30 things to see and do, September 17-18 -and a couple of extras for Friday and Monday!

A makers market and a stargazing event will be held at Ramsgate Boating Pool Photo Brian Whitehead

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days continues this weekend with 27 Thanet listings.

This year’s event has the theme Astounding Inventions and is a chance for people to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities for free.

New Thanet venues taking part this year include ‘This Museum is Not Obsolete’ – an interactive museum celebrating experimental electronic technology and the  ‘RAF Manston History Museum’ – aircraft and exhibits illustrating the airfield’s history

In Thanet The Ramsgate Society coordinates Heritage Open Days offer after taking over from the council’s tourism team.

Find the full listings here

Organathon at St John’s Church, Margate

From 10am – 10pm on Sat 17th September, St John’s Church, Victoria Road,Margate, celebrates both their “Astounding” organ and their “Astounding” organist.

David Lammier, supported by organist friends and his Guide Dog Lizzie, is holding an Organathon…with non stop music!

The pipe organ will be played throughout the day and visitors to the church are welcome to drop in and enjoy the performances. Entry free.

Parts of the church date back to 1050 and points of interest include a Tudor font, an exceptional collection of 18th Century hatchments (coats of arms carried in funeral processions) and many memorial tablets with notable local names.

The pop up café is offering refreshments throughout the day but you may want to book an afternoon tea for 1pm, 2.30pm or 4pm, or book a Fish and Chip Supper for 7pm – all accompanied by the sounds of the pipe organ.
Afternoon tea at £5 per head and Fish and Chips at £8 per head can be booked through [email protected]

There are opportunities to sponsor the organists and to donate to request pieces of music as well as a sale of CDs, vinyl and sheet music to suit all tastes.

Keyboard players who would love to try the organ for themselves are welcome to contact us on [email protected] to arrange the chance to play a short piece of music between the main organ recitals.

All money raised will be split between St John’s Church and Guide Dogs for the Blind.

If you visit in the morning you might also be interested in the regular monthly pop up charity shop taking place in the Community Centre next door.

Great British Beach Clean

September 17. Pegwell Bay (Sandwich Road) Join the Marine Conservation Society’s national campaign and monitoring of beach litter.

Starts at 10am. Meet on the beach below former hoverport access road CT12 5HY

The event lasts for 2 hours and is open to all to join in.

Children have to be supervised by a responsible adult.

Litter sticks, hoops, and bags are provided. Please bring along garden gloves and wear appropriate clothing for weather on the day (windproof/rainproofs if windy &/or raining) & tough footwear for walking on the beach.

Please also bring along your own water bottle, or refreshment, to quench your thirst!

The event is run in conjunction with the Kent Wildlife Trust at the Sandwich & Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve

Plum Pudding Birchington

Starts at 2pm… Please also note extra 10 mins walk there, and again back!

Meet outside Minnis Bay Brasserie, Birchington CT7 9QP

Details as above

Ramsgate FC vs Lancing

September 17, 3pm, Ramsgate’s WW Martin Stadium at Prices Avenue.

The Isthmian South East League fixture between Ramsgate and Lancing. Under 18s get in free.

Makers Market at Ramsgate Boating Pool

Saturday, September 17, 10am to 4pm.

A collection of makers, artists, vintage and more at the Boating pool in Ramsgate.

Pop along and see what beautiful things everyone has been making, enjoy the sea views and get a drink and bite to eat from the Boating Pool cafe and bar

Cliftonville Walk

September 17. Walk starts at 2pm

Robin Colyer will be leading a local history walks on behalf of Margate Civic Society looking at the development of a Victorian Seaside Suburb.

The walks start at the Droit House (Thanet Visitor Information Centre), The Stone Pier, Margate Harbour

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

Margate Festival of Design

The Margate Festival of Design, an event which will explore social and environmental matters through the language of design, is taking place now.

A programme of talks, walks, workshops and exhibitions draw together education, community and industry. The focus is graphic design and it is a festival for all, with many events free to attend.

The festival is the brainchild of The Margate School – a not for profit postgraduate school and creative space based in an ex-Woolworths shop on Margate High Street.

The majority of these events take place on the ground floor of The Margate School which is wheelchair accessible.

The festival runs from now until September 25.Tickets will need to be booked to secure your place at each event.

See the full programme here: Margate Festival of Design Programme

Metal Band ‘Graphic Nature’ at Ramsgate Music Hall

September 17, doors open: 7:30pm.

