28 things to see and do in Thanet June 15-17

Fought for Freedom Photo Carole Adams

It is time for your weekend guide of things to see and do across Thanet.

Friday, June 15

Broadstairs Dickens Festival

Photo Imelda Bell

June 16-17

The annual Broadstairs Dickens Festival takes place this weekend and is packed full of events.
The Grand Parade will take place on Saturday leaving Pierremont at 2pm and winding its way down to Victoria Gardens.
The Festival play this year is ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’  book online at www.sarahthornetheatre.co.uk
The Pavilion will be hosting Clarkson’s Vintage Music Hall.
The free souvenir programme is available at the Information Kiosk and other outlets around town.
Tickets are available on the website or at the participating venues. http://www.broadstairsdickensfestival.co.uk/#l

Find a list of events here 

Four rooms 4 Arts

Pie Factory Gallery, Broad Street,Margate, June 15-26

Artists: Jessica Willows, Julie Bradshaw, Valerie Tyler, Gaven Alexander, Mina Cullimore.

A family participation event to help complete the Margate Skyline Mural. Water marbling demonstration. A show of new and exciting art work ranging from still life drawings to paintings.

Open Days at The Grange and Presbytery

The Grange

St Augustine’s Road, Ramsgate

Friday 15 June to Sunday 17 June from 10am – 4pm and Monday 18 June from 10am – 1pm

A chance for the public to see inside two Pugin properties lovingly restored by The Landmark Trust.

The Grange was built by Augustus Pugin in 1845 and remained in the family until 1928. The building reflects Pugin’s belief in the Gothic style as the only true Christian architecture and his ideal to live out his life in the Middle Ages. Pugin produced some of his finest work at The Grange including designs for the House of Lords.

St Edward’s Presbytery which was built by Augustus Welby Pugin in 1850, part of this great architect’s original conception for this  important Gothic revival site on the West Cliffs.

The Presbytery has much restrained Pugin detailing to admire, although this simple house was not given the rich interiors of The Grange. It housed priests for only a few years. In the 1860s, Edward Pugin added a well-lit studio overlooking the courtyard of The Grange for his own architectural practice. Pugins lived here until 1928, when the Presbytery became part of the monks’ school.

Free Admission and leaflets on the building’s history available. No need to book.

Book Club (12a)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Diane (Diane Keaton) is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage. Vivian (Jane Fonda) enjoys her men with no strings attached. Sharon (Candice Bergen) is still working through a decades-old divorce. Carol’s (Mary Steenburgen) marriage is in a slump after 35 years. Four lifelong friends’ lives are turned upside down to hilarious ends when their book club tackles the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey. From discovering new romance to rekindling old flames, they inspire each other to make their next chapter the best chapter.

Friday 15 June, 7.45pm

Saturday 16 June, 8.30pm

Sunday 17 June, 7pm

Monday 18 June, 6pm

Tuesday 19 June, 3pm

Wednesday 20 June, 6pm

Thursday 21 June, 8.30pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Echium Planting

Sunken Gardens, Westbrook, June 16-17, 11am to 4pm

Saturday, June 16

Minster Open Gardens & Scarecrow Challenge

June 16-17

Varied assortment of gardens open with plenty of opportunities to purchase plants or partake of refreshments.

The annual Minster Scarecrow Challenge now runs on the same weekend as Open Gardens – come along and judge them for the public vote – maybe even win yourself a prize!

Entry adults £5 which covers both days.

More details here http://www.minster-in-thanet.org.uk/opengrdns.shtml

Fought For Freedom

Photo Carole Adams

Quex Estate, Birchington

June 16-17, Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sunday 10am – 5pm

Commemorating 100 years of the cessation of Hostilities WW1 and 100th Anniversary of the RAF and all things Military. Attractions include Motorcycle Display Team and special attractions TBA. Food stalls, music, traders and bar.

