21 Thanet attractions to join the Kent Big Weekend

A few of the 21 Thanet attractions joining the Kent Big Weekend

Twenty-one Thanet attractions will be taking part in the Kent Big Weekend – and the ballot for free tickets is open now.

There are more than 1,000 tickets to isle attractions on offer as part of the annual weekend event, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25. The tickets are available via public ballot which opened today (8 February).

The Kent Big Weekend is organised by Visit Kent and takes place annually during English Tourism Week. The weekend is a great opportunity for Kent residents to discover and experience the many wonderful attractions the county has to offer for free.

Thanet District Council’s tourism team has been busy encouraging local attractions to participate, to ensure a great presence and exposure for Thanet during the weekend.

New participants this year include escape rooms Real Life Games, Heli Charter, Ramsgate Blitz Walk, Ramsgate International Film and TV Festival and the Walpole Bay Hotel, whose owners are offering an afternoon cream tea.

Alistair and Chris from escape room Real Life Games

Councillor Hunter Stummer-Schmertzing, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Enterprise Services said: “I am pleased to see so many Thanet attractions participating this year.  It is a great opportunity for local residents to get out and about, discovering the amazing and diverse attractions on their doorstep.  They can then tell their visiting friends and relatives about them, which is a big market for the area.  The Kent Big Weekend also helps to raise the profile of Thanet and our attraction offering across Kent.”

Photo Carole Adams

Crampton Tower Museum in Broadstairs is the only Thanet venue to have participated every year since the initiative began.

Peter Shaw, Chair of the Crampton Tower Museum Trust  (CTMT) said: “When Visit Kent introduced The Kent Big Weekend concept we were pleased to embrace the initiative, which significantly raised our local profile.  CTMT is more than happy to continue supporting them and Thanet District Council’s tourism team in this very worthwhile exercise.”

Photo Carole Adams

The public ballot for tickets closes on Sunday, March 11. Two tickets per household will be allocated by ballot to the lucky winners, although some family tickets will be available as well.  Successful entrants will be notified on Monday, March 12.

Find out more about the Thanet venues taking part in the Kent Big Weekend and their offering at  www.visitthanet.co.uk/kentbigweekend.

To register for free tickets for isle and Kent attractions, go to www.kentbigweekend.co.uk

Thanet venues

Photo Brian Whitehead

Crampton Tower Museum, Broadstairs

Dickens House Museum, Broadstairs

Drapers Windmill, Margate

Dreamland, Margate (tickets will be valid for 31 March and 1 April)

Gadds’ Ramsgate Brewery, Broadstairs

Heli Charter, Manston

Hornby Visitor Centre, Margate

Jungle Jim’s, Quex Park, Birchington

Margate Museum

Monkton Nature Reserve

Paintballing at Quex, Quex Park, Birchington

Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex Park, Birchington

Pugin’s Church and the Shrine of St Augustine, Ramsgate

RAF Manston History Museum

Ramsgate Blitz Walks

Ramsgate International Film and TV Festival

Ramsgate Tunnels

Real Life Games, Ramsgate

Shell Grotto, Margate

Tudor House, Margate

Walpole Bay Hotel, Margate