30 things to see and do in Thanet this weekend (April 6-8)

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The weekend is here, the weather is predicted to be warm and there are two whole days of freedom before returning to work.

To make the most of your time off we have put together a few ideas of things to see and do in Thanet for April 6-8

Friday, April 6

Make Some Noise!

April 6 (and April 10-13)

Powell-Cotton Museum, Gallery 6

Sessions 11am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3pm

This Easter find your rhythm at the Powell-Cotton Museum. Make your own Djembe Drum ( April 3-6) and Thunder Drum (April 10-13) to practice your musical skills at home.

Event Price: Children: £4. Child members: £3.50. Adults free of charge but must remain with the group.

The activity cost does not include admission to the Museum, House and Gardens.

Half term children’s workshop

Pick n Paint a Pot, 68 Northdown Road, Cliftonville,

Friday 6th – Money Box

Session 10.30am -12pm

£9 per person, per session. Booking is recommended, call 01843 297778

Children’s events suitable for children aged 7 years or more.

Broadway Magic

April 6-7

Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs

Showcase Productions present Broadway Magic, directed by Mervyn Brooker and featuring local dance schools.

Friday and Saturday nightly at 7.30pm. Saturday matinee at 2.30pm

Broadway Magic is a tribute to the Broadway musicals from well known classics to new shows that have taken Broadway by storm. Talented singers and dancers from all over East Kent will recreate these hits in stunning costumes and full orchestrated backing tracks.

Tickets: £12 paid in advance/Friends, £14 on the doors.

Book by calling 01843 863701 or click here

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland at the Theatre Royal

Alice in Wonderland at the Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal Margate

Join Alice as she takes a tumble down the rabbit hole into the wonderful world of Wonderland! Featuring the Cheshire cat, a mad hatter’s tea party, the white rabbit and his timekeeping and Alice staying one step ahead of the treacherous Queen of Hearts!

The hilarious Tom Swift returns to play White Rabbit, alongside Ant Payne as Mad Hatter and Margate’s very own Georgia Rowland-Elliott as Alice.

Alice in Wonderland promises a slick mix of hilarious jokes, original music, innovative sets and beautifully creative costumes.

Wicked productions, in partnership with Jordan Productions, bring the show to the stage at Margate’s Theatre Royal on April 6-7.

Show times

Friday 6 April – 5pm
Saturday 7 April – 1pm & 4:30pm

Full Price £16
Concessions £14
Restricted View £14
FOMT £12 (Friday 5pm performance)

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

Call 01843 292795 or click here

Peter Rabbit Appearance & Storytime


Peter Rabbit will be taking a break in his busy movie schedule and hopping his way to Dreamland right in the middle of the Easter holidays. The heroic but mischievous character will be making personal appearances in the park at intervals throughout the day between 12pm and 4pm.

Come and see this mischievous bunny and don’t forget to bring a camera! Arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Park entry  £5. See here for all park prices


The Micro Museum

The Micro Museum

April 6-9, Micro Museum, Church Hill, Ramsgate, 1pm-4pm

Light Gun Themed Games Event

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

Isle of Dogs (PG)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Gorgeous stop-motion-animated film for all ages  from writer/director Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel).

An outbreak of canine flu in Japan leads all dogs to be quarantined on a remote island far from Tokyo. A boy (Koyu Rankin) journeys there to rescue his dog Spots (Liev Schreiber) and gets help from a pack of misfit canines who have also been exiled. Along the way his quest inspires a group of dog lovers to expose a terrible government conspiracy. The cast also includes Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Bob Balaban, Greta Gerwig, and Yoko Ono.

Friday 6 April, 3pm

Saturday 7 April, 3pm

Sunday 8 April, 3pm and 8.15pm

Monday 9 April, 3pm

Tuesday 10 April, 6pm

Wednesday 11 April, 3pm

Thursday 12 April, 3pm

Friday 13 April, 3pm

Saturday 14 April, 3pm

Sunday 15 April, 3pm

Tuesday 17 April, 3pm

Find more details here

British Juggling Convention day

Dreamland, 2pm to 4pm

Witness the ‘Circus Olympics’ including: unicycle gladiators, highest diabolo throw, juggling Simon Says, and many many more. From the very silly to the exceptionally skillful, it will be a sight unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Feel free to just come and watch, or, if you can juggle, unicycle, diabolo, or hula hoop then bring your toys along and join in!

