37 things to see and do in Thanet, June 24-25

An Afro/Latino UK Festival is planned to take place in Margate Photo Stephen Todd

AiR fundraising fair

A fundraising craft fair takes place at Air, 46 High Street, Ramsgate, this Saturday (June 24) from 10am to 3pm. There will be craft, tombola, raffle, refreshments and homemade cake.

Funds are being raised to help Arts in Ramsgate continue to keep the doors open for its creative classes and community well-being centre.

Pop in today between 11am & 4pm to buy your raffle tickets.

York Street Gallery

Thanet artist ‘Wavy Gravy Davey’ has works on show at Ramsgate’s York Street Gallery.

Everything is Connected is a collection of works by artist Paul Davey – aka Wavy Gravy Davey – that were put together from a ‘creative surge’ during lockdown in 2020.

York Street Gallery in Ramsgate is open 10.30am-4pm Tuesday to Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sunday.

There will be a meet the artist event with Wavy Gravy Davey this Saturday (June 24) from 2pm.

A Few Snaps

There is still time to see an exhibition by Margate photographer Frank Leppard, at Pharmacy Gallery in Market Place, Margate.

The exhibition features 30 photos taken around the isle, such as Ramsgate Boating Pool and the Antony Gormley ‘man’ sculpture.

The photos are also for sale with all framed works £80 and a selection of signed prints at £10 each.

The Pharmacy Gallery at 16 Market Place is open from 11am to 5pm and A Few Snaps is on show for another week.

The Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival

The festival is now underway with screenings and special events taking place in various venues across Ramsgate and Broadstairs.

The majority of events are pay what you can tickets to give everyone access to the films.

For more information: www.ramsgateiftvfest.org

Eventbrite tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/ramsgate-international-film-amp-tv-festival-12896795015

We Danced Until There Was Nothing Left

Associate exhibition at Open School East running now until June 25, noon-5pm

See the show and participate in a wider programme of events which include film screenings, workshops, performances and tours of the exhibition led by the Associates & Guest Curator, Maggie Matic.

Open School East, 39 Hawley Square, Margate

Armed Forces Day

A parade and service of Thanksgiving, along with musical support by the Band of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, takes place in Ramsgate for Armed Forces Day on June 24.

Leaving the Sailor’s Church at 10.40am and parading towards Wetherspoons for a Drumhead Service at 11amat the royal harbour. Supported by Ramsgate Town Council

Midcentury Magic & Beyond 2

This is the last weekend of Alaster Calder’s latest exhibition at Westgate Galleria. It features a selection of wall-hung art and decorative pieces made from his collection of original fabrics from the golden age of textile design. The 50’s, 60’s and 70’s are boldly celebrated in his handmade home furnishing pieces, including lampshades, cushions and office accessories. All pieces are available for sale.

The Galleria is open Mondays to Saturdays, 10am to 5pm, on Station Road, in Westgate-on-Sea.

Life on Earth: an exhibition by Drew Graves

It is the last weekend opportunity to visit Drew Grave’s urban and mixed media photographic art on show at The Eclectic Art Gallery until June 29th. Drew’s work captures the moments and decay of life and lost life making the mundane beautiful, gilded and important. All works are available to buy.

Drew’s exhibition runs alongside a display of contemporary original art by the gallery’s resident group of local artists. Their works include: Paintings, figurative and abstract. Photography – traditional and digital – is also represented. 3D work features too -ceramics, jewellery, and wood sculptures. Prints, greetings cards and postcards are also available.

The gallery is open Thursdays to Mondays, 11am to 5pm. It is in Margate’s Old Town, near Turner Contemporary.

Birchington Food and Craft Fair

June 24, 9am-3pm, Dog Acre

Organised by Birchington Traders Together. All money raised is paying for the ongoing running costs and maintenance of the Birchington Christmas Lights

Ramsgate’s Charlotte Court Market

June 24, 10am-4pm,

Monthly market of crafts, goods and local produce

Brighter Days Market

June 24, 11am to 3pm, Pierremont Hall, Broadstairs

Vibrant market showcasing local makers, artisans, artists and craftspeople.

