25 things to see and do in Thanet July 20-22

Carnival fun Photo Brian Whitehead

Not only is it the weekend but it is the start of those bumper school holidays!

Here is our guide for the weekend, check out our July guide and free events round up for more and keep your eyes peeled for the August guide.

Friday, July 20


July 20, 8pm to 11pm. Dreamland

Hawkwind will play at 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

Roller Disco

July 20, Hartsdown Leisure Centre, 6pm to 8pm family session

Cost £5.30 a session. Call 01843 226221.

BIGMOUTH Chorus concert

July 20, Queen’s Road Baptist Church, Broadstairs, Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start.

Singing mainly in four-part harmony, the 40-strong ensemble will give a fresh take on a rousing selection of pop, rock, gospel and soul favourites, as well as some moving world music.

Stirring classics from artists such as Queen, Cyndi Lauper, Guns ‘N’ Roses will be part of the evening.

BIGMOUTH Chorus will be accompanied by the choir band and will be joined by their Whitstable-based sister choir en Choir.

Concert tickets are £8/£6 concessions.  Children under 12 get in free. Buy tickets at www.wegottickets.com (search for BIGMOUTH Chorus) or from Three Graces, 2 The Broadway, Broadstairs, and on the door subject to availability.

For more information see: www.bigmouthchorus.com

Helen Duff: How Deep is your Duff

July 20, Tom Thumb Theatre, Eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville, 8pm

Do you have the heart of an athlete, but the skills of a toddler? Then this is the show for you! Self-appointed ‘Sports Personality Of The year’ James Hancox is rubbish at sports. As a response he’s invented his own, and plans to unveil them to the world. Remember, if you can’t beat them, just make up a different game and beat them at that instead.

Tickets £10. Click here

Leave No Trace (PG)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

A moody, mysterious and mesmerizing exploration of an unexpected existence on the very edges of society. A teenage girl and her father (Ben Foster – Hell or High Water, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) have lived undetected for years in a vast wood on the edge of Portland, Oregon. A chance encounter leads to their discovery and removal from the park and into the charge of a social service agency. They try to adapt to their new surroundings, until a sudden decision sets them on a perilous journey into the wilderness to confront their conflicting desires to be part of a community and the fierce need to live apart.

Friday 20 July, 7.45pm

Saturday 21 July, 8.30pm

Sunday 22 July, 7.00pm

Monday 23 July, 6.00pm

Tuesday 24 July, 6.00pm

Wednesday 25 July, 6.00pm

Thursday 26 July, 8.30pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Saturday, July 21

Ramsgate Seadog Festival

July 21, various venues

Photo Brian Whitehead

The mini-festival is a one-day event which launched in 2017 to celebrate the story of the Ramsgate Seadog. It sets out to champion Ramsgate’s local heritage and community through art, history, music and storytelling.

In 2017, Ramsgate Seadog Mini-Festival was launched to champion Ramsgate’s local heritage and community through art, music and storytelling. Following on from the success of last year’s event, the festival will return.

This year’s events include a coastal finds meet-up at Ramsgate Wartime Tunnels, fiction and poetry workshops at Vinylhead Cafe on Addington Street and the suitably eccentric Tensheds headlining the festival with a gig at Ramsgate Music Hall.

Festival Schedule

11am- 5pm: Coastal Finds Meet-Up – Ramsgate Wartime Tunnels

1:30pm – 2:30pm: Sarah Tait Poetry Performance -Ramsgate Wartime Tunnels

11am – 12pm: Thanet Writers Workshop -Vinylhead Cafe

4pm: Sarah Tait Poetry Performance -Ramsgate Wartime Tunnels

7pm: Tensheds -Ramsgate Music Hall

For full festival schedule, follow @ramsgateseadog on instagram and twitter, search Ramsgate Seadog on Facebook or visit www.ramsgateseadog.co.uk.

To buy tickets for Tensheds, visit www.ramsgatemusichall.com

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 check for tickets online 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

Photo Frank Leppard

Around 70 floats are expected to take part in the parade on Sunday, July 22 but there will also be fun on the Saturday at Government Acre with fairground rides and a dog show.

Fair opening times

Saturday noon until 9pm

Sunday noon until 8pm

Special events

Free under 10s event – Saturday from noon until 3pm at Government Acre under 10s can take advantage of free fairground rides, a circus workshop and other entertainment.

There will also be a carnival dog show on Saturday from 10am at Government Acre. It is not free to enter but is free to watch!

