25 things to see and do in Thanet, August 4-6

Ramsgate Week starts on Sunday

Margate Soul Festival

It’s time for the 21st annual Margate Soul Festival with headline acts at the new venue of Dreamland.

The festival, which is also being held at spots including the Victoria Hotel, Olby’s, the Imperial Bar and Sundeck, takes place from August 4-6.

The main gigs will be held at Dreamland’s Hall By The Sea and Ballroom. Friday night features Samm Henshaw Josh Milan will be bringing the ‘House’ down on Saturday night and Leroy Burgess headlines the Sunday night closing party.

Streets, Wig & Pen, Barnacles and Lighthouse are free entry to see acts.

Sundeck, Olby’s, Imperial, Victoria Hotel and Dreamland are all wristband venues.

Find more at: https://margatesoulfestival.co.uk/

Punch & Judy

Punch & Judy man Professor Brent de Witts performs his show from August 4 at the Pavilion in Broadstairs.

Performances are three times a day. For performance times please check social media or call the Pavilion on 01843 600999.


Debut exhibition by artist Stuart Rayner at Skinny Dip Coffee, 235 Northdown Road, Cliftonville

Opens August 4, private view 3pm to 5pm.

Stuart is displaying nine oil on canvas works as part of the Margate Pride Map.

Colourful Carnival Workshops

August 1-5, Turner Contemporary

Turner Contemporary has joined up with Great British Carnival to run a week of artist-led workshops to get you in the celebratory spirit

Free workshops running daily – Drop-in between 12 noon – 4pm, Clore Learning Studio

In the lead-up to Margate Carnival, Turner Contemporary has joined up with Great British Carnival to run a week of artist-led workshops to get you in the celebratory spirit.

Make Carnival headdresses, masks and handhelds inspired by the vibrant colours and patterns found in our current exhibition Beatriz Milhazes: Maresias to wear at Margate Carnival on Sunday 6 August.

Open to all ages

Santus Circus

Ramsgate, Lord Of The Manor Roundabout

Friday 4th                         2pm & 5pm

Saturday 5th                    2pm & 5pm

Sunday 6th                      3pm Only

Santus Circus website: https://www.santuscircus.com/

Cliftonville Night Market

August 4, 5pm-9pm, The Oval Bandstand and Lawns, Cliftonville

Street food, music, vintage, arts & crafts, and artisanal goods

Pirates in Pierremont

August 4, 7pm, free outdoor theatre show at Pierremont Hall in Broadstairs (aimed at adults)

Get ready to shiver your timbers and set sail upon the high seas with Captain Cod and her crew.

Seats are available on a first come first serve basis, bring a picnic & blanket! There will be a bar on site selling refreshments at each show, and  fancy dress is encouraged. C

If the weather is bad, the event will be moved inside for a limited number of people.

Stuart Semple x Arts in Ramsgate – cancelled

Kig Telynnek (Lyrical Flesh)

August 4-5, 8pm-9pm, Tom Thumb Theatre Cliftonville

Tryg Verran, lyrical artist and PhD candidate, has been exploring relationships between lands and languages, people and places.

Last year, Tryg walked the coastal path from Plymouth to Lizard Point gathering lyrical matter by performing poems and songs every morning at sunrise. This performance emerges from that pilgrimage.

Tickets from £10 Book now

80’s Live!

August 4, 7.30pm, The Granville Theatre Ramsgate

Dress to impress to spin around and round to the hits of Wham! Culture Club, Madonna, Duran Duran and more in a night to remember.

Tickets £31.90 + booking fee Book now

The Hellfire Orchestra

August 4, 7.30pm, Whereelse? The Centre Margate

A rock band with both the punk spirit of folk music, and the folk spirit of punk music at Whereelse? Margate.

Support comes from Melzebra & the Buffalos

This is an all ages event

Tickets Free Book now

An Evening of Burlesque

August 5, 7.30pm, The Granville Theatre Ramsgate

Variety show, blending stylish cabaret, comedy, music, circus and burlesque

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

John Bramwell at Ramsgate Music Hall

August 5, 7.30pm

John Bramwell of I Am Kloot hosts an evening of songs and chatter at Ramsgate Music Hall!

John will be performing songs from his number 1 Acoustic chart debut, ‘Leave Alone The Empty Spaces’, a handful of songs from his much anticipated follow up album ‘The Light Fantastic’ and some I Am Kloot classics…

Tickets £18 + £1.50 Booking Fee Book now

Tomato Fiesta!

August 5, 11am-4pm, Quex House and Gardens Birchington

Celebrating the humble tomato at Quex House and Gardens – with tips on cultivation, and harvesting, as well as varieties to choose from and recipes to try at home

Learn about the history of this essential ingredient from its origins to its popularity today. Sample the variety of flavours from heritage fruits to F1 hybrids.

Adult £3.50
Child £2.50
Concession £3.00
3 & Under FREE
Carer FREE
Powell-Cotton Member FREE

Book now

The Classroom Westgate

Free story and event sessions.

August 5,

All day between 9.30am-4.30pm, Dragon Day activities

2pm Story- Alba The Hundred Year Old Fish

The Classroom bookshop, Station Road

Margate Carnival

August 6, 2.30pm set off

Margate biggest and most popular arts event returns when the annual Margate Carnival takes over the streets between Palm Bay and Westbrook.

Margate Carnival takes place on the afternoon of Sunday 6th August with a 2.30pm start at Palm Bay. Crowds always line the street waiting for the procession, and this year Selina Margate on Eastern Esplanade is planning a carnival party with DJs during the day.

Offcumduns Border Morris will entertain waiting crowds between Turner Contemporary and the Clocktower. And there will be an after show party at Silvers on Margate’s High Street.

