19 things to see and do in Thanet October 5-7

Stories, shadows and film family workshop at the Palace Cinema

It is the weekend and time for some fun. Here is our guide of things to see and do in Thanet

Friday, October 5

First Friday- One Small Step

HKD space museum project in Hong Kong

October 5, drop in from 6.30pm to 8.30pm – everyone welcome, Marine Studios, 17 Albert Terrace, Margate

This Friday 5 Houghton Kneale Design Ltd, based at Marine Studios, are hosting the First Friday to talk a little about their recent projects but they also want to hear about you.

With several projects recently opened (Hong Kong Space Museum, World Cultures Gallery at The Wilson, Delapré Abbey),they have several in progress that require commissions and more in the pipeline.
If you would like to present a little about what you do they’d love to hear from you and there is room for mini PechaKucha’s, but if you’d rather keep it casual that’s also great.

The remit is wide! Artists, illustrators, coders, scientists, script writers, sound artists/musicians, game developers, theatre people, textiles folk, makers and more.
Tsingtao beer and snacks included.

World Space Week

October 5, 7pm-10pm, Monkton Nature reserve

As part of World Space Week the Monkton Stargazers are putting on a special evening to view Saturn’s rings. Other planets will be on show too as well as nebulae and galaxies.

Also astrophysicist Natalia Garrett will be giving a short talk during the evening on Saturn, the Solar System and the Cassini mission.

As this is a special event there will be a charge – £2.50 for children and £5 for adults.
World Space Week is the largest space event on Earth, UN-declared World Space Week is celebrated October 4-10 annually. It is an international celebration of the contribution of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition. World Space Week consists of a myriad of space-related events held by space agencies, aerospace companies, schools, planetaria, museums, and astronomy clubs in a common timeframe to achieve greater student and public impact through synchronization.

Margate Film Festival


Running now until October 7, venues across Margate

The film festival is an eclectic curation of British and international features, shorts, live scores, experimental performances, music videos, discussions, exhibitions, family workshops and more.

The full programme for the festival can be found at  www.margatefilmfestival.co.uk

The Animals and Children

A new production from 1927

Theatre Royal  on October 5, 7.30pm, and October 6 at 3pm and 7.30pm.

Live music synchronised with performance, storytelling, film and animation comes to the stage with the latest production by theatre company 1927.

The Animals and Children takes the audience to the Bayou, part of a city feared and loathed wherein lies the infamous Bayou Mansions; a sprawling stinking tenement block, where curtain-twitchers and peeping-toms live side by side, and the wolf… is always at the door.

When Agnes Eaves and her daughter arrive late one night, does it signal hope in this hopeless place, or has the real horror only just begun?


Full Price £16, Concession £14, FOMT £12, Schools £8

Booking fees apply

For those aged 10 and over

To book call 01843 292795 or click here

Psychic Sally – Kisses to Heaven Tour

October 5, 7.30pm, Margate Winter Gardens

Psychic, television and theatre star Sally Morgan is back with her phenomenal interactive stage show.

Full Price £23.50
FOMT £2 off
Restricted View £21

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

Call 01843 292795 or click here

Around the Town

Runs until October 16, exhibition open 11am-5pm, gallery at Nice Things, Harbour Street, Ramsgate

Artist Geoffrey Reeve is showing a collection of over 22 original costume designs spanning the 1880s to 1920s in an exhibition ‘Around The Town’. With works by Wilhelm, ‘Bert’ Thomas MBE, Robert Crafter, Alfredo Colorno, Louis Besche and Attilio Comelli, they present a beautiful view of a select period of theatrical design, for musical comedy, dance and pantomime.

Geoffrey Reeve has been collecting designs and other ephemera of theatrical history since he was a stage hand in the 1970s. As for many art students, where his life would go and what he’d do to earn a living was a little vague. Paying his way through college by working backstage in most of London’s West End theatres added a new interest in the art of the designer, and especially for the wonderful Victorian and early Edwardian artists behind costumes and scenery.



