35 ideas for things to do in Thanet, August 21-25

Seashore safaris Photo Thanet Coast Project

Seashore Safari – Minnis Bay

August 21, starts at 9am

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

Seashore Safari – Walpole Bay

August 22, meet: Lower car park, east side of Walpole Tidal Pool at 9am

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

Identification sheet & equipment is provided and there is help on hand to identify your finds.

Wear suitable footwear for rocks & rockpools!  All events last for 2 hours and are suitable for ALL the family, but particularly 4-11s.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Suggested donation of £2 per person (adults & children).


Westgate Art and Craft Group Summer Exhibition

August 21-29, St Saviour’s Church, West Bay Avenue, Westgate

Mon-Thurs 10am-4pm, Fri 1pm-4pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 1pm-4pm, BH Mon and Tues 10am-4pm.

There will be paintings, cards, embroidery, knitted items, jewellery, crafted Christmas decorations, etc. Cash payment only. Members of the group will be attending each session, so we will be available to answer questions.

It is a group of amateur local artist and crafters, with mixed abilities and styles who get together every Tuesday afternoon 2pm – 4pm at Westgate Community Centre, Lymington Road. There is no tuition, but occasionally the group invites professionals to give workshops..

Prospective members can come and see what the group does and join in, the first 3 weeks are free of charge. Members pay small weekly fees and an annual subscription.

Cash only sales.

On Saturday 26th August the Church will also have a display of booklets and information about the Westgate Heritage Centre.

Broadstairs Water Gala

The rescheduled Broadstairs Water Gala take place this Wednesday (August 23).

Enjoy everything from the Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Lillyputt Mini Golf, paddleboard lessons, Seashore Safaris, Punch & Judy, King Neptune’s arrival, decorated beach huts, sandcastle competitions, RNLI, beach sports activities, sea shanties, storytelling and lots more.

There will be a full programme at the Bandstand with singers, character actors, circus skills, performing arts and theatre.

The fun fair will be on Victoria Gardens from 10am until late and there will be a variety of local craft and gift stalls along the Prom.

In the evening there will be live music on the Bandstand at 8pm from Ozzie and the Uglies and a firework display at 9.45pm – weather permitting.

Teddy Bears Picnic with honey sandwiches 9am Lillyputt Mini Golf.

Best Dressed Beach Hut on Viking Bay – Circus themed

Sandcastle/Sandsculpture competition at the tidal pool end of the beach from 10.30am ,

Activities all day on the beach, bandstand, and promenade including Thanet Coast Project, RNLI Lifeboats, storytelling, Total Sports Coaching and lots more.

All activities are free (funfair rides are charged for)

Ramsgate Festival of Sound

Ramsgate Festival of Sound will have performances and installations from 23rd – 28th August.

From internationally renowned artists to grassroots acts, theatrical spectaculars to captivating art work, there will be something for everyone.

As part of the festival  Arts in Ramsgate and Louis Palfrey will be hosting workshops looking at what regeneration means for Ramsgate.

Ramsgate Reconnects will comprise of free workshops on Friday 25th August, 1pm-4pm and Bank Holiday Monday 28th August, 1pm-4pm

A map will be created with the help of composer, sonic artist and neurodivergent advocate Louis Palfrey. The temporary installation will use electrically conductive paint – which consists of a conductive pigment such as silver, copper, nickel, or various forms of carbon.

In Ellington Park, an eclectic mix of exciting free events will take place throughout the day on Saturday 26th August with a children’s extravaganza, combining fun mix of live acts, workshops and DJs for all ages. Part of the fun will be with Baby Sensory Thanet and Toddler Sense Thanet providing activities for babies and young children from 11am-12.30pm.

At Ellington Park in the afternoon, expect show tunes galore from Hear the People Sing, featuring performances of renowned West End musical numbers by Stage Door Academy and hosted by Katie McGarry, plus Gaddzukes and Thanet Vocal Collective.

