19 things to do and see in Thanet this weekend (November 24-26)

Erica Sturla will exhibit at Lovelys' Winter exhibition

It’s Friday and time to look forward to the weekend. This weekend has art, film, markets and the Ramsgate Christmas light switch on to look forward to.

Friday, November 24

Open School East exhibition, film and events

New art created by artists working with Cliftonville’s Open School East will be exhibited this weekend (November 24-26).

There will also be a programme of events and screening of the film Spelunking.

Find the full programme here

A/R/Tographics & Artifacts

Turner Contemporary, November 24-26

Pop-up exhibition in Foyle Rooms 1&2

An exploration into the value of visual education in secondary schools today captured by teachers through photographic arts-based research methods

Opens on 24 November at 4pm

Elaine Paige at Margate Winter Gardens

The First Lady of Musical Theatre, Elaine Paige, will perform at the Margate Winter Gardens from 7.45pm (doors 7pm).

As a recording artist Elaine has released 22 solo albums, including 4 multi-platinum and 9 gold, has featured on 7 cast recordings and has had major worldwide hits with songs such as Memory and I Know Him So Well.

She has starred in more smash hit West End and Broadway musicals than anyone else of her generation and continues to present the weekly BBC Radio 2 programme Elaine Paige on Sunday.

Premium £45
Full Price £40
Restricted View £35
VIP £75
Booking fees – £2 per ticket in person/phone. £3 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 or click here 

Read our interview with Elaine here

Blade Runner 2049 (15)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Jared Leto, and Robin Wright

Friday 24 November / 7pm

Sunday 26 November / 7pm

Thursday 30 November / 8.30pm

A thrilling and deeply satisfying sequel to Ridley Scott’s iconic sci-fi masterpiece Blade Runner. ‘K’ (Ryan Gosling) search for answers takes him on a mind-bending trip to grizzled ex-Blade Runner Deckard (Harrison Ford) and an evolutionary revelation.

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

Click here for more details

Saturday, November 25

A Christmas Carol

Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs

Youngsters from Bourne to Perform Young Theatre Players will stage a Christmas show at the Sarah Thorne Theatre in Broadstairs.

The players will perform Charles Dickens tale A Christmas Carol.

On Christmas Eve, Ebeneezer Scrooge is visited by a series of ghosts. In turn, they display the memories of his past, reveal his current unhappy life and uncover what his future may hold. All these things are exposed in hope of transforming him, from his miserly ways.

See A Christmas Carol at 7pm. Tickets are  £7 adults, £5 children.

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

Children’s Christmas Themed Workshop

Pick n Paint a Pot, 68 Northdown Road, Cliftonville

Children’s Christmas themed workshop – Christmas plate

Session 10.30am -12pm

£8 per person, per session. Booking is recommended

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

All  01843 297778

Jewellery & Antiques Fair at the Viking Gallery

1 Cliftonville Avenue, Margate

Open to the public from 9.30am.

Free Saturday parking at Harold Road car park.

Sponsored by S.T. Jewellers, Northdown Road.

Lee Nelson

Theatre Royal Margate

‘The joker – aka comedian Simon Brodkin –will be on stage at the Theatre Royal in Margate at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £20, restricted view £18.

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

For the box office call 01843 292795 or go to www.theatreroyalmargate.com

Soulgate On Sea

Dreamland Margate, 2pm to 2am

From 2pm – 7pm, enjoy a skate in the Roller Disco to a backdrop of soul anthems, disco and Philly grooves. Then from 8pm, dance the night away with a stonking line-up of DJs.

Roller Disco (2pm – 7pm) – £5
Evening party (8pm – late) – £5

Book here

Toy Fair

Hornby Visitor  Centre, Westwood, 10am to 2pm

Come along to see a range of toys and curiosities from across the ages

Admission £2

Winter Exhibition

Lovelys, 248 Northdown Road, Cliftonville

November 25-December  30, 9am to 5pm

The exhibition features original paintings, limited edition prints, ceramics, sculptures, textiles and wood turnings. Artists include Erica Sturla.

Mince pies and mulled wine will be served every Saturday leading up to Christmas. Visitors will also have the chance to buy handmade and unique gifts made by local and national artists.

Gallery 98 opening


Gallery 98 in Ramsgate, at 98 High Street will be opened by mayor Trevor Shonk. Exhibits include paintings, ceramics and silver jewellery.

The Glass Castle (12A)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs


Starring Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts

Saturday 25 November / 6pm

Monday 27 November / 7.45pm

Tuesday 28 November / 3pm

Wednesday 29 November / 5.45pm

A remarkable true story chronicling the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family and their unconditional love for each other

Oscar winner Brie Larson brings Jeannette Walls’ best-selling memoir to life as a young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father (Woody Harrelson), found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

The big Christmas fair for angels 4 dogs rescue.

Birchington village centre, 9 Alpha Road. From 2pm-5pm.

Refreshments available.

Come along and get your presents sorted! Some fantastic stalls from tombolas and lucky dips to Christmas crafts, body shop, cards, bric-a-brac and an assortment of handmade items! Christmas songs and yummy handmade cakes!
No entry fee

Sunday, November 26

Birchington Silver Band Concert

The Centre, Alpha Road, 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)

Ramsgate Christmas light switch-on

Town centre, noon-5pm

There will be the usual festive fun with the Human Snow Globe returning after popular demand creating fabulous photo opportunities along with the land train which has been enjoyed by all the family for many years. 

There will be cartoon characters along with the carnival queens popping up throughout the afternoon along with plenty of live entertainment from midday at the stage (outside the Red Lion pub) and lots more including a Christmas carousel for the little ones, children’s stalls and the wonderful handmade craft fair.

Santa will be in his grotto waiting for the children in the Arts in Ramsgate Centre at 18 Harbour Street and  Pietro Bottone will be on hand creating facepainting masterpieces!

Whilst you are at the arts centre, why not make a lantern so you can join in the mini parade at 4.15pm ready for the big switch on?  If you don’t get a chance to make a lantern you can buy one on the day or see the flyer for workshop dates beforehand, just pop along to 18 Harbour Street.  Festive food will be available from several cafes which will be open throughout the event for your enjoyment.

The pantomime crew will be on hand with the mayor to switch the Christmas lights on at 4.30pm and the event will close at 5pm.

Handmade & Vintage Fair

Part of Ramsgate Christmas Light Switch on, fair runs 11am to 5pm

Local and East Kent makers and sellers showing and sharing their work

Cliftonville Farmers Market

Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade, 10am to 1pm

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

Building Jerusalem from Ramsgate

Ramsgate has many fine heritage listed buildings. Two of these are fine Victorian places of worship of different disciplines and unusual because they were privately built at the expense of their owners  – Augustus Welby Pugin’s St Augustine’s Abbey and Sir Moses Montefiore’s Synagogue.

In another of Ramsgate Montefiore Heritage’s talks, Father Marcus Holden, a very popular speaker, will explore the visions expressed through the architecture of these two monuments.

The talk at the Comfort Inn (San Clu), Victoria Parade, Ramsgate, at 7pm. Entrance is £5 (free to members). Annual membership to  Ramsgate Montefiore Heritage is £10, but if you join on the night there will be no charge for the talk.