26 things to see and do in Thanet, April 8-9

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at Dreamland Photo Frank Leppard

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Performance – Hall by the Sea

One of the world’s most popular classic musicals is being performed in Margate this Easter. Thanet’s Regency Productions will be taking to the stage at Dreamland’s Hall by the Sea.


7th April 7PM

8th April 2PM and 7PM

9th April 2PM and 7PM

Ticket prices begin from £21 plus booking fee.


Broadstairs Easter Food Festival

Victoria Gardens from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th April, gates open at 10am closing at 6pm on Friday and Saturday, 5pm Sunday.  Entry is free with ‘Pop a Pound’ buckets for people to donate if they wish.

S#Some 100 stalls with different foods on offer that will cater to many dietary needs, including some meat free and dairy free stalls. As well as hot food and independent producers with goods including bread, pickles and wines, there will be live music playing at Broadstairs bandstand.

Hands on cookery led by The Chequers Kitchen, Deal (Friday 7 April), chocolate making workshops (Saturday 8 April) and making Easter crowns (Sunday 9 April).

This year’s Prize Draw is raising funds to support the festival’s children’s activities and to bring local musicians to the bandstand.

For  £2 you could be in with a chance of winning £500 Flint and Flame stainless steel kitchenware – or a stay at The Royal Albion Hotel.


Ramsgate’s Easter Handmade and Vintage Fair

This Easter Sunday (9th April) the Handmade and Vintage Fair takes place in Ramsgate with locally produced items on offer. The stalls will be set up along Ramsgate Harbour.

Crampton Tower Museum

Crampton Tower Museum in Broadstairs reopens on Good Friday, 7th April, until Sunday, 29th October.

The museum is partly housed in a flint tower adjacent to the Broadstairs Railway Station. The tower formed part of the first Broadstairs public water supply and designed by Thomas Russell Crampton, chiefly remembered as a designer of locomotives and of railways.

The museum will open Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons plus Bank Holiday Mondays, from 2pm to 4.30pm. Last admission 4pm. Admission charges apply.

Circus shows and workshops

Royal Harbour Academy Ramsgate, 7th-13th April

Adults £16, teenagers £10, under 12s free!

Pay on the door

All workshops and shows included:

-beginners circus workshops (juggling, unicycling, diabolo, aerial and many more!)

-circus shows

-licensed bar & food

-lots of indoor and outdoor space

-Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday

Families will find the most to do on Easter Sunday, with beginners workshops, outdoor shows and an aerial show.

Fiery Jack’s Family Circus

The Family Circus Tent

An open circus workshop with everything from hats diabolos and juggling equipment to tightrope, slackrope and trapeze. Free to drop in and use throughout the day as well as scheduled workshops and skill shares aimed at kids/youth – check out the kids section of workshop board!

Toddler Tent – A soft play space for little ones to hang out with their parents, open nice and early for those up and at it campers!!

Fiery Jack’s Powers of Mass Distraction: Colouring table, lego station and a daily craft session, we’ve got something for everyone!


Dickens House Museum

The Dickens House Museum is reopening this Easter holidays! The home that is believed to be Charles Dickens’s inspiration for Betsey Trotwood’s cottage in novel David Copperfield, is reopening on 7th April. It will then be open every week from Wednesday – Sunday until 16th July.

The museum holds many items owned by Charles Dickens himself (including letters once written about Broadstairs) The museum is run by volunteers who know a lot about Charles Dickens life and are keen to share their knowledge. They also give tours around the museum providing information on the history of the household and the connection that Dickens had to it. The museum welcomes families and is wheelchair accessible on the ground floor.

Entry prices: Adult – £4, Child – £2, Family (2 adults and 2 children) – £10, Concession – £3

Ramsgate Micro Museum

The micro museum in Ramsgate’s Church Hill reopens at weekend, Bank Holidays and school holidays on April 8.

The Micro Museum is home to Mike and Carol Deer’s unique, personal collection of hundreds  of vintage personal computers, calculators, games and micro electronics, collected over more than 4 decades.

​At the heart of the collection are displays of computers, games consoles and more from the 1970s and 80s, that important period when rapid technological developments brought computers into our daily lives.

Opening hours are 1pm-4pm and admission is £5 per person, or group/family £15.

11 Church Hill

Details at https://www.themicromuseum.org/

Thanet Gang Show

Thanet Scouts and Guides present the Thanet Gang Show at The Centre in Birchington on April 6/7/8 at 7.30pm plus a 2.30pm showing also on April 8.

