From birds of prey to festivals, circus fun, theatre and open air cinema – 28 August events in Thanet

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant at Margate Theatre Royal

August is almost here and there are a bundle of events on offer to keep everyone entertained.

Here’s our guide to some of the fun on the isle for the month

Margate Carnival

Photo Carole Adams

Bands, floats, youth organisations, dancers and a host of weird and wonderful costumes will once again feature in Margate’s carnival parade.

This year’s carnival is on August 4 starting from Palm Bay at 2.30pm.

It sets off from Palm Bay Avenue, travelling along the Esplanade past Bugsy’s Bowling, The Lido, The Winter Gardens and onto Fort Hill, past Margate Police Station and through The  Piazza and Margate Soul Festival, towards the train station and onto the Royal Esplanade, Westbrook.

Prize categories include:

Most creative design – Float

Best decorated vehicle/float

Best costume

Loudest float

Majorettes (Performance, costumes and presentation)

Dance school (Performance, costumes, floats and presentation)

Best costume

All categories have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd and will be awarded at 2:20pm before the carnival sets off.

Find Margate carnival on facebook here

Margate Soul Festival

Top live acts, DJs and a street festival are all at this year’s Margate Soul Festival. The festival, from August 2-4, is spread across Margate with nine indoor venues, four outdoor stages, the street event at the Piazza, more than 100 DJs and a grand finale at Margate Winter Gardens.

Appearing at the Winter Gardens on the outside Red Stripe Sunset Stage and indoors in the Main Hall on Saturday, August 3, will be UK Jazz Funk giants Incognito and Light of the World with special guests Michelle John, Lukas Setto and Mad Yella.

On Sunday, August 4 the festival finale features the latest modern soul sounds of Cool Million which features festival founder Eli Thompson on vocals. There will also be a special guest appearance by 80s artist James D Train Williams whose hit “You’re The One For Me” spawned his first US Billboard Dance chart number-one.

Janet Kay, Omar, Steve Nichol of Loose Ends and David A Tobin will also feature on the Sunday programme.

Live music will also feature at the street festival.

For prices go to https://margatesoulfestival.co.uk/

Roller Coast Festival at Dreamland

Superheroes, mask making, rainbow-themed mayhem, science, football, BMXs and the crew from Mlkshake Live are all part of the new summer festival at Dreamland

The Roller Coast Festival runs at the park from now until September 1 and includes free events and incredible entertainment every week throughout the summer holidays to keep those Little Dreamers happy.

Get ready for six weeks of super-charged, brain-bending, back-flipping, song bursting summer, daily entertainment for little ones and grown-ups.

Different themed activities will take place every week, including character appearances, film screenings and games for all ages. The weekly themes are:

Carnival Week – July 29-August 4

Get ready to samba in your own street parade, celebrate Margate carnival, make a colourful mask and sing your heart out at The Greatest Showman sing-a-long

Rainbow Week – August 5-11

Celebrate all the colours of Pride with rainbow-themed mayhem, including Drag Kween story time, dress up workshops, appearances from Rainbow Care Bear and a trip to see The Wizard of Oz

Street Fest Week – August 12-18

Take your skillz to the streets with dance workshops, BMX stunts, football tournaments, fashion battles and daytime block party with Fun DMC

Brainiac Week – August 19-25

Embrace your inner nerd with live shows all week from Brainiac and cheer on the scientists in Jurassic Park

Milkshake Week – August 26-September 1

Channel 5’s Milkshake! takes over Dreamland on the final week of the holidays! Expect live shows starring Fireman Sam, Milkshake Monkey, Nella The Princess Knight, Digby Dragon and more!

The park is open daily and free to enter. Visitors who buy ride wristbands in advance online  save 25%.

For details click here

East Kent Mencap Street Party

GOLD volunteers

An accessible festival is being planned by charity East Kent Mencap, especially for people with a learning disability. The ‘street party’ will take place on Friday, August 2.

Nine music acts will perform rock, 60s, Blue Grass, acoustic covers and chart hits in two spaces at East Kent Mencap’s newly opened Ramsgate Day Resource, Forester’s Hall.

Inspired by Glastonbury and Latitude, East Kent Mencap hope the street party will – in a slightly smaller way – bring fun festival vibes to Ramsgate for people with learning disabilities, and their families and carers, as well as the wider community.

