33 things to do and see in Thanet October 26-28

Halloween terror 1922 style at the Palace in Broadstairs

Get Spooked at Dreamland

Get Spooked is back at Dreamland Margate this half-term, with seven days of frightfully good fun by the sea for families to enjoy at the amusement park. Get Spooked in a slippery slime factory, put your craft skills to use in a Halloween-themed costume workshop, get jumpy in a spooky games arena or lost in a puzzle hedge maze.

There will also be a character appearance from children’s TV superhero favourites, PJ Masks on Wednesday, October 24.

Get Spooked takes place between Noon-4pm on:

  • Friday 26 October
  • Saturday 27 October
  • Sunday 28 October

Indoor areas including the vintage arcade, roller disco and children’s soft play area, the Octopus’s Garden, will be open daily.

More information can be found at www.dreamland.co.uk

Simple Simon’s New Halloween Adventure

October 26, Margate Winter Gardens, 2.30pm

Children’s favourite Simple Simon makes a welcome return to the Winter Gardens, Margate for a new adventure show specially for Halloween!

The panto style show is packed with song, comedy and lots of joining in, especially the popular ‘Stage Spots’ where lucky children from the audience are selected at random to get up on stage and take part in games and songs to win small prizes.

The new story features Fairy Moonbeam asking Simon and his pet cat Tommy for their help against a powerful and evil wizard by the name of Digbert Dingbat who is plotting to take over the three worlds, and then the universe! He is surprised when his long-lost sister Dinah Dingbat returns to join him in the search for the two halves of a magic Talisman which will give him the power he needs.

The Talisman’s are held by two children: Jack Horner and Princess Jasmine, who suddenly find themselves in great danger and need Simple Simon to help save them!

Ticket prices have been frozen at £7.50 ( £28 for family of four) but the theatre applies booking fees.

Call the box office on 01843 292795 to book in advance or click here

Magical Beasts

October 26-28, Ramsgate Micro Museum, Church Hill, Ramsgate, 1pm-4pm

Themed games eventThere will be (videogame) dragons and other magical beasties at museum.

Adult £5
Child £4
Family (1 or 2 adults and 1 or 2 children) £10
Children 14 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult

Hornby Hobbies October half term fun

October 26: £2 entry to the Visitor Centre or free if you come in fancy dress

Let’s Get Messy!

October 26, 11am-12.30pm and 1:30pm-3pm in Gallery 6 of the Powell Cotton Museum at Quex estate, Birchington

Make your own mask out of clay. Learn techniques and see some of our amazing masks from around the world. Find out what masks are used for in other cultures as you put your new skills to the test to produce a stunning mask to keep and take home.

Please wear/ bring along appropriate clothing for working with clay. Suitable for children aged 5 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Please note children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Child £4
Child Member £3.50
Adults free
(Please note cost does not include museum, house and garden entry)

More details here

Pumpkin Party

October 26, noon until 3pm, free but tickets must be booked

Head to the Windmill Community Gardens, Dane Valley Road, Margate, for an afternoon full of fun with

  • Pond dipping
  • Pumpkin Carving
  • Bug Hunt
  • BBQ
  • Children’s Gardening

Tickets available from Millmead Children’s Centre (Dane Valley Road, Margate Monday – Friday, 8:45am – 5pm) or Windmill Community Gardens (Dane Valley Road/College Road)

Totally Wired 13th Halloween party

October 26, 9pm – 2am, last entry 11pm

Hall By The Sea at Dreamland

Totally Wired’s 13th annual Halloween party in Margate

DJ’s Fragile and Orlandimus will be playing all the latest and greatest in Indie, rock, metal, pop punk, alternative and more. Kicking the party off with a special guest set from Rosie D

Tickets from £8 + booking fee in advance.

This is an 18+ event. More details and booking here

Smallfoot (U)

Smallfoot at Palace Cinema in Broadstairs

Palace Cinema Broadstairs

An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, Smallfoot turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist – a human.

News of this Smallfoot throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in an all new story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.

Friday 26 October, 3.00pm

Saturday 27 October, 3.00pm

Sunday 28 October, 2.00pm

Call 01843 865726 or click here

First Man (12a)

Palace Cinema Broadstairs

Ryan Gosling and director Damien Chazelle (La La Land) are back together to tell the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon. This is a thrilling, nerve-shredding, first-person account, exploring the sacrifice and personal toll on Armstrong as he embarks on one of the most dangerous missions in human history.

