36 things to see and do in Thanet, October 29-30

Halloween Photo Frank Leppard

Firework Display

October 29, Bell Meadow, Display stars at 6pm

St Nicholas with Sarre Parish Council present their annual village firework display at Bell Meadow Pavilion open for food from 5pm – hotdogs, burgers, jacket potatoes and sweet treats

Great Coastal Birdwatch with Bird Wise North Kent and Bird Aware Solent .

Free family friendly event

Saturday 29th October, Broadstairs at 10.30am – Meet at Broadstairs Harbour, look out for the Bird Wise Van!

To book your tickets and for more information click here

Garden Gate Project open day

October 29, from 1pm, at the garden in Northdown Park

Annual Arts & Crafts open day with lots of creative activities for all ages and abilities. There will also be wood fired pizzas, teas and cakes, pumpkin soup, press your own apple juice and plant stall.

Breaking Apart the Sick Girl Trope: Katie Hogben

Now until November 2. Pie Factory Margate, Open daily 10am – 5pm

Exhibition of costume design exploring the tropes in storytelling associated with women who have a chronic illness or disability.

Breaking apart the sick girl trope by Artist and Producer Katie Hogben is an exhibition of costume design exploring the tropes in storytelling associated with women who have a chronic illness or disability. This project is funded by Arts Council England.

Inspired by all forms of storytelling – including novels and short stories, plays and poetry, film and television, visual art and video games – the exhibition seeks to identify and explore through costume design common ‘sick girl’ stereotypes that are damaging or dangerous, and to present authentic alternatives. At the exhibition you will see brand new costume designs by Katie Hogben

Find out more about the project and how to be part of the online creative discussion sessions on the website here

Pickle Pop-Up Market

October 29, Charlotte Court, Ramsgate (just behind the Horse and Groom Pub).11am – 5pm

Artisan craft and curated goods by local makers and creatives.

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne

October 29, at Rosslyn Court, Sweyn Road, Cliftonville. Doors open at 7pm

Described in The Living Tradition as ‘captivating, bold and striking’, Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne is at the forefront of his generation of English folk musicians as both a powerful and commanding singer and a masterful player of the Anglo concertina and melodeon..
Expect a small, friendly , seated venue on one level with a bar and hot and cold drinks…and cake.

All ages (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)

General Admission: £12 / Concessions £6  Book now

Slide Oasis and The Joneses

October 29 at Olby’s Soul Cafe, Margate. Doors: 8:30pm

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 he Smiths and Oasis: The Joneses and Slide Oasis.

There will be 2 sets packed out with classic, greatest hits and bangers. They will leave you musically replenished and physically spent through the irresistible urge to sing and dance.

Slide Oasis – 9pm
The Joneses – 10.30pm

Advanced tickets: £10 – £17.50 /  On the door £20 Book now


October 29. A night of music, dance and drama at the Crab Museum, 9 Broad Street, Margate. Start time 6pm

Live music + laughs + bar

In association with Crab Museum and in aid of the Climate Emergency Fund

Tickets £10 – all proceeds go to The Climate Emergency Fund Book now

The Lido Stores Open

The Lido Stores gallery in Ethelbert Terrace received over 300 applicants from across the UK for its second open call.

This weekend is the last chance to see the exhibition of 25 selected artists as it closes on Sunday 30 October.

Gallery owner Kristen Healy, whose father ran a convenience store from the same shop since the early nineties, has established The Lido Stores as a local gallery.

Of the 25 selected artists in this year’s open, only two have previously exhibited with The Lido Stores. This exhibition represents a fresh influx of talent for the gallery and Margate’s burgeoning creative community.

Healy said: “The quality and quantity of applicants for the open calls has amazed us. We are very impressed with the talent the gallery is attracting. Lots of the applicants heard about us through word of mouth.

“It’s important for us that applying to the Open is free of charge, we only charge an administration fee to the exhibiting artists and keep it as low as possible. It’s important for us that individual financial circumstances aren’t a prohibitive factor in showcasing talent.”