As well as live music, there will be a chance to learn circus skills, meet therapy pets, play outdoor twister and have a massage. There will also be a sensory chill out zone, as well as a barbecue and other refreshments. Kent Fire & Rescue and South East Coast Ambulance Service will be attending with their vehicles.

Festival goers will also be able to try out some of the Day Resource activities, including arts and crafts, sports, and upcycling. Staff will be available to provide information for anyone who wants to know more about learning disabilities and the support services available.

The street party will take place on Friday, August 2, 10am – 4pm, at Forester’s Hall in Meeting Street, Ramsgate. Tickets are £3 or 4 for £10, and £1 for children under 12. Carers’ tickets are free.

For more information and to book tickets, email funds@eastkentmencap.co.uk, call 01843 22 44 82 or visit www.eastkentmencap.co.uk

Peter Pan at the Theatre Royal

This August, British Youth Music Theatre, the UK’s leading musical theatre company for young people, is bringing to Theatre Royal Margate a terrifically modern musical adaptation of J.M.Barrie’s classic tale, Peter Pan.

Created by Nick Stimson (Theatre Royal Plymouth), and Jimmy Jewell (Royal Plymouth, Royal Academy of Music), and brought to life by an exceptional young company of emerging talent coming from all corners of the British Isles; this truly memorable family show takes us back to the magical heart of the story.

BYMT’s acclaimed creative team and young performers will be working together to recreate the vivid and magical world of Neverland, a place where children become adults and adults become children again.

Embark on a journey to Neverland with the boy who never grew up, his trusty sidekick Tinkerbell and the cunning, cowardly Captain Hook with his motley crew of pirates. We guarantee you’ll be humming the show tunes all the way home: An Awfully Big Adventure, If I’d Stayed at Home with Mother, You Must Believe in Magic and many more!

Peter Pan is at the Theatre Royal from August 16-18, various show times.

Tickets are £15, Concs £13, Friends £11, Groups of 4+ £11, Booking Fee: £1 per ticket

Call the box office on 01843 292795 or go to https://www.margate-live.com/whatson-event/peter-pan/

Only Fools and Horses exhibition at Dreamland

Dreamland will host its biggest ever Only Fools and Horses exhibition for the 30th anniversary of one of its most popular episodes, the Christmas special The Jolly Boys’ Outing.

From August 9-30, Dreamland’s Ballroom will host the special exhibition compiled by the Only Fools Appreciation Society, featuring a collection of original costumes, props, and sets with contributions from series creator, the late John Sullivan. There may even be some special guest appearances over the course of the exhibition.

Filmed on location at Dreamland in August 1989, The Jolly Boys’ Outing saw the whole Only Fools and Horses gang journey from their South London home to the golden Margate Sands. With classic moments including Denzil’s ‘disease’, the exploding coach, and Del Boy being reunited with Raquel, it became one of the best loved episodes from the series.

The exhibition will be open daily from 10am to 5pm, and tickets cost from £7.50.

For more information and details of what’s happening on the park this summer, visit www.dreamland.co.uk

Continental Circus Berlin at Government Acre

The feats and skills of Continental Circus Berlin are heading to Ramsgate.

From amazing high wire walkers to rola balancing on a motorbike, super fast Las Vegas quick change and the death defying Globe of Death, the performers and entertainers will thrill.

Clown Angelo, will guide the audience through the show which will also include aerialists, whirlwind jugglers, a ‘laser man’ sending laser beams from his fingers and the sensational wheel of death, rotating into the roof of the Big Top. An amazing array of acts twisting an age-old tradition for a modern family audience is promised.

Housed in a climate-controlled theatre style big top the production is brimming with an international cast of artistes featuring a mix of genuine circus talent from every corner of the globe.

Continental Circus Berlin comes to Government Acre from August 25-28.

Dates and times

Sunday, August 25 3pm & 6pm

Monday, August 26 3pm & 6pm

Tuesday, August 27 3pm & 7.45pm

Wednesday, August 28 noon & 3pm

The circus is offering a 2 for 1 deal, any seat any day. Call the box office in advance 07494774008 and quote ‘BERLIN241’ to receive the deal.

Alice in Westwoodland

Westwood Cross Shopping Centre is hosting ‘Alice at Westwoodland’ giving families the opportunity to step into an imaginative land inspired by the adventures of Alice in Wonderland.

