29 things to see and do in Thanet in July

Circus Vegas is heading to Ramsgate

July is jam-packed with great events in Thanet for people of all ages. Here is our round up.


July 6-8

Celebrate Margate’s historical connection to skinhead culture and its ongoing love of Ska music at this three day festival.

Enjoy the sounds of original Jamaican 50s & 60s Bluebeat, Rocksteady, Ska & Reggae, with live bands and DJs playing across Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The weekender brings together old and new genres with a number of live special guests, as well as fashion and photography.

The fun starts at 2pm on July and all acts will be playing at Olby’s Soul Café and The Dug Out.

Prices are £30 for the weekend or £20 for Friday or Saturday day passes.

Limited weekend tickets are available now from Olby’s website.

Best Fest 2018

July 7, 1pm-5pm

Get ready for the Newington Best Fest

Newington Green by the multi-use games area, Princess Margaret Avenue, Ramsgate

​Best Fest focuses on fun and participation with opportunities for visitors and residents to get    involved in small-scale activities based on the themes of kindness, local improvements and volunteering.

Everything is free and interactive, including food and refreshments

Shakespeare on the Beach

July 7, 7.30pm – 10pm, Margate Main Sands

Changeling Theatre will bring Shakespeare to Margate Main Sands

Shakespeare on the Beach returns to Margate with a production of Measure for Measure.

Changeling Theatre, with funding from county councillors Lesley Game and Barry Lewis, will bring the bawdy and witty play to Margate Main Sands.

The production will tell the tale of Vienna, rife with brothels, loose morality and ludicrous characters. The weak Duke goes undercover, leaving his strict deputy Angelo in charge to clean up the city.

But when Angelo sentences young Claudio to death for sleeping with his wife to be, Claudio’s sister Isobel, a nun, pleads for his life. Angelo agrees to spare him, but the stakes are high. Isobel faces an impossible choice…

Changeling’s Measure for Measure is inspired by the Moulin Rouge with more than a hint of the Burlesque.

Full Price £9
Customers must provide their own chairs
No blankets allowed
Customers can bring their own food & drink
Booking fees – £1 per ticket in person/phone. £2 per ticket online.

Book here

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

July 7, Dreamland’s Hall by the Sea – open 6.30pm-10pm

Lee “Scratch” Perry holds status as one of the most enduring and original reggae producers and artists of all time. From his early days in the 1960s as a singer and engineer for Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One in Kingston, through his production of the seminal Wailers’ classics African Herbsman and Soul Revolution, Perry’s innovative style marks him as one of reggae’s original treasures. His on the edge creative genius remains evident in his own solo albums of the 1970’s through his steady stream of mind-boggling releases of the 1980’s.

Full line-up:

Lee “Scratch” Perry

Mad Professor ft Dawn Penn

Earl Gateshead and Dan Wiltshire

Tickets from £20 + booking fee in advance.

This is a 16+ event

Tickets are on sale now via www.dreamland.co.uk

Seaside Shuffle jazz festival

July 13-15, Ramsgate Small Boat Owners Club

Three days of fabulous jazz… Doolally Tap, Bob Dwyer’s Bix & Pieces, Burt Butler’s Jazz Pilgrims, Frog Island Jazz Band and more!

Weekend passes for all events can be purchased for £60  or £15 on the door

More details at www.jazzandjazz.com

Quadrophenia Night with the Absolute Kinks

Ramsgate Music Hall, Friday, July 13.

Following a sold out summer event in 2017, Quadrophenia run by DJ Drew Stansall (saxophonist for The Specials & Prince Buster) returns to Ramsgate Music Hall with live music from Absolute Kinks.

Drew joined the reformed The Specials and played two sold out 30th anniversary UK tours in 2009. He played all the major UK festivals with them, including main stage at V-fest and performed to over 100,000 on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury, watched by millions on TV. He also toured Australia, New Zealand, Japan and appeared on The Jools Holland Friday night live show with the band.

Drew will be DJing at Quadrophenia, spinning the best in Mod, Ska, Soul, R&B + 2tone.

Tickets: £17.50 in advance + booking fee / £22.50 on the door. Book here

Bongo’s Bingo

July 13, Margate Winter Gardens, 8pm

Bongo’s Bingo is coming to Margate

A night of bingo with a twist is coming to Margate – and organisers say: “Leave your nan at home for this one.”

