36 things to see and do in Thanet June 29-July 1

Rhythm and Blues at Quex

It’s Friday again and fingers crossed for more of this beautiful, sunny weather.

Here is our guide for things to see and do in Thanet this weekend.

Friday, June 29

Arts sea craft sea exhibition

‘Sewing machine portraits’ by artist Stacey Chapman at Nice Things in Harbour Street, Ramsgate, from now until July 10.

Find out more about Stacey’s work here

Status – Looping The Loop

Tom Thumb Theatre, Eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville, 8pm

A new show by award-winning actor/writer Chris Thorpe, working with director Rachel Chavkin. Thanet played its part in the development of the show, with a group of people from across the Isle talking to Chris about their feelings around ‘nationality’.

Now Thanet is lucky to have one of the first performances of the new show, on its way to the Edinburgh Fringe.

The audience age is advised as 14+ and tickets are £9 (£7 in advance) available via www.loopingtheloopfestival.org.uk or 01843 584840.

Quex Park VW Show

VWs will be on show at Quex

Quex Estate, Birchington, June 29-July 1

Saturday 30th June 10am – 5pm and Sunday 1st July 10am – 4pm

‘On the  Pier is the theme of this year’s event. There will be crafts and entertainment for the whole weekend.

Show ‘n’ shines with Cool Air and Vintage Speed and BMX and classic bike show ‘n’ shine in association with Amazing Bikes.

Love to Funk are back plus games and entertainment.

Ticket prices on the gate:
£25 for weekend camping tickets
£8.50 for day visitors on Saturday and Sunday. Day visitors need to be offsite by 6pm on Saturday and 5pm on Sunday.
Under 16’s are free with accompanying adults.

Book online here

3 Dimensions

Sculpture and paintings at Pie Factory Gallery, Broad Street, Margate, June 29-July 10, 10am to 5pm, private view June 29 from 6pm-9pm

Art from Barry Latchford, Steve Lobb and Patrick Burke

The Happy Prince (15)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Rupert Everett writes, directs, and stars in his moving debut feature, detailing the final three years (1897–1900) in the life of Oscar Wilde. Rich in period detail and eschewing the now familiar narrative of the writer’s notorious trial and imprisonment on charges of indecency, Everett instead chooses to recount Wilde’s life following his release from Reading Gaol —a period encompassing some of his most profound writing and most intimate experiences.

Sequestered under a fake identity at a remote seaside hotel in France by faithful friends (played by Edwin Thomas and Colin Firth), a buoyant Wilde is soon restlessly traversing Europe under assumed names, beset by familiar, warring impulses: to reunite with his estranged wife (a radiant Emily Watson) or his former lover Sir Alfred “Bosie” Douglas (Colin Morgan), whose former provocations brought Wilde to ruin. Fading health, dwindling funds, and still more betrayals await Wilde, who relentlessly seeks love and creative outlets in whatever taverns and alleyways still welcome him.

Friday 29 June, 7.45pm

Saturday 30 June,8.30pm

Sunday 1 July, 7pm

Monday 2 July, 6pm

Tuesday 3 July, 3pm

Wednesday 4 July, 6pm

Thursday 5 July, 6pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Summer Sessions at Turner Contemporary Cafe

Photo Vinny Whiteman

Live music, barbecues and fish suppers feature at Turner Contemporary’s cafe with the new season of Summer Weekend Late openings.

The café has teamed up with official wine partner Chapel Down for the late opening events from now through to the end of August.

Fish Supper Fridays
Every Friday evening when the fresh catch of the day will be served. Food service will be from 6.30pm-9.30pm.

Saturday Summer Sessions
On Saturdays, enjoy a barbecue and live music on the terrace. The café will be serving their signature Turner Burger, award winning sausages from J & H butchers, lamb burgers, and vegan burgers, as well as pulled pork rolls with apple or BBQ sauce. Food service will be from 6pm-9pm.

Live Music

Saturday 7 July, Swing Noir
Saturday 14 July, Dulcie May Moreno/Stephen Bridgeland
Saturday 28 July, Jonny Hepbir
Saturday 4 August, Project F
Sunday 5 August, Trio manor Manouche
Saturday 11 August, Hotsy Totsy
Saturday 25 August, Jonny Hepbir

To book email leaficafe@turnercontemporary.org

Saturday, June 30

Armed Forces Day Parade around Ramsgate Royal Harbour

Photo Trevor Shonk

Parade and service of Thanksgiving

Parade let by The Central Band of the Royal Air Force

Leaving the Sailor’s Church at 3pm and Parading towards Weatherspoons for a Drumhead Service, Prayers and Hymns


June 30-July 1 and  July 7-8

Ramsgate Micro Museum, Church Hill,1pm-4pm

A themed-games event when the owners put out all their spookiest and creepiest and most frightful games for visitors to enjoy.