Entry Price

Adults – £5
Children (Under 16) £4
Disability + Carer – £7
Family 2+2 – £15

More details here http://www.kentevents.org.uk/

Beautiful Noise

June 16-17 and June 23-24,1pm-4pm

Ramsgate Micro Museum, Church Hill

Discover the history of electronic sound and music production. We’ve got keyboards and synthesizers and more. Come and make your own beautiful noise.

Standard admission applies: £5 adult, £4 child and £10 family.
No need to book in advance.

Whatever the Weather

 Photo by Lewis Wileman

Theatre Royal Margate, 2pm

Whatever The Weather tells the story of a weather house sitting on a quiet wall. The little lady comes out when it’s going to be sunny. The little man comes out when it’s going to rain. Day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year. Never together. Always alone.

But what would happen if one magical day…they came alive?

The company present a humorous and highly visual show for the very young. Children and grown-ups alike will be captivated by the whimsical characters as they discover that the beautiful and endlessly surprising world they inhabit, is better shared.

Whatever The Weather is suitable for children aged 3 and over.

Full Price £8
Concessions £7
Family of 4 £25
Booking fees – £1 per ticket in person/phone. £2 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 or click here


Olby’s soul café, 3-5 King Street, Margate, 9pm – 2am

Paul French is joined by Lady Blessed Gee and special guest Tiny T
for a night of Motown, Deep Soul, Vintage RnB, Funk, Reggae

Free entry

National Civic Day

Restored 12 Arthur Road, Cliftonville, open to the public from 12pm-4pm

Margate Civic Society present an opportunity to visit this late-Victorian house which has been beautifully restored to its original condition and which was a winner of this year’s Town Pride Award.

Free admission and everyone most welcome.

A Tour of Marine Margate

Meet at Droit House, Stone Pier, Margate

Local historian Robin Colyer is leading a tour of Seaside Margate, starting at The Droit House, Margate Harbour

The local history walk will start at 2pm, taking in Margate harbour, The Parade, Marine Drive, Marine Terrace and the High Street

The walk is approximately one and half miles and will end back at The Droit Huse about 3.15pm

There will be an opportunity to look in detail at development of this part of the town

There is no charge and no need to book

Elite Dance Academy – The Music Hall of Fame

June 16-17

Margate Winter Gardens

An exciting performance of ballet, tap, modern, street, contemporary & musical theatre to songs by the greatest Music Legends of all time!

Come and enjoy the talent of Elite Dance Academy students from age 2 and a half upwards!

Saturday 16 June – 6pm (doors 5:30pm)
Sunday 17 June – 2:30pm (doors 2pm)

Full Price £13
Concessions £10
Child £10

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

Call 01843 292795 or click here

L’Amant Double (18)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

In French with English subtitles

François Ozon (Franz) returns with a sleek gleefully irreverent erotic thriller that sees the prolific French auteur ramping up the sexual tension while keeping his tongue firmly in his cheek. Marine Vacth (Jeune et Jolie) plays Chloé, a young woman who falls in love with her psychoanalyst Paul (Dardennes’ favourite Jérémie Renier). When they decide to move in together, everything seems perfect until a series of discoveries lead her to suspect that he may be living a double life. As she searches for the truth, Chloé’s investigations plunge her into a dark and bewildering world of smoke, mirrors and doppelgangers – where nothing is as it seems, and no one can be trusted. Combining Hitchcockian intrigue with nods to Brian de Palma and David Cronenberg, this is a theatre of excess that delights in keeping its audience guessing.

Saturday 16 June, 6pm

Tuesday 19 June, 8.30pm

Thursday 21 June, 6pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Sunday, June 17

Broadstairs & St. Peters Art Group Open Air Exhibition

Viking Bay Seafront Railings by the lift

Exhibition showcasing wide range of group members’ talents comprising paintings in all media,  embroideries, ceramics and stained glass.