This year’s guest judge is Margate and London based artist Anne Ryan (Hastings Contemporary, Turner Contemporary, London School in Rome, Green Grassi).

The Lido Stores, 2 Ethelbert Terrace, Cliftonville, open to the public Wednesday-Sunday 11am-5pm.

Cliftonville Farmers’ Market

Sunday, October 30. Walpole Bay Lawns, 10am – 1pm

The market has 35 stalls booked for Sunday. Stallholders will be selling – wild game, meat. Olives, oils, sun dried tomatoes, Kentish cheeses, preserves, chutneys, sausages, bacon, bread, brownies, cookies, cakes, savoury pies, scotch eggs, fruit pies, crumbles, juices, cherries, strawberries, apples, pears, macarons, fruit juices, foraged fruit cordials, nut butters, veg, Turkish bakes, baklava, doughnuts, fresh fish, shellfish, coffee, plants, duck eggs, free range eggs, honey, dog treats, fermented goods, vegan cakes, cooked vegan food, cooked sausages in a roll, vegan doughnuts, fresh flowers, dried flowers, sparkling fermented teas, wooden planters, wooden chopping boards, hand made soaps & creams, eco goods, vegan pies, beer, hot drinks and more.

There will be something for everyone at the award winning, community run, ‘not for profit’ farmers’ market, founded and run by Cliftonville Residents Association and in its ’21st’ year.

The Waste Land, by Ian Jones

October 30, A centenary reading of T.S Elliot’s 1922 poem at the 101 Social Club, 101 Northdown Road, Cliftonville,7pm Start

T.S. Eliot and his wife Vivienne spent some time in Margate to recuperate after a period of both mental and physical fragility. He worked on ‘The Waste Land’ whilst sitting in the Nayland Rock shelter on Margate Sands…

Ian Jones’s reading and talk will bring to life excerpts of, and throw new light on the poem to mark its centenary.

Free entry. Full bar and sourdough pizza till 11pm (vegan and gluten-free options).

Access to both performance area and bar is via narrow stairs. Lots of seating available at both tables and on sofas.

Quarter phase of the Moon

October 30, 5pm-7pm, Ramsgate Boating Pool with  The Ramsgate Stargazers

A regular Moon viewing session.

Margate Mince Pies

October 30, Fundraising event at RNLI Margate lifeboat station, The Rendezvous, 10am – 1pm

A great opportunity to buy your Christmas cards, calendars & diaries from the Margate Lifeboat shop.  There will also be lovely souvenirs which are perfect for Christmas presents.  There will be refreshments, raffle, tombola, water safety advice and many stalls.

Comedy Night

October 30, Northdown Brewery, Westwood Industrial Estate. Open 4pm-6pm

Presenting Samantha Day Comedy Store King Gong – Winner (2022) Manfords New Act of the Year – Semi-Finalist (2020)

Don Biswas Recently aired Radio 4 stand-up special Neurotopical Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian Of The Year Finalist

MC James Lillis Regular Brewery Host UTC Blackout winner plus more!

There is level access into the brewery

For 18+ years and tickets £10

For tickets and further details visit website www.brewerycomedy.com/margate 

Palace Cinema Broadstairs


Lillian Henley is back at her piano dazzling with her live accompaniment to this brilliant Halloween treat – a key influence on James Whale’s later Frankenstein… Behold the Mighty Golem!

Sunday 30 October Book here

Trick or Treat Trail at Quex

From now until October 30 people can face the creepy characters at Quex Adventure Farm Park.

Join the family friendly Trick or Treat Trail in the Spooky Woods, the Bewitched Pumpkin Picking Patch and ‘The Slime Blaster Express’.

Are you brave enough to face the Creepy Characters in The Spooky Woods? Survive their terrible tricks and you just might be rewarded with a Spooktacular Sweet Treat.

