18 things to see and do in Thanet, April 1-2


Compiled by Willow Owen-Webb (EKC media student)

Only Fools and Horses

April 1, Hall By The Sea, Dreamland, Margate

Morning Session: 11am – 1pm, Afternoon Session: 3pm – 5pm

Come and meet a few of the stars from the show Only Fools and Horses including: Daniel Peacock (Mental Mickey), Michael Fenton (Alan Perkins), Steven Woodcock (Jevon), Patrick Murray (Mickey Pearce), Phillip Pope (Tony Angelino), Michael Jayston (James Turner) and Dawn Perllman (Amanda).

Tickets £20 pp or £25pp with a photo opportunity


Easter Fun Day

April 2, Ellington Park, Ramsgate This has been moved to the Sunday


Ellington Park is hosting an Easter themed fun day. The event will include an Easter egg hunt, colouring competition and Easter treats.

The Great Egg Hunt! The Easter Bunny has been so fast running around, he’s lost the buttons from his jacket and they’re hidden in the park. Can you find them? If you do, you can exchange them for a chocolate egg. (Dairy Free options)

There will also be Easter themed colouring pages and activity sheets to enjoy. There will be a prize for the most colourful Easter pictures. And don’t forget your Easter bonnets, as we will be checking them all out and the best one will win a prize!

This is a free entry event, however to participate in The Great Easter Hunt, you will be required to purchase a ticket for £2 per child. These will be available to purchase from the café.


Magic Hours: Film screenings

Come to Broadstairs, Margate and Ramsgate! Our towns in home movies and publicity films 1930s-70s

Jump aboard for a fantastic trip through the streets and across the beaches of our towns through the eyes of locals and holidaymakers.

Ramsgate Music Hall Saturday 1 April, 4pm-5:15pm

The Black Windmill (12A) + Vintage Ramsgate publicity film

Michael Caine stars as a secret agent in classic 1974 suspense thriller directed by Don ‘Dirty Harry’ Seigel with special guest appearance from Ramsgate Hoverport.

Ramsgate Music Hall Saturday 1 April, 6pm-8pm

LastResort (15) + Vintage Margate publicity film

Beautiful, heartfelt tale of a young asylum-seeking woman stranded with her son in a seaside town, starring Paddy Considine and filmed in Margate in late 90s.

Tom Thumb Theatre Sunday 2 April, 6:30pm-8pm

Tickets £5 for adults

£3.50 for children (under 15’s)

Details here

Rock ‘n’ Roll party

April 1, The Churchill Tavern, The Paragon Room, Ramsgate


A rock ‘n’ roll night playing rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll, jivers, blues and hillbilly. DJ’S include: The Wolfman, The Phantom and a guest DJ.

Free entry

RBL Boot Fair

April 1, Church House, Kent Gardens, Birchington


Browse the goods at the RBL boot fair which is raising funds for the Royal British Legion.

Free entry

ART by Yasmina Reza

April 1-2, Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs

Saturdays show: 7.30pm,

Sundays show: 2.30pm

Is it art? Is it junk? Is it worth the arguments? This hit comedic play by Yasmina Reza is making its way to the Sarah Thorne Theatre, presented by Broadstairs Dickens players.

Tickets £12 in advance or £14 at the door


Dreamland park opening

April 1, Dreamland, Margate

Gates open: 10.30am

Rides open: 11am

Park closes: 6pm

Dreamland is welcoming everyone back for its opening day which will feature rides, amusements, roller disco, events, food and drink. Rides will include classic icons such as the scenic railway and new in for 2023 are the Rock ‘n’ roll family coaster, miniature railway and mirror maze

Dreamland will be open weekends and holidays from April 1

Free entry, pay by ride


Margate Caves 160th Anniversary

April 1-16, Margate Caves, Margate


Sunday 2 April marks 160 years since Margate Caves opened to the public.

This Margate landmark has had something of a chequered history, having started life as a chalk mine it then transformed into a subterranean wine cellar and private dining room, complete with rare ice wells and wall paintings.

When local shopkeeper John Norwood took on the lease, he brought with him some colourful marketing ideas to bring the site to the wider public. He named the Caves Vortigern’s Cavern, claimed they dated to 454AD, and charged 3d admission!

