14 ideas for Thanet entertainment June 1-2

A vintage fair and live music will be held in Ramsgate Tunnels to celebrate its 80th anniversary Photo Carole Adams

Thanet’s Got Talent semi finals

June 1, Olby’s Soul Café. Margate, 6pm

Singers, dancers, a sword act and a dog performance will battle it out at the Thanet’s Got Talent semi-finals.

The event, run by Margate sign company owner Ingrid Payne, is raising funds so she can have surgery after being turned down for NHS treatment.

Judges include former Beacon Bingo boss Graeme Corner – who now coordinates events at The Jolly Farmer in Manston – Broadstairs author Jane Wenham-Jones and Gogglebox star Sandra Martin.

Tickets cost £10 and can be bought by calling 07305 742760 or order through the Thanet’s Got Talent facebook page here

Monopoly Mania

June 1, Dreamland

Monopoly mania is spreading across Dreamland with a day of the boardgame-related mischief at the park.

A new Margate Monolopy was released earlier this year, with Dreamland appearing in the coveted Mayfair spot. To celebrate, Dreamland is hosting a day of activities and challenges at the park for competitive (and non-competitive) families to enjoy.

Activities on the day will include races around a giant Monopoly board, chances to win spot prizes related to the game’s challenges, flip the board contests, a scavenger hunt and a Community Chest project to help a local charity.

Guests of all ages can enter the park for free to take part in challenges, and can pay per ride if they wish (or buy discounted unlimited ride wristbands in advance online).

Visit www.dreamland.co.uk/events for more information.

The Plug Factory

Elijah Femi is one of the featured acts

June 1, The Dug Out, Margate, 10pm

Young Kent talent will be showcased at a music night in Margate.

Starbwoy Empire has partnered up with Elijah Akinfenwa to bring The Plug Factory to The Dug Out on June 1.

The event, running from 10pm to 2am at the Fort Hill venue, features DJ Fada and DJ Kayb with acts including Danny Rhymez, Elijah Femi, Cy and Jinx.

Elijah said: “There are so many young talents right now in Kent that need exposure, young rappers, my peers that i believe in two years will be topping the charts.

“This gig was created by Starbwoy Empire and partnered with myself to give these talents a place to gig as a monthly event. What makes it different is it’s structured as a club event, rather than just performance.. to make it more enjoyable for the audience and give the artist experience on what they’ll be doing soon.”

Tickets for the 18+ night cost £5 and can be bought at www.fatsoma.com


Shows running until June 2, Sarah Thorne Theatre Broadstairs

Saturday, June 1 at 7.30pm. Sunday, June 2 at 2.30pm

The Sarah Thorne Musical Society present ‘Oliver’

Music, lyrics and book by Lionel Bart. Produced for the Broadway stage by David Merrick and Donald Albery (By arrangement with Musicscope and Stage Musicals of New York)

A full cast and a 10 piece orchestra will make this a treat for all the family

Directed by Peter Barnett. Musical direction by Jacob Bride

£14 paid in advance/friends
£16 on the doors
Family ticket (2 Adults/2 children) £52

For further information go to www.sarahthornetheatre.co.uk

Champions League Final

June 1, Dreamland, from 7pm

Dreamland has just installed a brand new 8m LED HD screen on its Scenic Stage, and is kicking off its summer season of outdoor screenings with a free live broadcast of the Champions League Final.

On the final half term weekend, sports fans of all ages will be able to watch the historic all England clash between Liverpool v Tottenham in the evening sunshine at the vintage amusement park, with special after hours access for all the family.

Team Dreamland has decided to move its planned screening of the big game from the Roller Disco to the outdoor stage and amphitheatre, where there is ample room for hundreds of people to enjoy the action.

Special Football Wristbands will also be available to purchase on the door for guests who want to make the most of the amusement park on the night, allowing guests access to enjoy selected rides into the evening for just £10 for guests over 1.25m and £5 for under 1.25m. Park entry, and screening, is free.

For more information on what is happening on the park, visit www.dreamland.co.uk

Arctic (12a)

Palace Cinema Broadstairs

A man (Mads Mikkelsen – Quantum of Solace, The Hunt) stranded in the Arctic after an airplane crash watches with horror as his rescuers crash. He must decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his makeshift camp, with his barely alive would-be rescuer, or to embark on a deadly trek through the unknown to save both their lives.

If you enjoyed Danny Boyle’s nerve-shredding survivalist epic 127 Days Later or Robert Redford’s lost at sea adventure All Is Lost, this has your name all over it. Full of shock turns, polar bear action and tense emotional scenes, Arctic will have you chewing your fingers to the frozen bone until its brilliant, breathless conclusion.

