35 things to see and do in Thanet, July 8-9

Thanet Big Sing Community Choir

Cliftonville Night Market Concert: Wild Horse

July 7, 5pm-9pm, The Oval Bandstand & Lawns

Music, street food, music, vintage, arts and 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
Free tickets via – https://www.facebook.com/events/5769256866495238

Act 1 Theatre Group perform 13 The Musical

The  high-energy musical for all ages is about discovering that cool is where you find it and sometimes where you least expect it.

Popular kid, Evan Goldman lives in New York but when his parents’ divorce and his mother drags him to Indiana, chaos ensues. In two weeks Evan will turn 13, can he save face, get all the “cool” kids to attend his Bar Mitzvah and survive the school year? Easier said than done!

The star quarterback is threatening to ruin his life and his only friend, Patrice, won’t talk to him. The school freak sees an opportunity for blackmail and someone is spreading the nastiest rumours.

Music and lyrics are from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown and book by Dan Elish and Robert Horn.

Directing debut and choreography is by Alice Jewell.

Act 1 Theatre group based at The Centre, Birchington where they perform their shows.

13 the Musical is being staged at The Centre on Friday, July 7 at 7.30pm and Saturday, July 8 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

Tickets £9, concessions £7 plus family and youth/school group offers.

Get tickets here

Drawn to Dust by Paul Hazelton

July 6-22, The Lido Stores, Ethelbert Terrace, Cliftonville

Solo exhibition.

For his Lido Stores exhibition ‘Drawn to Dust’ Hazelton will be presenting a selection of his dust sculptures spanning a period of around ten years as well as some recent drawings, prints and other peripheral works.

Born in Margate in 1962, Paul grew up in a pristine, somewhat claustrophobic home environment, where he was only permitted to use pencil in the sterile setting of a covered table.

His fascination with dust also originated from this deprivation from these, often unappreciated, forms of matter. In many of Paul’s drawings, images are gently teased from densely drawn or woven geometric matrices. These structures, which Paul also sometimes creates three- dimensionally from human hair, he uses to reveal or capture hidden patterns or proportions.

Private view Friday, 7 July at 7pm to 9pm. Open Wednesday – Saturday

Eric Honzek: Cats and Dogs exhibition at the Eclectic Art Gallery

Ever since the mid-1970s Eric has enjoyed painting and drawing portraits of animals. His exhibition includes a selection of original drawings and prints depicting (as the title suggests) portraits of cats and dogs. Although he sometimes works with acrylic as well as oil paint, this collection contains artwork originally carried out in graphite pencil. All exhibits are for sale and Eric happily accepts commissions.

Eric’s exhibition runs throughout July, 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, with 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. Eric will be in the gallery between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday 8th and Sunday 16th July to meet and chat with visitors.

The Yard Sale at St Georges Church

July 8, 11am-3pm, Church Hill

A monthly yard style market for all the community: second-hand, bric-a-brac, vintage, craft, food and lots of family activities.

Barry Page Meet the Artist Afternoon

July 8, 2pm-4pm, York Street Gallery Ramsgate

York Street Gallery

Former engineer and NHS employee Barry retired and pursued his life long interest in art. He completed an honours degree in Fine Art and followed up with a Master’s degree in the Visual Arts and finally a Post Graduate Diploma in Painting.
His interest lies in figurative and portrait painting.

Through My Eyes: Kim Frewin-Clarke

Kim Frewin-Clarke is exhibiting a selection of her framed photography at Westgate Galleria, 29 Station Road, CT88RB.

She says: “Photography for me is all about creating pictures that I like myself. To be classed as art an image has to hold the attention of the viewer. If it’s skipped over it’s just a snapshot. Hopefully my collection will hold your attention”.

