10 things to do in Thanet this Easter weekend

Handmade fair Photo Adam Dark

Dumbo (PG)

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Palace Cinema Broadstairs

Tim Burton’s (Alice in Wonderland, Edward Scissorhands) all-star rich re-imagining of the Disney classic. A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover all is not as it seems behind the bright lights.

When circus owner Max Medici (Danny DeVito – Twins, The Lorax) hires Holt (Colin Farrell – In Bruges, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) to take care of Dumbo, a newborn elephant whose oversized ears make him the laughing stock of the struggling circus troupe. But when Holt’s children discover that Dumbo can fly, silver-tongued entrepreneur V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton – Batman Returns, Beetlejuice), and aerial artist Colette Marchant (Eva Green – Casino Royale) swoop in to make the little elephant a star.

Friday 19 April, 3:00pm and 5:30pm

Saturday 20 April, 3:00pm

Sunday 21 April, 3:00pm

Monday 22 April, 3:00pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Thanet Gang Show 2019

April 18-22, Theatre Royal Margate

Thanet Scouts and Guides present their annual Gang Show. Filled with song, dance and sketches, the Gang Show gives an entirely different view of Scouting and Guiding. No camp fires, no tents and no “Ging Gang Goolie”, just young people showing their talent on stage.

Thursday 18 April – 7:30pm

Saturday 20 April – 7:30pm

Monday 22 April – 2:30pm and 7:30pm

Evening £9 (in advance) & £10 (on the door)

Matinee £8 (in advance) & £9 (on the door)

Booking fees – £2 per ticket in person/phone. £3 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 or go to theatreroyalmargate.com


April 19-22, The Games Gallery, Church Hill, Ramsgate 1pm-4pm

The opening weekend of The Games Gallery, a new branch of The Micro Museum dedicated to videogaming

Included in standard admission to The Micro Museum. Tickets from 12:30pm on the day

Adult/Child £5

Groups/Families of 4 people £15,

Under 3s Free

Email [email protected] or call 07876 271255

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Looping the Loop Festival opening

April 20-21

Adventures in Performance around Thanet, with contemporary theatre from Battersea Arts Centre and new work developed locally including the MadVentureVan mini theatre space!

From Shakespeare’s star crossed lovers at war, to visitors from Wonderland in the streets;

First session on April 20 is  Almost Alice at Broadstairs Bandstand 11am-4pm and April 21 in Ramsgate Town Centre 11am-4pm

Easter QuExtravaganza

April 21-22, Quex Park, Birchington

Outdoor Easter trail around Quex gardens, face painting, giant board games in the museum, meet the Easter Bunny and admission to museum, house and gardens.

Museum and Gardens are open 10am – 5pm, Quex House is open 1pm – 4pm on both days

Adult £8.95

Concession (Child, 60+, Disabled and Student) £6.50

Under 5’s FREE

Family (2 adults & 2 children) £27.50

(Prices include all of the activities as well as a prize when you have completed the trail).

Ramsgate Handmade Fair

April 21, 11am-5pm in Harbour Parade

Handmade and vintage fair with Easter Rainbow Tea Party

Ramsgate’s regular Easter treat with children’s tea party, activities, eggs and locally-produced and made goodies galore, with the Town Team and AiR (Art in Ramsgate).

Planet Thanet beer and cider festival

Photo Adam Dark

The festival runs today (April 19) and Saturday and will be open from noon daily in Margate Winter Gardens. The event will feature a choice of up to 200 real ales, bottles of speciality and foreign beers as well as 70-plus ciders and perries. It will be showcasing a selection of local breweries and distinctive ales as well as offerings from across the UK – some of which will be making a first appearance in Thanet.

As well as a plentiful supply of beers there will be a range of good quality hot and cold food plus snacks catered by the Winter Gardens plus soft drinks for drivers. The festival will feature live music from Gaddzukes on both Friday and Saturday. Accompanied children will be welcome until 7pm.

Entry is free on both days to all CAMRA members and non-members can pay on the door,  £6 on Friday and £3 on Saturday Doors open at midday on both days but card carrying CAMRA members can gain fast track entry on Friday from 11am.

Westwood egg hunt

Now until April 21

Go to guestsServices (Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm) to collect your entry form – all you have to do is find the eggs around the shopping centre and spell out the word ‘Easter’

Help Bearosaurus a character from the Westwood Cross Little Bears Kids’ Club, find his missing eggs and you could be rewarded with a Crème Egg.

Camp Bestival party at Dreamland

Dance to the The Cuban Brothers, bounce with your besties, create the ultimate festival mask, or slip into a peaceful gong bath at the fun-filled, well-chilled and plenty-o-thrills Dreamland X Camp Bestival Easter Sunday Party.

The all day party is on Easter Sunday (April 21) and free to enter, pay per ride.

Guests have three unique Camp Bestival installations to explore – the 8m tall Love-Bot that spreads love and joy to all, a mini temple and Bollywood chill out zone, and – returning to Dreamland for the second time – The World’s Biggest Bouncy Castle (taller than the Great Wall of China and accommodates 100 bouncers at a time)!

The Easter Sunday party, curated by ‘Family da Bank’ (founder and DJ Rob da Bank and his family team), kicks off with live music from funk legends The Cuban Brothers, Soup from Jurassic 5 presents Fullee Love Collective, plus Dat Brass, Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, Miss Kiddy and The Cads, and the Kent Soul Choir.

Those in need of relaxation can dive into the pop-up Sleep Retreat with yoga, gong baths and meditation from local relaxation experts, while other ravers can enjoy tunes from Rob da Bank himself and other wild DJs, with arts, crafts and creative workshops for youngsters.

Guests can purchase unlimited ride wristbands in advance (25% off when bought online at www.dreamland.co.uk), or choose Dreamland Membership for unlimited rides during park opening plus special discounts and exclusive membership perks on food and drink and ticketed events all year round.

Monkton Nature Reserve

Explore the reserve Photo Monkton Nature Reserve

April 22
Easter Bunny Trail – Test your rabbit knowledge and win a small chocolate reward on the fun Monkton Easter Bunny Trail.