22 things to see and do in Thanet, May 13-14

Malle Mile Photo Roberto Fabiani

The Malle Mile Beach Race

May 13-May 14, Margate Main Sands

Motorcycle beach race – custom, classic & electric motorcycles race head to head

The public can still access the beach all weekend, with one area dedicated to The Mile Beach Race.

You can find more information about tickets, the Beach Race after parties, live music, DJ’s, bands and more by clicking here

Drapers Windmill

Open to the public as part of National Mills Weekend May 13-14.

The national event is under the banner of the SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) and Drapers Windmill Trust has participated in it since it was first organised in the 1980s.

Drapers Mill was built in 1845 by John Holman, a millwright from Canterbury.

The mill will be open both days from noon to 4pm and admission is free.

There will be guided tours and, weather permitting, the windmill’s sweeps will be turning and the 100 year old gas engine can be seen running. There will also be light refreshments and opportunities to buy souvenirs – including wholemeal stone ground flour produced in the mill.

Find Drapers Windmill at St Peter’s Footpath, Dane Valley, Margate CT9 2SP.

Find out more on the Trust website here

Broadstairs May Market

Now until May 14, Broadstairs prom

Weekdays 09.00am – 6.00pm
Saturdays 09.00am- 7.00pm
Sundays 10.00am – 5.00pm

Street market with world street food, homemade grocery foods, art, crafts, clothing, jewellery and more.

Life on Earth Exhibition

May 13-June 26, Eclectic Art Gallery, Broad Street, Margate

Open 10am-5pm (Monday, Thursday – Sunday)

A collection of Drew Graves’ photography, capturing the moments and decay of life and lost life, making the mundane beautiful, gilded and important.

The Wednesday Collage Club exhibition

York Street Gallery, Ramsgate.

May 14 meet the artist event 2pm-5pm, all welcome, so come along and see the work and have a drink.

Coincides with World Collage Day.


May 12-14, Tom Thumb Theatre, Cliftonville

A show starring Phoebe Ladenburg at the Tom Thumb Theatre.

Mother is in prison. Her estranged teenage daughter has come to visit. Closely watched by security personnel, they have 45 minutes. A trained actor, and quick-witted, Mother tries to keep things light… but the darkness rises up around them as they are forced to confront the disorienting series of events that led them here..

Written By: Sophie Swithinbank

May 12th  & 13th: Doors: 7pm Start: 8pm

May 14th : Doors: 2pm Start: 3pm

Tickets from £12 Book now

Thanet Male Voice Choir

May 13, Sarah Thorne Theatre in Broadstairs, 7.30pm

The Choir performs in aid of Pancreatic Cancer Research.

Tickets £12 in advance, £14 on the door

Box Office 0333 666 4466 Book now

The Beer ‘Like Your Grandad Used To Drink’ Festival

May 13-13, Ramsgate Tunnels

Ramsgate Tunnels, with the aid of some of the team behind the late, lamented Planet Thanet Beer Festival, are proud to present the Beer ‘like your Grandad used to drink’ festival.

Taking place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May, the event will be run over two sessions each day, noon to 4pm and 5pm to 9pm. Admission, including a souvenir glass (yours to keep) and £10 worth of tokens, will be £20 per session. There will be music at the afternoon sessions and the evening sessions will be for those who prefer a quiet drink with conversation.

Beers featured will be of traditional style – bitters, best bitters, porters, stouts, milds, IPAs – along with some traditional cider, soft drinks and hot and cold food. Short “taster tours” will also be available, for those who haven’t experienced the tunnels (or maybe just want a break from the beer!)

All proceeds will go to Ramsgate Heritage Regeneration Trust, which operates the Ramsgate Tunnels.

Strictly 18 years and over ONLY.

Tickets £20 Book now

Nobs. May The Farce Be With You.

May 14, Sugar Rush, 66 High Street, Ramsgate, 7pm

Poetry, spoken word, song & funny stuff event

Pay what you can entry. The venue is wheelchair accessible and serves a selection of hot & cold drinks,

NOBS. is a monthly event which includes poetry, spoken word, music, drag, comedy and the unexpected.

The CAMP Eurovision extravaganza

May 13, Margate Leisure Centre, 66 Edgar Road, Clifonville, 7.30pm

Hosted by Margate’s fave queen, Dame Jame, expect some world-class commentary, probs some drinking games and lots of screaming NIL POI!

This is an 18+ event

From £10 Book now

The Margate School Pop Up Shop

May 13-14, 10am – 5pm

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

Call in, chat about the work and support the artists by buying what you can

Jenny Duff, designer and maker of fun, eclectic and very usable table mats and coasters

nj_ceramics hand painted ceramics characterised by organic shapes and colourful repetitive patterns

Melanie King is interested in the relationship between the environment, photography and materiality and intends to highlight the intimate connection between celestial objects (sun, moon, stars), photographic material and the natural world.

