Things to do this weekend (September 8-10) plus a couple of dates for your diary

Train ride fun at Ellington Park Photo Frank Leppard

Heritage Open Days

Every September, the country’s architecture and culture is celebrated during Heritage Open Days, when many historical buildings open to the public for free.

This year Heritage Open Days, take place between Friday 9th – Sunday 18th September, with the theme ‘Creativity Unwrapped’

A number of venues in Thanet are taking part and a new addition this year is Margate’s Crab Museum.

Attractions include St John’s, Margate, open this Saturday (10am to 4pm) and Sunday (noon to 4pm) with tea, coffee and soft drinks plus a sponsored Ride and Stride on Saturday. Cakes and savouries will be on sale.  Organist playing from 11am to noon, then 1pm to 2pm on Saturday.

Find all the Thanet Heritage Open Days attractions and opening days/times here

Margate Swing Festival

Seaside vintage dance weekend. Three nights of dancing with wild swim, tea dance, roller disco and outdoor dance sunset finale.

Friday 8th September… * 7pm-12am ‘Welcome Dance’ at The Nayland Rock Hotel
Saturday 9th September- noon Wild Swim & Beach Bloody Marys, Walpole Bay Tidal Pool, 3pm Roller Disco, 7pm Dance Lesson at The Nayland Rock Hotel, 8pm-midnight Vintage Evening Ball at The Nayland Rock Hotel
Sunday 10th September- Outdoor Dance at The Sundeck 3pm-9pm. Final drink-up at ‘The Fez’ 9pm-late

DJs, dancers and live bands from the London swing scene as well as Margate’s local talent to play  Lindy, Balboa, Shag and Blues.

Tickets £42 Book now

Yard sale

September 9, 11am-3pm, St George’s Church Ramsgate

A monthly yard style market for all the community: second-hand, bric-a-brac, vintage, craft, food and lots of family activities.

Margate Collector Fair

September 9, 10am-3pm, Union Church, Union Crescent, Margate

Thanet’s longest running collectors fair, a bi-monthly event, buying and selling old postcards, stamps, militaria, coins, cigarette cards, ephemera and small antiques and collectables etc.

Open Cockpit Weekend

September 9-10, RAF Manston History Museum. Open 10am – 4pm

On both days the museum will be opening up a selection of cockpits including the Nimrod and English Electric Lightning for you to step inside and take a look from the pilots seat, seeing what it is really like to be in charge of these amazing machines.

Listen and watch a merlin engine come to life

Try your hand at driving lorry or take a ride in a fire engine or tank

Refreshments available – ice cream, burgers, toasties, slushies, waffles

Usual museum entry prices apply Adult £5, Child £2.50, Under 5’s Free, Concessions £4, Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) £15). Ride tickets additional cost.

Margate FC fun day

September 9, 1.30pm-5pm, Margate FC ground at Hartsdown

Face painting, Panna tournament, speed cage, inflatable pitch, children’s activities, ice cream.

Margate FC v Potters Bar kick off 3pm

Free entry for every adult with a child.

Summer Jam

September 9, Ramsgate Music Hall, doors open 8pm

DJ Mr Fix and DJ Lonnie at Ramsgate Music Hall.

Unity-Radio1 Presents: Summer Jam with DJ Mr Fix and DJ Lonnie.

R&B – Reggae – Funky House – Lover Rock – 80’s/ 90s Mix

Entry Requirements: 18+

£12.50 + £1.50 Booking fee Book now

Classic Garden Games

September 9, 11am-3pm, Powell-Cotton Museum at Quex, Birchington

Garden games have been played in Quex Gardens for many years, and enjoyed by all. This September bring the family to Quex Gardens and enjoy traditional garden games included with your general admission ticket. Challenge Grandpa to a game of boules, test your sister at giant Jenga or gather everyone for a game of croquet.

