40 things to see and do in Thanet, July 21-23

The Minster Show

Cliftonville Night Market

July 21. 5pm-9pm, The Oval Bandstand and Lawns

The Oval Bandstand & Lawns comes to life with street food, music, vintage, arts & crafts, and artisanal goods

The Oval Bandstand 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!

TVHS 3rd Anniversary Get Together & Networking Opportunity

July 21, 6pm-8pm, The Rodney Pub Garden, High Street, Garlinge

TVHS will be celebrating its 3rd anniversary on 21st July at The Rodney Pub, Garlinge. If you are a business who has enjoyed being part of TVHS either in advertising in the business directory, posting on the Facebook group or by taking part in the sell out events, pop in and say hi.

It will also be a great opportunity to network so don’t forget your leaflets or business cards.

Dreamland park open from Friday 21st July for 6 weeks of summer

Dreamland Margate, 10.30am

Programme of live music, a brilliant line up of rides, including the Scenic Railway and The Big Wheel, plus slap-up street food, free film screenings and more, summer by the sea is sorted!

Check out the opening times here: https://www.dreamland.co.uk/opening-times/

Mrs Fox’s Skulduggery Tour

Explore the dark and mysterious side of Ramsgate, including tales of scandal and intrigue, with Mrs Fox’s Skulduggery Tour.

The walk, which takes place every Friday between now and September 22, also includes a dollop of the town’s social history as it follows in the footsteps of smugglers, murderers and smack boys.

The spinetingling two hour guided tour starts at 7pm at the Obelisk by Ramsgate’s harbour, and travels to Ellington Park and back.

Mrs Fox is played by Ramsgate resident Tracy Russell, a costumed historical interpreter with more than 20 years experience, ‘bringing history to life’ in heritage sites, like Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London, Dover Castle and many more.

Find more on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100089828655411

Or go to Eventbrite to buy tickets (£7.50) at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mrs-foxs-skulduggery-tour-of-ramsgate-tickets-656560589397

Revolution Skatepark

Live music, demonstrations, barbecue and bar to celebrate the skatepark’s 25th birthday.

10-6pm for £20 with a GOODY BAG for every rider worth £20!!

All riders welcome!

Scooter demo from Blunt UK riders

Skateboard demo

Spot Comps

Photos & Filming

If you’d like to just come along to watch the riding, listen to music and have a couple drinks

£3 to spectate 10-6pm

£1 to spectate 6-10pm

Revolution skatepark is at Oakwood Industrial Estate, St Peter’s.

Find more details on the facebook page here

Summer Social

July 22, 8pm-11pm, The Centre, Birchington

Wear something yellow
Dancing to CD’s. 1 wall walk through of dances.
Bar open bring your own nibbles
Non dancers welcome
Raffle in aid of R.N.L.I
Numbers limited Tickets £8 in advance £10 on the night
Doors open 7.30pm.

England World Cup & Family sports day

July 22, from 10am, Black Axe Throwing Co – Margate

Watch the first England match and stay after for a fun and silly boozy sport day- with games and prizes to be won in partnership with Northdown Brewery
Kick-off 10:30am.

BBQ, fun games for all the family- all in the heart of Cliftonville with a large garden.


Palace Cinema Broadstairs

Miles Morales is back for the next chapter of this incredibly inventive animated Spider-Verse saga.

Friday 21 July to Thursday 27 July

Details here

Minster Show 2023

This year’s Minster Show will take place on July 22 and will have an ‘All Things Royal’ theme.

The 137th show will be held at Minster Rec from 1pm to 5pm.

It will kick off with a fancy dress parade through the village from 1pm and then feature a funfair, more than 50 stalls, races for children, live music, chainsaw carving, magicians and a show marquee containing craft, cookery, flowers, fruit and veg competitions.

Youngsters will be entertained by Pip the Clown, Pat the magician and Juggle it All. The Samba Pelo Mar Drummers, Ozzie ad the Uglies, Village Voices Choir and Henry Blake will provide music and there will be a tug of war, bar, food stalls and more.

Last year more than 1,500 visitors enjoyed the show.

The family fun will be £3 entry, under 5s free.

Seashore Safari – Minnis Bay

July 22, from 9am

Explore Thanet’s chalk rocky shore for its fascinating rockpool wildlife!

* Please book online *

Explore Thanet’s chalk rocky shore for its fascinating rockpool wildlife. Join one of the series of safaris touring different Thanet Coast bays to explore the chalk reef and rockpools to see what shore life can find. These events are run with the help of Thanet Coast volunteers.

