24 things to see and do in Thanet, April 15-16

Green Rooms plant market is coming to Turner Contemporary Photo credit Peach

St John’s pop-up charity shop

Saturday 15th April 10am to noon – free entry

St John’s Margate – pop up charity shop in the  Community Centre next door to the church – Victoria Road.

Join the monthly pop up charity shop. Lots of bargains including clothing, bric-a-brac, books, toys, craft materials, handcrafted items, jewellery and vintage clothes.

Browse the stalls for nearly new and pre-loved items, meet friends over coffee and cakes and have a natter while you wait for the raffle to be drawn.

The regular community event is popular with families looking for affordable treats.

Norma & Jean

April 15, Sarah Thorne Theatre in Broadstairs, 7.30pm.

A new play by award winning Martin Skellern. Once upon a time, Lancashire lasses Norma and Jean had big dreams of success as a hot singing duo.

Unfortunately, the dream fell apart after only three gigs when Jean ran off with Norma’s bloke.

Now, two and half years later, Jean has been dumped and needs her old room back at Norma’s place.

But Norma, sick of making hotpots for a living, is keen for Jean to help her finally achieve her dream of a career as a singer.

Can they put differences aside and get their old show back on the road?

This is a play with music rather than a musical!

Tickets: Paid in advance £16 / Doors £18. Book now

Green Rooms Plant Market

April 15-16, Turner Contemporary, 10am to 4pm

The popular plant market Green Rooms is returning to Margate for a weekend-long celebration of indoor and outdoor gardening

The floor to ceiling sea-view windows of the Foyle Rooms of the Turner Contemporary will be the backdrop to this market.

The space will be packed with over 20 of the region’s best botanical brands for you to shop houseplants, pots, hanging planters, terrariums, tools and so much more for plant lovers and plant newbies alike.

Due to the success of the inaugural Green Rooms Margate market back in December 2019, this April the market will be over two days and include free talks from industry pros, workshops, a potting service and free botanical workshops for kids.

Green Rooms Art Rebel Special: Ocean Forest

April 15-16, Turner Contemporary, drop in 1pm to 4pm

Create your own 3D Ocean bouquet in response to the natural seaweed botanical environment that sits just beyond the gallery.

Responding to Green Rooms Plant Market, which is taking place at Turner Contemporary on the same weekend, and looking at our coastal environment, explore the Ocean Forest. Outcomes from this workshop can be uploaded to the Wild Escape which goes live from 22 April – mid June 2023. Free.

Margate Old Town Market

Every Saturday 11am-4pm offering vintage, jewellery, handmade and bakery stalls.

Open Cockpit Weekend

April 15-16, RAF Manston History Museum, 10am to 4pm

A selection on cockpits open plus, displays, stalls and military vehicles

On both days the museum will be opening up a selection of cockpits including the Nimrod and English Electric Lightning for you to step inside and take a look from the pilot’s seat, seeing what it is really like to be in charge of these amazing machines.

Listen and watch a Merlin engine come to life

Try your hand at driving lorry or take a ride in a fire engine or tank

Sunday only: Cobweb Car Show with Ramsgate Old Motor and Motor Cycle Club

Usual museum entry prices apply Adult £5, Child £2.50, Under 5’s Free, Concessions £4, Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) £15). Ride tickets additional cost £3 each or 2 rides for £5

Refreshments available.

Libby Cox exhibition

York Street Gallery, Ramsgate, April 15-18, open 11am to 4pm

Originals and prints available to buy.

Meet Carol M Creasey, author of Murder at Westgate Bay

April 15, Westgate Galleria, Station Road, noon to 3pm

Meet and Greet and Book Signing with Carol M Creasey.

Carol will be in Westgate Galleria to talk to visitors about her work, her characters, and her inspirations, and to sell and sign her new book, Murder at Westgate Bay, which will be available to buy on the day and can also be pre-ordered from our website now.

Carol is a Kent-based author who wrote her first book about her autistic son entitled My Life is Worth Living! A bestseller in hardback, now available as a paperback only. Since then she has juggled looking after her family, working in retail and running a business with writing ten novels and an autobiography, Candidly Carol.

Birchington Model Railway Exhibition

April 15, The Centre, Alpha Road, Birchington, 10am to 4pm

The Centre’s main hall will be packed with 14 model railway exhibits set alongside a number of trade stands – offering visitors the chance to purchase second hand items and spare parts for their own model railways

Hosting the show, in aid of its funds, is the Whitstable based East Kent Model Railway Society.

EKMRS held its first exhibition in Birchington 10 years ago, marking the 150th anniversary of the opening of the railway line to the village in 1863.

To help celebrate the 160th anniversary, EKMRS will be launching a limited edition OO scale model wagon in the livery of FL Pettman of Margate which was a coal merchant in Thanet during the Victorian and Edwardian eras.”

Just 150 models have been made for the club by Wales based Dapol. FL Pettman operates today as a removal firm and auctioneers, based in Cliftonville.

Among the displays are a number created by EKMRS members as well as enthusiasts from Thanet, Faversham, Canterbury, Herne Bay and Elham.

