31 things to see and do in Thanet, August 25-28

Displays and activities at the Kent Country Show

Mamma Mia (PG) – Open Air Cinema

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

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

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

Saucy Seaside Show

August 25, 7pm. 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!

Join Miss Maybe and her traveling troupe of players as they pitch up on Friday 25th August at Pierremont to serve you a Saucy Seaside special and some innocent adult only fun!

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. 18+ Only

Westgate Galleria

Don’t miss your last weekend chance to see Westgate Galleria’s exhibition featuring paintings and lino prints by the popular local artist Lesley Gray, all inspired by the nature surrounding her home in Ramsgate and her experiences of travelling around the world.

Nature inspires Lesley creatively and emotionally to connect with her feelings and inner self. She recreates and connects those feelings, colours, joy and emotions into her artwork. She tells us that sometimes she succeeds, sometimes she doesn’t. Like the sea, her paintings can be challenging and variable but she always seeks to evoke the spirit of the place.

The Galleria is open Mondays to Saturdays, 10am to 5pm, but closed on Bank Holiday Monday. It is in Station Road, Westgate.


Laurence Epps’ exhibition of seascape photography closes on 30th August, so Saturday is your last weekend opportunity to catch it in Westgate Galleria, at 29 Station Road, open 10am to 5pm (closed on Bank Holiday Monday).

Laurence, who has a growing following online, describes Tranquillity as a collection of soothing captures taken from around Thanet’s beautiful bays. The seascape is at its most thought provoking, as defined by the sun. Blue hour and Golden hour are extra special times. They provide the most beautiful shades and stunning tones. One can see why Turner was so inspired by Thanet’s skies. The collection at Westgate Galleria shares some of Laurence’s favourite moments and images. Enjoy losing yourself into escapism and finding some tranquillity in nature.

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.

Ramsgate Festival of Sound

Ramsgate Festival of Sound continues until 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.

On August 27 it’s Busk at Dusk on the East Cliff, beyond the East Cliff Chine Steps, which is close to the entrance to the George VI park, along a solid concrete promenade.

Line up includes performances from rock’n’roll trio Guitars Have Ghosts, plus Steve Gamble, Daisy Beau, Gaddzukes, Luke J Dorman, Dolly & Clyde, Thomas Abrahams and Pie Factory Music and more.

The finale this year sees the Resurrection of composer Simon Boswell’s dead music just before the finale from Ramsgate’s own super group – The Future Psychedelics and The Last Supper!

A blend of Funk, Psychedelia and Chaos, THE LAST SUPPER will be a mix of originals and covers exploring the subject of the Last Supper and the natural regeneration of everything…

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Broadstairs Bandstand

August 25, 1pm-4pm Nick Kelly

August 26 2,30pm-4pm  Kent Coastal Concert Band

August 27 2.30pm to 4pm City of Canterbury Band

Museum Movie Magic at Quex

August 26-28, 11am to 4pm, Quex estate, Birchington

Discover vintage film from the archive, tread the museum walk of film, create your own movie poster and play movie themed-games

* Create your own movie poster
* Have some fun playing with film-themed card games
* Follow the Museum Walk of Frame, answer the questions, and become a star
* Take a closer look at Antionette and Diana’s film footage filmed during their travels
* Make your own Victorian thaumatrope and make your images come to life
* Become the Director! Using your smartphone, film your day at the museum. Send in your films to the museum to win a free visit for you and 4 others
* Visit the museum and gardens
* Explore Quex House with your very own guide

Antoinette and Diana Powell-Cotton used film to record the places they visited when they travelled. View some of their film recordings alongside the amazing objects they collected.

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

Please note that entrance to Quex House will be by guided tour only. Tour times will be published on the day.

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A Guy Called Gerald – All Night Long

August 26, Olby’s Soul Café, Margate, 10pm-3am

The gateway between Chicago house / Detroit Techno and the UK dance music explosion. A Guy Called Gerald, the Godfather of the Beat returns to Margate, at Olby’s for a monster 3 hour DJ. Support on the night from Nick Ronin.

