Things to see and do in Thanet, April 22-23

Banned at Turner Contemporary Photo Dan Thompson

Concert from Harmony Ladies Choir

April 22, 3pm, Ramsgate Salvation Army hall, 167 High Street

Charity concert by the Harmony Ladies Choir in aid of The Salvation Army.

Listen to a variety of music from choral pieces to pop songs adapted for choirs and songs from the musicals – Abba, Chicago, Beatles and Choral.

Musical director Patrick Dunn and Pianist Stefan Catto will perform duets

Tickets £8 on the door

Sargassum Tide

Now until April 23.

Exhibition of works by Louise Frances Smith at The Margate School. Open 10am – 4pm

Sargassum Tide features works made by Louise Frances Smith using wireweed seaweed and Pacific oysters, two ‘non-native’ species currently thriving on the UK coastlines due to climate change.

Louise has collected these materials from her local coastline to create a new body of experimental work that shows the repercussions of human intervention on our fragile coastal ecosystems.

After securing an Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant to exhibit her new body of work at Somerset House as part of Collect 2023, Louise will exhibit these works at The Margate School. To accompany the Margate exhibition, Louise will be hosting workshops for the general public and in collaboration with The Garden Gate Project, The Pavilion Youth & Community Cafe Project, The Margate School MA Students and studio holders. Works that participants make will be on display as part of the exhibition.

Ramsgate Through the Senses

April 21-23

Following the success of 2022’s event Ramsgate Through the Senses is returning to celebrate World Earth Day on Saturday 22 April.

There will be a programme of events that tap into the 5 senses to inspire the mind, body and spirit.

The weekend will feature delicious and immersive wild food experiences, bespoke tours, workshops and rejuvenating therapies.

Friday 21st

5pm Opening Evening “Trashion” Competition

Saturday 22nd

9.30am Seal Spotting and Information Walk with Kent Wildlife Trust

10am Educational Foraging Walk 1

12pm GADDS’ Tap Room Tasting

2pm A ‘Throw-Down’ Taster

2pm Educational Foraging Walk 2

2.30pm Wine Garden of England Introductory Tasting

4pm Union Yoga

7pm​ Wild Food Feast

Sunday 23rd

10am Wilder Kent Safari: Beavers and Water Buffalo at Ham Fen

11am Aromatherapy Workshop

1.30pm Tai Chi Introduction

2pm A ‘Throw-Down’ Taster

2pm Through The Senses of a Horse Puppet and Headdress Making

3pm Shaking it out!

4pm Botanical Cyanotype Toning Workshop

6pm Music and Meditation


April 22, Ramsgate Music Hall, 8pm

A benefit event for ‘Portraits of The Menopause’ book.

Osborne and What responds to important themes and local communities to create installations using photography, sound and interviews addressing issues which matter to those communities.

They direct, design and produce circus theatre shows, and collaborate with other companies and youth community groups. They make theatre shows using circus skills and techniques to help tell stories, and using circus equipment as theatrical set to create other worlds.

Entry Requirements: 18+

Tickets £12 + £1.50 Booking Fee Book now

Shola Ama

April 22, Olby’s Soul Café, Margate, 9pm-1am

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, and a live performance from Shola Ama

Tickets Advance Tickets £15 + Booking Fee. On the door price £20 Book now

Custom Bike Show

April 23, RAF Manston History Museum, 10am – 4pm

Motorcycle Auto Jumble

Bike Show with Prizes

Fire Appliance Display

Food & Drink


Live Music

This is a charity event raising money in aid of The Katie Piper Foundation and The Firefighters Charity

£5 Adults (Under 16s Free) / £10 Camping / Free Parking

Banned Place, Belonging, Identity

April 23, Turner Contemporary

To mark the end of the exhibition Banned: Place, Belonging, Identity, Producer and Curator Sabina Desir and her team have put together a day of activities and talks.

Drawing on the exhibition themes, families are invited to participate in interactive workshops open to all ages. Randolph Matthews will lead an exciting workshop using loopers and his voice to create a sonic soundscape to accompany his very unique style of storytelling.

Banned. artist Charlie Evaristo-Boyce, brings his screen printing expertise to this workshop where children will be able to create their own work and learn about the possibilities of printing by hand.

There will be tours in the Clore Learning Studio where you will be able to find out more about the project and exhibition. Sabina will talk about the stories behind the artworks by Thanet-based artists Charlie Evaristo-Boyce and Richard Birch.

You will also be able to meet the ‘Children of the Servicemen’ portrait sitters featured in the work of Artist Richard Birch in a panel discussion where they will share their own stories related to the rich cultural heritage of Thanet.

All activities are free though some will require booking.