Because nightmares don’t always wait ‘til Halloween.

No extra charge to play the ‘orrible games…all included in the standard admission charge for the Museum.

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

Visit www.themicromuseum.org

Jazz session

Vinyl Head, Addington Street, Ramsgate, 7pm

Vocalist Sabina Desir hosts The Jazz Sessions with international artists Ofer Landsberg & Charlotte Storer(Jazz Guitar and Vocalist) Doug Sides Trio and Neil Hutton with Neil Sparks( Ronnie Scotts resident pianist with Transglobal Underground Founder).

All events have DJ Hooch on decks, extended opening licenced bar and food.

Entry £10

The Levellers

The Levellers are heading to Margate

Dreamland, 7.30pm

Renowned for their energetic live shows and festival performances of their anthemic tracks ‘One Way’ and ‘What a Beautiful Day’, the left wing rockers return to the road for their 30th anniversary in the summer of 2018, plus support from Davey Malone

Tickets purchased for this concert on the original date (14th June) will be valid for 30th June.

This event is 14+. Those under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets £25 + booking fee. Click here

Gems Jams

Olby’s Soul Café, King Street, Margate, 9pm-3am

Gemma Cairney is back with her special guests bringing the party to Olby’s Soul Cafe & Music Rooms and The Dug Out. Disco, Funk, Hip-Hop, House and more

Tickets – £5 advance + booking fee https://olbyssoulcafe.co.uk/event/gems-jams-3/

Gordon Clarkson In Company

Sarah Thorne Theatre, 2.30pm

Gordon recollects memories of childhood visits to the theatre which planted the seed of ambition to make a career on the stage. Humorous anecdotes of his, and others’ theatrical lives combine with musical interludes pertaining to the stories.

Featured will be songs from The Black and White Minstrels and memories of Max Miller, and Pantomimes of the past.

There is a section of popular Vintage Music Hall songs, so a real mixed bag of nostalgia!

Appearing with Gordon are  Stacy Young and Tiffany Hemmings, and guest singers are Frank Tucker singing ‘Swing’ and Heather Grant presenting favourite Rodgers and Hammerstein songs.

Paul Stewart at the piano and Craig Joyner on Percussion provide excellent live musical support for what promises to be a wonderful afternoon of traditional entertainment. Pictured is Gordon at the dressing room mirror.

Tickets are £11 in advance, or £13 on the door. Box Office on 01843 863701 or click here 


Limbo Project Space, 2 Bilton Square, Margate, June 30-July 1,open 11am-5pm

IKO presents Dreamworks, where six artists have been asked to present ideas that would be considered impossible to produce as artworks.

Continuing the trajectory in their practices and research, Dreamworks showcases extensions of the artists intentions.

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

A Lovely Day by the Sea 2018

Lovelys Gallery, Northdown Road, Cliftonville, June 30- August 18, open Monday – Saturday 9am-5pm

A Lovely Day by the Sea, an exhibition celebrating our British coastline will be returning to the gallery.

This popular summer show will once again bring together a mixture of original artwork, limited edition and open edition prints, ceramics and textiles based on our local seaside as well as other beautiful UK coastal areas.

The exhibition will feature work by local and national artists such as Brian Bartlett, Anthony Giles, Darren Lewis, Harriet Peachey, Sam Toft, Emily Stone plus more.

The Academy FM Big Family Summer Social

The Windmill pub, Newington Road, Ramsgate from 2pm.

There will be a delicious Hog Roast, bouncy castle plus live music from local artists Ross Uttridge, Big Steve, Argyle, Nifty, Skittle and T.H.C all playing a mix of covers and original material.

Dougie and the Academy FM team will be there.

Entry is free, although there is a small charge for the food.    Bring the family for an afternoon of fun, whilst raising money for Academy FM.

Thanet Festival Choir’s summer concert

7.30pm, at Holy Trinity Church Cliftonville.

Featuring songs by The Beatles and ABBA, and medleys from Lionel Bart’s Oliver! and Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady. The choir has really enjoyed rehearsing this music, and a light-hearted, nostalgic and ‘fun’ evening is guaranteed. There may even be some opportunities for audience participation!

The choir is delighted to be welcoming Mezzo Soprano Olivia Acock, who will contribute some solo items from her own favourite musicals. Olivia – a regular prizewinner at the Thanet Music and Drama Festival during her schooldays – has just completed her second year studying Musical Theatre at Chichester University and looks set for a successful career as a soloist in all genres of music.