Bongo’s Bingo starts out as your normal bingo night – pens, books, numbers – but then turns into a rave and heads-down game of bingo, with dance-offs, rave intervals, plenty of heckling, audience participation and countless hands-in-the-air anthems.

Expect big cash prizes as well as other, stranger, winnings along the lines of a fluffy toy or Henry Hoover, but be warned, you may have to take part in a dance off to get them!

Over 18s night only.


General release £6

Final release £7

All plus £2 booking fee

Book here

Margate Made

July 14, 11am to 3pm, Adult Education Centre, Hawley Square, Margate

Makers’ event showcasing unique, affordable handmade products: felted accessories, digitised textiles, prints, ceramics, paintings, toys, woodwork, stonework, upcycled clothing, jewellery and more.

Lots of creative activities to get involved in too, including trying your hand at: die-cut card making and lino or screen-printing. Enjoy one hour taster sessions of Adult Education’s courses in life-drawing, watercolour or mixed media. Watch craft demonstrations or take the kids to have their face painted. Free entry

Vavavoom- Sea-side Jolly

Ramsgate Music Hall, Saturday, July 14 from 8pm

The first Turner Street Soul club at Ramsgate Music Hall, with Vavavoom London, stalwarts of the Northern Soul scene.

Featuring Ady Lupton, Joel Maslin and Yann Vatiste plus The Residents.

A night of 60/70s Northern Soul

Ticket £8 in advance – £10 on the door. Book here

Battles For Victory

July 14-15, Ellington Park, Ramsgate, 10am to 5pm

Photo Martin Cook

Living history event marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. Stage and arena events; military vehicles; vintage stalls and vehicles; miniature steam engine;  re-enactor campsites; real ale bar; NAAFI wagon; barbecue and refreshments; vintage fun fair.

£3 per day entry on the gate

Weekend single ticket valid for both days for any age, price: £5 per person

Weekend family ticket, valid for both days for 4 persons of any age, price: £18

Weekend wristbands available at The Thanet Visitor Information Centre, Margate.

(Next to Turner Contemporary, Margate)

Find the facebook event page here

Broadstairs Fireworks

July 18, 6pm, Viking Bay.

Broadstairs fireworks display Photo John Horton

See a fantastic firework display in the skies of Broadstairs. There have been fireworks over the beautiful Viking Bay for many years now.

Activities at the bandstand from 6pm, live music at the bandstand 8pm and firework display at 9.45pm

Event is subject to changes/cancellations and is weather dependent.


July 20, 8pm to 11pm. Dreamland

Hawkwind are coming to Dreamland

Rock band Hawkwind will be bringing their own special brand of psychedelic, space chaos to Hall By The Sea at  Dreamland.

The five-piece, originally formed in 1969, will stage the show ahead of their more formal orchestral shows later in the year and a new album release in September.

Fans can expect a selection of classics from the band’s 50 year career

Notable musicians to have performed in the band include Lemmy, Ginger Baker and Huw Lloyd-Langton, but the band are most closely associated with their founder -singer, songwriter and guitarist Dave Brock, who is the only remaining original member

They are best known for the song Silver Machine, which became a number three UK hit single in 1972.

Atom Promotions present the gig which will also include special guests.

The event is those aged 14 and over. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets £25 plus booking fee. Book here

Club Tropicana

July 21, Margate Winter Gardens, 8pm

Club Tropicana at Margate Winter Gardens will be playing all of your favourite 90s and 2000s hits including the Spice Girls, S Club 7, Ricky Martin, AQUA and more.

Dress up in your best Hawaiian outfits, as a Barbie girl, a pirate or even a mermaid – you decide. The weirder the better.

The fun starts at 8pm and guests can party until the early hours.

This is an 18+ only event.

Advance tickets are £10 and can be bought on the Winter Gardens’ website. On the door tickets are £12 but you are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

Click here to buy.

Garden Gate Music Day

July 21, 2pm to 9pm, The Garden Gate Project, Northdown Park

Following last year’s sell out event, Thanet’s boutique music and food festival is back with a bang.

Alongside some fantastic live music, expect a ‘fill your boots ale & cider car’, ‘curious campervan cocktails’, fabulous wood fired pizzas, ‘sensational salads’ and more.

The Garden Gate community project is nestled in a quiet corner of Northdown Park, Margate and holds a number of events throughout the year, with the aim of creating a shared space that everyone can enjoy.

