25 things to see and do in Thanet August 10-12

Lark in the Park

It’s the weekend and so time for your guide of what’s going on across Thanet.

Friday, August 10

Off Set: Lucy Wells , Liz Wellstead , Andrew Fisher , Rob Black , Jack Clare and Chrissy Cooper

August 10-14, 10am to 5pm, Pie Factory Margate, Broad Street.

Collaborative show exploring crossovers of traditional and contemporary printmaking techniques. Concepts are based around social narrative within people’s relationships and nostalgia to the Kent coast.


Lark in the Park

August 9-19 from 12.45pm each day, Government Acre, Ramsgate

A huge programme of free events will take place at Government Acre in Ramsgate this week.

Lark in the Park, hosted by isle church groups, is back for its 16th year and is offering everything from art sessions to skateboarding, beach parties and games.

Find our guide here

Broadstairs Folk Week

Photo Adam Dark

The Broadstairs Folk Week celebration of English and multi-cultural folk music and dance  returns for its 53rd year this week.

Ticketed events start today (August 10), free events from tomorrow and it run through to August 17.

Venues throughout the town will burst with music and there are more than 500 separate events crammed into one week. The 600 seater Concert Marquee in the town’s park is the festival hub where the headline acts appear.

Among the musicians at this year’s event will be singer Kiki Dee who found fame with  the ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ smash with Sir Elton John in 1976.

Find our guide here

Seaweed and its Secrets exhibition

Runs 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.

Battle of the Buskers

Runs until August 30, Westwood Cross

Open Monday – Friday 9.30am-7.30pm, Saturday 9.30am-6.30pm and Sunday 10am-4pm

Live music will be a theme at the centre during summer with performances from buskers on selected dates throughout August.

At the end of the summer, the best of the buskers will be voted for by the Westwood Cross shoppers to see who will win the £500 gift card.

Arcade Classics

Ramsgate Micro Museum, Church Hill

Throughout August, celebrating the era of classic arcade games with versions on the museum games consoles.

For the summer holiday the museum will be open 1pm-4pm on every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

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

Faith – The George Michael Legacy

August 10, Margate Winter Gardens, 7.30pm (doors open at 6.45pm)

The George Michael Legacy

Featuring international George Michael tribute Wayne Dilks and his 7 piece band.

A musical journey of 35 years of hit records, from Wham to his solo career, the show uses actual video footage from The George Michael 25 live tour and is a 2 hour spellbinding spectacle of his songs such as, Club Tropicana, I’m Your Man, Faith, Fast love, Outside, Freedom, A Different Corner, Father Figure, Careless Whisper and many, many more.

Full Price £22.50
Standing £20
Restricted View £18.50
FOMT £2 off Full Price tickets
Booking fees – £1 per ticket in person/phone. £2 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 or click here

Hotel Transylvania 3: Monster Vacation (U)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Join our favorite monster family as they embark  on a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can take a summer holiday from his hotel. It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream holiday turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monsterkind.

Friday 10 August, 3.00pm

Saturday 11 August, 3.00pm

Sunday 12 August, 3.00pm

Monday 13 August, 3.00pm

Tuesday 14 August, 5.30pm

Wednesday 15 August, 1.00pm

Thursday 16 August, 3.00pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Mission Impossible: Fallout (12a)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Paramount Pictures and Skydance.

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team, race against time after a mission goes wrong and he must protect the world from a fresh nuclear threat.

Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg and the whole gang are back for this thrilling action extravaganza with real ingenuity. Intrigue, adventure, and of course Cruise performing his own sensationally breathtaking impossible stunts.

The best intentions often come back to haunt you. Mission: Impossible – Fallout finds Ethan Hunt and his IMF team along in a race against time to thwart a nuclear threat after a mission gone badly wrong.

Friday 10 August, 7.45pm

Saturday 11 August, 8.30pm

Sunday 12 August, 7.00pm

Monday 13 August, 5.30pm

Tuesday 14 August, 2.30pm

Wednesday 15 August, 5.30pm

Thursday 16 August, 8.30pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Dreamland Variety Show with Gok Wan

August 10, 7.30pm

Gok Wan photo by Ghetto-Shiz via Wikimedia Commons

With a headline DJ set from stylist and presenter Gok Wan, the rainbow-themed event will also feature performances from comedian Jack Rooke, Sink The Pink’s dancing drag queens, singer Marie White, drag lip synching champion Grace Shush and Margate Choir – who will lead mass karaoke fun.

