22 things to do in Thanet December 8-9

A Northern Lights laser show will take place over Ramsgate harbour and town Photo John Horton

It’s time for your weekend guide.

Three Go Mad In Margate

Now until December 19, Pie Factory Margate, 5 Broad Street, Margate

Open 10.30am to 5pm (19 December 10.30am to noon)

Three well established artists come together, each polar apart in style and content, Andrew Robertson uses symbolism in which he explores religion from an atheist standpoint. David Ridgway explores the disenfranchised through colour, line and texture, Lee Nicholls paintings are colourful and whimsical images often inspired by life at the seaside. An exhibition that is full of colour and challenging imagery throughout.

St George’s Church Christmas tree festival

Crafty Poppies, the RNLI, Western Undercliff Regeneration Group and more have been busy decorating their trees for the festival.

Adornments include crochet poppies and lollies amongst more traditional themes. The festival at the church, in Church Hill, runs from now until December 16 and is open 2pm to 5pm, Monday to Friday, 11.30am to 5pm n Saturday and noon to 5pm on Sunday.

All donations are in aid of the St George’s restoration appeal.

Wicked Productions performs Jack & the Beanstalk at the Theatre Royal, Margate

Panto at the Theatre Royal Margate

Join Jack on the adventure of a lifetime as this grounded dreamer is forced to swap his bovine best friend for a seemingly useless bag of beans, which soon turn out to be decidedly more magical than your average can of Heinz! Things really hot up for poor Jack when he has to climb into the sky and face the evil giant lurking above.

Back by popular demand, cheeky comic Jez-O returns  for his fourth spectacular year.

With the stunning scenery, costumes, music, choreography, magic and fun you’ve come to expect from Wicked Productions, this year the aim is to delight with a show-stopping giant, beanstalk, toe-tapping songs and special effects.

Jack and the Beanstalk is on stage from December 8-January 2, various performances.

Tickets range from £11 to £17.50 plus booking fee. To book call 01843 292795 or go to theatreroyalmargate.com

Sleeping Beauty at Westgate Pavilion

Red Falcon Theatre will perform the panto on December 8 at 7.30pm and December 9 at 1,30pm and 6.30pm.

Tickets £10 adults, £8 concessions, $30 family of four.

Find the event page here

Fragile Utopia

Now until February 28, Hantverk & Found, 18 King Street, Margate

Lily Mixe exhibits Fragile Utopia, a looking glass into the overlooked, strange and beautiful elements of the natural world. Inspired by the precarious relationship humans have with the creatures, materials and forces that share this precious ecosystem.
The artworks include drawings and paintings, sculpture, a new print release and a site specific installation in the basement gallery space at Hantverk and Found.

St Laurence Church Christmas Fair

December 8,10.30am-1pm, St Laurence Church, St Lawrence

Annual Christmas Fair with stalls and festival refreshments

Sigma DJ Set

December 8, Dreamland, 9pm – 2am (last entry 11pm)

After their huge main stage headline set at Southbeats 2017, Kent’s biggest music festival has teamed up with Dreamland to bring Sigma to the Hall By The Sea!

Tickets start from £15 + booking fee in advance.

This is a strictly 18+ event.

Click here for more

Designers & Makers Market

December 8-9, Turner Contemporary, 10am – 5pm

Market across the weekend with 20 designers and makers showing their work at Turner Contemporary, including jewellery, ceramics, soft furnishings and accessories, transforming our Foyle rooms into the perfect festive market.

Find out more info here.

Thanet Big Sing Community Choir – Christmas Repertoire

December 8, Turner Contemporary, 2pm

In the Sunley Gallery there will be a Christmas repertoire performed by Turner Contemporary’s resident choir the Thanet Big Sing. Performed in front of Perpetual Canon, art installation by Turner Prize nominee Cornelia Parker/

Find out more about Thanet Big Sing here.

The Ramsgate Northern Lights Laser Show

December 8-16, town and harbour, lights show 4pm-10pm

Working with Definitive Special Projects Ltd, the ‘Aurora Borealis’ will visit Ramsgate for nine nights where a laser display will be shown across the harbour!

On Saturday (December 8) there will be a shooting star lantern parade to mark the start of the installation (​Harbour Street, up Albion Hill, along Albion Place, down Madeira Walk and into Harbour Parade)

On Sunday, December 16 there will be ‘A Winter Wassail’ at East Cliff bandstand which will include Carols by Candlelight, mulled cider and apple juice with Christmas biscuits.

Cantate Chamber Choir – Christmas Concert

December 8

Thanet-based choral ensemble Cantate Chamber Choir are bringing a programme of Christmas music as a fundraiser at St Augustine’s.

There will be a wine bar (including mulled), light refreshments, and a wonderful acoustic to deliver a memorable experience!

Free parking at Royal Esplanade

Entry £10, Under 18s free

Shrine of St Augustine
Music Department
St Augustine’s Road

Messin’ Around at Christmas

December 8, Olby’s Soul Café, King Street, Margate, Free entry 9pm-2am

JazzCotech’s Perry Louis return’s to Olby’s Soul Cafe & Music Rooms for his Christmas Special.

Perry’s history as a DJ and Dancer goes back to the early days of the British Jazz Funk scene, Crackers Nightclub and many other clubs and festivals.