The shopping centre will be offering a schedule of activities and entertainment, from croquet with the Queen of Hearts to hat making with the Mad Hatter.

Children will be able to challenge the Queen of Hearts to a game of croquet, using flamingo putters to get hedgehog balls through card croquet hoops. A hat making workshop with the Mad Hatter will see aspiring young milliners create hats from a variety of materials, and the White Rabbit will be in the centre hosting clock making craft.

Alice will be on hand throughout the summer for storytelling sessions.

Francesca Donovan, Centre Manager at Westwood Cross Shopping Centre, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of families to the centre this summer. We want to offer our guests a fun-filled day out to keep the children entertained throughout the holidays.”

Tuesday, July 30– Crafts (Hat making workshop, clock making, art with Alice and friends)

Wednesday, July 31 – Croquet

Thursday, August 1 – Crafts (Hat making workshop, clock making, art with Alice and friends)

Friday, August 2 – Storytelling

Monday, August 5- Croquet

Tuesday, August 6 – Crafts (Hat making workshop, clock making, art with Alice and friends)

Wednesday, August 7 – Croquet

Thursday, August 8 – Crafts (Hat making workshop, clock making, art with Alice and friends)

Friday, August 9- Storytelling

Monday, August 12 – Croquet

For more information about summer at Westwood Cross Shopping Centre, visit westwoodx.co.uk

Newington Community Centre

Newington Community Centre will be offering free breakfasts and lunches and a packed programme of activities for families over the school Summer holidays.

The community centre is working with Newington Big Local, Fareshare and Thanet Earth to help provide the food. Volunteers will be on hand to share more information on events during the holidays.

Activities will include

Breakfast club 9am-11am Monday to Thursday

Mondays noon to 4pm: Fit and Fed with Active Thanet and and national sports charity Street Games providing activity sessions and healthy meals for young people in Thanet and 6pm–8pm – Chill Club

Wednesdays noon-4pm – Family creative sessions and 6pm to 8pm Newington Numbers Bingo

Thursdays 4.45pm-6.15pm – Intergenerational Club and 7pm to 9pm Thanet Canine Society

Fridays 11am to 2pm tennis

There is no need to book for events, just turn up and take part. Newington Community Centre is in Princess Margaret Avenue.

The Fit and Fed programme will also be at  Margate Tennis Lawn Club every Thursday 10am to noon for under 10s activities – register by emailing info@margatetennis.co.uk

And Fridays 10am to 4pm at The Youth Zone Club & The Pavilion Youth and Community Cafe, St Peters Rec. To help out at the club call 07963226275.

Open air cinema at Dreamland

Outdoor cinema at Dreamland

Dreamland is turning the park into an open-air cinema this summer.

The amusement park is showing family-friendly films and sing-a-longs on its huge HD outdoor screen on selected days over the coming weeks as part of the summer Roller Coast Festival.

There is a Thursday Night Cinema Club and Sunday Family Screenings.

Guests can book a free ticket to the events (provided on a first come first served basis), or upgrade to tickets that include food options and/or deckchair reservations.

Snacks, beers, tea and fizz are available in the food court.

The new Thursday Cinema Club with family-friendly films at 7.30pm:

1st August – The Greatest Showman Sing-A-Long-a

8th August – Spice World The Movie

15th August – Hairspray (2007)

22nd August – Jurassic Park

29th August – Grease Sing-A-Long-a

Sunday Family Screenings from 10.30am each week:

4th August – Dumbo (2019)

11th August – The Wizard of Oz

18th August – Space Jam

25th August – Big Hero 6

Full screenings programme: https://www.dreamland.co.uk/events

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant

Based on the classic children’s book series by David McKee, that marks its 30th birthday in 2019, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Show, is a celebration of individuality and the power of laughter!

Elephants, as everyone knows, are big, have trunks, and are grey. But Elmer is a patchwork of brilliant colours. His fun-loving and cheerful personality keeps everyone in a playful mood, until the day he gets tired of being different and tries to blend in with the herd.

Elmer The Patchwork Elephant Show features a menagerie of 21 loveable puppets, tells the tale of an elephant that stands out – both with his patchwork-coloured skin and his sense of humour – but ultimately realizing that his friends have always valued his unique characteristics.

The show’s subtle message is that it is always best to be yourself.

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Show is at Margate’s Theatre Royal on August 10-11, various show times.

Tickets are £12, family of four £40, booking fee £1 per ticket.

