Things to see and do in Thanet, January 21-22

Showcase Productions

St John’s pop up charity shop

The monthly pop-up charity shop in the Community Centre at St John’s Margate, is open this Saturday.

Stalls are recycling and reusing preloved items while raising money for the ongoing running costs of the church community centre.

The shop is open from 10am to 12 noon.

There will be lots of bargains in the clothing room.  Enjoy browsing the stalls in the main hall where you will find handmade and upcycled crafts, household items, bric a brac, greetings cards, craft materials, books, jewellery and toys.  There will also be vintage items, vinyl and collectible coins.

Meet up with friends old and new while enjoying coffee and a cake or two from the cake stall.

The raffle is drawn just before closing at 12 noon.

Where Paths Cross exhibition by Elisa Hudson

The Lido Stores, 2 Ethelbert Terrace, Cliftonville, running until January 22

Opening hours 11am to 5pm plus drinks 6pm-8pm 21 January

The Lido Stores present a series of landscape and still life paintings by Elisa Hudson referencing an area of ancient coppice woodland within the Kent Downs ANOB. Themes of environment, love of nature and a developing interest in the visual and symbolic interpretations of the Kent woodlands are explored.

The woodland, landscaped by historical imprints with several large craters, is now home to generations of badgers, foxes and other smaller woodland dwelling animals that create chalk and flint, spoil from their digging. Shell fossils in the stone are a reminder how the landscape has evolved over millions of years. Traces and pathways become evident with each visit and wildlife is present but seen momentarily.

Elisa has begun to make pigment from acorn cap ink and chalk pigment. Making natural pigment is something that she has been interested for a while, aligning and expanding her current practice.

“There is a thread within my work that explores human interaction with landscape and I have recently been interested in the work of Dr Glenn Albrecht and his studies on the positive and negative emotions humans have with respect to the Earth; and in particular Solastalgia, ‘the distress associated with environmental change’ and the more forward thinking concept of the Symbioscene (setting the scene for an era beyond the Anthropocene) where the relationship between human and nature creates a symbiotic way of thinking mutually benefitting all living things.”

Elisa is a Kent based artist. A graduate from Goldsmithʼs University in the mid 90s her paintings and drawings are made by working directly with the subject in oil, pencil or soft pastel. Elisa regularly exhibits in Kent and London and has exhibited with The Pastel Society and has been represented by several galleries at The Affordable Art Fair.

Spotlight on Broadway

The musicals are coming to Birchington.

Eighteen local cast members will tread the boards at The Centre with Spotlight on Broadway.

Showcase Productions will be presenting 22 musicals all wrapped up in the one performance.

Songs featured will include numbers from Kiss Me Kate, Annie Get Your Gun, Tommy, Wicked, Chicago and more.

Spotlight on Broadway is at The Centre in Alpha Road on January 20-21. Shows are at 7.30pm plus a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm

Tickets are £8 on the door or buy in advance at

Find Showcase Productions on facebook here

Fragile Returns @ The Waste Land

January 21, 8pm, The Albion Rooms

Former captain of the ship Dean Fragile returns from Hollywood for an indie dance party. Free Entry

January Dread at Ramsgate Music Hall

January 21. Doors open: 7:30pm.

Blast away the January blues with USA Nails, The Eurosuite and Punching Swans.

All ages event.

Tickets £12.50 + £1.50 Booking Fee Book now

Charlie Don’t Surf at Whereelse?

January 21, Wherelse? The Centre, Margate, Doors open at 7pm

Charlie Don’t Surf fundraiser gig with DJ Mark in aid of Whereelse?

Charlie Don’t Surf are a Thanet based covers band specialising in classic punk, mod, ska, and rock and roll, featuring Alan Laffey on drums, John Slade on bass, Nick Bonell (aka Lone Bison) on lead guitar and Trevor Neal on vocals & 2nd guitar. They formed around 10 years ago and have played in pubs, clubs, bandstands, beach huts and festivals all across the region.

DJ Mark plays a funky time traveller mashup of funky ska and soul tinged classics with a punked up edge..

This is an 18+ event.

Tickets from £6 Book now


January 21, Beaches Café Bar, Broadstairs, open 4.30pm-7pm

Every third Saturday of the month – laid-back, intimate, totally unplugged event with some amazing performers from around the country.

FALLE NIOKE  – A Margate-based West African singer with a wondrous, hypnotic voice

BITY BOOKER  – From Italy via Australia intriguing songs and quirky, sweet vocals.

SAM BROTHERS – Canterbury-based contemporary harmonica/guitar playing singer-songwriter

18+ event.

£5 on door (£4 advance)

Advance tickets available at


Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Winner of Best Film, BFI London Film Festival & Best Actress, Cannes Film Festival. Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread) is rebellious Empress Sisi fleeing the dull demands of the Austrian Monarchy for a life of adventure and freedom on the cusp of the 20th Century in this cheeky stylish biopic.

Saturday 21 January to Thursday 26 January

Find Palace Cinema online here