26 things to see and do in Thanet and Sandwich, August 27-29

Displays and activities at the Kent Country Show

Ramsgate Festival of Sound

The Festival of Sound returns to Ramsgate from August 27 – September 4.

The opening weekend begins on Saturday, August 27 at Ellington Park with a day of family filled fun – Baby and Toddler Sensory Ramfamdisco, Taiko Drumming Workshop, Don’t Rain on My Parade featuring songs from much loved musicals and the festival debut of Boogie Booth – so don’t forget your dancing shoes! In the evening Screaming Alley Cabaret celebrates Britney Spears in ‘Oops We Did It Again!’. If last year’s homage to George Michael is anything to go by, this will be an evening not to be missed!

On Sunday, August 28 there will be festival classic, Busk at Dusk. In previous year’s this has been on the last day of the festival , a school night – this year it’s a  bank holiday so no excuse not to come down to East Cliff promenade to hear a wonderful selection of musical artists performing in the shelters along the cliff face.

The area can be reached along from Marina Esplanade car park, or by the east cliff’s chine steps. Artists include Wantsum Music?, Richie Triangle, Lynne Wallis, Benedict Welling, Annie and Geary, Wyatt Riot, with the headliner of the evening being provided by The Great Malarkey.  There will also be Bernie Gardner’s Bass Face – a Busk at Dusk special event.  And festival favourites  The Thanet Intelligence Task Squad are back and Fools Folly also return.

Over the first weekend food and beverages will be supplied by Dirtee Feast, The Pub, Ramsgate, and La Marzocco.

Bank Holiday Monday join musician Andrew Waterworth and friends in Charlotte Court for some Latin vibes – come and listen or participate! 3pm-5pm.

For the latest information and tickets go to RamsgateFestival.org

Don’t Rain on my Parade

free family event bringing together professional performers and fabulous local talent on Saturday, August 27, 2pm-4pm at Ellington Park in Ramsgate.

Journey through the West End with performances from classics such as Les Miserables, Annie, Grease and My Fair Lady, to more modern hits including We Will Rock You, Matilda, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and Six, plus many more along the way. Ramsgate Festival of Sound brings the West End to Ellington Park with a show by Stage Door Theatre Company.

Olivier Award winner, Leanne Jones, who originated the role of Tracy Turnblad in the West End production of Hairspray will be joining the cast and performing on the bandstand, which will become the main stage for the day.

Find the event link for Don’t Rain on my Parade at https://fb.me/e/1Ct8SPQEl

Ellington Park history book sale

The sale of local history books, magazines and epehemera takes place at the book shop in Ellington Park, Ramsgate this Saturday from  noon-4pm.

Want to know about the Roman Legions in Kent, murder on the Ellington Estate, local miners’ strikes in the 1970s, Pierrot troupes on Ramsgate sands, or read Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in a beautiful old edition?

The book shop in Ellington Park is having a sale of local history books this Saturday (27th August). Among the books are stories by local authors, site reports from archaeological digs, and – just maybe – the secret of Margate’s Shell Grotto revealed in the local historical society’s magazine. There are rare editions and obscure private press publications among the books on offer. There are books about Ramsgate, Margate, Broadstairs and the wider Isle of Thanet, as well as books about Canterbury and elsewhere in Kent.

The Friends of Ellington Park’s work has been supported by the book shop, housed in shipping containers in the Ramsgate park, for seven years.

Run by half-a-dozen volunteers, supported by Aimee Atkins from the Friend’s committee, the shop has one shipping container for fiction, with most books sold for 50p.

A second container has specialist sections for history, theatre, and antiquarian and rare books, alongside sections for maritime books, transport, and other specialist subjects.

“Local history is something lots of people visiting the park ask about,” says volunteer manager Pat Scutt, “and this Saturday we have some great books you won’t find anywhere else.”

The book shop is usually open Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, weather permitting.

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Nope (15)

Oscar winner Jordan Peele disrupted and redefined the modern thriller with Get Out. Now, he’s back with Nope, starring Steven Yeun (Minari, Burning) and reuniting with Oscar-winning Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah).