In the evening a much-anticipated performance – Screaming Alley Cabaret presents: La Isla Thaneta, featuring MC Jonny Woo – a raucous tribute to the undisputed queen of pop, Madonna.

Music headliner for the festival is Grammy Award-winning artist Aoife O’Donovan, who will be appearing at St George’s church on Thursday 24th August for a special solo performance. Tickets for the show are on sale now.

Proms By The Sea

August 23, 7.30pm

Thanet Male Voice Choir will be performing a concert at The Pavilion in Broadstairs

Thess concerts raise funds for the Thanet Male Voice Choir, and are the only ones they do to raise money for themselves.

All of their other concerts raise money for local and national charities.

The Pirates & The Plastic Peril

August 23, 6pm. Free outdoor theatre show at Pierremont Hall in Broadstairs

Pierremont Hall’s Summer Theatre in the Park is back by popular demand! Varying from family fun shows to innocent adults only fun, there is something for everyone!

Returning to us on Wednesday 9th & 23rd August are Pirates Pepsi & Shandy, and Coral the mermaid as they face a new villain – The Plastic Peril, who is threatening to ruin our lovely seaside with her evil plastic pollution!

Seats are available on a first come first serve basis, and we encourage you to bring a picnic & blanket! There will be a bar on site selling refreshments at each show, and we encourage fancy dress too! Come and join us for our FREE Summer Theatre in the park.

If the weather is bad, the event will be moved inside and we can only allow a limited number of people.

Lock Horns Wrestling Alliance at The Windmill

August 23, Windmill pub Ramsgate, 5.30pm

The Wonderkid’ Jonny Storm challenges Damien for the Cash or Honour Trophy Wednesday 23rd August at the Windmill in Ramsgate Kent.

Beau Belles return to LHWA to team up with debutante Max Gainz and take on the tenacious Vickie Two-Thumbs and her mystery partner

Keef Chaos will finally get his long-awaited rematch with Andros Jay for the LHWA championship.

Chaos won the big elimination tag match back in May allowing him to pick the stipulation for the rematch, which got postponed back in July.

Tickets from £8 at: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/lock-horns-wrestling-alliance

Margate Masters

Wednesday 23rd August

Free Beach Sports sessions for 11-19 year olds, followed by Free Men’s Beach Football (18+)

Every Wednesday throughout the school holidays

4pm – 5.30pm: Free beach sports on Margate Main Sands for 11 – 19 year olds

Turn up and play in our new Soccerena!

6pm – 7.30pm: Free Men’s Beach Football  (18+)

The White Cliffs of Kingsgate: Evolution of a Kentish Coastal Landscape

August 23, 9.30am – 11.30am

A chance to join Richard Hubbard on a walk to explore the geology, fossils, spectacular coastal erosion and history of the Kingsgate coastline, Broadstairs.

Take a step back in time as we uncover the secrets of this beautiful and important coastal landscape. The walk is based on Richard’s new book and will involve a walk and talk along the cliff top and beach.

These walks are suitable for adults (& over 11 years of age) and involve walking on the beach and rocky chalk shore.

The whole tour lasts 2 hours.

Online bookings only as numbers are limited – with a suggested online donation of £4pp.

Click here for updates on information about booking

Mamma Mia (PG) – Open Air Cinema

August 25, Quex Gardens movie night under stars on a giant 220″ screen

Doors open at 7:30 pm, last entry at 8:15pm, and trailers begin at 8:30 pm

Mamma Mia is set on a colourful Greek island and the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA songs. Sophie is about to be married and discovers that any one of three men could be her father. She invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother, Donna, who was once the lead singer of Donna and the Dynamos. In the meantime, Donna has invited her backup singers, Rosie Mulligan and Tanya Wilkinson.

Cinema snacks and drinks will be available with all profits supporting the work of the museum. You are free to bring your own picnic blankets or camping chairs, or why not treat your movie stars and upgrade to our VIP package, which includes a comfy deckchair and a box of delicious, sweet popcorn!

