18 things to see and do in Thanet September 7-9

Milkshake Live at Margate Winter Gardens

The weekend is here and events on offer include Heritage Open Weekend, Wheels & Fins and

Friday, September 7

Wheels & Fins Festival

September 7-9, Joss Bay

The Libertines Photo Roger Sargent

Live music from bands including The Libertines, Echo and the Bunnymen, Feeder, Faithless DJ set and the Tim Peaks coffee shop and stage. In all there are more than 80 live acts across 3 stages – main, dance and Tim Peaks.

There is also the live action sports including skateboarding (UK Mini Ramp Champs), surfing and stand up paddle boarding plus beach DJs,  environmental workshops, lifesaving demo’s and competitions, street food, epic beverages and plenty of dancing by the sea.

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Thanet Heritage Open Days

The Grange

Twenty-three isle sites are taking part in the Heritage Open Days which, for the first time in its 24 year history, will be taking place over two weekends

Participating venues will be offering free entry for people to experience the area’s rich history, architecture and culture during September 6-9 and September 13-16.

Heritage Open Days is the country’s largest heritage festival with around 5,000 events, 40,000 volunteers and more than three million visitors taking part.

Thanet’s presence in Heritage Open Days this year has been coordinated jointly by the Ramsgate Society, Broadstairs Society and Margate Civic Society, with support from Thanet District Council’s tourism team.

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Our Trace

September 7, Theatre Royal, Margate, 7.30pm

A Guinness guzzling, larger than life, northern mum whose show went viral after an audience member posted a live stream to facebook will be on stage in Margate on Friday.

Our Trace brings her own brand of character comedy, complete with trademark purple hat and ‘posh frock’, to the Theatre Royal in Margate.

Over 18s only


Full Price £18
Concessions £16
Restricted View £15

Booking fees – £1 per ticket in person/phone. £2 per ticket online. Call 01843 292795 or click here

Whitney Queen of the Night

September 7, Margate Winter Gardens, 7.30pm

A celebration of the music and life of Whitney Houston. The award-winning production features a sensational line-up of musicians and artistes, and a powerhouse performance in the spirit of Whitney.

A ride through three decades of classic hits that include, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, One Moment In Time, I’m Every Woman, My Love is Your Love, So Emotional Baby, Run to You, Saving All My Love, I Will Always Love You, and many more.

Full Price £24
Concessions £22
Child £16
FOMT £21
Group of 4 £88 (not available online)

Booking fees – £1 per ticket in person/phone. £2 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 or click here

Saturday, September 8

Quex Craft Fair

September 8-9, Quex estate, Birchington, 10am to 4pm,

Midas Leisure present the craft fair at Quex in partnership with Jungle Jims.

Visit the Craft Village and enjoy the huge array of unique crafts and gifts and local Kentish food and drink.

Entertainment from the fantastic Cadet Band, a beer tent, barbecue and refreshments, outdoor children’s play area and lots more.

Raising funds for Kent Air Ambulance

Tickets £2 per person

Déjà vu – The Rubettes

September 8, Margate Winter Gardens, doors & DJ 7pm and Band 9-10:30pm

Bringing the 70’s back to Margate!

The Rubettes, featuring Bill Hurd, will be on stage performing all their hits including ‘Sugar Baby Love’,  ‘Tonight’, ‘Juke Box Jive’, ‘Baby I Know’ and many more.

Fancy dress welcome.

Full Price £17.50
Booking fees – £1 per ticket in person/phone. £2 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 or click here

The Blue Jays – Rock n Roll Revolution

September 8, Theatre Royal Margate, 7.30pm

The Bluejays (Winners of the National Vintage Award for ‘Best Band‘) present an electrifying and authentic tribute to the era when music changed the world forever.

Between 1955 and 1959, artists such as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, The Everly Brothers, Eddie Cochran and Little Richard not only transformed the musical landscape but also the way we continue to look at the world today.

Full Price £19.50
Restricted View £16.50
FOMT £17.50
Booking fees – £1 per ticket in person/phone. £2 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 or click here

Milkshake – The Magic Story Book

September 8, Margate Winter Gardens, Noon

Starring Milkshake! favourites Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Wissper, Fireman Sam, Noddy, Pip from Pip Ahoy!, Winnie and Wilbur, Milkshake’s very own Milkshake! Monkey and two Milkshake! presenters, this all singing, all dancing, musical masterpiece, will take audiences on a journey through the world’s favourite fairy tales.

Set amongst Milkshake’s magical bookcase, this brand new live show will have The Milkshake! cast singing songs and sharing stories that audience members, young and old, will know and love.

Full Price £15
Under 16’s £13.50
Family of 4 £54
Babies in arms Free
Booking fees – £1 per ticket in person/phone. £2 per ticket online

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Chiara Williams: ‘A rose is a rose is a rose…’
September 8 – October 6, Printworks, Union Row, Margate

Chiara Williams has been invited, by Liddicoat & Goldhill curator Lucy Howarth, to develop a new site-responsive work for the Project Space, housed under the architectural studio, at the Printworks Margate.

The artist is resident in the space for the week up until the opening of the show, and will be in the space on Saturdays for the duration, culminating in an ​‘In Conversation’ ​event Saturday, September 29 from 2pm.

