25 things to see and do in Thanet September 14-16

Big Up Thanet's exhibition Photo by Frank Leppard

The weekend is here and although the holidays are over, there is still plenty on offer.

Friday, September 14

Extraordinary Women

The ‘shell lady’ by Frank Leppard

Now until September 16, Droit House, Margate, 10am to 5pm

An exhibition in conjunction with Margate Museum, in historic Droit House’s ‘Drum Room.’ Explore some of the characters behind Margate’s famous ‘Shell Ladies.’

Heritage Open Days

Photo Brian Whitehead

The new education, research, and visitor centre at St Augustine’s is open for the weekend, aiming to increase knowledge and accessibility around two themes: the Victorian architect Augustus Pugin, and St Augustine of England, who brought Christianity to southern England for the first time.

Find more sites taking part in the open weekend here

Pugin Week

St Augustine’s Church, St Augustine’s Road, Ramsgate

St Augustine’s Photo Marie Muscat King

The annual festival of Augustus Pugin – the designer of the Houses of Parliament –running from now until September 16.

Pugin Week celebrates the life and legacy of Augustus Pugin – the Ramsgate resident who designed Big Ben and led the worldwide Gothic Revival. He was one of the most influential designers and architects Britain has produced, and who made his home in Ramsgate. He lived 1812-1852, and his impact is still being felt today.

Friday 14th
4.30pm Vespers and Benediction of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
7pm Illustrated Lecture by Martin Renshaw and Dr Vicki Harding

Saturday 15th
3pm ‘A 19C Battle of Styles or Union of Opposites’ walk

Sunday 16th
12pm Pugin Festival Mass

For further please see programme

Big Up Thanet

Photo by Sue Fewings

Open now until September 23, New Kent Art Gallery, Albion Street, Broadstairs

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

Big Up Thanet Facebook group has been highlighting all the fabulous sights and landmarks from around the isle for the past three years

For the past 2 years the best photographers from the group have hosted an exhibition of their work. Mel Chennell who set up the group, is joined by Frank Leppard, Derek White, Dean Spinks, Mark Milham, David Brown, Brian Whitehead, Susan Fewings, Sarah Tighe, Greg Bottle, Dan Thomsett, and many more.

Cornelia Parker -Perpetual Cannon

Open now until March 17, 2019, Turner Contemporary, Margate

Photo Cornelia Parker/Frith Gallery

Perpetual Canon is an installation by Cornelia Parker RA. It is made up of sixty flattened instruments once belonging to a brass band. The artwork will be installed in Turner Contemporary’s Sunley Gallery which overlooks the North Sea.

Cornelia Parker is known for her sculptures and installations that explore the potential of matter, often subjecting commonplace objects to processes such as crushing, wrapping, exploding or dropping. Here, a collection of compressed trumpets, cornets, tubas and other instruments are silenced. In Parker’s words: ‘the band may be winded, but they’re not down and out: they’re still marching.’

A canon is a piece of music where a melody is played and imitated after a short delay.

Thrills and Spills exhibition

September 14-25, Pue Factory Gallery, Broad Street, Margate

The third joint exhibition by artists Darren Lewis and Ross Andrews is open at the Pie Factory Gallery in Margate.

Thrills and Spills follows their successful previous exhibitions titled ‘Sand, Sea and Light’ in 2016 and ‘In and Out the Sea’ in 2017.  The exhibition ‘Sand , Sea and Light’ gained BBC interest.

Thrills and Spills brings together all the fun experiences and aspects of the Thanet coastline.

Darren depicts, with traditional methods of oil paint, the Thrills of the obvious fun seeking activities within Margate’s Dreamland amusement park. These include past childhood memories of white knuckle rides at the height of its success in the then named Bembom Brothers during the 1980s.

Ross offers extreme photography to record the power of the sea at its most exhilarating, capturing the thrills of being in our waters from a unique viewpoint.    Ross experiences his own version of white knuckle rides by physically immersing himself within the power of the sea providing unique imagery as he rides the waves and spills surrounding us.