Ramsgate Tunnels

Ramsgate’s Victorian railway tunnel will once again resound to the sound of trains this weekend, but not those leviathans of a bygone age that brought holiday makers down through the tunnel to Ramsgate’s sands.

This time they will be miniature replicas showing life in a small scale as proud model makers show off 12 intricate railway layouts in various scales and gauges, ranging from the American mid-west to a typical British Edwardian seaside pier.

If looking at all these model railways encourages you to have a go yourself then there will be two trade stands selling all manner of second-hand model railway equipment, and representatives from Sittingbourne & Kemsley Railway will be offering railway souvenir bits and pieces promoting their historic narrow-gauge railway.

Entrance to the exhibition in Ramsgate’s wartime tunnels is free and will be open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 24th  June. The famous ‘Tunnels Teas’ will be also open for cake and coffee.

There will also be a special railway tunnel tour allowing those taking part to follow the route of the much-missed Ramsgate Tunnel Railway as far as the blocked portal that once allowed the electric trains to reach Hereson Road. Tickets for the special railway tour and the normal explorer tours of the famous wartime air raid tunnels are available to book and buy from www.ramsgatetunnels.org


Romance! Wit! Style! Wes Anderson’s (Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr Fox) much awaited latest comedy is here! With a spectacular cast including Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johannson, Steve Carell, Tilda Swinton, Willem Dafoe and many more!

Friday 23 June to Thursday 6 July

Palace Cinema Broadstairs. Click here for details

Herne Bay LGBTQ+ Society queer coffee mornings in Ramsgate

The society has teamed up with Sugar Rush in Ramsgate High Street to host the coffee social this Saturday, 24th June at 11am-1pm. It is a Rainbow family friendly event, so queer families are also welcome to this safe space to socialise and meet other families. Make new connections, find out about what is happening for the LGBTQ+ community in your area and get support. Heidi Moran from Sugar Rush said: “Don’t be nervous, they are an amazing team and are here for everybody. If you suffer from anxiety, are neurodiverse, questioning or struggling, they will welcome you along.”

Sugar Rush, 66 High Street, Ramsgate

Worried About Henry

June 24, 3pm-11pm, Dreamland

Worried About Henry presents Chase & Status (DJ Set), Shy FX, Hedex & more TBA

Scenic Stage (Outdoor Event Space)

Tickets from £20 plus booking fee Book now (check ticket availability)

Under Turner Skies

June 22-28, Pie Factory Margate, 10am to 4pm

A group exhibition of artworks created by six artists and friends, working in a variety of media, but all under Kent’s incredible ‘Turner skies’.

Jo Turner-Rowe – Glass/Sculpture

Julien Hatswell – Sculpture and painter

Fran Ballard – Drawings and glass

Gordon Fox – Wood and metal work

Helen Evans – Painter/Illustrator

Peter Campbell Saunders – Painter

Plus guest artists Gary Wells – signwriter and Kirsty Bundy – Ceramicist


June 23-24, 8pm, Tom Thumb Theatre, Cliftonville

A solo show that combines spoken word, puppetry, and theatre to ask whether it is possible to say you were violated without implicating a partner

Written and performed by Raina Greifer. Directed by Pippa Thornton

Contains discussions of sexual assault, and strong language. For a full list of content warnings, please click here.

1st Show (Friday 23rd) Tickets

2nd Show (Saturday 24th) Tickets

Tickets  £12

Old Town Walk

June 24, walk starts at 2pm

Robin Colyer will be leading a local history walk on behalf of Margate Civic Society with an exploration of the streets in the heart of Old Margate with its market place, pubs and local trades.

The walk starts at the Droit House (Thanet Visitor Information Centre), The Stone Pier, Margate Harbour Arm.

