Things to do and see in Thanet, September 29- October 1

Liberty Choir gala concert in Ramsgate

Broadstairs Food Festival

The Broadstairs Food Festival is back at Victoria Gardens from September 29-October 1.

The annual, free-to-enter event will have more than 100 stalls of local and regional  produce, many of them Taste of Kent award winners. Kingcott Dairy will be back, with Kentish Blue, voted Cheese of the Year, joined on the gold platform by Thanet chocolatier, Nik Robinson of The Chocolate Pig and Funky Feast, with their tapas-based street food.

Chefs and cooks lined up in the Kitchen Theatre include cookbook author and Great British Bake-off finalist Chetna Makan, Rob Cooper from Angela’s, Margate, Matt Sworder from The Corner House, Canterbury, and Michelin starred chefs: Dan Smith from the Fordwich Arms and Stephen Harris from The Sportsman, Seasalter.

For details of all events, timings and to book your places at the tastings, please visit:

Broadstairs Food Festival runs from 10am – 6pm on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th September and 10am – 5pm on Sunday 1st October.

Broadstairs Bandstand Live music

September 30, 11am-1pm Twos Company and 2pm-4pm DFL

October 1 2pm-4pm Blake Sonnet

World Wide Wander 2023: Walkshop in Ramsgate

Meet at the corner of Harbour Street and Albion Hill, 29th September at 2pm

Join Sylvia Tillman for a 1.5 hour in-person Street Wisdom Walkshop as part of the World Wide Wander 2023.

Starts at 2pm, finishes at 3.30pm.

Street Wisdom is an everyday creative practice you use as you walk. A smart fusion of mindfulness, neuroscience, imagination and wellness, it unlocks our minds and unblocks our creativity with every step. The perfect complement to static meditation, Street Wisdom takes us on a physical journey that not only calms and clears the mind, but opens up the subconscious to new ideas. Not to mention the health benefits of walking outdoors. All without having to travel to exotic climes or retreats.

Book here


September 29, Olby’s Margate

An evening of hard-blues

7pm – 11pm (doors open at 7pm)

Pre-event Soul Cafe Menu Available (tables not reserved in the venue space) Click here to book a table

18+ Only

Tickets £15 plus booking fee Book now

Boorish Trumpson

September 29, Tom Thumb Theatre Cliftonville, 7.30pm

A power-grabbing rehearsal conductor who will stop at nothing to gain ultimate control over the orchestra. And YOU are the orchestra.

Written and Performed by Claire Parry

With clowning games, audience interaction and unexpected orchestral manipulations, Boorish Trumpson plays with the audience in an attempt to assert his ultimate power grab. The unique sound design, virtuosic physicality and playful absurdity of the piece (not to mention a script constructed from verbatim Donald Trump and Boris Johnson quotes) creates a raucous humour whilst the bigger questions bubble below: in our world of troubled politics, how complicit are we in enabling such figures to rise to the top?

Tickets from £12 Book now

 Kristin Hersh

September 29, St George’s Church Ramsgate. Doors Open: 7:30 PM

The Throwing Muses founder first played at RMH in 2018.

Kristin Hersh’s new album ‘Clear Pond Road’ is a cinematic road trip; a series of personal vignettes from a fiercely independent auteur

Tickets £22 + £1.50 Booking fee Book now

Minster Arts Show

The 52nd annual Minster art show at Minster Village Hall showing oils, watercolours, pastels, Gouache, glass and woodwork, pottery and more.

Refreshments available in the ‘Old Schools’ opposite. Minster Princesses Ella and Darcey in attendance on Friday evening.

Sept 29th -7pm to 9pm

Sept 30th- 10am to 6pm

October 1 – 10am to 4pm

Admission £1, catalogue 50p.


Palace Cinema Broadstairs

Ken Loach’s (I, Daniel Blake, Wind that Shakes the Barley) latest film speaks with great heart and humour, to the current issues of the day. A publican and a Syrian refugee join forces to help their community make it through hard times in this hearfelt, funny and magnificent portrayal of the power of compassion.

Friday 29 September to Thursday 12 October Details here

Accidentally on Purpose: Vicki Salmi and Zo Defferary

September 29-October 3, Pie Factory Margate

Exhibition by Vicki Salmi and Zo Defferary.

10am to 4pm

Celebrating Local History – Heritage Fair

Saturday 30th September, 11 am – 3 pm, Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex Park, Birchington

A rare opportunity to experience and learn about Kent’s shared local history with a whole host of Kent’s finest attractions and societies- all under one roof!

