25 things to see and do in Thanet August 19-21

Contra Pop festival Photo Brian Whitehead

The Stone Roses and The Smiths tribute bands

Saturday, August 20, Olby’s Soul Café, King Street, Margate, doors open 7pm

Legends The Stone Roses and The Smiths are brought to life with two leading UK tribute bands. Manchester in the Area is coming to the Olbys, Margate.

Join a sea of Mancunian joy and reverence, with the enthusiasm and passion of fellow cult band fans. Manchester in the Area presents premier tribute acts of The Stone Roses and The Smiths; The Absolute Stone Roses and The Joneses. Bringing the visceral live performances of Manchester’s legends to venues locally nationally and internationally.

There will be 2 sets packed out with classic, greatest hits and bangers.

Tickets £12.50 Book now

Craft fair, Birchington

Saturday, August 20, 9am to 3pm, Dog Acre, Station Road

Lots of items on offer from Birchington Traders who are raising money for the Christmas lights in Birchington.

Three artists – three textures

Open until August 24 at Pie Factory Gallery, Broad Street, Margate, open 10am – 7pm on Friday and Saturday, and 10am – 5.30 pm Sunday to Tuesday

Paul Johnson – Woodturner

Beverley Johnson – Printmaker

Linda Abrahams – Textile Artist

Marine & Coastline Exhibition – Molly Pickle

Runs until August 21, Italianate Glasshouse, King George VI Park, Ramsgate, 10.30am-4pm

An exhibition of original illustrations and prints, inspired by our local Coastline & Sealife.

A chance to view – and buy from – the full collection of hand-drawn original pieces, and limited-edition prints, by local illustrator Molly Pickle, in the wonderful setting of Ramsgate’s Italianate Glasshouse…

10% of all proceeds will be donated to the Thanet Coast Project.

Who Killed “Agatha” Christie? by Tudor Gates

Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs

Fri 19 Aug 7:30PM

Sat 20 Aug 2:30PM & 7:30PM

Sun 21 Aug 6:30PM

When failed playwright John Terry invites caustic theatre critic Arthur “Agatha” Christie to help him expose the suspected affair of their respective partners, everything is not quite as it seems, and events take an unexpected and decidedly sinister turn.

Tickets £16 in advance / £18 on the door Book now

Spitfire & Hurricane Museum, Manston

August 20-21. Two day aviation art exhibition/sale with original art and pre owned fine art prints available from just £10.

Also a raffle for a signed Concorde print being raffled at just £1 per ticket. It will be drawn at 4PM on Sunday.

All funds raised will be put towards the museum’s new extension.

AndyFest at Ramsgate Promenade Market

Celebrating the life of entrepreneur Andy Barrett who sadly passed away in July.
Saturday 20th August, variety of acts, including musicians and belly dancers.

Act Line up:

3pm-4pm – Sparkles Belly Dance troupe
4pm-5pm – Jim O Shea & Dimitris
5pm-6pm – Zara
6pm-7pm – Kevin Kay Bradley
7pm-8pm – Sparkles Belly Dance troupe
8pm-9m Adam Family Band
9pm-9.30 Rick & Barbara
9.30 – Late – Billy Chong

Rex The Dog at Ramsgate Music Hall

Saturday, August 20, doors open 9pm

Rex The Dog makes and performs music with his own self-built analogue electronics. This is a unique opportunity to see Rex in the intimate Ramsgate Music Hall.

Support is from the Voyager residents:

In the bar – Deuce Jam: Si Kemp and Lebz, will be playing a Drench In Disco Set. Listen to their sounds on Rundem Radio.

Entry Requirements: 18+

Tickets £18 Book now

Hornby Visitor Centre fun day

Saturday, August 20, open 10am – 3pm

Games for Charity

Offers in Store

Cake Sale



Raising money for East Kent Unit for Breast Screening

Rocketman – Open Air Cinema

Saturday, August 20, lawns of Quex Gardens, doors open 7.30pm.

Food will be available at Fifi’s food van, brought to you by Felcility’s cafe. You are free to bring your own picnic blankets or camping chairs, or why not treat your movie stars and upgrade to our VIP package, which includes a comfy deckchair and a box of delicious, sweet popcorn!

Dress-up and sing-a-longs are always encouraged!

All screenings will be subtitled, wheelchair-friendly and relaxed.

Young Reginald Dwight changes his name to Elton John and collaborates with singer-songwriter Bernie Taupin to become one of the most iconic figures in pop history. Set to his most beloved songs, it’s the epic musical story of Elton John, his breakthrough years in the 1970s and his fantastical transformation from shy piano prodigy to international superstar.

Age 15+


Standard Admission £12

Disabled guests pay for 1 standard admission and receive 1 carer free

Upgrade to VIP Treatment – includes deckchair and popcorn £8 Book now

Thanet Open Studios

Thanet Open Studios with 17 sites open showing the work of more than 25 practising local artists and artisans.

August, 20/21st and 27/28/29th, artists open their studios, galleries and homes to welcome the public and show visitors what they create and how they create their work.

Not all studios are open on the same weekends, so always best to check the guide before visiting. This is an ideal opportunity to meet artists and also perhaps buy direct from them.

There are studios open in Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Margate and Westgate, with everything from textile design to glass art and oil painting to printing.

The best way to plan your tour is to either download the online guidebook, or pick up a printed copy from York Street Gallery in Ramsgate, New Kent Art Gallery in Broadstairs, Eclectic Art in Margate and at Westgate Galleria.

For more information find Thanet Open Studios on facebook here

Museum Movie Magic

August 20-21, Quex Park, Birchington, 11am to 4pm.

Quex is working with students from Dover Technical College again who have created film-themed artistic responses to the museum collections as part of our ‘film festival’.

