18 things to do and see in Thanet this weekend (December 8-10) family events

Addington Street fair

It is the weekend again and there is still plenty to do across Thanet, including a few Christmas fairs to pick up some festive goodies.

Here’s our round up for December 8-10

Friday, December 8

St Mildred’s Christmas fair

There are lots of activities of offer at the St Mildred’s infant school Christmas fair today between 2pm and 4pm. Handmade festive goodies are on offer, as well as music, win a teddy, photo booth, Santa’s Grotto (tickets £3) raffle and food.

The school is in St Mildred’s Avenue, Broadstairs

Margate Christmas light event

It’s here! The tree in Cecil Square, bought through a massive community effort, will be lit up tonight.

The honours will be done by Margate schoolgirl Mia Kirkden, 11, and former BB contestant Danny Wisker, who will be with other members of Luke’s Legacy, the Luke Williams Trust –  in memory of the former Hartsdown teacher. This year Falcon Electrical & Security

The switch on event will be from 4pm to 6pm.

Full line up

4pm-4:15pm Event kicks off
4:15-4:20 Silver Slipper performance
4:20-4:40 Decade Diva Show
4:40-3pm Off The Hook Productions Elite Academy Stars
5pm-5:10 Christmas Tree Lights Switch On with Danny Wisker and the Luke Williams Trustand Mia Kirkden
5:15-5:35 Off The Hook Productions Performers
5:30-6pm Red- solo singer

The Queen Street car park will be temporarily suspended from 3pm-6pm to ensure members of the public are safe during the event.

2Manydjs at Dreamland

Fans of LCD Soundsystem, Justice, Hot Chip and Boys Noize are in for a treat with the 2manydjs set at Dreamland this Friday (December 8).

Belgian musicians and brothers David and Stephen Dewaele -aka Soulwax – head up the event which will be supported by Erol Alkan and Matt Walsh.

Dreamland has teamed up with club night promoters BuggedOut to bring the session to the Hall by the Sea for an evening of House and electro music.

The 2Manydjs gig runs from 7pm to 1am.

Tickets are £19.50 plus booking fee if bought online and in advance or £25 on the door.

Book here

Chas n Dave, supported by the Jackie Lynton Band

Margate Winter Gardens, 7.30pm

Chas n Dave know how to give an audience a good time, performing all the hits that made this cockney duo famous, including Margate, Gertcha and Rabbit.

Full Price £29.50 (Tables)
Bleachers £27.50
FOMT £2 Off
Booking fees – 50p per ticket in person/phone. £1.50 per ticket online

Book here

Suburbicon (15)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Starring Matt Damon, Oscar Isaac and Julianne Moore

Friday 8 December / 7.45pm

Saturday 9 December / 6pm

Sunday 10 December / 7.45pm

Monday 11 December / 7.45pm

Tuesday 12 December / 3pm

Wednesday 13 December / 7.45pm

Thursday 14 December / 6pm

Written by the Coen Brothers (Fargo), directed by George Clooney (Good Night and Good Luck) and starring Matt Damon. Suburbicon wryly satirises an apparently idyllic well-off 1950s community with its affordable homes and manicured lawns… the perfect place to raise a family. But in the hot summer of 1959, a crime takes place just as the first African-American family moves in and we soon see how the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality.

Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon), husband and father must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence. This is a tale of very flawed people making very bad choices. This is Suburbicon.

Find the Palace Cinema here

Saturday, December 9

Poetry night

The Ram coffee house and wine bar, Grange Road, Ramsgate, 7.30pm

Sit down, relax and immerse yourself in poetry and spoken word performances from a number of local artists. This month’s night will be hosted by the talented and enigmatic Matthew Dunn.

Christmas fair at Resort

Resort, Pettman Building, 50 Athelstan Road, Cliftonville

11am to 4pm

Resort is gathering a host of makers, artists, printers, ceramicists and jewellers to bring you a great selection of fabulously perfect Christmas gifts. Please call in and browse, chat to the artists and makers and enjoy a glass of mulled wine.  You may find yourself leaving with a Christmas gift to yourself too.

The fair includes: Jo Elbourne, Helen Brooker, Charlotte Savage, Hannah Molyneux, Jordan Gray, Teresa Limbrick, Alyson Hunter, Godessa Jewellery, Teddy Park, Eleanor Marriott, James Johns, Jenny Duff, Redpen Print, The Black Rabbit, Molly Pickle, Jon Spencer

Christmas Cracker Show

Salvation Army Hall, High Street, Ramsgate, shows at 2.30-3.30pm and 7.30-8.30pm

50 Free tickets are available for Ramsgate’s seniors for Starlite Entertainers’ Christmas Cracker Variety Show

Acts including winners of Obelisk Awards (eg best male singer Toby Cordes) and Make Me A Star finalists and Winners.

