28 things to see and do in Thanet June 22-24

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Here we are, Friday again and, for most of us, two whole days of freedom.

Here’s our guide to things to see and do in Thanet this weekend

Friday, June 22

Truckstop Honeymoon

Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs, 7.45pm

With Mike West and Katie Euliss

Currently on a world tour we welcome them back into town with a wonderful collaboration between the banjo banging Mike West and the twangy diva Katie Euliss.

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

Booking details here: www.sarahthornetheatre.co.uk

Come and try arts day

AiR, Harbour Street, Ramsgate

Every Friday 10.30am-12pm at AiR (Arts in Ramsgate)

Ever thought of trying a new craft or just curious come and have a go at drawing, painting or making.

Lee Nelson tour

Theatre Royal Margate, 7.30pm

Due to huge demand, and over-priced lawyers, Lee is extending his smash-hit tour for a second time, adding a final 30 dates to his huge 150-show run.

You’ve seen him sneaking into places he shouldn’t be, now come and see him where he most definitely should be: live on stage with his Serious Joker tour.

Full Price £20
Restricted View £18

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

Call 01843 292795 or click here

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (12a)

Palace Cinema Broadstairs

Four years after the Jurassic World theme park was closed down, Owen and Claire return to Isla Nublar to save the dinosaurs when they learn that a once dormant volcano on the island is active and is threatening to extinguish all life there. Along the way, Owen sets out to find Blue, his lead raptor, and discovers a conspiracy that could disrupt the natural order of the entire planet. Life has found a way, again.

Friday 22 June 7.45pm

Saturday 23 June 6pm

Sunday 24 June, 7pm

Monday 25 June, 5.45pm

Tuesday 26 June, 3pm and 6pm

Wednesday 27 June, 5.45pm

Thursday 28 June, 6pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Saturday June 23

Sarah Millican – Control Enthusiast

Control Enthusiast Sarah Millican

Winter Gardens Margate, 7.30pm, Ages 16+

Comedian Sarah Millican is not a control freak, she’s a control enthusiast. She even controls her own insults, see?

You’ll learn about Rescue Men, farting in hospital pants, what can happen at a bra fitting, the benefits of casserole, plus tips on how to talk to shop assistants and the correct way to eat a biscuit.

Full Price £27.50

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

Call 01843 292795 or click here

Quex food, drink and craft show

Quex Park, June 23-24, 10am to 4pm

Midas Leisure present the Craft Fair at Quex in partnership with Jungle Jims. Visit the Craft Village and enjoy the huge array of unique crafts & gifts and Local Kentish food & drink. Entertainment from the fantastic Cadet Band, a beer tent, BBQ & refreshments, outdoor childrens play area and lots more. Raising funds for Kent Air Ambulance 

Entry £1.

Beautiful Noise

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.

Gaz Coombes

Dreamloand 7.30pm

For nearly two decades with Supergrass, Gaz Coombes came to embody the oddball end of British indie and Britpop, but it is through his solo work that he has found himself. Now Gaz Coombes brings his World’s Strongest Man Tour to Dreamland’s Ballroom, with support from Piney Gir.

Side Bar and concourse open 7.30pm

Doors 8pm

Piney Gir 9pm

Gaz Coombes (Solo) 9.50pm

Curfew 11pm

This event is 16+

Tickets from £16.50 + booking fee in advance, from £13.50 + booking fee in advance for Dreamland members.

Tickets £18.50 on the door.

Click here

Soul Bay

Olby’s Soul Café, King Street, Margate

9pm – 2am

Soulbay returns to Olbys with residents Paul French and Jason Anderson

Soul, funk, disco, soulful house. Free entry

Broadstairs bandstand concert

Photo Sallyann Harris


Enjoy an afternoon bandstand concert by Page Mason School of Dance


Limbo Project Space, 2 Bilton Square, Margate


Six artists present ideas that would be considered impossible to produce as artworks.

Featuring: Doug Bowen, George Chinnery, Charlotte Develter, Thomas Grogan, Rowena Harris and Andrea Zucchini

Hilderstone Radio Club at Manston Spitfire Museum

Spitfire Museum Photo Dean Spinks

The club will be at the Manston Spitfire Museum operating a special amateur radio station on Saturday, June 23 from 10am to 3pm. They will be assisted by the STEMettes, girls from St Joseph’s Primary School who will be celebrating Women in Engineering Day. They will demonstrate Morse code and the Enigma machine. The public will be encouraged to take part in the activities! Can you break the Nazi’s code? Can you send an SOS or your name in Morse?

Ismael’s Ghosts (15)

Palace Cinema Broadstairs

After twenty years, workaholic Ismaël (Mathieu Amalric) still mourns the death of his wife Carlotta who disappeared one sunny afternoon never to be seen again. Yet he has somehow managed to start his life over again with Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourg). Sylvia is his light, his compass in a world he knows can fall away from under one’s feet at any moment. But then the unthinkable happens and Carlotta returns seemingly from the dead. How Ismaël navigates this impossible situation is an emotional wonder of tenderness and honesty.

Saturday 23 June, 8.30pm

Tuesday 26 June, 8.30pm

Thursday 28 June8.30pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Sunday June 24

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.

Broadstairs bandstand concert


Enjoy an afternoon bandstand concert by Faversham Mission Band

England vs Panama

Dreamland Photo Jason Pay

Dreamland large outdoor screen with kick-off at 1pm.

Also displaying the Premier League trophy. For one day only, visitors will be able to have their photograph taken with the trophy – all while joining in with the World Cup fun!

The screening and access to the trophy will be included in park entry from £5

Find more here

Easy Sunday – Clay Critters

Turner Contemporary, 1pm – 4pm

Drop-in family workshop in the Clore Learning Studio

Choose your favourite animal in the exhibition and sculpt it from your own slab of air-dry clay. Once it’s finished, use the recycled materials to create an environment for it to live in!

£4.50/ Free for CT9 card holders

Art’s Cool: Lumar

101 Social Club, 101 Northdown Road, Cliftonville, 7:30pm
£4 on the door

Lumar, Blunderpuss, Teal and DJ set.

Pandora’s Box

Palace Cinema Broadstairs, 4.30pm

Palace Sunday Silents in partnership with Wall of Sea

On the last Sunday of each month the Palace Cinema and Wall of Sea present a silent classic with Lillian Henley’s wonderful live accompaniment on piano.

One of the great silent films, GW Pabst’s Pandora’s Box is renowned for its sparkling Weimar-period setting but most of all, for the legendary, lead performance from its iconic star Louise Brooks.

Following the rise and fall of Lulu (Brooks), a spirited but innocent showgirl whose sheer sexual magnetism wreaks havoc on the lives of men and women alike, Pandora’s Box was controversial in its day, then underappreciated for decades. It now stands as an incredibly modern movie, and few stars of any era dazzle as bright as Louise Brooks.

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Still a chance to see

Animals & Us

Mark Dion Photo: Lisa Rastl, courtesy: Georg Kargl, Vienna

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 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 5pm

  • Members: FREE
  • 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

The Tunnels will be closed from 2pm on Saturday, June 23 for a private event but reopen on Sunday.

Find out more about the plans for the tunnels here

Find the Ramsgate Tunnels website here

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