An account of the opening on 2nd April 1863 makes the first reference to the Caves’ wall paintings, describing the elephant, crocodile and our much-loved lion, as well as two worksthat haven’t survived of a tiger and prisoners in chains.

In celebration of opening Norwood made it free for children to visit throughout Easter weekend. And to commemorate the anniversary, children can once again visit for free, when accompanied by a paying adult, on 1st and 2nd April. Visitors can enjoy our Easter Holiday trail through the Caves, which will focus on the Caves quirky history.

There’ll be templates available from the Caves to create your very own Chalk Up poster todisplay in your window, or on your fridge – and share your achievement on #chalkupmargate.

Submissions will be shared through the Margate Caves accounts too – look out for your very own Chalk Up shout out!

Every day volunteers will be chalking up what makes you proud on the chalkboard at the Caves.

The Margate Caves are at 1 Northdown Road, Margate CT9 1FG. Open every day of the Easter holidays from 29 March to 16 April, 10am to 5pm.

Tickets £4.50 adults

£2 Child (4 – 16 yrs)

£4 Concession

£10 Family


Summer Sundays Concert: The Dukes of Swing

April 2, The Oval Bandstand and Lawns, Cliftonville

Doors, bar and food: 1pm-5pm

Concert: 2pm-4pm

The Oval Bandstands & Lawns are bringing back their free summer Sunday concerts. This summer you can expect even more performances over a wider variety of genres. There is a fully licensed bar and food will be available at the genre.

Free entry, also free entry to the bandstand amphitheatre (limited capacity)


Magic Hours: A Happy Crowd Are We! Children;s Cinema Club Show

April 2, Tom Thumb Theatre, Cliftonville, Margate


Join the Tom Thumb Theatre for an hour and a half of childish fun regardless of your age, they will be playing SAMMY’S SUPER T-SHIRT alongside other short films, a competition, badges, snacks and a club song.

Tickets £5 adults

£3.50 Children (under 15’s)


Westgate garage sale safari

April 2, Westgate-On-Sea


Browse the garage sale to discover some great bargains such as: books, clothes, games, plants, toys, collectibles and bric-a-brac

The event can be joined by adding yourself to the group on facebook which is under the event name

Free entry


Private view April 1, 5-7pm, exhibition  runs until April 9

Laurent Delaye Gallery, 1 Addington Street, Ramsgate

The Laurent Delaye Gallery hosts duo exhibition Equinox with Kate Beaugié and Cathy Rogers. Both artists are multi-disciplinary experimental practitioners based in Kent. This exhibition focuses on their photogram works, with some selected other mediums

Garden Gate Spring Open Day

Spring Open Day on Saturday 1st April from 1-4pm, serving teas and cakes, pizzas and soup, along with a plant stall and a variety of craftwork made by the team.

The Garden Gate Project is based at Northdown Park, Margate.

Discovery Planet

Discovery Planet in Ramsgate will be holding a free drop-in activity on April 1 called Future Human.

Led by the University of Kent’s Future Human research group, people will be invited to explore their imaginations to guess what human beings will look like in the future, and create their own future human being.

Sessions will take place between 10am and noon and 1pm and 3pm, at Discovery Planet HQ, 47 High Street, Ramsgate. There is no charge and no need to book – just show up.

Margate Preloved Vintage Kilo

April 2, 10.30am-4.30pm, Dreamland Margate

Shop through over 6 tonnes of preloved, vintage & retro clothing, all just £20 per kilo!

Preloved Kilo offer sustainable and affordable vintage and brands for £20 per kilo!
Branded sportswear, t-shirts, denim & jeans, coats & jackets, true vintage from the 50’s onwards including dresses, skirts & blouse, knitwear, handbags, Converse, small accessories…plus loads more!

Entry is  £1.50, under 12s are free
£2 Green Entry is now available, 50p from the sale of these tickets will purchase a tree to help offset your carbon footprint.

Event page and tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/2215899348593874/

Lillyputt Minigolf Broadstairs

The minigolf site opens on April 1 for the official start of the season.

Open daily from 10am with the last game starting at 4.30pm (weather permitting).

The Garden Cafe on site will also be offering a full menu from freshly ground coffee and specialty teas, toasted tea cakes, savoury toasties, sandwiches and sweet and savoury crepes.

Adults £6, under 10 £4.80

Victoria Parade, Broadstairs,

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