35 things to see and do in Thanet July 23-29, 2018

Holiday fun

There is a bumper load of entertainment across the isle as the school Summer holidays begin.

Here’s our guide for things to see and do this week.

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.

More details here


Silver’s Club World on Margate seafront

Charlotte Silver and mum  Lyn Spreadbury open the doors of the Silver’s Clubworld at 10am tomorrow (July 23).

Plans for the centre include movie nights and disco nights, introducing Silver Slipper mascot Bonnie the Bear, baby ballet sessions and exclusive parties on Saturdays and Sundays.

There will also be an Adventures of Jasmine wall with news items, updates and photos of Charlotte’s chihuahua which sparked a major search when she went missing earlier this month.

The first week of opening will have a special £1 entry offer.

Prices after this will be:

Term time: £3 Play or £4 Play and eat

Holidays: £4 play or £5 play and eat

For more details about the centre and exclusive Saturday/Sunday parties contact the new Club World website or facebook page

Circus Vegas

Government Acre, Ramsgate, from July 24-27.

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

Circus Vegas will bring a Stars & Stripes big top housing entertainment including 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.


Tuesday, July 24, 7.45pm
Wednesday, July 25, Thursday, July 26, 3pm & 7.45pm
Friday, July 27, 2pm & 5pm


Rear view £8 and £12

Side view £16 & £18

Grandstand £22 & £26

Ringside £26 & £30

VIP ringside £32 & £36

For more info click here

Yo Streetzone at Dreamland

Tuesdays… 12-5pm July 24 – August 28

Dreamland staple Yo Street Zone is back for its third year running. Yo Street Zone is a professional football skills organisation based in Margate, specialising in teaching and demonstrating skills, ball control, freestyle and panna football through workshops and events.
Step in the arena and challenge some of the UK’s best panna players in 1v1 matches. Experience the fun and creative side of football. Accompanying Yo Street Zone this year is a foot pool table, join in a game where football meets pool table in this fun outdoor game.
DJ Skelton will be performing alongside the Yo Street zone team too.

Included with park entry.

From The Sea

July 24- August 5, New Kent Art Gallery, Albion Street, Broadstairs

Open Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm

Ross Andrews returns following his solo exhibition ‘From the Sea’ with a second solo exhibition of his very latest photographic works. It will show a new and unfamiliar view of the coastline, from and beyond the wave.

Ramsgate Festival of Sound

July 21-30

Requiem for Cross Bones Image by Tommophotos

Ramsgate Festival of Sound runs from July 21-30 alongside Ramsgate Week. It will include talks, performances, music, family fun and sound installations taking place around Ramsgate town and the Royal Harbour. Free events will include on July 29:  Things With Words and Music takes place on the East Cliff  Bandstand, a travelling spoken word event from Ramsgate that has become known for mixing poetry and storytelling with a flair for the theatrical and a good smattering of music.  Also featuring The Lunatraktors, your local ‘broken folk’ duo and activities for kids of all ages.

July 28-29

Installation Requiem for Cross Bones by Ramsgate sound artist Emily Peasgood will be presented in Albion Square Gardens, courtesy of MERGE Bankside, in partnership with Tate Modern, Better Bankside, and Bankside Open Spaces Trust.

The installation is a composition, sound installation and series of sculptures. It senses movement and responds to visitors, triggering music and sound.

July 28

The festival will also have three music stages. The  Italianate Greenhouse in King George VI Park will host an afternoon of  Jazz with Sabina Desir and the Doug Sides Trio on July 28 from 1pm.  Ramsgate’s up and coming musical stars will perform on the main Harbour Stage from 2pm and music at Harbour Hoo-Ha takes place from 7pm that evening.

July 28

Activities for children include The Enchanted Forest created by Bindlestick Theatre. This will run from Noon to 5pm.

The same day will have The Pirate Ship Adventure, a soft play area for young children by Hackney’s Albion Kids Show and presented on Ramsgate Main Sands from 11am to 4pm.

July 29

Ramsgate Community Summer Parade, 5pm, leaves from Argos!

This year the Summer parade, funded by Ramsgate Town Council, will be made up of people from the community sending the message that Plastic is not fantastic!
Ramsgate Town Team is joining Arts in Ramsgate, Addington Street Community Group, Ramsgate Arts and local schools and groups to create things made of discarded plastic found around the town and beach. It could be a sea creature, a whale or even an outfit made out of bubble wrap!
There are free workshops at;
Newington Community Centre (5pm-6.30pm, July 24)
Glo Hub Brunswick Street (5pm-6.30pm, July 26) for children aged 7-12

There is an opportunity to pick up instructions and kits to make sea crabs and turtles at home and bring them along on the day!

Collect your packs from Arts in Ramsgate,Harbour Street, make them at home and join the parade on the day.

Find more about the festival here

Thanet Male Voice Choir concert

July 25, Starts at 7.30 pm

The Thanet Male Voice Choir will perform at the First Prom Concert at The Pavilion, Broadstairs

The Choir was formed in 1977. The Choir performs approximately fifteen concerts a year and raises many thousands of pounds for various local causes and charities in the East Kent area. During its thirty-five years the choir has also performed in France, Italy and Germany as well as in the UK.