Christmas Fair at Hartsdown Leisure Centre

December 8, 9am to 1pm

Over 30 stalls including:
Bake sale
Face painting / Glitter and tinsel hair
Colouring crafts
Christmas memberships
Charity raffle and tombola
3D printing
Christmas photo shoots
Hand made gifts
Hand made Christmas decorations
Hand made Christmas cards
Baby and children clothes and accessories
Free entry.

Christmas Fair

December 9, open 11am-5pm

Local and East Kent makers and sellers showing and sharing their work.

Ramsgate Tunnels will be hosting a ‘Christmas Vintage, Handmade and Collectibles Fair’ 9.30am-4pm. Tunnel tours will be available at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm with booking advised. Entry to the fair is free

Thanet Male Voice Charity Christmas Concert

December 9

The Thanet Male Voice Choir perform at a Charity Christmas Concert at Holy Trinity Church in Broadstairs, along with Upton Junior School Choir and Proteus Brass Ensemble

Starts at 2.30pm

The Adventures of Toto the Ninja Cat with Dermot O’Leary

Dermot heads to Broadstairs 

Sunday, December 9, Michael Wright Centre for Creative Industries
East Kent College at 3pm in the Auditorium (doors open 2.15pm)

The much-loved TV and radio presenter introduces his 2nd children’s adventure with Toto the Ninja Cat. ‘Toto the Ninja Cat and the Incredible Cheese Heist’.

Dermot will chat about the book and there will be a book signing afterwards.

Nick East, the book’s illustrator, will also be chatting to us about the book and leading a ‘draw-along’ of Toto.

Adult £8
Child £5
Family/group of 4 £20

Easy Sunday: Bright! Colour/Light

December 9, Turner Comtemporary, 1pm-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!

£4.50 per child/ Free for CT9 Residents

Mass and Christingle

December 9, Holy Trinity Church , Bellevue Road , Ramsgate

Christingle Service for children preceded by mass at 9.30am with everyone welcome

Quex Craft Village Christmas Fair

December 9, Quex estate, Birchington, noon-8pm

Christmas Fair in aid of Louie’s Helping Hands charity to help fund The Llewellyn School & Nursery for children with multi-sensory and physical complex difficulties, and the therapies and equipment needed for the children.

A fun filled day for all the family with plenty to do, including Appearances by Santa, Hidden Elves prize game, Send Santa a letter, Mulled Wine & mince pies, Face painting, Craft & Trade stalls, Charity Raffle, Craft workshops, Birds of prey, Meet the Alpacas

More details here

Robin Hood (12a)

Palace Cinema Broadstairs

Robin of Loxley (Taron Egerton – Kingsman, Testament of Youth) a war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander (Jamie Foxx – Baby Driver, Ray) mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown in a thrilling action-adventure packed with gritty battlefield exploits, mind-blowing fight choreography, and a timeless romance.

Saturday 8 December, 5.30pm

Sunday 9 December, 7.00pm

Monday 10 December. 7.45pm

Tuesday 11 December, 3.00pm

Wednesday 12 December, 7.45pm

Thursday 13 December, 6.00pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Shoplifters (15)

Palace Cinema Broadstairs


Winner of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or

After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them…

Saturday 8 December, 8.30pm

Tuesday 11 December, 6.00pm

Thursday 13 December, 8.30pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Gut Feelings end of year show

Open School East

OSE Associates presenting new works made individually or collaboratively during their time at Open School East, through the format of a group exhibition, a series of live events and a publication. For the occasion, Trish Scott is guest curator and adviser.

The associates 2018 are: Ian Bride, Coral Brookes, Rosa Irwin Clark, Katie Fiore, Una Hamilton Helle, Sarah Karen, Antonia Luxem, Dipesh Pandya, Lizzy Rose, Elinor Stanley, Tom Verity, Louise Webb and Melanie Wheeler.

Saturday 8 December

Open School East’s studios

Curatorial Tour with Trish Scott
Meet at Open School East entrance

Dipesh Pandya
There Goes the Neighbourhood
Hood Musics drive by listening tour
Duration: 10-15 minutes. A car will be leaving approximately every 15 minutes from the pick up point outside Open School East. Maximum of 4 people per ride.
We apologise this is not accessible for wheelchair users.

Rosa Irwin Clark
GutBucket Improvisation
Pettman’s Auction Room

Katie Fiore
dark water to pennine: sonic experiments in time shifting

Swan Nemesis
Let The Record Show
Outspoken Word + Subliminal Bass
Car Wash, corner of Athelstan and Northdown Road

Sunday 9 December

Katie Fiore and Melanie Wheeler
Rock Therapy – A group listening & reading session exploring deep time & dark matter

Dipesh Pandya
There Goes the Neighbourhood
Hood Musics drive by listening tour
Duration: 10-15 minutes. A car will be leaving approximately every 15 minutes from the pick up point outside Open School East. Maximum of 4 people per ride.

Curatorial Tour with Trish Scott
Meet at Open School East entrance

Katie Fiore
dark water to pennine: sonic experiments in time shifting

Swan Nemesis
Let The Record Show
Outspoken Word + Subliminal Bass
Car Wash, corner of Athelstan and Northdown Road

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