All work for sale – original art at affordable prices

Broadstairs Bandstand concert

Photo Sallyann Harris


Enjoy an afternoon bandstand concert by BAE Systems Band. Part of Broadstairs Dickens Festival

Picnic at the Vicarage

St Mildreds Road, Minster, 1.30pm to 5pm

As part of the minster open gardens resident Michael adds an extra venue with fun and games .food ,drink fabulous entertainment with Nikki Red singing songs from the musicals .tombola, raffle and pluck a duck ,coconut shy . BBQ and bar.

Poetry read back group

Cliffs, 172 Northdown Road, Cliftonville, 2pm to 4pm

Montefiore Day concert

The Montefiore Synagogue and Mausoleum Photo Brian Whitehead

Montefiore Synagogue, Dumpton Park Drive, Ramsgate at 4pm

Every year, on Montefiore Day, Ramsgate Montefiore Heritage holds a concert to commemorate the day in 1833 when Sir Moses and Lady Montefiore invited their gentile neighbours to join them, their family and friends in celebrating the dedication of their new synagogue.

This year’s concert has a relevance to the Americas as it celebrates how music familiar to the Montefiores travelled to the Spanish and Portuguese (Sephardi) Jewish communities there, where the Montefiore name had become a symbol of Jewish philanthropy.

Eliot Alderman and Benjamin Wolf make a welcome return to Ramsgate to lead the concert. They will be accompanied by the Rinah Ensemble

This is an ideal opportunity for visitors to see inside the grade 2* listed  synagogue, a gem of Victorian architecture, normally open to the general public just once a year in autumn, during the National Heritage Open Days.

Tickets from Nice Things, 19-21 Harbour Street, Ramsgate or The Vinyl Head Cafe  & Record Shop, 3 The Broadway, Addington Street.

Tickets cost £15 (£10 for members). Cheques should be raised in favour of Ramsgate Montefiore Heritage.

Still a chance to see

Animals & Us

Candida Höfer,, Zoologischer Garten Paris II, 1997
© Candida Höfer / VG Bild, Kunst, Bonn and DACS, London 2018

Turner Contemporary, Margate

May 25- September 30, Turner Contemporary Summer exhibition

Animals & Us is a major exhibition exploring artists’ reflections on the relationship between humans and other animals.

At a time when scientists warn that humans may be causing the sixth mass extinction on earth; how do we see and relate to other animals?

Focusing on contemporary and 20th century artists and including historical artworks and artefacts Animals & Us explores our lives and encounters with animals, and how these have been reflected in art.

Installed across all Turner Contemporary’s first floor galleries Animals & Us encompasses a wide range of media, from painting and sculpture to video and installation.

More details here

Gorilla Circus

Gorilla Circus


The Gorilla Circus provides a high-octane outdoor show on an impressive circus set up. Combining aerial, high wire, trapeze and other “fly by the sea of your pants” circus spectacles.

Twice-daily shows at 1.30pm and 4.30pm, which they will perform during opening hours at Dreamland until September 2, the circus will be included in all of the entry options. Dreamland members go free.

Captain Chui’s Pirate Radio is also back with party games and musical treasures or you can visit the Dreamland Ark and meet a variety of animals, including reptiles and creepy crawlies to fluffy bunny rabbits and more!

More details here

Why not check out

Rascal Bay adventure Golf

Manston Golf Centre
Manston Road, Manston, open 9am to 8pm

18 holes of Adventure Golf fun,the whole family will love! Featuring pirates, volcanos, rafts, waterfalls and much more

Family ticket 2 Rascals + 2 Mature Rascals £23
4 Mature Rascals £30

Call 01843 447964 or click here

Shell Grotto

Photo Visit Thanet

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

Spitfire Museum Photo Dean Spinks

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

Photo Brian Whitehead
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 5pm

  • Members: FREE (see below for membership fees)
  • Adults: £5.00
  • Family (2 adults and 3 children (16 & under)): £10.00
  • Children (5 – 16 yrs old): £2.50
  • Under 5’s: Free
  • (For concessions, deduct £1 for each qualifying adult.)

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

Tours at 10am/12pm/2pm and (Summer season) 4pm

Find out more about the plans for the tunnels here

Find the Ramsgate Tunnels website here