To book call 01843 292795 or go to margate-live.com

Broadstairs Folk Week

Broadstairs Folk Week returns on August 9-16 with a packed programme of music and activities.

The annual event, now in its 54th year, has a mixture of ticketed and free events.

Entertainment includes the Hobby Horse Club at the Bandstand with its resident crew of Clarence the Dragon and the Hooden Horses.

There are afternoon and early evening shows of music, song and dance with bandstand acts including The Boxwood Chessmen, the London Sea Shanty Collective, Mathis & Dolphin, the Thumping Tommy’s, and the Greyhound Buskers.

Free events for Folk Week start on the first Saturday. Ticketed events start on Friday, August 9 with an evening concert, early evening dance and late night dance.

For tickets go to https://broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk/about/faq/

Free fun

The Craft & Music Fair in Victoria Gardens: Free entry to a huge variety of ceramics, clothing, musical instruments, paintings, jewellery and gifts. Open from August 10-16.

The Big Parade on Saturday: A family-friendly procession of music, morris and magic, starting from Pierremont Hall at 5.30pm on Saturday, August 10.

Morris dancing: Masses of morris dancers throng the streets and a wide range of music in many of the town’s pubs.

Lunchtime sessions: There are daily lunchtime music sessions at the Craft & Music Fair and the George Inn, and the lunchtime Singalong at the Neptune’s Hall

Lark in the Park

Fun at Lark in the Park

Lark in the Park free family festival is back.

The event, at Government Acre, takes place from August 8-18 with all 11 days packed with free activities and entertainment programmes which cater for all of the family in one arena.

The event is split into different venues during the day – Fun Factory with a garden play area (ages 0-4), HQ (ages 5-10), The Vibe (ages 11-16), the Art Tent, Park Life, The Chapel and The Tea Rooms (for the over 60s).

There are also evening events held for all of the family every night, such as Movie Night, Ladies Night, Family Nights Out, Thanet’s Got Talent and Bingo Night, and Family Fun Days every weekend.  Every single part of the event is absolutely free to those who attend.  In its 17th year, Lark in the Park is now replicated in Sidcup, and even Greece!

The event, organised by Thanet churches, is coordinated by some 250 volunteers.

In 2018, there were 1,400 visits a day from people all over Thanet with 18,000 site visits in total.

To find out more and register go to http://larkthanet.com/

Kids archaeology

Children can learn about the basics of archaeology and take part in their own mini excavation this Summer. Sessions will be held for ‘dirt detectives, youngsters can sieve soil samples looking for clues about the environment or try to date poo! All activities are practical, fun and child friendly. Prices start from £13.50 for a two hour session. Places are limited so book your place now.

All bookings must be made via www.archaeolearning.co.uk/events-and-bookings

What Does An Archaeologist Do?

Tuesday 30th July, 10:00 – 12:00

Tuesday 13th August 10:00 – 12:00

The Antoinette Centre, Quex Park, Birchington CT7 0BH, UK

This popular 2 hour workshop explores the many different sides to archaeology and helps children understand the journey of an object from excavation to exhibition. We will look at stratigraphy, dating methods and some of the tricky bits of understanding the archaeological record. The children will learn the value of recording before completing their own mini excavation.

Age Guide: 7+

Price: £13.50 per child.

Numbers limited to 10

Potty about pottery

Thursday 1st August 10:00-12:00

Thursday 15th August 10:00 – 12:00

The Antoinette Centre, Quex Park, Birchington CT7 0BH, UK

Come along and have a go at sorting some sherds (pot fragments), dating some pieces by looking at the inclusions and have a go at making a pot yourself.

All materials used are child friendly.

Age Guide: 8 years +

Price: £15 per child.

Numbers limited to 12

Dirt Detectives

Tuesday 6th August 10:00 – 12:00

Tuesday 20th August 10:00-12:00

The Antoinette Centre, Quex Park, Birchington CT7 0BH, UK

What can we tell from the remains of the past? Can we tell what people ate and how does diet change through time? And what exactly is a coprolite? Sieve through samples taken from site, identifying seeds and bones before examining and analysing the contents of a sample of human waste.

Age Guide: 8 years +

Price: £14 per child.

