Things to see and do in Thanet, September 15-17

A Destash fair takes place on Sunday

Beats & Treats/ night market

September 15, 5pm-9pm, The Oval Bandstand and Lawns Cliftonville

Featuring Taking Care of Vegas.

The Oval Bandstand Bar will be in full swing, serving up a delightful array of alcoholic drinks and cocktails. Meanwhile, The Oval Kiosk is serving barista coffee, indulge in specialty teas, and Solley’s ice cream, plus food stalls.

Free tickets Book now

The Wedding Singer

September 15-16, 7.30pm, The Granville Theatre Ramsgate

Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie, The Wedding Singer’s sparkling new score features hit songs and a hilarious script.

Produced by production company, Regency Productions.

Tickets available from £20.90 subject to a transaction fee of £2.50 Book now

Northern Belle relaunch

The Northern Belle is open now but the official relaunch takes place on September 15, at 6.30pm with singer Karl Dawson providing music for the evening from 8.30pm.

The Northern Belle is at 4 Mansion Street, Margate. Current opening hours are Tues-Weds 3pm-9pm, Thursday 2pm-11pm, Friday and Saturday noon-midnight and Sunday 2pm-11pm

Gadds Green Hop Day

Gadds Green Hop Day will be held on Saturday, September 16. As always, the ceremonial tapping of the cask will be at 12:30pm, with the first pints served after a brief toast to the wonderful hop growers at Syndale Farm and the annual hop report.

To keep stomachs satisfied, vendor Urban Grillaz will be serving food throughout the day, with veggie/vegan options available too.

From midday, there will be Morris Dancing from Bower Street Morris and at 2pm, after a few pints of Green Hop Ale have been sunk, the inimitable Gaddzukes will take to the stage to perform their ukulele magic until 4pm.

Find the taproom at Hornet Close on Pysons Industrial Estate.

Pugin Week

Last chance to catch events for Pugin Week

Friday 15th September 7.30pm School life at St Augustine’s Abbey School   A talk by Andrew Sharp from the Old Augustinians …  past pupil at this celebrated school, founded in 1865 by the Benedictines of Ramsgate.

Saturday 16th – 7.00pm. ‘Exhibiting Gothic on the World Stage: A.W.N. Pugin and the Great Exhibition’. A richly illustrated talk by Dr Jasmine Allen, Director of the Stained Glass Museum, Ely, and expert on nineteenth-century stained glass.

All events are free and at St Augustine’s, St Augustine’s Road, Ramsgate.

For more information about the Pugin family and their connections to Ramsgate, visit

Broadstairs bandstand

September 15, 1pm-4pm, Nick Kelly

September 16 TBA

September 17, 1pm-4pm Ian Fox

St John’s Church, Margate – monthly Saturday shop

Visit the pop-up charity shop this Saturday from 10am to noon in St John’s Community Centre, Victoria Road, Margate. CT9 1LN

Looking for “new to you” Christmas gifts?   On the lookout for quality toys and children’s books?

Enjoy hunting for bargains amongst pre-loved clothing?  Got an eye for a vintage bargain?

Keen on crafting or buying handmade items?

There’s something for everyone in the pop-up shop.

Refreshments are served in the main hall and there is a cake stall. Money raised goes towards the community centre running costs.

Sarah Thorne Theatre Broadstairs

Saturday 16 September at 7.30pm -The Thanet Male Voice Choir supporting Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund and the St Lawrence Clock Restoration Project.

Tickets £12 in advance £14 on the door

Sunday 17 September at 3.00pm -The Bradstow Symphony Orchestra & The Bradstow Singers with Last Night at the Proms.

Tickets £13 in advance £15 on the door.

Advance tickets at:


September 16, 7.30pm-1am, Olby’s Soul Cafe Margate

Jazz Funk & Soul stalwarts Incognito with special guest DJs

Tickets £37.50 Book now

Second Home House Pilsner Launch Party

September 16, doors open 6pm, Where Else? in Margate.

Where Else? launches own house pilsner Second Home.

Second Home House Pilsner branding designer/illustrator Jordan T Gray who will be exhibiting new work alongside artist Paul Thiry.

– DJ sets all night

– a print your own T-Shirt workshop with Jordan Gray

– Second Homes all round (£3.50 a pint between 6pm and 8pm)

This is an 18+ event.

Tickets Free Book now

Wings Of Fire

September 16, Dreamland

Wings Of Fire eating challenge live on the iconic Scenic Stage.