Curator Tours with Sabina Desir

Join Banned. Curator and Producer Sabina Desir to learn more about the history and research behind the project and exhibition. During each tour, Sabina will talk about the stories behind the artworks by Thanet-based artists Charlie Evaristo-Boyce and Richard Birch.

When: 12:15pm and 14:15pm

30 minute tours

Where: Clore Learning Studio

No tickets required.

Screen Printing Workshop with Charlie Evaristo-Boyce

Respond to the exhibition by screen printing and designing your own cardboard planes with Banned. artist Charlie Evaristo-Boyce. In this free family workshop, you’ll experiment with print, stickers and pens and design your own squadron badge.

When: 11am – noon

Where: Foyle Rooms 1 + 2

Who: Families

No tickets required + drop in.

Charlie Evaristo-Boyce is an artist and printmaker who lives and works in Margate and is native to the Thanet area..

Banned. Soundscape and Storytelling Workshop with Randolph Matthews

Using storytelling and soundscapes as the creative medium, this workshop explores the themes of cultural heritage, community, and identity.

When: 1pm – 2pm

Where: Foyle Rooms 1 + 2

Who: All ages

Book your free ticket here

Banned. Panel Discussion

Join Sabina Desir, Producer of Banned. alongside the ‘Children of the Servicemen’ featured in the portraits of artist Richard Birch. This is a unique opportunity to listen to the stories from members of the Thanet community who have a direct and personal connection to the rich cultural heritage of Ramsgate and Manston that the exhibition was based upon. Artists Charlie Evaristo-Boyce and Richard Birch will join and talk about their work in the exhibition. The discussion will be hosted by Josephine Martin.

When: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Where: Foyle Rooms 1 + 2

Book your free ticket here

Bradstow Chamber Ensemble

April 23, 3pm, Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs

The Bradstow Chamber Ensemble Spring Concert features Joanne Whalley – Soprano, Aleksi Koponen – Baritone and Steph Godwin – Clarinet, Bass Clarinet and Alto Saxophone. Music includes the Premier performance of Songs to Aphrodite by Jacob Bride, Vaughan Williams Phantasy Quintet, Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock and Arnold’s Clarinet Concerto No 2.

Tickets £12 in advance, £15 on the door.

Dr Forager

April 23

Join Dr Forager for a 2-hour coastal foraging walk between Margate and Westgate-on-Sea, followed by indoor foraged food prep and light lunch.

10am- 2.15pm, starting near Margate train station and finishing near Westgate-on-sea train station

The lunch is made from the goodies foraged that day, which could include pan fried wild spinach and nuts, seaweed snacks and crispy seaweed, mallow leaf crisps, sea purslane pesto on sourdough bread or a delicious foraged soup.

£45 per person. Text Hannah (Dr Forager) to book: 07411 815157

Summer Sundays Concert: Phat Gandalf


Thanet District Scouts celebration

April 23, Scenic Stage & Dreamland Food Court

Every year on the Sunday closest to 23 April, Scouts across the UK hold some form of celebration in honour of St George, the Patron Saint of Scouts and reflect on all the amazing achievements, adventures and friendships the year has brought.

This year on Sunday 23rd April, Thanet District Scouts will be bringing their celebration to Dreamland, parading through the park before lighting-up the Scenic Stage with song and dance.  Every member from 4 to 88 will also renew their promise. Want to know more? Look for the Thanet Scouts QR codes displayed around the stage area!

Karl Blau performing at Where Else? Margate

April 23, 7pm Start

Cult indie songwriter and collaborator with everyone from Laura Veirs to Phil Elverum (Mount Eerie, The Microphones) Karl Blau is coming to Margate with his band Country Gravel to play songs from his most recent effort ‘Love and Harm’:

This is an 18+ event

Tickets  from £9 Book now

Art For All

April 23, noon, Turner Rowe Art Centre & Gallery, Harbour Street, Ramsgate

Mixed show exhibiting the work of a collection of local artists. Come a chat to the artists on Friday 28th April from 3pm, there will be drinks and nibbles


Palace Cinema Broadstairs, screening 4.30pm

classic Buster Keaton slapstick with, as ever, the wonderful Lillian Henley performing live accompaniment on the Palace’s piano!

The Saphead was a hugely important film in shaping Keaton’s on-screen persona: the lonely, stone-faced man thwarted by circumstance, inept at the art of romance, yet undaunted in his struggle for love within a chaotic world.

Keaton stars as Bertie Van Alstyne, the pampered son of a powerful Wall Street financier (William H. Crane). Having known no other lifestyle but privilege, he wanders through a variety of misadventures—an attempt at courtship, a trip to an illegal gambling den, and a tumble onto the floor of the Stock Exchange—oblivious to the obstacles that stand before him.

Book here

1 Comment

  1. ‘Ramsgate Through the Senses’ really does seem to have a range of imaginative and appealing events. Well done to them.

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