18 things to do and see in Thanet, August 11-13

Broadstairs Folk Week Photo Frank Leppard

Broadstairs Folk Week

The annual celebration of all things folk and beyond, begins on 11 August, when Broadstairs welcomes hundreds of musicians and dancers to the town for a week of music and fun.

Broadstairs Folk Week concert headliner Will Page has also composed a special song for the festival which is being released this month.

For the energetic, there’s a full programme of dances and ceilidhs, including a Sixties Icons Fancy Dress ceilidh with Banter on Sunday 13 August. The venue is the Sarah Thorne Theatre throughout the week, and the first dance kicks off with Kent’s own Giddy Yup Ceilidh band – who are familiar faces from the Hobby Horse Club taking place daily at the Bandstand.

Singers aren’t forgotten – with a festival choir created in a week, singalongs at the Neptune and evening singarounds at the Sailing Club, as well as harmony workshops with Lady Maisery, sea shanties on the jetty and a special event at the Gadds brewery, called Drink Old England Dry!

All the generations can sing and dance together with Inspiration Creative at the bandstand or learn circus skills, hula hooping or toddler bops. Take the kids to the Flags, Banners and Stuff workshop and you can join in the Saturday 12th August Parade from Pierremont Park at 5.30pm.  Young musical maestros can form a Band in a Weekend with James Kerry and friends, who will also be playing in a concert as Source – and with the Hill Top Ceilidh band.

There are Poets’ Breakfasts, tai chi at the campsite, knitting, crochet and crafts at Balmoral Gardens, birdwatching walks, sketching around Broadstairs and of course – the pub gigs – over 130 this year and 60 bands.

All the details, including the pub gigs, are in the Souvenir Programme, with a Day-by-Day guide. It’s an important fundraiser for Folk Week and buying it goes towards the free events around the town, available online at £6 plus £1.50 postage and packing. https://broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk/product/2022-souvenir-programme/

There are also several outlets in Broadstairs stocking the Souvenir Programme.

Tickets and info

All tickets are on sale now. There are more details and online booking on the website at www.broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk.

Credit card booking, ticket sales & information: Call 01843 604080

Email: [email protected]

Follow on Facebook – The Official Broadstairs Folk Week Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BroadstairsFW/

Broadstairs Bandstand

Saturday10:20 – 12:30pmFolk Week Hobby Horse Club
2:30 – 4:30pmFolk Week Dance Displays at The Bandstand
5:30 – 6:30 pmFestival Parade and Show
6:30 – 8pmThe Boxwood Chessmen
Sunday10:20 – 12:30pmFolk Week Hobby Horse Club
2:30 – 4:30pmFolk Week Dance Displays at The Bandstand
6:30 – 8pmLuna Barge

‘Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ – Cliftonville Outdoor Cinema

August 11, Oval Bandstand and Lawns Cliftonville,

Grab the popcorn, a drink and deckchair to enjoy an outdoor cinema

7:30pm Doors open (drinks and snacks available) with film starting at 8.30pm and finishing at 10:10pm

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is an Australian road comedy film written and directed by Stephan Elliott. The plot follows two drag queens, played by Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce, and a transgender woman, played by Terence Stamp, as they journey across the Australian Outback from Sydney to Alice Springs in a tour bus that they have named “Priscilla”, along the way encountering various groups and individuals. FILM RATED 15

Deckchair seating is included in all tickets

The GRASS Bar will be onsite serving a full selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks

Tickets £9.99 Book now

Colouring in Margate Postcards

August 11, Turner Contemporary

Join artist Megan Metcalf to celebrate the launch of her new edition colouring book, Colouring Margate.

Meet the illustrator and colour in your own Margate postcard to send to a friend or keep for yourself. Copies of Colouring Margate are available to purchase from the shop, where Megan will be based for the day. For this special event, Megan has created a new illustration of the Sunley Gallery window installation O Esplendor by Beatriz Milhazes.

Megan Metcalf is an artist based in Margate. Known for her vibrant coastal sketches, reportage style live illustration, bold collages and paintings, Megan’s art is characterful and full of life. She loves to depict and celebrate everyday scenes and things that may usually be overlooked. Her work can be seen in shops and restaurants all over Margate, while her prints and cards celebrate Margate’s quirkiness.

1pm-4pm. Free, drop in.

Palace Cinema Broadstairs


You thought Romeo and Juliet had problems? Meet Pixar’s Ember and Wade, the fire and water elements whose love affair might literally evaporate them both.