Friday 26 October, 7.45pm

Saturday 27 October, 8.30pm

Sunday 28 October, 7.00pm

Monday 29 October, 7.45pm

Tuesday 30 October, 3.00pm

Wednesday 31 October, 5.30pm

Thursday 1 November, 6.00pm

Call 01843 865726 or click here

Shell Grotto Halloween fun

Grotto Hill, Margate

Children’s entry free every day until Sunday, October 28. The Halloween decorations up and the Grotto has a design your own Jack-o’-lantern competition sheet for the children.

Open 10am-5pm. More details here

The Greatest Show

October 26-27, Theatre Royal Margate

A selection of the finest and best-loved songs from the most successful West End and Broadway musicals of all time. From renowned producers, Regency Productions, join them on this toe-tapping journey – guaranteed to leave you singing in the aisles!

Featuring hit songs from Hamilton, Les Mis, Dreamgirls and MORE do not miss out on your chance to see Thanet’s best talent dazzle with their ingenious choreography and unrivalled harmony production.

Friday 26 October – 7:30pm
Saturday 27 October – 7:30pm

Full Price £15
Concessions £13
FOMT £14 (Thursday only)
Restricted View £12
Booking fees – £1 per ticket in person/phone. £2 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 or click here

Fun day at Ramsgate library

Ramsgate Library will be holding a fun day on Friday 26 October from 10.30am- 3.30pm

There will be free rock painting, face painting, messy crafts and a story and puppet workshop (booking required).

They will also be having a Macmillan Coffee Morning!

For more information contact Ramsgate Library on 03000 41 31 31 or [email protected]

Dave Gorman- With Great Powerpoint comes Great Responsibilitypoint

October 26, Margate Winter Gardens, 8pm (doors open 7.15pm)

Dave Gorman, the man behind Dave TV’s hit show Modern Life Is Goodish as well as Are You Dave Gorman? and Googlewhack Adventure, is back on the road with a brand new live show,

Full Price £27.50
Booking fees – £1 per ticket in person/phone. £2 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 or click here

Screamland at Dreamland

The seven interactive scare mazes are at Dreamland amusement park for seven nights from Saturday, October  13 to October 31  and promise a hair-raising and terrifying after dark thrill experience.

New scare mazes include the Dreamland Sleep Experiment, Mary Decomposed and Upside Down, along with firm favourites such as Dead and Breakfast. With animated actors and top scare creators working across the production, prepare to be scared witless!


Screamland takes place between 6-11pm on: Friday 26 October, Saturday 27 October and Wednesday 31 October.


Standard – access to each of the 7 scare mazes and unlimited rides.

Fast Track – access to each of the 7 scare mazes via the fast tracked queue lane and unlimited rides (limited numbers).

No Scare – for the scaredy cats! This includes access to the park and unlimited rides.

Groups – believe in safety in numbers? Opt for our group ticket for groups of 10 and over.

More information and tickets can be found here


Quex Park in Birchington and Nail in the Coffin productions have created three scare adventures for QuExtreme Terror 2018.

The adventures will be within the eerie surroundings of Quex Park’s forest areas, maize field and woodland trails.

The mazes:

The Harvest – A stroll through the cornfield has never been so dangerous!!! The Raven Family return to wreak havoc once more. Reports of groups disappearing within the corn continue but hey…. you’re brave aren’t you? They won’t be able to remove you from the group without anyone noticing will they?!…. If you have the guts to enter a cornfield full of the serial killer scarecrows, the smell of blood and the noise of power tools followed by tortured screams, we look forward to meeting you….

Contagion: Safe Zones, the areas that sprung up when our civilisation was threatened by the Typhon Zombie Virus, have now become visitor attraction in their own right. Although their actual locations are still top secret, tours around the old facilities are welcomed. You may even get to see some of the old inmates who are kept there in the utmost security and definitely can’t suddenly escape!

Sinister-.A Demon has arisen in Quex Park, experts have managed to contain the being within a consecrated area of the grounds but cracks around the area are beginning to show and worries about the beast escaping are increasing. Dare you venture through the chapel and into the catacombs to face this terrifying shapeshifter?

QuExtreme is for those aged 12 and over. The event will also include facepainting with Face Me Fabulous and hot food will be available

Dates and times

October 26-28. Gates open at 6.30pm, last entry is 8.30pm.

Tickets and booking

Standard entry tickets in advance will be £17.50.

Book here  

The Rezillos’ Seaside Special

October 26, Olby’s Soul Cafe & Music Rooms, 7.30pm – 11pm

The Rezillos with special guests Department S & Centurian Sect

The Rezillos will be playing tracks from their seminal ‘Can’t Stand the Rezillos’  album alongside a selection of singles, b-sides and other specially selected tracks

Tickets £18 plus booking fee. Call 01843 448595

Union Church bazaar and Tardis opening

October 27, Union Church,

Community bazaar running from 10am to 1pm, will feature a full-size Tardis created by handyman Bill Forrest.