Eat different levels of spiced wings to win prizes, organised by IWA, you’ll tackle five to six chicken wings (vegan option of 12 – 15 mini cauliflower heads) per round, with the spice level getting higher each round.

To get involved, sign up on the day between 11:00 & 11:30 at The Scenic Stage. Places are limited to just 20 contestants. The challenge begins at midday.

Down by the Sea afterparty

September 16, 10pm-2.30am, Faith in Strangers Cliftonville

With Andy Smith, Portishead

Venue/Bar open from 6pm
Event doors: 10pm

Tickets on sale now at

Gabriel Moreno- Wound in the Night

September 16, from 7.30pm, Ramsgate Music Hall

Gabriel Moreno and his band celebrate the launch of the new album ‘Wound In The Night’. Recorded and produced in Ramsgate by Michael Collins at Big Jelly Studios.

On the night Moreno will present songs from the new album plus some old favourites like ‘We Can Write England All Over Again’ and ‘Feel Like Dancing’. He will be accompanied by virtuoso pianist Ned Cartwright, Michael Collins on drums/percussion and guests from the London and Ramsgate alternative-folk/indie and Americana scene.

Tickets £12 plus booking fee. Book at:

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]

It’s all about the bass

Live music at the Broadstairs Pavilion on Sunday 17 September,

In memory of Broadstairs musician Jeff Matthews and featuring local musicians who have all previously played alongside Jeff.

The free event will start at 1pm with live sets from Gabriel Malagodi then Einstein’s Children. This will be followed by Nigel Feist as Uncle Nige and the Naughty Nephews who will provide a live jukebox experience with people bidding to hear their favourite songs. The grand finale will feature a special reunion of The Sadows, a tribute to The Shadows, in which Jeff had played bass.

Entry to the Pavilion is free but donations are welcome with every penny going to the charity East Kent Motor Neurone Disease Association.

There will be a raffle with prizes including train and Scalextric sets donated by Hornby and vouchers donated for a range of experiences including a massage, a meal at The Little Sicilian, a mosaic lesson from town artist Martin Cheek.

A  donation of a Spear Les Paul guitar with Seymour Duncan pickups will be auctioned to the highest bidder.

Plenty of cash is advised for the raffle, tombola and Pot of Gold, where half the pot of money will be won by one lucky person. The aim is to raise as much money as possible and sights are set high.

People are invited to bring their family and friends for the afternoon of music, and optional dancing, and help to raise funds for the cause.

There will be food and drink available to buy from the Pavilion throughout the afternoon.

Facebook event page  – It’s All About The Bass! MNDA Fundraiser and tribute to Jeff Matthews | Facebook


Palace Cinema Broadstairs

Sunday Silent’s are back – and what a treat we have for you! Not one, not two but THREE Buster Keaton comedies in one, with this, the very first feature film that he co-wrote, directed and starred in in 1923.  As ever, accompanied on live piano by the wonderful Lillian Henley!

Sunday 17 September. Book here

Benjamin Senior ‘Minor Streets’

Opens September 17, Carl Freedman Gallery, Margate

Solo exhibition by Benjamin Senior running until 12th November.

Open 12 noon – 5pm, Wednesday-Sunday.

Special Preview: Saturday 16th September, 5-8 pm. All welcome

Summer Sundays Concert: The Real Deal Band

September 17, The Oval Bandstand and Lawns Cliftonville

Free summer music concert

Doors, toilets and concessions open: 1pm – 5pm . Concert: 2pm – 4pm.

Margate Cultural Walking Tour

September 17. 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… to end 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.

Its a fun and witty talk, that should give a whirlwind tour of Margate’s colourful history.

Tickets £10.00 Book now

The Nun 2 (15)

Carlton Cinema Westgate

In 1956 France, a priest is murdered, and it seems an evil is spreading. Sister Irene once again comes face to face with a demonic force.

From September 15. Details here

Heritage Open Days

Dreamland Heritage Trust

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th, Dreamland’s main concourse opposite the ballroom Open times are 11am -4pm on both days.

On Saturday 16th, children’s circus workshop hosted by This Bean Spins taking place at 1pm and later at 3pm.

A history talk (ticketed event) by local historian Carl Hudson, taking a look back at Britain’s ‘Greatest Showman” Lord George Sanger, who in the 1870s brought his menagerie of animals and zoological gardens to Dreamland, Margate. Guests can discover more about this fascinating Victorian circus innovator, the performers he brought to Margate, and how his influence shaped the future of our town. The talk is 3pm-4pm at the Ballroom at Dreamland Margate.