At the Haywood Ranch, siblings OJ and Emerald Haywood film a commercial promoting their legacy as the descendants of one of the first men to ever appear in a moving image. Soon, they bear witness to an uncanny, chilling discovery and attempt to capture video evidence of something perhaps Not of Planet Earth hiding in the sky. What they find… is not comforting.

Friday 26 August 7.30pm

Saturday 27 August 7.30pm

Sunday 28 August 4.30pm

Monday 29 August 7.30pm

Further screenings until September 1

Book here

Book signing

August 27, noon until 2pm, Waterstones at Westwood Cross

Thanet author David Lee Stone will be signing copies of Shadow of the Shapeshifter and The Venom of Vanquish – books 1 and 2 in the Vanquish Trilogy. Fellow author Mark Stay who will be signing copies of his Witches of Woodville series

Margate Tech Club at The Margate School

Saturday, August 27, open 10am-noon, 31-33 High Street, Margate

Margate Tech Club is a free drop-in within a safe and welcoming space where you and your family can explore and play with tech, under the supervision and guidance of helpful experts.

The Tech Club includes a workshop activity, which you can sign up for on the day. Please bring along a laptop if you have one.

Margate Tech Club is free to attend, however, donations asked for in order to keep future Tech Clubs running.

West of the Brooks Walk

August 27, walk starts at 2pm

Robin Colyer will be leading a local history walks on behalf of Margate Civic Society looking at the development of the Westbrook and Hartsdown Park areas

The walks start at the Margate Railway Station.

There is no charge for the walks which last approximately an hour and a half but donations are welcome to the Margate Civic Society.

For further details please phone 07878 537448

Ramsgate Soul Train

August 27, doors open 9pm, Ramsgate Music Hall

Get ready to get down to all the best Funk, Soul, Rare Groove, Disco, Boogie & Northern Soul on a stupendous sound system…

DJ Hooch

Clive Johns

Jeff Levy

18+ Event

Tickets £8 + £1.50 Booking Fee Book now

Thanet Open Studios

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

August 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.

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

Blue Thunder at Elsewhere, Margate

August 27, doors open 7.30pm

This is an 18+ event.

Doors open ― 7:30pm

Debdepan ― 8:30pm

King Of May ― 9:15pm

Sisyphes ― 10:00pm

Plus Sammy of Art’s Cool on decks

General Admission ― £6

Low Waged Ticket ― £4

Tickets at https://dice.fm/event/grykb-blue-thunder-w-sisyphes-king-of-may-debdepan-27th-aug-elsewhere-margate-margate-tickets

 IBDVisible Charity Cup

Hartsdown Park on August 27, gates open 5.30pm

The event will include a number of people living with Crohn’s and Colitis and special guests such as former Everton striker Marcus Bent, YouTube legends Where’s My Challenge and Sturry-based celebrity DJ Discoboy amongst others.

All proceeds will be donated to Crohn’s and Colitis UK.

The “IBDVisible Charity Cup” will also include stalls from local businesses and a raffle with prizes donated by Grosvenor Casino.

It takes place on August 27, gates open at 5.30pm for a 6pm kick off. Entry is by donation.

To donate to the fundraiser click here

Candlelight Summer Margate

August 27, Turner Contemporary, 7pm & 9pm

Discover the music of Vivaldi and Mozart at Turner Contemporary under the gentle glow of candlelight

Age requirement: 8+. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult


Mozart – Marriage of Figaro Overture
Mozart – Ave Verum Corpus
Vivaldi – Seasons Spring, Allegro
Mozart – Eine Kleine Nacht Musik, 1. Allegro
Mozart – Piano Concerto No 21, 11. Andante
Mozart – Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute)
Mozart – Lacrimosa (Requiem)
Vivaldi – Seasons Autumn – Allegro, Larghetto, Allegro Assai
Vivaldi – Seasons Winter, Largo
Mozart – Divertimento in D, 1 Allegro
Mozart – Horn Concerto No 4, 111, Allegro Vivace
Mozart – Papageno

Tickets from £30pp Book now

Broadstairs Bandstand live music

August 27, East Coast Entertains 1pm-5pm

1pm Afro warm up
1.15pm Social dancing with DJ Leon
Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba

2.15pm Short, Fun Salsa lesson for beginners.

