27 things to see and do this Easter weekend (March 30-April 1)

A rave for the whole family at Dreamland this weekend

Easter is here meaning a bumper weekend off for most of us – and school holidays.

Here is our guide of things to do and see over the bank holiday weekend

Friday, March 30

Dreamland opening

The Inflatable Whale Theatre Show

March 30-April 5

Cast off your shoes and squeeze into this true to life 50ft long inflatable Sperm Whale. Enclosed in a lobster-net fence and guarded by a nosy fish wife, brave swashbucklers and lead into its belly revealing a lavishly decorated seascape interior. Once inside they encounter a shipwrecked pirate with a treasure tale to tell and a real live mermaid with a haunting siren’s song and an intriguing secret.

There are 6 shows per day each at 20 minute intervals. Entry to the Whale Theatre show is free but there is limited capacity so availability will be on a first come first served basis with priority given to ride wristband holders and Dreamland Members.

Park entry £5, redeemable against a ride or food.

Find a round up of Dreamland Easter events here

Festival Of Cats

Festival of Cats in Cliftonville

Resort Studios, 50 Athelstan Road, Cliftonville, 10am-4pm

A celebration of T.S. Eliot’s best-selling work Old Possums Book of Practical Cats, which aims to demonstrate the ways that Eliot enjoyed the psychology, personality and metaphysics of cats. This weekend festival features artwork and events influenced by and in celebration of both Eliot and his beloved feline companions.

Venues across Cliftonville are taking part. Find more details here

Gilles Peterson

Gilles Peterson

Dreamland, 9.30pm

Tickets from £15 in advance plus booking fee or £20 on the door

Over 18s only

Best known as a radio presenter on Saturday afternoons on BBC Radio 6 Music and as an international club DJ, Gilles Peterson will play Hall By The Sea with support from Thris Tian. Gilles Peterson is also an avid record collector, a curator, a music producer and record label boss and continues to DJ around the world.

Find details here


The Micro Museum

March 30-April 2, Micro Museum, Church Hill, Ramsgate, 1pm-4pm

Light Gun Themed Games Event

2 long weekends of games using light guns.

Adult £5
Child £4
Family (1 or 2 adults and 1 or 2 children)  £10
Children 14 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult

Find out more about the museum here

Succumbing Transience

Pie Factory Margate, March 30 – April 3, 11am-4pm

Having collaborated previously at the Whitstable Biennale Satellite 2016 and Brewery Tap, Folkestone, Ruth Rollason and Madeline Jones’s new show at the Pie Factory Margate, explores a state of non-permanency.

‘Succumbing Transience’ is an exhibition about fickle and careless thoughts and deeds which can lead to altercation. Surrendering to this resistance has produced potential new debates and inventive outcomes.

Madeline Jones’s work is a journey of thematic footage, adopting the delicacy of material and essence of site. Ruth E Rollason’s work is an exploration of textural conversations and arguments. This exhibition is a multi-media event featuring film, sculpture and installations ensuring, not a conclusion, but a continuing comment and analysis of the fragility of life.

Planet Thanet Beer Festival

Photo Adam Dark

Margate Winter Gardens, March 30-31

The 13th Planet Thanet beer and Cider Festival takes place this weekend and thousands of people are expected to attend.

Some 180 casks of beer, 60 different ciders and perries and a variety of bottled beers-including vegan and gluten free- are available over the two days of the festival on March 30-31 at Margate Winter Gardens.

Opening at midday on both days, entry is £5 on Friday and  £3 on Saturday, with free entry for card carrying CAMRA members on both days.

There will also be food available on both days along with entertainment, including ukulele band The Gaddzukes

Includes a cask of St Laurence Grid Iron beer launched by Archbishop Welby at The Four Candles this week

Find out more here.

Peter Rabbit (PG)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Peter Rabbit (James Corden), Beatrix Potter’s mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes the starring role in this irreverent comedy. Peter’s feud with Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne). Corden voices the character of Peter with playful spirit and wild charm, with Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley performing the voice roles of the triplets, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.

Friday 30 March, 3pm

Saturday 31 March, 3pm

Sunday 1 April, 3pm

Monday 2 April, 3pm

Tuesday 3 April, 3pm

Wednesday 4 April, 3pm

Thursday 5 April, 3pm

Find more details here

Red Sparrow (15)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone, American Hustle) is many things. A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs. A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit. A master of seductive and manipulative combat. When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. Until she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons.

She emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust.

From the director of The Hunger Games and also starring Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Zero Dark Thirty), Jeremy Irons (The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Reversal of Fortune) & Matthias Schoenaerts (A Bigger Splash, Far From the Madding Crowd)

Friday 30 March,7.45pm

Saturday 31 March, 8.30pm

Sunday 1 April, 7.45pm

Monday 2 April, 5.30pm

Tuesday 3 April, 5.30pm

Wednesday 4 April, 5.30pm

Thursday 5 April, 8.30pm

Find more details here

Thanet Gang Show

Thanet Gang Show

Theatre Royal, Margate

The Thanet Gang Show makes its annual appearance on stage in a run beginning Thursday (March 29).

