22 things to see and do in Thanet September 21-23

Perpetual Canon at Turner Contemporary

It is time for the weekend guide again, and there is everything on offer from jazz to art to Rhinos!

Friday, September 21

Jazz Weekend

September 21-23, Olby’s Soul Café, King Street, Margate

Courtney Pine Photo by Augustas Didzgalv

Olby’s Soul Cafe and Margate Jazz Festival present the jazz weekend  featuring artists including Courtney Pine..

Friday 21st – Paul Booth & The Bansangu Orchestra, 7pm
Having released five solo albums to date, Paul Booth has firmly established himself as an in demand solo artist, as well as a ‘first call’ sideman for many big names in both jazz and popular music worlds.

In his early years, whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music, he won many awards including the prestigious Clifford Brown/Stan Getz fellowship held in Miami, “The Best Modern Jazz Player” category in the televised “Young Jazz Player of the Year” competition and many more.

Show only tickets £15

Saturday 22nd – Courtney Pine ‘Black Notes From The Deep,’ 7pm
No musician more embodies the dramatic transformation in the British jazz scene over the past thirty years than saxophonist Courtney Pine. The ground breaking, multi- instrumentalist has led a generation of exciting and innovative players who have broadened their styles to take jazz out to a wider audience.

Show only tickets £27.50

Sunday 23rd – Omar Puente ‘Best Foot Forward,’ 7pm
Omar has performed in both classical and jazz genres to positive audiences worldwide. On leaving Cuba, he was first violin with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, and toured with Buena Vista’s Ruben Gonzales. Since arriving in England in 1997, he has maintained an international presence.

Sunday Jazz Lunch with special guests.

Show only tickets £15.00

Full Weekend Friday – Sunday Inclusive £37.50
Friday Evening Show, £15.00 plus 10% booking fee
Friday Evening, Soul Food Platter £12.50 pp
Saturday Evening, Show £25.50 plus 10% booking fee
Saturday Evening, Soul Food Platter £12.50 pp
Sunday Daytime, 2pm – 6pm FREE ENTRY
Sunday Lunch Served 12pm – 6pm
Sunday Evening Show, £15.00 plus 10% booking fee
Sunday Evening, Soul Food Platter £12.50 pp

Find info and tickets here  

Your England – Dan Thompson

September 21, 2.30pm, Paines Plough pop up theatre, Marine Gardens, Margate

Dan Thompson plans to write 100 poems about 100 places

From King Arthur’s Round Table in Eden to Winston Churchill at Dover Castle, and from Brixton Market to the rebuilding of Coventry Cathedral, our national story can be found in the buildings all around us.

Travelling from one end of the country to the other, before and after the 2016 referendum, Margate artist and writer Dan Thompson has become interested in how the stories told about England’s historic buildings reflect our sense of identity. In a new project, taking place over the next year, he plans to write 100 poems about 100 places, which together will form a history of England.

And some of the first poems to be created will be read at a performance today (September 21).

The reading lasts around 45 minutes and is free.

Your England is supported by Marine Studios and is part of the Margate Festival. For more information visit www.danthompson.co.uk

Margate Festival

Now until September 30

Babe Studio -Thanet Stoops features in the Margate Festival

Thirty venues and more than 60 events will 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

Find the programme here

Big Up Thanet

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

Photo Greg Bottle

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

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.

Find out more here

Thrills and Spills exhibition

Now until September 25, Pie 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

Lame Ducks

September  19-22 at 7.30pm, Minster Village Hall

Minster Playhouse present an original comedy written by two of their members. It’s full of cutting humour, innuendo and comedic errors.

It is a sad day in the Hodgson household as Joan holds the wake for her father after dedicating her life to caring for him.

The play is set in her front room where Joan is supported by her friends from the local drama group. We meet Peter, who has never married and who has recently qualified as a life coach, Ruth, who has managed to hold down her role as a Brown Owl despite her fear of squirrels, the confident, four times married Anita, whose current husband Donald is suffering from a man’s complaint, and Belinda, the best prompt the group has ever had, despite her fondness for alcohol.

The group are joined by Joan’s rogue nephew, Malcolm, who makes up for the suspicious absence of Joan’s elderly neighbour, Mrs Mallard. The play unfolds to reveal Ruth’s husband, Edward, as not quite the upright citizen he claims to be, the lively Kelly, Joan’s cleaner who does very little cleaning and the artful Tyler, fresh from a young offenders institution.