2.30pm Social dancing

3pm Community dance show

3.15pm Fun percussion workshop

3.45pm Social dancing and animations with Leon

4.45pm Finale – JERUSALEMA

August 28, 2,30pm-4pm, Hot Rats

August 29, 2.30pm-4pm Tequila Brass

Carlton Cinema Westgate

Sonic the Hedgehog (PG)

When the evil Dr. Robotnik and his sidekick Knuckles make an unexpected visit to Earth on the search for an all-powerful emerald, Sonic joins forces with a new ally named Tails and embarks on a journey to find the emerald before it falls into the wrong hands.

Screenings 10.45am, August 27-September 1


Nethercourt Garden Sale

August 28, 10am to 1pm, garden safari on Nethercourt estate plus 59 Ashburnham Road.

Cliftonville Farmers’ Market

August 28, Walpole Lawns, Palm Bay Avenue, 10am to 1pm

Farmers Market where producers will be selling bread, cheese, honey, fruit, vegetables, wild game, fruit juices, fresh meat and much more.

Run by members of the community who give their time for free.

Between 35 – 40 stalls each month, the community (plus dogs) are brought together to meet up and give support to the artisans and small businesses (except December.)

White Cliffs Walking Festival – Dickens and Turner Trail

August 29, 10am

Book your place here to join the inland route from Cliftonville  to Broadstairs.

Mainly flat, on paved surfaces; moderate pace; 5.5 hours.

Distance: 10 miles (16km).

Meet 10am in the Palm Bay Cafe, Cliftonville (CT9 3DH). Lunch stop in Broadstairs, with wide selection of pubs & cafes, or picnic on the beach (Viking Bay).

There may be an opportunity to swim in the sea at Broadstairs.

Walk Leader: John Pye 07536 112652

Free, but donations welcome.

For more information visit the website

Margate Rotary boot fair

Sunday, August 28, Palm Bay Recreation Ground CT9 3PP. Gate opens at 7am

NO TRADE PLEASE. Cars £8 Vans £12 Vans with trailers £12

Just turn up at 7am to secure a pitch.


Saucy Seaside Show (Theatre in the Park)

August 28, Start time 7pm, Pierremont Park, Broadstairs, Free

Join Miss Maybe and her travelling troupe of players when they pitch up in Pierremont to serve you a Saucy Seaside Special!

Expect Silly Sketches, Sing-a-Longs, Mischief & Mayhem!

Audiences are encouraged to wear their finery, from Victoriana to WW1, as we travel in time through some of the classics of Vaudeville!

Bring a picnic and prepare to make merry!

In the event of bad weather, the shows will be moved indoors, and entry will be first-come-first-served.

Kent Country Show

Quex Park Birchington, August 28-29,

The show will feature Jonathan Marshall from Game of Thrones, the fabulous Barrel Racing Team, Inspire Motorbike and BMX Stunt Team, the Dog and Duck Show, Falconry displays by Angie and Rick, Gundog displays and a History Revisited village.

There will also be heavy horse displays, vintage and steam and a Festival of Cars.

For foodies there will be cookery demonstrations throughout the day and exhibitors with an array of quality products for sale.

Magic shows will be running throughout the day and the touring Buccaneers Musical – a magical pirate show- will host performances four times daily. Wrestling and live music will also be on offer.

We Love Dogs charity fun dog show will feature some 20 dog classes, along with a pedigree dog show, owner and celebrity lookalike competition, dog agility, Dogs Have Got Talent, flyball and  more. We Love Dogs raised close to £18,000 for charity in 2021.

For younger visitors there will be Stormtroopers and Superheroes to meet and have a photo with, puppet shows, Punch and Judy, clowns, Farmer Gemma’s Petting Farm, donkey rides and more.