Friday 11 August to Thursday 24 August

Details here

Nicola Taylor: New Horizons

August 11-15, Pie Factory Gallery Margate

‘New Horizons’ presents a selection of Nicola Taylor’s latest work, including a wide variety of new original paintings, plus framed prints and cushions.

Friday to Sunday 10am – 6pm, Monday to Tuesday 10am – 4pm

Inspired by the unique Thanet coastline and the surrounding areas, Nicola paints bold, vibrant canvases of the local area. She captures the ever-changing skies and seas through dynamic shapes and vivid colour. She welcomes you to come on a colourful journey of the East Kent coast in her latest exhibition.

The Makings of a Murderer

August 11, Granville Theatre Ramsgate, 7.30pm

Join The Scottish Detective, David Swindle, for a chilling, thrilling, night at the theatre.

True crime fans, and those with a curious mind, can explore the cases, the circumstances and the detective’s perspective on what really went on, the early warning signs and the clues behind The Makings of a Murderer!

What makes a serial killer tick? What are the tell-tale signs? What really goes on behind the scenes?

Learn about the biggest British serial killers of all time – including Jack the Ripper, Peter Tobin, Harold Shipman, Peter Sutcliffe and ‘Killer Couples’ – Fred and Rose West and The Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.

With more than 34 years as a senior detective, David shares his unique insight into the minds of the murderers, the famous cases that were never solved, and how the murderer got away with it. . . from someone on the inside.

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

TRIP: Film Screening and After Party

August 11, WhereElse? The Centre, Margate, 7.30pm

Trip begins in the USA in 2008, when the young filmmaker Lilly Creightmore leaves her life in England and heads out on tour in the U.S with Austin-based band The Black Angels. The film documents this tour as they support their greatest influence, Roky Erickson of The 13th Floor Elevators, and moves on to explore the growing resurgence of the neo-psychedelic music scene in the years since.

The screening will be followed by an after party featuring live sets from:

Lo Barnes and Human Interest and DJ sets from Yassassin and Hakon Adalsteinsson (the Third Sound/Brian Jonestown Massacre)

This is a 16+ event

Presented by Night Harvest CIC

Tickets from £6 Book now

Carlton Cinema Westgate

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (PG)

After years of being sheltered from the human world, the Turtle brothers set out to win the hearts of New Yorkers and be accepted as normal teenagers through heroic acts. Their new friend April O’Neil helps them take on a mysterious crime syndicate, but they soon get in over their heads when an army of mutants is unleashed upon them.

August 11-17. Details here

East Kent Coast Photography Exhibition

August 11-29, Droit House Margate (Stone Pier), open 10am-5pm

Thanet Coast Project and Bird Wise East Kent bring their second East Kent Coast Photography Exhibition. Images captured by local photographers from eight categories;

Coastal Landscape
Coastal Wildlife
Savvy Sea Dogs
Daring Dozen
Human Impact
Good Coastal Conduct
Under 19
Under 12

This exhibition aims to raise awareness of the features and coast of the North East Kent Marine Protected Area (NEKMPA).

Margate Festival of Design

August 11-17, The Margate School

A series of inspiring talks, workshops and exhibitions, inviting you to learn new skills, share ideas, get creative, and celebrate the kind of design that can change the world.

The Margate Festival of Design is produced by The Margate School.

The Margate Festival of Design 2023 is exploring how design can change the world we live in; from reviving the High Street to fighting for social injustice.

Click here to view the full programme and to Book now

Sightlines : Visual Communication Students Showcase

August 11-17, The Margate School, 10am to 4pm

Sightlines is the end-of-year showcase from this year’s Visual Communication students at The Margate School.

The show examines the seaside as a place for pleasure and therapy, through light, colour and perspective, encompassing flat colour prints, moving image display, installations and unique twists on classic seaside motifs.

Back Through The Musicals

Bradley Bissett and Jed Silk, both 18, have written, directed and produced Back Through The Musicals which will be performed at Chatham & Clarendon school’s theatre on August 12th.

The duo are both former CCG students and have a wealth of stage experience already.

Back Through the Musicals will include numbers from Hamilton, Les Miserables, Dear Evan Hansen, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, The Greatest Showman, School of Rock and Back to the Future.

Curtain up is 7.30pm. Tickets are £11 and concessions £8. Book here

York Street Gallery celebrates 11 years

August 12, York Street Gallery Ramsgate,

York Street Gallery is celebrating 11 years in Ramsgate and the resident artist also has a birthday!

A special celebration in the gallery from 2pm-5pm plus an exhibition of paintings celebrating The Isle of Thanet Coastline which runs until 30th August.