Numbers limited to 15

Journey through Prehistory

Thursday 8th August 10:00 – 12:00

Thursday 22nd August 10:00 – 12:00

The Antoinette Centre, Quex Park, Birchington CT7 0BH, UK

Hold half a million years of human history in the palm of your hand; Palaeolithic hand-axes, Mesolithic wood working tools, Neolithic flint tools, Bronze Age axes and arrowheads, along with the earliest examples of pottery we have.

Finish off your journey by carving your own hand-axe or arrowhead from soap to take home.

Age Guide: 8 years +

Price: £14 per child.

Numbers limited to 15

Margate Pride

Photo Frank Leppard

Spice Girl Mel C will wow the crowds together with drag troupe Sink the Pink in an electrifying show for Margate Pride.

This year Pride will see a week-long queer arts festival ending with the joyful Pride procession where everyone is welcome to celebrate all of the isle’s LGBTQIA+ life.

Art, music and DJs will feature at venues across Margate with the festivities kicking off on Monday, August 5.

Pride March along the seafront – 10 August: A riot of colourful floats and costumes the parade leaves the Walpole Bay Hotel, Fifth Avenue, Cliftonville at 2pm.

Peter Tatchell to speak at the Sea Front Stage, The Parade, Margate: At 3pm the celebrated LGBTQ+ activist will address the crowd. He is joined by queer artists and allies who include Sink The Pink drag queen Taylor Trash, Asifa Lahore – Britain’s first publicly out Muslim drag queen, multi award-winning poet, playwright, activist and performer Jackie Hagan, local pole dance icon and instructor Heather alker and Just May, the UK’s premier Geri Halliwell impersonator. Music to keep the crowds dancing comes from Margate-based acts BABii and Pink Suits, London collective Benin City and the DJs from Margate queer club night, Meat Raffle.

Party: Margate Arts Club DJs take over The Sun Deck on the Main Sands, followed by a disco at the venue itself (Northdown Road) from 9pm, join the after-party with Cockles & Muscles at the Lido Cliff Bar or head to Margate institution Sundowners, the town’s long-established gay bar on Albert Terrace.

Mel C: The singer, who has been touring with Sink the Pink, will perform at Dreamland, 8pm on Saturday August 10. Tickets  £10 + booking fee, with rides included.

Gay Pool Party: Revellers can recover at the Walpole Bay Tidal Pool which will host the  pool party on Sunday 11 August.

To find out more visit margatepride.org

Seashore Safaris

Photo Thanet Coast Project

Explore Thanet’s chalk rocky shore for its fascinating rockpool wildlife at a series of sea safaris this summer,

Identification sheet and equipment is provided and there is help on hand to identify  finds.  Wear suitable footwear for rocks and rockpools (eg wetshoes, crocks or wellies!) and wear suitable clothing for the weather conditions on the day (water/windproof if wet/windy; or coverup, hat or suncream, if sunny).

All events last for up to two hours and are suitable for all the family, but particularly 4-11-year-olds. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Suggested donation of £1 or £2 per person (adults & children!)

A ‘first come, first served’ booking scheme takes place at the start of each event

Saturday, August 3, 8am – Minnis Bay, Birchington (CT7 9QP)Meet/Sign-in: Lower promenade, near small tidal pool (beside the chalk cliff)

Sunday, August 4, 8:30am – West Bay, Westgate (CT8 8QZ). Meet/Sign-in: Lower promenade, near West Bay cafe

Monday, August 5, 9:30am – St Mildred’s Bay, Westgate (CT8 8TP). Meet/Sign-in: Promenade near cafes & slope to the beach.

Tuesday, August 6, 10am –  Eastcliff, Ramsgate (CT11 8DG) Meet/Sign-in: Lower promenade, north end of car park (Marina Esplanade)

Wednesday, August 7, 11:00 am – Western Undercliff, Ramsgate (CT11 9PH). Meet/Sign-in: Besides small tidal pool (west of the beaches).Royal Harbour Approach.

Friday, August 9, 12:30pm – Walpole Bay, Cliftonville (CT9 3HF). Meet/Sign-in: Lower promenade car park; east side of Walpole tidal pool.

Sunday, August 18, 8am – Stone Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 1DP). Meet/Sign-in: Lower promenade bottom of steps (& toilet) down from Eastern Esplanade

Monday, August 19, 8:30am – Joss Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 3PG). Meet/Sign-in: On beach, near bottom of main access slope onto beach.

