22 things to see and do in Thanet, November 19-20

Thanet paramedic and artist Helen Tedder is displaying works at the Westgate Galleria

Last weekend of Helen Tedder exhibition

Westgate Galleria, Station Road, Westgate

Helping to keep the Winter blues at bay in Westgate’s bright and airy Galleria on Station Road, a colourful selection of Helen Tedder’s impressionistic floral paintings is on display this weekend, alongside some atmospheric nautical scenes.

Helen is a paramedic practitioner based in a local GP practice. Born in Thanet, she first discovered her creativity, as many do, whilst learning to paint, to sew and to embroider in art classes at school in Margate. Since then, she has always painted as a hobby, whilst undertaking the arduous hours of study involved in her training and during her 18 years as a paramedic with the Kent ambulance service.

Over the years she has developed a large portfolio of work. It includes pen and ink drawings, watercolour illustrations and acrylic and oil paintings.

In rare moments of time off, working from a summerhouse in her garden when the weather permits, and in the sitting room at home when it doesn’t, Helen captures on canvas and paper the natural and nautical scenes she observes whilst walking her dog in the woods and the beach near her home, another favourite pastime.

Her skills and confidence in her own talent have grown too and Helen has now launched herself into the world of exhibiting and selling her work. Westgate Galleria warmly invites you along to the last weekend of her current show with them.

St John’s, Margate – Pop-Up Charity Shop

This Saturday from 10am to noon at St John’s Community Centre in Victoria Road, Margate CT9 1LN people are invited to the monthly pop-up charity shop.

Thanks to the generous donations from the community there is new stock on the stalls so plenty of bargain household items, craft materials and cards, bric a brac, books, toys, jewellery and clothing.

The shop also has vintage china, vinyl (1980s picture records), dolls, coins and other collectibles for sale this month.

There will be Christmas decorations for sale and Christmas gift ideas.

A new stall selling handmade items (knitted, crochet and fabric) continues to be very popular.

Stay a while and enjoy a hot drink with something from the cake stall.  Meet up with friends and family, and make new friends. All are welcome.  Entry is free.

Outatime at Dreamland

9pm to 2am, last entry midnight.

This is a 18+ event (ID required)

Outatime is back and bringing non-stop smash hits from the 80s & 90s. You’ll be footloose and dancing on the ceiling to all your favourites from two of the greatest decades of music!

Fancy dress is welcome.

Tickets from £11 (additional order fees may apply) Book now

Tick Tick Boom – The Musical

November 18-20, Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs, 7:30pm

Better Day Productions present Tick Tick Boom an intimate, autobiographical pop/rock musical from the creator of Rent, which tells the story of Jon, a struggling composer whose life seems to be going nowhere. He is about to turn 30 and still waiting tables for a living, scared that he may never “make it” on Broadway.

Created by Jonathan Larson as a deeply personal peek into the life of an artist, Tick, Tick… Boom! follows one man’s journey to define success on his own terms.

Tickets £14 in advance / £16 on the door. Click here to book tickets

Baskery at Ramsgate Music Hall

November 19. Doors Open: 7:30 PM

Baskery are a fiercely entertaining blend of The Dixie Chicks, Led Zeppelin and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

All ages event.

Tickets  £14.00 + £1.50 Booking Fee. Book now

There Was A Little Girl

November 19, Tom Thumb Theatre, Cliftonville, 8pm

Millie is not like other girls. In fact, ever since she was little she actively traded in her fairy tales for mud, cut off all her golden ringlets and created her alter-ego, Michael (an absolute legend with the best banter). She’s about to learn what it really means to be one of lads, whilst she explores and subverts the insidious roots of gender stereotypes, turning what she thought she knew on its head.

Tickets £10.00 – £12.00. Book now

The Friends of St Nicholas at Wade Church Christmas Craft And Charity Fair

St Nicholas-at-Wade Church,10am – 2pm

Craft Stalls

Charity Stalls

Cake Stall

Tea and Coffee

Ploughman’s Lunch available from 12pm-2pm

Kent Coffee Festival

November 19-20, Dreamland, 10am to 4pm

Kent Coffee Festival is back celebrating all things coffee, showcasing the best of the Kent coffee scene with speciality artisan coffee, state-of-the-art equipment and accessories.

The event will delve into the latest coffee trends with a dynamic line up of exhibitors, speakers, and demonstrations.

Providing fresh inspiration, tips and ideas, there’s a whole host of attractions for coffee enthusiasts: Try your hand at latte art, sip an espresso martini at the Espresso Martini Bar, or visit The Roasters’ Zone and Batch Brew Bar.

Come and wander around the exhibitor stands, enjoy coffee and cake and get ahead with some coffee-themed Christmas shopping.

Tickets: Weekend £10, Single Day £8 plus booking fee. Book now

Softly Softly By the Sea

November 19, Beaches Cafe, Albion Street, Broadstairs, 5pm-7pm

After 10 years in London and two years on Zoom, SoftlySoftly is back live every third Saturday of the month – by the sea, in Broadstairs. It’s a laid-back, intimate, totally unplugged event as usual with some amazing performers from around the country. At the November event we have…

Entry £3 (CASH only) on the door which all goes to the artists playing. Doors open at 4.45pm and music starts soon after and runs till 7pm. The cafe is licensed. No children at this event.

