28 things to see and do in Thanet August 24-27

Plonk golf at Dreamland

Not only is it the weekend but it’s a bank holiday, hurrah! Here is our round up of things to do and see across the isle.

Friday, August 24

Molly Pickles

Open now runs until September 22, daily 11am-5pm, Nice Things, Harbour Street, Ramsgate

Open evening Friday, August 24 from 6pm to 8pm

Molly is a 21 year old illustrator and printmaker from Ramsgate who started with an interest in henna and mehndi design and has now developed into working in pointillism.

Her subjects vary from insects and bugs to sea creatures & crustaceans, which she also screen prints onto cards, notebooks, prints, babygrows and other textiles.

The Rifles

August 24, open 7.30pm -11pm, Dreamland

Indie rockers The Rifles at Dreamland’s Hall by the Sea. Fans of the band include none other than Paul Weller, who has collaborated with them throughout their career.

From £20 + booking fee,
From £17.50 + booking fee for Dreamland members.

To book click here

Jools Holland and orchestra

August 24, Margate Winter Gardens, Doors open at 7.15pm for 8pm start

As the UK’s most popular pianist and bandleader, Jools Holland OBE has performed and recorded with some of the most talented musicians and songwriters in the world, including Eric Clapton, the late George Harrison and Luther Vandross, Sting, BB King and Paul Weller.

The 20-piece Rhythm & Blues Orchestra features, at its helm, former Squeeze drummer Gilson Lavis.

Tier 1 £42
Tier 2 £36.50
Restricted View £33
Booking fees – £2 per ticket in person/phone. £3 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 or click 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


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

4 Rooms for Arts

August 24-28, 10am to 5pm, Pie Factory Margate, Broad Street

4 rooms for Arts is back for a 2nd time this year showing work by Jessica Willows, Julie Bradshaw, Gaven Alexander, Mina Cullimore and Abbott Van Dada.

Rock, Dock and 12 Smoking Barrels

August 24-27

Music, beer and cider festival at The Queen’s Head on Ramsgate seafront.

Plonk Crazy Golf

Runs until September 2, 10am – 6pm, Dreamland

Free members only sessions on Mondays, 10.30am-11.30am (not bookable in advance).

Park admission or ride wristbands must be purchased alongside tickets for Plonk Crazy Golf.

The eggheads at Plonk have been working for months to design a special Plonk creation that takes all of the classic elements of the best courses and combines them with a vintage Tiki-Twist. They’ve taken inspiration from the world of vintage funfairs and theme parks to create an incredible trip back in time to a tropical world of adventure.

The entire course is made out of wood, in a subtle nod to the great vintage wooden rides and rollercoasters of Dreamland. Plonk mini golf-stacles, loop-the-loops, big ball ramps, balancing beams, treacherous ball drops.

Family Ticket (family of up to 5, under 14s must be accompanied by an adult) – £9*

Adult – £3*

Under 14 Ticket – £2.50*

*A valid membership card, park admission ticket or Ride Wristband will be necessary to access Plonk Crazy Golf. These can be booked in advance online.

Find out more 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.

More details here

Talk and viewing

August 24, 7pm, Monkton Nature Reserve

Talk from Dr. Dirk Froebrich from University of Kent Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences. Dirk will present the HOYS-CAPS citizen science project that the Stargazers group are participating in.

The group has already submitted the  first few images from the automatic observatory and will continue to do so over the winter. Information about the HOYS-CAPS project is at http://astro.kent.ac.uk/~df/hoyscaps/index.html

Gates open 7pm, talk starts 7.30pm. Public observing (if clear) after the talk.

This session is free to attend, but of course, donations will always be appreciated as these sessions are run entirely by volunteers. All proceeds go to the Reserve.

Christopher Robin (PG)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Christopher Robin (Ewan McGregor), the young boy who loved embarking on adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with a band of spirited and loveable stuffed animals, has grown up and lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends, Pooh, Eyore, Tigger and Piglet, to venture out into our world and help Christopher Robin remember the loving and playful boy who still lives inside.

Friday, August 24-Saturday, September 1, 3pm daily

Call 01843 8 65 726 or click here

The Meg (12a)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

A deep-sea submersible has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific… with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is recruited to save the crew – and the ocean itself – from a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon.

Friday 24 August, 7.45pm

Saturday 25 August, 8.30pm

Sunday 26 August, 7.00pm

Monday 27 August, 6.00pm

Tuesday 28 August, 6.00pm

Wednesday 29 August, 6.00pm

Thursday 30 August, 8.30pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Saturday, August 25

Roni Size

Roni Size

August 25, Drum ‘n’ bass musician, DJ and record producer Roni Size will take to Dreamland’s outdoor Scenic Stage.

Roni will perform a special live anniversary version of his Mercury Prize-winning album ‘New Forms’, which brought drum’n’bass to the forefront of dance music news.

Having played countless international festivals and collaborated with some of the biggest names in music, Roni will bring his ground-breaking new audio and visual live show – a combined live instrument and hardware show that features state of the art production and 3D effect projection mapping, to Margate on August 25.

The 20th anniversary re-release of New Forms in 2017 garnered huge support with rave reviews and multiple plays on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1 Xtra.

