24 things to do in Thanet December 15-16

Northern Lights in Ramsgate Photo Brian Whitehead

It’s the weekend and, if you are not too busy Christmas shopping, here are a few ideas of things to do and see in Thanet.

Northern Lights, Santa and a Wassail

Photo Andy Hillier

This weekend is the last chance to see the Northern Lights laser show over Ramsgate harbour.

The lights go on at 5pm until 10pm. Father Christmas is taking time out of his busy schedule for a tour of Ramsgate’s inner harbour  on Saturday (December 15). He will be waving at the children from the lit up RNLI Trent from 4.45pm-5pm.

He will set off at 4.45pm to motor slowly up and down by Military Road, then turn around near the Sailor’s Church before going out through the lock to the outer harbour for 5pm.

The RNLI boat will then return to its normal position in the inner harbour.

On December 16 there is a winter wassail at the Wellington Crescent bandstand from 6pm to 7.30pm.

Hosted by the East Cliff Community Group, join them at 6pm for mulled drinks and winter ginger biscuits (small charge for drinks and snacks) then toast to each other’s good health and fortune! A proper wassail!  Sing-a-long will start at 6.30pm until 7.30pm and will include Christmas Carols and songs. LED candles can be bought for 50p or returned at the end of the event.
Ramsgate Town Team co-host the event,

Christmas party and bingo

December 15, Beacon Bingo, Margate. From 10am

Doors open 10am, be seated for 10:45am ready to be entertained by Stars in their Eyes Hayley & Gerry as “The Party Duo”., and enjoy a fabulous Christmas dinner too.
Tickets are required for this event at £5, call 01843 297308.

Afternoon Bingo as Normal from 1pm.

Wicked Productions performing Jack & the Beanstalk 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.

Jack and the Beanstalk is on stage from  now until January 2, various performances.

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

Dick Whittington is being performed at the Sarah Thorne Theatre in Broadstairs

Show runs from December 16-30. Performances at 2.30pm on various dates. Tickets Advance/Friends: Adult £14.50, Children £13, Family (four) £52, On the doors: Adult £16.50, Children £14.50.

Contact [email protected] or call 01843 863701.

Family panto Aladdin comes to the stage at The Centre, Alpha Road, Birchington.

Shows from the Act 1 Theatre Group, Saturday at 7.30pm and Saturday matinee 2.30pm.

Tickets are adult £8.50, concession £6.50  and family of 4 £26.

Call 0333 666 3366 or email [email protected]

Hornby Santa’s Grotto

Saturday 15th December 10am-3pm

Come and visit Santa’s Grotto at the Hornby Visitor Centre

Entry to the Grotto is £8 per child including meet and greet with Santa and a special gift

Booking required max 200 spaces,01843  233542

Waste Free Winter Market

December 15-16, Turner Contemporary. 10am to 5pm both days

The Student Makers Market Presents a Waste Free Winter Market.

Young makers, artists and designers from across Kent who are working with rescued and salvaged materials. Alongside the market there will be a number of fashion shows and workshops through the day.

Find bags made from screenprinted wetsuits, knitwear made from waste t-shirt yarn, hand printed jackets from vintage bedspreads, deconstructed ski jackets and artworks created from laser cut skateboards.

The Waste Free Winter Market is part of the Closing the Loop training programme which was developed by Future Foundry to introduce creative young artists and designers to concepts such as the Circular Economy, Cradle to Cradle and Zero Waste.

TuTu & Friends

December 15, Olby’s Soul Café, King Street, Margate, 9pm-2am

Mi-Soul Radios Tutu Balogun and friends are having a Christmas Party and they are having it at Olby’s Soul Cafe & Music Rooms in Margate.

Vale Square Tree Lighting

Saturday 15th December 6pm-7pm

Festive cheer and the lighting of the Christmas tree at around 6:10pm with music and carols performed by local musicians. Carol sheets provided

In Ramsgate’s Vale Square, East Garden, Vale Square, CT11 9BX

Christmas Cracker Variety Show

December 15, St George’s Church hall,7pm for a 7.30pm start

Starlite Entertainers presents ’36th Christmas Cracker Variety Show’ in association with Thanet Community Development Trust

Adults £6
Children/Senior Citizens £5

Email [email protected] or call 07969 672674

Silverland Studios Open Exhibition

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December 11am-4pm

Joe Allen, Christine Henn – Paintings, Drawings, Monotypes

Exhibition showing selected large works that give an insight into the development of our visual concepts. Alongside these you can follow our development in small works and works on paper

Silverland Studio
18 Military Road

A Children’s Christmas at Ramsgate Tunnels

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December 2-3pm

Visit the Tunnels to find out how Ramsgate’s WW2 children would have celebrated Christmas.

During this group session you will visit  Tunnel Town to listen to a specially written story about two children living in Ramsgate in 1940 and how they celebrated Christmas that year. The story will last approximately 20 minutes and you will see genuine World War II objects that would have been given as gifts and find out what life would have been like living in Tunnel Town. Tunnel Town will be decorated for the season in wartime style.

After the story there will be a special visit from Father Christmas who will give each of the children a small 1940’s themed gift.