Tickets Include:

The Trick or Treat Trail

A Halloween Treat

1 Pumpkin per Child

A trip aboard the Slime Blaster Express

Access to Quex Adventure Farm Park Facilities (weather dependant)

The time booked for your ticket is your entry time to the Trick or Treat Trail. If you have booked a later time slot, please arrive earlier to make the most of your experience.

Tickets  Family: £44.95 / Adult: £5.00 / Child £18.50 Book now

Halloween at Margate Caves

Now until October 30, Margate Caves, Northdown Road.

The Caves will be dressed for Halloween – can you spot all the pumpkins to get a Treat or will you be Tricked?

Join in the fun with the Cave Monster competition. Download your template or grab a sheet from the Caves.

Design your own Cave Monster and be in with a chance of winning tickets to meet Father Christmas at the Caves or a family ticket to the Family Rave in the Caves.

Adult £4.50,  Child (4 – 16 yrs) £2, Concession £4, Family £10

Find details at https://www.margatecaves.co.uk/whats-on

Shell Grotto

Open all weekend 10am-5pm, Grotto Hill, Margate Pre-booking advised

Tickets adult £4.50, Conc £4, Child £2

Details here

Thanet Pumpkin Trail

Thanet Pumpkin Trail 2022 is free and anyone can take part. Head to Thanet Community Trails & Events for more information and for the colouring sheets.

Halloween special at Ramsgate Music Hall!

October 29, Doors Open: 9pm

Line up:




C Lecta


DJ Saz


Entry Requirements: 18+

Tickets £8.50 Book now

Halloween at RAF Manston History Museum

Now until October 30. Open 10am -3pm

Head on over to the wickedly wonderful RAF Manston History Museum this half term for some haunting Halloween fun.

Complete a hair-raising Halloween hunt for a petrifying prize, take a terrifying trip in one of the mysterious military vehicles, visit the nostalgic 1940’s themed NAAFI café for some frightfully fantastic food & drink.

More details at https://rafmanston.co.uk/Events.html

Halloween at Ramsgate Tunnels

On Saturday and Sunday, 29th and 30th October, Ramsgate Tunnels will be running two family friendly Halloween themed tours:

With a history as long as the Tunnels´ you can’t be sure what past stories may blend into the present, what echoes might still remain… Lights flicker, mysterious sounds, that breeze that blows past your ear in the dark….

Join the volunteers at 4pm for the family friendly Halloween Explorer Tour in the Deep Tunnel Shelters, with experienced guides who will explain the origins, construction and use of the system.

What might you find, who might you meet, as our guides highlight the significant role the shelters and the Railway Tunnel played in protecting the inhabitants of Ramsgate during the Second World War.

Are you brave enough to venture into the Tunnels at Halloween?

Advance booking is essential as places are limited: https://ramsgatetunnels.merlintickets.co.uk/product/E000032

Community Kindness – Thanet have been donated two family tickets to raffle, raising funds for the Charity’s Christmas appeal. Entry to the raffle is £1 for five tickets and will be drawn at 6pm on Friday 28th Ocrober, Click the Community Kindness link to find out more.

Ellington Park Halloween Party

October 29, Ellington Park Ramsgate

Get into the Halloween spirit at Ellington Park Halloween Party!

Open noon-7pm. In association with Friends of Ellington Park


Classic Car Show


Live Music


Beer Tent



Fancy Dress Competition

Treat Bags from £3

Free entry

Halloween Craft & Food Fair

October 29, Dog Acre, Birchington, 9am-1pm

Browse a variety of Halloween themed craft and food stalls presented by Birchington Traders. Also spooky goings on and a Halloween Trail in Birchington. Raising funds for Birchington Christmas Lights.

Totally Wired’s 16th Annual Halloween Party

October 29, Dreamland

Totally Wired, Kent’s biggest & best alternative party returns to Dreamland for their 16th Annual Halloween Party with DJ Fragile DG & Orlandimus with Guest DJ’s

Ballroom (Indoor Event Space) 9pm – 2am last entry – Midnight

This is a 18+ event (ID required)

Expect to hear all the latest and greatest rock, indie, pop punk, metal, emo hits & more.