Free admission

Marian Padina exhibition

July 25-August 7, Nice Things gallery, Harbour Street, Ramsgate

Open daily 11am-5pm

Marian is a fine oil painter with a fascinating career as a painter and dyer of fabrics for the highly specialised field of classical ballet, at the Royal Opera House. She is expert in shoes, making and colouring.

Seaweed and its Secrets exhibition

July 25-September 2

Drum Room, Margate Visitor Information Centre, Droit House, Daily 10am-5pm

A look at the sheer variety of seaweeds around the Kent coast and their sometimes surprising uses in everyday life.

This exhibition has been created by Ian Tittley (Natural History Museum & Kent Field Club) with help from the Thanet Coast Project and NEKMPA Coastal Wardens.

Walk & Talks:

  • Thursday 26 July at 5pm – Margate VIC/Fulsam Rock, Margate (CT9 1JD)
  • Thursday 23 August at 4:30pm – Margate VIC/Fulsam Rock, Margate (CT9 1JD)

Bugsy Malone

Margate Winter Gardens

Bugsy Malone comes to the Winter Gardens

It’s custard pies and splurge guns all round as Thanet’s Regency Productions brings Bugsy Malone to the stage.

Set in Prohibition-era New York and with rival gangsters Fat Sam and Dandy Dan at loggerheads, Bugsy Malone sees custard pies fly and Dan’s destructive ‘splurge guns’ wreak havoc. Bugsy, a penniless ex-boxer and all round nice guy, falls for Blousey Brown, an aspiring singer.

Will Bugsy be able to resist seductive songstress Tallulah, Fat Sam’s moll and Bugsy’s old flame, and stay out of trouble while helping Fat Sam to defend his business?

The classic 1976 gangster spoof gets a fresh lease of life on stage at Margate Winter Gardens on July 26-28.


Thursday 26 July – 7:30pm
Friday 27 July – 7:30pm
Saturday 28 July – 2:30pm & 7:30pm

Full Price £16.50
Concessions £15.50
FOMT £15.50
Child £15.50
Booking fees – £1 per ticket in person/phone. £2 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 or click here


July 27-30, Ramsgate Micro Museum, Church Hill, open 1pm-4pm

Themed Games Event

2 Weekends of games to play on a selection of classic consoles……all about Dinosaurs.

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

Broadstairs Fireworks

July 25, 6pm, Viking Bay.

Broadstairs fireworks display Photo John Horton

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

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

Paula the Polar Bear

Margate/Turner Contemporary

Photo Pascal Amos-Rest/Greenpeace

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 

Dreamland Variety Show

Dreamland Photo Frank Leppard

July 27

The first ever edition of the Dreamland Variety Show sees an all-female line-up of entertainers perform on the Scenic Stage including comedian Jayde Adams, beat boxer Grace Savage, a DJ set from BBC 6 Music’s Gemma Cairney, a headline set from Sweet Female Attitude, dance troupes, mass karaoke and hula-hoopers.

Hosted by punk poet, musician, writer, theatre-maker and feminist showgirl Brigitte Aphrodite.

Also including  ‘Funny Women’ award winner Jayde Adams, five-piece dance troupe Figs in Wigs, beat boxer Grace Savage, poetry with Jade Anouka, dancing hula-hoopers The Majorettes, a DJ set from BBC Radio 6 Music’s Gemma Cairney, live artists Hunt and Darton and Margate’s Social Singing Choir.

Each Dreamland Variety will have a charity partner that benefits from fundraising at the events. The first will be Oasis Domestic Abuse Service in Margate. The first show will have a tropical theme. All guests are invited to dress up, with prizes for the best and worst dressed.

Tickets are priced from £5 for general standing admission. Unreserved cabaret seated tickets are priced at £25 and include a drink voucher, meal voucher, free entry to the park during the day and an unlimited ride wristband.

Discounts apply for Dreamland members who will have access to limited priority seating. Tickets are available via dreamland.co.uk

Incredibles 2 (PG)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

 (AP Photo/Disney, File)

While Elastigirl is out fighting crime, Mr. Incredible is at home looking after Violet and Dash navigating the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. But when a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and their old friend Frozone must find a way to work together again–which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.

Friday 27 July, 3.00pm

Saturday 28 July, 3.00pm

Sunday 29 July, 1.30pm

Monday 30 July, 3.00pm

Tuesday 31 July, 5.30pm

Wednesday 1 August, 3.00pm

Thursday 2 August, 3.00pm

Friday 3 August, 3.00pm

Saturday 4 August, 3.00pm

Sunday 5 August, 3.00pm

Monday 6 August, 3.00pm

Tuesday 7 August, 5.30pm

Wednesday 8 August, 3.00pm

Thursday 9 August, 3.00pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Danny Baker – Good Time Charlie’s Back

July 28, Theatre Royal Margate, 7.30pm

Danny Baker tour of one-night-stands stops at Margate. He will joined on some nights by both Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan – two of the nicest dogs he has ever owned!

