24 things to do and see in Thanet June 8-10

Shrek is one of the 5 movies that will be screened at Quex

It’s the weekend again, fingers crossed for some lovely weather.

Here is our guide to what’s on across the isle

Friday, June 8

Quiz night

Reef, 37 Albion Street, Broadstairs, 7pm

£12 ticket includes bangers n mash with £5 from each ticket going to Pancreatic Cancer UK.

Teams of 4. Book by calling 078660857088 or email [email protected]

Portrait of Ramsgate

Young people from Ramsgate have been working with Project MotorHouse to create a photographic display of the town.

Portrait of Ramsgate will be on display at McGillan and Woodell at 43 Queen Street in Ramsgate,  from now until June 13 during normal shop hours.

Jazz and Swing

Olby’s Soul Café, King Street, Margate, 8pm

Join Jerome for a night of Latin and Swing rhythms – from the big band swing of the 40s, through rhythm & blues and rock & roll of the 50s, to boogaloo, bossa nova and latin of the 60’s. Come to dance, with a partner, on your own, or like your dad, all styles are welcome!

Entry – £5 on the door

Groove Armada

Groove Armada

Dreamland Hall by the Sea, 9.30pm

Groove Armada will play the indoor Hall By The Sea venue.

For nearly two decades Groove Armada has been established as one of the best loved and biggest selling dance acts. They are rooted in dance music’s seminal movements, with Andy Cato taking in Castlemorton and the free party scene, and Tom Findlay regularly attending the Hacienda.

From big stages to basements, Groove Armada cross genres and styles and are famed for their hits ‘At The River’, ‘I See You Baby’ and ‘Superstylin’. Having remixed the likes of Paul Simon and London Grammar, and continuing to headline shows worldwide including Wild Life Ibiza, Elrow and more, plans are being hatched for the pair’s 21st anniversary.

Tickets via dreamland.co.uk start from £20.


Pie Factory Gallery, Margate, 5 Broad Street, Margate, June 8-12, Open 10am-4.30pm

Mature, part-time students Jeremy Scott and Sarah Youseman have managed to combine busy lives with completing Art degrees with The Open College of the Arts. The culmination of a decade’s work will be on public view in Margate this summer in their final degree show called Trace2018.

Jeremy takes the humble glove and employs it as a metaphor for the small human histories often overwhelmed by the grand narratives of our times, using found as well as traditional materials.

Sarah explores the miscommunication that digital technology can bring by returning to traditional painting methods and film to interpret data glitches and question the reliance on the internet in the 21st century.

The Zombies

Blast from the past with The Zombies

Theatre Royal Margate, 7.30pm

British psychedelic pop band The Zombies will be playing in Margate to celebrate the release of their latest Billboard-charting album, Still Got That Hunger.

Performing will be founding and current members, vocalist Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent, alongside Steve Rodford on drums, and renowned session guitarist Tom Toomey. New member, Søren Koch, joined the band following the untimely passing of The Zombies’ bassist Jim Rodford in early 2018.

The band’s live performances take fans on a journey from their early hits, including the 1968 Odessey & Oracle to today with Still Got That Hunger.

The Zombies hit singles include She’s Not There and Tell Her No.

The Zombes will be supported by Arc, made up of Anja, Russell and Cara Rodford – two sisters and their uncle.

Full Price £25
Restricted View £22
Booking fees – £1 per ticket in person/phone. £2 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 or click here

Northdown Brewery Pale Ale Mary Launch

Lifeboat ale house, Market Street, Margate, 6.30pm

Try the new ale from Northdown Brewery. Meet the brewer plus music from DJ Zeke

That Good Night (12a)

Palace Cinema Broadstairs

Set in the stunning hilltops of Portugal, this life affirming drama exploring family relationships, inspired by the poem of Dylan Thomas, stars the beloved John Hurt (The Elephant Man) in his final role as Ralph, a once-famous screenwriter in his seventies who has two missions in life. Ralph wishes to be reconciled with his son, Michael (Max Brown, Spooks), and, to ensure that he is not a burden to his devoted wife, Anna (Sofia Helin, The Bridge), as he goes “into that good night”. Ralph hires the services of the mysterious “Visitor” (Charles Dance, Foyles’s War, The Imitation Game) who unexpectedly guides him to find new meaning in his life.

Friday 8 June, 7.45pm

Saturday 9 June, 6pm

Sunday 10 June, 7pm

Monday 11 June, 6pm

Tuesday 12 June, 3pm

Wednesday 13 June, 6pm

Thursday 14 June, 5.30pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Saturday, June 9

Open air cinema at Quex

Shrek is one of the 5 movies that will be screened

Gates open at 9.30am with the first film showing at 10:20am. The event closes at 8pm.