Fun for all ages with singing, dancing and sketches.

Tickets from £7.50 plus booking fee

Tickets from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/thanet-gang-show

The Bouncing Bunnies Easter Trail

Quex Park in Birchington  welcomes families to visit this Easter holidays. Last year their Easter trail was deemed successful so it is returning. Children can attend from £16.50 and adults at £6.00. It is a fun outdoor Easter event with Easter characters to meet and sweet treats along the way.

Tickets include an Easter Egg, Easter Treat, Bunny Ears and access to Quex Adventure Farm Park Facilities (weather dependant)

Quex also offers fun activities including an 18-hole crazy golf course containing ponds, waterfalls and bridges and an adventure farm park aimed at youngsters to enjoy playing outdoors.


Ramsgate Tunnels

Overground-Underground Tours at Ramsgate Tunnels are back, starting Easter Saturday – 8th April.

The tour traces the route of the Tunnels above ground from the harbour to Arklow Square. Leaving from the Sailors Church, Tunnel guides point out hidden entrances and features of interest along the way, before descending via a short ladder into the newly cleared entrance at Arklow Square, and finishing the walk below ground in the Tunnels.

Tour starts from the Sailors’ Church at 11:30am and finishes at the entrance to Ramsgate Tunnels, Marina Esplanade at around  2pm.
The tour lasts approximately 2.5 hours and is only suitable for those aged 12 and above. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.
Tickets, £12, and details: https://ramsgatetunnels.merlintickets.co.uk/product/E000025


On Easter Sunday (April 9) Dreamland will hold a free egg hunt with eggs hidden around the park for guests to find and one very  golden egg. Find the golden egg and hand it in to win a Dreamland Day Out for up to six people!

Gates open 10:30am, Rides open 11am with park closing at 6pm

Visitors can enjoy rides and amusements,  street food and a free family film screening too.

Free to enter, pay per ride.

Royal British Legion Minster & Monkton Easter Fun

Sunday, April 9 from 1pm.

Magician from Britain’s Got Talent, family Easter party, face painting, disco, egg hunt & bonnet competition, barbecue, gaming bus, raffle and more plus a visit from the Easter bunny.

Non members welcome

The club is at 61 Augustine Road, Minster

Easter Beer Festival

April 7-8

21 Breweries to celebrate 21 years of brewing at Gadd’s The Ramsgate Brewery, Pysons Industrial Estate

Friday 7th 12noon-5pm

Gaddzukes 2pm-4pm

Food by Urban Grillaz

Saturday 8th 12noon-5pm

Dead Horse & The Broomdashers 12noon-2pm

Gaddzukes 2pm-4pm

Food by Karara

Shivering Sands brewery and tap room in Manston is also running an ale festival on the same dates, with food and music, and a shuttle bus will run between there and Gadds on both days.

Meet Benji Bunny & Joey

April 7-9, Westwood Cross

Meet Benji and Joey at Westwood Cross between 2pm and 5pm

Hop on down to Westwood Cross over the Easter weekend for an afternoon of fun with Benji Bunny and his friend Joey.

Join Benji and Joey at the pop-up park near our Community Hub between 7th and 9th April for some extra Easter fun during your visit and delicious chocolate Easter egg giveaways!

One lucky visitor will also get the chance to win an Easter Gift Bundle worth £50 when you share a snap of yourself with Benji Bunny.

Just head over to the centre’s Facebook Page between 7 and 10 April and enter via the Easter Competition Post

Magic Hours

Cinemas, Halls, Cafés & Outdoors: Where to watch a film in Broadstairs, Margate or Ramsgate, 1890s-today

A fascinating overview of the research and cinema memories gathered by the Magic Hours project so far, illustrated with Broadstairs, Margate and Ramsgate’s former cinemas and places to see a film. Please note: The Palace Cinema event includes more archive material.

Palace Cinema Saturday 8 April, 1:30pm-3pm. More details here

Spring into the Museum

April 7-10, Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex Park, Borchington

Open 11am-4pm

Get crafty designing your own bug magnet or get competitive playing bug-bingo and memory-match ‘bug’ edition.

Can you find the naughty gem bugs in the museum? Some of them went exploring and got lost!

Take a closer look at some of the historic trees in Quex Gardens by adventuring on your own Family Tree Walk. For younger guests, use your scavenger wheel to forage for spring colours and smells.

Pick up one of the free animal-buddy backpacks full of activities and games to enjoy all day!

Extra £1 charge per magnet craft. All other activities are included in your standard admission ticket.