Printed Painted Polished

August 12-18

Three Thanet artists bringing something different to the Broadstairs Folk Week Craft Market

Printed, Painted, Polished is a mini collective that will be offering a variety of hands-on and educational activities throughout Broadstairs Folk Week (11th-18th August) in the Craft Market.

Exclusive to Folk Week, these will include print your own limited edition postcard sessions, Initial/texture your own silver pendant (whilst learning about working with silver), and watercolour painting demos.

Gem Blastock, Sian Morgan and Jessica Newby are the artists forming ‘Printed, Painted, Polished’; an environmentally conscious collective.

Margate Pride

Margate Pride hits the town this August 12th for its eighth year.

The August 12th festivities begin at 11am at the Oval Bandstand, Cliftonville.

People can participate in a wide range of activities, including rainbow storytime and dance classes for families. The lineup also features performances from dancers, choirs, and the renowned Mx Margate alternative pageant, hosted by Jonny Woo with judges Tracey Emin, Robert Diament, Russell Tovey and Dr Ronx.

At 4pm the Margate Pride parade will kick off from the Oval Bandstand in Cliftonville, culminating at the clock tower in Margate. The parade does not feature floats or vehicles, except for those necessary for safety or accessibility.

Parties and shows on Pride Day are spread across venues in town including: Dreamland which hosts a  live music event until 11pm, featuring performances by Claire from Steps, Duncan from Blue, B*Witched, and Tom Rasmussen. Afterwards, join the lively after-party with Pussycat Doll Kimberly.

The Sundeck offers fantastic disco DJs until sunset; while The Lido has DJ and performance collective The Cocoa Butter Club until 4am. Sundowners presents drag performances on the terrace throughout the day, continuing indoors until the early hours.

Margate Arts Club presents Little Gay Brother.. CAMP is hosting a party at the Margate Leisure Centre, and Faith in Strangers presents Homoelectric.

For precise timings and further event details, map and more, visit the website at margatepride.org.uk

The arts-led celebration has a Pride Art Map (PAM)  showcasing numerous exhibitions by talented queer artists across Margate.

Highlights include:

  • Nostalgic and contemporary pop acts at Dreamland; B*Witched, Claire from Steps, Duncan from Blue, starts of Ru Paul’s drag race UK plus hot new queer pop sensation Tom Rasmussen.
  • The Waterfront Journals by David Wojnarowicz read by LGBTQ+ actors on Turner Contemporary terrace
  • The Margate Drag Files history talk with Shelly Grotto at CAMP
  • Ted Rogers exhibition at Quench Gallery
  • Vile Diva exhibition by Chris Clarke at WhereElse
  • Stand Exhibition by Charlee Piper at Joseph Wales Gallery
  • Moving Forward by Sakib Khan at Cuckoo Gallery
  • Nasir Mazhar at Luz Gallery
  • It’s a Sin / It’s Not a Sin by Oliver Hymans at Ramsey & Williams
  • Oliver Helmesely at TKE Studios
  • SNUG short film commissions, Margate Queer Writers workshops and exhibition
  •  “Blue Jean” screening and Q&A at Tom Thumb Theatre
  • Greg Araki hosted by Pretzel Cage and Dr. Jenna at Tom Thumb Theatre
  • Sex & Biology talk at The Crab Museum

With additional performances from: “Punk & Judy” by Pink Suits with Lipsinkers & Pretzel Cage at Olby’s and Tom Marshman at Tom Thumb Theatre.

Every year, Margate Pride commissions an emerging queer artist to design its poster. This year’s poster has been created by Heidi Plant @heidillustrates

The collaboration with Dreamland also has work from emerging artist Karina Cooppen @karainbow

Hospice Jazz

August 12, Walpole Bay Hotel in Cliftonville, 2:30pm – 5pm

Tenor Madness



Morning Dance

Killer Joe

Come Rain

Take the ‘A’ Train

Lady Bird

Bag’s Groove

Whisper Not


And more.

Phone 01843 221703 to book a table

Mollie and Martin Cheek exhibition

August 12-13, 10am to 7pm, Home at 35 Albion Street Broadstairs

Summer Sundays Concert: Harry Evans

August 13, The Oval Bandstand and Lawns Cliftonville

Free summer music concert

Open 1pm – 5pm with concert 2pm-4pm

FREE ENTRY to the bandstand amphitheatre (limited capacity).

Doors, toilets and concessions open 1pm – 5pm

Well behaved dogs are welcome, but they MUST be kept on a lead at all times whilst in the bandstand auditorium. Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult