29 things to see and do in Thanet August 17-19

Kitesurfing championships Photo Malcolm Kirkaldie

It is time for the round up of things to see and do over the weekend in Thanet.

Friday, August 17

Mapping Margate

August 17-26.   Crate project space, Bilton Square, Margate.

Alex Currie

Six artists present work responding to the theme Mapping Margate in relation  to T.S Eliot’s “The Waste Land”.

The artists are Alex Currie, a Uk based contemporary landscape photographer who graduated from Brighton University in 2007. His photographic practice is concerned with exploring and documenting urban and industrial environments.

Mark Downing is a local artist and businessman who ran “I Scream and Rock” in the High Street, “Punk on $ea”, and co-ran“Mojo” in Dane Hill. His artistic output is prolific and varied and includes paintings, sculptures, furniture, posters, and fashion.

Stacey Guthrie explores the subversion of domestic expectations, compulsion and hysteria and has chosen to respond to the section of the poem that refers to Madame Sosostris and her ‘wicked deck of cards’.

Anna katarzyna Domejko is proposing to intercept the project space with proliferated shapes inhabiting the corners and edges .

Heather Tait will show a photographic series called “Walking the Dog”. The work juxtaposes idyllic, generic landscape photos with titles and text that alludes to the dogging activities that occur there.

Pavilion’s ‘Lost River’  installation is from duo Sophie Yetton and Gabriel Birch, based in London.

The Jungle Book

August 17, outdoor cinema screening at Dreamland, open from 6.30pm, film at 8.30pm

Friday nights at Dreamland

Organised in partnership with Turner Contemporary’s Animals & Us exhibition, the live action version of Rudyard Kipling’s classic, The Jungle Book, is revived in this Disney re-work of the animated film.

All ages are welcome to attend Film Club events, The BBFC rating for this film is PG.
Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult (over the age of 18) also holding a valid ticket for the event.

The screening will be signed by BSL interpreters.

Entry from 6.30pm, film starts at 8,30pm.

Tickets from £5 plus booking fee and from £2.50 plus booking fee for Dreamland members.

Click here to book

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

Last day August 17

The Broadstairs Folk Week celebration of English and multi-cultural folk music and dance.

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.

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


Runs until September 2, Westwood Cross

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

The Westwood Cross dinosaurs will return to the Pop-Up Park


Theatre Royal Margate

Annie comes to the Theatre Royal

Stage Door Theatre Company, based in Thanet, presents loved family  musical Annie.

Annie is set in 1930s depression hit New York City. Annie is forced to live a life of misery and torment at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. However, she is determined to find her real parents. Her luck changes when she is chosen to spend Christmas at the residence of the famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search and so the story unfolds.

Musical numbers include “It’s a Hard Knock Life”, “Tomorrow,” “Easy Street,” “N.Y.C.” and “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile.”

Annie showtimes

Friday 17 August – 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Saturday 18 August – 2:30pm & 7:30pm

Full Price £14
Restricted View £12
Family of 4 £44
Booking fees – £1 per ticket in person/phone. £2 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 or click here

Steve McGuinness – Back Home

August 16-22, Pie Factory Margate, 5 Broad Street, Margate

Steve McGuinness has been painting, exhibiting and living in Kent for the last 35 years. In 2012 he retired as head teacher of a special school in Longfield, after 18 years in the post, and in 2017 moved back to Ramsgate where he spent most of his childhood.

In the last five years he has worked as a behaviour consultant delivering training and advice to schools. His main passion is painting and he has now moved to Pegwell where he intends to spend more time developing his work. His style of painting is very varied and has developed over the years as new techniques and media have been explored. He mainly paints large colourful Landscapes which explore light and colour in a linear form and has had several successful exhibitions locally.

This exhibition titled Back Home contains local landscapes from around Thanet as well as several abstract works which are usually commissioned pieces.

Steven’s style is immediately recognisable and his unique approach can be seen in practice as he will be painting during his exhibition at Pie Factory Margate.


Teen Titans: Go to the Movies (PG)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Egocentric, wildly satirical teen Super Heroes star in their first feature film extravaganza. A fresh, gleefully clever, child-appropriately crass and tongue-in-cheek play on the superhero genre, complete with musical numbers.

It seems to the Teens that all the major superheroes out there are starring in their own movies everyone but the Teen Titans, that is! But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation, and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick. If only they could get the hottest Hollywood film director to notice them.

With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream. But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously super villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry. The team finds their friendship and their fighting spirit failing, putting the very fate of the Teen Titans themselves on the line!

Friday 17 August, 3.00pm

Saturday 18 August, 3.00pm

Sunday 19 August, 3.00pm

Monday 20 August, 3.00pm

Tuesday 21 August, 5.30pm

Wednesday 22 August, 3.00pm

Thursday 23 August, 3.00pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (PG)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

In this sequel to Mamma Mia!, the original cast reunite as Sophie learns about her mother’s past while pregnant herself.

Seeking guidance on how to handle her pregnancy, Sophie finds out more about her mother’s past and how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present. Ten years after MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE, this highly-anticipated sequel sees the return of the original cast and some new additions too including Lily James, Jeremy Irvine and Cher.

Friday 17 August, 7.45pm

Saturday 18 August, 6.00pm

Sunday 19 August, 7.00pm

Monday 20 August, 6.00pm

Tuesday 21 August, 3.00pm

Wednesday 22 August, 6.00pm

Thursday 23 August, 8.30pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Freaky Friday

August 17, Rascal bay, Manston Golf Centre, 8pm

Rascal Bay

Freaky Friday Party Nights at Rascal Bay are strictly for over 18’s

Featuring club classics, latest hits as well as your requests. Party into the night around our floodlit course.

Bar open all night – half price cocktails and happy hour!

Saturday, August 18

Paula the Polar Bear

Turner Contemporary

Paula explores the Turner Contemporary terrace

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 23 August

Saturday 18 August

Saturday 25 August

Sunday 19 August

Sunday 26 August

Quex Barn Jamboree

August 18, 2pm-10pm, Quex Barn, Quex Estate, Birchington

A fun filled barnyard boogie with the blues. bar, barbecue and vintage stalls. Bands confirmed: Wild Bill and the Railroad Cats, The Rocket Dogs, Lady Luck Lexy and The Riverside Boys, Red Belly, ‘Top DJ Slimboy. Keep an eye out for Tiger Terry’s jive class, and Wild Bill’s boogie piano workshop.

Advance purchase £10, on the door £12, under 16s £5.

Click here for details

Paul Scrivener

August 18-September 14, Gallery 98, 98 High Street, Ramsgate

Open Thursday – Saturday 11am-5pm

Painter and architect Paul Scrivener exhibits his work.

British Kitesurfing Championships

August 18-19

Kitesurfing championships Photo Malcolm Kirkaldie

The British Kitesurfing Championships Freestyle final leg comes to Ramsgate Main Sands with events running 10am-5pm each day

Some 70 competitors from across the country will be gathering to compete for the title after 3 previous legs

Coinciding with the event will be free kitesurfing taster sessions for Adults and children (aged 11+) – Six  1 hour time slots (10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm) are available to pre-book online on both days. 9 places per session are available to pre-book online, with the remaining 3 places for each time slot being reserved for ‘walk ins’ on the day.

To book  click here

An award ceremony will take place on Sunday afternoon on the beach (weather permitting)

Sara Cox presents – Just Can’t Get Enough 80s

August 18, Scenic Stage, Dreamland


Playing the best disco tunes of the decade all night, Just Can’t Get Enough is the ultimate 80s event.

An entertainment-filled night of pure 80s disco bangers! From Bowie to Belinda, Wham! to Whitney, Kylie to Kate Bush, Erasure to Elton, and Tiffany to T’Pau.

Just Can’t Get Enough 80s is a jam packed touring event full of production, on stage dancers, 80s merchandise and of course Sara Cox playing her favourite disco bangers!

Tickets from £5 plus booking fee in advance (discounts for members)

From £7.50 on the door

Under 14s must be accompanied by adult ticket-holder.

