8 things to see and do in Thanet this weekend (January 5-7)

The Greatest Showman is being screened at The Palace Cinema in Broadstairs

The first weekend of 2018 is coming up and although the isle is fairly quiet in terms of events, there are a few things on offer.

Friday, January 5

Undiscovered: Jacqueline Newbury

Pie Factory Gallery, Margate, January 5-9

Making her debut in Margate, local artist Jacqueline Newbury presents her solo exhibition of oil paintings.

Opening hours 11am to 5pm

The Greatest Showman

Palace Cinema

Friday 5 January at 7.45pm

Saturday 6 January at 6pm and 8.30pm

Sunday 7 January at 7.45pm

Monday 8 January at 7.45pm

Tuesday 9 January at 3pm and 6pm

Wednesday 10 January at 6pm

Thursday 11 January at 5.45pm

Hugh Jackman is the original impresario, P.T. Barnum, the man who introduced the Circus to the world.  The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

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Tracey Emin, My Bed

Turner Contemporary, exhibition until January 12

It is the last week of the My Bed installation from artist Tracey Emin. The bed  is on display alongside a collection of JMW Turner works loaned from Tate’s collection and chosen by the artist.

First Friday: The Waste Land Community Programme

Marine Studios,17 Albert Terrace, Margate, 6.30pm

Organising an exhibition, event or workshop alongside Turner Contemporary’s ‘Journeys With The Waste Land’ exhibition? An unofficial get together for artists, performers, producers, curators and community organisers. A chance to find crossovers and space for collaboration.

Saturday, January 6

Brewery Tour

Photo Adam Dark

Ramsgate Brewery, 11am to 1pm

Tour of the award-winning Gadds  brewers at the Ramsgate Brewery.

See and hear how beer is made, learn how an award-winning brewery is run, sniff and taste the hops and, most importantly, try some of the fresh, local ale itself!

The price includes a tour of the brewery, beer tasters and a pint (or two halves) of your choice. Strictly over 18s only. £12.50 + £1.18 booking fee. 

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Telescope clinic

Monkton Nature Reserve, 1.30pm – 3pm

Were you lucky enough to receive a telescope or binoculars for Christmas? Do you need help in getting it working? Did you receive Tim Peake’s book ‘Ask an Astronaut’ and you want to find out where to see your future destination of Mars? Come along to the clinic on how to get started in astronomy and how to view the heavens.

Sunday, January 7

Jumping for Joy

Jumping for Joy

Margate Winter Gardens, 2.30pm

Jumping for Joy is an afternoon of traditional, live song, dance and comedy paying tribute to Joy Clarkson nearly one year on from her untimely passing.

As one half of theatrical production company Gordon Clarkson Productions, she leaves a legacy of beautiful handmade costumes, painted scenery and props and much more! Over the years, the company toured nationwide and presented plays, summer shows and pantomimes, most notably being the pantomime management for five successive and successful years at the Theatre Royal, Margate.

Joy was highly thought of by all her colleagues in every job but in particular as Followspot Operator, at Margate Winter Gardens, Queens Hall, and Granville Ramsgate for many years.

The show will feature some of Joy’s show business friends and colleagues, all of whom are giving their services for free  with all the show proceeds going to Macmillan, The Royal Variety Charity, The Royal Theatrical Fund, The Equity Benevolent Fund, and  The Elizabeth Finn/Turn2Us Charity.

Tickets are £10 and are available from the Winter Gardens Box Office on 01843 292795

Ramsgate Blitz Walks

Ramsgate Library, Guildford Lawns, 10am

Relive the dark days of the war in the heaviest bombed seaside town in the country. Hear the stories, visit the places.

Ramsgate Blitz Walks run first Sunday of the month at 10am and Fridays July and August at 7pm

The tour takes approximately 2 hours and is free with donations welcome.

No need to book. Dogs and children welcome.