Westgate Galleria is a large retail gallery and workshop space, open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

Margate Collectors Fair

July 8, 10am-3pm, Union Church, Union Crescent, Margate

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

Music and art at Ramsgate Boating Pool

Saturday 8th July  from 6pm, free entry

A rare live performance from Lumpen Nobleman, founder of Ramsgate’s Contrapop Festival and label head at Extra Normal Records. In addition, artists and curators Lupen Crook and Willow Vincent will perform as Sex Cells, providing a synth seance and a live reading from the latest issue of their Cruel Design publication. Last but not least, there will be a special one-off performance from Rochester’s In Arcadia in collaboration with Formwork, providing experimental drone and dystopian field recordings by way of late seventies Tangerine Dream and nineties Post Rock.

Lupen currently has an exhibition of paper ephemera prints – and a few select small paintings – on display at the venue until Wednesday 16th August.

6th Ramsgate sea scouts

The Sea Scouts open the new Scout HQ on July 8

6th Ramsgate Royal Harbour Sea Scouts are celebrating 60 Years of Royal Navy recognition, the Ice House top-floor renovations and the funders who have supported them.

Deputy Lieutenant Bill Cockcroft will be representing the Lieutenancy of Kent and joining the celebrations which take place from 10am to 4pm, all welcome.

Access is via Jacob’s Ladder steps.

Summer Jam

July 8, 8pm, Ramsgate Music Hall

DJ Mr Fix and DJ Lonnie at Ramsgate Music Hall.

Unity-Radio1 Presents: Summer Jam with DJ Mr Fix and DJ Lonnie.

R&B – Reggae – Funky House – Lover Rock – 80’s/ 90s Mix

Entry Requirements: 18+

Tickets  £12.50 + £1.50 Booking fee Book now

Wanderlust: Annabelle Losa

July 6-12, Pie Factory Margate

‘Wanderlust’ presents a selection of Annabelle Losa’s latest works including a wide variety of new original paintings, installation and prints.

Annabelle Losa is an intuitive abstract painter who lives in Margate. Her exhibitions have been shown in galleries and spaces across the UK and in the homes of numerous private collectors internationally. Annabelle’s most recently exhibited at Castle Fine Arts in Mayfair London. With a relentless desire to advance her professional skills, Annabelle spends time mastering her techniques in her home studios.

‘Wanderlust’ will be open daily from Thursday 6th July until Wednesday 12th July. 10am – 5pm

Enchanted Things

The Margate School

Saturday 1 July to Sunday 9 July, Monday to Friday: noon to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday: 11 am to 7pm

The students of The Margate School European Fine Art Masters present their artwork and research in the exhibition Enchanted Things. The degree show is the culmination of a two year programme, Art Society Nature, which has attracted established and emerging artists to learn, experiment, play, question and make together.

The exhibition  explores the connecting threads between each student’s practice as well as their response to the theme of Art Society Nature. Curated by the artists, the exhibition encompasses shared interests in transformation, movement, surprise, senses and play. The seven artists work across sculpture, drawing, film, sound, performance and photography where found objects, textile, natural and everyday materials are central.

For more insights into the artists’ work watch the artist videos HERE

Sausage Sizzle

July 7-8

Follow the Swirl in Margate offering eat plant-based Heura sausages or some pork sausages 100% of profits to ‘Wilderness to Wonderland’ volunteers

Funds raised will go towards establishing the Margate Station approach flower beds , their new project to welcome residents and visitors to Margate. Projecting the town as a wonderful place loved and cared for by proud volunteers.

Wild Life’ Poetry Event with James McDermott

July 8, Tom Thumb Theatre, Cliftonville, 8pm

James McDermott will be performing poems live at the Tom Thumb Theatre.

James McDermott’s new poetry collection ‘Wild Life’, from Nine Arches Press, explores the nature of queerness, queerness of nature and the queerness of ‘natural’ masculinity. In this event, James will perform poems from the collection followed by a Q&A with the audience plus a book signing.

From £10 Book now

Vintage fashion fair

July 8-9, Margate Caves (1 Northdown Road), 10am to 5pm

Free entry to the Vintage Fair.

Caves and Café open as normal

Harmony Ladies Summer Concert

July 8, St Thomas’ CofE Church, Minnis Road, Birchington, 2.30pm

Concert by the Harmony Ladies Choir under the direction of Patrick Dunn M. Mus.