Adult £3.50
Child £2.50
Concession £3

Up to & including 3 years / Carer/ Powell-Cotton Member FREE Book now

Easter Peggle Hunt

April 7-8, Northdown Road shops and Margate Old Town

An Easter Egg hunt with a difference. Keep an eye out for pebbles painted as Easter eggs in an around Northdown Road shops and the Old Town.

When you find a pebble take it to the shop named on the back and claim your prize.

Bakery pop up

Bun in the Oven Cakes and Chloe’s Fudgy Fancies hold a pop up shop at 23a Albion Street, Broadstairs, April 7/8/9 10am to 6pm.

Cakes, cookies, fudge and more.

Gadds food and drink pop up

A pop-up shop will open in Margate on April 8 offering cheaply priced food and drink and sharing information about “use by” dates and best before dates

Gadds food and drink, run by Chris and Kim Gadd, is an online shop which operates a delivery service. It takes food which is past the before before date but still perfectly safe to eat, meaning prices can be kept as low as 10p per item.

Gadds will be taking over the former Vaparettes shop at 131 High Street from 10am to 4pm.

Cliftonville Night Market and concert: Ska-Per

April 7, 5pm-9pm, Oval bandstand and lawns

The Oval comes to life each summer with street food, music, vintage, arts & crafts, and artisanal goods at the Cliftonville Night Market.

The always popular Oval Bar will be serving up alcoholic drinks and cocktails and The Oval Kiosk has freshly-ground barista coffee, speciality teas, and delicious 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, making this the perfect spot for a family-friendly Friday night out!

-FREE ENTRY to the bandstand amphitheatre (limited capacity)
-Doors, toilets and concessions open: 5pm – 9pm
-Concert: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
-Well behaved dogs are welcome, but they MUST be kept on a lead at all times whilst in the bandstand auditorium.
-All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Event page with ticket link at https://www.facebook.com/events/1540666696425911/

Nobs. Buzzing Bunnies. Easter Special

April 9, 7pm, Sugar Rush, High Street, Ramsgate

Poetry, spoken word, song & funny stuff event. Doors 7pm

Pay what you can entry

Wasteland bar at The Albion Rooms

Indie Amnesty – 7th April – https://www.designmynight.com/uk/whats-on/party/indie-amnesty-bad-friday-in-margate?t=tickets

Easter Treasure Hunt for Dogs

April 8, 9.30am-12.30pm CAMP Margate

CAMP Margate and Scrumbles host their fourth annual Easter Treasure Hunt for Dogs in  Margate.

50% of ticket sales (minus eventbrite fees) will be donated to Wild at Heart Foundation plus there will be a charity raffle full of fantastic prizes. All proceeds from the raffle will go directly to the charity.

WHAT: A fun morning out with photo challenges and check points for you and your dog to enjoy this Easter. Plus goody bag for every dog with gifts worth over £8 & exclusive discounts for pawsome pet brands!

WHEN: Saturday 8th April, meet outside Margate Visitors Centre (next to Turner Contemporary) at 9:30am. After-pawty at CAMP Margate on Northdown Road.


* First Dog and Human to Complete all Challenges *

* Best Easter Fancy Dress *

* Best Photograph *

PLUS goody bags for all four-legged participants!

The Treasure Hunt will consist of three check points and three photo opportunities so make sure that someone in your pack has a phone capable of taking pictures and uploading them to Instagram or Facebook. The Treasure Hunt will be based around Margate and after-pawty at CAMP Margate


The Margate School Pop Up Shop

Friday 7 to Wednesday 13 April, 10am to 5pm

The Margate School Gallery is hosting a Pop Up Shop showcasing the work of artists, designers and makers from within the studio community

Call in, chat about the work and support the artists

The Social and Bangers Comedy Club

Olby’s  Soul Café, 3-5 King Street, Margate.

The Social takes place on April 7 and is dedicated to Black dance music from the 30s to the present day.

Blues, rock ‘n’ roll, 60’s soul and more will be provided by DJ Jerome and Lindsay plus guest DJ to be confirmed.

The Social runs from 7pm-midnight and is free entry.

Bangers Comedy Club will take place the next night (April 8), with comedians including Curtis Walker, Russell Hicks, Raj, Rudi and Kat. Doors open at 7pm and the event starts at 8pm. Tickets are £18 and available here: olbyscreativehub.co.uk


1 Comment

  1. We have 7 (soon to be 8) train stations in Thanet, yet the organisers of the beer festival still manage to put it miles from any of them!

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