This year’s Music Day is set to be another sell out, so get your tickets online now through Eventbrite.

The cost is £8.45 and the fun starts at 2pm.

Minster Show

July 21, 1pm to 5pm, Minster rec

A traditional village event, now in its 132nd year.

The staging of the annual Minster Village Show being the combination of a flower and produce show, various field games for children and stalls and fete games.

Family fun, competition show tent, races, clown, Punch and Judy, live music, Bar and refreshments, chainsaw carving, magician, baby show, fun fair, stalls, sideshows. Limited parking. Train 5 min walk.

Parade arrives at 2pm.

Entry £3, Under 5s free

Ramsgate Carnival Weekend

July 21- 22, Government Acre and parade

Ramsgate carnival fun in July Photo Frank Leppard

Ramsgate Town Carnival has been an annual event since 1926.

Royal Esplanade – St Augustine’s Rd – Paragon – Royal Parade – Harbour Parade – Harbour Parade – Madeira Walk – Wellington Crescent – Plains of Waterloo – King St – Queen St – West Cliff Rd – Grange Rd – Royal Esplanade – Finish.


July 21-22 and July 27-30, 1pm-4pm, Micro Museum, Ramsgate,

Themed weekend of fun. Admission, adult £5, child £4, family £10

Dreamland Block Party

July 21, Dreamland, Open 10am-6pm

b.supreme Photo by Jason Pay

Grime artist Big Narstie, will headline Dreamland’s outdoor Scenic Stage with a supporting line-up including classic garage act, Oxide & Neutrino and Jammz. The start of the summer holidays will also see the park transformed into a New York-style street party as the first ever Dreamland Block Party takes place. The event blends music, street style, dance and sports.


Professional BMX flatland rider and three-time Guinness World Record Holder Matti Hemmings will be presenting a BMX competition. Designer to the stars, Siobhan Hogan, will be fronting an interactive marketplace and there will be DJs and MCs playing funk and soul, rap and hip-hop.

B.supreme will be leading hip-hop dancing and Yo! Street Zone will be teaching football skills throughout the event. Pie Factory Music will also be hosting activities in song writing, recording and DJ workshops.

Also set to entertain the crowds and described as “London’s premiere hip-hop party” are The Doctor’s Orders, who will also be at the park for a feel-good history of hip-hop DJ set. With regular events at Fabric, East Village, The Jazz Café and Scala to name a few, their previous guests have included De La Soul and Jazzy Jeff.

All daytime activities are included within park entry.


In the evening, Tyrone Lindo, aka Big Narstie, takes to the outdoor Scenic Stage.

DJ and MC duo Oxide and Neutrino, perhaps best known for their hits ‘Bound 4 Da Reload’ and ‘No Good 4 Me’ will also take to the stage, as well as grime MC and record producer, Jammz.
Tickets to the evening music event at the Dreamland Block Party via dreamland.co.uk. Discounts apply for members. Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult during the day and evening events.

Evening Event tickets from £10 + booking fee in advance, from £7.50 + booking fee for Dreamland members.

Click here

Victorian Summer Fair

July 21-22, Victoria Gardens, Victoria Parade, Broadstairs

Fun Victorian themed event in Broadstairs with stalls and entertainment. Stilt walker, juggler, magician, organist, pearly Kings and Queens and classic cars.

There’ll also be stalls selling a variety of goods plus entertainment at the Bandstand.

Ramsgate Festival of Sound and Ramsgate Week

July 21-29

Photo Malcolm Kirkaldie

Music, shows, outdoor arts, exhibitions, workshops, walks and talks.

This year the Ramsgate Festival will run concurrently with Ramsgate Week (22nd – 27th July) and provide a rich programme of activities taking place all over town, wrapping around the Royal Temple Yacht Club’s historic sailing regatta.

Ramsgate Week is hosted by Royal Temple Yacht Club.

Visitors are welcome to absorb the views from the Royal Temple Yacht Club and take a break from all the action

Dreamland Introducing

July 22 & 29 and August 12 & 19

Live music, battle of the bands style contest.

Dreamland Introducing takes place on Sunday afternoons, final on September 2.

Caring for Connor family fun day

Stavros Flatley on BGT in 2009

July 22, 11am to 4pm

Outside Jungle Jims, Quex Park, Birchington

Special guests Stavros Flatley from BGT, dog show, Disney characters, Taiko drummers, Wisewood Dance and music from Milky Negro.