  1. Ramsgate Tunnels
  2. RAF Manston History Museum
  3. Kent Mining Museum
  4. Margate Caves
  5. RNLI Ramsgate Lifeboat
  6. Birchington Heritage Trust
  7. Sandwich Guildhall Museum & Archives
  8. Trust For Thanet Archaeology

On the day, you’ll also meet Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Whitstable Museum & Gallery, Sandwich Medieval Centre, East Kent Western Front Association, and The Seaside Museum, Herne Bay.

Entry to the Heritage Show is completely free! (If you would like to visit the Museum, House and Gardens, an admission ticket can be purchased at the gift shop or online.)

ZeroMargate interactive exhibition

September 30, 11am-4pm, Newgate Gap Cliftonville

A collaboration between Margate-based architect Sam Causer and Manchester School of Architecture, who have been creating workshops and inviting local communities to come together, share their interest and learn about the climate change initiatives, hopes and dreams that exist in the town.

They are hoping to create a ‘space’ for conversations, collaborations and partnerships to take place where people can learn about how to live in harmony with their coastal environment, bees, seaweed, chalk cliffs, old seaside shelters and the larger Margate coastal park. The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC and  is part of the Future Observatory national research programme and Design Exchange Partnerships 2023: Coastal Communities.

The interactive exhibition “Landscape as Shelter” at the Newgate Gap, Cliftonville, is designed by the ZeroMargate team, to explore the Thanet coastline at the intersection between the blue and green public spaces, with its natural landscapes, historical and current urban developments.

11 am guest speaker, Dr Daisy Emoekabu (Environmental Social Scientist, University of Kent)
12-noon guided tour with Architect Sam Causer, Studio Sam Causer
2-3 pm tea, biscuits and open conversations

This is a free event and open to all.

Ramsgate’s Charlotte Court Market

September 30, 10am-4pm

Monthly market of crafts, goods and local produce


September 30, 2.30pm, Sarah Thorne Theatre Broadstairs

It’s a dinosaur? How can it be in the 21st century? It’s a mystery! It must be Mysterrasaur!
Join our quirky scientists as they try to piece the evidence together. Whose theory makes sense?

Presented by the iDorich Theatre Company this intriguing multimedia show for children and adults is a must.

Ticket price includes a FREE after show workshop.

Advance tickets: £10 / On the door: £12 Book now

Green Hop Celebrations

September 30, Northdown Brewery, Westwood Industrial Estate

Never been to a brewery party? Now is the chance!

Two new beers made with Kent’s freshest hops, picked & brewed within a 12 hour time frame.

Eat the tastiest of Burritos, sway to delectable tunes and enjoy lashings of beer! (Wine/Cider/Soft Drinks available too)

2pm-6pm. All welcome

The Rest of Our Lives

September 30, 7.30pm, ARK, Albion Road Cliftonville

Following a hugely successful run at the Edinburgh Festival, The Rest of Our Lives is an exuberant mixture of theatre, dance, circus and games

Two middle-aged lives in an eclectic, spontaneous, predictable and random decline. Jo is an old dancer, George an old clown. International artists with 100 years of life experience between them, armed with a soundtrack of floor-fillers, a book of raffle tickets and a sprinkling of eco-friendly optimism. Joyful, celebratory and hilarious.

The struggle is real. It’s the beginning of the end. But we’re still here.

House are supporting integrated British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation to be a part of the tour of The Rest of Our Lives.

Specially commissioned by the Rural Touring Dance Initiative with funding from Arts Council Wales.

Age recommendation: 14+. Contains middle-aged themes and strong language.

Tickets £12 (£10 concessions) Book now

Five Years Of Where Else?

September 30, 7pm, Where Else? The Centre, Margate

It’s 5 years since Elsewhere/Where Else? opened its doors. Can you believe it?

Lunch Money Life

All ages

Tickets £6.12 Book now

From Darkness to Light gala concert

St George’s Church, Ramsgate on Saturday September 30th from 6pm.

Three community choirs – Neptunes Choir, the work of the multi talented Naomi Hammerton, the amazing voice of Liberty Choir founder MJ Paranzino “a vocal powerhouse” and Ross Power Founder, Musical Director, Arranger and Vocal Leader of the London and Kent Soul Choirs who has joined forces with Ross Bell to form the band Rosko Piko.

The gala concert is the vision of Andrew Gibson, director for the Ramsgate Festival of Sound and he will curate the evening.