The British Juggling Convention Gala Night

Margate Winter Gardens, 7.30pm

This circus variety show will have amazing magic, talented jugglers, and a ‘king of diabolos’. From astonishing technical ability, to beautiful choreography, there will be something for everyone in this showcase of skill and dexterity.

Paul Zenon: comedy con-man and cutting-edge conjurer.

Loz Because: Captivating hula hooper.

Steve Rawlings: comedy juggler extraordinaire. and many more!

For more information about the British Juggling Convention go to www.bjc2018.co.uk. This week-long event, packed with circus workshops and shows, is happening at the Simon Langton Grammar School in Canterbury from April 3-9. The convention is open to anyone and is a family friendly event.

Show tickets

Full Price £10
Concessions £8

Book here  

Martin Grover Exhibition

April 5-22, The Falstaff, Addington Street, Ramsgate

Exhibition of new works by Martin Grover.

The new prints are instantly recognisable in Martin’s quirky style and unique colours. The exhibition will focus on the new prints and some iconic Bus Stops. Martin’s work is so accessible and fun it will bring a ray of sunshine into your day.

All works are for sale ranging from £200 – £2000.

Hunter Davies And Caitlin Davies

The Yarrow, Ramsgate Road, Broadstairs

Doors open at 7pm with event starting at 7:30pm.

Hunter Davies is the author of innumerable books, fiction and non fiction, many with a Cumbrian connection. His most recent works are his acclaimed memoirs “The Co-op’s Got Bananas” and “A Day in the Life”.

His daughter, Caitlin Davies, is a novelist, non-fiction writer, journalist, teacher and former Royal Literary Fund Fellow. Her latest non-fiction book, “Bad Girls: A Century of Women and Crime at Holloway Prison”, will be published in March 2018.

They will be in conversation with BroadstairsLit’s resident interviewer Jane Wenham-Jones and will be discussing, amongst other things, what it is like to be part of a family of writers.

Ticket price of £15 includes a welcome drink and cheese canapes.

Tickets are available online from We Got Tickets, or in person from House of Martin, 60 High Street Broadstairs (Weds to Sat, 10am to 5pm, cash only).

Mixing Memory with Desire’: responses to the work of TS Eliot

April 6-11, Pie Factory Margate, 11am-7pm, except Wednesday (April 11) 11am -1pm.

Showcasing the work of six artists, ‘Mixing Memory with Desire’ is designed to complement Turner Contemporary’s exhibition Journeys With ‘The Waste Land’.

The selected work is both a celebration and examination of the poet’s legacy, individual artists responding very differently both in terms of media and orientation. Julia Iwasz and Ruth Martindale are drawn to the potency of Eliot’s imagery, James Swinson and Jane Madsen to the connection with Margate itself, and Othman Abdullah and Nicholas Addison to Eliot’s notion of tradition and his religious and political affiliations.

The exhibition includes collage, moving-image, painting, photography and stone carving. All exhibitors are either staff or alumni of the University of the Arts, London.


Wonder Wheel (12a)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Four lives intertwined amid the hustle and bustle of the Coney Island amusement park in 1950s New York in Woody Allen’s latest star studded love letter to New York City.

Ginny (Kate Winslet), an emotionally volatile former actress now working as a waitress in a clam house; Humpty (Jim Belushi), Ginny’s rough-hewn carousel operator husband; Mickey (Justin Timberlake), a handsome young lifeguard who dreams of becoming a playwright; and Carolina (Juno Temple), Humpty’s long-estranged daughter, who is now hiding out from gangsters at her father’s apartment. It’s going to be a hot summer.