Also set to perform are The Rainbow Stilt Walkers and drag king Benjamin Butch. There will be performance art from Pink Suits, music from Lunatraktors and Margate Pride’s very own Amy Zing will be DJing.

Margate Pride, which takes place the next day on 11 August, is the charity partner for the Dreamland Variety Show and will benefit from fundraising at the event. All guests are invited to join in with the rainbow theme at the Variety, with prizes for the best and worst dressed.

Dreamland’s food court will be transformed with cabaret seating for the shows. 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 be available via dreamland.co.uk

Saturday, August 11

Williams Weekender

August 11, Margate Winter Gardens


The annual Williams Weekender, in memory of former Hartsdown teacher Luke Williams, will take place at Margate Winter Gardens this Saturday (August 11).

Acts lined up to entertain the guests are headline singer Lemar, The Voice finalist Lydia Lucy and Margate rapper Mic Righteous both return for another year, Socks & Sliders, Thanet’s Wisewood Dance, magician Clint Stevenson, singer Alola Rose and 14 year old rising star Mia Gedge.

The evening will be hosted by Lloyd Hollett.

Standard tickets are £25. VIP tickets are £35  and give access to a table closer to the stage, plus a meal during the show.

It is a seated event only and for those aged 16 and over.

For tickets email: info@lukes-legacy.co.uk

The charity’s Dog Walk takes place the following day at noon. The meeting point will be the Margate Winter Gardens. £2 per walker.

There will  be a gentle walk along the promenade to Luke’s bench and then a break for photos and refreshments. The it is back to the Margate Winter Gardens where there will be entertainment, fairground games, food, drink and fun for the whole family!

Margate Pride

The celebration of Thanet’s LGBTQI community is a chance for everyone to have fun -gay, straight, everything, nothing and all the in-between!

Photo Jason Pay

The free community event is arranged by Margate Pride, a not for profit community interest company.

1.30pm Gather at Walpole Bay hotel lawns
2pm March leaves Walpole Bay Hotel lawns
3pm Rally, Margate main sands sea front (Marine Drive.) Speakers: Sue Sanders (LGBT History month) Lady Phyll (UK Black Pride) and Charlie Craggs (writer My Trans Sisters)

3pm-6pm Street party in the centre of Margate, DJs, performers, live music from Rebecca Taylor, The Margate Super Group, Grace Shush (Miss Sink The Pink 2018) and the Margate Community Choir
6pm Ana Matronic DJing at Dreamland Sunset Session
Margate Arts Club takes over The Sundeck
Drag shows and DJs all day and night at Sundowners
9pm-3am Cockles and Muscles (Margates answer to Studio 54) at Lido Cliff Bar – theme Fierce Creatures : DJs Alex Noble, Josh Caffe, Keziah and Synth System Systers.

There will also be a Margate Pride puppy parade at the bandstand on Eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville at 1.45pm. Dress up your pups in sequins, sparkles, rainbows, the weird and the wonderful.  Pop a yellow ribbon on your dog’s lead if it gets nervous to make others aware.

Ana Matronic will DJ at Dreamland

The Ana Matronic gig at Dreamland will also include Betsy. who has been working with the likes of Joe Goddard of Hot Chip.


Tickets from £5 + booking fee, from £2.50 + booking fee for Dreamland members.

Tickets £7.50 on the door, £15 including rides and entry.

This is a no re-entry event.

On sale now via dreamland.co.uk

Find out more at the Margate Pride facebook page by clicking here

Broadstairs Folk Week Grand Parade

A family-friendly procession of music, morris and magic, starting from Pierremont Hall at 5.30pm.

Paula the Polar Bear

Turner Contemporary

Photo by Manu Palomeque

Paula the Polar Bear is part of Turner Contemporary’s summer exhibition Animals & Us .

Taking the show out of the gallery, Paula, a life-sized puppet, will wander through the town, sparking thought provoking conversations about climate change and how humans can co-exist with animals.

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

Thursday 16 August

Thursday 23 August

Saturday 11 August

Saturday 18 August

Saturday 25 August

Sunday 12 August

Sunday 19 August

Sunday 26 August

St Laurence Church Summer Fair

August 11, 2pm-5pm

St. Laurence Church annual Summer fair with stalls, games, music and refreshments

McQueen (15)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

A fascinating, emotional, thrilling and insightful documentary of the surprising life and work of Britain’s most famous fashion designer. With a score by Michael Nyman.