Find more details here

Show Me Love

September 14-15, Margate Winter Gardens

Show starts 8:30pm to 1am

‘Show Me Love’ brings you live performances from the world’s best headliners from way back when, through the noughties to today!

Special Guests include DJ Luck & MC Neat, Artful Dodger, Robyn S, Shola Ama, Sweet Female Attitude performing their garage smash ‘Flowers’, Baby D with ‘Let Me Be Your Fantasy’, and many more!

Couple this with the pioneering Show Me Love DJ’s playing a selection of your favourite floor-fillers and live vocal sets that will blow you away for an atmosphere like no other!

Full Price £25
Door price £28
Booking fees – £2 per ticket in person/phone. £3 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 or click here

Arrangement by Lizzy Rose

September 14-30, Crate, Bilton’s Yard, Margate

Lizzy Rose presents Arrangement at Crate

A layer of living moss forms an indoor landscape in a new audio-visual installation titled Arrangement at Crate, just off the High Street in Bilton’s Yard. Incorporating video, sound, hand-made objects and manipulated plant-life, the work explores landscape, nostalgia and the pursuit of knowledge between cultures.

Lizzy Rose visited Japan in 2016 to research a form of floristry called ikebana which has been practiced for more than 600 years. Rose’s interest lies in the hidden culture surrounding this art form, which she examines by drawing parallels between The Art of Flower Arranging, a book produced in the 1950s, and the classes held today in Tokyo by the Ohara School of Ikebana for International students.

Find out more here

Margate Festival

September 14-30, various Margate venues

Thirty venues and more than 60 events feature in the 2018 Margate Festival.

From poets  in  cafes  waiting  to  write  for  you, sound   installations,  exhibitions,  unexpected  signs,  projection,  performance,  workshops,  print,  poetry,  drama,  photography,  painting,  walks,  tours,  video  and  film  screenings and shared  food – there’s a huge programme on offer.

From  Margate railway station to The Garden Gate  Project, there are a variety of interesting venues to visit.

The festival runs from September 14- 30 and there is a pre-event at the Liddicoat & Goldhill Project Space at The Printworks in Union Row.

Chiara Williams: ​‘A rose is a rose is a rose…’  opened on September 8 and runs until October 6.

Find out more here

Blackkklansman (15)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Spike Lee’s hugely enjoyable and politically timely film uses this unbelievable, yet true, police investigation to highlight racism in America, both past and present. It’s frequently hilarious, particularly in highlighting the idiocy of the Klan, but never misses a moment to comment on the bigotry at the heart of racial inequality.

Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) tells his incredible true story of a black Colorado police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan by going undercover, with the help of a white colleague (Adam Driver).

Friday 14 September, 7.45pm

Saturday 15 September, 6.00pm

Sunday 16 September, 7.00pm

Monday 17 September, 8.30pm

Tuesday 18 September, 3.00pm

Wednesday 19 September, 5.30pm

Thursday 20 September, 6.00pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Saturday, September 15

Great British Beach Clean – Plumpudding

2.30pm, Meet: Outside ‘The Minnis Bar & Brasserie’, Minnis Bay, Birchington.CT7 9QP

Join a beach clean and litter survey, as a part of the Marine Conservation Society’s annual national campaign to help the coast. Events lasts for 2.5 hours – gloves, sticks and bags are all provided.

Alternatively, you could join a local volunteer Coastal Wardens or Community Groups to record and clean beach litter in other bays around the N.E. Kent Marine Protected Area coast – look at the website for more details www.nekmpa.org.uk

Clean along the refreshing ‘Northern Sea Wall’ beaches at the very western end of Minnis Bay, heading towards Reculver.

Great British Beach Clean – Pegwell Bay

September 15,10am, meet: At the beach below the former hoverport access road, Cliffsend. CT12 5HY

Join a beach clean and litter survey, as a part of the Marine Conservation Society’s annual national campaign to help the coast. Events lasts for 2.5 hours – gloves, sticks and bags are all provided.