Friday 6 April, 7.45pm

Saturday 7 April, 6pm

Sunday 8 April, 6pm

Monday 9 April, 6pm

Tuesday 10 April, 3pm

Wednesday 11 April, 6pm

Thursday 12 April, 6pm

Click here for more details

Saturday, April 7

Free, one-hour kitesurfing sessions for youngsters with Ramsgate Kite Pirates

Ramsgate main sands – sessions need to be booked

The sessions are organised by Active Ramsgate, the British Kitesports Association (BKSA), and Ramsgate’s Kite Pirates Kite School in the run up to the final leg of the 2018 National Freestyle Kitesurfing Championships being held on the main sands this Summer.

The championships are organised by the BKSA, which has recently had members in the area to inspire isle children to take part in the sport.

The free sessions are for young people aged 11 to 18.

Spaces are limited. Visit http://www.armadaevents.co.uk/events/kite-sup-youth-tour/ to sign up now.

Shaun the Sheep Championsheeps

April 7-15, 11am to 5pm

Shaun the Sheep’s Championsheeps Live is a fun family sports day crossed with a farmyard village fete!

Athletes big and little are encouraged to join Shaun and friends in a line up of five different activities which has them rolling, jumping, hula hooping and laughing their way around the farmyard. The second week of the Easter holidays is set to ramp up for this fun packed daily entertainment for all the family.

Suitable for all ages.

Park has a £5 entrance fee (if not purchasing wristbands)

Find out more here

Hand Made

April 7-28, Lovelys, 248 Northdown Road, Cliftonville, 9am to 5pm

Featuring a curated selection of textiles, ceramics and jewellery produced by artisans and crafters from Kent and the South East.

Including pieces by Judith Balchin, EJ Laven, Kath Love, Angela Malone, Amanda Priestley, Claire Wakefield and Laurence Uttley.

Historic Churchyard Tour

10am, St Laurence Church, St Lawrence, Ramsgate

Join a fascinating tour of the historic churchyard, resting place of royalty and many famous people.

Combine history with nature and spot wild flowers.

Tour free – Donations welcome

The Square (15)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Force Majeure director Ruben Östlund returns with a knife-sharp satire on art, culture and communication in the digital age. The Square stars Claes Bang (The Bridge), Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale, Mad Men) and Dominic West (The Wire).

Christian (Bang) is a divorced but devoted father of two, and the respected curator of a contemporary art museum in Stockholm. He’s gearing up to launch their next show, ‘The Square’, a daring installation examining altruism and our duty to help others. However, Christian’s own views on social responsibility are put to the test when he becomes the victim of a scam, forcing him to question the world around him and his place in it.

Meanwhile, a shocking viral stunt cooked up by the museum’s PR agency is met with public outcry, sending Christian – and the museum – into an existential crisis. With pitch-perfect performances, inventive set pieces and a cutting deadpan wit, The Square is a hilarious, unique and often surreal look at idealism and cynicism in the modern world.

Saturday 7 April, 8.15pm

Thursday 12 April, 8.15pm

Click here for more details

Big Spring Beach Clean

Margate Lido, 11am to 2pm

Margate Lido needs your helping hands. Join SAS and your local community for a Big Spring Beach Clean from 11am – 2pm as part of the biggest Big Spring Beach Clean ever!

Clayspace workshops

Urchin Wines, 235 Northdown Road

April 7, noon-10pm; April 8, noon-5pm; April 11, noon-8pm

ClaySpace Studios is a Community Arts Organisation offering an inclusive ceramics studio space delivering pottery, ceramics and sculpture classes and facilities. They provide day time, evening and weekend workshops and longer courses catering for everyone in the community at all levels of ability and experience.

ClaySpace provides opportunities for people, including those who face barriers to creativity, to meet, work, participate, learn new skills and enjoy themselves.

The Clayspace team is hosting an exhibition to help raise money for a new potter’s wheel. The prize- a ceramic Clanger made by Clayspace’s very own Andy Potter.