Tickets £15.60 plus booking fee Book now

Ramsgate’s Charlotte Court Market

August 26, 10am-4pm

Monthly market of crafts, goods and local produce

Monthly market of crafts, curated goods and local produce

The Red Telephone: Logan Fisher + more

August 26, 9pm, Whereelse? The Centre, Margate.

The Red Telephone is a new party that highlights the wonky, progressive, organic and leftfield exponents of the dance music culture featuring DJs that unite nations beneath one mirror ball the world over as well as a local selection of DJ.

The inaugural party is headed by Logan Fisher.

This is an 18+ event

Tickets £11 Book now

Recollection – Banned Live

August 26, 6.30pm-10.30pm, Chatam House Grammar School, Chatham St, Ramsgate

Following on from the successful Turner Contemporary exhibition ‘Banned’ Curator Sabina Desir brings an evening of live music to Ramsgate Festival of Sound.

‘Banned Live’ is two  live music acts built around the vocal prowess of two dynamic voices.

Award winning vocalist Randolph Matthews performs an exclusive commissioned piece called “Breaking Ground” in response to the thought provoking exhibition ‘Banned’ at Turner Contemporary.

Multidisciplinarian artist Sabina Desir takes her place as vocalist alongside a line-up of international Jazz and Blues musicians including arguably the UK’s most gifted guitarist Tony Remy, the highly regarded and award-winning saxophonist Tony Kofi and award-winning drummer Winston Clifford. Sabina and Jessica’s bassist of choice Jason Simpson completes the rhythm section and Jessica Lauren takes the reins as Musical Director on Keyboards for the night.

Works from the exhibition by Artist Charlie Evaristo-Boyce will provide the visual backdrop to the show.

General Admission £17.50 Book now

TKE Studios Summer Fair

August 26, 11am-5pm, TKE STUDIOS 99 Victoria Rd Margate

Art stalls and games by artists at TKE Studios and Tracey Emin Artist Residency with artwork prizes for the public

Food and drink by A Perfect Place To Grow – the hospitality training café run by Margate’s Lee Coad (Angela’s and Dory’s) and Harry Ryder (Bottega Caruso)

Music performed by Attawalpa and Ziah Ziah

Vintage clothing pop-up

August 25-29, J.Wales Studio 2a Dane Hill Margate

Pop-up by Peony Vintage late night opening tonight until 8pm

Hacienda Classical

August 26, Dreamland, 5pm – 11pm (last entry 10pm)

Formed by DJ Graeme Park… Hacienda Classical gives a classical spin to the huge anthems which were played at the iconic nightclub

Scenic Stage (Outdoor Event Space)

Tickets £45 plus booking fee Book now

Story time and activities at The Classroom Westgate

August 26, Storytime, 2pm, from Wanda’s words got stuck

Venue open 9.30am-4.30pm

34 Station Road, Westgate

Cliftonville Farmers Market

August 27, 10am-1pm, Walpole Green, Palm Bay Avenue

Award-winning Farmers Market where producers will be selling bread, cheese, honey, fruit, vegetables, wild game, fruit juices, fresh meat and much more. 40 stalls booked in selling everything from vegan to wild game.

Predominately food, drink and plants with a couple of craft stalls.

Magic Hours: Film Heritage Walking Tours – Ramsgate

August 27, 10.30am-11.30am, Walking Tour of Ramsgate’s old cinema and film locations.

Meeting point: Coleman’s Yard, off Queen St, Ramsgate

The Palace’s Cinema Walks explore and celebrate all former cinemas, 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, re-visit each town’s love for the sights, sounds and sensations of film from the 1890s to today.

Routes – Cinema Walks are in the centre of each town: Broadstairs is smaller and flatter but Ramsgate and Margate include hillier streets. Please contact the Palace in advance to check if the route is suitable for you / your group.

