5pm and Wednesday 11.30am to 2.30pm.

Entrance adults £2, seniors £1.50, under 16s free

Saturday, November 18

Almost Always Muddy

November 18-19

Foyle Room, Turner Contemporary, Margate

10.30am, 1.30pm & 4.30pm on Saturday
10.30am & 1.30pm on Sunday

Age: 5+

Part of Looping the Loop Festival.

Join the team of Almost Always Muddy in their Junk Yard playground of treasures and build them a place to tell their story. Almost Always Muddy is an immersive storytelling experience. The Foyle Room at Turner Contemporary will be filled with pallets, tubes, ropes, nets, fabric, the materials with which you can build the places stories can happen.

The Almost Always Muddy team of improvisers will then transform your creation into a theatrical storytelling adventure, with live music, live making and special effects. This story of a Hero’s Quest for courage is an interactive piece so expect to get building and use your imagination!

Adult and 1 Child £10
​Family Ticket: £20 for 5 people (up to 2 Adults)
Extra Child £5
Booking fees apply. Book here 

Broadstairs Model Railway Exhibition

St George’s School, Westwood Road, Broadstairs

Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am -4pm

Presented by Isle of Thanet Railway Society

20+ layouts and variety of trade stands

Adults : £4.50

Children : £2.50

Concessions : £4

Groups : £12

Child Age Range : 3-15

Children’s Christmas Themed Workshop

Pick n Paint a Pot, 68 Northdown Road, Cliftonville

Children’s Christmas themed workshop – hanging decoration

Session 10.30am -12pm

£8 per person, per session. Booking is recommended. Call 01843 297778

For children aged 7 years and over

One Night of Queen

Margate Winter Gardens, 7.30pm

In 2000, Gary Mullen won ITV’s “Stars In Their Eyes” Live Grand Final, with the largest number of votes ever received in the shows history.  The record of 864,838 votes was more than twice that of the runner-up.  Gary began touring on his own and in 2002 formed a band ‘The Works’, to pay tribute to rock legends Queen.

Since May 2002, ‘Gary Mullen and the Works’ have performed throughout the UK, USA, Europe, South Africa and New Zealand to sell-out audiences.  The outfit have also twice rocked the prestigious BBC Proms in the Park, in front of a very enthusiastic crowd of 40,000.

7:30pm (doors 6:45pm)

Full Price £19.50
Concessions £18.50
FOMT £17.50
Child £14.50
Group of 4 £72
Booking fees – 50p per ticket in person/phone. £1.50 per ticket online

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The Castle Builder

7.30pm – 9pm, Theatre Royal Margate, Addington Street.  Ages: 12+

Part of Looping the Loop Festival

Includes pre-show by local performance group Filigree Mask!

Kid Carpet and Vic Llewellyn’s musical, magical, moving and comic journey through the minds of some of our planet’s most eccentric and creative individuals. From personal accounts into tales of outsider artists who have been inspired to build extraordinary structures, in secret and without artistic validation from the real world. A smash-hit success of the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe. Includes an invited local maker who constructs an object on stage for presentation at the climax of the show. Festival deals available.

Tickets: £10/£6

Booking: https://castlebuilder.brownpapertickets.com/

Festival detail: Loopingtheloopfestival.org.uk

Call Me By Your Name (15)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Starring Arnie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg and Amira Casar

Saturday 18 November / 8.30pm

Tuesday 21 November / 3pm

Thursday 23 November / 8.30pm

It’s the summer of 1983 in the north of Italy, and Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a precocious 17- year-old American-Italian boy, spends his days in his family’s 17th century villa transcribing and playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend Marzia (Esther Garrel). Elio enjoys a close relationship with his father (Michael Stuhlbarg), an eminent professor specializing in Greco-Roman culture, and his mother Annella (Amira Casar), a translator, who favour him with the fruits of high culture in a setting that overflows with natural delights.

While Elio’s sophistication and intellectual gifts suggest he is already a fully-fledged adult, there is much that yet remains innocent and unformed about him, particularly about matters of the heart. One day, Oliver (Armie Hammer), a charming American scholar working on his doctorate, arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of the setting, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.

Find out more here

Sunday, November 19

Luke Jermay

Theatre Royal in Margate, 7.30pm

He doesn’t use mind games or psychological tricks; he is not a trickster, there are no smoke and mirrors.  He says he can simply read your mind.

His intuitive abilities have gained him high profile fans such as Derren Brown, Dynamo and Uri Geller.  He is consultant and writer for Derren Brown and Dynamo and was also resident expert for US hit series The Mentalist.

He has performed in more than 20 countries, including the United States, in venues from local taverns to the London Palladium  and written numerous books on magic and magic theory.

Jermay has written a total of 33 books and manuscripts on magic and magic theory, many of which are limited-release, but 4 of which have been published by magic companies and mass-circulated. Those are 7 Deceptions (Wonder Wizards, 2000), Building Blocks (Alakazam Magic, 2003), Coral Fang (Alakazam Magic, 2004), and “3510” (2007).

Tickets £15. £13 concessions, £12 Friends Of Margate Theatres

To book call the box office on 01843 292795 or go to www.theatreroyalmargate.com