October 5, 9pm-1am, Dreamland Hall by the Sea

Uplifting house music and glamour ahead of their 20th anniversary next year

Featuring Alison Limerick (Live PA), Michael Gray & Full Intention (DJ Sets).

This is an 18+ event. Tickets  £17.50 plus booking fee. Click here for more details.

Falling Leaves arts and crafts fair

October 5, 11am-2pm and Saturday, October 6, 1pm-4pm, Garden Gate Project, Northdown Park, Margate

Arts & Crafts for all ages and abilities – raku firing, tool shed dark room, jewellery making, printing, yoga, shiatsu and many more arts and crafts activities

Tea, coffee, cake, soup and our homemade wood fired pizzas

The Little Stranger (12a)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Adapted from Sarah Water’s gothic chiller by the director of Room. Dr. Faraday (Domhnall Gleeson) has built a life of quiet respectability as a typical English country doctor. During the long hot summer of 1948, he is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall, where his mother once worked as a maid. The Hall has been home to the Ayres family for more than two centuries. But it is now in decline and its inhabitants – mother (Charlotte Rampling), son and daughter – are haunted by something more ominous than a dying way of life. When he takes on his new patient, Faraday has no idea how closely, and how disturbingly, the family’s story is about to become entwined with his own.

Friday 5 October, 7.45pm

Saturday 6 October, 8.30pm

Sunday 7 October, 7.00pm

Monday 8 October, 6.00pm

Tuesday 9 October, 3.00pm

Wednesday 10 October, 6.00pm

Thursday 11 October, 6.00pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Saturday October 6

Ada Lovelace and computing women

October 6-7, Ramsgate Micro Museum, Church Hill

A slideshow about Ada Lovelace and other women who have played a part in creating our modern digital world.

The slideshow is an indie event for Ada Lovelace Day, which this year falls on 9 October and is a worldwide celebration of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics).

This year marks the 175th anniversary of the publication of Ada’s “Notes” which contains what is widely considered to be the world’s first workable computer program.

The slideshow will run on both afternoons (1pm-4pm) with the aim of letting our visitors discover just how groundbreaking Ada’s ideas were and how, in the decades which followed, many women.- often unrecognised and unsung – have contributed to the world of computing which we all take for granted today.

No additional charge for viewing the slideshow –  normal Museum admission to pay.

Find out more about Ada Lovelace Day (ALD) at findingada.com.

Anthony Giles – studio pieces exhibition

Birchington Framing Centre and Gallery, Preview October 6, exhibition October 9-27

Margate artist Anthony Giles exhibition with a first viewing and meet the artist event on Saturday October 6, 2pm-4pm.

This is the first major exhibition for the Station Approach gallery and shop opened by Paul and Lorrain Edwards in March.

The business frames everything from watercolours, oils or prints on canvas, to photos, prints, tapestries, cross stitch, medals and even seashells. The shop also has display space for local artists to show and sell their work. The space is rent free with a commission on sales.

Lorrain said: “Our first 6 months have been busy with providing a picture framing service. We also have display space available for local crafters and artists to display and sell their work. The feedback from customers has really positive. We want to thank our customers for their support and custom and we hope we can continue to grow and develop our business.”

Marylebone Painters

October 6-November 3, Gallery 98, 98 High Street, Ramsgate

Open Thursday – Saturday 11am-5pm

Marylebone painters with a Private View on October 6.

Graham Ward- Fisterra

October 6-9, Pie Factory Margate, Broad Street, 11am-5pm

Fisterra is a retrospective exhibition by Graham Ward that brings together paintings from 1980 to the present (many in private collections) in addition to new works created specifically for the Pie Factory Margate space that have been prompted by the act of journeying to the Atlantic port of Finisterre on the Northern tip of Spain.

Faces, Places (12a)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

French with subtitles

Equal parts breezily charming and poignantly powerful, Faces Places is a unique cross-generational documentary portrait of life in rural France from the mother of the French New Wave Agnès Varda (Cléo from 5 to 7, Vagabond).