There is a donation charge of at least £3 for the walk, which lasts approximately an hour and a half.

For further details please phone 07878 537448

Classical Guitar Concert with Bob Drury

June 24, Sarah Thorne Theatre Broadstairs, 7.30pm

Bob Drury will play a programme chosen to match a summer mood and will include Spanish and South American music alongside well known classics of the repertoire such as Cavatina (The Deer Hunter), Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Jack Hargreaves’s ‘Out of Town’) and Andante in C (‘Tales of the Riverbank’). Bob will also play some original tunes from his CD ‘Images’ released in 2018…

Advance tickets: £12 / On the door: £14. Book now

Namibian Narratives

June 24, 11am to 4pm Powell-Cotton Museum

The museum’s first contemporary collection in over 50 years

Through the Museum’s ‘Reimagining’ project, The Powell-Cotton Museum has made a commitment to foregrounding the communities and individuals who made, used and cared for their collections. Now the museum wants to bring that connection between communities and objects into the present day.

Namibian Narratives features skirts, beadwork, and a doll commissioned by the Museum. This is the first time in over 50 years that the museum has commissioned new work and has never before asked people how they would like to be represented in the museum.

The exhibition has been co-curated with Dr Napandulwe Shiweda, an academic and curator from the University of Namibia (UNAM), who has also led on the commissioning process. The project was inspired by a meeting with one of the makers, Tresia Shekudja, in 2019 as part of the Making African Connections project. Tresia was excited to hear about the historic collection and expressed a desire to share her culture with the world. Funding from Arts Council England has made this possible and she has created a doll which forms the centrepiece of the display.

Alongside Tresia’s doll the museum has work from Shekudja, Saara W Simoni, Rebecca Hialulwa, Lucia Kandjengo, Ndehafa Kakonda, and Laina Mwetupunga. The women all come from the Oshana region of Northern Namibia. A short film is included in the display, creating the opportunity for the women to speak for themselves.

Tickets Adult: £3.50 Concession (over 65, disabled, student with student ID): £3 Child (4-16): £2.50 Infant (0-3): Free Carer / Companion (accompanying a disabled person): Free Book now

FLINTS Solstice Fayre

June 24, 9.30am to 6pm, Newgate Gap

Coastal celebration at Newgate Gap… Stalls, ticketed workshops and coastal crafting

All proceeds benefit FLINTS children’s and caregivers’ group / Newgate Gap CIC
All the ticketed workshops (free) via the website

Locally made food and drinks available

Margate Mambo

June 24, 1pm to 1am, The Lighthouse Bar, Stone Pier, Margate

Free outdoor party on the coast with a ticketed after party

Hawaiian giveaways and live percussion. Electronic dance and uplifting music for the day and night. The limbo competition is back with the much sought after trophy for the winner!

We encourage bright dress for the day and night but not obligatory. We are giving away free entry to all our events for the year to the most brightly dressed on the day!

DJ’s through the day

The after party space is limited so grab your ticket via this link

Next to Dreamland join the party from 9pm at the Kicks Bar below Cinque Ports.

Evening tickets £6. 18+ event

Broadstairs Bandstand live music

June 24 The Old Country Crows

June 25 UK Paper Band

Both gigs run from 2.30pm-4pm

Afro/Latino UK Festival

June 24-25, Margate beach,

A two day event showcasing cultural workshops from 2 continents. Dance, music and history, and food are on the menu. All held at selected venues: outdoors and in, across Thanet’s glorious coastline.

Saturday 24th

1pm Registration at Eighty4 event space
Address: Top Floor 39-41, High st, Margate CT9 1DX

1.15pm African roots of Argentine Tango and its music with Leon.
We’ll be exploring the foundations of one of the World’s most passionate dances. From West coast of Africa to Buenos Aires – Milonga and the amazing sounds of the Candombe rhythm is Tango’s precursor.