Tickets can be booked through the Starlite Entertainers Facebook page, Mobile 07969 672674, Email ralphchoult@gmail.com or available on the door, tickets are just £6 or £5 for concessions


December 9-10

Cliffs, 172 Northdown Road, Cliftonville, 5pm

Race Skalextric for charity on a giant Scalextric track in the Cliffs basement.
Time trials for 3 age groups. Fastest 3 laps in each age group wins a prize.
£10 entry fee. All proceeds go to Oasis domestic abuse support service.

Christmas Fair

St Laurence Church, High Street, St Lawrence, 10.30am until 1pm

Christmas Fair with lots of stalls and festive refreshments

Santa Special

December 9-10, Crampton Tower, Broadstairs

Journey to the top of Crampton Tower, through the elves’ workshop, to visit Father Christmas in his grotto. Kids of all ages enjoy can enjoy the model railways, and if the weather allows they’ll love to ride on the 5 inch gauge miniature railway!

Cost per child £7 – price includes visit to Father Christmas, a carefully chosen gift, entry to the museum and a free miniature train ride (weather permitting)

Accompanying mums and dads free entry. No pre-booking required but please come early to avoid disappointment.

Pay desk opens at 12.30pm. Last admission 4.30pm

The Wizard of Oz

Theatre Royal Margate, opens December 9

Theatre Royal Margate

Wicked Productions return to the Theatre Royal Margate for their third stage spectacular this year.

Join Kansas girl Dorothy Gale as she’s blown away to the magical and enchanted land of Oz.

On her journey to the Emerald City she is joined by a Scarecrow, with no brain, a Tin Man, with no heart, and a cowardly Lion. Will their wishes be granted by the all-powerful Wizard of Oz, or will their plan be thwarted by the Wicked Witch of the West?

‘Jezo’ returns for his third year to play the lovable and hilarious Scarecrow, whilst Margate pantomime favourite, Georgia Rowland-Elliott, will return to play Dorothy.

Performances for the Wizard of Oz open on Saturday, December 9 and run through until New Year’s Eve – The Get Your Own Back Finale – so there’s no excuse not to pay the historic Theatre Royal Margate a visit and experience for yourself the magic of a live Christmas panto.

Full Price £17.50
Concessions £15.50
Family of 4 £56
Restricted View £12.50
Groups of 10+ £14 (each)

Off Peak
Full Price £16
Concessions £14
Family of 4 £52
Restricted View £11
Group of 10+ £13 (each)

Family Special £12
Schools £8 (£7.50 if booked and deposit paid by 31 May)
Booking fees – 50p per ticket in person/phone. £1.50 per ticket online

Box office 01843 292795 or for booking and show times go to http://theatreroyalmargate.com/

Charity Carol Concert

Holy Trinity Church, Nelson Place, Broadstairs, 2.30pm

Thanet Male Voice Choir present their carol concert. Free admission.

Happy End (15)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

In French with English subtitles

Starring Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Mathieu Kassovitz

Saturday 9 December / 8.30pm

Tuesday 12 December / 6pm

Thursday 14 December / 8.30pm

Master auteur Michael Haneke (Amour, The White Ribbon, Hidden) returns with a biting satire on family values set in the shadow of the European refugee crisis. Featuring a cast of top acting talent, including Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz and Toby Jones, it’s a piercing dark comedy on the blind preoccupations of middle-class angst.

When her mother falls ill under mysterious circumstances, young Eve (Fantine Harduin) is sent to live with her estranged father’s relatives in Calais. The Laurent family – wealthy, neurotic and self-obsessed – own a lucrative construction company and live in a sprawling mansion house, waited on by servants. But trouble is brewing, as a series of intergenerational back-stabbings threaten to tear the family apart. Meanwhile, distracted by infidelities and betrayals, they fail to notice that their new arrival has a sinister secret of her own.

Sunday December 10

Family Christmas Service

Christ Church, Vale square, Ramsgate Family Christmas Service at 4pm.

Followed by light refreshments.


Photo Adam Dark

A Best Festive Dog and Owner competition, belly dancing, vintage cars and Santa in his grotto are just some of the attractions that will be at the first Addington Street Christmas fair next weekend.

The Addington Street Community group, which won this year’s Obelisk award for best event, have a packed programme of attractions for the day.

The fair runs in Addington Street on December 10 from 11am to 5pm with the carols at Liverpool Lawn from 6pm

Find the full programme here

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.

Celtic Christmas Concert

Tom Thumb Theatre, eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville, 7.30pm-10pm

Prepare yourself for the festive season with a selection of Celtic Christmas tunes beautifully sung by performers whose work spans across Theatre, Cabaret and International Music Festivals. This relaxing evening of yuletide song by candle light is guaranteed to put you in the Christmas mood.
Featuring Caitlin Downie (Soprano), Tad Sargent (bodhran) and Sarah Bodalbhai (piano)

Tickets £10. Book here