Tuesday, August 20, 9am – Botany Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 3LG). Meet/Sign-in: On beach besides Botany Bay kiosk (near bottom of the steps)

Wednesday, August 21, 9am – Dumpton Gap, Broadstairs (CT10 1TA). Meet/Sign-in: On lower promenade, at southern end (near slope down to the beach)

Thursday, August 22 Aug, 9:30am – Nayland Rock, Margate Main Sands (CT9 1XN). Meet/Sign-in: Promenade besides Nayland Rock Shelter (west of toilets)

Lost Island Adventure Golf

To celebrate the first birthday of Lost Island Adventure Golf in Margate on September 1 there will be a ticket giveaway every day in August,

The attraction, based beneath the Flamingo arcade in Marine Drive, will hand out 4 tickets each day.

To enter for your chance to win, just do the following:

Like and follow Lost Island Adventure Golf on facebook

Tag 3 friends who you’d like to go with

Share the giveaway post on the Lost Island facebook page, The  lucky winners will be drawn every day by 2pm, tickets are valid until end of the year.

Vincent in Ramsgate

The Vincent Van Gogh bust Photo David Townsend

As part of the ‘Vincent in Ramsgate’ summer events, the Ramsgate Society and Ramsgate Town Team are hosting artist led workshops to expand on the legacy created by van Gogh and inspired by the unveiling of the bust in Spencer Square last month.

Sunday, August 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th and Wednesday, August 7th, 14th and 20th

Sundays (11am-2pm) and Wednesdays (10am-1pm) in August

Any interested artists (child, budding or more serious) can attend. Please contact Bev Perkins (Ramsgate Society) beverleyperkins@hotmail.co.uk or Rebekah Smith (Town Promoter) rebekah.smith1@btopenworld.com

Hornby Hobbies open weekends

Photo John Horton

An open weekend will be held at Hornby Visitor Centre in Margate on August 10-11. There will be special prices on ex display items. The centre is open 10am to 3pm both days. Tickets are adults £5, concessions £2.50, under 5s free.

A further open weekend takes place on August 17-18 and  will offer the first public viewing of the  locomotives and rolling stock stored at the Ramsgate Road site by Locomotive Storage.

Alongside the One:One Collection there will be a range of activities and stands spread across the site. The Hornby Visitor Centre has invited a range of traders and layouts to create a celebration of railway modelling alongside the impressive collection of full-size engines.

Currently over 20 traders have confirmed their attendance as well as a variety of layouts that will be on show. Finalists from the Great Model Railway Challenge will be on display alongside a selection of international layouts covering numerous gauges.

The Hornby Visitor Centre which has recently been refurbished will also have numerous exhibits charting the history of not only Hornby but many of the other brands that are included under the Hornby Hobbies’ umbrella.

Two of the locomotives in the One:One Collection will be reproduced in 00 gauge and are featured in the 2019 range. Both ‘Bittern’ (R3771) and ‘Black 5’ (R3805) are planned and modelled as they appear in the Margate Locomotive Storage facility. The limited edition models will be produced in bespoke packaging and restricted to just 1,000 pieces of each.

Some sessions are fully booked. To check availability and book your tickets go to the Hornby website.

The centre is open 10am to 4pm both days.

 Wonderful Woolly Watery World

Now until September 8. Thanet Visitor Information Centre, Droit House, Stone Pier, Margate open Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm

Discover life under the sea, if everything was woolly presented by Guardians of the Deep

The immersive display designed by Tara Schirn, will feature creatures knitted and crocheted by people of Kent and beyond. The immersive seascape will teach you about the Marine Conservation Zones we have around Kent, marine pollution, what amazing creatures live there and how you can see them for yourself

There will be information from the Thanet Coast Project on the local marine life, volunteering opportunities and events for the family

Paper Capers

Now until August 13, The Gallery at Nice Things, Harbour Street, Ramsgate

Mixed media exhibition by Nikki Griffith and Hayley Restall, open daily 11am-5pm

Hayley works mainly in acrylic and discarded vintage craft magazines.

Nikki Griffith works in collage mixed media as well as watercolour and acrylic paintings.

August Adventures

Tuesday 30th July  – Friday 30th August 11am-12.30pm and 1.30-3pm

Visit the Powell-Cotton Museum in Park Lane, Birchington, this summer and be inspired.