All  movie events have fun as a priority, so dress-up and sing-a-long are always encouraged!

All screenings will be subtitled, wheelchair-friendly and relaxed.

Prices: Adult Admission £12, Child Admission (under 16) £8, Disabled guests pay for 1 child or adult admission and receive 1 carer free

Upgrade your standard admission ticket with VIP Treatment – includes deckchair and popcorn £8. You must purchase a standard admission ticket as well as a VIP. The VIP is an add-on and not an admission ticket.

Book now

Cliftonville Outdoor Theatre: Sense and Sensibility

August 25, The Oval Bandstand and Lawns

6pm -Doors open (drinks and snacks available), 7pm – Show starts, 9pm – Show ends. The show includes a 20 minute interval

GRASS Cliftonville CIC and Opera Anywhere presents magical theatre in magical surroundings.

It’s 1810 and Chapterhouse Theatre Company perform a story of romance, recklessness and restraint. Sense & Sensibility follows the trials and triumphs of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood as they make their first tentative forays into Regency Society – a world where the parties are tremendous, emotions always run high, and every woman is on the lookout for a husband!

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

Please note that all under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets £11 – £19 Book now

Story time and activities at The Classroom Westgate

Sandra Art4All Summer show

Sandra Art4All Art Studio presents 12 local artists with a varied range of abilities and learning impairments who are exhibiting their artwork in the Proud 2 Create annual summer exhibition at The Margate School.

Among those exhibiting are five artists selected to be part of the Portfolio Exhibition 2023 at Turner Contemporary in Margate and one artist selected for the Royal Academy London’s Young Artist Summer Show 2023.

There are more than 100 paintings on display, created by artists whose ages range from 13-52 years old. The Sandra Art4All artists are inspired by a wide range of themes, from landscapes to urban environments, and from animals to abstracts, so there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

The exhibition is at The Margate School in Margate High Street from 17th-30th August, open from 11am – 4pm.

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).

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.

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/

Revolution skate park and climbing

Offering 3 huge warehouses, crammed full of all types of ramps for beginners and expert riders alike. Users can Skateboard, Scooter, Inline Skate and BMX, all in the safety of the state-of-the-art, immaculately maintained, indoor environment.

Alongside the Skatepark is a further warehouse, which houses the Climbing Centre, and is packed with a diverse range of colourful walls, suitable for all levels of climber.

Housed in between these facilities is a Skate & Surf & Climbing shop with everything you could ever need, along with a snack bar for refuelling between activities.

All staff are fully trained, friendly, passionate and happy to help every visitor have a great time.

Lost Island

Golf and interactive darts at Flamingo Arcade, Margate seafront

From aiming your darts at the board to make a virtual ‘wall’ tumble down or to bag a collection of gold coins to testing your Robin Hood arrow skills – interactive boards at Lost Island Golf in Margate are putting a whole new slant on the game.

Three digital augmented reality dartboards have been installed upstairs at the Flamingo Arcade in Marine Terrace, alongside the venue’s second jungle-themed crazy golf course and a drinks cafe for players.

In augmented reality darts, players throw physical darts at a physical dartboard, but also experience interactive visuals, game statistics, virtual targets, animations, and scoring indicators superimposed onto the dartboard through projected high resolution graphics.

The new crazy golf challenge is another 18 hole course, with a lucky 19th hole. You can either book online or turn up and play. Golf opening times are 10am daily, with last entry 7:30pm Monday to Thursday and 8:30pm Friday to Sunday.

The boards are available to be booked for 1 hour slots from noon daily, closing 8pm Monday to Thursday, and 9pm Friday to Sunday. Boards can be booked for a flat hourly fee for up to 6 players.

Off peak board fees per hour are £25 all day Monday to Thursday, and up till 5pm Fridays. Peak time £35 per hour Friday from 6pm and weekends.

For bookings, head to www.lostislandgolf.co.uk and follow the link to book darts.

Ramsgate Micro Museum

Discover the earliest ways people counted and calculated and then found a way to indicate the important “0”.