The performance will, as usual, be conducted by the Choir’s Music Director Clifford Lister and piano accompaniment will be provided by Deborah Longley.

Tickets for the concert are £9 in advance and £10 at the door, children £2. Contact the Ticket Secretary on 01304 620560 or purchase online via the Choir’s website www.thanetfestivalchoir.org

Zama (15)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Lucrecia Martel (The Headless Woman) returns to our screens to huge acclaim with this Beckettian adaptation of a classic Argentinian novel.

In the late 18th Century, Zama, an officer of the Spanish Crown, waits desperately for a letter from the King granting him a transfer from a remote Argentine colony and back into civilised society. His situation is delicate. He must ensure that nothing overshadows his transfer. He is forced to accept submissively every task entrusted to him by successive Governors who come and go as he stays behind.

But the years go by and the letter from the King never materialises. When Zama believes everything is lost, he joins a party of soldiers on a suicidal mission to pursue a dangerous bandit.

Saturday 30 June,6pm

Tuesday 3 July, 8.30pm

Thursday 5 July, 8.30pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here


Margate Winter Gardens

Saturday 30 June – 7pm (doors 6:30pm)
Sunday 1 July – 2pm (doors 1:30pm)

Full Price £16
Concessions £14
Booking fees – £1 per ticket in person/phone. £2 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 or click here


Theatre Royal, Margate

A fun filled adventure travelling around our beautiful world, with dance, song and drama’s along the way, revealing our true meaning of life.

Saturday 30 June – 2pm & 7pm
Sunday 1 July – 2pm & 6pm

Matinee £8.50
Evening performances £10.50

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

Call 01843 292795 or click here

An Evening with Paul McCartney

Beacon Bingo, Marine Terrace, Margate

Paul McCartney lookalike/soundalike Tribute Neil Tudor is coming to Beacon Margate
Neil has worked with Paul McCartney on multiple projects and is identical in every way, even playing his Hofner Bass Guitar left handed.
Doors open 5pm. Bingo & Show from just £10 all in

Over 18s only and photo ID needed if under 25 and joining Beacon Margate.

Artist & Makers Market

Joseph Wales Studios 2a Dane Hill Margate CT9 1QP, 10am to 5pm. New shop ‘Concept’ will also be opening in the building. It will be selling vinyl, books, prints, magazines and clothes.

If people would like a pitch e-mail  josephwalesstudios@gmail.com

Thanet Photographers’ litter pick

Photo David Townsend

Margate Main Sands, 6pm

Volunteers will meet at 6pm by the ramp to the beach across from the clock tower.

Thanet council is providing bags and some litter pickers. There will also be scales as the rubbish has to be weighed as part of a survey with “Keep Britain Tidy”.

All sacks after weighing are to be put in the bins on the prom not left on the pavement or ground .

Please do not wear sandals or flip flops but people may want to wear sun block or sun cream as necessary and gloves.

Sunday, July 1

Ramsgate Blitz Walk, 

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. Starts at 7pm,

No need to book. Dogs and children welcome.

Meet at Ramsgate Library

Rhythm ‘n’ Blues

Quex Park, Birchington, open 11am-6pm

Friends of Quex host the Rhythm and Blues festival.

Relax in the stunning surroundings of Quex Gardens and enjoy great company and sensational live music from local musicians and bands. The line-up includes Vicarage Lane, Luna Blues, Hotsy Totsy, Gaddzukes, wildwood and Wild Bill and the Railroad Cats.

Bring your own food, drinks, chairs and rugs and chill out to some super summer sounds.

Tickets purchased on the day: £10 per adult/child (no concession price), Family £25

Broadstairs bandstand


Concert by Swingtime Sweethearts

Easy Sunday

Turner Contemporary, 1pm-4pm

Drop-in family workshop in the Clore Learning Studio

Create a new mythical beast by creating impressions of body parts on your own reprintable block. How many combinations can you make? Once you have perfected your final design, print it onto a tote bag of your choice and take it home!

£4.50/ Free for CT9 Residents

Summer Concert with Thanet Light Orchestra

St Nicholas at Wade Church at 3pm

Thanet Light Orchestra return to St Nicholas-at-Wade Church for a charity concert of light music and popular classics. The church’s organ features in Handel’s “Cuckoo and Nightingale” concerto, and the woodwind section also have a solo spot. Several well known pieces arranged for the orchestra by local musicians will also be on the programme.

Prices: £10 on the door, £8 in advance from St Nicholas-at-Wade post office, under-18s free.

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

Find out more about the plans for the tunnels here

Find the Ramsgate Tunnels website here