15 things to see and do in Thanet this weekend (March 23-25)

A vintage fair will be held in Ramsgate Tunnels Photo Carole Adams

It is time for our weekend guide and events across the isle include film, music and theatre.

Friday, March 23

Freak Power

Olby’s Soul Café, King Street, Margate, 7.30pm

Freak Power was founded by bassist Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim) and Ashley Slater (Loose Tubes, Microgroove) mixing acid jazz with funk soul and trip hop.

Their debut single “Turn On, Tune In, Cop Out” went on to become a big chart hit in 1993 taking samples from the rare groove classic “Flo” the single ultimately was featured on a Levi’s Advertising campaign.

The debut album “Drive-Thru Booty” came out in 1994 featuring the singles “Rush“, “Get in Touch” & “Waiting for the Story to End“. The 1996 album “More of Everything for Everybody” featured the singles “Can You Feel it?“, “Let it Go” and “New Direction“.

Catch Freak Power  at Olby’s for an exclusive warm up before their London show

Entry £15

Show Me Love

Margate Winter Gardens, 8.30pm

Show Me Love Live takes over the Winter Gardens in Margate for one of the biggest live club nights of the year!

Show Me Love brings you an action-packed night filled with your favourite House & Garage, RnB & Dancehall Club Classics.

Special guests include Sweet Female Attitude who will perform their garage smash ‘Flowers’ and UK legend MC Versatile performing his club-banger ‘The Funky Anthem’.


Full Price £25
Booking fee applies: £2 per ticket holder in person/phone, £3 per ticket holder online

Call 01843 292795 or click here

The Time Machine

Theatre Royal Margate, 7.30pm

In Rebecca Vaughan and Elton Townend Jones’s re-invention of the HG Wells classic, a Victorian explorer travels through time into tomorrow, discovering the fate of our endeavours; uncovering our darkest fears…From the fall of man to the end of the world, this is the story of us all.


Full Price £14, Concs £12, FOMT £10, Schools £8
Booking fee applies: 50p per ticket holder in person/phone, £1.50 per ticket holder online
Ages: 10+
Call 01843 292795 or click here

Winchester (15a)

Palace Cinema Broadstairs

Inspired by true events, this is a wicked spine chiller reminiscent of The Othersand The Innocents. On an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco sits the most haunted house in the world. Built by Sarah Winchester, (Academy Award winner Helen Mirren – The Queen) heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune, it is a house that knows no end. Still incomplete to this day, standing seven stories tall and containing hundreds of rooms, to the outsider it looks like a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman’s madness. But Sarah is not building for herself, for her niece (Sarah Snook) or for the brilliant Doctor Eric Price (Jason Clarke) whom she has summoned to the house. She is building an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts, and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the Winchesters.

Friday 23 March, 7.45pm

Saturday 24 March, 6pm

Sunday 25 March, 7.45pm

Monday 26 March, 6pm

Tuesday 27 March, 3pm and 6pm

Wednesday 28 March, 6pm

Thursday 29 March, 6pm

Find out more here

Saturday, March 24

The Family (Dementia)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs, 3pm

In partnership with the Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival – a final chance to see this year’s ‘Best Film’ winner.

Roger, a young university student, agrees to look after his grandfather in his home despite his attacks of senile dementia. Together they remove the past to understand the present.

Tickets only available directly from the Festival here

Dr Phil’s Health Revolution

Theatre Royal, Margate, 7.30pm

Phil Hammond – NHS doctor, BBC broadcaster, Private Eye journalist and whistle-blowing comic –  combines both of his 2016 sell-out Edinburgh fringe shows in one unforgettable evening. Laugh, sort your life out, stay sane, plan your death and save the NHS – all in only 99 minutes.

Full Price £15
NHS Staff £12**
**NHS ID must be shown – not available online.
Booking fees – £1 per ticket in person/phone. £2 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 or click here

Captain Cauliflower And Marvin The Mischievous Moose

Tom Thumb Theatre, Eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville, 11am-Noon

Come and join the invincible Captain Cauliflower and his faithful companion Marvin on an unforgettable adventure, filled with extreme silliness and unquestionable danger. Marvin the Mischievous Moose presents Captain Cauliflower with a mystical magic hat that gives him super powers.

Follow his adventures into outer space and deep under the ocean, saving those in peril, but can he beat his arch nemesis the evil and odorous Onion Man?

Dan Lees and Neil Frost invite you on an adventure that combines clowning, playful games and chaotic fun that’s suitable for all the family.

Adults : £7.50

Children : £5.50 †

† Child Age Range : 3 to 18

More details here

Exhibition Of Painting

March 24-27, Silverland Studios, 18 Military Road, Ramsgate

Exhibition of paintings from participants of our Evening Classes, Studio Day Groups, Summer Courses and Children’s Courses.

Private View in the downstairs and upstairs studios – Saturday 24th March 11am

Opening times 11am – 5pm

Now Here’s A Funny Story

Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs, 7.30pm

Jaunty musical romp through the history of Music Hall from its very beginnings through to its 1890s heyday. A fun sing-along evening is guaranteed for people of all ages.

Tickets: £10 paid in advance/Friends, £12 on the doors.

To book click here

Paul Carrack

Photo by Paul Cox

Winter Gardens Margate, 7.30pm

Singer, songwriter and former frontman of Ace, Squeeze and Mike & The Mechanics Paul Carrack returns to the road with his band.

With a back-catalogue of hits to his name including “How Long,” “Tempted” and “The Living Years,” Paul’s uniquely soulful voice is a must for his millions of fans around the world. His songs have been performed by some of the biggest names in music. including The Eagles, Diana Ross and Tom Jones and he is constantly in demand as a session keyboardist, having recorded and toured with Elton John, Van Morrison, Roger Waters and BB King, and most recently on Eric Clapton’s world tour.


£39.50, £32.50, £29.50

Booking fee applies: £2 per ticket holder in person/phone, £3 per ticket holder online

Call 01843 292795 or click here

Thanet Festival Choir Spring Concert

Holy Trinity Church, Broadstairs, 7.30pm

Gounod ‘Saint Cecilia Mass’ and Vierne ‘Messe Solennelle’ Conductor: Clifford Lister Soloists: Helen Bailey, Nicholas Keay and Jim Clements Organist: Scott Farrell

Entry Price

Adults : £10 advance, £12 on door

Children 16 and under : £2

Sunday March 25

Birchington Silver Band Concert

The Centre, Birchington, 2.30pm

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)

Cliftonville Farmers Market

Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville, 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

The Conductor

Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs, 7.30pm

Presented by Raving Mask

A play based on the novel by Sarah Quigley.

Adapted for the stage by Mark Wallington.

An award-winning piece of “symphony-theatre”, which tells the true story of Shostakovich’s “Leningrad Symphony”, composed for a city being lost to the chaos of war, and performed by a battered, starving orchestra when the people needed it most.

Tickets:  £15 paid in advance/Friends, £17 on the doors.

Click here for more

Vintage & Collectors Fair

Ramsgate Tunnels, Marina Esplanade. 9.30am to 3.30pm, free entry

Held in the iconic Victorian railway tunnel. Browse the stalls, memorabilia, and items from WW2 and see the history of the amazing Ramsgate Tunnels

Refreshments all day from the new cafe.

Find more about the Tunnels here


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