22 things to do and see in Thanet, September 3-4

Ramsgate Handmade and Vintage Fair

Travels With My Aunt

Travels With My Aunt by Graham Greene dramatised by Giles Havergal at the Sarah Thorne Theatre.

Fri 2 Sep 7:30pm

Sat 3 Sep 2:30pm & 7:30pm

Sun 4 Sep 6:30pm

When Henry Pulling meets his long lost aunt at his mother’s funeral and takes a ride with her on the Orient Express, he has no idea of the whirlwind of exotic adventures that lie ahead of him. Four actors portray twenty-four characters in this hilarious tale.

£16 in advance / £18 on the door

Book now

Margate Rathayatra

September 3, noon to 4pm, Cliftonville Lido

Beach-side Mantra rave, free vegan feast, dance and music

Theme and Variations II

September 2-7, Pie Factory Gallery, Broad Street, Margate

An art exhibition by Helen Kirwan, Jane Madsen, James Swinson, Nicholas Addison, Othman Abdullah

Friday 2nd September – 11am to 7pm
Saturday 3rd September – 11am to 7pm
Sunday 4th September – 11am to 6pm
Monday 5th September – closed
Tuesday 6th September – 11am to 6pm
Wednesday 7th September – 11am to 2pm

Five artists meet again in the second show entitled ‘Theme and Variations’, the first having taken place in 2020 after the summer lockdown. The themes continue to gravitate towards the natural and built environment, ranging from photographic and filmic mediations on disappearing objects and technologies to emergent ones.

Admission free

National Merchant Navy Day

September 3, the Red Ensign to be raised in Ramsgate, Margate, Birchington and the Margate Sea Cadet Unit.

The Ramsgate Mayor raises the Red Ensign at approximately 8.30 – 8.45am at the flag pole above the harbour near Albion House, the Margate one will be raised about the same time from TDC main building in Cecil Street, the Birchington one is in the Square at 10.15am and there will be a service at the Margate Sea Cadet Unit HQ at 6.30pm.

Sunday many Merchant Navy veterans will travel to the M.N. Memorial at Tower Hill for the major parade / service there.

Pickled at Elsewhere

September 3, Elsewhere at The Centre, Margate Doors open at 8pm

A night of house music.

DJ’s On The Night Will Be;

KTCustard ― 8:00 PM

Randy Watson ― 9:00 PM

Mr Creepy ― 10:00 PM

Derrick Patterson ― 11:30 PM

Acia Gaar ― 1:00 AM

This is an 18+ event

£6 Book now

Social and litter pick

September 3, 10am, Northdown Park

Ward councillors from Cliftonville East ward and all bordering wards have been invited along with the Police Community Support Officer to join Palm Bay and Northdown Community Group volunteers.

This will give us a chance to approach them with any concerns you may have about your area.

Some light snacks will be kindly provided by the Cliftonville East ward Councillors.

All equipment will be provided for the litter pick. Please bring your own gloves however and wear suitable clothing and footwear.

There will also be a Northdown tree walk with Peter Hasted from Thanet Urban Forest.

Crying Out Loud

September 3, St George’s Church, Ramsgate, from 7pm

Composer, conductor and musician Naomi Hammerton has written a piece of music that explores the power of our tears within the context of human connection; this private and personal action we all share and can use to express ourselves either alone or together. The work will be performed by Neptunes Choir and Kings Place Choir, alongside other powerful artwork exploring the theme of tears.

Tickets £12.50 from https://www.tickettailor.com/events/ramsgatefesivalofsound/735330

Palace Cinema Broadstairs

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

They’re back! Following the unexpected success of their debut album ‘No Hopers, Jokers and Rogues’ we re-join the world’s oldest ‘buoy band’ a year later struggling to navigate the pressures, pitfalls, and temptations of their newfound fame.