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. Guest artist flautist Francesca Coldham.

Tickets £7 in advance or on the door. Contact [email protected]

Stars of a Summer Night

July 8, All Saints Church, Birchington, 7pm.
The Thanet Chamber Choir is holding its summer concert “Stars of a Summer Night”

During the first half of the concert, the Choir, accompanied by a string quartet and organ, performs three of Henry Purcell’s verse anthems,  including the famous “bell” anthem.

The second half features works by Elgar (the words from one of the song settings providing the concert’s title), Wood, Vaughan Williams, Amy Beach and others.

Tickets (£10) from Eventbright or, subject to availability, on the door.



Palace Cinema Broadstairs

Celebrating David Bowie’s legendary Ziggy Stardust concert’s 50th anniversary, the Palace is super-excited to bring you ‘Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars: The Motion Picture’ showing the full uncut concert for the first time ever.

Saturday 8 July to Tuesday 11 July. Details here

The Magic of Motown

July 8, The Granville Theatre, Ramsgate, 7.30pm

Get ready for all the hits, glittering costumes, dazzling dance routines and outstanding musicianship in this breath-taking live concert spectacular.

You will be going Loco down in Acapulco as we take you back down memory lane with all the Motown classics from artists such as, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, The Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson, and many, many more.

Tickets available from £31.90 Book now

Broadstairs Bandstand live music

2.30pm-4pm both days

July 8 Nylon Tigers

July 9 Faversham Mission Brass Band

Chicken Wizard book launch

Thanet author Carol Salter will launch her first picture book next month.

The Manston-based writer has made a departure from her usual adult and young adult tales but stays in the fantasy genre for children’s story Chicken Wizard.

The tale of the wizarding chicken is the first of three picture books Carol has been working on.

The next two will be Shea Pingle and The Swarm- a story of a fairy who cares for bees and Mustard and Marmalade, Dachshund Dog Detectives- about the mystery solving hounds.

The Chicken Wizard launch takes place on July 8, 10am to noon at The Classroom Bookshop in Westgate and then 1pm to 3pm at Taddy’s Barn in Margate.

Dr Forager’s Foraging Walk

July 8, 10am- 2.15pm, starting near Margate train station and finishing near Westgate-on-sea train station

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.

Come for a foraging adventure comprised of a 2 – 2.5 hour coastal walk, learning about edible seaweeds and coastal plants, followed by a foraged plant preparation workshop and lunch.

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.

£45pp text Hannah (Dr Forager) to book: 07411 815157

Cycle del Mar

July 8

Meet at Wildes, Margate
Music starts at 7pm at Wildes
The Sunset Ride, Run Skate starts at 8.30pm

Whether you ride a bike, trike, skateboard, roller boots, or inlines, or prefer to run, come join us for some al fresco grooves on the move. Let’s enjoy the beautiful sunset together!

Let your imagination run and ride free! Decorate your bikes and yourself with lights, costumes, horns, bells, and whistles!

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny 12A

Carlton Cinema Westgate

Experience the return of legendary hero, Indiana Jones, in the fifth installment of this beloved swashbuckling series of films. Finding himself in a new era, approaching retirement, Indy wrestles with fitting into a world that seems to have outgrown him. But as the tentacles of an all-too-familiar evil return in the form of an old rival, Indy must don his hat and pick up his whip once more to make sure an ancient and powerful artifact doesn’t fall into the wrong hands

July 7-13. Details here

Ukraine fundraiser

A Ukrainian style afternoon tea will be held at East Northdown Farmhouse gardens to raise funds for those still in the war-torn country.

The event has been initiated by Ukrainian families who fled the war and found peace in the Thanet district. The aim of the event is to assist those who have remained in Ukraine.

The Russo-Ukrainian War  is an ongoing international conflict between Russia, alongside Russian-backed separatists, and Ukraine, which began in February 2014. It escalated in February 2022 when Russia invaded and occupied parts of Ukraine. At least 62,295 people have died since the upscaled conflict began.