Kent Events hosts its Open Air Cinema event at Quex Park, Birchington.

There will be five film showings with something for everyone throughout the day on a huge diamond screen in the grounds of Quex Park.

Bring a picnic, friends and family, and enjoy a day of films and entertainment. Between films there will be down time where families can chill out or shop at one of the market stalls.

Children’s rides, face painting by Face Me Fabulous, eateries and a bar will also be available on site throughout the day..

Movie schedule

10:20am – Beauty and The Beast

12:00pm – Shrek

1:45pm – Cars

4:00pm – Transformers

6:40pm – Top Gun

Timings are approximate.

Advance Prices:
Adults- £12
Children Under 16- £8
Family 2+2- £35

Higher prices apply on the day

Gazebo permitted (max pitch size 4m x 4m and will be positioned to the back of viewing area and there is a £10 pitch fee for a gazebo)

Under 5’s get in free but must have a valid entry ticket for security purposes.

Customers can also get firework night tickets at this event and all other Kent Events held at Quex Park in June at 10% discount.

Book here

Tickets now also available from The Powell-Cotton Museum and Gardens, Quex Park, Birchington and The Schoolwear Centre, 56 Addington St, Margate, CT9 1QS, cash only accepted.

Seaside Rendezvous

Lovelys Gallery, Northdown Road, Cliftonville

June 9-30, Open Monday – Saturday 9am-5pm

A Mixed Media Exhibition By Erica Sturla

Erica works in polymer clay and acrylics to create figurative, three dimensional scenes. She enjoys the humour, colour and movement that creating the figures in clay brings to her subjects and this contrasts with the more studied approach of the background painting. Inspirations are firmly rooted in everyday life and spring from a love of life lived beside the sea. The joy is in creating a painting that celebrates the familiar in a new way.

Trained in Fashion illustration/journalism and a member of the Association of Illustrators for many years, Erica also creates digital drawings. It’s a very different technique that uses layer upon layer of flat shape and colour to build vibrant and busy scenes. Current projects include a celebratory Rendezvous with some of the coastal towns that make up The Great British Seaside, taking in Margate and Broadstairs along the way!

Messin’ Around

Olby’s, King Street, Margate, 9pm-2am

Olbys & Jazzotech present Messin’ Around with Perry Louis for the best in Jazz, Funk, Boogie, Latin and more

Free Entry

Food served until 9pm

Broadstairs bandstand concert

2.30pm-4pm with the Beckenham Concert Band

Norman Jay and RAF Daddy, Sunset Session

Dreamland, Scenic Stage, doors open 6.30pm

Co-founder of the legendary Good Times Sound System and London dance music station KISS FM, Jay fostered the ‘Rare Groove’ scene pushing the boundaries of the UK’s emerging club culture. Awarded an MBE for services to deejaying and music, in 2017 he released ‘Mister Good Times’ capturing the true spirit of Good Times, and is currently taking his legendary Good Times party to selected venues around the UK. He continues to convert generations of clubbers to the cause, championing new sounds, yet never forgetting his musical roots, and guaranteeing nothing but ‘Good Times’.

RAF Daddy 7pm

Norman Jay 8.30pm

Last entry 10pm

Curfew 10.30pm

Tickets from £5 + booking fee in advance, from £2.50 + booking fee for Dreamland members.

Tickets £7.50 on the door, £15 including rides and entry.

This is a no re-entry event.

All ages are welcome to attend the Sunset Sessions events, but under 14s must be accompanied by an adult (over the age of 18) also holding a valid ticket for the event.

Tickets via dreamland.co.uk

Through Stage and Screen

Theatre Royal Margate, 7pm

Performances from Off The Hook Productions, Phoenix Performing Arts and Blessed Dance Co. With a Special appearance from Local Performer Rachel J and iTunes sensation Marilyn Sky.

Come along and spend your Saturday evening travelling through the decades of musicals from old to new… there will be show stoppers and heartfelt tear jerkers being performed by talented artist from 4years upwards from across Kent.

Full Price £10
Child £8
Booking fees – £1 per ticket in person/phone. £2 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 or click here

Wild Flower & Weed Ident

Sunken Garden, Westbrook, 10am-1pm

Vogue Chi: I Mambo Margate

Turner Contemporary, 3pm to 4.30pm

Vogue-Chi free  workshops hosted by Atabey Mamasita and part of Vogue-Chi’s participation in the short film I Mambo Margate.

