32 things to see and do in Thanet July 27-29

Paula the Polar Bear at Turner Contemporary Photo by Manu Palomeque

There is so much to do with the Summer season underway and the schools now finished for the holidays.

This weekend is packed with great events. Here is our guide:

Friday, July 27

Bugsy Malone

Margate Winter Gardens

Regency Productions are staging Bugsy Malone at Margate 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?


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

Dreamland Variety Show

July 27, Deamland

Brigitte Aphrodite

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, 3pm

Saturday 28 July, 3pm

Sunday 29 July, 1.30pm

Monday 30 July, 3pm

Tuesday 31 July, 5.30pm

Wednesday 1 August, 3pm

Thursday 2 August, 3pm

Friday 3 August, 3pm

Saturday 4 August, 3pm

Sunday 5 August, 3pm

Monday 6 August, 3pm

Tuesday 7 August, 5.30pm

Wednesday 8 August, 3pm

Thursday 9 August, 3pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Ramsgate Blitz Walk

July 27, 7pm, meet at Ramsgate Library

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.

No need to book. Dogs and children welcome.

Screaming Alley

Red Arrows Club, Newington Road, Ramsgate, 8pm

Produced by Lara Clifton. Festival show . Adults only.

Tickets are £10. 50 and available at https://screamingalleysoundfest.eventbrite.co.uk

Mars Opposition and Lunar Eclipse

July 27, watch from Monkton Nature Reserve, gates open 8.30pm.

Come for the lunar eclipse, in progress at moon rise. Stay for Mars opposition and attempt to image the red planet. A fun night for those keen enough to brave the late hour, early risers need not apply! Weather permitting, as always – please check before travelling.

Seaweed and its Secrets exhibition

Running until 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.

Groove Junkie and Frostie & Fernandez

July 28, Olby’s Soul Café, King Street, Margate, 9pm

Groove Junkie  is a dynamic combination of Margate Soul Festival playing back to back.

Frostie & Fernandez are resident MSF team players, bringing you 5 hours of non stop groove.
This will be the officical warm-up for Margate Soul Festival which is the week after.
Book a hotel, stay for the week

Free Entry

Then.. an exhibition that looks to the past and the future

Pie Factory Margate, 5 Broad Street,

26 July to 1 August
Friday 27 to Tuesday 31 July 10.30am to 5pm
Wednesday 1 August 10.30am to 2.30pm

Christine Jeffryes and Dani Flowerdew worked together for many years as Art & Design lecturers at Thanet College and later East Kent College.

They are passionate about their subject and, over the years have always been committed to inspiring and supporting their students in a job that has often been tough, but one that they would say was ‘the best in the world’.  However, recent changes in Education policy; particularly Art Education; has affected  them both, leaving them wondering ‘what happens now?’

This exhibition is their response to that question, as it looks forward to the next stages of their lives, but also reflects the past and is born out of memories – of their families, childhoods, familiar places and stories they grew up with.

As they started to make their own work again after so long devoting most of their time and energy to their students, they both rediscovered the interests and passions of their younger selves; their obsessions with ideas and themes; with materials, colour, new techniques and experimentation.

So this exhibition gives a ‘thumbs up’ to back then when they too were young art students; to the ‘crossroad’ that is their present then and also their future then, which is still largely unknown, but like a blank canvas, is full of opportunity and no doubt more creative challenges.


Swimming with Men (12a)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Eric (Rob Brydon – The Trip, Marion and Geoff) is bored by his buttoned up life and quietly suffering a mid-life crisis until he stumbles on a way to unleash his hidden inner talent -male amateur synchronised swimming.

Friday 27 July, 7.45pm

Saturday 28 July, 8.30pm

Sunday 29 July, 7pm

Monday 30 July, 6pm

Tuesday 31 July, 3pm

Wednesday 1 August, 6pm

Thursday 2 August, 6pm

Call 01843 865 726 or  click here

Saturday July 28

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 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.

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.

Paula the Polar Bear

Turner Contemporary

Paula explores the Turner Contemporary terrace

Paula the Polar Bear, a life-sized puppet, will be roaming the streets of Margate for five weeks on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. She is at Turner Contemporary thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign, through ArtFund.

