18 things to see and do in Thanet this weekend (March 16-18)

Monstersaurus at the Theatre Royal

It is the weekend once again and time to think about having some fun. Thanet has everything on offer from music to comedy and film.

Friday, March 16

Ramsgate International Film and TV Festival

March 16-18, various venues


There are a host of films, talks and events for the festival. These include the Gala Night on Friday with celebrity guests, a buffet at the Albion Hotel and then a screening of Kaleidoscope at the Granville Cinema. There will then be a Q&A with film director Rupert Jones.

Touch of an Angel

Friday is also the day that documentary film “Touch of an Angel”, which took five years to produce, will be shown. The film is a very personal, poetic tale of a deaf man who returns to the places where he found refuge as a boy. He finds his hiding places bringing back horrific memories. Sounds return to him, which as he describes “shut in him like in a shell”.

The film presents completely unknown facts about the existence of a failed Bureau of Emigration of Jews to Palestine in Auschwitz town. What went so terribly wrong in a place, which became later infamous for its gas chambers?

It will be screened at the Granville Theatre at 6.15pm.

Find the full programme, and book tickets, at the festival website here

Rob Brydon – I am standing up

Margate Winter Gardens, 8pm

Limited tickets are available to see comedian Rob Brydon, from television shows Gavin and Stacey, Would I Lie To You? and The Trip to name just some.

I Am Standing Up is Rob Brydon’s first stand up tour since his sell out national tour and West End run of 2009.

Full Price £25
Booking fees – £1 per ticket in person/phone. £2 per ticket online


Call 01843 292795 or click here

Great American Songbook

Photo Carl Hyde

Theatre Royal Margate, 7.30pm

Young musicians present the Great American Songbook.

NYJO (National Youth Jazz Orchestra) is a glittering showcase for the UK’s finest young professional jazz musicians, combining a hard-swinging rhythm section and a raft of hugely talented soloists to bring you the very best in British big-band music.

Under the artistic direction of Mark Armstrong, the 23-piece orchestra perform around 40 concerts a year nationally and internationally, and aim to inspire the next generation of young jazz musicians.

Over its 52-year history, NYJO has helped launch the careers of many of the country’s most renowned jazz musicians including Guy Barker, Amy Winehouse, Mark Nightingale and Laura Jurd.

The Great American Songbook programme explores the best jazz standards from the 1920s to the 1950s with classics from Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael and George Gershwin as well as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone and Dorothy Fields.

Full Price £15
Concessions £13
FOMT £12
Booking fees – £1 per ticket in person/phone. £2 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 or click here

Finding Your Feet (12a)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

When ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton – Vera Drake) discovers that her husband of forty years is having an affair with her best friend she seeks refuge in London with her estranged, older sister Bif (Celia Imrie – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Bridget Jones’ Baby) and her eccentric local community dance troupe friends including  Charlie (Timothy Spall – The Party, Mr. Turner), Jackie (Joanna Lumley – Absolutely Fabulous, Wolf of Wall Street) and Ted (David Hayman – Hope and Glory).

Friday 16 March, 6pm

Saturday 17 March, 6pm

Sunday 18 March, 6pm

Monday 19 March, 6pm

Tuesday 20 March, 3pm

Wednesday 21 March, 6pm

Thursday 22 March, 3pm and 6pm

Click here for more details or to book

Lady Bird (15)

Greta Gerwig (Francis Ha, 20th Century Women) reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with this her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn, The Grand Budapest Hotel) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mother.

Friday 16 March, 8.30pm

Saturday 17 March, 8.30pm

Sunday 18 March, 8.30pm

Tuesday 20 March, 6pm

Thursday 22 March, 8.30pm

For more details click here

Saturday, March 17

Ramsgate International Film and TV Festival

On the Saturday there will be screening of short films including The Boatmaker and One Punch: The Eddie Copeland Story

The Boatmaker

The Boatmaker is a story about a man, his boat, and what it takes to fulfil a life dream of sailing around the world in a boat he made himself.

One Punch: The Eddie Copeland Story

One Punch: The Eddie Copeland Story, isn’t just a sporting documentary, it is a story of hope over despair, the importance of family and the influence of sportsmen on younger generations.

These will be shown at the Granville Theatre from 2:15pm. There is no charge for the tickets, however a donation is  asked for.

Forever Carrying On

Valerie Leon acted in six Carry On films

Also on Saturday, Valerie Leon, film and stage star of six Carry On movies, two Bond films and the cult Hammer Horror series, gives a talk with illustrated vintage material at the Albion Hotel.

Valerie, who also appeared  in films including The Italian Job with Michael Caine and The Revenge of the Pink Panther with Peter Sellers, will  give tribute talk ‘Forever Carrying On’ to mark the 60th anniversary of the classic films. Her talk will include an insight into working with six of the Carry On stars including Hattie Jacques, Joan Sims, Barbara Windsor and Sid James.

It takes place between 11am and noon. The festival also includes Carry On Girls, with Valerie Leon, on the big screen again, followed by a panel discussion about the popularity of the Carry On movies and the #MeToo movement.