There will also be a host of other activities taking place throughout the day and a chance to view the last remaining mural which was part of the Jolly Dog Bar. The Trust has recreated the bar space! Plus lots of exhibits, showcasing Dreamland’s rich heritage.

The event is free to attend, although spaces for the circus skills and ceramic workshops are limited and it is advised that guests book online via eventbrite to secure their space.

On Sunday 17th September, lots of activities including Tiles of Joy Thanet, hosting a ceramic tile workshop to create 100 Dreamland themed tiles to go on display in the park next year. A show stopping cake is also being created, showcasing 100 years of Dreamland’s history, cby local Baker Kimberley Lamont from Daisy Cakes of Kent.

Local artist Ieuan Edwards will be showcasing some of his award winning lino print drawings, and has also created an exclusive new print of the Scenic Railway for the event.

Pinball Geoff from the award winning BBC TV Show The Repair Shop, will host a cardboard arcade workshop, where families can come and create their own pinball game inspired by dreamland’s historic arcade games.

Discover 100 years of Dreamland’s incredible history at the ‘Dreamcatcher’ exhibition. Record your own memories of Dreamland for the archive in the custom-built Dreamcatcher booth.

Pre-booking at

Margate Caves

Explore the Margate Caves Photo Frank Leppard

September 13-17, 10am-4.30pm

Pre-booking tours a must! Tours 30 minutes long

Explore underground and discover over 200 years of history in Margate.

Under the hill of Cliftonville lies the Margate caves. From chalk mines to a rich man’s playground the caves have been used in a variety of ways over the years. Open to the public on and off since Victorian times, venture down the tunnel, explore the caves and chat to the friendly team who can spin tales of years gone by.

Saturday 16th – Tiles of Joy at Margate Caves
Jayne Wright brings her ‘Tiles of Joy’ to the caves. Create a tile as part of a community art project. Pre-booking a must! Tile-making class 11am–2pm (no entry to caves)

1 Northdown Road, Margate

St Laurence Church

Saturday 16th September, Church open 10am-3pm with church tour 10am and churchyard tour 2pm

St Laurence is a Grade I Listed church, the oldest building in Ramsgate, tracing its history back to 1062.

The monuments, windows and hatchments within the church have interesting stories to tell.

The astounding invention of full circle bell ringing was cutting edge in its day as was the clock!

High Street, St Lawrence, Ramsgate

St George the Martyr Church

Saturday 16th Church open 10am-3pm – tower tours at 11am and 1:30pm, crypt tours at 11:30am and 2pm and ‘Unsinkable People’ 3pm

Tower and Crypt Tours (weather permitting; not suitable for Under 8s and children 8 years and older to be accompanied by an adult)

View the astounding invention, the church organ, a Grade II listed organ made by Hill, installed in 1896.

View the Lantern Tower, Dunkirk Memorial Window and Henry Weigall Mural in this Grade I listed church.

Church Hill/ Broad Street, Ramsgate

Margate Museum

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th 11am-3pm

Come and see 2,500 plus years of the history of “Meregate”

Also included are specific displays covering the history of Dreamland, Paddle Steamers and Holy Trinity Church in Cliftonville.

Learn about the murder at the Metropole Hotel and you don’t want to miss our ‘Police in Margate’ display. Fancy being locked in a circa 1858 police cell?

Market Place, Margate

Dickens House Museum

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th open 1pm-4.30pm for tours

Dickens House Museum celebrates 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.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the museum opening, a new walking trail has been launched. Come and follow in the footsteps of this world famous author who spent almost two years in Broadstairs.

2 Victoria Parade, Broadstairs

Drapers Windmill

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th, noon – 4pm

This 170 year old smock mill is grinding once again following restoration. See it in operation, subject to wind conditions.

Easy steps lead into the ground floor where a film and CCTV give you sight of what is happening. Higher floors are accessible to more agile visitors.

Light refreshments are available for HOD’s.

St. Peters Footpath, Margate

Cliftonville Cultural Space (Ark)

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September 11am – 4pm

Now named ARK based at the newly refurbished in the former Margate synagogue. The site was built in 1929 and retains a number of original features including decorative stained glass windows and the ladies’ gallery.

Visit the ‘Cliftonville Voices’ exhibition which commemorates the rich Jewish history of the area as well as celebrating its current diverse communities. The history of Cliftonville is explored through neighbourhood resident interviews, past and present, using film, displays and an immersive soundscape.