Friday 2 September to Thursday 8 September

Friday 2 September 7.30pm

Saturday 3 September 7.30pm

Sunday 4 September 4pm

And further screenings until September 8

Book at https://thepalacecinema.co.uk/

Outdoor cinema at The Oval Bandstand

September 3, The Oval Bandtand and Lawns, Cliftonville

Doors open at 7:30pm (drinks and snacks available) with film Singin’ in the Rain starting at 8pm and finishing at 11pm

GRASS is bringing the Cliftonville community together to enjoy the unique atmosphere of an outdoor cinema with friends and family!

Singin’ in the Rain is a 1952 American musical romantic comedy film directed and choreographed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Kelly, Donald O’Connor, and Debbie Reynolds and featuring Jean Hagen, Millard Mitchell and Cyd Charisse

The movie is rated U and is 1 hour 43 minutes run time.

The GRASS Bar will be onsite serving a full selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

Popcorn and selection of treats are available from our concession stall

£9.99 Book now

Are You Experienced?’ A Jimi Hendrix Tribute

September 3, 7pm – 11pm, Olby’s Soul Café, Margate

With full outfits and a wild stage show to boot, bringing the spirit of Jimi Hendrix to life. Numbers include ‘Hey Joe’, ‘Voodoo Chile’, ‘All Along The Watchtower, ‘Foxy Lady’ and many more.

Tickets £12.50 in advance from https://olbyscreativehub.co.uk/live/whats-on/

Coastal Crafty Crew fair

September 4, 10am-3pm, Quex Small Barn, Birchington

Selection of handmade crafts for sale.

Free parking and admission. Tombola supporting the British Deaf Association and The Children’s Air Ambulance

For more info email [email protected]

Ramsgate Handmade Fair

September 4, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, 11am to 4pm

In 2013 the idea of a monthly Handmade Fair was put into practice by Suzy Humphries and Janice Gibbs from the Nice Things shop, supported by Ramsgate Town Council. The fair moved into Albert Court for 2014 and then came down to the harbour where it runs now, on the first Sunday of each month, from Easter to Christmas. The opening of the Pavilion with Wetherspoons brought a much bigger regular footfall, which continues to grow.

This Sunday 4 September the fair runs from 11am – 4pm on Harbour Parade. There are over 30 stalls and organisers are strict in making sure that goods sold are all truly handmade locally. You can find dog treats in wonderful colours from Sharon Page. Anna Tas makes gorgeous soaps and preserves, all in Ramsgate. Felt-maker Christine May pops across from Broadstairs as does Nero Wire Art with his spectacular copper wire trees.

There’s a huge choice at the fair and all the money spent goes to the makers. More people have been taking part this year, partly due to lockdown when lots of people began crafting or used the time to begin again.

The Handmade & Vintage Fair is on Harbour Parade CT11 8LS. For anyone keen to take part, talk to Janice on the day, or contact us through our Facebook page Ramsgate Handmade Fairs.

Seaweed & their Secrets (Dumpton Gap, Broadstairs)

September 4, 10.30am – 12.30pm

A great opportunity to find out all that you ever want to know about seaweed!

This walk and talk is led by seaweed expert Ian Tittley, formerly Natural History Museum, Kent Field Club & Kent Wildlife Trust.

The Thanet Coast’s chalk reef provides the perfect substrate for different algae communities within the designated Marine Protected Area. Come along for this walk through rockpools and along the shore to discover seaweed, their uses and properties on this outdoor talk.

Please note advice on booking. These walks are suitable for people of 14 years and above, and last for 2 hours walking over the rough terrain of the rocky shore.

Online bookings only as numbers are limited – with a suggested online donation of £4pp.

Book now

OHHMS return to Ramsgate Music Hall

Doors Open: 7:30pm

£10 + £1.50 Booking fee

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Broadstairs Bandstand live music

From 2.30pm to 4pm both days

September 3 Crystal Palace Band

September 4 Gravesend Borough Band

TAG Pet Rescue

Open day, 11am-4pm, September 4.

