Your guide to events in Thanet May 18-19

It's a Knockout in Ramsgate

Red Bull Quicksand challenge

Saturday, May 18, 10am to 4pm, Margate Main Sands

The brutal, one-mile beach race sees runners battling through sand – and a treacherous series of obstacles – to make it to the finish. Last year, the course presented runners with trenches, rollers and whopping sandcastles, with the tallest climb a staggering 23 feet tall – almost the height of two double-decker buses.

The 2019 edition on Margate Main Sands promises even bigger, tougher challenges, including a new loose sand tabletop obstacle.

Open to a bigger field of 750 participants this year, the knockout format will also be more competitive. Like last year, the top finishers in each heat will take on the gruelling course all over again in the semi-finals and, if successful, the finals.

Runners must complete their mile within 20 minutes or they will be cut off from the heat. A participant’s time on the course starts when their timing chip passes the electronic mat at the start and stops when the timing chip passes the electronic mat at the Finish.

There will be flags in the sand at the finish line. Competitors will need to claim a flag to progress through the competition.

The event is free to watch and there will be designated viewing areas for spectators. It runs from 10am to 4pm.

Thanet Male Voice Choir

Thanet Male Voice Choir 

Saturday, May 18, Sarah Thorne Theatre , Fordourn Road, Broadstairs, 7.30pm

The Choir was formed in 1977. The Choir performs approximately fifteen concerts a year and raises many thousands of pounds for various local causes and charities in the East Kent area. During its thirty-five years the choir has also performed in France, Italy and Germany as well as in the UK.

In aid of Pancreatic Cancer Research.

Tickets: “Unreserved Seating” £10 on the doors.

Electric Sinclair

Leigh is sharing his Sinclair collection with a display at Ramsgate Micro Museum

May 18-19, Ramsgate Micro Museum, Noon-4pm

The Micro Museum in Church Hill, Ramsgate, is showcasing an exhibition of the innovative vehicles invented by Sir Clive Sinclair.

Known for his design of the Sinclair computers, including the popular Spectrum, Sir Clive also invented the  C5, along with an electric bike and add-on power devices. Visitors to the museum can see all these vehicles and learn more about them during two weekends this month.

The exhibition is curated and presented by museum volunteer Leigh, who has a wealth of knowledge to share about the subject.

Tickets. Adult or Child £5, Family or Group of 4 people £15

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Streetfood event by ‘Dumpling heart’

May 18-19, Tom Thumb Theatre, Cliftonville, noon-8pm

‘Dumpling heart’ and the Tom Thumb will be serving up Taiwanese dumplings for lunch and dinner in the court yard.

World Cup final

May 18, Dreamland, 4pm-8pm, kick off 5pm

Manchester City take on Watford in this season’s FA Cup final. Watch it live on the giant screen in the Tail Spin Diner. Bar and diner open throughout.

El Classicoast charity football match

Saturday, May 18, Margate FC grounds, 11am

El Classicoast charity match in aid of Macmillan Nurses. The charity was chosen by player Jim Biddulph – Margentina for a very personal reason.

Having been diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoma back in February, he is about two- thirds of the way through treatment of chemo and radiotherapy.

He said: “When I was first diagnosed and even up until a few weeks ago, post-chemo, I did not expect to be playing in this glorious game.  The medical input involved in my process is insurmountable in terms of aiding my physical wellbeing, but the support from those around me and notably the MacMillan trust has made the impact of what is a life changing and unprecedented experience, feel manageable.

“MacMillan nurses are with you from the moment of diagnosis and they stay with you every single step of the way. But what has struck me most is the sheer level of input they have in your journey, the incredible knowledge they have of your medical condition and how to deal with it and the dedication and patience that they show you whilst you ask endless questions, get upset and generally don’t know what to do with yourself.

” I’ve witnessed my MacMillan nurse, Fran, be a sounding board for my specialist doctor on multiple occasions and not one single medical procedure or date of appointment has been signed off by the doc without Fran’s authoritative approval first. The incredible specialist ward in whilst Fran works is even funded by MacMillan.

“More locally, MacMillan nurses have used their specialist knowledge to recommend how I approach my diet, exercise and the sun (the radiation from radiotherapy is not so good for your skin,) prescribed me with useful antidotes to an extremely sore nose and throat as well as helping me get financial support (i’m self employed.)”

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Springtime Serenade

May 19, Sarah Thorne Theatre, 4pm

Emily Renshaw mezzo soprano and David Ruddock on piano

A varied programme to include great classics such as The Shepherd on the Rock by Schubert together with popular numbers by Gershwin, Kern and Porter etc. Something for everyone.

Tickets:   All seats £10. Family Ticket £36 (2 adults/2 children)

Creative Newington

Creative Newington launches this Sunday

Sunday, May 19, 1pm, Newington Community Centre

Newington Big Local has scooped a £200,000 award for a creative community project.

The scheme is one of 14 across the country to receive a share of a £4million pot from the Creative Civic Change programme.

The project, Creative Newington, plans to reclaim green spaces for the community by creating a sensory garden, exploring place making through planting and other creative activities such as making mosaic benches.

They plan to develop a resident-led art group and work with Paines Plough – of the Roundabout pop up theatre- to bring theatre to the community.

Creative Newington will celebrate the project with a launch event this Sunday (May 19) at the community cebtre in Princess Margaret Avenue from 1pm.

There will be creative bunting being made, pot decorating and planting, games, making dream catchers, a barbecue plus refreshments and more. The event is free.

Ellington May fair

Photo Adam Dark

Sunday, May 19, Noon – 6pm at Ellington Park, Park Road, Ramsgate

Steam train rides, a fun dog show, stalls and music will all be on offer at this year’s Ellington Park May Fair.

The annual event is expected to once again attract bumper crowds, especially as this will be the last one for a couple of years due to renovation works.

A £1.64million National Lottery award has been granted for regeneration which will include the creation of a new café, toilets and landscaping.

Project Officer Hayley White  will be on hand to answer any questions people may have about the works and progress.

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Sunday, May 19, Quex Park, Birchington, 10am to 5pm

Fans of the hit HBO series, Game of Thrones are in for a treat next Spring as organisers of Thronefest II – to be staged at Quex Park, Birchington on May 19 – announce that Richard Brake, who played the original Night King, will be one its star guests.

Joining one of the baddest baddies of all time will be Game of Thrones, Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade star, Julian Glover CBE, who played Grand Maester Pycell in some 30 episodes of the award-winning series.

Tickets range from £18 for adults and £12 for children (other ticket types available)

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It’s a Knockout

Photo Adam Dark

Sunday, May 19, Government Acre, Ramsgate, 11.30am to 3.30pm.

Inflatable assault courses, outrageous costumes and competing teams will all take to Government Acre in Ramsgate next month for the annual It’s A Knockout Pilgrims Hospice challenge.

Sumos, Walk the Plank, stalls, catering and on-site bar will also be on offer at the event on Sunday, May 19.

Teams of friends, families and businesses will be battling it out at the impressive games arena and pledging money and raising sponsorship to care for people with life limiting illnesses.

They will all be competing for the winner’s trophy and hoping to avoid the dreaded wooden spoons.

Muffin Pug Rescue National Bandana Walk

Bandana pugs

Sunday, May 19, meet on the green above Sam’s café in Western Esplanade, Broadstairs, at 10.30am

The group will be raising funds and awareness for the pug rescue organisation which was set up in 2015 following a cruelty case with a Pug being used as a bait dog.

Bel Canto

Palace Cinema Broadstairs

Based on Ann Patchett’s best-selling novel, a famous soprano (Julianne Moore – Still Alice, Far From Heaven) travels to a corrupt South American country to give a private concert. But the concert is attacked by a guerrilla group demanding the release of their imprisoned comrades. A month long standoff ensues. Threats are made, lives are lost, a tense negotiation begins. While confined to the house, the hostages and their captors, who speak different languages, are forced to find ways to communicate. Music sparks a shared sense of comradeship and unites the disparate housemates as they form unexpected bonds, overcome their differences, and discover their shared humanity.

Saturday 18 May, 6:00pm

Sunday 19 May, 7:00pm

Monday 20 May, 6:00pm

Tuesday 21 May, 3:00pm

Wednesday 22 May, 7:45pm

Thursday 23 May, 6:00pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Ash is Purest White (15)

Palace Cinema Broadstairs

In Mandarin with English subtitles

This thrilling, critically lauded masterpiece, is another of Jia Zhangke’s (Still Life, A Touch of Sin) trademark, kaleidoscopic, must-see explorations of modern China. Qiao (Zhao Tao), and her mobster boyfriend Bin (Fan Liao) attempt to escape their depressed small mining town and make it in the bright lights of contemporary China.

Expanding out from a petty crime saga into one woman’s emotionally charged epic journey through 21st Century China cements Jia Zhangke’s reputation as a key voice of our generation.

Saturday 18 May, 8:30pm

Tuesday 21 May, 5:30pm

Thursday 23 May, 8:30pm

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