Thanet Scouts and Guides present their  show at the Theatre Royal Margate from March 29-April 2. Filled with song, dance and sketches, the Gang Show gives an entirely different view of Scouting and Guiding. No campfires, no tents and no “Ging Gang Goolie”, just young people showing their talent on stage.

Thursday, Saturday and Monday at 7:30pm plus a Monday matinee at 2.30pm.

Evening performances £9 in advance & £10 on door
Matinee performances £8 in advance & £9 on door
FOMT get 2 free tickets for any performance
Booking fees – 50p per ticket in person/phone. £1.50 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 or click here

Westgate and Birchington Golf Club open day

176 Canterbury Road, Westgate, Tee times 10.30am-1.30pm

£50 pre-booked 18 hole, 4 ball, or £12.50pp or turn up and play 4 ball £60 or £15pp. Non-members afternoon special from 1.30pm. £10pp

Details 01843 831115

Saturday, March 31

Big Fish Little Fish X Camp Bestival Family Rave

A rave for the whole family at Dreamland

Dreamland, 2pm-4pm

Sailing the Seven Seas family rave with DJs 2 Bad Mice

Set sail once again with the award winning, world famous Big Fish Little Fish family ravers and their mates Camp Bestival as they bring acid house, techno, house and drum ”n’ bass, as part of the ‘Around the World in 18 Raves’ Camp Bestival warm up tour with rave legends 2 Bad Mice on the decks.

Child craft expert, Captain Cookie, will be hosting kids activities in the craft corner. Choose from the giant colouring in mural, free transfer tattoos and a homemade play-doh table for even the smallest of ravers. And if the little ones need a time out, the baby chill out and toddler play space provides breakaway areas with tents, tunnels, foam mats and a ball pool.

Adult – £11 + booking fee
Child – £8 + booking fee
Babe in arms/ pre-walkers free
Discount for members

For further info and to book, click here  

Broadstairs Spring Fair

Credit Thanet Tourism

Pierremont Gardens and Park, Broadstairs, March 31 – April 2, 10am to 5pm

Three day fair with over 40 stalls, promoting the best of Kent’s food and drink producers.

Plenty of hot and cold food; ales, wines, spirits and juice. Come and support the best of Kent!

Free entry

See what stallholders will be taking part here 

Dickens Festival Present ‘A Taste Of Dickens’

Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs, 2.30pm-4.30pm

The Dickens Festival will stage a costume display with talks. There is free admission but donations welcome.

Cream teas will be served at 3pm at only £5 each and it is advisable to book in advance. Licensed
bar available.

This event is sponsored by the Sarah Thorne Theatre Company

Easter Trail

St John the Baptist Church, Victoria Road, Margate, 10am to Noon

Complete the trail and receive an Easter egg!

Fun Easter crafts

Find A Chick

Margate businesses, 10am to 3pm

Hunt the chicks in the windows of local businesses

Businesses in the High Street, New Street, Hawley Street and the Old Town

Entry forms and terms and conditions: Age UK, 13-15 High Street, Margate.

Last entry 2pm

Jackie Martin-Poem Prints Exhibition

March 31-May 7

Lombard Street Gallery, Margate

Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm
Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays 12noon to 4pm

Talk and poetry reading 2.30pm on March 31.

Meet Jackie Martin introducing her poem-prints and in particular, the tryptich ‘Vivie’.

‘Vivie’ was written by Jackie in homage to T.S Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’. It uses a similar structure with multiple voices, from the point of view of Tom Eliot’s first wife, Vivien.

Jackie will be playing a recording of her poem, presenting her artwork and revealing why Mrs Elliot’s 1918 journey to see Bertrand Russell in prison became the inspiration for ‘Vivie’.

Totally Wired

Totally Wired at Dreamland

Dreamland, 9pm to 2am

DJs Fragile and Orlandimus will be spinning the latest and greatest alternative anthems with indie, pop rock, alternative dance, metal, pop punk and hard rock.

The lads last rocked Dreamland during Halloween and are now returning to the Hall by the Sea for the event in March.

Posting to facebook the Totally Wired duo said: “2017 was a big year for us at Totally Wired. It’s the year we decided to go big and turn what was a Club Night Into a big event. We took on our biggest challenge ever and luckily, we can say it paid off! Halloween was such a great night it made us want to do more in Margate.”

Tickets are £6 plus £1 booking fee

Entrance for those 18 and over

Click here to book

A Fantastic Woman (15)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Director Sebastián Lelio (Gloria) returns with a groundbreaking, captivating and deeply humane story about a trans woman’s fight for acceptance.

Anchored by a powerhouse central performance from rising star Daniela Vega, this Oscar-nominated film is an urgent call for compassion. Vega plays Marina Vidal, a young singer whose life is thrown into turmoil following the sudden death of her partner, Orlando. Met with suspicion from the police and contempt from her lover’s relatives, Marina finds herself placed under intense scrutiny, with no regard for her privacy, or her grief. As tensions rise between Marina and Orlando’s family, she is evicted from their shared home and banned from attending his funeral. But faced with the threat of losing everything, Marina finds the strength to fight back.