Find the full programme, and book tickets, at the festival website here

Front of House

Pie Factory Gallery, 5 Broad Street, Margate. March 17-27

A group exhibition at Pie Factory Margate featuring 30 artists working in various media.

This exciting mixed-media exhibition incorporates the personal practice of staff at Turner Contemporary. In a dizzying array of diverse media, from formal paintings to avant garde installations via ceramics, zines, photographs and collages, this show explores work from an eclectic, and somewhat eccentric, group of individuals who all work together in Margate. Each artist has their own response to the contemporary and historical art they are surrounded with. What happens after hours in the privacy of their own homes and studios will grace the Pie Factory walls and floors in this unique collaborative exhibition.

Griff Rhys Jones – Where was I?

Theatre Royal Margate, 7.30pm

Just a few tickets remain to see the star of Not the Nine o’clock News, Smith & Jones and Three Men In A Boat as he airs stories, anecdotes, reminiscences and outright lies – from forty years of travelling – down rivers and up mountains, into Africa, out of India, and across the arid wastes of the BBC canteen.

Full Price £18
Concessions £17
Restricted View £15
FOMT £16**
Gallery Seats £12
Booking fees – £1 per ticket in person/phone. £2 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 or click here

Quiz Night

St Laurence Prish Hall, St Lawrence

From 6pm for a 6.30pm start

Tickets £5 including sausages and mash.

Call  01843 592478

The Temperance Seven in concert

Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs

Once again Captain Buckley and his troupe of wizened alcho-minstrels emerge from the 1920’s time capsule to unleash musical mayhem for your entertainment.

Show at 7.30pm. Admission  £13 paid in advance/friends, £15 on the doors.

Book at www.sarahthornetheatre.co.uk


Theatre Royal Margate, 2pm

This brand new show from the creators of Aliens Love Underpants is monsterously good! Follow the young inventor Monty as he creates a whole world of wacky inventions and incredible monsters, but now he has made them all how is he going to get rid of them?!

This energetic show full of thrills, spills, magic and mayhem will delight the whole family – with original music and plenty of audience participation!

Full Price £7
Family of 4 £25 (Available from the Box Office on 01843 292795)
Booking fees – £1 per ticket in person/phone. £2 per ticket online

Ages 3+

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UN anti-racism day event

Moved to Olby’s cafe due to the weather

A gathering of local anti-racism groups on the Harbour Steps, Margate, from noon. Anti-Racist Thanet formed in the wake of the rise in hate crimes that they say emerged after the referendum., are ‘Calling Time On Racism’.

They work with Thanet businesses to provide safe spaces across the Isle. The group recently applied for funds from KCC councillors Karen Constantine and Barry Lewis, who will be presenting the cheque at the rally on Saturday. Karen said: “As someone who has always fought against discrimination of all types, I’m thrilled to support ‘calling time’. I applaud their campaign supporting local businesses to create a genuine welcoming atmosphere for all, free from discrimination.

“We should all follow this lead, it’s great to see so many local business committed to ‘zero tolerance’ on racism. A great community initiative with huge appeal.”

A spokesperson from Anti-Racist Thanet said: “We hope all businesses will join the campaign to send a clear message that Thanet says no to racism. We’re grateful to Karen and Barry for their support”.

To find out more see Facebook @CallingTimeOn

Ellington Park gardening event

Photo Michael Milham

Families are invited to a free gardening event in the park from 10am until noon, helping to create an area of wildflowers for butterflies, bees and other insects.

Children can decorate a flower pot and plant wildflower seeds in them to take home. Please come and meet Anna Bell from ‘Anna Outdoors’!
Meet outside the bookshop in Ellington Park at 10am or find the group in the wildlife area.
Equipment provided and  free tea, coffee, or hot chocolate and biscuit.
To book a free place or for more details email: info@annaoutdoors.co.uk or telephone Anna on: 07966404546

Sunday, March 18

Ramsgate International Film and TV Festival

Gary Springer

Entertainment publicist Gary Springer will give a talk at the Albion Hotel on Sunday from 10am. He has plenty of tales about Marilyn Monroe and other giants of the Hollywood era.


Another block of short films will be screened at the Granville ahead of an awards ceremony at 9pm for winners of the festival movie competition.

Festival patron and Ramsgate girl, actress Brenda Bleythn, will be selecting the winner of the First Feature Film category.

Best Feature winner will get an additional screening at the Palace cinema in Broadstairs on Saturday, March 24, as part of the Kent Big Weekend experience.

Find the full programme, and book tickets, at the festival website here

Tea with the Old Queen

Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs, 3pm

This theatrical masterpiece which started life in Broadstairs, went to London’s West End and toured around the country, is now back by public demand. Ian Stark’s performance as “Backstairs Billy” pinpoints the highs and lows of a career serving the Queen Mother.

Written and directed by Graham Woolnough

Admission £15 in advance/friends, £17 on the doors.

Book at www.sarahthornetheatre.co.uk