A special and easy-to-learn sequence, including some cat-walking and other posing gestures to the Mambo rhythms specially designed for the film. People interested in taking part will have also the opportunity to be filmed in an iconic Margate location dancing it.

Workshops are for people associated and interested in Vogue-Chi and who will like to support Margate Pride 2018.

No previous experience is required. Vogue-Chi is open for all ages and backgrounds, and it’s a safe space for LGBTQ+ persons and allies for self-expression and coming together!

I Mambo Margate EU disco

 Credit: Nathan Ryan-Jones

Cliftonville Community Centre, 6.30pm

Local production company Round in Circles with I Mambo Margate, which is choreographed to music created by isle rockabilly band, Bamboozle.

Community groups, including some members of the town’s lifeboat crew, will attend workshops to learn the dance before being filmed at a famous Margate location. Each sequence will then be used to create a video montage.

How To Talk To Girls At Parties (15)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

A trippy fusion of Under the Skin and Gregory’s Girl, writer Neil Gaiman (Coraline, American Gods) and director John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shortbus), take us on an exotic night-time odyssey into the soul of suburban 70s London under the spell of the Sex Pistols. Every teenager in the country wants to be a punk, including our hopeless hero Enn. Hearing the local punk Queen Boadicea (Nicole Kidman) is throwing a party for her enigmatic foreign exchange students, Enn crashes the fun and meets the enigmatic Zan (Elle Fanning). It’s love at first sight. But these girls have come a lot further than America.

They are, in fact, aliens from another galaxy, sent to Earth to prepare for a mysterious rite of passage. When the dark secret behind the rite is revealed, our galaxy-crossed lover Enn must turn to Boadicea and her punk followers for help in order to save the alien he loves from certain death. The punks take on the aliens on the streets of London, and neither Enn nor Zan’s universe will ever be the same again.

Saturday 9 June, 8.15pm

Tuesday 12 June, 6pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Sunday, June 10

Classic and vintage car show

Quex Estate, Birchington

A stunning range of classic and vintage vehicles to take you back down memory lane.

Live music on stage, including Ben Mills and his band, Abbalicious, Smokin Maverick and Rockin Republic.Plus , fully licensed bar and range of eateries.

During the day we will be showing two classic films. Herbie – The Love Bug and to celebrate 50 years since its release we will be showing the original versions of ‘The Italian Job’ on a massive diamond screen supported by a Mini Rally on site.

Other attractions include:

Small Fun Fair


Go Karting

Entry Prices

Adult £5.00 per day
Child £4.00 per day (Under 16 years)
Family Ticket per day (2+2) £15.00
Disability Concession + 1 guest (per day) £7.00
Under 5 –  Free

Tickets are on sale now here

Free on site Parking

The Big Gospel Sing

Holy Trinity Church, Margate, 3pm to 4.30pm

Holy Trinity Family Gospel Choir and Gospel Boogie Band. A free, fun-packed show of gospel and feel good music

Silver Slipper- The Next Chapter

Winter Gardens Margate, doors open 4.30pm

Silver Slipper Performing Arts School’s next chapter.

Following the huge success of their first school show A Dream Come True, thy now bring you The Next Chapter. From Twinkles baby students right up to young adults. With special guests – Jasmine the dog and Bonnie the Ballerina Bear.

Musical Theatre Class will bring you a West End spectacular, tots will be performing with the mascot and the rest?.. you will have to book tickets to find out.

Full Price £12.50
Concessions £11
Booking fees – £1 per ticket in person/phone. £2 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 or click here

Ramsgate Handmade fair

Harbour Parade, 11am – 4pm

A great selection of local makers and producers taking part, with everything from plants to jewellery, textiles to glass and this month tables and chairs made from recycled oak barrels as well as yummy food with Enzo’s Bakery, from the Goods Shed in Canterbury.

Broadstairs bandstand concert

Photo Sallyann Harris

2.30pm-4pm with the Kent Coastal Concert Band

Landing Place: Keep The Dog

Turner Contemporary, 1pm to 4pm

Landing Place is where poets and spoken word performers come to showcase their words, forge collaborations and delight audiences. Ten poets perform for ten minutes each.

“Keep The Dog” (from a line in T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land) takes its inspiration from Turner Contemporary’s forthcoming exhibition “Animals & Us”.

Poets are invited to respond to the theme relationships between humans and other animals. Broadly interpreting subjects such as biology, anthropomorhism, anthropology, evolution, extinction, farming for food, conservation, veganism, clothes or pets.

Novices perform alongside published writers. Come and be inspired and find out how you can be involved in future events.

A Tracey Thompson Arts and Dan Thompson Studio production supported by Turner Contemporary.