Goods can also be bought from more than 20 rural crafters demonstrating and selling at the show. Visitors can also try out their archery skills.

The Kent Country Show runs from 10am – 5pm on Sunday August 28th and Monday, August 29 at Quex Park, Park Lane, Birchington.

For ticket information visit: www.thekentcountryshow.co.uk

Ramsgate FC vs Hythe

Rams play at home (WW Martin Stadium at Southwood) to Hythe. Kick off 3pm.

Paul Connell memorial football match

WW Martin Stadium at Ramsgate FC, August 29, from 5.15pm (following first team match)

Raising money for men’s mental health charity Calm

The Calm Invitationals vs Ramsgate FC coaches

Raffle tickets £5 with prizes donated by local stores and businesses.

Entry to charity match free (normal fees for first team game)

In memory of Paul ‘Hardrive’ Connell, former Foresters FC player. Organised via Trinity Lodge Margate.

Summer Rocks

August 29, Under 1 Roof Thanet, Pysons Road, Ramsgate

Kid’s Pool Party of the Year!

For  £11.95, a child’s ticket includes access to:

– Huge paddling pool

– Dry bounce zone including 7 inflatables

– Wet bounce zone including inflatable maze water fight, inflatable water slides and more!

– Go Karts

– Live Kid’s DJ AND live pool games and children’s entertainment.

Also food stalls and beer tent, slushies and much more!

Two-hour sessions 10am – 12pm or 3pm – 5pm

All guests will require a ticket.

Tickets: £11.95 per child

Under 1’s: Free

Adults: £3.00 Book now

Exhibition Pets and Pencils

Now until August 31, Ramsgate’s York Street Gallery

Artist Eric Honzek displays his detailed graphite pencil drawings and framed prints of cats and dogs at the gallery

York Street Gallery is at 22 York Street. Opening hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10.30am to 4pm.

Sandwich Festival

August 27-29, 9am-3pm, St Peter’s Church, Market Street, Sandwich

Local crafts set inside the church of St Peter’s right in the middle of Sandwich. Refreshments served by Nostalgic Sandwich

Plus festival on the Quay, both days 10am to 4pm

Living history encampment, music and dance, have a go crafts and a tavern with fine mead and local ale.

Whitemills Wake and Aqua Park

The aqua park has reopened today (August 27) following an investigation which has found no concerns on initial water testing after some visitors had complained of illness.

The park voluntarily closed for a number of days while investigations were carried out, however it is now to reopen, following specialists from UKHSA and Dover District Council deeming it safe to do so.

No concerns were identified on initial testing of the water, and early results from people who have been unwell currently indicate norovirus as the cause of illness.

Whitemills is a wakeboard, aqua park and lake side restaurant at Ash Road, Sandwich.

Find details here


  1. These people think it’s London with there over the top charges like the people who hope to take it over the theatre royal Margate when they done the three musketeers and Shakespeare charged £30 for a deckchair selective audiences not acceptable

  2. I am amazed at their prices!
    They are charging £30 – £40 for tickets for a one hour concert.
    I organise and book musical theatre trips for the community, as a volunteer and have done so for the last 20 years.
    In February, we attended the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Opera Gala at Cadogan Hall in Kensington. A superb Concert Hall.
    In addition to the wonderful RPO there was a soprano, mezzo, tenor, baritone & bass. They were International artists.
    The evening was fantastic!
    With top price seats and including coaching, it was £49 per person.
    We often go to Cadogan Hall and the Royal Albert Hall.
    Many shows in the West End and often to the Orchard Theatre in Dartford.
    I really can’t believe their pricing for a String Quartet and a one hour concert.

  3. We probably would’ve went on the White Cliffs Walking Festival – Dickens and Turner Trail, if it wasn’t starting from such a ridiculous spot. Why on earth couldn’t they have met at Margate Station or Cecil Square instead, so that those without cars (or who may fancy a lunchtime pint) could travel by public transport?

    Oh well, Cliftonville Farmer’s Market and the Kent County Show should both be worthwhile.

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