Saturday 1 June, 6:00pm

Sunday 2 June, 7:00pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Pokemon Detective Pikachu (PG)

Palace Cinema Boadstairs

When ace detective Harry Goodman goes missing, his son Tim enlists Detective Pikachu, a wise-cracking, adorable Pokémon super-sleuth, to help solve the mystery.

Finding that they are uniquely equipped to communicate with one another, Tim and Pikachu join forces on a thrilling adventure. Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City – a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world – they uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.

Saturday 1 June, 3:00pm

Sunday 2 June, 3:00pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Cats the Musical

Margate Winter Gardens, 2pm and 6pm and June 1 and June 2

MOS Proudly present one of the world’s best loved musicals, CATS!

The Jellicle Cats come out to play on one special night of the year—the night of the Jellicle Ball. One by one they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the Cats to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.

CATS is alive with purr-fect felines including Rum Tum Tugger, Mr. Mistoffelees, Macavity, Old Deuteronomy, Skimbleshanks and Grizabella.

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot

Tickets £16/£14 + £1 booking fee

Call 01843 292795 or click here

Ramsgate Tunnels 80th anniversary celebrations

June 2, from 10am (fair) and 1pm (show)

Ramsgate Tunnels will be sounding the newly restored wartime air raid siren on Sunday, June 2 as part of the 80th anniversary celebrations of the opening of the air raid precaution tunnels. The siren will be sounded at 1pm and again at between 3.30pm and 4pm to mark the beginning and end of the Dad’s Army Variety Show, which is being held on a stage outside the Tunnel entrance in Marina Esplanade.

A vintage market will take place in the adjacent public car park so this car park will be unavailable to visitors on Sunday. The main Marina Esplanade car park will be open as usual, as will the harbour and other car parks. For those feeling fit you can always park along the cliff top and walk down the multi-coloured Augusta Steps to the tunnel.

As well as the entertainment, market and other attractions during the day the Tunnels will be unveiling two plaques commemorating the parts played by both Borough Engineer Richard Brimmel and the Top Hat Mayor A.B.C. Kempe in the construction of the tunnels that saved countless lives during World War Two.

There will also be home front cooking demonstrations and re-enactors. There will be special Anniversary Tours of the air raid tunnels at a cost of £5 per person throughout the day but these should be booked in advance through the website here

Ramsgate Handmade & Vintage Fair

June 2, Harbour Parade, 11am – 5pm

Ramsgate’s regular maker’s market with locally-produced and made goodies galore.

Lots of stalls including: textiles from Downland Originals; sculptures from My Beach Hut; Dorky Bags; Seahorse Glass; Mr Soapy; Enzo’s Bakery from the Canterbury Goods Shed and Loopy Lou’s dog attire. Fairs continue throughout the year, usually on the first Sunday.

Bucket and Spade Run

Photo Brian Whitehead

June 2, Government Acre, cars expected to arrive from around 10am

Annual historic Classic Car run to Government Acre on Ramsgate seafront, now in its 38th year. A display of vehicles dating from the 1920s to the modern day, varying in makes and models.

A fun day out for all the family to enjoy with stalls selling various goods, sideshows and children’s rides.

Presented by Ramsgate Old Motor and Motor Cycle Club.

Seaside Photographed

Seaside Portraits, c1850-1920. Courtesy of SEAS Photography, Private Collection

Turner Contemporary

An exploration of the relationship between photographers, photography and the British seaside from the 1850s to the present day.

Seaside: Photographed includes early photographic depictions of waves, picture postcards revelling in the glee and grime of British resorts, intimate shots of holiday and relaxation and reportage and photo series of eminent photographers.

Since photography’s early beginnings  seaside images have charted enormous social change with playgrounds by the sea becoming places of last resort, rackety with decay, so much photographic evidence would insist.

The curators have included unknown works from across photography’s history as well as images by such celebrated photographers as Jane Bown, Henri Cartier Bresson and Ingrid Pollard.

Exhibits include Raymond Lawson’s  chronicles of family life in Whitstable while Daniel Meadows, Barry Lewis and Dafydd Jones all photographed Butlins in the 1970s.

In response to Seaside: Photographed, artists Bethan Peters and Stacie Lee Bennett-Worth have been commissioned to create a new artwork inspired by residents.

Seaside: Photographed is Turner Contemporary’s first photographic exhibition. A book to accompany the exhibition, has also been published by Thames & Hudson.

Coastal Crafty Crew fair

June 2, Quex Small Barn, Birchington, 10am to 3pm

Handmade crafts, free parking, free admission, tombola raising funds for QEQM Hospital and Kent air ambulance.

Free ice cream

Let’s hope the sun is out because Coles in Ramsgate is offering a free ice cream with every purchase for all of June!

Offer is one ice cream per person, per day, from 10am.

Coles is at 4a Broad Street, Ramsgate.