As well to the student’s fantastic work, you can also:

* Create your very own movie poster

* Have some fun playing with our film-themed card games

* Follow the Museum Walk of Frame, answer the questions, and become a star

* Take a closer look at Antionette and Diana’s film footage filmed during their travels

* Become the Director! Using your smartphone, film your day at the museum Send us your films to win a free visit for you and 4 others

* Visit the museum and gardens

* Explore Quex House with your very own guide

Tickets £2.50 per person – price includes all of the activities Book now


Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

When Superman and the Justice League are kidnapped, Superman’s dog Krypto must convince a rag-tag pack of pets (including PB the potbellied pig, Merton the turtle and Chip the squirrel) to master their own newfound powers and help him rescue the superheroes.

August 19-20 at 4pm, August 21 at 2pm and various screening times until Thursday 1 September

Book at https://thepalacecinema.co.uk/production/dc-league-of-super-pets/

Contra Pop Festival 2022

August 20-21, Ramsgate Main Sands, from noon

After two years of virus-enforced absence, the Contra Pop festival will be back on Ramsgate beach with two days of music from noon til late

Free (but register online) Book now

Screenprinting workshop

August 20, The Margate School,1.30pm – 5pm

Join local graphic designer and Visual Communication Coordinator, Becky Thomas for a half-day workshop as she teaches the basics of screenprinting.

From how to create a stencil for a 2 colour print & exposing a screen to printing it onto paper.

Tickets £50 Book at https://www.themargateschool.com/events/screenprinting-2022-08-20-13-30

People/ Places/ Objects

An exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Lee Johnson at The Lido Stores, Ethelbert Terrace, Cliftonville from now until Saturday 3 September

Private view, Saturday 20 August, 6-8pm. Opening hours Wednesday-Sunday, 11am to 5pm

The Lido Stores present People/ Places/ Objects, a solo exhibition of paintings and works on paper by The Lido Stores inaugural open call winner, Lee Johnson.

The collection of paintings and works on paper on display covers the periods before, during and after

the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021. As such, they cast a retrospective eye over the shifting terrain of the role of the small but important things that surround and shape us: the people, places and objects that give our lives meaning. The subject is that of ordinary, the collectively familiar, which reflects back a personal perspective

Lee was born in Wiltshire, and has lived and worked in London since 2000. He received his MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins School of Art in 2001. His works are held in the collections of Soho House, Kettle’s Yard, and University of the Arts London, as well as numerous private collections worldwide (including the UK, France, Germany, USA, and Australia).

His work has been selected for the prestigious John Moores Painting Prize (2010) and has exhibited widely, most notably Kettle’s Yard, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, and Nicholas Thompson Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.

Fisherman’s Friends: One and All (12A)

Carlton Cinema Westgate

Following the unexpected success of the band’s debut album “No Hopers, Jokers and Rogues”, we re-join them almost a year later, struggling with the pressures, pitfalls and temptations of their newfound fame, second album syndrome, and performing on the pyramid stage at Glastonbury.

Various screening times August 19-25

More details here

Proud 2 Create Summer Exhibition 2022

Now until August 29 at The Margate School

Sandra Art4All presents an eclectic & vibrant art show by exceptional young people with unique abilities.

Art 4 All is back at The Margate School after the success of previous years, bringing the joy of art to the public.

The art on display is all made by children and young people who are deaf, have communication difficulties, additional needs, and a wide range of abilities and learning needs. All the art is for sale and the proceeds go towards the artists, minus material costs.

Free entry

Quiz Paige’s jamboree 2023

A fundraiser quiz at the Westgate United Services Club Saturday (August 20) from 7pm.

Tickets are £5 per person (no more than six adults to a team), children 10 and under £2.50. There will also be raffles and games to be played.

Message Westgate United Services Club on facebook to book in.

Funds are for Paige, an Explorer in the Holy Trinity Sea Scouts, who has been selected as one of six young people  to embark on a trip of a life time.

She has been chosen to attend the 2023 World Jamboree in South Korea. But she needs some help to achieve this.

Paige will be raising funds for the trip and will be posting/blogging updates, photos and organising events.

In Summer 2023, more than 40,000 Scouts from all over the world will gather in Korea for the 25th World Scout Jamboree. The World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) is a World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) event. It happens every four years, each time hosted by a different country.

Community beach clean

On Saturday 20 August, Kent Police will be joining forces with volunteers from Rise Up, Clean Up as well as Thanet District Council and other partner agencies to take part in a community beach clean event on Margate Main Sands.

The beach clean will start from 7pm and anyone interested in getting involved should meet at the Lifeguard Station where bags and litter pickers will be available.

City Core Creatives Market

August 21, Dreamland, 10:30am – 6pm

Ballroom (Indoor Event Space)

Browse stalls bursting with a myriad of products from the City Core Creatives and shop some amazing independent businesses from across the UK, in an inclusive fun environment!

This event is free to enter.

Music at The Oval Bandstand and Lawns

Eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville

Sunday, August 21 The Molotovs – Teenage Post-punk/Power-pop trio

Doors/Bar 1-5pm, Concert 2-4pm, free event

Broadstairs Bandstand

Both concerts 2.30pm-4pm. Free

August 20 – Brad Pittance and the Pirates

August 21 – Invicta Concert Band

A couple for tonight (August 19)

Cliftonville Night Market

The Oval Bandstand and Lawns, Eastern Esplanade, from 5pm

Street food, music, vintage, arts & crafts, and artisanal goods. Oval Bandstand bar and the kiosk open and free music from  6:30pm to 8:30pm with band Wild Horse:

Fragile returns to The Wasteland

The Albion Rooms from 8pm.

Former captain of the ship Dean Fragile returns from Hollywood for an indie dance party with support from Jack of Clubs. Free entry.


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