Click here for more details.

Seashore Safari – Margate Main Sands

August 18,10.30am

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

Identification sheet and 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 visit www.nekmpa.org.uk

First Reformed (15)

Place Cinema, Broadstairs

Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) is a solitary, middle-aged parish pastor at a small Dutch Reform church in upstate New York on the cusp of celebrating its 250th anniversary. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, the church is now a tourist attraction catering to a dwindling congregation, eclipsed by its nearby parent church, Abundant Life, with its state-of-the-art facilities and 5,000-strong flock.

When a pregnant parishioner (Amanda Seyfried) asks Reverend Toller to counsel her husband, a radical environmentalist, the clergyman finds himself plunged into his own tormented past, and equally despairing future, until he finds redemption in an act of grandiose violence. From writer-director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver; American Gigolo) comes a gripping thriller about a crisis of faith that is at once personal, political, and planetary.

Saturday 18 August, 8.30pm

Tuesday 21 August, 8.00pm

Thursday 23 August, 6.00pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Sunday, August 19

Margate Old Town Market

August 12-September 30

Every Sunday until September 30 from 10am-4pm

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

Model Transport Day

August 19, 10am – 4pm, Crampton Tower Museum, Broadstairs

Model Transport Show – Free Admission (donations welcome)

Slot-car racing, model cars etc

Broadstairs Bandstand Concert

August 19, 2.30pm-4pm

Enjoy an afternoon bandstand concert by Burt Butler’s Jazz Pilgrims

Photography for Mental Health exhibition

August 19-September 19, The Glass Jar, Marine Drive, Margate

Sinead Le Blond – ‘Hometown Capture : Sunrise Blue

Due to the huge success of the debut exhibition by the members of Photography For Mental Health, the exhibition will be extended with new photographic pieces by 18 new photographers. This will be running for one month.
Photography For Mental Health is a new Facebook group. It is a safe place to chat and talk openly about experiences of mental health and to share these ‘through the lens.’ The quality of the images being shared was stunning so the group decided to take this from the online world into the ‘physical world.’

You can find the group here

Preview Evening on Thursday, August 23 from 6.30pm onwards.

Ten per cent of all sales from artwork will be donated to the UK charity Mind.

Dreamland Introducing

Dreamland Photo Jason Pay

Opportunity 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 competing 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.

The last Dreamland Introducing takes place on August 19 with the final on September 2. Anyone aged 16 – 25 can enter the competition. Access to Dreamland Introducing will be included within park entry.

Easy Sunday – Clay Critters

August 19, 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!

Price £4.50/ Free for CT9 card holders

RSPCA Thanet family fun day and dog show

August 19, St George’s secondary school in Westwood Road, Broadstairs

The event runs from 11am to 5pm. Registration for dog classes starts at 11am with the first class -dog that looks most like its owner – taking place at 11.45am.

The fun dog show will include classes such as cutest puppy, waggiest tail, best golden oldie, best rescue, prettiest bitch and most handsome dog. Cost to enter the competition is £2 entry per class. Scurry and agility are also £2.

There will be a tin of Lily’s Kitchen dog food given to every entry, bigger prizes for the winners, and rosettes for first, second and third.

Other pooch fun will include a have a go agility course, run by ENVE Canine Services, and a timed scurry, with fastest time winning a prize.

The event will have more than 30 craft and animal related stalls, food, ice cream/snow cones, coffee and donuts and live music and mocktails. There will be a storyteller, arts and crafts, sensory play and a fire engine as well as a rock painting stand where people can paint a rock and join the ever increasingly popular ‘Thanet Rock Hunters’.

There will also be princess character meet and greets, face painting and funfair. All donations on the day will go to the local Isle of Thanet RSPCA, which is a self -funded service.

Entry to the fun day event is £2 adults, £1 children, toddlers and younger free.

Find the event page here

Family Fun Day

August 19, Seaview Hotel, Station Road, Birchington, from noon

Hosted by Birchington Boxing Club

A fun packed afternoon of fun and games.
Bouncy castle
Get yours coaches soaked!
Brick and brack
Face painting
Lucky dip