In each act, the local policemen a man with secrets of his own, arrives bringing news to upset plans of the day. Finally, a gnome is put to unusual use, but one that Daddy would probably have liked very much.

Tickets £8, call 07501894381 or go to www.minsterplayhouse.co.uk

Paines Plough’s Roundabout pop up theatre

Now until September 23, Marine Gardens, Margate

Roundabout pop up theatre 

Roundabout features an electric blend of touring and locally produced work. This year Paines Plough bring three new plays: bittersweet coming of age story Island Town by Simon Longman, razor-sharp satire Sticks and Stones by BAFTA nominated writer Vinay Patel and family space adventure How To Spot An Alien by Georgia Christou.

Also transferring from the Edinburgh festival is the latest play by award-winning playwright Tom Wells. Drip is a one-man musical comedy about a synchronised swimming team in Hull.

Local work includes comedian Charlie Partridge’s new show I Can Make You Feel Good. By Comparison. Dan Thompson, award winning artist and poet, brings his new show Your England featuring 100 poems about 100 places while Karen Bartholomew’s new play Giving Up Marty examines the ups and down of fostering and adoption.

Inspiration Inclusive will be sharing the latest work from their adult groups, including the sing and sign choir. Looping The Loop will be sharing new work in their Scratch-A-Round.

Throughout the festival there are a number of workshops including acting sessions from the Actors Centre, a taster session for the Theatre Royal’s youth theatre and a chance to explore the themes of new play Hannah and Hanna in Dreamland.

Tickets for all performances are £5 or less and will be on sale on the day (cash or card) or you can book in advance via www.painesplough.com/roundabout-margate

Bye Bye Baby

September 21, Margate Winter Gardens, 7.30pm

A Celebration of ‘Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons’

A full theatre show covering the journey of the Four Seasons from the very beginning up until the disco era and the rock and roll hall of fame.

They will perform 31 numbers in close 4 part harmony.

Tables £22
Bleachers £20
Child £10
FOMT £2 off
Table of 10 £190 (£19 per ticket)
Booking fees – £1 per ticket in person/phone. £2 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 or click here

The Seagull (12a)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Photo credit: Abbott Genser

An amazing cast including Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn, Atonement, Lady Bird), Annette Bening (20th Century Women, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool), Elizabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale and Mad Men) and Brian Dennehy (Belly of an Architect) brings Chekhov’s The Seagull to the screen.

One summer at a lakeside Russian estate, friends and family father for a weekend in the countryside. While everyone is caught up in passionately loving someone who loves somebody else, a tragicomedy unfolds about art, fame, human folly, and the eternal desire to live a purposeful life.

Based on Anton Chekhov’s classic play, The Seagull explores, with comedy and melancholy, the obsessive nature of love, the tangled relationships between parents and children, and the transcendent value and psychic toll of making art.

Friday 21 September, 7.45pm

Saturday 22 September, 6.00pm

Sunday 23 September, 7.00pm

Monday 24 September, 6.00pm

Tuesday 25 September, 3.00pm

Wednesday 26 September, 6.00pm

Thursday 27 September, 6.00pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Saturday, September 22

Thanet Male Voice Choir and guest choirs

September 22, Margate Winter Gardens, 7pm (doors open at 6pm)

The three choir concert is hosted by the Thanet Male Voice Choir with visiting choirs from the Kent Police and Snowdown Colliery. The proceeds from the concert are going to the RNLI Margate.

Full Price £8
On the Door £10
Booking fees – £1 per ticket in person/phone. £2 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 or click here

Roxanne – Golden Anniversary Show

September 22, Margate Winter Gardens, 7.30pm

Roxanne wowed the audience of Britain’s Got Talent

A Thanet performer will celebrate 50 years of entertaining audiences with a special show at Margate Winter Gardens.

Roxanne Chesher-Brazier first trod the boards when she was just over two-years-old after her isle dance teacher got her a spot in a Christmas panto at the Pier Pavilion Theatre in Worthing.

The variety show celebrating the golden anniversary will feature a range of music from Roxanne on her piano including hits of the 1950s, Country & Western, Jazz, songs from the musicals and a special presentation to the Royal British Legion with songs from the 1940s and World War Two.

The show is in support of The Royal British Legion. It takes place from 7.30pm.


