From Skagate to Shakespeare on the Beach – 19 Thanet events this weekend (July 6-7)

Shakespeare on the Beach


Skagate, the original 60’s Ska and reggae weekender takes place over the weekend. This year it is focusing on UK based Ska band talent that is keeping the scene alive up and down the country.

Margate will host local and international DJ’s with live bands at Olby’s Soul Cafe & Music Rooms.

Entry Price

Weekend Ticket £30
Saturday Day Pass £14
Sunday Day Pass £14.
For Group Bookings of 10+ Please call 01843 448595.

Olbys Soul Cafe , King Street , Margate
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Best Fest

Get ready for the Newington Best Fest

Newington’s annual creative festival is back bigger and better than ever.

The event brings together residents to celebrate the community and have fun. On Saturday, July 6 there will be live music, free food and refreshments with Thanet Earth providng fresh produce again. There will also have free ice cream.

Wander around more than 20 stalls from local groups and organisations working to make the community a better place and battle it out with the neighbours in an epic tug of war.

A donation from Tesco’s Bag of Help has contributed towards keeping the event free.


Newington Big Local – Cooking marquee, decorating pots and planting herbs to take away and making dance ribbons

Paines Plough pop up theatre


Citizens Advice Thanet

Age UK Thanet with Intergen

Orbit Housing

Newington Chill Club

Inflatable assault course

Tania’s Ice Cream


East Kent Coast Volunteering

Your Leisure

One You Kent – Free health check

Ageless Thanet

Wizard Stories

The Face Paint Fairy

Creative Newington – Rob Turner

Creepy Claws

Academy FM

There will also be music from Charlie Don’t Surf, Elijah Femi and local youngsters.

Helpers at the welcome gazebo will be giving out free bags with all the information about what’s happening over the Summer holidays at the community centre, a wrist band, pen and one of the centre’s new fridge magnets plus collect free ice cream vouchers.

Best Fest is at Newington Community Centre in Princess Margaret Avenue,  on July 6 from 1pm to 5pm.

Find the event page here

Elemental: June Sharpe & Guests

Now until July 10, Pie Factory Gallery, Margate

Friday 10am to 8pm, Saturday to Tuesday 10am to 6pm and Wednesday 9am to 12noon

Our relationship with nature is fundamental and timeless. Interaction between humans and the environment is a key factor in the development of visual art. Using a variety of media, Elemental explores the depth and fragility of this relationship.

ARTGAME presents…. Dazzling Allgood, dr.d & Chu

Now until July 14

Artgame will present a self-curated inaugural show from Internationally renowned artists: Dazzling Allgood, dr.d and Chu exhibiting souvenirs of brand subversion, visual activism and word games to take away. Each artist combines their lyrical audacity with industrial strength and dextrous sense of humour, creating unique artworks, installations and paintings.

They all have origins in the anti-establishment and positively encourage the viewer to rewrite the rules and celebrate the many real and fictional movements from the past, present & the future.

This is the preview event for the new gallery, previously Salt, at 18 Marine Drive, Margate

Wedding Open Day

July 6, The Swan, Sea Road, Westgate

Open from 11am to 4pm with free entry to all.

Join  The Swan for its first Wedding Open Day and see the refurbished wedding venue set up for wedding ceremonies, breakfast and reception.

Enjoy Prosecco and canapés on arrival, sample treats and learn about wedding packages.

A dedicated Wedding Coordinator will be on hand to answer questions.

Summer Ball

July 6, 7pm, Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs

The Summer Ball is a chance to dress up and glide round the floor on what will be a glorious Summer evening.   Enjoy the music of Ballroom, Latin, Argentine Tango, Sequence, Jive and more.   All are welcome to join in the fun.

Entry £8 pay on the night, cash only

Shakespeare on the Beach

Shakespeare on the Beach

Saturday, July 6 at 7,30pm.

Shakespeare on the Beach returns to Margate Main Sands with The Winter’s Tale.

The story is set in Sicily and Bohemia and Leontes has everything a man could want, wealth, power, a family that loves him and friends. But he is not at peace. Inside he harbours a bitter jealousy that drives him to destroy all he holds dear. Many years later, in a distant country, a journey begins that may ultimately heal his pain and reunite his family.

The performance comes from  Changeling Theatre…and includes a hint of Abba!

The play contains Shakespeare’s most famous but challenging stage direction: ‘Exit, pursued by a bear.’

Changeling Theatre produces high quality, entertaining theatre in non-traditional locations for community audiences across South East England.

Its productions range from re-interpretations of Shakespearean classics to working with new writers and composers to create innovative new theatre.

Blankets aren’t permitted in the enclosed area and customers must provide their own chairs. Deckchairs will be available to hire for £3, fee to be paid to the attendant on the day.

Tickets cost £9 + £2 booking fee and are available at

Open Gardens St. Andrew’s Church and Reading Street

July 6

Ten lovely gardens to visit in Reading Street and close by, open between 11am – 4pm

Exhibitions of local history, art and floral displays.

Stalls and refreshments, lunches and cream teas in Community Hall.

Entry Price is £5 on day

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Wisewoods Dance

Saturday, July 6 at 7pm and Sunday, July 7 at noon and  5pm, Winter Gardens, Margate

Wisewoods Dance present  their 8th annual show.

The home of 300 talented Thanet dancers, Wisewoods promises an explosive production showcasing hip hop, musical theatre, lyrical, tap & singing.

Featuring vibrant costumes, powerful projection and a lively soundtrack.