One of the most energised and exciting new bands to emerge from the British metal scene in years: Graphic Nature bring the fire to Ramsgate. All ages event.

Tickets £10 + £1.50 Booking Fee. Book now

Dreamland Heritage Trust Circus, Sanger & Showmen history talk & tour

September 17,1pm-2.30pm, Dreamland Margate.

Join the Dreamland Heritage Trust, as part of the Heritage Open days 2022, for a Circus, Sanger & Showmen history talk & tour about Britain’s ‘Greatest Showman” Lord George Sanger, who in the 1870s brought his menagerie of animals and zoological gardens to Dreamland, Margate.

Find out about this fascinating Victorian circus innovator, the performers he brought to Margate, and how his influence shaped the future of our town.

This history talk is brought to you by local historian and Dreamland Heritage Trustee Carl Hudson.

Meet in the main Dreamland entrance concourse.

Although this a free event organisers are asking for a small donation deposit of £2 to secure spaces

Book now

Thanet Festival Choir – Puccini Messa Di Gloria

September 17, Holy Trinity Church, Broadstairs, 7.30pm.

A performance of Puccini’s unashamedly operatic Mess di Gloria, which  had to postpone in July due to covid.

A mass written as a graduation piece when the composer was only 20 years old. Puccini had already decided that the future direction of his career would be in dramatic opera and his ‘Gloria’ is – as one might expect – dramatic, exciting, and moving in equal measure.

Soloists will be Orlando Barton Hodges and Luke Phillips. Accompanied on the organ by Jamie Rogers, Assistant Director of Music at Canterbury Cathedral, who will open the evening by playing the virtuoso ‘Final’ from Louis Vierne’s Organ Symphony No. 1.

Tickets cost £10, which includes a glass of wine (or non-alcoholic alternative) after the performance. They are available on the door, from choir members or via Ticket Secretary, Barbara, tel. 01304 620560.

Palace Cinema Broadstairs


From director David Cronenberg (Crash, The Fly, Dead Ringers) and the Cannes Film Festival comes this chilling techno-thriller starring Viggo Mortensen as a mysterious celebrity body-artist on the brink of a post-human evolution with Léa Seydoux & Kristen Stewart.

Saturday 17 September to Tuesday 20 September

Book here https://thepalacecinema.co.uk/production/crimes-of-the-future/

Gift and craft fair

September 17, Hartsdown Academy, Margate, 10am-3pm.

Handcrafted cards, wood crafts, garden planters and more, Free admission

Nick Evans book launch

Westgate-on-sea and its immediate neighbour Westbrook are the focus of a second volume of nostalgic photographs and stories written by local author Nick Evans.

Mayfair By The Sea – The Story Of Westgate Volume Two follows on from the successful first book published nearly two years ago.

On September 17 Nick will be hosting a launch event at Westgate Galleria, 29 Station Road, Westgate, between 11am and 3pm.  Copies of the 128 page, landscape A5 format book will cost £12.50 each.

Urban Artwork by Paul Gadenne

Now until September 27, New Kent Art gallery, Albion Street, Broadstairs, open 11am-4pm every day

Paul Gadenne returns to the gallery for his 5th year and brings with him a fabulous selection of urban paintings in oil and acrylic. Buckingham Palace to Margate seafront will feature amongst others and many painted en plein air.


Me, Myself and Margate

The first solo exhibition at Margate’s Pie Factory Gallery by artist Darren Lewis. Works offer a glimpse into Darren’s personal life. The standard sunsets of Margate Harbour are woven between paintings of his family (including his pets). Other places of interest, such as the bays of Botany, Kingsgate, Viking, Minnis and Walpole, convey his passion for the sky, sea and sand. There are also paintings of past trips abroad, and in particular, his love of the Turkish Riviera.

Me, Myself and Margate is at the Pie Factory Gallery in Broad Street, Margate from September 16-27, opening hours 10am-6pm.

York Street Gallery

A display of work by the Ramsgate Art Group at York Street Gallery, Ramsgate. Open now until September 21.

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

The First Cut – Wednesday Collage Club

September 17-18, 11am to 5pm, Hold Creative Spaces

Hold Creative Spaces hosts a collage club set up by artist Sharon Hendy.

The Wednesday collage club is hosted not taught and participants pay a suggested donation of £3.

After a year of meeting they are holding their first exhibition with beautiful and thought provoking work

Some group members have made very personal work and have found the meditative element and camaraderie a truly uplifting experience. The club excludes no one which is why there is a suggested donation so that those who cannot afford it are included. There are many books, papers, magazines to cut up and scissors, glue and board to use.