Full Price £12, Concessions £10, Child £8

To book call 01843 292795 or click here

World of Dance weekend

September 22-23, Dreamland, Margate, Saturday 9am – 2am and Sunday 9am- 6pm

Ballroom, Hall By The Sea

A two day feast and celebration of global social dance workshops, short lectures on selected dance styles, amazing shows, live music and 4 incredible social dance parties which includes – ‘Fiesta Latino – Salsa’ ‘Milonga – Tango’ ‘The Prohibition Party – Jive and Swing with Live Music’ and ‘Tea Dance – Ballroom’

This is a 16+ event. Suitable for all levels and abilities, plus anyone with a passion in Music, Culture, and Dance.

Details and admission prices here 

World Rhino Day

September 22, Powell Cotton Museum, Quex Park, Birchington

Sessions in Galleries 3 and 6 11am-12pm, 12pm – 1pm and 2pm-3pm

Fun facts and make your own 3D rhino to take home. For 3-15 year olds.


Children £4
Child Member £3.50;
Adults: Free, but must remain with the group.
Activity cost does not include Admission to Museum, House and Gardens.

More details here

Ghost Tour

September 22, Theatre Royal Margate. From 8.30pm – 2am

Theatre Royal Margate Photo Sheradon Dublin

The Theatre Royal is the oldest theatre in Kent and the second oldest theatre in England. It was built in 1787, burned down in 1829 and was remodelled in 1879. The exterior is largely from the l9th century and has remained relatively untouched

From 1885 to 1899 actor-manager Sarah Thorne ran a school for acting at the Theatre Royal which is widely regarded as Britain’s first formal drama school. Actors who received their initial theatrical training there include Harley Granville-Barker, Evelyn Millard, Louis Calvert, George Thorne, Janet Achurch, Adelaide Neilson and Irene and Violet Vanbrugh, among others.

According to local reports, hauntings began in 1918 when the ghost of Sarah Thorne (an actress) was seen. There is one particular area where paranormal activity is higher; a trapdoor which leads to what was a smugglers cave. Paranormal activity has been reported on the stage and backstage and it is known that one of the boxes is haunted as a man jumped from the box to his death during a performance.

Another ghost, that of an actor who committed suicide, is held responsible for creating strange lights that float around the stage area.

Tickets (two remaining) £35pp. Book here

Invicta Concert Band: Musical Showcase

September 22, 7.30pm, Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs

Based in Herne Bay, Invicta Concert Band was established in 1983 and since then has achieved a large following and a reputation for being one of the most popular Concert Bands in the area. The band has a wide repertoire including military marches, big band, swing, classical, film and popular music.


£10 Advance/Friends
£12 Doors

Find the website here

A Night To Shine

September 22, starting at Holy Trinity, Nelson Place, Broadstairs, 7pm

Night To Shine warm up

Join Pilgrims Hospices for a sponsored 3 or 6 mile night-time stroll under the stars to raise vital funds to support local hospice care. Gather family, friends or colleagues and enjoy music, a friendly, party atmosphere, energetic warm-up and lots more…then set off among a sea of glowing lights.

On the night entry is available between 5.30pm until 6.45pm at £20 adults, £15 under 18s, under 3s free. Simply head to the registration desk area at the venue when you arrive.

Entry includes t-shirt, torch, medal and memory lantern for you to personalise with your own message or design.

Find out more, and register, here

Step Back In Time

Weekends, 11am-5pm in the Dreamland Boardroom

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

 The Heiresses (12a)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Chela and Chiquita, both descended from wealthy families in Asunción, Paraguay, have been together for over 30 years. But recently their financial situation has worsened and they begin selling off their inherited possessions. But when their debts lead to Chiquita being imprisoned on fraud charges, Chela is forced to face a new reality.

Driving for the first time in years, she begins to provide a local taxi service to a group of elderly wealthy ladies.

As Chela settles into her new life, she encounters the much younger Angy, forging a fresh and invigorating new connection. Chela finally begins to break out of her shell and engage with the world, embarking on her own personal, intimate revolution.

Spanish with English subtitles

Saturday 22 September, 8.30pm

Tuesday 25 September, 6.00pm

Thursday 27 September, 8.30pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Sunday, September 23

Margate Old Town Market

10am to 4pm

Featuring vintage and locally produced goods.

Easy Sunday – Print a zoo

September 23, 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 or free to CT9 residents

Branco Stoysin in concert

September 23, 7pm, Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs

Branco Stoysin’s Sunny side of guitar, where whispers from Sun flow into music….an evening of the music to heal and replenish your heart, soul and ears..

The new album “Above the Clouds” marks the 20th anniversary of Branco’s Sun recordings label that has produced 8 acclaimed CD albums, a live DVD and two music books, all with over 60 original tunes released.

Advance/Friends £10
Doors £12

Find the website here