Saturday 11 August, 6.00pm

Tuesday 14 August, 8.00pm

Thursday 16 August, 6.00pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

A Taste of Writing

August 11

A programme of Creative Writing Workshops for Mental Well-Being at Changing Minds, 64 Westgate Bay Avenue, Westgate-on-Sea

10-11am Just Write -Getting started in writing with prompts for exploring your world on the page.

11.30-12.30 Flash Fiction Workshop- What flash fiction is and how to write it, including creating your own short story.

1.30-2.30 Creative Journal Writing – Free-writing for well-being through emotive creative writing in a journal form.

3pm-4pm Poetry for Mental Well-Being -How to write poetry without rules as an expressive method to improve mental wellness.

In collaboration with Thanet Writers and Changing Minds, Kent.

Cost £5 per workshop

Rooswijk 1740 Open Days

August 11-12, Old Port warehouse, Military Road, Ramsgate

Diver at the Rooswijk excavation site © Historic England/RCE

The Rooswijk was a Dutch East India Company vessel which sank on the treacherous Goodwin Sands, off Kent, in January 1740. The ship was outward bound for Batavia (modern-day Jakarta) with trade-goods. Now a protected wreck site the ship’s remains lie at a depth of some 20 metres. They’re owned by the Dutch Government and managed by Historic England on behalf of the Department of Digital, Culture Media and Sport.

Come and view the Ramsgate conservation facilities and find out how conservationists are stabilising finds from the wreck. Meet the project team and try a virtual dive on site. Learn what the finds tell us about the wreck and what archaeologists think this might mean.

Just turn up and stay for however long you wish, all ages welcome.

A BSL guide is available both days for deaf persons.

Click here for location map and event flyer

Scalextric Race Day

August 11, Hornby Visitor Centre, Westwood, 11am – 2pm

Fastest lap of the day wins a Scalextric set

£1 a race. Race up to 3 times.

Sunday, August 12

Coastal Crafty Crew

August 12,10am-3pm, Quex Small Barn, Quex estate, Birchington

Handmade and unique crafts

Free entry

Margate Old Town Market

August 12-September 30

Every Sunday until Spetember 30 from 10am-4pm

The Margate Old Town market is back with a great selection of local businesses, featuring vintage and locally produced goods

Dreamland Introducing

August 12

Photo Jon Petersen

Chance for local musicians, DJs and producers to compete to win a yearlong mentorship with industry professionals, as well as support slots at Dreamland’s music shows.

Acts selected will compete in heats throughout the summer on Dreamland’s outdoor Scenic Stage to be in with a chance of being crowned the Dreamland Introducing Winner. Each week, winners will be selected by special guest judges who will be announced soon.

Dreamland Introducing takes place on Sunday afternoons (12 & 19 August) with the final on 2 September. Anyone aged 16 – 25 can enter the competition. Access to Dreamland Introducing will be included within park entry.

Easy Sunday – Print-a-Zoo 

August 12, 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!

Entry £4.50/ Free for CT9 Residents

Emergency Services Day

RNLI lifeboat station, The Rendezvous, Margate, (behind Turner Contemporary) between 11am and 3.30pm on Sunday 12 August, admission is free.

The day will be aimed at families and provide am opportunity to see and meet the emergency services both voluntary and full-time who may otherwise be hidden away behind closed doors. Members of those service will also pass on useful  tips about making a trip to the seaside a safe one for locals and visitors alike.

Representatives present will include: Margate RNLI’s all-weather and inshore lifeboats and Thanet RNLI lifeguards; HM Coastguard; Kent Fire and Rescue Service; South East Coast Ambulance Service; Kent Marine Police Unit and Thanet RNLI Community Safety Team.

Practical advice including basic first aid, and line-throwing techniques will also be available with the Thanet RNLI Community Safety Team on hand to provide vital information on all aspects of coastal safety.

Landing Places- Dirty Ears at Turner Contemporary

August 12, 1pm to 4pm

Poets and spoken word performers showcase their words, forge collaborations, develop their creativity and delight audiences.

Ten poets perform for ten minutes each. Each event is themed to complement exhibitions or events happening in Margate and at the gallery. Novices perform alongside published writers and award winning performers.

“Dirty Ears” celebrates all things Pride and we invite poets, writers and spoken word artists to perform responding to and celebrating themes around diversity and LGBT equality.

Part of a programme of events happening in Margate over Pride weekend. A Tracey Thompson Arts and Dan Thompson Studio production, supported by Turner Contemporary.