All events last for up to 2 hours and are suitable for ALL the family, but particularly 4-11s.

Children must be always be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Suggested donation of £2 per person.

PLEASE USE ONLINE BOOKINGS – as numbers will be limited this year.

Click here for updates on information about booking

Suggested donation £2 per person

The Comedy of Errors

July 22, 7.30pm The Rain or Shine Theatre Company at the Sarah Thorne Theatre Broadstairs

Once upon a Time, a shipwreck, a family divided, the mother lost. The father, one twin and his bondsman one way, the other twin and his bondsman another…Years later searching for their lost family, Antipholus, and his bondsman, Dromio, arrive in Ephesus. Although this is their first visit, everybody knows their names! Confusion and comedy ensues.

Advance tickets: £17.00 / On the door: £19. Book now

Human League at Dreamland

Original lineup of Joanne Catherall, Phil Oakey and Susan Ann Sulley playing at the Scenic Stage at Dreamland,

Scenic Stage 7pm-11pm, doors open 6pm last entry 9pm.

This is a 14+ event. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult (18+).

The Human League: a band best known for a song they never wanted to release as a single but that went on to become the biggest seller of 1981. “Don’t You Want Me”, a clever duet examining the death of a love affair from both perspectives, also proved once and for all that the best Christmas number ones aren’t about Christmas at all.

Over forty years later, The Human League continue to make and share the best of electronic music, their songs stirring up memories but, unlike some of the 80s nostalgia tours doing the rounds, without being tarnished by retro cheesiness.

Tickets from £35 + booking fee. Some still available Book now

Picnic In The Park

July 22, noon to 7pm, Ellington Park Ramsgate

Live entertainment, family actives, food, music and more at Ellington Park!

Bring a blanket and a picnic!

Black Key &

The Whitenotes

Luke J Dorman


The Supermicks


Cats & Dogs exhibition

This is the last weekend opportunity to catch Eric Honzek’s Cats & Dogs exhibition at the Eclectic Art Gallery in Margate.

It includes a selection of original drawings and prints depicting portraits of cats and dogs and has been proving popular with the gallery’s visitors. Eric’s exhibition runs alongside a display of contemporary original art by the 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 will be open Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 5pm. It is in Margate’s Old Town, near Turner Contemporary. Entry is free.

Judith Hill exhibition

Artist Judith Hill is doing a meet the artist session at Westgate Galleria on Saturday 22nd. 2pm-4pm.

It is Judith’s first summer art exhibition in Thanet.

A lover of nature and travel, the Broadstairs artist used her time during the global pandemic to pursue her passion for art and has already exhibited her works in AppArt in Godalming, Surrey, The Margate School, and East Kent Open Studios.

Judith works out of her studio Whitewalls, with her art covering a variety of mediums including oil, acrylic, and charcoal.

Judith’s work is on display at Westgate Galleria in Station Road from July 1-July 26, 10am – 5pm.

Shottendane Fete

July 22, 11am-3,30pm, Shottendane Nursing Home Margate

Fete and open day. Lots of stalls, live music Greyhound Buskers

Sound Arts events at TMS

Coming up this week are Antiphone – a late afternoon and evening of Sonic Exploration with a Listening Post, Sonic Walk and Sonic workshop devised by the Sound Arts students of The Margate School, which will take place at 101 Social on Saturday 22 July.

Antiphone : The Margate School Sound Group

Saturday 22 July from 4pm

At 101 Social, 101 Northdown Road, Margate CT9 2QY

In 2022 The Margate School established a new Sound Arts Diploma course, Sound Society Nature, led by Dr Dan Scott and Robert Stillman. The aim of the course is to develop students’ critical thinking around the nature and production of sound with an emphasis on experimental and experiential approaches to both sound construction and deconstruction.

Antiphone captures some of the activities that have been undertaken during the year, alongside an opportunity to participate in a collaborative  sound event or just to listen in.

4pm to 6 pm Listening Posts. These listening posts provide an opportunity to listen to some of the work that has been created over the past year. This includes a sound walk, various free improvisations, 3 radio pieces, a previous performance piece and a prepared piano piece that has been cut to vinyl. Listeners will be able to listen in to all or some of these pieces using headphones provided. A CD of the year’s work is also available to purchase.