Funds will be raised for a choir organisation which helps excluded and isolated people, such as those in secure psychiatric settings or people who are serving custodial sentences.

Liberty Choir runs a ‘through the gate’ programme of high-quality singing and social development.

It is designed to help develop skills and self-confidence, open up the world of arts through singing and provide access to new social networks as the participants re-enter the wider community.

Tickets are £12.50 and available at:

Westgate and Garlinge Action Group Against Housing Development

September 30, 2pm-5pm, The Bakehouse Westgate

Opportunity to add your signature against plans for 2000 homes in Westgate and GARLINGE.

The Creator (12a)

Carlton Cinema Westgate

Amidst a future war between the human race and the forces of artificial intelligence, Joshua, a hardened ex-special forces agent grieving the disappearance of his wife, is recruited to hunt down and kill the Creator, the elusive architect of advanced AI who has developed a mysterious weapon with the power to end the war… and mankind itself. Joshua and his team of elite operatives journey across enemy lines, into the dark heart of AI-occupied territory… only to discover the world-ending weapon he’s been instructed to destroy is an AI in the form of a young child.

September 29- October 5. Details here

September Task Day

September 30, Sunken Gardens Westbrook, 10am

Join the sunken gardeners to help care for this prized public horticultural asset. we have lots of tasks including pruning, deadheading, seed collecting, weeding, watering, sweeping, litter picking and wildlife monitoring

Charity race night for Pilgrims Hospices

September 30, 7pm, Smugglers Lounge Bar Birchington

£24.95 per person with £7.00 from each ticket going direct to The Pilgrims Hospice Margate.

Tickets include 8 races and a 2 course race night menu.

Coastal Crafty Crew

October 1, 10am to 3pm, Small Barn, Quex Park, Birchington

Lots of handcraft stalls, free parking and entry. Charity Tombola for our chosen charity

Children’s Air Ambulance.

For more information please email [email protected] or telephone 01843 449346 ask for Jan .

Music From The Movies

October 1, The Granville Theatre Ramsgate , 7.30pm

The Bradstow Symphony Orchestra bring you Music From The Movies

Step into the enchanting world of “Music from the Movies,” a captivating concert that takes you on a magical journey through the realm of music from the silver screen. Delve into the heart of cinema as this performance unfolds the captivating stories behind the iconic melodies that have shaped our favourite movies, including Harry Potter, Star Wars, Back to the Future and more

Tickets available from £22 subject to a transaction fee of £2.50 Book now

Thanet 5K Colour Run

October 1, Palm Bay Green

9am – 11am Registration will be open

11.30am – 1.30pm: Thanet 5k Colour Run takes place

This family-friendly 5k event is an explosion of colourful fun. Take in amazing coastal views as you run and walk through clouds of brightly coloured powder around the route. Gather friends and family to join the energetic atmosphere of people running, jogging and walking along Thanet’s spectacular seafront.

By taking part in the Thanet 5k Colour Run, you’ll be helping Pilgrim Hospices to continue caring for people right across east Kent who are facing a life-limiting illness.

Click here to find out how to donate or take part

Margate Cultural Walking Tour

October 1, 1pm

This 40 minute walking tour along Margate’s seafront into the Old Town, covers the town’s history from 900 AD, through it’s 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 – we start at The Shakespeare, 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.

Tickets £10. Book now

The Eyes That Speak Volumes

Exhibition by Lana Arkhi at The Royal Albion Hotel in Broadstairs.

Showcasing portraits of rock and pop stars.

A private view on October 1 at 4pm will include a piano performance by talented musician Svetlana Higgins. The exhibition will remain in place until November 1.

The Pulse- Westgate

Westgate’s diverse business community is under the spotlight in a photographic and storytelling exhibition created by new town resident Mareike Guensche.

The Pulse Project features 19 businesses/individuals and their stories, showcasing the people and services at the heart of Westgate.

The Pulse exhibition, which took four months to produce, will be on display in shop windows along Station Road and St Mildred’s Road from now until October 3.

Margate Old Town Market

Saturday and Sunday 11-4pm. A variety of local vintage traders, designers, artists and makers.

Gig listings by Janet Gigs here

Coming up…Author book launch

A private book signing event takes place at Walpole Bay Hotel tonight (September 29) but there will also be a public signing from 10am to 4pm on 5 October.

The event is for the launch of Richard Savin’s newest book The Man at Walpole Bay.