A party in the Caves with a difference

November 19, Margate Caves, 1 Northdown Rd.

Family Friendly Silent Disco   4.15pm-6.15pm

Each child will get glow sticks on entry and there will be a musical chill out area in the community rooms.

This event is aimed at families with younger children (8s and under) though older siblings are welcome. Adults are not admitted unless accompanied by a child. Tickets are needed for under 2s though there is no charge.

Rave in the Caves   7.30pm- 11pm

With a choice of 3 music stations dance the night away with your headphones on, pick the tunes and explore the Caves at this unique event.

The Caves are a steady 10-12 degrees all year round- so warmer clothes are advised and no high heels in the Caves.

Every ticket gets a welcome drink on arrival and there will be a cash bar, music and seating in our cafe area.

18+ only


Family Rave in the Caves…..Adult £10, Child £6 (2-15yrs), under 2’s free

Rave in the Caves (adult only) £17.50

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

Margate Old Town Market

November 19, 11am-4pm, Market Place

Selection of locally produced goods, vintage clothes, gifts and crafts.

Local vintage traders, artists, designers and makers will be available

Thanet Festival Choir

November 19, 7.30pm-9.30pm, Holy Trinity Church, Broadstairs

The Thanet Festival Choir, under the baton of their Director, Clifford Lister, return to sing this timeless classic by Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem .

Fauré’s homage to the dead was almost certainly a tribute to his father, who died in 1885. Given the circumstances, the work seems remarkably restrained, serene and peaceful, in contrast to the more dramatic requiems of Mozart and Verdi.

The choir will also be performing the Cantique de Jean Racine, composed by Fauré (then aged only 19) for a composition competition at the École Niedermeyer de Paris.The style shows similarities with his Requiem, and we are following a long-established tradition in performing the two works together.

Tickets cost £10, which includes a glass of wine (or non-alcoholic alternative) after the performance.

They are available from choir members, from Secretary, Linda, telephone 01843 602332, online via the website or at the door.

A night of Street Soul at Olby’s.

November 19, 9pm, Olbys, King Street, Margate

DJ Bigger will be bringing you a night of Street Soul. The Mi-Soul DJ will be playing you some soul festival classics till the early hours with guest DJ support.

Tickets  Advanced: £15.00 / On The Door: £20 Book now

St Peter’s Church Christmas fair

November 19, 10am-2pm, Hopeville Avenue

Jewellery, bric-a-brac, cakes, preserves, gifts, decorations and raffles. All proceeds to church funds.


Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

A riveting portrait of Sinéad O’Connor charting the iconic singer and activist’s phenomenal rise and subsequent exile from the pop mainstream. Director Kathryn Ferguson in conversation with writer Emma Dabiri on Saturday 19th Nov.

Saturday 19 November to Tuesday 22 November

Book at https://thepalacecinema.co.uk/whats-on/

The Districts are performing live at Elsewhere, Margate.

November 20. Doors open at 7pm

Presented by Art’s Cool.

This is an 18+ event (under 18s to be accompanied by an adult)

Tickets £16.50. Book now

Sarathy Korwar at Ramsgate Music Hall

November 20, doors open 7.30pm

One of the UK’s most exciting and inspiring jazz artists, Sarathy Korwar is coming to Ramsgate Music Hall.

All ages event.

Tickets £14.00 + £1.50 Booking Fee. Book now

Leave No Doubt

The Margate School

A photo exhibition documenting the war in Ukraine and the plight of those fleeing conflict has opened at The Margate School.

As the war ceases to occupy front-page international news, Leave No Doubt tells its story through the eyes of independent photographer Krisztian Elek.

Krisztian, a Hungarian and Margate-based photographer, spent 75 days in Ukraine documenting the immediate impact of the war from the first day of the Russian invasion.

Six months on, he returned to the country for three weeks to focus on how the locals deal with the ongoing war.

Exhibition open Tuesday 15 to Friday 25 November, daily 10am to 4pm and Saturday 19 November, 6pm to 9pm

Fifa World Cup on the big screen!

November 20, Ramsgate Boating Pool from 4pm

Baypoint Wedding Fair

November 20, Baypoint Fitness & Sports, 11am-2pm

Free entry
Glass of bubbles on arrival
Amazing local wedding suppliers
Complimentary goody bag
Personalised quotes and booking availability.

If you are interested in attending, please pre-book at https://allevents.in/ramsgate/baypoint-wedding-fair/200023194967958

Coastal Crafty Crew pre-Christmas Fair

November 20, 10am-3pm, Small Barn at Quex Park, Birchington

Selection of handmade crafts, free parking, free admission, free mince pies and hot toddy (subject to availability).

The Coastbuster 10 Mile and 10k

November 20, from 10am, Government Acre, Ramsgate

Watch the runners of Nice Work and Thanet’s Coastal Striders (participant tickets are sold out)

Taking place along the roads and seafront in and around Ramsgate the route goes from the Esplanade down to the seafront towards Broadstairs before turning back towards Ramsgate.


  1. Was hoping to see the future arts barge in ramsgate marina advertised here.
    The lovely Vriendschap needs funding its a unique future venue, well worth contributing to.

    Thou so much seasonal attractions available, visit them all. Support local.

  2. We need Margate to be THE centre of Arts and Culture for the UK. I like the insidious way the movement is gathering apace, replacing run down shop fronts with their artistic pathos to those empathetic to it.

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