Attractions will include a bouncy castle, fun fair, face painting, barbecue, live music and bar, stalls and more.

Funds to the Caring for Connor campaign.

£1.50 entry and free parking

Paw Patrol

July 23, Dreamland, 11am – 3pm, Members ONLY – 11am to 12pm

Included with park entry, appearances throughout the day.

Special visit from PAW Patrol’s Chase & Marshall who are bringing with them a new game Pup, Pup, Boogie. Pup, Pup, Boogie is an interactive dance game where you can make your moves celebrating your favourite characters from Paw Patrol.

Circus Vegas

July 24-27, Government Acre

Tues 24 7.45pm
Wed 25, Thurs 26 July 3pm & 7.45pm
Fri 27 July 2pm & 5pm

A thrilling show combining Vegas glitz with circus mayhem is coming to Ramsgate.

A Stars & Stripes big top will house entertainment high wire walkers combined with a Hula Hoop queen, quick-change artistes, Wheel of Death performers, amazing aerialists and a strong man who has a 3-ton truck driven over him. The ultimate Globe of Death stunt riders will also perform.

The show is presented by an American ringmaster and Mexican clown Eddy.

Acts include the Danguir Troupe, who will be performing a high wire and wheel of death stunt which has never been seen before in the UK, with the troupe flying from Africa for the performance.

Other acts will feature an aerial chandelier, silks, hula hoop, Rocking Rolla Rola, quick change and a troupe of dancers performing acts with unique twists, many of which have never been seen before in the UK.


Rear view £8 and £12

Side view £16 & £18

Grandstand £22 & £26

Ringside £26 & £30

VIP ringside £32 & £36

For more info click here

Broadstairs Fireworks

July 25, 6pm, Viking Bay.

Activities at the bandstand from 6pm, live music at the bandstand 8pm and firework display at 9.45pm

Event is subject to changes/cancellations and is weather dependent.

Paula the Polar Bear

Margate/Turner Contemporary

Paula the Polar Bear, a life-sized puppet, will be roaming the streets of Margate for five weeks on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from Thursday, July 26.

You can see Paula the Polar at Turner Contemporary at 11am, 11.30am, 12pm, 12.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm and 4pm, on the following dates:

Thurs 26 July, Sat 28 July, Sun 29 July, Thurs 2 Aug, Sat 4 Aug, Sun 5 Aug, Thurs 9 Aug, Sat 11 Aug, Sun 12 Aug, Thurs 16 Aug, Sat 18 Aug, Sun 19 Aug, Thurs 23 Aug, Sat 25 Aug, Sun 26 Aug.

For more information, click here 

Orbital at Dreamland

July 28, Doors open at 6:30pm

Orbital are coming to Dreamland

Orbital Live is a dance festival-style experience created by brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll.

The acclaimed event is taking place for the first time on Dreamland’s Scenic Stage and promises to deliver the ultimate festival experience for dance music lovers.

It’s been described by The Guardian and Q Magazine as one of the greatest gigs of all time.

The catalogue of tunes and experiences has been updated so that both new and long-term fans will get to experience something fresh.

Tickets cost £33 for non-members, with the option for an £11 add-on for unlimited ride use.

Under 14s are allowed but must be accompanied by an adult 18+.

Vintage and Collectors Fair

July 29, Ramsgate Tunnels, 9.30am-3.30pm

Entry to the Fair is free but if you want to combine it with a tour of the Tunnels then it will be best to book your tour before your visit as they are likely to be very busy. Tours can be booked via our website at www.ramsgatetunnels.org, or by calling 01843 588123

Captain Barnacles and Kwazii from the Octonauts

July 30, Dreamland

Free for members
Members ONLY – 11am to 12pm, open to all 12pm to 3pm, included with park entrance

Come and see the underwater explorers at intervals throughout the day and there will also be a storytime for all you land lubbers at the end of the day. Don’t forget to bring your camera! Arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Seashore Safari

July 31, Minnis Bay, 8.30am

Photo Thanet Coast Project

Explore Thanet’s chalk rocky shore for its fascinating rockpool wildlife!

Identification sheet & equipment is provided and there is help on hand to identify your finds.

Wear suitable footwear for rocks & rockpools!  All events last for 2 hours and are suitable for all  the family, but particularly 4-11s.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Suggested donation of £1 per person (adults & children).

Further details & public booking/payment link online www.nekmpa.org.uk