This event is suitable for children aged between approximately 4 – 10 years old. Adults are admitted free. Children should be accompanied by an adult although, due to space restrictions, no more than two adults attend per child and that there are no more than three children per adult.

Adults Free
Children £8

Find more here

Cliftonville Farmers Market

December 16, The Oval, Eastern Esplanade, 10am-1pm

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

Coastal Crafty Crew – Christmas

December 16, Quex Small Barn, Quex Park, Birchington,10am-3pm

Handmade and unique crafts

Big Fish Little Fish

Sunday, December 16 from 2pm to 4pm, Dreamland

It will be a fun family Christmas party vibe, with a dance floor complete with bubbles, balloons, confetti cannons and a snow machine when the Big Fish Little Fish family rave comes to Dreamland this month.

DJ duo Baker & Beale know exactly how to rock a party and their upfront selections will keep everyone moving from the very start all the way through to the parachute dance finale.

Child craft expert Captain Cookie will be hosting kids activities in the craft corner. Choose from the giant colouring in mural, free transfer tattoos and a homemade play-doh table for even the smallest of ravers. And if the little ones need a time out, the baby chill out and toddler play space provides breakaway areas with tents, tunnels, foam mats and a ball pool.

Tickets from £8.50 + booking fee in advance. Babes in arms / pre-walkers go free.

The event is suitable for ages 0 – 8 years.

To book click here

Easy Sunday: Bright! Colour/Light

December 16, Turner Contemporary,

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

Family Christmas Service

December 16, Christ Church, Vale Square, Ramsgate, service at 4pm

Followed by light refreshments

Christmas service

St Laurence Church, High Street, St Lawrence

Sunday 16th December:

10:00am          Carol Service,  St Mary, Cliffsend

6:30pm            9 Lessons and Carols,  St Catherine, Manston

6:30pm            Carol Service, St Mark, Northwood

The Big Fat Christmas Quiz Night

December 16, The Mariners Bar, 47 Harbour parade, Ramsgate, 8pm

Light hearted night of trivia quiz questions with a very festive theme

Christmas Jumpers and carol singing optional

Teams of any numbers welcome – £2 entry fee per person.  Cash prize for winning team

All profits going to Stand Up To Cancer

Call 01843 589632 to book

York Street Gallery Christmas weekend

December 15 and 16, noon to 5pm, YSG at 22 York Street, Ramsgate

Annual Christmas drinks in the gallery. Everyone welcome to join for a drink and mince pie or two.

Ramsgate RNLI Christmas service

December 15, 2pm-3pm, lifeboat station, Ramsgate harbour

Carol Service lead by the Station Chaplain. Mince pies will be enjoyed at the end of the service.

It’s a Wonderful Life (U)

Palace cinema Broadstairs

George Bailey (James Stewart) dreamed as a young man of travelling the world but never quite managed to leave his small hometown of Bedford Falls, where he marries his school sweetheart Mary (Donna Reed) and has a family. He takes over his father’s Building and Loan Company and, as his father had done before him, helps the poorer people of the town to buy homes in which to raise their families.

But, one Christmas Eve, suddenly everything crashes down: a simple mistake means that the Building & Loan company is suddenly in the hands of the greedy and exploitative local banker Mr Potter (Barrymore). George is desperate, feels he has let everyone down and is standing on a bridge wishing he’d never been born when Angel 2nd Class, Clarence, saves him by showing him what Bedford Falls would have been like if he hadn’t been around…

Saturday 15 December, 3.00pm

Tuesday 18 December, 5.00pm

Wednesday 19 December, 8.15pm

Thursday 20 December, 5.45pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

The Old Man & The Gun (12a)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

After (at least) 18 successful prison breaks (including from San Quentin at the age of 70) Tucker faces old age and love at the same time. Now in his 70s, still unable to settle down to a straight life, he goes on another spree of bank heists drawing the attention of detective John Hunt (Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea), who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and Jewel (Sissy Spacek – Days of Heaven), the cynical woman he meets along the way who learns just what kind of man he is, loving him in spite of his chosen profession.

Saturday 15 December, 6.00pm

Sunday 16 December, 7.00pm

Monday 17 December, 7.45pm

Tuesday 18 December, 3.00pm

Wednesday 19 December, 6.00pm

Thursday 20 December, 8.30pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Suspiria (18)

Palace cinema Broadstairs

A darkness swirls at the centre of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the troupe’s artistic director (Tilda Swinton – Orlando, Hail Caesar!), an ambitious young dancer (Dakota Johnson – Bad Times at the El Royale, Black Mass), and a grieving psychotherapist (Ebersdorf – Caravaggio, Snowpiercer, Doctor Strange). Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.

Saturday 15 December, 8.00pm

Tuesday 18 December, 8.00pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Gold Rush (U)

(AP Photo/The Roy Export Company Establishment, HO)

Palace cinema Broadstairs

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 wonderful live accompaniment on piano.

Chaplin’s classic silent comedy takes the Tramp into unlikely territory as an intrepid gold prospector in the Alaskan wilderness, one of the last hospitable environments on earth. What could possibly go wrong…

Sunday 16 December, 4.30pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here