£7 Adult

£6 Concession

£3.50 Under-15

Free – Carer accompanying disabled participant

Book now

Nethercourt and St Lawrence garden sale

August 27, 10am-3pm

Bric-a-brac, clothes, tools, toys, furniture and more from gardens and garages within the estate from Helvellyn Avenue to Rydal Avenue, Nethercourt Farm Road and lots of others.

Westgate Safari

August 27, from 9.30am

More than 40 sellers across Westgate.

1st Westgate-on-Sea Scout group is taking by running a coffee and activity morning!

Alll money raised going towards the setup of the new Squirrel Scout Drey!

Find the map here


Sandwich Festival medieval encampment

August 26-27, 10am-4pm, Sandwich Medieval Centre, The Quay

Fun filled weekend of have a go crafts and living history on the Quay green

The Magic of Motown

August 27, The Granville Theatre, Ramsgate, 7.30pm

Reach Out and show you there Ain’t No Mountain High Enough with the biggest Motown party of the year.

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

Blues and Beers at the Brewery with Sam Brothers

August 27, noon-5pm, The Ramsgate Brewery, 4 Pysons Road Industrial Estate

Gadds The Ramsgate Brewery is thrilled to have Sam Brothers play at their Taproom for a beery, bluesy Bank Holiday Bash.

Folk singer and songwriter Sam’s troubadour-esque performative style has cemented him as a firm favourite amongst all at GADDS’ and we can’t think of a better way to spend a Bank Holiday Sunday afternoon.

The Sunday sessions are family friendly with plenty of choice at the bar… alongside their own range of fresh GADDS’ beer, of course!

Delicious food will be served by Urban Grillaz.

The Kent Country Show

August 27-28, 10am-5pm, Quex Park Birchington

Days filled with horses, motorbike stunts, stunt ring, wrestling, Jonathan Marshall from

Game of Thrones, gundog displays and  more.

British BMX Bike champ, Inspire Motorbike team, Dog and Duck Show in

the main ring and dog ring, Falconry displays by Angie and Rick, history revisited, Steam area and classic cars.

Cookery demonstrations, Markele Magic from Britain’s Got Talent, The Buccaneers touring musical and WE LOVE DOGS with over 20 Dog Classes, Pedigree Dog Show and more for charity.

Stormtroopers, Hercules the Robot, Superhero’s – come along and have a photo with them all. Puppet shows, Punch and Judy, Clowns and Farmer Gemma’s Petting Farm.

Rural Crafters, chainsaw carving, artists and archery.

For ticket info visit: www.thekentcountryshow.co.uk

Tickets online – Adult £10, Concession £9.50, Children (5-15yrs) £5, Under 5s FREE / On the Gate – Adult £12, Concession £11, Children (5-15yrs) £5.50, Under 5s Free

Rumble Wrestling Returns to The Oval Cliftonville

August 27,

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

Event page for tickets here

Ramsgate Costumed Walk

Royal Harbour Walk, August 29 at 2.30pm. Meet: Harbour Clockhouse

Ramsgate is proud to boast the only Royal Harbour in the British Isles, the honour having been bestowed by King George IV in 1821. You will see Smeaton’s famous dry dock, learn of the vast fishing industry carried on in Ramsgate in the 19th centuries & hear of the miraculous evacuation of British troops from Dunkirk in 1940.

Wasteland All-dayer

August 28,The Albion Rooms, 31 Eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville,
Five live acts, DJ’s & BBQ from 1pm in the back beer garden. Tickets are just £6 via Dice (link below) and available on the door. It says 18+ on the ticket link but all ages are welcome. Tickets here

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).

RNLI 911 challenge

Bank Holiday Monday 28th August Ramsgate RNLI lifeboat station welcomes the 2023 RNLI-911 Challenge. They should arrive at Ramsgate RNLI Station at noon and will need to be on their way at 1pm.

Fundraisers visiting stations across the country to support the RNLI. Details here

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