Look at the website for more details www.nekmpa.org.uk

Clean along the National Nature Reserve beach, near to the chalk cliffs.

Texture, Pattern & Colour  

September 15 – November 4, opening event Saturday 15 September  2pm – 4pm Lombard Street Gallery, Margate

Lombard Street Gallery is exhibiting a colourful collection of textural and decorative works from national and internationally acclaimed artists; Ian Allan, Elizabeth Cake, Claire Gill, Mark Habisrittinger, Esther Miles & Margo Selby.

Texture, pattern and colour shape our environments, whether it’s the pattern that we wake up to on our wallpaper, the colour the sky presents us with when we open the curtains, or the texture on the walls that we move past on our way to work.

There are artists, who are so visually attuned to texture, pattern and colour that all the shapes and forms these mediums take, inspire them. These creatives, enjoy the colour clashes that most people find challenging. They are inspired by the surfaces and textural combinations that attract and repel us in equal measure and they produce work that enables us to view the world through their eyes, if only for the moments we spend in front of the gallery wall displaying it.

Texture, Pattern & Colour exhibition at Lombard Street Gallery is a celebration of the work of these artists.

www.lombardstreetgallery.co.uk  or call 01843 292779

Mammy – The Al Jolson Story

September 15 at 7.30pm, Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs

Performed by Issi Dye, one of Australia’s leading original cabaret stars, with over 40 years in showbiz! A veteran of stage and television Issi Dye has performed his amazing tribute act to the great Al Jolson for more than 15 years, with over 1000 memorable performances.

Issi was brought up with his father singing in the synagogue and enjoying the Jolson music at a young age. “Mammy the Al Jolson Story” is a wonderful musical story, starting from the 20s Vaudeville days of the Broadway stage and onto the movie screens in Hollywood….starring in the first talkie movie “The Jazz Singer” in 1927. Issi will bring back to the stage the great songs of Jolson. This show is performed in white face.

Advance/Friends £12
Doors £14

Call 01843 863701 or click here

Isle of Thanet Railway Society Exhibition

September 15-16, 10am-3pm, Hornby Visitor Centre, Westwood

Normal Visitor Centre ticket admission charges apply, see website for details.

Step Back in Time with the Dreamland Trust

Weekends from Saturday, September 15,  11am-5pm in the Dreamland Boardroom

First Dreamland staff outing 1920s

The Dreamland Trust has opened a new exhibition space at Dreamland.

Photographs from the Trust’s archives dating back to the early 1900s will be on display and footage of Dreamland from the 1970s and ’80s will be shown in a viewing area. There will also be an opportunity to view some of the digital archives held by the Trust.

Members of the public will be able to find out how Dreamland was saved, and find out more about the iconic Scenic Railway which has been the highlight of so many visits to Dreamland since it was built in 1920.

The exhibition follows last year’s successful Barry Kirk and Nick Evans exhibitions, which attracted over 7,000 visitors.

The exhibition will open weekends and on selected days during the week, which will be advertised via the Trust’s website www.dreamlandtrust.org.uk and facebook pages.

Cold War (15)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Paweł Pawlikowski follows his Oscar-winning Ida with the stunning Cold War, an epic romance set against the backdrop of Europe after World War II. Sumptuously shot in luminous black and white, it spans decades and nations to tell a love story that is as tragic as it is moving, and as transportive as it is honest.

In the ruins of post-war Poland, Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and Zula (Joanna Kulig) fall deeply, obsessively and destructively in love. As performing musicians forced to play into the Soviet propaganda machine, they dream of escaping to the creative freedom of the West. But one day, as they spot their chance to make a break for Paris, both make a split decision that will mark their lives forever. As the years march on in the wake of that moment, Wiktor and Zula watch the world changing around them, always struggling to find their moment in time.

Winner of the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival 2018, Pawlikowski melds the personal with the political to exquisite effect. Set to a soundtrack that takes you from the rustic folk songs of rural Poland to the sultry jazz of a Paris basement bar, it’s a wistful and dreamlike journey through a divided continent – and a heartbreaking portrait of ill-fated love.

