Food, craft, cars, birds and Tug of War all on offer at the Sandwich Festival

Sandwich Festival Photo Frank Leppard

If you fancy venturing off the isle this bank holiday weekend, then the Sandwich Festival is in full swing and there are loads of things on offer.

As well as food, drink, music and tours, there is an open day on offer at the Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory and food and craft stalls at spots across the town.

Sunday highlights

Photo Frank Leppard

Town centre

10am to 5pm – Italian Market stalls on Market Street. New this year, come and see some classic Italian cars in Market Street as well as the market.

10am and 4pm – Craft Stalls in St Peter’s Church with refreshments from the Nostalgic Cakes and Savouries Pop Up Café and Old Photograph display from Nostalgic Sandwich

11am – The Beach Hut, Breezy Corner, Strand Street – Wake up Shake up !! Zumba with Korina

11am to 3pm – Community Showcase Day – Guildhall Forecourt – A host of local clubs, groups and societies will be present and entertain in the central arena.

Noon – 3pm – The Beach Hut, Breezy Corner, Stand Street. Salsa Dancing with Leon Williams, BBQ and Prosecco Bar

Photo Frank Leppard

Quay Green

11am to 4pm – Quay Green in the dip: A free test ride track for children’s’ Frog bikes and adult electric bikes hosted by Locks Cycles. (Please note, all children who wish to try a bike must be accompanied by an adult at all times)

Noon to 4pm – Zumba display, circuit training, holistic stalls, music and dancing.

3pm – 4pm – Tug of War – come and watch local teams battle it out on the Quay Green

4pm to 8:30pm – Free concert including Kevin Iverson, High Tide, Nick Lawrence and The Decades.
Bring your own chairs and picnic. A bar will be available.

The St Peter’s Church Tower Experience is open daily, entrance £3.50 per adult £2.50 per child. See the clock chamber and bell chamber and take in the magnificent views.

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Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Open Day 10am to 4pm

Find out about the work of Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory: bird ringing, informative talks and walks, refreshments, photo exhibition, raffle; family activities. Please click for a list of talks during the day
Free event (£1 toll for car access)

Visit the White Mill Heritage Centre – Ash Road

10.30am to 5.30pm (last entry at 4.30pm)
See the white smock windmill and many other exhibits, including a furnished miller’s cottage, cobbler’s workshop, blacksmith’s forge, old agricultural machinery and tools plus much more.
Admission free


Photo Frank Leppard

Town Centre

10am to 5pm – Food Fair on The Guildhall Forecourt

10am to 5pm – Italian Market stalls on Market Street. New this year, come and see some classic Italian cars in Market Street as well as the market.

Noon to 3pm – Salsa Dancing, BBQ and Bar at The Beach Hut, Breezy Corner, Stand Street with the amazing Leon Williams, BBQ and Prosecco Bar.

1:30pm – The Kings Arms Garden – Mike Appleton sings

2pm to 4pm – Street Music in Delf Street – concert with the Dial

Quay Green

10am to 4pm – Classic Cars meet – hosted by Ramsgate Old Motor Car Club. Come and look in awe at an impressive array of classic vehicles.

10am to 5pm – Brocante Stalls in the Quay Breen Dip

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Duck Race on The Quay – from 3:45pm (please get there early)
Charitable event hosted by the Rotary Club of Sandwich who will be selling Plastic Ducks throughout the Festival week.
The public can purchase Duck Race tickets at:
The Beach Hut, Age Concern and The Co-Op D J Jutson Ltd, Lawfords Sweets, The Fruit Bowl, Malcolm Waite Ltd
Tickets will also be sold outside the Co-Op on weekends leading up to the Duck Race and on the Quay throughout the Bank Holiday weekend

Sandwich Bay Walk – Meet in forecourt of Sandwich Guildhall. Walk to beautiful Sandwich Bay via Worth, the marshes and bird-watching area, then return to town via sand dunes and riverside.
Flat, moderate pace – Contact: Richard Blackford 01233 812510

Free parking at Cow Leas Meadow, behind the petrol station on New Street