Tickets* £22.50, Concessions £20, Restricted view £18

Call 01843 292795 or 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+.

For more click here

Kent Car craft open day and barbecue

July 28,10am-3pm. Oakwood Industrial Estate, Dane Valley Road, St Peters

To celebrate Kent Car Craft’s 11th year in business a day to see show cars, grab a burger or ice cream and meet the team!

Ramsgate Handmade & Vintage Fair

 Saturday, July 28 at 12pm-6pm and Sunday, July 29 from 11am-5pm, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate

Harbour arts and craft market with the Ramsgate Festival. Browse the produce and items of many talented local makers and artists.

Turner & Pooch Dog Weekend

July 28-29, Turner Contemporary, 11am to 4pm

Dog owners and their dogs are invited onto the Turner Contemporary terrace for a weekend of canine celebrations.

Over the weekend the terrace will be transformed into a dog-friendly space filled with toys and water bowls kindly donated by The Dogs Store in Canterbury. There will be Frozzy’s doggy ice cream available from the café and professional photographer, Heather Tait, will be capturing the event.

Interested in having your portrait taken with your dog? Click here to reserve your slot with photographer Heather Tait.

Alongside all of this, fun local dog charity, Angels 4 Dogs Rescue, will join  share photographs and information about some rescued pets looking for new homes!

Dogs are not allowed inside the gallery.

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

Broadstairs & St. Peters Art Group Open Air Exhibition

July 29, 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

Cliftonville Farmers Market

The Oval Lawns, eastern esplanade, Cliftonville, 10am to 1pm

Farmers Market where producers will be selling bread, cheese, honey, fruit, vegetables, wild game, fruit juices, fresh meat and much more.

Dreamland Introducing

July 29 and August 12 & 19

Live music, battle of the bands style contest.

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

Sherlock JR (U)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs, Sunday 29 July at 4.30pm

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.

Buster plays a movie projectionist who daydreams he is Conan Doyle’s master detective. He soon has to put his meagre skills to work when he is framed by a rival for stealing his girlfriend’s father’s pocketwatch.

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Why not try…

Quex Maize Maze and Field of Fun

Two new maize maze designs at Quex for this Summer

This year there two giant mazes both with new designs for people to test their wits in.

The first is a Labyrinth Maze where visitors are tasked with following the intricate paths to find the middle of the maze. There is a lookout bridge that might help you in the task.

The second huge Maize Maze is based on a conservation theme this year, including flowers, honeycomb, a bee and a butterfly. The game card this year is based on bee facts, and visitors will need to fill in a honeycomb card with the correct answers to questions and spell a word at the end.

There is also a special moonlight maze night on August 25 where visitors can explore the maze with a torch and also enjoy activities and games for all to enjoy.

Prices include Maize Maze and interactive quiz, Jumping Pillow, music, games, barbecue and bar.

Prices £9.50pp / Group of 4 ticket £35
Gates open 7pm, booking is required.

Other activities at the Quex estate in Birchington include barnyard games, woodland adventure trail, coin operated mini tractors, tractor rides, the only Jumbo Jumper Air Pillow in Thanet and new for 2018 a Mini Jumbo Jumping Air Pillow.

Opening Hours
Open 7 days per week from July 21– September 2
10am – 5pm (weather dependant)
Last Entry 3.30pm

Entry Fee
Adult £5
Child £5
Group ticket (4 people) £16.50
Group Season ticket £32

Cheeky Chickens Tractor Ride £2
Mini Electric Tractors £1

To find out more about the maze and how to book visit the website 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

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

Grotto Hill, Margate, 10am-5pm every day until October 28

Photo Visit Thanet

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

Photo Thanet Tourism

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 minutes

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

Explore the reserve Photo 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

Vintage rides on Ramsgate beach

A roundabout, which was built in 1947, is one of the attractions in the children’s area on Ramsgate main sands  run by Erica and Tom Carlisle.

The couple, from Broadstairs, operate the play area, which also includes swingboats, every weekend and, during the school holidays, every day.

Find the rides, including the restored roundabout, on the sands behind Boulevard Kiosk.

Strokes Adventure Golf

There is a course for whatever type of game you are after, fun or competitive.

Food and drink is also on offer and if you don’t fancy a round on the course you can still stop by for something to eat.
Westbrook Promenade, Below Sea View Terrace, Margate,

Strokes Adventure Golf
01843 294970

Bumble Beez

The custom play equipment is designed to be inclusive for all children of all abilities. There’s also a unique interactive room inside the play frame which enables disabled children to access play equipment that’s not segregated. There is a large changing area and an electronic changing stretcher for disabled children .

The 3 main play areas are split into babies (for under 18 months), toddlers (up to 4 years) and juniors (up to 12 years old).

There are several levels to the main frame and it’s full of features like the four lane bumble slide,sky gliders, and a drop slide as well as balls, cargo nets, tunnels, squashy construction blocks and an indoor sports area.

Old Focus DIY building, 7 Pysons Road, Ramsgate,

Bumble Beez
01843 570913

Read here: 46 free things to see and do in Thanet this Summer holidays 2018