The 9ft time-travelling machine includes a mini Tardis and planet decoration inside as well as that all essential Time Lord gadget -the telephone.

Craftsman Bill, 67, spent six months creating the work of art and says it is his “last hoorah” project for the church.

Art work for the inside has been created by Darren Main and Ian at Eyeball Signs has made the signage and polo shirts with Tardis logos.

The bazaar will also include stalls with bric-a-brac, gifts, fashion, fruit and veg, cakes, a slime making stall, jewellery, Christmas sweets, homemade Christmas decorations and more.

There will be refreshments in the church’s Tardis Café and an official opening carried out by ward councillor Iris Johnston.

Make Me A Star grand finale

October 27, St George’s Church, Church Hill, Ramsgate, from 7.30pm

The Grand Final of this year’s competition. Table seating, smart dress code.

Tickets £10 plus booking fee. Table of 8 available when booked in advance for £75.

Book here

An Evening with Meet Loaf

October 27, Beacon Bingo, Marine Terrace, margate, from 5pm

From “Stars In Their Eyes”… Meatloaf tribute Terry Nash is Meet Loaf
From £10 all in including all bingo and showtime
Expected finish around 10:20pm

The Matthew Robins Show -Halloween Special

October 27, Tom Thumb Theatre, Eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville

The Matthew Robins Show is a  variety show with songs, shadow-puppets, live-animations, made-up games, and competitive audience craft participation.Matthew is a west-country artist and musician and performs stories and songs about monsters, the sea, love, death and animals. Come and hear about Flyboy (he’s half fly and half boy), his friend Mothboy, the Wicker Cat, Evaporina (she sat too close to the radiator), and Walter Knitty.

And as it’s Halloween there is semi-optional fancy dress – come as your favourite puppet and you might win a prize for best costume!

There will also be an exhibition of photographs and memorabilia from Whitstable’s famous End of the Pier Show, in the upstairs bar, plus the Pete Burns Tombola and an opportunity to buy a special W.Anchorage calendar!

Doors and Whitstable ANchorage Klub sideshows at 7pm – show at 8pm.

Find more details here

Black 47 (15)

Palace Cinema Broadstairs

Ireland 1847. The Great Famine rages. An Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, abandons his post to reunite with his family. Despite experiencing the horrors of war, he is shocked by the famine’s destruction of his homeland and the brutalization of his people and his family. Only one thing is on his mind. Revenge.

A homage to the Italian spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood, this terrifically tense ‘western’ has been breaking box-office records in Ireland. The great cast includes Jim Broadbent (Brooklyn, King of Thieves) and Hugo Weaving (The Matrix)

Saturday 27 October, 6.00pm

Tuesday 30 October, 6.00pm

Thursday 1 November, 8.45pm

Call 01843 865726 or click here

Halloween children’s disco

October 27, 6pm to 9pm, Newington Community Centre, Princess Margaret Avenue, Ramsgate

Fancy dress competition, fun, games, spooky disco. Tickets £2 from the community centre. Disco for those aged 3-16, children must be accompanied by an adult

St Nicholas Charity Day

October 27, St Nicholas-at-Wade Church, open 10am-3pm

For one day only, a chance to buy your Christmas cards, wrapping, gifts and more from a variety of local, national and international charities, who come together in the medieval village church to sell their cards, gifts and crafts in plenty of time for the festive season.

Refreshments available

Bugged Out! in Screamland

October 27,  7.30pm – 2am

Hall By The Sea & Ballroom

Bugged Out in Screamland presents Halloween with Hot Chip Megamix / MJ Cole / Artwork presents Art’s Haunted House / Horse Meat Disco / Lemmy Ashton / Special Guest TBA

For those aged 18 and over.

Tickets from £23.50 + booking fee, from £20 + booking fee for students and Dreamland members. More details and booking here

Margate Illustration and Print Fair

October 27-28, taking place at Margate Winter Gardens and Turner Contemporary with doors open from 11am

The largest illustration and Print Fair on the south coast.

One fair at two venues. Margate Winter Gardens hosts 55 exhibitors and at Turner Contemporary 20 exhibitors, Free entry.

Artists Open Houses

11am – 5pm (unless stated)

Now in its 18th year, East Kent Open Houses has gone from strength to strength with more artists than ever – over 200 spread over 67 houses and studios.

The artists’ trail gives the public a personal insight into how an artist works within their specialised field. The trail is your chance to visit artists in their homes, to speak to them in person about their work and to find out what is happening in your local area.