Zombie fancy dress is welcome!

Please note that if you purchased tickets for Totally Wired Of The Dead event on Saturday 21st May, they will be valid for this event on Saturday 29th October.

Tickets from £10pp. Book now

Monkton Nature Reserve

30th October, 11am – 3pm, Halloween hunt.

Do you dare to join in this spooky Halloween hunt? What will you spot amongst the trees?

Clues are hidden around the lower reserve. Free for Members (Non-Members pay the entrance fees to the reserve).

No need to book. Just turn up and ask for details at Reception.

Tickets  Members – Free, Non-members £2.50 Book now

Halloween Party at The Lord Byron pub, Margate

October 30 from 4pm, fancy dress prizes.

Westgate Scarecrow Trail

Now until October 31

Trail maps are available from The Classroom Children’s Bookshop.

There is also a poetry competition and a drawing competition. Winners will receive a £10 gift card for the bookshop; both are free to enter.

You can also check out the awesome Halloween display at Little Brown Fairy Cake in Station Road. Staff promise to turn out in spooky outfits for the occasion.

The trail is a free event. It is £5 to enter the competition for the best scarecrow, payable at The Classroom. The winner takes all the money.

Ramsgate Ghost Trail

Spooky Sunday

October 30, Margate, Market Square

Halloween shennanigans with a Trick or Treat Trail from 2pm – 4pm

HOWL-O-WEEN DOG PARADE at 4pm in the Old Town Square with prizes (from Hiro & Wolf) for Best Dressed Dog!

For the trail please head to Aarven on King Street to pick up a wristband (£2 each with all proceeds going to the RNLI)

Halloween Celebrations at Margate FC

October 29,  2pm-5pm

Face painting
Halloween games
Prizes for best dressed
Isthmian Premier League fixture Margate FC v AFC Hornchurch

All under 11’s free entry


Halloween event at Ramsgate FC

October 29, start 2pm.

All u18’s get in free. Free face painting, fancy dress competition and a spooky trail.

Top of the league Rams match kick off at 3pm, playing Sevenoaks Town.


Halloween Themed Family Quiz

October 30, 6pm-9pm,Manston Sports & Social Club

Along with the 1st prize of £100, and the runners up of £50 and the raffle. We will also be holding a “Best Dressed Halloween Themed Table”

£25 a Table of up-to 10 Members of any age, (£10 deposit required). Nibbles on the table is included in the price.

Bookings can be made by either email at [email protected] or 07714786005

Voyager Halloween Party (House & Techno)

October 29, 7pm, Ramsgate Boating Pool

Art exhibition + underground house & techno halloween party with DJ’s Paul Doherty and Dave Cregan plus art from Urban Symbolism.

Free entry

Pixi Polite & Divina De Campo Halloween Party

October 29, 7pm,Sundowners Gay Bar, Margate

A Ru Paul Drag Race UK weekend of parties. The amazing talents of Pixi Polite plus from Season 1 the very popular and incredibly talented Divina De Campo. Fancy dress (there will be prizes) and limited meet and greet tickets

Tickets from £10. Book here 

Mordor on the Dancefloor

October 29, Elsewhere, The Centre, Margate. Doors open at 8pm

This Halloween Elsewhere will be transformed into the deepest, filthiest hovel of Mordor, where the dark forces of Sauron are on the cusp of retrieving the One Ring and celebrating their victory long into the night.

Expect fully immersive installations from the creative team behind Elsewhere residents ‘Fantastic Pleasure’, with secret missions, special themed cocktails and one or two other surprises.


This is an 18+ event

Tickets £10 Book now


  1. So much happening. We are really lucky in Thanet to have such a lot of community activities. Thank you IoTN for bringing it all together. Makes me smile.

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