Margate Collectors Fair

May 13, United Reform Church, Union Crescent, Margate, 10am-3pm

Thanet’s premier and longest running collectors fair, a bi-monthly event, buying and selling old postcards, stamps, militaria, coins, cigarette cards, ephemera and small antiques and collectables etc

Palace Cinema


Teenage would-be stuntwoman Ria Khan believes she must save her older sister from her impending marriage to a smooth self-regarding doctor. After enlisting the help of her gangly school-friends, Ria attempts to pull off the most ambitious and goofy of all wedding heists in the name of independence and sisterhood.

Friday 12 May to Thursday 18 May

More details here

Broadstairs Bandstand

Live music with Two’s Company on May 13 and Crystal Palace Band on May 14, 2.30pm-4pm both days

Weekly Saturday Market

Margate Old Town, open from 11am – 4pm (weather permitting)

Local vintage traders, artists, designers and makers will be available

Ellington Park Fair

May 14, 11am-6pm

One of the biggest events in Ramsgate returns this Sunday, with the annual May Fayre in Ellington Park.

The free event attracts a crowd of thousands to watch live music on the bandstand, look at classic cars, enjoy a visiting fun fair, and shop from local traders at a market across the park.

The popular Ellington Park Bookshop is open all afternoon. After a stockroom clear out to make way for new stock, they will have books starting from 50p

There will be a variety of food on offer, including pizza, burgers, and vegan options. There will also be a beer tent, and the Ellington Cafe – built as part of the 2021 restoration of the park – is open all day.

Members of The Ramsgate and District Model Engineering Club will be running their 5″-gauge locomotives and offering rides. There will be a variety of fairground rides for children, too.

On the bandstand through the afternoon will be performers including singer-songwriter Luke Dorman, Daisy Dorman, Akadem, and The SuperMicks, who take their influences from Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters, Oasis, The Beatles, and Queen.

And Great British Carnival’s samba drummers Samba Ya Wantsum will make an appearance

Admission to the park is by donation, with funds raised covering the costs and supporting other community projects around the park. Rides and other activities may be charged for.

The Friends of Ellington Park May Fayre runs from 11am-6pm on Sunday 14th May.

The Jake Leg Jug Band

May 14, Sarah Thorne Theatre in Broadstairs, 7pm

The Jake Leg Jug Band play 1920s and 30s jazz and blues, ragtime, gospel and vaudeville music with guitar, double bass, banjo, harmonica, clarinet, sax. washboard and jug as well as 5 part harmonies and have released 7 albums in the last 10 years.

Advance tickets: £14 / On the door: £16 Book now

Summer Sundays Concert: Betty Baker and the Swingtones

May 14, The Oval Bandstand And Lawns

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

Preloved Book Sale

May 14, Crampton Tower Museum in Broadstairs, 10am-4pm.

Free entry to the book sale in the main hall.
Donations to Crampton Tower Museum welcome.

Comedy at NorthDown Brewery

May 14, 4pm, NorthDown Brewery, Westwood Industrial Estate

Tickets £12.50 / 18+
3pm doors / 4pm comedy / 6pm finish

Live comedy from Jack Skipper, Fiona Ridgewell and James Lillis

The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry (12A)

Carlton Cinema in Westgate

Key Cast: Jim Broadbent, Penelope Wilton, Monika Gossmann

Harold Fry was never meant to be a hero. He’s an unremarkable man who has made mistakes with all the important things: being a husband, a father, and a friend. And now, well into his 60s, he is content to fade quietly into the background of life. Until one day – Harold learns his old friend Queenie is dying. Harold leaves home, walking to his post office to send her a letter.

And out of the blue, Harold decides to keep walking, all the way to her hospice, 450 miles away. Step by step, a spark is ignited in Harold’s hibernating soul as he notices, perhaps for the very first time, the wonders of nature, and begins to see people very differently, to understand that pain is what we all have in common and that kindness is less rare than you think.

May 12-May 18

More details here

El Galeon Tall Ship

Now until May 14

A rare chance to get on board and look around the El Galeon Tall Ship.

Open to the public 10am – 8pm every day up until the 14th and moored near the RNLI Station in the centre of the harbour

El Galeón is a tall ship unlike any other – a floating museum with over 3,400 square feet of deck space filled with exhibits for visitors to explore. Galleons were armed merchant vessels employed by the Spanish crown from the 16th through 18th centuries.

Tickets on sale at the ship

£10 Adults

£5 Children between 5-10 years old

Free for children under 5 (must be accompanied by an adult)

£25 Family Package (2 adults and 2 children)


  1. El Galeon Tall Ship – ship extends its stay at Ramsgate harbour till 17.05, departure is planed with high tide at around 11 a.m.

  2. so the free event at Ellington park is not free you have to make a donation to get in

    • The event at Ellington Park is free. It won’t cost anything to get in. You can just walk in.
      However, if you want a programme, then a donation is welcomed.

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