What’s On: From pancake races to a Minecraft convention with Fortnite battle bus

Award-winning film Jellyfish, shot in Margate, is being shown at the Palace Cinema.

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Jellyfish – until Thursday, March 7. Rated 15.

Shot in Margate and winning hearts and awards at festivals across the world.

Schoolgirl Sarah, reluctantly wise beyond her years, has to look after her twin siblings and manic-depressive mum. Life is crushing her until, unexpectedly, she finds a voice for her own frustration and quick-tempered wit: stand-up comedy.

Carry Greenham Home plus talk – Saturday, March 9. Rated 15.

This iconic 1983 film documents the lives of those at the women’s peace camp at Greenham Common.

Afterwards there will be some very special guests to discuss the role and legacy of the women of Greenham Common in British social activism.

Pancake races

Westgate Pancake Race – Tuesday, March 5, at 10am.

Westgate-on-Sea Town Council presents traditional, fun pancake flipping races along Station Road in Westgate.

This is a charitable, non-profit event which takes place on Shrove Tuesday.

The event will take place at 10am with race heats until 11am.

Vinyl Head Gallery, Ramsgate

Portraits of Women Exhibition by Eleanor Marriott is on as part of the POW! festival.

Portraits of Women Exhibition by Eleanor Marriott – Wednesday, March 6, to Sunday, March 17.

Thanet-based photographer Eleanor Marriott is holding a free exhibition forming part of the POW! (Power of Women) festival. It also coincides with International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8.

The selected portraits are a mixture of commissions and street photography from the artist’s portfolio spanning the past decade. Some were taken locally and in London, others are from Eleanor’s travels in Mexico, Guatemala and India.

The exhibition will also feature portrait commissions taken when Eleanor was working as a stills photographer in Italy.

The preview takes place on Wednesday, March 6, from 5pm to 9pm, and forms part of the POW! Ramsgate Art Crawl taking place that evening.

The exhibition is then accessible from 12pm to 6pm daily from Thursday, March 7, to Sunday, March 17.

For more information visit www.eleanormarriott.com

James at Winter Gardens

James – Wednesday, March 6, 7.30pm.

Rock band James are bringing their Living in Extraordinary Times UK tour to Margate Winter Gardens.

The band will be performing some of their well-loved classic hits alongside new material from their most recent Top 10 album Living In Extraordinary Times.

In a typical non-conventional James style, the band will be ‘supporting themselves’ in a special 30 minute acoustic set before their famed storming electric main show.

Tim Booth explains: “So for this smaller venue March tour we intend to split the gig up into a 30ish pin drop, bars closed, acoustic set – followed by a 1hr 25ish rock set after the interval.”

For tickets visit http://www.margatewintergardens.co.uk/event/james/

The Fureys at Theatre Royal

The Fureys – Friday, March 8, 7.30pm

Legends of Irish music and song The Fureys, renowned for their hit songs I will love you, When you were sweet 16 and The Green fields of France, return for another great night of music, songs and stories.  

The Fureys have been entertaining audiences worldwide for more than 40 years, audiences that have included former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Former Irish President Mary McAleese and the late Pope John Paul while Tony Blair has publicly stated his favourite peace song of all time is The Fureys Green Fields of France.

For tickets visit http://theatreroyalmargate.com/event/the-fureys-2/

Chetna Makan at The Yarrow

Chetna Makan

The Supper Club – An Indian Feast with Chetna Makan – Friday, March 8.

Doors open 6.45pm, welcome drinks at 7pm, meal starts 7.30pm.

The Bake Off star returns to cook up another delicious Indian meal, three courses with welcome drink and canapés.

Afterwards Chetna will talk about her passion for cooking followed by Q&A and book signing.

For tickets https://www.list.co.uk/event/1109389-an-indian-feast-with-chetna-makan/111749-the-yarrow-hotel-broadstairs/

MineVention at Dreamland

MineVention – Saturday, March 9, and Sunday, March 10. 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm. In the Hall by the Sea and Ballroom.

Autism-friendly session Sunday, March 10, 9am to 1pm. 

MineVention is coming to Dreamland with a packed programme of demos, tournaments, talks and even a Guinness World Record attempt for Minecraft lovers big and small.

But they won’t be building and battling alone. For the first time at Dreamland, the online gaming phenomenon Fortnite will be pulling into the park on the iconic Razer Gaming Bus and running free tournaments throughout the event.

MineVention celebrates all things Minecraft through scheduled activities such as build battles, Q&A sessions, tournaments, educational talks, arts and crafts session, costume contests and on-stage challenges.

Popular Minecraft YouTubers Element Animation, TycerX and FalseSymmetry will also be available at meet and greet sessions.

Fortnite fans can take part in one of the 16-player Battle Royale tournaments on the bus, with nearly 200 players aboard per four-hour session. The winner of each session will be rewarded with V-Bucks, the in-game currency used to buy skins, weapons and more.

Tickets for MineVention are £15 (+ booking fee) per person, per four hour session.

Under 3s go free.

This is an all ages event, but under 14s must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+.

To book visit https://www.dreamland.co.uk/events/listings/eventdetail/6118/9/minevention

Thanet Music and Drama Festival 2019

From now until Friday, March 29.

The festival consists of five sections – instrumental, speech and drama, piano, dance, vocal and choral – and culminates in an award ceremony and gala concert at the Sarah Thorne Theatre in Broadstairs featuring some of the best performances from all sections.

This year’s programme includes a signing choirs section for the first time, which is on Sunday, March 17, at 3pm at Queen’s Road Baptist Church in Broadstairs.

Events are held at various venues across Thanet.

For the full line-up visit http://www.thanetfestival.org.uk/