The group meet every Wednesday 7pm-9pm at Hold Creative Spaces, Penstone House, Albert Street, Ramsgate, #

The exhibition is on this weekend with a private view open to all today (September 16) 6-8pm

Broadstairs Bandstand

Live music from 2.30pm-4pm

September 17- The Rhythm Shack

September 18 – Snowdown Colliery Band

Waxing Lyrical by Maria Artygirl

From September 17-25, The Front Room, 10 Bellvue Road, Ramsgate, 11am-5pm

Solo show with around 40 pieces of works. Contemporary pieces and unusual items which have taken a year to put together.

Mr Regan with his new work Eros is the secret artist

Edgeland Visions II at The Lido Stores

Now until Sunday 18 September.

A solo exhibition of paintings by Folkestone- based artist Matt James Healy.

Over the past 10 to 15 years, there has been a renaissance in the folk horror and urban wyrd genres. The latter of which resonates particularly with Matt’s paintings. Folk horror draws on three pillars of ‘isolation’, ‘perversion of social norms’ and ‘invocation’.

The series of paintings on display come from time spent by Matt in Lea Valley Park, north of London, from 2012-2016. The works are made using found panels of wood that have been foraged from industrial ‘edgelands’.

City Core Creatives Market

Sunday, September 18, 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.

Coastal Crafty Crew destash fair

September 18, 10am – 3pm, Quex Small Barn, at Quex Park, Birchington CT7 0BH.

Free entry and free car parking

Destash Fayre of unwanted or surplus craft items. There is a range of different craft items: paper, beads, wool, vintage material, bows, ribbons plus a lot more. Crafters will be selling at silly prices.

Last Night of the Proms

The Bradstow Symphony Orchestra “Chamber Ensemble” in Last Night of the Proms at the Sarah Thorne Theatre in Broadstairs, on September 18, 3pm.

The concert will comprise Sea Songs, Jerusalem and other Proms Favourites. Also included are items by Mozart, Bizet, Puccini, Sondheim, Elgar, Gershwin plus film music scores to include West Side Story, Downton Abbey and much more.

£10 in advance / £12 on the door. Book now

Green Hop Day at Ramsgate Brewery

September 18, 12pm-5pm

Live Entertainment from Gaddzukes

Food from the Urban Grillaz

Ceremonial tapping of the cask (12:30pm)

Ramsgate Brewery, Pysons Road Industrial Estate, 4 Hornet Close, Broadstairs, CT10 2YD

Walpole Bay Aquathlon

September 18, 8am

Participants taking on 750m swim and 5km run or 1500m swim and 10km run.

You must register to take part at https://bit.ly/margateaquathlon22

A couple for tonight (Friday, September 16)

Circus Skills

Children’s circus skills weekly class to build your child’s confidence, motor skills, fitness, flexibility through exploring different circus props including hula hoop, stilts, feather balancing, scarf juggling and much more.

Every Friday (term time) starting on September 16, sessions are booked termly. £6 per session. Drop in if space available at £8 per session.. Classes are at the Ramsgate Small Boat Owners Association, 4 Lawn Villas, Ramsgate. Call 07966 292251.

Cliftonville Night Market

Street food, music, vintage, arts & crafts, and artisanal goods

The Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade, 5pm – 9pm

The Oval Bandstand Bar will be serving up alcoholic drinks and cocktails and The Oval Kiosk has freshly-ground barista coffee, speciality teas, and Solley’s ice-cream.

You’ll be able to buy unique goods from local makers and pick up a range of tasty dishes from Kentish food stalls while taking a seat in the bandstand amphitheatre to enjoy some free live music and entertainment.

Planet Gazing in Ramsgate

Ramsgate Boating Pool, 8pm, with The Ramsgate Stargazers

And on Monday

Queen’s funeral screenings

The Carlton Cinema in Westgate will screen the Queen’s funeral. Doors open at 10am. Tickets are limited and available from the cinema box office for free.

After the service, at approx. 12.15pm, the cinema will close for the remainder of the day. http://www.westgatecinema.co.uk/

The Vue cinema at Westwood is also screening the funeral. Seats will be free of charge and the retail offering will be limited to complimentary bottled water during the broadcast, with no other snacks or drinks available for purchase. No other content will be shown on this day.

Reserve your seat for free at myvue.com/announcement


  1. shouldnt that include – watch a knife point mugging , street violence , car crime , drug abuse , prostitution , people asking you for money on the streets , – please add to the list if i have missed anything out

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