2.30pm The beauty of Semba. This dance from Angola was born around the 50s, which finds its roots from a movement called Massemba ‘touching of bellies’

3.45pm Pure percussion. From Africa to Latin America. Percussion is a rhythmical lifeline. Let’s make a noise!

Saturday night

7pm to 11pm
Afro-Latino party at Margate Leisure Centre, Cliftonville
Cocktails, Food and the best in Afro-Latino sounds including Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, Afrobeats and Afrohouse.
Address: Margate Leisure Centre, 66 Edgar Rd, Margate CT9 2LA

Admission for Saturday – Full pass £25. Click here for online purchase, or cash/card on the day.

Evening party £10
Workshops £8 per workshop

Sunday 25th

Afro-Latino party at Dreamland, Margate FREE EVENT.
Held in the amusement park.
12-4pm with your proud host Leon Williams from East Coast Entertains

Animations – including Jerusalema
1pm AfroCuban workshop with Francesca
3.30pm Show performance by Francesca y Su Sasson Cubano
Social dance to the best sounds of Salsa, Afrobeats, Bachata, Ampiano and more….

Ending with an Afro-Latino finale

Contact: email: [email protected]
insta: @afrolatinoukfestival

St Peter’s Church Summer Fête

June 24, 10am-2pm, St. Peter’s Church, Broadstairs

Raffle, Dog show, Preserves, CDs and DVDs, Toys, Cakes, Bell ringing and more including St Peter’s Village Tour

Vale Square Quiz

7pm on Saturday 24 June in Vale Square, Ramsgate
Ticket price £10 per person. For tickets email [email protected]

Fundraiser for Judicial Review of airport DCO.

Mid summer Task Day

June 24, 10am, Sunken Garden Westbrook on Sea

There is plenty of thinning out of seedlings and ripening seed heads ready for the nursery as well as plenty of the waxy Holm Oak leaves to clear up.

Other tasks include, weeding, sweeping, pruning, litter picking and of course wildlife monitoring.
Some tools and sustenance are provided or you are welcome to bring your own. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing

The Icarus Human Powered Aircraft Championship

The event runs at Manston airport from tomorrow (24th June) until 2nd July.

The Icarus Cup was donated by the Royal Aeronautical Society, with the first competition held in 2012. Along with the cup, a prize of £1,000 goes to the winning team and £500 to the runner up. To enter the contest, aircraft must be heavier than air yet able to be propelled solely by the physical efforts of the pilot.

A series of tasks are available, and the teams elect to fly as many of these, and as often as they wish, in order to score points. Challenges include distance, speed, and slalom courses along with the Jacobson figure-of-eight, a highly demanding task completed for the first time in the UK at the 2018 contest by Niall Paterson.

Cliftonville Farmers Market

The market takes place on Sunday (June 25) at The Walpole Bay Lawns, Palm Bay Avenue, Cliftonville from 10am to 1pm.

This month there will be 38 stalls selling everything from vegan to wild game.

Four new stalls are joining the market. Selling homemade ravioli, gnocchi and  fettucine is Della Rogere Pasta, Bun in the Oven Cakery will offer brownies, blondies and more; Tania’s Ice Cream joins the line up and Grill Beasts will serve up  egg, bacon and sausage rolls and sticks.

Kent Wildlife Trust is the charity stall.

St Paul’s Church 150th

St Paul’s Church is celebrating 150 years of serving the community.

On Sunday 25th June at 10.30am all are welcome to join a special anniversary service. The speaker will be the Rt Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Bishop of Dover and the Bishop in Canterbury.

All are warmly invited to attend. Tea, coffee and cake afterwards.

St Paul’s Church , 93 Northdown Road, Cliftonville

Guided Walk: Bats

June 24, 8pm, Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory

oin walk leader Pam Worrall on a guided walk from the SBBOT Field Centre to look for Bats! Bring bat detectors if you have them.