Saturday 15 September, 8.45pm

Monday 17 September, 6.00pm

Tuesday 18 September, 6.00pm

Thursday 20 September, 8.45pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Sunday 16 September

Breakout launch party

Breakout manager Cliff Bishop and co-owner Lucy Stillman in the Haunted Graveyard

September 15, noon, Breakout, Grange Road, Ramsgate

Ramsgate’s newest escape rooms opens for a launch day on Saturday (September 15).

Breakout, based at the former Penn’s wet fish and chip shop in Southwood Road, will feature four rooms in all with the first two ready for the opening day.

Brooklyn Diner is now also based at the escape rooms.

Find out more here

A Musical Box of Delights presented by Quodlibet of Canterbury

September 16, 3.30pm at St Nicholas-at-Wade church

A vocal quintet performing a collection of varied, secular a cappella songs from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries – some using all five voices, some four, three, two, or solo – in a beautiful ancient church built long before almost any of the music was first sung.

Tickets £10 on the door, or £8 in advance from St Nicholas-at-Wade post office (call 01843 844632 for opening hours). Under-18s free. Refreshments will be available.

Information on all events at St Nicholas-at Wade church can be found at http://bit.ly/StNickNews or on the church’s Facebook page: @stnicholasatwadechurch

Margate Caves exhibition

Photo Frank Leppard

September 16, Droit House, Margate, 10am to 5pm

The Trust for Thanet Archaeology will be displaying material from the recent excavations at Margate Caves.

Easy Sunday – Clay Critters

September 16, 1pm – 4pm, Turner Contemporary

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!

£4,50/free for CT9 residents

The Glenn Miller Story

September 16, show starts at 5pm, Margate Winter Gardens

The true story of the Glenn Miller Band including 20 of the classics such as “In the Mood”, “American Patrol”, “At Last” etc. plus, the Big Band standards of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald and music from such show as “West Side Story”, “Les Misérables” and “Chess” – all in the Miller easy listening style by the ASTOR Big Band and singers – with an added section to reflect the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1 featuring the Thanet Stage School of Performing Arts.

All profits are donated to the Royal British Legion

Full Price £21

Call 01843 292795 or click here

The Pantaloons present “As You Like it” by William Shakespeare

September 16, 7pm, Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs

“All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players…” Welcome to the Forest of Arden, a world of clowns, lovers, runaways and rebels. The critically acclaimed Pantaloons present their innovative and hilarious version of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy, with folky, foot-stomping live music and their own inimitable brand of buffoonery.

Call 01843 863701 or click here


September 16, Turner Contemporary

Photo Turner Contemporary

A day of artist performances, workshops, film and animal expert-led tours, exploring  co-habitation with other species, in particular those seen as pests or strays, relegated to the edges of human society.

See new live works by artists Bronwen Buckeridge, who will translate a real time phone call with a raven into an avian performance, and Robbie Judkins, who will use sonic devices that scare animals away to create sound composition.

Become part of a troop of monkeys or blind creatures in artist Adam James’s Live Action Role Play workshops, and experience Animals & Us through short tours with members of the Animal Humanities Network at Kent University.

The day also includes ‘Co-Existence: John Berger’s Films about Animals’, a special screening of two films made in collaboration with the critic John Berger, and an in conversation with artist and activist Andrea Luka Zimmerman. Zimmerman’s Taskafa: Stories of the Street is a poetic portrait of the street dogs of Istanbul and the residents who care for them, while the animal masked presenters in Mike Dibbs’ Parting Shots from Animals explore our marginalisation of non-human species.

PEST has been organised by curator and researcher Rose Thompson in collaboration Gareth Evans, Film Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery, and the Kent Animal Humanities Network and supported by the University of Kent’s School of Arts.

Find the full programme here

Margate Old Town Market

September 16, 10am to 4pm

Featuring vintage and locally produced goods.