From Star Wars to Hipsville: 10 things to do in Thanet this Bank Holiday weekend

Boogie Storm feature in the first Sunset Session Photo Boogie Storm/Facebook

Meet R2D2

On Star Wars day of May 4, who better to meet than some of the characters of George Lucas’ legendary sci-fi films?

And fans can do this quite easily by popping into the Co-Op store in St Peter’s, which is hosting a special ‘May The Fourth Be With You’ day, with special guests R2D2 and a storm trooper.

When and where: Saturday, May 4, 9am to 3pm, Co-Op, Hopeville Avenue, St Peter’s, Broadstairs.

Dreamers, ravers and space invaders

Boogie Storm feature in the first Sunset Session Photo Boogie Storm/Facebook

Keeping up wit the Star Wars theme, party-goers can enjoy the return of Dreamland’s Sunset Sessions on the scenic stage.

The line-up for its first session of the year, on Saturday, May 4, includes performances from DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Yoda, Huey Morgan and Boogie Storm.

Tickets are £10 + booking fee in advance, and include entry and access to rides, with special discounts for members.

To book click here.

When and where: Saturday, May 4, doors open at 6pm, Dreamland.

Big Fish Little Fish

Big Fish Little Fish is returning to Dreamland.

For the smaller ones, Dreamland is hosting the Big Fish Little Fish rave with a flower power themed event.

Families can have a spring frolic with rave legend DJ Mark Archer (Altern 8) and an upfront selection of banging club classics from acid house onwards that will keep everyone moving from the very start all the way through to the parachute dance finale.

Child craft expert Captain Cookie will be getting crafty at the craft tables. Little ones can enjoy something to make, giant colouring in mural, free transfer tattoos and a homemade play-doh table for even the smallest of ravers.

There will be a baby chill out and toddler play space providing breakaway areas with tents, tunnels, foam mats and a ball pool.

There is also a fully licensed bar to toast the return of summer.

Dress ready to rave with an option for floral or hippie chick style to match the theme.

Tickets are £8 + booking fee (child), £11 + booking fee (adult) in advance. Limited tickets available at £5 + booking fee for Dreamland members.

Tickets for babes in arms (0-18 months) are FREE but must be booked in advance.

When and where: Monday, May 6, 2-4pm, Hall by the Sea, Dreamland.

To book click here.

Hipsville Soho A Go! Go!

Hipsville Soho A Go! Go!

The UK’s biggest trash party is coming to Margate from May 3-5 to celebrate seven years of mayhem by channelling the spirit of London’s seediest neighbourhood – and this year’s theme is Soho.

Join revellers in the dark neon-lit streets for a bold, brazen and bizarre wild weekend amid the gangsters and good time girls that frequent the area’s late nightclubs and coffee shops.

Friday, May 3

The Lido  8pm-3am

The Jack Cades, The Deadly Spirits and The Anomalys plus DJ Party

Gorillas and Psych Light Show by Enjoy Yourself

Saturday, May 4 daytime

Fez 12pm-6pm – Das Clamps and DJs through the day.

The Glass Jar 12pm-6pm TiKi Party, Mighty Tsar and exotic DJs throughout the day.

The Lido 2pm-5pm, Punk Party with The Scanners plus DJs spinnin’ punk’n’garage all afternoon.

Saturday, May 4 evening

The Winter Gardens 8pm–4am, The Autoramas, The Nightimes and The MFC, the Wailers, The Stags plus DJ Party, and Gorillas and Light Show by Enjoy Yourself

Sunday, May 5 daytime

Fez, 12pm–6pm – Professor Baba and DJs through the day.

The Glass Jar, 12pm-6pm – Mighty Tsar and  exotic DJs

The Lido, 2pm-5pm, One time only live show with The Day Tymes plus DJs and dancin’ through the afternoon.

Sunday, May 5 evening

The Cinque Ports, 9pm–2am, After Party’- All-star DJs with wigged-out party tunes from the 60s and beyond!

Weekend £75

Hipsville Soho A Go! Go! Saturday/Sunday Ticket £45

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

Book tickets at

Caring is Creepy

Caring is Creepy.

The Caring is Creepy festival runs from May 4-5 and offers a weekend of live music, DJs and art at venues in Margate over the Bank Holiday at Elsewhere in The Centre and other venues.

Saturday, May 4

Flamingods: The five artists like to experiment with musical instruments that are sourced from around the globe.

Alabaster dePlume.


Odette Peters

Max Pope

Sunday, May 5

Du Blonde: proto-punk, psych rock and classic autobiographical songwriting of Beth Jeans Houghton.


Kiran Leonard

For tickets click here.

Katie Paterson and JMW Turner

It’s the last chance to see the the exhibition of Katie Paterson and JMW Turner at Turner Contemporary, which runs until May 6.

It is the largest UK exhibition of the Scottish artist to date, paired with a group of works by JMW Turner.

Over the last 10 years, Katie Paterson has developed an extraordinary and unique practice.

This exhibition will include the majority of Paterson’s existing works, which explore our relationship as humans with the vastness and wonder of the universe; our desire to see the un-seeable, to know the un-knowable.

Where and when: runs until Monday, May 6, Turner Contemporary, Margate.

Broadstairs May Fair

Returning for 2019, a throwback to the Victorian era, Broadstairs will see the 1893 Savage Galloping Horses and will have a traditional seaside funfair.

The May Fair is a fundraising event to enable the organisers of Broadstairs Water Gala to provide the public with another glorious day of family entertainment on July 31.

Where and when: May 4-6, from 10am, Victoria Gardens, Broadstairs.

The Bear Who Found a Ukulele

Last chance to see the exhibition of piccolo-size ukuleles, hand made by actor and ukulele maker Rod Arthur and decorated by some of Ramsgate’s great creative talent.

Rod Arthur has a 40-year acting career, with credits including five years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and featured roles in television programmes such as Doctor Who, Coronation Street, Bleak House, The Accused amongst others.

There is the chance for you to have a go at playing an instrument

When and where: Runs until May 11, The Ravensgate Arms, Kings Street, Ramsgate. Open: Sunday 12pm-10pm, Monday: 3pm-10pm, Tuesday-Thursday: 3pm- 11pm and Friday-Saturday: 12pm-12am.

Ramsgate Handmade and Vintage Fair

The monthly Handmade & Vintage Fair is now a regular event by the harbour and forms a major part of other events like the annual Ramsgate Festival and the Easter Event.

The colourful striped stalls, hired from Ramsgate Town Council, make it cheerful, joined by many traders in gazebos and with occasional visits from local musicians as buskers, community groups with an activity stall, and a host of food stalls. Profits from the year of events are donated to the annual Ramsgate Festival.

Where and when, Sunday, May 5, 11am-4pm, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate.

Rotten Ramsgate Murder Tour – special tour

A town tour special with a twist.

A guided walking tour covering historical murders in Ramsgate from 1859-1930 (East Cliff tour) and 1651-1914 (West Cliff tour).

This walking tour lasts for approximately 2.5 hours. During the tour you’ll find out more about ten murders that took place in Ramsgate from 1651 to 1930. Please wear comfortable shoes as we will be walking approximately three miles.

Not suitable for children under 11.

When and where: Sunday, May 5, 10am – 12.30pm, meeting at The Obelisk on Harbour Parade.