Adult: £3.50
Concession (over 65, disabled, student with student ID): £3.00
Child (4-16): £2.50
Infant (0-3): Free
Carer / Companion (accompanying a disabled person): Free
Powell-Cotton Museum Members: Free

Hire your chosen game upon arrival – first comes first served


Now-September 13, York Street Gallery Ramsgate

New exhibition of collage by Graham Goldwater.

Graham will be hosting a meet the artist event on Friday evening 6pm-8pm, all welcome.

Open 10.30am-4pm Tuesday to Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sunday.

The Lido Open

8 – 30 September, The Lido Stores, Ethelbert Terrace, Cliftonville

Work from 49 artists. Drinks reception and prize winner announced by guest judge Charles Williams: Saturday, 9 September  at 7pm-9pm


From September 8, The Front Room Gallery, Bellevue Road, Ramsgate

An exhibition of paintings by Sharon Page

Open 10am-4pm September 8-10, September 15-17 and September 22-24

Private view September 8, 7pm-9pm

A Return to the Sea

Open daily (10am – 5pm) from Friday 8th September to Tuesday 19th September at Pie Factory Gallery, Margate.

Exhibition by Darren Lewis and Ross Andrews.

This is the artists’ seventh joint exhibition at the Pie Factory Gallery in the past 8 years.

‘A Return to the Sea’, signifies both artists revisiting their passion of Thanet’s coastlines. Both artists had time away from what they enjoy most. Ross spent most of 2022 recovering from injuries sustained due to the physical demands of his pursuit for the ultimate shot. Darren spent a significant period away from the sea as a subject matter, due to absorbing other creative projects.


Palace Cinema Broadstairs

A swooning romantic treat and the first Oscar contender of this year. Meet Nora and Hae Sung. Once deeply connected childhood friends, the pair have lost touch following Nora’s family emigration from South Korea to the USA. Two decades later, the pair are are reunited in New York for one fateful week as they confront notions of destiny, love, and the choices that make a life. Outstanding.

Friday 8 September to Thursday 21 September

Details here

Lucas and the Dynamos

September 9, from 7.30pm,  Red Arrows Club, Newington Road, Ramsgate.

Tickets on the door £10

Average Indie Club

September 9, from 8pm, The Churchill Tavern Ramsgate

Playing a mix of Indie music from late 80s, 90s, 00s and some very current a

Last entry time: 11pm. Over 21s only

Tickets £7 + £1.50 booking fee. Book now

Summer Sundays Concert: Ini Lowe / Apollo Bleu

September 10, The Oval Bandstand and Lawns Cliftonville

Free summer music concert

Open 1pm – 5pm with concert 2pm-4pm

Margate Cultural Walking Tour

September 10. Starts at 1pm

This 40 minute walking tour along Margate’s seafront into the Old Town, covers the town’s history from 900 AD, through its history as a holiday getaway, then as a haven for artists, lovers (and the occasional rockstar) in more recent times to the spot it is today.

A fun tour whether you are a local or a visitor. Start at Cinque Points by Dreamland, near Margate rail station, then take a gentle stroll through the spots along the seafront that feature in these historical tales, ending in Margate’s old town. And those who stay on afterwards will have the option to taste some of the local wines, ales (and cheese!) together.

Tickets £10 Book now

Ellington Park 130th birthday

September 10, Open 11am – 4pm

Come along to celebrate the 130th anniversary of Ellington Park becoming a public park.

A fun and informative day for the whole family with historic displays and talks, a variety of performers and children’s crafting activities.

Attractions will include:

  • Vintage cars
  • Free lion puppet workshops with Looping the Loop
  • The Sprackling Tales by Mrs Fox
  • Spin the Bean with hoops of fun
  • ‘Board at Home’ games
  • Free music and acts at the bandstand – including SuperMicks, Kensei Taiko, Thanet Ukulele Band, Lyrical Hands and La Samba Ya Wantsum.
  • Food and drink
  • Park bookshop open
  • Miniature Railway will be running
  • Heritage Open Day – historic displays and talks

Park Road, Ramsgate

The Equaliser 3 (15)

Carlton Cinema Westgate

Since giving up his life as a government assassin, Robert McCall finds solace in serving justice on behalf of the oppressed. Now living in Southern Italy, he soon discovers his new friends are under the control of local crime bosses. As events turn deadly, McCall becomes their protector by taking on the mafia.