Tickets via dreamland.co.uk  starting at £15 plus booking fee.

Dreamland will also host an official after party taking place in Hall by the Sea with the drum’n’bass and jungle producer and DJ Ray Keith. He will perform alongside LSB and DJ Oblivion until 2am.

Tickets start at £7 plus booking fee (for the after party only) or £25 plus booking fee with a Roni Size general admission ticket via dreamland.co.uk

Broadstairs Bandstand concerts

August 25-27

Saturday 25th 2.30pm-4pm Canterbury Brass Band

Sunday 26th 2.30pm-4pm EK1

Monday 27th 1pm-4pm John Myhill’s Jazz Quartet

Quex Maize Maze

August 25, from 7pm

Photo Frank Leppard

Moonlight Maze Night with barbecue, bar, games, music along with fun and interactive games.

£9.50 per person or £35 for a group of 4. (3 years and under- free of charge)

Book at www.quexactivitycentre.com

Artists and Makers Market

August 25, Joseph Wales Studios 2a Dane Hill Margate CT9 1QP, 10am to 5pm.

Shop ‘Concept’ will also be open in the building. It will be selling vinyl, books, prints, magazines and clothes.

If people would like a pitch e-mail  josephwalesstudios@gmail.com

British Sign Language tour of Turner Contemporary’s Summer exhibition Animals & Us.

Animals & Us is a major exhibition exploring artists’ reflections on the relationship between humans and other animals. Encompassing a wide range of media, from painting and sculpture to video and installation. The artworks in this exhibition explore both our closeness and distance to animals, asking questions about how we relate to or differentiate ourselves from other living beings.

This tour is delivered in British Sign Language by Jason Tennant without an interpreter or voiceover. Jason is a Deaf Role Model and Mentor to Deaf people in the local community. He teaches BSL and Deaf Awareness sessions at Palm Deaf Community Services.

Please meet at the front desk.

Paula the Polar Bear will also be at the gallery on Saturday and Sunday at 11am, 11.30am, 12pm, 12.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm and 4pm

Register your place on the tour at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bsl-tour-animals-us-tickets-47991686426

If you have any access needs that you would like to let us know about please contact: Ros Fraser, Visitor Experience Manager, rfraser@turnercontemporary.org or call 01843 233025

Sunday, August 26

Cliftonville Farmers Market

August 25, 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.

Broadstairs & St Peter’s Art Group exhibition

August 26-27, Viking Bay Seafront Railings by the lift 10am-5pm

Exhibition showcasing wide range of group members’ talents comprising paintings in all media,  embroideries, ceramics and stained glass.

All work for sale.

Easy Sunday

August 26, 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!

£4.50/ Free for CT9 Residents

Punch and Judy

August 26-27, Westgate front, on the green between West Bay Café and the Pavilion

A series of Punch and Judy Shows to be performed free of charge for residents and visitors to Westgate on Sea!

There will be three shows a day at noon, 2pm and 3:30pm

Ramsgate Tunnels vintage and collectors fair

August 26, 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

Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory open day

August 26, 10am to 4pm, free admission and free parking.

Illustrated talks, walks, photo exhibition, bird ringing and family fun.

The observatory is in Guildford Road, Sandwich Bay.

Monday, August 27

Peppa Pig at Dreamland

August 27, 11am – 3pm, Members only 11am-12 noon.

Peppa Pig, George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig will be appearing in the park at intervals throughout the day, with a story-time slot at the end.

Included with park entry, from £5. More details here

Carl Scarlett exhibition

August 27-September 9, New Kent Art Gallery, Albion Street, Broadstairs

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

Electrician Carl Scarlett has grown hugely as an artist since he first appeared at the New Kent Art Gallery back in 2016. He has since held a highly successful joint show with his father and sister selling more than half his work on display and picked up several commissions as a result. He returns for a solo exhibition of trademark lively brush and palette knife oils.

Britain’s Got Talent auditions

August 27, Westwood Cross

Britain’s Got Talent auditions will be held at Westwood Cross  on Monday, August 27.

Anyone with a talent is invited to take part with successful acts being in with a chance of securing a place at one of the judges’ auditions in 2019.

The show is open to any performer of any age, with any talent – all that’s needed is a skill and star quality which will impress the team. Anything goes from magicians to comedians, drag acts to singers and acrobats to animal stars.

The auditions will run on the day from noon until 6pm. Under 18s need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian to take part.

No booking is required, simply head towards Guest Services, up the stairs between Subway and The Body Shop, to audition in front of show producers.  The auditions will be filmed but will not be broadcast.

Waterloo Tower Tour

August 27, Quex Park, Birchington

10.30am-11.30am, Noon-1pm, 1.30pm-2.30pm and 3pm-4pm

Meet at the reception desk at the Powell-Cotton Museum.

Join Susan Johnson, great grand-daughter of Percy Powell-Cotton, to explore the secrets of the Waterloo Tower which is situated on the grounds of Quex Park Estate. The building is not usually open to visitors. Please be advised that the ground will be uneven in places and it would be advisable to wear sensible footwear. Each tour lasts about one hour. Please book in advance as spaces are limited.

£3.50 per person (cost does not include museum, house and garden entry).

Call 01843 842168 or shop.staff@quexmuseum.org or click here