6pm to 6.30 pm Sound Walk. Sound walks focus on listening to the environment as one passes through in a mindful manner. In this sound walk you are invited for a  walk through Cliftonville starting at 101 Social.

7pm Sonic Workshop. This part of the evening provides an opportunity to participate and/or be part of the audience for an experiment in improvised sound construction, where each sound source has the opportunity to exist and respond to other sounds (antiphone).  Instruments and sound sources will be provided, but please feel free to bring your favourite sound making object(s). The performance will be a continuous piece starting at 7pm and ending around 9pm and participants are free to join in and leave at any point. Musical experience is welcome but definitely not necessary.

Broadstairs Tennis open day

Open day at the family tennis club at St Peter’s recreation ground near Thanet Wanderers.

22nd July, 2pm to 5pm

Free coaching tasters for children and adults

Interactive fun games and drills

Free court time to enjoy with your family

Fun competitions and challenges (Fastest Serve, Tennis Bowls)

Walking Tennis Taster for adults

Half price membership deal

Free Trial Lesson for all kids in attendance

Free 4 week Adult Course exclusively for Open Day attendees

Come along regardless of experience and try out some tennis

Westgate Community Picnic

The Westgate-on-Sea Community Picnic will take place on Saturday, 22nd July, noon to 4pm, on the Lymington Road Community Centre Green.

Come along and enjoy…

Children’s entertainer and magician

Street football

Music & entertainment

Face painting and crafts

Fun & games for all the family

Socialise with friends, and meet new ones too

Railway Tunnels Tour

Ramsgate Tunnels, Saturday 22nd July 11am

Tickets still available for our monthly Railway Tunnels Tour!

The tour takes in the full length of the Victorian Railway Tunnel, so you get to see the Northern portal at Broadstairs, and on the way back there is a detour through the small bore 2ft gauge tunnel that once took the Ramsgate Tunnel Railway up to its terminus at Hereson Road. Lots to see on this special railway history 2km+ tour.

Tickets available here: https://ramsgatetunnels.merlintickets.co.uk/pro…/SIE000004

Ramsgate Lifeboat Open Day & Street Collection

July 22, 10am-4.30pm, Ramsgate Royal Harbour

RNLI Volunteers in the Inner Harbour for the Ramsgate Lifeboat Open Day in aid of the RNLI. The Ramsgate Lifeboats will be in the Inner Harbour from 1.30pm until 4.30pm providing Operational Duties allow. Members of the public will be able to go on the All Weather Lifeboat and see the Inshore Lifeboat close up. Also attending are the RNLI Thanet Fundraising Group, RNLI Ramsgate Shop, RNLI Ramsgate Community Safety Team & the RNLI Face 2 Face Team.

Margate Make Lounge Opening and Sale

July 21-22, Joseph Wales Studios Margate

Margate Make Lounge will at last be having its opening celebration and sale on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd July. Times from 1pm on the Friday until 6.30pm and from 10.30am on the Saturday until 6.30pm, more details to follow, but as a teaser, we will be joined by The DanceQueen herself Bernadette Hawkes, radio presenter and blogger ( for the sounds) and Dan Thompson on History, Music and Mayhem in Merry Margate through taking a walk around the town with History Walkers.

Oasis Summer Family Fun with Jeff Barker and Band

July 22, 2pm-4pm, Broadstairs Bandstand

Music and fun at Broadstairs Bandstand, to raise funds for Oasis Domestic Abuse Service.

The fantastic Jeff Barker and his five-piece band will again be entertaining us, and there will be stalls, glitter tattoos and the ever-popular Oasis boutique charity shop pop-up!

Stalls and pop-up shop open at 12pm, music from 2pm.

Entry is free but donations are welcome and be sure to bring your coins for the stalls and charity shop gems!

All funds raised go towards the vital work of Oasis, ensuring that anyone experiencing domestic abuse in East Kent, North Kent and Medway has a safe place to go and the support to build a future free from abuse.

Rumble Wrestling

July 22, from 6pm, The Oval Bandstand and Lawns, Cliftonville

Rumble Wrestling is coming to The Oval Bandstand in Cliftonville for an evening of top action.

GRASS Cliftonville CIC and Rumble Wrestling Promotions are bringing wrestling back to the iconic Oval Bandstand after 40 years!

With wrestling returning to the iconic Oval Cliftonville after an absence of 40 years the anticipation amongst fans is at fever pitch and tickets are sure to be in high demand.

