11 ideas for things to do in Thanet August 24-26

The kitesurf championships in Ramsgate Photo Brian Whitehead

British Freestyle Kitesurfing Championships finals in Ramsgate

Photo Brian Whitehead

This weekend (August 24-25) watch all the action on Ramsgate seafront.
The event is being sponsored by Active Ramsgate, an initiative of Ramsgate Town Council designed to regenerate the town through the promotion of its inspiring range of outdoor leisure pursuits.

Active Ramsgate is offering free 1 hour kitesurfing taster sessions for adults and children 11 years+ over the weekend.

The taster sessions will be run by qualified instructors from Ramsgate’s local Kite Pirates Kite School and the British Kitesports Association (BKSA). The sessions are land-based (not in the water) and you will learn how to rig a kite, get it into the air and manoeuvre it.

There will be some walk-in places (not bookable) available on the day so if you turn up on the hour throughout each day you may be able to bag one of these. Arrive 10 minutes before the start time of your session on Ramsgate Main Sands just along the beach from Wetherspoon’s Royal Victoria Pavilion – look out for the Kite Pirates and Active Ramsgate flags.


To find out about kitesurfing and other outdoor activities in Ramsgate visit www.ramsgatetown.org/activeramsgate and check out www.visitramsgate.co.uk

Thanet Photographers Collective Display – Turner Prize 2019

Old Kent Market, Margate, now until September 8
An ongoing exhibition of prints and canvasses from the lenses of our talented photographers. Upstairs at Old Kent Market. Open 11am to 5pm daily.

Only Fools and Horses exhibition at Dreamland

Dreamland hosts 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 now until August 30, Dreamland’s Ballroom is the base of 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.

Open air cinema at Dreamland

Outdoor cinema at Dreamland

Dreamland’s an open-air cinema film this Sunday (August 25) is Big Hero 6 at 10.30am
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.
Full screenings programme: https://www.dreamland.co.uk/events

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

Rollercoast Festival at Dreamland

Brainiac Live Week until August 25
Live shows every day from Brainiac Live
Family tunes on Saturday night from DJ Chu
Jungle Junior family rave

Milkshake! Week – August 26 to September 1
Join the monkey mischief workshop
Sing and dance at Milkshake! Monkey’s Musical
Learn new moves in a dance workshop
Thursday Night Cinema Club (open air): Sing-a-longa Grease
Sunday Family Film: Moana at 10.30am

Secret Garden Tea Party

August 24-26, Sands, Marine Drive, Margate
Enjoy the Terrace Suite and the Sands Secret Garden where you can enjoy a horticultural afternoon tea experience.

Tickets include either:
Brunch – choose from; Breakfast muffin, (English muffin, sausage patty, bacon, tomato relish, fried egg & cheese), avocado and poached eggs on toast, sweet potato & kale hash, tomato relish with fried egg or pancakes (with bacon, scrambled eggs & maple syrup OR Mixed berries & coconut cream). Unlimited tea/coffee included with apple or orange juice
Afternoon Tea – selection of finger sandwiches, a scone with cream and jam, four “cakes” (carrot & walnut, white chocolate & hibiscus eclair, strawberry meringue nest, Spring garden battenberg) and unlimited tea or coffee (add a glass of Bubble for extra)
Cocktails – two floral inspired cocktails included.

For full details of times and prices please visit www.sandshotelmargate.co.uk/secret-garden-tea-party
Parties of more than 4 will be split between tables. This is due to the layout and decor of the room for this event.

Pond dipping

Monkton Nature Reserve, Monday, August 26
10.30am and 1.30pm (45 minute session)

Discover a whole new world beneath the water at this fun, relaxed pond dipping session.
Spaces must be booked in advance. Booking by telephone is recommended on 01843 822666, or email [email protected].
Nets are provided and only nets provided by the Reserve can be used.
Recommended age: 5+. Parents/carers are responsible for their child/children at all times.

Playmobil: The Movie (U)

Palace Cinema Broadstairs

When Charlie is sucked into the magical world of Playmobil, his older sister Marla must throw caution to the wind and go on the journey of a lifetime to bring him home safe. But not everyone in this strange new world is friendly…
Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe, Anya Taylor-Joy and Gabriel Bateman give their voices to this entertaining animation, perfect for all the family.
All shows 3pm
August 24- September 1
Call 01843 865 726 or click here

Ska Weekender at The Saddler in Minster

Toot ‘N’Skamen

Get your two tone shirts, braces and black and white outfits ready because Ska is in Minster for the whole Bank Holiday weekend.

Village pub The Saddler will be hosting the event.

Saturday welcomes Avanzi at 2pm followed by Brad Pittance and The Pirates. Finishing the day in style will be the legendary TooT ‘N’ Skamen. The band have been doing their thing since 1985, including heading up the Modropheniacs scooter rally and performing with Bad Manners and The Selecter.

On Sunday The Scorchers are back from 3pm.

The Saddler will also have an outside bar with cocktails and  barbecue. Landlady Dee Horton said: “I’m proud to be hosting this event, building on the popularity of the music not only through our patrons but in the local area. It’s free to come along so all you will need is your drinking and barbecue money.”