​Learn the stories of the thinkers and inventors whose ideas helped develop computing through the ages.  Find the stories of the heroes of computing including Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace in Victorian times, Tommy Flowers the inventor of Colossus in the Second World War and on through the 20th to the start of the 21st centuries.

​Other topics include the contribution made to British computing by Sir Clive Sinclair and the historic firsts in games, sounds, graphics, robotics, computer languages and much more.

1pm-4pm, Church Hill, Ramsgate

Adult  or Child  £5

​Group/Family of 4   £15

​Price Includes all retro games play

Under 3s Free

Cash only

Margate Caves

1 Northdown Road

The Caves were originally dug as a chalk quarry in the 17th and 18th centuries and are 94.2m long and 12.2m tall at the highest point. Originally opened to the public in 1863, the Margate Caves re-opened for the next generation of explorers on Thursday 22nd August 2019.

After visiting the Caves, browse the gift shop and stop off at the community café, popular locally for selling a range of delicious dishes.

The Cafe is open 10am to 4.30pm on the same days as the Caves.

Summer (March-October) Open seven days per week, 10am-5pm, last entry 4.30pm

Adult £4.50

Child £2

Concession £4

Under 4’s FREE

Family (2 adults/2 children) £10 https://www.margatecaves.co.uk/

Lillyputt Mini Golf, Broadstairs

Minigolf fun for all the family, with 12 championship holes and a lucky 13th hole… a must-do activity if you’re visiting the East Kent Coast.

If mini golf isn’t your cup of tea (have a pot of tea all to yourself instead!).

Wheelchair access into Cafe and Tea Garden area.

Adults: £6 Children under 10: £5

Lillyputt Mini Golf
Victoria Parade

Daily from 10am – 5pm daily (weather permitting) Open later weekends/summer holidays/fine weather

The Spitfire and Hurricane Museum at Manston

Museum site, displaying the two iconic war planes, and also holding a host of objects and artefacts telling the story of life in and around Ramsgate during WWII. Central to the display are the iconic Spitfire Mk XVI and Hawker Hurricane Mk IIc.

As well as the collection, the Museum has a small shop and the café (open 7 days a week from May 18th) serves teas, coffees and quality hot food, with an outside seating area.

Visitors are welcome to sit on the benches in the Allied Crew Memorial Garden to relax and reflect, in an evocative atmosphere.

Visitors are able to book a flight in the Spitfire Simulator. The Spitfire Flight Experience costs £30 for 30 minutes. Book your flight from their website here.

Free entry Donations welcome

Shell Grotto

Grotto Hill, Margate

Discovered in 1835, Margate’s Shell Grotto is an astonishing find; 70ft (21 metres) of winding passages decorated with 4.6 million shells.

The walls are covered in images of gods and goddesses, trees of life and patterns made from the shells of whelks, mussels and oysters.

Some think it is an ancient Pagan grotto, others that it is simply an ornate Regency folly; but with no definitive explanation or history, the Shell Grotto is Kent’s greatest mystery.

Group Visits are to be Pre-Booked – https://www.shellgrotto.co.uk/

Open 10am to 5pm, daily during school holidays.

Adult £4.50

Concessions (Students, Seniors (over 60), Registered Disabled, Armed Forces (serving and veterans) £4

Child (4-16) £2

Under 4’s FREE

Family ticket (2 adults & up to 2 children) £10

Dickens House Museum

Celebrating Charles Dickens’ long connection with Broadstairs (1837-1851). It is housed in the cottage that was Charles Dickens’ inspiration for the home of Betsey Trotwood in David Copperfield. According to the reminiscences of Charles Dickens son Charley, they regularly had tea there with Miss Mary Pearson Strong, and her belief of her right to stop the passage of donkeys in front of her cottage became the donkey incident for the character of Betsey Trotwood.