8pm until around 10pm. £5 per person

Book a place here: http://sbbot.org.uk/book-events/

Buddy Holly – Tribute

June 25, 7pm, Sarah Thorne Theatre Broadstairs

Buddy Holly & The Crickets are brought back to life as they looked and sounded on their first tour of the UK in 1958 by the outstanding Spencer J & the Copy-Cat Crickets.

Advance tickets: £17.00 / On the door: £19.00 Book now

Indie Kids: Family Friendly Daytime Party

June 25, from 2pm, Where Else? The Centre, Margate.

– bangin’ indie hits from Celtic Floor Muscles’ DJ Clare Roberts

– soft play creche area and ball pit

– Parents social!

– Colouring in station

Tickets from £5 Book now

Margate Cultural Walking Tour

June 25, starts at noon at Cinque Ports

One for the locals and visitors – hear of the artists, lovers and rockstars who found their haven in Margate. Local wine tasting after too!

This 40 minute walking tour along Margate’s seafront into the Old Town, covers the town’s history from 900 AD, through its history as a holiday getaway, then as a haven for artists, lovers (and the occasional rockstar) in more recent times…. to the spot it is today.

A fun tour whether you are a local or a visitor – we start at Cinque Ports by Dreamland and end in Margate’s old town. And those who stay on afterwards will have the option to taste some of the local wines, ales (and cheese!) together.

Tickets from £5 Book now

Transformers: Rise of the Beasts 12A

Returning to the action and spectacle that have captured moviegoers around the world, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will take audiences on a ‘90s globetrotting adventure with the Autobots and introduce a whole new faction of Transformer – the Maximals – to the existing battle on earth between Autobots and Decepticons.

Carlton Cinema Westgate

Click here for times and booking

The Jungle Party With The Party Pixies & Peppa

June 25, 11am-1pm, The Jungle At Quex Park

Fun and games and a very special guest. Disco – Peppa – Soft Play – Party Games

Booking at https://booking.bookinghound.com/fe/booking…

Two for next week….

King Street Gallery Margate

A cohort of 30 photographers are showcasing prints at King Street Gallery in Margate, starting Monday 26 June until 2nd July. A diverse display from a diversity of snappers on show 11am to 4pm each day.

EKAS exhibition

East Kent Art Society (EKAS) has existed since 1902 and is considered one of the most distinguished art societies in South East England. On June 26 the annual Summer Exhibition opens at St Marys Church, Strand Street, Sandwich.

Members display four works each, all of which will be for sale.  Prices start at £100 and all works are original.  Some prints will also be on sale.

The exhibition runs from Monday 26th June, opening at 10am, and closes on 3rd July at 3pm.  There is a car park just opposite St Mary’s Church, Strand Street and a pub just across the road.

The current Lord Northboune and his father and grandfather have been presidents of the society and the 4th Baron Northbourne, Walter Ernest Christopher James, was one of the founding members along with Alfred Palmer, Royal Academician, from Fordwich. The society has a long and distinguished history.  Many artistic luminaries and members of the Royal Academy have been associated with the society over the years.  Members are elected each year through submission of four works, which are put in front of a selection committee.  Not all are successful.  Current members from Thanet include well known local artists, Paul Gadenne, Karen King and Fred Fielder amongst others.

EKAS is looking for new talent to join the Society – find out more by emailing: [email protected] or on Facebook: EastKentArtSociety or Instagram: eastkentartsociety

Regular exhibition

The Community Pharmacy Gallery

Artists in permanent residence David Mullett and Natalye Lewis display their works. Natalye Lewis specialises in animal art and David is inspired by the art of the people and the wars that have swept across Europe over the centuries.

Community Pharmacy Gallery, 14 Lombard St, Margate

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  1. “queer coffee mornings” are words I never thought I’d see together (and am I the only ageing homosexual who finds the term a bit derogatory?).

  2. they forgot to mention that if you are bored at 4am in the morning , you could pop down and watch a riot on ramsgate seafront.

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