The parade sets off at 4pm on Sunday from Royal Esplanade and circuits the town St Augustine’s Road; Paragon; Royal Parade; Harbour Parade; Madeira Walk; Wellington Crescent; Plains of Waterloo; King Street; Queen Street; Westcliff Road; Grange Road and back to Royal Esplanade.

Find your carnival guide here

Dinosaur themed games

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

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

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

Requiem for Cross Bones Image by Tommophotos

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. On Sunday, July 22 yachts will compete for the Round the Goodwins Cup.

Find more details here

Tennis Open Day

July 21, 11am-4pm, Spencer Square Tennis Club, Ramsgate

After the Wimbledon tournament, Spencer Square Tennis Club will be holding a special open day to encourage children and adults to get involved in the game.

There’ll be lots to get involved with- free coaching, competitions, medals, prizes, barbecue and much more! Also- take part in a special 2 minute Skip2bfit family challenge.

Jazz sessions

July 21, Vinyl Head, Addington Street, Ramsgate, 7pm

Vocalist Sabina Desir hosts The Jazz Sessions

International artists Ofer Landsberg and 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.

Admission £10

The Christians

July 21, Olby’s Soul Café, Ling Street, Margate, 7.30pm

Infectious melodies and warm harmonies from The Christians.

Admission £17.50

Thanet Big Sing Community Choir Summer Concert

July 21, Christ Church United Reformed Church, Westgate Bay Avenue, Westgate

Doors open 2pm for 2.30 start.

A second performance of the original work “On the Tram to Nayland Rock” featuring popular songs from past and present, and music from ‘the Shows.’

Tickets £7 on the door

Ask the Apes

July 21, Turner Contemporary 2.30pm

Photo credit Manu Palomeque

What can we learn from non-human apes?

Marcus Coates and Fiona MacDonald bring together a panel of primate specialists to apply their knowledge of our closest animal relatives to human concerns.

Ask the panellists a question about human society. It can be a personal everyday concern, or a broader social, political.

Speakers include: artist Marcus Coates; curator and artist Fiona MacDonald: Feral Practice; Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology in the University of London Volker Sommer.

The panellists will answer audience questions through their specialist knowledge of apes – their social habits and behaviours – to bring new perspectives to our human concerns.

This event is part of Ask the Wild, a project by British artists Marcus Coates and Feral Practice which attempts to explores the relevance of natural history knowledge within our own lives. It also connects to Marcus Coates and Volker Sommer’s artwork Degreecoordinates, Shared Traits of the Hominini (Humans, Bonobos and Chimpanzees) on show in Turner Contemporary’s exhibition Animals & Us.

Admission £10/£6 concessions. For more click here

Mary Shelley (12a)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Mary Shelley will forever be remembered as the writer who gave the world Frankenstein. But the real life story of Mary Shelley – and the creation of her immortal monster – is nearly as fantastical as her fiction.

Raised by a renowned philosopher father (Stephen Dillane) in 18th-century London, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Elle Fanning) is a teenage dreamer determined to make her mark on the world when she meets the dashing and brilliant poet Percy Shelley (Douglas Booth). So begins a torrid, bohemian love affair marked by both passion and personal tragedy that will transform Mary and fuel the writing of her Gothic masterwork. Imbued with the imaginative spirit of its heroine, Mary Shelley brings to life the world of a trailblazing woman who defied convention and channeled her innermost demons into a legend for the ages.

Saturday 21 July, 6.00pm

Tuesday 24 July, 3.00pm & 8.30pm

Thursday 26 July, 6.00pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here 

Sunday, July 22

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.

Included with entry, details here

Caring for Connor family fun day

July 22, 11am to 4pm

Lots of fun on offer for the day

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

Margate Lawn Tennis Club summer fete and open day

July 22, 1pm to 6pm

There will be stalls with games of skill, things to buy and food to eat. As part of ‘The great British Weekend’ there will be plenty of opportunities to swing a racket! get some tips from the pro’s and get detailed information about joining our club either as an adult, or maybe how to get your children involved in our regular coaching sessions.

  • Try your hand at tennis
  • Grand Raffle
  • Licensed bar
  • Hoopla
  • Barbecue
  • Tin Can Towers
  • Cake stall
  • Beanie Challenge
  • Hit the Bully

The club is based at Tivoli Park Avenue, Margate.

Broadstairs bandstand concert

2.30pm until 4pm

Enjoy an afternoon concert with Broadstairs Victorians and Birchington Silver Band

Easy Sunday – Clay Critters

July 22, 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

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