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

It's all a bit Christmassy!

It’s the weekend and there is a distinctly Christmassy feel to most of the events on offer.

Here is our round up of things to see and do in Thanet from December 15-17.

Friday, December 15

Flower Power exhibition and craft fair

Resort Studio, 50 Athelstan Road, Cliftonville, 6pm-9pm

Annual Christmas photographic show and craft fair by The Garden Gate Project Ltd

Christmas gifts and  goodies.

Find out more here

Advent doors in Ramsgate


6.30pm to 8.30pm every night except Christmas Eve which is 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

16th – Ceri Diffley: 69 Ellington Road, Ramsgate, CT11 9TA
17th – Ruth Clarke: 28 Addington Street, CT11 9JJ
18th – Terry Askew: 185 High Street, Ramsgate CT11 9TP
19th – Suzy Humphries: 42 Camden Square, CT11 8HS
20th – Nick Page: 18 Bloomsbury Road, Ramsgate CT11 0AG
21st – Kim Edge: 11 Guildford Lawn, Ramsgate CT11 9AY
22nd – Brian and Mary: 50 West Cliff Road, Ramsgate CT11 9NT
23rd – Becky Wing: 4 Paragon, Ramsgate, CT11 9JX
24th – Emily Peasgood: 2 Kent Place, Ramsgate, CT11 8LT.

This is also a charity fund raising event and donations can be made at each address. The charity is Thanet Winter Shelter.

Winter Open Art

Nice Things, Harbour Street, Ramsgate

The event  features a wide collection of work from Thanet-based artists, showing a mix of paint, print, textiles and ceramics. It runs to January 10 and is open seven days a week, except between Christmas and New Year.

The artists selected are: Andrea Chappell; Andrew Robertson; Carol Lewis; Carole Sumray; Cathy Harvey; David Harvey; David Ridgway; Jan Gibbons; Janie Grout; Jennifer Welsford; John Bloomfield; Julian Lovegrove; Katrina Dallamore; Kylie Cederbad; Lesley Gray; Linda Trim; Liz McAuley; Makiko Downton; Margaret Foreman; Marian Padina; Martin Cheek; Mel Chennell; Mike Trim; Patricia Bentley; Robert Marsh; Sarah Stokes; Sharon Hendy; Stacey Chapman; Susie Darnton; Vic Woods; Vicki Salmi and Wendy Jones.

New Kent Art Gallery ‘Fire and Frost II’ winter exhibition

Carl Scarlett

Carl Scarlett, who recently held an exhibition at the gallery, Angela Carpenter, Sally Childs and Charlie Russell, will see their work on show alongside some snow-covered local rural scenes by well-known Ramsgate artist Mike Samson, and stunning Thanet coastal sunrises by John Hughes – just a few of the wonderful local works of art that will be on display.

The exhibition runs through to Tuesday January 7, and on Saturday December 23 the owners invite visitors to enjoy “a glass of something lovely and a mince pie.”

The times of the event are Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm and Sunday 11am – 4pm with further information available from https://www.newkentart.com/ and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NewKentArt/

The Man Who Invented Christmas (PG)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Starring Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer,  Jonathan Pryce, Simon Callow and Miriam Margolyes

Friday 15 December / 7.45pm

Saturday 16 December / 6pm

Sunday 17 December / 7.45pm

Monday 18 December / 7.45pm

Tuesday 19 December / 3pm

Wednesday 20 December / 7.45pm

Thursday 21 December / 5.45pm

In 1843, Dickens was a literary rock star, but struggling financially after the slow sales of his previous novel, Martin Chuzzlewit. Seized with the vision of a story that would fire the hearts of humanity, Dickens pitched his publishers A Christmas Carol, but they passed. Desperate, Dickens declared he would publish it himself. Slipping into the world of his novel, he spent the next six weeks laughing and arguing with his characters, acting out scenes like a madman on the streets of London for hours on end.

His family and friends worried he was going insane, but Dickens prevailed and finished just before Christmas, creating a masterpiece which gave birth to the Christmas we know and love today.

With a powerful performance from Stevens, The Man Who Invented Christmas is a family fun adventure about the most iconic Christmas story ever written and the genius behind it.

The Palace Cinema, Harbour Street, call 01843 865726 or go to  www.thepalacecinema.co.uk

Saturday, December 16

Thanet Festival Choir’s annual Christmas Carol Concert

Holy Trinity Church, Cliftonville at 3pm

A programme of traditional carols and readings. There will be plenty of opportunities for the audience to sing along with favourites such as ‘O come all ye faithful’ and ‘Once in royal David’s city’.