The exhibits come in a range of scales and sizes, the smallest being only around three feet long and the largest nearly 20 feet.

Parking can be found at the Alpha Road pay and display car park and along roads nearby.

Light refreshments will be on sale at The Centre during the event.

Adult admission to the exhibition is £4 while children under 16 years old get in free when accompanied by a paying adult

Vintage Fashion Fair

April 15, Margate Caves, 10am to 5pm

Shop an array of fabulous vintage fashion in the light and airy community rooms. Treasures all the way from the 1930s through to Y2K.

Changing room on site, plus café

Free entry

UNKLE‘s James Lavelle at Ramsgate Music Hall

April 15. Doors Open: 9 PM

For the past 30 years, Lavelle has been at the forefront of global club culture, known as much for his eclectic DJ sets as for his production work with UNKLE.

All ages event.

Tickets £18.50 + £1.50 Booking Fee. Book now

The Live Robbie Williams Experience

April 15, Olby’s Soul Café, Margate, doors open 7pm.

A Main Event brings you The Live Robbie Williams Experience, performed by the UKs number 1 tribute to Robbie, Dan Budd accompanied by his band, The Eleventh Hour Band.

The show will see Jed Sharpe performing as support, before Dan Budd takes to the stage.

Tickets are limited and advised to be purchased in advance.

Over 18’s only

Tickets £16.50 + Booking fee. Book now

Who Are You UK

April 15, 7pm, The Pavilion in Broadstairs

Featuring the UK’s finest tribute to The Who – Who Are You UK plus support from The Shamboliks. Tickets are £20 and can be bought in cash at the Pavilion or on the door that night or online at www.zootinc.co.uk

Vintage Clothing Market and Clearance Sale

April 15, 11am to 5pm, The Sarah Thorne Theatre in Broadstairs

A day of bargains and vintage delights at the Sarah Thorne Theatre Broadstairs / Hilderstone.

Expect thousands of discounted vintage clothes, as well as shoes and accessories. Clothing prices start from as little as £1, with £1, £3 and £5 clothes and shoes, plus individually priced items. Clothing varies from the 1960s all the way up to the early 2000s, with lots of 90s and Y2K pieces. There will also be lots of vintage goth, punk and alternative clothing. Sizes from XXS-XXXL.

Complimentary glass of wine on arrival- this will be on a first come first serve basis.
Food and refreshments will also be available.

Boy George Experience

April 15, 7pm, Sundowners Margate

Keith George alias The Boy George Experience performs all over the world. Keith performs all the Culture Club classics as well as George’s solo hits and wherever he performs the audience love him. https://licklist.co.uk/payment/carts/view/10292/2023-04-15

The Big Knit

April 15, 2pm, Holy Trinity Church Hall

Sponsored Knit in aid of 4 local charities. participants knit as much as they can of a plain length and are sponsored to take part.

Equine Car Boot Sale

April 15, noon to 3pm, Thanet Disabled Riding Centre

£10 per vehicle
Sellers welcome at noon
Buyers from 12:30pm

Refreshments available, come and meet the ponies

Thanet Disabled Riding Centre, Callis Court Road, Broadstairs

Summer Sundays Concert: Wott the Hoople

April 16, Oval Banstand and Lawns, Eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville

Free summer music concert open 1pm – 5pm with concert 2pm-4pm

The Oval’s Summer Sundays concerts are free-to-enter and take place throughout the summer season (subject to weather conditions).

FREE ENTRY to the bandstand amphitheatre (limited capacity).

Doors, toilets and concessions open 1pm – 5pm

A fully licensed bar is available

All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

City Core Creatives Market

April 16, 10.30am to 6pm, Dreamland Margate

Ballroom (Indoor Event Space)

Browse stalls bursting with a myriad of products from the City Core Creatives and shop some amazing independent businesses from across the UK, in an inclusive fun environment!

This event is free to enter.

Latin Quarter at Ramsgate Music Hall

April 16, 6pm.

The first in 7 gigs to celebrate Latin Quarter‘s 40 years . The band will play the whole of their Modern Times album as close as possible to the original (get ready for some 80’s synth sounds!) The first set comprises of other songs voted on by fans.

Tickets £12. Book now

Classic Cars at The Viking Ship

April 16, 11am to 3pm, The Viking Ship Café at Cliffsend

A chilled out meet down at the Viking Ship Café hosted by Thanet Classics & OhSoRetro Events out and chat!

Guided Walk – Mammals and Reptiles

April 16, from 10am until noon, Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory

Join walk leader Pam Worrall on a guided walk from the SBBOT Field Centre to look for mammals and reptiles.

Book a place here: http://sbbot.org.uk/book-events/ £5 per person.


Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Three perky ancient Egyptian mummies travel to present-day London on a hilarious quest for an ancient ring stolen and given to the Royal Family. With a great British voice cast including Hugh Bonneville, Celia Imrie and Sean Bean!

Showing until Sunday 16 April

Find details here

Ramsgate Micro Museum

The micro museum in Ramsgate’s Church Hill is now open at weekend, Bank Holidays and school holidays.

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/