There are special early bird deals for families – so don’t delay, book today and grab a special ticket deal before they are all gone!


6:00pm – Doors open (drinks and snacks available)
7:00pm – Show starts
9:00pm – Show ends
The show includes a fifteen minute interval.

No dogs or pets allowed (except registered assistance dogs).

Please note that all under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.Unable to accommodate children under 5 years old

Tickets from £13.70 Book now

Thank You For the Music

July 22, 7.30pm-10pm, The Granville Theatre Ramsgate

The international smash-hit tribute show brings all ABBA’s number one hits to the stage in a production like no other. The hugely popular show, now in its 20th year, with a brand-new show for 2021/22 combines the unmistakable harmonies, colourful costumes, and dazzling performances by our all-star cast.

Tickets available from £31.90 subject to a transaction fee of £2.50. Book now

Garden Gate Music Day 2023

July 22, 2pm=9pm, Garden Gate Project, Northdown Park

Following the sell out success of previous years, Thanet’s very own boutique festival returns for a great day of music and fun!

Soak up eclectic live music in the beautiful surroundings of The Garden Gate Project. Back to back music in our main marquee, acoustic bands entertain at the music circle and don’t forget to party in the rave cave!

‘Curious Cocktails’ and ‘Fill yer Boots’ ale and cider bar will keep you hydrated whilst loading up on homemade wood-fired vegetarian pizzas, freshly made salads, vegan food, curries, cakes and refreshments.

This is a fund-raising event and all the money raised will continue to support ongoing activities at the garden. No alcohol is to be brought on site.

Tickets  £13.00 plus booking fee. Book now

A Strange Night

July 22, 9pm, WHERE ELSE? The Centre, Margate

An intimate fundrave in aid of Arts Emergency.

‘A Strange Night’ hosted by London-based duo Awkward Moments is a satellite performance evening that builds an inclusive community around intimate good vibes. A carefully curated lineup of diverse sonic experiences takes the audience on a collective journey of fun, discovery, and awkwardness in the most off beat and underground venues.

All ticket proceeds go to Arts Emergency.

This is an 18+ event

Tickets £10.60. Book now

Westgate Community Picnic

July 22, noon-4pm, Lymington Road Community Centre Green

Bring your own blanket, food and drink.

Children’s’ entertainer and magician

Street Football with Yoffi Yvorra

Face painting and crafts

Fun and games for all the family

Music and entertainment provided by Party Pixies

Adult Pottery Taster session (morning)

July 22, 10am-12.30pm, Gillian Farrell Ceramics Studio, near Ellington Park, Ramsgate
CT11 9TL

This pottery taster session offers you the opportunity to hand-build with clay and throw on the potter’s wheel in a small group

The class will be taught by Gillian Farrell and Vivienne Yankah, both experienced ceramic artists, and they will guide you through the session and offer support and advice as you work on your creations.

Refreshments will be provided (cuppa and home made cake!). All necessary materials: clay, tools, and equipment will be provided for you to use during the session. The price includes firing and glazing of a maximum of two of your pieces. There will be an additional fee for any extra firing. You may want to bring your own apron and remember to wear old clothes.

Experience level: The taster session is designed for adults with little to no prior experience in pottery. It is a great opportunity for beginners to get a taste of the craft.

Tickets  £50 Book now

Adult Pottery Taster session (afternoon)

Tickets £50 Book now

East Kent Scale Modellers

July 22, 10am-4pm, RAF Manston History Museum.

EKSM are hosting a model show with various clubs and vendors on site displaying their scale models

Taking place in RAF Manston History Museum, amongst the museums own collection of aircraft and memorabilia, there will be plenty to see and enjoy for all of the family.

No booking required, show up on the day.

Entrance fee to the museum applies

The on site NAAFI Cafe will be open, with a range of hot and cold food and drinks available.

Broadstairs Bandstand Live Music

July 23, 2.30pm-4pm. 1st Whitstable Scout Group Band

Bird Wise East Kent and Thanet Coast Project pop-up exhibition

Crab Museum, Margate – 17th July – 21st July with the awards ceremony taking place on the evening of the 21st

Hathats Coastal Classroom, Reculver – 24th July – 31st July

York Street Gallery, Ramsgate – 2nd August – 9th August

Droit House Visitor Centre, Margate – 11th August – 29th August

Horsebridge, Whitstable – 31st August – 12th September

Barbie (12a)

Carlton Cinema Westgate

After being expelled from Barbieland for being a less than perfect-looking doll, Barbie sets off for the human world to find true happiness.