From the producers of Jackie, Spotlight and Toni Erdmann, A Fantastic Woman is an outstanding, timely work that recalls the very best films of Pedro Almodóvar. Soaked in luminous visuals and elevated by elegant flights of surrealism, it is a courageous, audacious and defiant declaration of Marina’s status as a woman – and a fantastic one, at that.

Saturday 31 March, 6pm

Tuesday 3 April, 8.30pm

Thursday 5 April, 6pm

Find more details here

Phil Lanzon preview and meet the artist

York Street Gallery, Ramsgate, 1pm to 4pm

Phil spent the past 32 years touring the world with the band Uriah Heep. During this time he worked on ideas and his drawings, using pencils to create, rather than paint which he finds alien. His work is influenced by Miro, Klee and Kandinsky.

An evening with Ray Lewis of The Drifters

Beacon Bingo, Margate, 5pm

Ray Lewis – Voice of The Drifters, comes to Beacon Margate for one night only. Not a tribute act but the real deal.
From only £10 all in including bingo and show
18+ Photo ID is required if under 25 and joining.

Coastal Crafty Crew fair

Lots on offer at the Coastal Crafty Crew fair

The indoor fair, which will include new and returning stallholders, takes place at Church House in Birchington from 10am to 3pm.

A crafty crew spokesman said: “Take a look at the beautiful and unique hand-made crafts which will be for sale at our craft fair. Jewellery, scrumptious cakes, cards for all occasions, button pictures, stunning cake stands, perfumed wax melts and tarts, gift bags, baby knits and crochet, crochet toys, and traditional wooden toys. Something for everyone. Free admission, free parking, refreshments, tombola and most of all a very warm welcome.

The tombola will raise cash for QEQM Hospital and The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals.

Margate FC footie and egg hunt

As Margate hunt for three Bostik League points against Worthing, another type of hunt will also take place at Hartsdown Park.

Tasty treats for a Margate FC Easter Egg Hunt for children under 13 years of age from 1pm-1:15pm, on the new 3G pitch.

After all the chocolate treats have been collected by the Mini Gators, Margate FC Youth coaches will be running a free skills and drills session from 1:15pm-1:45pm.

Older kids (or adults as they’re more commonly known) can enjoy a treat – or two – of their own in the bar which will be up and running from 1pm too.

There’s no need to register or book, simply turn up to Hartsdown Park at 1pm armed with a good-sized basket to collect your chocolate eggs and suitable footwear to take part in the football session on a 3G surface.

Sunday, April 1

Centenary Of The RAF

Museum manager Matt Demedts in the cockpit of the simulator

RAF Manston and the Spitfire and Hurricane Museums, Manston, 10am to 4pm

Fun-filled day to celebrate 100 years of the RAF’s proud history. In addition to the centenary of the RAF, the Spitfire Museum is also celebrating the official launch of the long-anticipated Spitfire Simulator.
• A static, full size, Mk IX Spitfire.
• The amazing singing trio, The Bluebird Belles.
• A re-enactment of an ATS searchlight division post.
• Open Cockpits at the RAF Manston History Museum.
• Tank rides.
• Weather permitting, a flypast by the Spirit of Kent Mk IX Spitfire.
• And much more…

The event is entirely free.

Find more about the simulator and event here

Easter QuExtravaganza

Quex Park, Birchington, April 1-2, 11am to 4pm

Can you track down the clues, solve the puzzle and claim your prize?

You might even spot Peter Rabbit!

Craft activities and face painting are available throughout the day.

Adults £8.95; Concessions/students £6.50; family ticket (2 adults/2 children) £27.50 and carers for disabled/under 5 – free.

Ramsgate Blitz Walks

10am, meet at Ramsgate Library

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

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

No need to book. Dogs and children welcome.

Ramsgate’s Handmade & Vintage Fair And Easter Event

Photo Adam Dark

Harbour Parade, 11am to 5pm

The first Ramsgate Handmade & Vintage Fair for this year falls on Easter Sunday 1 April.

This year’s theme is ‘Alice In Wonderland’, so expect to find bunnies and hats! There’s lots to take part in during the day, organised by local people, the Handmade Fair and the Ramsgate Town Team: There will be an Easter Egg hunt with a difference, Easter Bonnet making, face painting and Joey the Clown will be on hand creating all sorts of things out of balloons. There’s also a special Mad Hatters Tea Party, fundraising for Ramsgate Arts.

At 2pm there will be an Easter Parade starting at the top of the High Street by Argos and coming down to the Handmade Fair, which is along Harbour Parade towards the Royal Victoria Pavilion. Everyone can join in on the day, or come earlier and make a hat to wear first! You could even or come dressed in the Alice In Wonderland theme, we’d love to see your costumes.

Monday, April 2

All Saints Art Group

King Street Gallery, Margate, April 2-7

All Saints Art Group will be holding a second exhibition at the King Street Gallery in Margate .

All media and levels of work.

Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm and Saturday 10am-4pm

Free entry