Ramsgate Week

August 6-11, hosted by Royal Temple Yacht Club.

Visitors are welcome to come and absorb the views from the Royal Temple Yacht Club and take a break from all the action or wander around the harbour admiring the vessels.

Look out for evening music performances

Ramsgate Week is often referred to as a friendly alternative to Cowes week which is one of the longest running regular regattas in the world that takes place on the Solent near the Isle of Wight.

Magic Hours Cinema Walk: Broadstairs

August 6, 10.30am-11.30am

Come and explore Broadstairs’ cinema history! Re-visiting the town’s love for the sights, sounds and sensations of film from the 1890s to today

Meeting point: Corner Victoria Parade / Queens Gardens

The Palace’s Cinema Walks explore and celebrate Thanet’s cinemas past and present, from converted sheds and shops to glorious picture palaces, and from buildings still standing to those of which all flickering traces are long gone. Taking in some local personalities and social history along the way, plus lots of archive images.

Routes – Cinema Walks are in the centre of each town:

Tickets  £7 Adult, £6 Concession, £3.50 Under-15, Free – Carer accompanying disabled participant Book now

Summer Sundays Concert: The SuperMicks

August 6, The Oval Bandstand and Lawns, Cliftonville

Open 1pm – 5pm with concert 2pm-4pm

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

Doors, toilets and concessions open 1pm – 5pm

A fully licensed bar is available (alcohol is not to be brought into venue, bag searches are in operation).

All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult

Ramsgate Handmade & Vintage Fair

August 6, Harbour Parade, 11am-4pm

Ramsgate’s regular maker’s market with locally-produced and made goodies galore

Barbie (12A)

Palace Cinema Broadstairs and 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.

Broadstairs Details here

Westgate Details here

Monkton Nature Reserve

Join Monkton Nature Reserve for activities for all the family including making homes for worms, exploring the pond, creating solar ovens and much more.

Sessions are on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 11am and 1pm throughout August.

Prices per child are £3 members and £5 non members which includes entrance to the reserve. Wild classroom sessions making a campfire lunch cost £12.50 members and £15 non members and take place on  August 10 and August 15 from 11.30am.

There are also free moth trap mornings included with reserve entrance fee on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10.15am in the education garden.

Monkton Nature Reserve is a unique environment for British flora and fauna that thrive on chalk-based habitats. It is a charity managed by The Thanet Countryside Trust.

Opening hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday 10:30am – 3:30pm.

Find the events page at https://monkton-reserve.org/events/

Table Top Sale

August 6, 11am, Hunting Gate Birchington

Members of SOS Birchington

Raising money to support events for our elderly residents and support a new Children’s Cancer Centre at Great Ormond Street

Thanet Antique, Vintage & Art Fair

August 6, 10.30am, Margate Football Club

Antiques, vintage, and art items https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/…/thanet-antique-vintage…

Einstein’s Children rock the Bandstand

August 6, 2.30pm, Broadstairs Bandstand

Coming up

Sounds Familiar Music Quiz

Launching at Justines in Margate on Thursday, August 10.

The quiz night features 100 killer tunes with rounds full of chart classics, indie belters, power ballads, old skool anthems, guilty pleasures and more from the 60s to the current day.

Organisers describe the event as a ‘party described as a quiz.’

This short trailer explains how Sounds Familiar works

Info/tickets can be found at https://www.soundsfamiliar.co/events/sf-margate

Summer football camp

Children aged 4-13 years old all abilities welcome

Time: 10am-3pm

Dates: Monday – Thursday




Quality age-appropriate football coaching with the emphasis on player development, fun and safety. They are 4 days of non-stop action.

Breakfast club available: 9am – snack and drink provided

Daily focus and prizes to be won

Activities such as: world cup tournaments, matches, panna, saq, and much more

All players in attendance awarded a medal and certificate at the end of the week

Friday is presentation day – trophies and prizes for effort, skill and teamwork awarded

Ramsgate Venue: Newington Community Primary School, CT12 6HX, Ramsgate ( Field Entrance).

Book at: https://rmfootballcoaching.com/store/football-camps-copy

East Kent Coaching

East Kent Coaching is once again offering school holiday training opportunities for young runners in traffic-free park locations throughout the summer.

Each one-hour session will include a range of running-centred activities and anyone entering school years 4 to 9 inclusive in September is welcome, regardless of ability or previous experience.

Morning sessions each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at King George VI Memorial Park (Ramsgate), St Peter’s Recreation Ground (Broadstairs) and Hartsdown Park (Margate), respectively.

One group will be for Primary School pupils starting Year 4, 5 or 6 in September. This provides an ideal chance for children to improve their running technique and get some practice in for the Thanet Primary Schools’ Cross Country, hosted by East Kent Coaching at Quex Park, on Saturday 7th October.  There is also a group for Secondary School pupils going into Years 7, 8 and 9.

“Stepping up from primary school to Year 7 can be quite daunting,” says EKC’s Steve King. “so we’re encouraging those boys and girls to build confidence by training with slightly older ones in a structured, supportive environment.”

Years 8 and 9 comprise the ‘Junior’ age category for English Schools athletics and those pupils might begin working towards selection for Thanet district, to compete at the Kent Schools’ Cross Country Championship in January 2024.

To reserve your child’s place on any – or all – of the summer holiday running sessions, please visit http://www.eastkentcoaching.com/summerholiday2023.html or email [email protected].


  1. Whilst it’s great that things are being put.

    The flags advertising flags around ramsgate harbour are very eye catching but clearly put up on the cheap. Lengths of 2″x2″ wood helded on by jubilee clips with gaffer tape over them on the railings! Than the flag poles attached to the 2″x2″ by jubilee clips and gaffer tape.

    Can you image a top seaside town doing that lol. Its little things like that that let down the regatta.

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