On Tuesdays – Stamp your Story. Print your own Kanga style tote bag

On Wednesdays  – A room with a View. Make your own Diorama to take home

On Thursdays – Discover Thunder Drums. Make some noise and design your own

On Fridays – Netsuke. Create a unique Netsuke in clay

Suitable for children aged 4 years and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Please wear appropriate clothing for outdoors.

Child £4
Child Member – £3.50
Adults free (Please note cost does not include museum, house and garden entry)

Visit Website

Birds of Prey at Monkton Nature Reserve

August 2-30

10am – 12pm and 1-4pm Every Friday during August.

Alex Goodier presents his incredible birds of prey. Meet owls, a kestrel, a raven and a Harris hawk.

Sessions are ‘drop in’. Parents/carers are responsible for their child/children at all times.

Birds of prey are not pets and visitors must strictly abide by any requests from Alex concerning their welfare.

Find a full list of August events at the reserve here

At the cinema

Visit the Palace Cinema in Broadstairs for The Lion King (PG) August 2-8, various screening times.

Simba idolises his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

For details click here

C Fest at Cramptons in Broadstairs

Some of Thanet’s finest acts perform for you in the Cramptons beer garden.

The festival kicks off at 1pm on the main stage in the garden with Hot Wax followed by many more talented acts and closing off with Tasty Sax and a chilled house DJ set.

The pub opens midday serving freshly prepared food

All children welcome until 7pm.

Pavement to Prison exhibition opening night

Margate School, Woolworths, High Street, Margate

Friday, 16 August from 7pm to 10pm.

Stretch Outsider Art Gallery, which champions artworks and art practices that sit outside the norms of the conventional art world, presents a major exhibition of prisoner art-work and works from people affected by homelessness.

Former prisoner artists Eve MacDougall, Dean Stalham and Carlotta Allum will lead workshops in painting sculpture, digital storytelling, music and film with ‘John,’ an artist from the streets. A series of events, film screenings and public talks will take place – keep an eye on social media for more info.

The exhibition opens on August 16 and will feature this work and also works by Chris Wilson, Steven Ellis, Jeremy Deller and private collection of prison art and soap sculptures from Matthew Meadows (author of book ‘Insider Art’). Outsider Art charity Outside In will also display a selection of works from their former-prisoners.

At the opening there will be a musical performance from a group of prisoners from HMP Standford Hill who have been working with the award -winning social enterprise ‘In House’ records. The prisoners will also have a hand in curating the exhibition – most of the art works will be for sale.

Football United charity day

A charity football tournament will be held in memory of three Thanet men whose struggle with mental illness, and gaining professional support, tragically resulted in them taking their lives.

The Football United charity day in memory of Ben Stone, Marc Wood and Paul Connell will raise funds for mental health support group SpeakUp CIC.

It has been organised by parents with youngsters on the Thanet United Warriors team – formerly SMS –  and team manager Craig White, who have all been personally touched by the losses.

The charity football and fun day will be held at Newington school in Ramsgate on August 31 from 11am – 5pm.

There will be lots of local teams competing for the memorial cup which the organisers hope to be able to present on a yearly basis. There will  attractions including a coconut shy, inflatable sports (with thanks to Clayton Holloway), beat the keeper, speed goal, two bouncy castles, face painting, hair braiding, coloured hair dye stall and  a massive raffle.

Anyone would like to donate their time and skills can get in touch via the event page here

Millmead Children’s Centre

On Friday, August 16, the Millmead Children’s Centre are back with the family summer event on the large green next to the building with lots of activities and fun.

Get your free tickets from reception at the Millmead Children’s Centre

As well as a lot of crafts, activities and fun we also have:
• Kent Fire Brigade – Confirmed
• Royal Lifeboat Margate – Confirmed
• Kent Police – May send a couple of PCSO’s on the day
• Club World Margate – Confirmed
• Your Leisure – SwimSchool have confirmed
• Powell Cotton – Confirmed
• Margate Caves – Confirmed
• East Kent College – ‘Online Training for Parents’ have confirmed
• Joey Children’s Entertainer – Confirmed
• Stagecoach – Confirmed
• Ice Cream (Tania) – Confirmed
• KCC Road Safety A254 – Confirmed
• B-Active (Thanet) – Confirmed
• Bounce Beyond – Confirmed

And lots more

All attending (some services are subject to availability) and more to be confirmed.

See the facebook page event https://www.facebook.com/events/488172391713721/
for more information

Price: Free – Tickets available at Reception

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