Joy C Martindale, a local artist, led refugee and migrant mothers, as part of the United Mothers Project, in Margate and Samphire, Dover, to create the art show ‘Mother Trees Connect the Forest’. Come along to view this glorious and fascinating show

1 Albion Road, Cliftonville

Minster Abbey

Saturday 16th 11am-noon for tours and Open Grounds 10am-4pm

Outside tour by a sister of the only surviving pre-Reformation Abbey in the country still in current use as a religious house.

Chapel open for quiet individual prayer. At 12:15pm pray with the sisters.

Visit the Parkminster grounds to see the medieval fishponds and the beautiful flower gardens.

View an exhibition with DVD in the Old Barn about the life of the monastery from 670 AD to the present day.

Tearooms. Good accessibility; toilets and accessible parking on the abbey’s driveway, near the entrance

Church Street, Minster

Spitfire and Hurricane Museum

September 12-17, Open 10am – 4pm

The Museum commemorates those who served in World War II through exhibiting the aircraft and objects they used as well as telling their stories. Central to the display are the iconic Spitfire Mk XVI and Hurricane Mk II.

For £10 (a reduction on normal price), you can ‘fly’ the famous Spitfire. Take control of the iconic aircraft with a 10-minute simulated flight from London City Airport to Heathrow, with the opportunity to try some aerobatics en-route! Flights will be sold on a first-come-first-served walk-in basis during this event.

Manston Road, Ramsgate

Palace Cinema

Friday 15th open 1pm-4pm, talk at 2pm and Saturday 16th open 11am-2pm, talk at noon. Pre-booked talks are a must

Explore the unique story of the Palace, then take your seat for a talk about Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate as film locations! From the 1940s to Empire of Light, hear about local film heritage on screen.

See inside Broadstairs’ lovely old Grade II listed cinema and explore the foyer and auditorium. With displays and children’s activity sheets.

Harbour Street, Broadstairs

The Grange & St Edward’s Presbytery

Open Friday 15th – Monday 18th 10am – 4pm, Tuesday 19th 10am-1pm

Free Admission but entry preferred in advance via EventBrite (pre-booking is preferred but walk-ins’ are welcome on the day)

The Grange was built by Augustus Pugin in 1845 and remained in the family until 1928. The building reflects Pugin’s belief in the Gothic style as the only true Christian architecture and his ideal to live out his life in the Middle Ages. Pugin produced some of his finest work at The Grange, including designs for the House of Lords.

A rare chance to see inside St. Edward’s Presbytery, built by Augustus Pugin in 1850 as part of this great architect’s original conception for this exceptional Gothic revival site on Ramsgate’s West Cliffs.

Picnics in the grounds welcome.

St Augustine’s Road, Ramsgate

West of the Brooks Walk

September 16,  walk starts at 2pm

Robin Colyer will be leading a local history walk on behalf of Margate Civic Society – a special walk as part of the Heritage Open Days looking at the development of Westbrook and Hartsdown Park.

The walk starts at the railway station, Margate.

There is a donation charge of at least £3 for the walk, which lasts approximately an hour and a half.

For further details please phone 07878 537448

Italianate Glasshouse

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th , noon-2.30pm

The Italianate Glasshouse, a Grade II* Listed historic monument, was erected in the grounds of East Cliff Lodge, Sir Moses Montefiore’s 22 acre estate in 1832.

The greenhouse was originally sited at Bretton Hall, Yorkshire.

This delightful glasshouse was renovated in 2005 and is home to a tea garden, the proceeds of which contribute towards the upkeep of the greenhouse.

King George VI Memorial Park, Ramsgate

Crab Museum

September 16-17, Open 11am-4.30pm

Visit Europe’s only museum dedicated to the world of the decapod.

Discover the secrets of these remarkable animals, from the story of the giant Margate crab to what the extinct Sooty Crayfish has in common with fidget spinners.

9 Broad Street, Margate

Spencer Square Ramsgate

September 17, open noon-4pm

Spencer Square, a beautiful Georgian square, is the perfect place to take a break and relax with Van Gogh, a bust donated by artist Antony Padgett. Find Van Gogh’s former home at No.11, where he lodged in 1876.

Spencer Square is run by a group of local volunteers. In honour of Vincent there will be an open air art exhibition by local artists.

Come and enjoy a cuppa and a cake at Vincent’s cafe and a free tennis taster in the adjacent tennis courts.

Donations to Friends of Spencer Square will help the garden grow to be enjoyed by everyone.


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