July 21-27. Details here

Walk and ride for Pilgrims Hospices

To celebrate the life and raise funds for Pilgrims Hospices charity that provided end of life care for Reece Flannigan, his mum Sharon has organised the ride and walk to take place on July 22. It will be an annual event.

The ride and the walk will start at Newington Community Centre, meeting at 10.30am.

The ride will be the same route to Reculver that was followed during a fundraiser for Reece last year and donations will be collected on the way.

The walk will also follow the fundraiser route from last year through the town and finishing at the harbour, again collecting as they go. Walkers and riders will leave the community centre at 11am.

All are welcome to join either the ride or walk and children are welcome to take part.


The annual metal-mashing, caravan-crushing Monster Truck show – Monsterslam makes its return to Quex Park in Birchington on Sunday 23rd July.

Monster Trucks, Big Pete, The Grim Reaper, and Swamp Thing take centre stage as they demonstrate the raw power of the giant metal beasts by crushing cars, tearing them in two and jumping on exploding caravans!

Joining them in the arena are Squibb FMX who’ll be performing motorcycle flips, tricks and jumps over ramps – taking them 30ft into the air, and new for 2023 – Stuntworld International will be performing some breathtaking, quad-rolling, fire-jumping stunts that will wow the crowds too.

New Monster Truck ride, ‘Renegade’ will be offering visitors the chance to feel what it’s like to ride in the back of a real monster truck (height restrictions apply. Optional, chargeable activity)

There’ll be fairground rides for the big and little, giant inflatables face painting, cute, cuddlies, and creepy crawlies, plus another huge selection of freshly cooked street food, ice-creams, and a well-priced licensed bar.

Ticket prices and booking available at https://www.monsterslam.co.uk/tickets

Seashore Safari – St Mildred’s Bay

July 23, start at 9am

Explore Thanet’s chalk rocky shore for its fascinating rockpool wildlife!

* Please Book Online *

Explore Thanet’s chalk rocky shore for its fascinating rockpool wildlife. Join one of the series of safaris touring different Thanet Coast bays to explore the chalk reef and rockpools to see what shore life can find. These events are run with the help of Thanet Coast volunteers.

All events last for up to 2 hours and are suitable for ALL the family, but particularly 4-11s.

Children must be always be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Suggested donation of £2 per person.

PLEASE USE ONLINE BOOKINGS – as numbers will be limited this year.

Click here for updates on information about booking

Suggested donation £2 per person

Summer Sundays Concert: The Martellos

July 23, 1pm-5pm, The Oval Bandstand and Lawns Cliftonville

Free summer music concert

Open 1pm – 5pm with concert 2pm-4pm

The Oval’s Summer Sundays concerts are free-to-enter

Doors, toilets and concessions open 1pm – 5pm

Art4All exhibition

Twelve local artists with a varied range of abilities and learning impairments are exhibiting their work in Ramsgate.

All the artists exhibiting are part of the Sandra Art4All Art Studio, which was established by Sandra Hampton in 2016 to provide a platform for aspiring artists with special needs. Sandra launched Art4All at her Acol home when she was made redundant as a result of the closure of the Royal School for Deaf Children in Margate.

The exhibition showcases a vibrant collection of drawings, paintings and photographs from artists with learning impairments including Autism, Charge Syndrome, Deaf and Cerebral Palsy.

The exhibition is open now and runs to Sunday 30 July at Discovery Planet, High Street, Ramsgate. It is open to the public every day Tuesday to Sunday, 11am-4pm, with an artist in residence Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during this time.

Margate artist Twinkle Troughton is among those who will be in attendance.

Line and Form

The Front Room Gallery, Bellevue Road, Ramsgate from July 14-30

Open Thursday to Sunday, 11am-5pm. Opening night on July 14 from 7pm-9pm

Peter Rackley, who specialises in geometric works, will show his latest pieces at the Front Room Gallery in Ramsgate from July 14-30.

The 41-year-old, who is originally from Liverpool, has always “been into drawing and doodling” but the gift of a geometry set changed his style of work.

Further afield

I Love David Bailey

Exhibition by Thanet photographer Sue Fewings

A photographic exhibition of Black and White portraits inspired by David Bailey.
July 21st – 27th.
Preview night Saturday 22nd July, 6pm – 8pm at Beach Creatives, Herne Bay.


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