Paula the Polar Bear will surprise visitors to Margate, and encourage thought provoking conversations about climate change and how humans can co-exist with animals.

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:

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.

Ramsgate Tide Walk

Starts at 6pm

Photo by Brian Whitehead

Join William Thomson, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and author of The Book of Tides on a Tide Walk of Ramsgate.

The walk is designed for anyone who spends time along the coast and wants to boost their knowledge of the natural world, with a focus on enjoying the sea safely. Topics include what makes tide, why currents flow along the shore and how to survive a rip.

Suitable for all ages. The walk starts outside Archive Homestore in the Harbour arches at 6pm and finishes in Ramsgate Harbour around 7.30pm

Tickets are free for Under 12’s and £10 for adults. Click here to book. 

Hornby fun day

July 28, Hornby Visitor Centre, Ramsgate Road, Margate, 10am to 3pm

Activities include
• Glitter Tattoos
• Raffle
• Outdoor Inflatables (weather permitting)
• Bake Sale
• Guessing Games
• And lots more

Raising money for Porchlight and The Dogs Trust.

Hog roast garden party

July 28, Lord Byron pub, Byron Avenue, Margate, 1pm to 1am

Garden party in the sun. Hog roast all day with side salads and sauces only £3 a roll. All welcome to join in. Bouncy castle, trampoline and music.

Silent Disco Diva – Shut Up and Dance

July 28, The Dug Out, 4 Fort Hill, Margate, 8.30pm

Head over to Margate for a disco with a difference. Silent Disco Diva hands out the headphones, you choose from the Indie Pop or Funkin’ Soul channel. Change as often as you like.

Tickets £5 in advance from Olby’s or online: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/439821
£7 on the door.

The Sounds of War

July 28, Ramsgate Tunnels, 6pm

Performed by Sarah Head and Tom Adams

Tom Adams is a writer and performer extraordinaire He has devised this show specifically with the Ramsgate Tunnels in mind. Using vintage wartime footage, beats and “looping” Tom captures the voices of the audience and transforms them into the voices of people from the past, and all projected onto a Wartime parachute.

The show will recreate the sense of camaraderie that people felt when sheltering in the tunnels . Sarah Head is an actress and West End star and has toured extensively with Aled Jones. Her credits include Eastenders, National Theatre and her own solo show. Evoking the glamour and sounds of the fabulous forties Sarah transports her audience back to the war and post war period. From toe tapping tunes that will make your heart leap to the intimacy of smoky and smoochy ballads.

Harbour hoo-ha

July 28, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, 7pm to 9pm

Two hour show featuring the stars of Ramsgate backed by the brilliant Ragstone Riffs house band.

Join Katie McGarry as she takes you on a musical journey with plenty of amazing surprise guests!

Ramsgate Festival of Sound

Ramsgate Festival of Sound running alongside Ramsgate Week.

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.

The Piano (15)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

This Brontës inspired gothic modern classic won 3 Oscars, 3 Baftas and its director, Jane Campion, is still the only woman ever to win the Cannes Film Festival’s coveted Palme d’Or. The Palace is showing a newly made restoration of this now 25 years old masterpiece.

A mute woman (Holly Hunter – Raising Arizona, The Incredibles) is sent to 1850s New Zealand along with her young daughter (Anna Paquin -winner of an Oscar for this performance at aged 11!) and prized piano for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner (Sam Neill – Jurassic Park, Hunt for the Wilderpeople), but is soon lusted after by a local man (Harvey Keitel – Bad Lieutenant, Youth) working for her husband to be. With an iconic score by Michael Nyman.

Saturday 28 July, 6pm

Tuesday 31 July, 8.15pm

Thursday 2 August, 8.15pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Sunday July 29

Vintage and Collectors Fair

July 29, Ramsgate Tunnels, 9.30am-3.30pm

Marion Goldfinch at Tunnel Teas Cafe

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 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

Ramsgate Community Summer Parade,

July 29, 5pm, leaving from Argos.

Ellington infants and their ‘plastic’ whale which will be part of the parade

This year the summer parade which is 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 most of the 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!

Palm Bay boot fair

July 29, Palm Bay Primary School, 7am until noon