Sunday, April 8

Public Service Broadcasting

Public Service Broadcasting are coming to Margate

Cliffs, Northdown Road, 1pm

Dreamland, 7pm

Public Service Broadcasting will treat fans to a pre-show DJ session at Cliffs coffee and record shop ahead of their gig at Dreamland

Members of the band will be picking out and spinning records from the Northdown Road store’s used vinyl selection.

Entry to the DJ session at Cliffs is free and will take place from 1pm – 2pm on Sunday, April 8.

Tickets for Public Service Broadcasting’s show at Dreamland’s Hall By The Sea can also be bought at Cliffs or online for £26 plus booking fee.

Support for the show comes from Jane Weaver.

For Dreamland tickets click here 

For more on the Cliffs DJ event click here

Landing Place – On Margate Sands

Turner Contemporary Photo by Dean Spinks

Turner Contemporary, In the Foyle Rooms, 1pm to 4pm

Ten poets each perform for ten minutes. Landing Place showcases a range of voices, with new readers alongside experienced performers, and occasional guests give other responses to poetry. Stop for one poet or stay all afternoon.

In partnership with From Wasteland To Wasteland (showing at Lombard Street Gallery), poets will reflect on the First World War, peace, and reconciliation.

Supported by Turner Contemporary, Poet’s Wheel and Dan Thompson Studio.

Palm Bay PTFA Boot Fair

7am to noon

Palm Bay School welcome all to their PTFA Boot Fairs, raising funds for the school.

Coastal Crafty Crew fair

Lots on offer at the Coastal Crafty Crew fair

Quex Park small barn, 10am to 3pm

The crew hold their first fair at Quex with stalls full of hand-made and craft items. Free parking and free admission. Tombola to raise cash for QEQM Hospital and The PDSA.

Also check out

Shell Grotto

Photo Carole Adams

Grotto Hill, Margate

10am-5pm every day until October 28

See 4.6 million shells in 70ft of winding, underground passages leading to a main chamber.

Admission prices are £4 for adults, £3.50 for concessions (over 60s, students, registered disabled and armed forces, both serving and veterans), £1.50 for children (aged 4-16).

A family ticket for two adults and two children is £8.

Children aged three and under are free.

Click here

Spitfire and Hurricane Museum

Manston Road, Ramsgate.

Opening Hours 10am – 4pm

See the museum’s restored Spitfire MK XVI and a Hurricane IIC as well as memorabilia, both civil and military, mainly from the period 1939 to 1945.

Spitfire simulator sessions are also now open to book, £30 for 30 minuted

Call 01843 821940

Find out more about the simulator here

Jungle Jims play centre

Quex Park Estate, Birchington

Indoor and outdoor play areas open 10am to 6pm. Peak price admission is £4.50

All 01843 846305

Monkton Nature Reserve

Monkton Nature Reserve

The reserve features many naturally important habitats, fascinating geology and an unusual quantity of rare orchids. There are 2 trails for families to explore, one within the chalk quarry and another along the top of the cliffs into the mature woodland.

The Field Study Centre, Monkton, Ramsgate

Open 10am to 3pm

Admission Adults: £4.00, Children: £2.00, Family: £8.00

Call 01843 822666

Lillyputt Mini Golf

Victoria Parade, Broadstairs

A championship designed mini golf course suitable for all the family with plenty of fun features and surprises.

Adults £4.50 Child £3.50

Call 01843 861500

Ramsgate Tunnels

Marina Esplanade, Ramsgate

Check out the new Home Front Museum and Tunnel Teas Café.

Explore the war time tunnels in a guided walk.

  • Hear about the “Mad Mayor” who saved the town
  • Discover how the tunnels were built
  • See where a town below the town evolved
  • Listen to stories of life underground

Adults £6.50, 3-16 year olds £4, Under 3s free, Senior Citizens £5

The Tunnels are open 7 days a week for the school Easter holidays and have ours at 10am/12pm/2pm and (Summer season) 4pm

Find out more about the plans for the tunnels here

Find the Ramsgate Tunnels website here