Charity appeals have formed an important element of the carol concert almost from the beginning. This year’s charities are Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust and Michael Yoakley’s Charity (Yoakley Care).

Entry to the carol concert is by programme, price £5 for adults and £2 for accompanied children, available from choir members, from the Ticket Secretary (telephone 01304  620560), at the door, email thanetfestivalchoir@gmail.com or via the Choir’s website www.thanetfestivalchoir.org (PayPal).

Christmas fun in Birchington

Events taking place at Station Road, Birchington Square and Birchington Methodist Church  from 11am to 7pm

Activities include
*Mulled Wine and Mince Pies
*Lantern Parade 4pm from Dog Acre (Station Road) to The Square
*Children’s Entertainment
*Singing and Dancing
*Candlelight Carols
*Santa’s Grotto
*Live Music

Santa Special

Crampton Tower Museum, The Broadway, Broadstairs

December 16-17

Journey to the top of Crampton Tower, through the elves’ workshop, to visit Father Christmas in his grotto. Kids of all ages enjoy our 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 Headless Woman (12A)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Starring María Onetto, César Bordón, Claudia Cantero & Inés Efron

Saturday 16 December / 8.30pm

Tuesday 19 December / 6pm

After hitting something with her car, a middle class Argentine woman’s life slowly descends into paranoia and isolation, as she fears she may have killed someone. Dazed and confused, she tries to piece together what happened, while her husband systematically tries to erase her tracks.

The Palace Cinema, Harbour Street, call 01843 865726 or go to  www.thepalacecinema.co.uk

Falconry South East

Quex Park, Birchington, December 16-17, 10am to 3pm

See a variety of Birds of Prey for a festive treat. Get up close and hold them. Children welcome. Tickets are £5 per person.

Sunday, December 17

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)

Carols By Candlelight

Christ Church, Vale Square, Ramsgate

Carols by Candlelight at 6pm.

Followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

Cliftonville Farmers Market

Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade, 10am to 1pm

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

Poetry Feedback Group

Cliffs, 172 Northdown Road, Cliftonville, 2pm to 4pm

On the third Sunday of every month in Cliffs,and  Thanet Writers will be hosting this group to offer support and help for poets and those interested in writing poetry. This is a discussion and critique group focusing on written poetry, and although poems may be read aloud this group is designed to support and help with the writing and craft of poetry.

If you are bringing a poem for discussion or critique, please ensure it meets the following criteria:
• Please print at least five copies
• Ensure it is formatted in size 12 font with single-spaced lines
• No more than 60 lines in length

You are welcome to ask for support on specific areas or simply for a general critique. You do not have to bring something that you have written; you can just come along and offer your thoughts to other writers.

Christmas Wonderland

The Old Vicarage, Minster, 3pm to 7pm

Animals taking part in the nativity scene, Santa accompanied by his reindeer, live music from the Interceptors Show Band, festive stalls for last minute Christmas shopping, fun and games to be had and a lovely memory tree that you can place a bauble to represent someone that is not able to be here.

The tree will be blessed by Reverend Richard Braddy. This year’s charity is TAG, Thanet Animal Group. Christmas draw, tombola, stalls and hot refreshments. Entry  £1

SpeakUpCIC Listen Up II

SpeakUpCIC bring Listen Up II to Turner Contemporary

Turner Contemporary, 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

Free of charge and open to the public SpeakUpCIC is inviting people to join them for an afternoon of drama, poetry readings, musical performances and an exhibition of art at Turner Contemporary.

Listen Up II: The Christmas Extravaganza follows on from the group’s successful poetry event at Turner Contemporary in October

Sunday Silents event

Buster Keaton in The General

The Palace Cinema, Broadstairs, 4.30pm

Palace Sunday Silents will give customers the opportunity to see the classic films on the big screen once a month, with live piano accompaniment by Lillian Henley. Lillian is a performer and composer with an amazing track record of work for the British Film Institute and the Barbican Centre.

The first Palace Sunday Silent is the Buster Keaton comedy The General (U).

Keaton plays a railroad engineer who loves his train, The General, almost as much as he loves his girlfriend, Annabelle. When spies steal The General (and, unwittingly, Annabelle), Keaton uses every means possible to catch the train and rescue his gal. Performing his own outrageous stunts (no CGI here!), Keaton combines his incredible physical feats with impeccable comic timing in one of the all-time cinema greats.

Palace Sunday Silents are presented by the Palace Cinema in partnership with Wall of Sea.

Tickets: £6/£5, children age 14 and under £3.50, tickets can be reserved now

The Palace Cinema, Harbour Street, call 01843 865726 or go to  www.thepalacecinema.co.uk

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