Marking a long-awaited return to filmmaking in the year of her 90th birthday, Face Places sees iconic filmmaker Agnès Varda forging an unexpected collaboration with photographer JR as they embark on a road trip like no other. The two artists share a passion for images and how they’re created, displayed and shared; Varda through cinema, JR through his emotionally arresting outdoor installations. Inspired by this connection, they set out in JR’s photo booth-enhanced truck, exploring the villages and small towns of rural France and meeting its humble residents – all the while creating large-scale portraits plastered across unconventional locations. What follows is a heart-warming insight into unnamed communities, documented here in Varda’s typically playful and tender manner. A Cannes Film Festival award-winner and Academy Award nominee, Faces Places is a deeply charming and life-affirming look at not only the subtle power of community, but the inspiration that comes from the most cross-generational of friendships.

Varda’s film Vagabond will also be showing on October 9 for the Thanet Film Club

Saturday 6 October, 6.00pm

Tuesday 9 October, 6.00pm

Thursday 11 October, 8.30pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Charity quiz

October 6, 7pm, The Lord Byron, Byron Avenue, Margate

Cost £5 per player, teams from 4-8 players. All proceeds go to Kent air ambulance and winners get a cash prize. On the night raffle. Book early to reserve tables. Any donations for raffle much appreciated.

Sunday, October 7

Ramsgate Blitz Walks

October 7, 10am, meet at Ramsgate Library

Relive the dark days of the war in the heaviest bombed seaside town in the country. Hear the stories, visit the places.

The tour takes approximately 2 hours and is free with donations welcome.

No need to book. Dogs and children welcome.

Silver Sunday

October 7, Dreamland

An afternoon of dancing, entertainment and activities.

Silver Sunday, a national network of events celebrating age, promoting health and wellbeing and reducing loneliness, is being jointly organised by Dreamland and Thanet Volunteer Bureau under the banner of the Big Lottery funded Thanet Community Support Partnership (TCSP).

The 2018 event promises to include a wealth of features and attractions many of which will not have been seen before at Silver Sunday.

Complete with accompaniment from the impressive eleven-piece Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, renowned dancer Ms Tequila Slammer Anna plus special Guests will provide a tea dance offering free demonstrations and classes in the Tango, Cha Cha and Waltz, all within the inspiring Hall By the Sea.  In addition, 100 lucky people will be treated to a free afternoon tea – this is on a first-come, first-served basis so book early to avoid disappointment.

A variety of light physical activities will be on offer throughout the afternoon, from chair-based exercises to Tai-Chi with a twist, and holistic therapies.  While for those with a thirst for learning, there will be a host of talks, from local heritage to community safety, and arts and crafts themed workshops.

An information market place opening up access to leisure, social and support services from across Thanet, will be situated in the beautifully restored Grade 2* listed ballroom, alongside choirs, performers and further fun-packed activities.

Thrill seekers have not been not left out either, as Dreamland itself will be open for business – including several of the newest rides unveiled in the summer and old favourites like the Scenic Railway.

The event runs from noon – 4pm and is free except for the amusement park.  For those who need help getting to and from Dreamland on the day, buses from Thanet Community Transport Association will get you from door-to-door.

To find out more about Silver Sunday, book for the Afternoon Tea, or arrange transport call 01843 609336 or email tcsp.info@thanetvolunteerbureau.co.uk.

Stories, Shadows and Silent Film – family workshop

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs, October 7 at 11am

The Palace Cinema, Wall of Sea and Margate Film Festival present an exciting opportunity for parents and children to explore classic silent short shadow animations by early filmmaker Lotte Reiniger accompanied by live piano from Lilian Henley, and to make their own simple shadow puppets to take home.

For: Children age 6-11 and parents/carers

Tickets available from Palace Cinema: £6 per head (advance) / £8 per head (door)

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Ghost the musical -auditions

October 7, 6pm, Stage Door theatre company, St Luke’s Avenue, Ramsgate

Stage Door present Ghost The Musical, April 2019 in Margate.

They are looking for a talented group of adults to play lead roles, as well as ensemble roles.
16+ for leads, ensemble/ dancers

For show dates, rehearsal info and to apply for an audition slot, please email ghostproductionteam@outlook.com, where you will be sent an audition pack with all of the information you will need.