When Gertrude Stein wrote ​“a rose is a rose is a rose…” she was referencing Shakespeare of course, and meant, perhaps, that the name of a thing automatically evokes imagery and emotions; Chiara takes this playful sentence as a genesis for her own contemplation of meaning, identity and beauty.

By spending a prolonged period of time confined to the room, Chiara considers the geometry of the Project Space, an odd trapezoid, and the circular printing press wheel (recalling the Printwork’s logo and the building’s history) as a natural dovetail ​to her current research – which involves a formal obsession with circular surfaces, supports, framing devices and circuits, and is conceptually concerned with romanticism-versus-pragmatism in literature, cinema, architecture and design.

The installation, at various stages, employs paintings, sculptures, projections, textiles and visceral ephemera – steam, aroma, lard – alongside weighty materials – jesmonite, marble, copper – to create an immersive interior. It is the intention to re-configure the entire gallery-space, transforming it into something that shifts between a ​hamam,​ a temple, and an ode to the bodies that dwell in such places, profane and sacred.

Margate Collectors Fair

September 8, Union Church, Union Crescent, Margate, 10am -3pm

Margate Collectors Fairis run in conjunction with Margate’s United Church. It includes stamps, postcards, playing cards, Militaria, coins, books, antiques and small collectables.

Refreshments available

Meet the Artist Peter Garrard

September 8, York Street Gallery, Ramsgate, 2pm-5pm

Peter will be at the gallery on Saturday afternoon to meet and greet visitors. Wine and drinks served.

Sunday, September 9


September 8, The Sundeck (Nayland end of Margate beach), 2pm to 9pm

10 years ago, between 2006 and 2010 Secousse was hosting a monthly residency at the infamous Notting Hill Arts Club, London – A pioneering night for the Afro and tropical sounds that took over the planet since then.

Secousse will be back with the full original UK crew for a special beach party all afternoon at the Sun Deck, Margate.

Etienne Tron
Johan Hugo
A.J. Holmes
+ special guests

Live:  Falle Nioke

Free entrance

Easy Sunday

Turner Contemporary, 1pm to 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!

Cost £4.50 or free to CT9 residents

Jack and the Beanstalk auditions

Theatre Royal Margate

Wicked Productions return to the Theatre Royal for their fourth spectacular year this Christmas with a ‘giant’ of a pantomime, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.

Junior Ensemble

The search is on for children aged between 5 and 12 to play various roles in the production. Children will need to have a good dance background and sing with confidence.

Professional Ensemble

Various roles in the production.

Auditionees will need to have a very high standard of both singing and dancing and be able to play characters within scenes with allocated spoken lines. We are ideally looking for professional ensemble from the Thanet area. This is a paid contract for professionals only.

Junior Ensemble auditions 12:00pm – 2:00pm (registration from 11:30am)

Professional Ensemble auditions 3pm – 5pm (registration from 2.30pm)

To register your interest in auditioning please ‘Like’ and message the Facebook page “Margate Panto“.

Junior Ensemble rehearsals take place every Saturday or Sunday in November. From November  27 the Junior Ensemble join the principal cast rehearsals in the evenings, through to the opening night of the show on December 8..

Children are required to attend every rehearsal day.

Margate Old Town Market

September 9, 10am to 4pm

Stalls with local craft, vintage and more

Community dog park opening

September 9, Quex, 1pm to 6pm

The park opens behind Quex Livery on Sunday

A community dog park, which can be hired for groups or as a safe space for less friendly pets, will open on Sunday (September 9).

The dog park, which is a safe, enclosed area, is based behind Quex Livery at Birchington’s Quex Park and will be run by The Muttley Crew Family.

The opening will feature  stalls, dog accessories, raw foods, dog treats, glitter tattoos, sand art, refreshments, ice cream, local rescues, behaviour services and much more.

All are welcome but dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.

Vicki Stanley, from The Muttley Crew Family, said: “ The community dog park is a safe, enclosed area to be hired by the public for all dogs to use for socialisation, play or training. It can be used for those that have bad recall or just want a safe place to play with other sociable dogs. It can also be hired out for single use for aggressive non-dog friendly dogs.”

Meet The Muttley Crew Family team and find out about their new venture at the event which will run from 1pm to 6pm and is free admission.

Find The Muttley Crew Family on facebook here

Performance Poetry

September 9, London Tavern, Addington Street, Margate, 6pm

Are you struggling with performing poetry? Does standing up in front of other people terrify you, or would you like to improve your stagecraft?

On the second Sunday of every month in The London Tavern Margate, Thanet Writers and Connor Sansby – Word Stuff will be hosting this workshop group to offer support and help for spoken-word poets and those interested in performing poetry and live readings. This is a discussion and practical workshop group focusing on performance, and is designed to help support and develop stage presence and reading skills.

To guarantee a place please register for a free ticket at http://thanetwriters.com

If you are bringing a poem or story for workshopping, please ensure it is no more than five minutes in length. You are welcome to attend without performing, and just learn from the others within the group.

If you are struggling with printing or formatting, have any questions, or need help finding the place, please feel free to ask in Thanet Writers: Discussion or Thanet Poetry Posse.

Fundraising Walk For Florence

The Florence Fundraising Fairy Walk will leave on September 9 at 2pm from George VI Memorial Park at the Winterstoke Garden side, Victoria Parade, and finish at the Sir Stanley Gray.

Money raised goes to Tommy’s charity.

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