The event will showcase the rich culture of Ukraine through music, art, history, and food. There will be a food stall featuring homemade baked goods and herbal tea from the Carpathian Mountains, as well as a stall with unique Ukrainian products such as handcrafted ceramics, natural honey, embroidered t-shirts, table salt from one of the oldest enterprises in Europe, and much more.

Additionally, there will be a trivia contest with interesting facts about Ukraine and an auction with exclusive items.

Children will have plenty of entertainment options, including a bouncy castle, homemade ice cream, and games.

The event is sponsored by East Northdown Nursery and Salvation Army.

The event will take place on July 9 from 1:30pm-4:30pm. Free entrance.

Entry through the nursery. Registration through the QR code is required.

Summer Funday

July 9, 11am-4pm, Hartsdown Academy Margate

Soaps, Bath Bombs & Candles
Cakes & Bakes Sweet Tombola
Gift stalls  Personalised items
Dog treat bakery  Bouncy castle
Face paints & Henna tattoos
Picture stall  Bric a Brac
Biscuits, Cookies & Fudge
Mobile Bar  Clothes Stalls
Crochet  Avon
Test your strength game
Lucky dip & Soft toy prize game
Balloons  Crystal sun catchers, Mosiac art
Mobile coffee van  Rainbow sand art
Photography photographer
Food , Drinks , Music ,Games & Activities, Mascots and lots more
£2 per person children go free

Charity event with the Baby Ronnie Foundation


Harbour Wallbanger Beach Race

July 9, watch the  unique 7km beach race

A  7k beach race from Broadstairs Harbour to Ramsgate Harbour and back, through the beautiful sandy bays of Viking Bay, Louisa Bay, Dumpton Bay, Eastcliff and Ramsgate Sands.

Every finisher will receive a unique medal and ice cream.

Thanet Big Sing Community Choir Summer Concert

Summer Concert on Sunday 9th July 2023 at Birchington Village Centre,
Alpha Road, 2.30pm (doors open at 1.45pm)

Entry is £8 (children under 14 are £3)

Refreshments are included Pre-booking is advisable.

Tickets are available from Lorna: 01843 290513

Raver Tots

July 9, Dreamland, noon to 5pm

Raver Tots will be bringing a fun-filled day to the Scenic Stage at Dreamland, Margate.

All ages welcome, under 18s must be accompanied by adult (18+). Book now

The Guilty Feminist Live!

July 9, 1pm – 3pm (doors 12.45pm) Turner Contemporary

The Guilty Feminist, hosted by Deborah Frances-White and featuring world class guests, is part comedy, part deep dive discussion and part activism

Arts and gender equality charity Power of Women Thanet (POW) are welcoming award-winning The Guilty Feminist podcast for a live recording at Turner Contemporary Margate.
This special event is a fundraiser for the charity who are planning their 9th annual multi-arts festival celebrating International Women’s Day.

Suitable for 18+ years

Tickets and Pricing

£12.50 for low income and people aged 18-24 years
£25 for general ticket
£30 for pay-it-forward ticket
Plus booking fees Book now

Summer Sundays Concert: The Dirty Perks: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Rainbow Ward fundraiser

July 9, Ramsgate Football Club, noon to 6pm

The fun day event  is free to attend. It will include a football match featuring local business owners and amateur players. There will also be stalls, live music and entertainment.

Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer

July 9, 7.30pm-9.45pm, Dreamland

Serial killer expert and research psychologist Cheish Merryweather (as seen on BBC) brings to the stage the all-new talk Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer. This 2-hour talk will focus on investigating the darkest criminal minds and as always… guaranteed to shock.

This talk looks at the following cases…








Based on psychiatric evaluations, courtroom transcripts, witness testimonies, crime scene evidence and criminal profiles.

Tickets £18 plus booking fee at: https://www.dreamland.co.uk/event/inside-the-mind-of-a-serial-killer/


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

Poetry, spoken word, comedy, music

Booked performers have 10 minutes each

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 show is carefully curated to reflect our diverse community and its needs and concerns.


  1. Dr Forager……you do know South East Water let sewage go last weekend? Surely not hygienic grovelling about the shallows of pooled sewage?

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