Entry Price £15 + £1 Booking Fee

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Summertime Rendezvous

Lovelys gallery, Northdown Road, Cliftonville , July 6-August 24

Open Monday – Saturday 9am-5pm

Lovelys summer exhibition, now in our 128th year, features established and emerging artists inspired by the vibrancy of our seaside towns and the diversity of our national coastline through paintings, prints, photography, ceramics, textiles and sculpture.

Ramsgate Blitz Walks

July 7, 7pm

Relive the dark days of the war in the heaviest bombed seaside town in the country. Hear the stories, visit the places.

The tour takes approximately 2 hours and is free with donations welcome.

No need to book. Dogs and children welcome.

Meet at Ramsgate Library

Ramsgate Handmade Fair

July 7. Harbour Parade, 11am to 5pm

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

Broadstairs & St. Peters Art Group Open Air Exhibition

July 7, Viking Bay Seafront Railings by the lift, 9.30am-5pm

Exhibition showcasing wide range of group members’ talents comprising paintings in all media,  embroideries, ceramics and stained glass.

All work for sale – original art at affordable prices

Oh I Do Like to Be

July 7, Turner Contemporary, performances noon and 2 pm in the Foyle Room. Entry is free

The Thanet Big Sing Community Choir is the resident choir at Turner Contemporary, Margate. They will perform the world premiere of ‘Oh I do like to be’. This entertaining and lively work has been composed by the choir’s Music Director, Tony Castro.

The composition was commissioned by the choir and forms part of the Turner Contemporary’s exciting exhibition “Seaside Photographed” – the first ever photography exhibition at the gallery.

The performances will comprise of words and music in keeping with the theme of the exhibition which reflects the relationship between photographers. photography and the British seaside from the 1850’s to the present date.

The performance is accompanied by a narrator reading a seaside-related commentary, set against a backdrop of projected Thanet coastal images which will create a rich picture of the Thanet seaside.

Sunday Sessions

July 7, San Clu, Victoria Parade, Ramsgate

Relax, soak up the views and enjoy the live music from Acoustix in the San Clu Garden (Weather permitting)  from 1pm-3pm

Summer Concert of Youth

July 7, St Nicholas-at-Wade Church, 4pm-6pm

Thanet Light Orchestra return to St Nicholas-at-Wade Church for a charity concert of light music and popular classics.

TLO will be performing several pieces connected with ‘youth’ (either in the title, or where the composer was young), and also welcoming talented young musicians to play with the orchestra.

Cellist Shizuku Tatsuno is from Japan, where she won several awards before coming to the UK to study at The Yehudi Menuhin School. After graduating, she won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, where she is currently studying under the tutelage of Raphael Wallfisch and Thomas Carroll. The Salomé Quartet, which she formed at the RCM, won the chamber music competition, and together they have given several recitals at top London venues, including recently at the Wigmore Hall. Shizuku will play the first movement of Haydn’s famous cello concerto in C.

Local lass Lizzy Russell (currently attending the Junior Guildhall but soon to start oboe & cor anglais studies at the Royal Northern College of Music) will also be performing two movements from Marcello’s popular oboe concerto with the orchestra.

Other works on the programme can be seen via the Classical Events concert information.

Tickets £10 on the door, £8 advance from St Nicholas-at-Wade Post Office (call 01843 844632 for opening hours); refreshments available for a donation. Under 18s free, accompanying adults just £5! Proceeds in aid of St Nicholas at Wade Church Fabric Fund.

Find Summer Concert of Youth on facebook or click here for more information

Yesterday (12a)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

From Simon Curtis, the writer of Love Actually, and Danny Boyle, director of Slumdog Millionaire comes a terrific new British comedy. Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading. Despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) he’s on the verge of giving up and getting a real job. Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed… and he is the only person on earth who knows all their songs… What’s a desperate budding musician to do?

Saturday 6 July, 6:00pm

Sunday 7 July, 7:00pm

Monday 8 July, 6:00pm

Tuesday 9 July, 3:00pm

Tuesday 9 July, 8:30pm

Wednesday 10 July, 6:00pm

Thursday 11 July, 6:00pm

Friday 12 July, 7:45pm

Saturday 13 July, 6:00pm

Sunday 14 July, 7:00pm

Monday 15 July, 6:00pm

Tuesday 16 July, 3:00pm

Tuesday 16 July, 8:30pm

Wednesday 17 July, 6:00pm

Thursday 18 July, 6:00pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Thunder Road (15)

Palace Cinema Broadstairs

An emotionally fragile police officer comes up with a series of comically outrageous, and it must be said, highly ineffective, ways to put his imploding private life back in order. Oh, and it’s sort of based on one of Bruce Springsteen’s most beloved songs. Bursting with laughter, pathos and compassion, this is one of the stand-out debut films of the year.

Saturday 6 July, 8:30pm

Tuesday 9 July, 6:00pm

Thursday 11 July, 8:30pm

Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Glastonbury Festival highlights


July 6-7, 11am to 4pm both days, Dreamland Scenic Stage

Didn’t make it down to Worthy Farm this year? Don’t stress, we’ve got you covered. Head to the Dreamland Food Court where we’ll be screening this year’s Glastonbury Festival highlights.

Grab a bite to eat and chill in the sun, soundtracked by sets from Carrie Underwood, Roy Ayres and George Ezra.

Entry to the park is free, and you can save 25% on ride wristbands by booking online, up to 24hrs in advance. Ride wristbands can be booked here.

Screening times (both days)

11am Carrie Underwood

12.30pm Roy Ayres

2pm George Ezra

Find more here