October 27-28

  • Darren Lewis at 32 Holly Lane, Margate
  • New Paintings (2016-2018): Margot Bandola, Mick & Thea Arnold, Sweet Potato and Friends, Clare Youngs, Jenny Duff, Neil Dixon, Don Eachells, Helen Whitehead working as Girl Mad As Birds at Pie Factory Margate
  • Claire Gill, Ian Allan, and Margo Selby at Lombard Street Gallery, Margate
  • Gay Gower and Jose Fonseca at 6-7 Lewis Crescent, Margate
  • Brook Hobbins at 27b Ethelbert Square, Westgate-on-Sea
  • Barbara Colla, Gillian Highland, Paul Fowler, Ruth McDonald, Brian Hodgson and Karen Hiscock-Lawrence at New Kent Art Gallery, Broadstairs
  • Martin Cheek at 21 Harbour Street, Broadstairs
  • Lana Arkhi at Kent Talents, 98b High Street, Broadstairs (11am-4pm)
  • Nigel Cunningham and Viv Yankah at 5 Marlborough Close, Broadstairs (11am-4pm)
  • Christine Jeffryes, Gemma Cohen, and Jacqui Mann at 87 Bradstow Way, Ramsgate
  • Ami Blastock at 21 Lloyd Road, Ramsgate
  • Tony Caroli at 1 Montefiore Avenue, Ramsgate
  • Rich Cameron at 57b Albert Street, Ramsgate

Macies bar, Ramsgate

October 27, 1pm-3pm children’s party and 7pm-11pm adults entertainment

Free children’s party between 1pm-3pm with prizes for pumpkin carving, best dressed, and so much more to keep the little ones entertained!
Then the evening with an adult party with the one and only Macies idol incorporated, and prizes for best costume and best pumpkin carving

Halloween in Margate Old Town

October 27

Competitions, candy and the highly anticipated Halloween Dogs Parade is back!

4.30pm Trick or Treat Trail – Tickets on sale now until Friday, October 26th at Little Bit, 1 Duke Street. £2 per child (to ensure enough sweets for all participants please buy tickets in advance – proceeds go to the RNLI)

5pm Halloween Dogs Parade in Market Square, Old Town. Dress your furry friend in their most fearsome attire. Prizes to be won! Free to enter, just turn up with your pooch! Kindly sponsored by Hiro & Wolf.

6.30pm Old Kent Market hosts a fancy dress competition for tiny humans and their adults. Come in your most fearsome attire for your chance to win some prizes!

Broadstairs Halloween Party

October 28, open 3pm-6pm, The Pavilion, Harbour Street, Broadstairs

Children’s Halloween party for youngsters up to 11 years. Party games and music.

Children must be accompanied by an adult and both must have tickets to be admitted

This is a very popular event and usually sells out in advance so you are advised to purchase tickets as soon as possible.

Adults and Children £3. Tickets on sale from Expressions and Malcolms in the High Street, the Bottleneck in Charlotte Street and the Pavilion.

Cliftonville Farmers Market

October 28, The Oval, Eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville, 10am to 1pm

Award-winning Farmers Market where producers will be selling bread, cheese, honey, fruit, vegetables, wild game, fruit juices, fresh meat and much more.

Toys & Collectables Sale

October 28, Crampton Tower Museum, The Broadway, Broadstairs

Last open day for the museum… Open 2pm to 5pm

Easy Sunday: Bright! Colour/Light

October 28, Turner Contemporary, 1pm to 4pm

Drop into the Clore Learning Studio on Sundays to create your own masterpiece with our friendly Navigators.

Be inspired by the light and colour in the works of art around you and explore new materials with collage, mirrors and lots of bright colours!

Entry £4.50 per child/ Free for CT9 Residents

Nosferatu (PG)

October 28, Palace Cinema Broadstairs, 4.30pm

Palace Sunday Silents In partnership with Wall of Sea

On the last Sunday of each month the Palace Cinema and Wall of Sea present a silent classic with Lillian Henley’s live accompaniment on piano.

Palace Sunday Silents prepares the good people of Thanet for Halloween with Nosferatu (1922), the first-ever horror film, and earliest screen adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Lillian Henley’s live piano accompaniment promises to ratchet up the tension… Just make sure you’re home before nightfall…

A simple real-estate transaction leads an intrepid businessman deep into the superstitious heart of Transylvania. There he encounters the otherworldly Count — portrayed by the legendary Max Schreck – who soon embarks upon a voyage to take up residence in England… and establish his terrible dominion over us all.

An iconic film of German expressionist cinema and one of the most famous of all silent movies, F. W. Murnau’s Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror continues to haunt modern audiences with the unshakable power of its images.

Call 01843 865726 or click here