Details here

Broadstairs Bandstand

September 10, 2pm-4pm, music from Two’s Company

Word Slags 3

September 10, 7.30pm, The Albion Rooms, Eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville

Quarterly spoken word poetry night run and hosted by Genevieve Pepper and Jake Nathan.

Expect great poetry, great music, great vibes

Doors at 7pm for a 7:30pm start.
Tickets £6.50 (cost of living price £3)

Tickets here

Open Gardens

September 10, noon-5pm open gardens at 104 Grange Road and 12 West Cliff Road, Ramsgate. £5 entry for both gardens, tea and cakes on sale at Grange Road. Money going to nursing charities.

Coming soon

Friction Farm

September 14, Rosslyn Court Cliftonville, doors open 7pm

Modern-folk duo Friction Farm is a husband and wife team of internationally travelling troubadours. Aidan Quinn and Christine Stay combine storytelling, social commentary and humour to create songs of everyday life, local heroes, and quirky observations. From ballads to anthems each song is filled with harmony and hope.

Tickets here

Destash Of Craft Supplies Fayre

September 17

Crafters collect buttons and bows, thread and wool, pearls and crystals, paper and lace…. and many more items and need to destash annually. This is to: remind themselves of what they actually have; to evaluate the value of each item in their stash; to remember why they bought an item; to resurrect projects they had planned many months ago and to make space for new items.

At a Destash Fayre items are sold in various sized packages – some are only a few pieces, others contain many different items of different colours, style, types but all at much reduced prices.

Coastal Crafty Crew will hold a Destash Fayre on Sunday 17th September, 10am – 3pm in the Small Barn at Quex Park, Birchington CT70BH.

Any profits from the pitch fees and the tombola are donated to Children’s Air Ambulance.

Handmade Craft Fairs will be held on October 1st, November 5th, November 19th and December 10th .

December 10th Craft Fayre will be the last craft fayre of the season and there will be  free mince pies and warm mulled spice wine and non alcoholic mulled wine subject to availability.

For more details please email Jan at [email protected]

Little Shop of Horrors

R&J Productions bring the horror comedy musical to The Centre at Birchington on September 22-23. Shows at 7.30pm plus a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Tickets from £14. Book here

Mummy to Mummy Fair

Organised by Thanet Virtual High Street and Under 1 Roof

The Mummy to Mummy Baby Fair is tailor-made for pre-parents and parents of 0-5 year olds and takes place on 24th September from 4.30pm-7pm at Under 1 Roof, Pyson’s Road.

Admission: £1 per adult. children’s play for £1.

On offer will be pre-loved baby and children’s clothing in excellent condition, toys, gear, and equipment to keep little ones entertained and connect with fellow parents for tips, and advice.

Snacks and refreshments will be available to buy.


The 10th OhSoRetro show with more than 1,500 classic and retro vehicles on show at Palm Bay on September 24.

Including 50 club stands and some 20 show and shine awards plus trade and autojumble as well as live music from 10am to 3.30pm and entertainment.

Entry is £7 prebooked, £10 on the gate. Under 16s go free with a full paying adult. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

There is disabled parking on the first part of the show field. Show your blue badge to a marshal on arrival. Show and Shine awards and raffle are drawn at 3.30pm. All proceeds from the raffle go to the 1st Margate Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade.

Public parking is over the road on Palm Bay Green for a £2 donation. This is being run by East Kent College with funds going to local causes.

Find out more on the website at call 075 44 33 82 82 or email [email protected]

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