2 Victoria Parade

Adult £4

Child £2

Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) £10

Concession (Students. Anyone unable to access upstairs) £3

Crampton Tower Museum

Friday – Sunday plus Bank Holiday Mondays 2pm to 4.30pm (last entry 4pm)

Crampton Tower Museum is a family-friendly museum celebrating the life and work of a Victorian engineer, transport and local history.

Crampton Tower Museum, on The Broadway, is a fascinating small museum, partly housed in a flint tower adjacent to the Broadstairs Railway Station. The tower formed part of Broadstairs’ first public water supply.

Adults £3, Child (4-16yrs) £1.50, Family Ticket £7.50 (2 Adults & 2 Children).

See website for details of events throughout the year.

Ramsgate Tunnels

Ramsgate’s Tunnels tours take you deep underground to unlock the story of a hidden city, which evolved from the largest and only known Civilian Deep Shelter Air Raid Precaution scheme authorised by Central Government.

The military story is told elsewhere, but very little remains of the civilian story of a front line town under some of the heaviest aerial bombing in Britain.

Adult £9

Senior/Disabled £7

Child £6

Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £22

A 50p booking fee applies to Adult & Senior tickets to cover online charges

Find tour dates and info here


Park opens each day at 10.30am for 6 weeks of summer

Programme of live music,  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/

RAF Manston History Museum

Aircraft, displays, photos, models and cafe

10am to 4pm Mon-Fri
Last entry 3:15pm

10am to 4pm Sat-Sun
Last Entry 3:15pm

Adult: £5.50
Child: £2.50 Under 5’s Free
Concessions: £4.50
Carers: £2.50
Family (2 adults and up to 4 children): £16

Rascal Bay Adventure Golf

Manston Road, Ramsgate

Designed in Sweden, the adventure encounters pirates, cannons, an octopus, snakes, skulls, a cannibal’s cooking pot, a crashed jeep, rocks, a volcano, dinosaurs, waterfalls, dinosaur eggs, a treasure chest, crocodiles and two rafts that the whole family will love!

Also available for parties, corporate events and private hire.

To book online, click here.

Adults: £8.75 Children: £6.50 Groups: £32 (4 adults) Family: £25 (2 adults + 2 children) Under 3s £3

Open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm Sat & Sun 9am-5pm

Little Seaside Town

High Street, Ramsgate

A centre for children and families, unlike traditional soft play centres, it promotes imaginative role play in a stimulating play “town” environment.

Each themed set is full of play props, costumes and toys to encourage children to explore and make believe. Everything at Little Seaside Town has been carefully designed to be as realistic as possible, so they can experience and act out real life scenarios.

2 hour session charged at £7 per child. Babies £1.50. All adults will be charged £1.50 Website

Open 7 days per week 9.30am – 5.30pm

Dinky Town Thanet

Pysons Road, Ramsgate

Check Facebook for latest opening times/prices.

Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm (Last entry is 2pm) £3 per child

No booking system – operating on a walk in basis only

Dinky Town is a children’s indoor play centre created to enhance the fun and educational experience imaginative role play brings to a child’s early years.

Dinky Town is suitable for those from walking up to around age 7. Website

Kids Bright House

Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday 10am-3pm; Wednesday & Friday 10am-5:30pm *

Kids Bright House is a family-run, indoor play area for kids from 0 – 11 years.

This is a place for kids to have fun, and mums to relax, have a cup of coffee or tea, and socialise. We also offer fresh, delicious food at our cafe.

There is a baby area for babies under 2, and a host of other indoor fun for children over 2.

No need to book

Toddler group and Tortoise visit every Monday 10am-12pm & Thursday 12:30pm-2:30pm

For more information  See Here.

Free Adult with:

Babes-in-arms £2

Child £6

Extra Adults £1.50 each

Sandwich & Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve

Sandwich Road, Cliffsend

Of international importance for its bird population.

The site includes Pegwell Bay Country Park, a little gem with stunning sea views, a play area and picnic spot with mobile refreshments nearby – perfect for family fun in the fresh air

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.

Now until Thursday 24 August

Details here

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.

Now until August 24. Details here