Visit the animals plus food and music and stalls.

Entry £1.

Lydden Farm, Valley Road, Margate.

Carlton Cinema Westgate

Beast (15)

A father and his two teenage daughters find themselves hunted by a massive rogue lion intent on proving that the Savanna has but one apex predator.

Friday 2 Sep 2.45pm, 5pm and 8.15pm

Saturday 3 Sep 7.45pm

Sunday 4 Sep 7.45pm

Further screenings until September 8



Project MotorHouse’s young photographers have been busy again this summer collecting stories about items treasured by some of the town’s over 55 volunteers.

It’s part of a project called Treasures and is a collaboration between Project MotorHouse and Ramsgate Radio for the Festival of Sound’s Sonic Trail.

The portraits of the community volunteers  are on boards opposite the Arch Bar on Ramsgate harbour and the QR codes on the boards link to the interviews on Ramsgate Radio. The pictures will remain in place until the end of this month.

Ryan Richards from Ramsgate Radio helped the youths record the interviews which were then edited by Ryan and Filipe Gomes. If you can’t get down to the harbour before the end of September, you can still listen to the interviews by going to the Ramsgate Radio website.

The Project MotorHouse’s young photographers were aged 12-14 and are all pupils at the Royal Harbour Academy. They worked under the guidance of photographer Tim Topple with assistance from Sam Beard, 18, who is now at Broadstairs College studying media. Sam developed his passion for photography participating in Project MotorHouse’s projects.

York Street Gallery, Ramsgate

A former fitness instructor from Ramsgate who began painting after being diagnosed with a rare immune system related condition is exhibiting her work at the town’s York Street Gallery.

Mum-of-four Mandy Cairns, dad Mick Cairns, her sister Sally-Ann Bullock and Sally-Ann’s mum-in-law Lesley have their work on display at York Street Gallery until September 7.

The gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10.30am to 4pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm.

Escape Experience at The Nayland Rock Hotel, Margate

Runs until September 4

Hosted by 36 Inch Penguin, this is a  Site Specific location with Theatre, Story Telling and Escape Room mechanics.

The challenge -The Nayland Rock Hotel once visited by the rich and famous. A downstairs bar, The Crescent Suite, hosted regular meetings of a little known Society. When the hotel closed for renovations in the 1980s the Society and the bar’s landlady vanished without a trace. The Crescent Suite never reopened.

​For years rumours persisted of valuable items hidden away in the suite and then, with the death of an American man in 2021, clues came to light of those items whereabouts. The dead man’s children, The Twins, live in the US and can’t come to find them themselves, but with the help of a friendly security guard they can get you inside.

​ Suitable for Ages 10 and up, under 18’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult

Prices start at £50 for two people for 90 minutes

Book at https://www.36inchpenguin.com/team-3

Our Mutual Friends

Group exhibition at the Wooden Box Gallery, 92 High Street, Ramsgate, runs until September 4

Open Thursday to Saturday 10.30am – 4pm, ​Sunday 11am – 4pm

Featuring work by Peter Campbell Saunders, Gordon Fox, Christopher Millbank and Kirsty Harrison

Circle and Light

Until September 18, Laurent Delaye Gallery, 1 Addington Street, Ramsgate

Thursday – Sunday 11-6pm and by appointment

Circle and Light brings together a number of artists experimenting and playing with abstract forms and light. The display is regularly modified in a series of new visual connections. More than forty works altogether are presented in rotation over the course of the exhibition.

Email [email protected]


  1. Loads to do! Love it.

    But er … it’s appropriate that the exciting Litter Pick is followed by ‘Crying Out Loud’. Recreational rubbish collection in Thanet is potentially a real growth area.

  2. Hey Kathy, what about Tag Rescue open day on Sunday. Could defo do with a shout out… Need to raise plenty dollar for our furry friends.
    Not as trendy as a vegan rave but…DFLs have pets too… Do they? Or are they too self obsessed?

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