25 things to see and do in Thanet, October 20-22

Music and fun planned for Ramsgate Day Photo Raushan Ara

Margate Bookie

Now until Sunday 22 October, venues across Margate

A jam-packed line up including Deborah Levy, A.C. Grayling, Sathnam Sanghera, Yomi Adegoke, Miki Berenyi, Philippe Sands and Ian Dunt.

Margate Bookie, now in its eighth year, has  a new venue partnership with Dreamland this year, alongside long-standing venue partners Turner Contemporary and The Margate School.

The Bookie festival will include poetry and music, comedy and art, politics and fiction, and an extensive fun-packed children’s programme. There will be creative writing workshops, a poetry slam headlined by UK Poetry Slam Champion Rick Dove and two full days of children’s events.

Tickets for Margate Bookie on sale here.

Ramsgate Day

October 21, Ramsgate town, 10am to 5pm

A celebration of local businesses, community and talent in the heart of Ramsgate with local bands, buskers, dance troops and many more.

The event starts with Samba Ya Wantsum drummers and as a band marches on its stomach Modern Boulangerie are supplying cake!

Lots of shops and businesses are joining in the fun. A special Ramsgate Day cake from Union Yoga and Café. Give away of seeds with every purchase from Potters. Magic tenner from Mcgillan and Woodell and Bloom and a 10% discount on all purchases from Brew coffee shop. Free nachos with eat-in burritos from Plan Burrito

Adults can have a free sauna with the Sea Scrub Sauna/ Kids can join in free pottery and craft classes at Discovery Planet and can join a free skateboarding workshop with Scorcha Skate School and there will be a Kate Bush Wuthering Heights dance-a-long.

Entry into the raffle with every purchase made in participating stores!

Prizes include artwork by Margo from Margate. Tea for Two at Vincents tearooms. £30 voucher from York Street Flowers. Cocktails from Eats ‘n’ Beat,. A celebratory pavlova for that special occasion from The Foreign Embassy.

Organiser Jo May said: “The day will be a celebration of all things Ramsgate: all our talent will meet in the middle of town from 10-5pm.

“For musical entertainment we have Gadzukes, Wyat riot, Samba Ya Wantsum, Luke Dorman, Daisy Doman and Wayne Jones. We have the Screaming Marie’s from Screaming Alley dancing for you.

“For children we have various making workshops, a hula hooper circus trainer called thisbeanspins plus a pottery throw down.

“We will be putting a shout out to all those 80s chicks who danced in front of the mirror and quite fancy themselves as a Kate Bush to come along in a red dress and do Wuthering Heights. As if that wasn’t enough we have Sea Scrub sauna coming along to bring some sweaty heat to Ramsgate!”

Ramsgate Nordic Walking will also be at the event and those attending are advised to keep all receipts from partaking businesses for a raffle at the end.

There will also be an after party at Penelope’s in Harbour Street and special Ramsgate cocktail at Seabird bar and café, (The Broadway) Addington Street.

More details https://www.facebook.com/events/812344743862895/?active_tab=discussion

Margate Social Singing Choir charity event

October 20, 7.30pm, ARK, Albion Road, Cliftonville

A benefit concert to raise funds for ARK and to celebrate the 6th anniversary of the choir’s formation

With special guests, lots of local talent, new arrangements and some old favourites, this is set to be a night crammed full of joy.

Tickets  £12 plus booking fee £10 concessions Book now

DIG Gallery – The Group Show

October 20-24, 10am-5pm, Pie Factory Margate

Exhibition by local artists Deborah and Nick Gilbert at the Pie Factory Gallery

This exhibition will include acrylic paintings from Deborah Isabella Gilbert, photography by Nick Gilbert and a bright, lively mix of paintings and mixed media from their friends.

Deborah works mainly in acrylic paint, as it dries quickly, allowing her to build up light layers of glazes. A glaze is a single layer of paint that’s thin enough to allow the colours beneath it to show through. Each new layer builds up the depth of the colour and modifies what it’s being painted over.

Nick is a photographer. He is continuously inspired by the light over the sea, producing atmospheric images.

Deborah and Nick are local artist who run DIG Gallery, also located in Margate.


Palace cinema Broadstairs

The Trolls gang are back for an action-packed, all-star, rainbow-colored reunion like no other as Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake return for more animated family musical mayhem. Brilliant eye-popping, toe-tapping fun for all the family.

Friday 20 October to Sunday 29 October. Details here

Disturbing The Peace

October 21, 7.30pm, Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs

Art song, folk song, opera scenes and poetry that demonstrate “The purpose of art is to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable”.
With Laure Meloy – Soprano, Simon Thorpe – Baritone, Sarah Wilkinson – Pianist.

Advance tickets: £16 / On the door: £18 Book now

Stranger Sings

October 21-22, 7.30pm, The Granville Theatre, Ramsgate

Tune in, children of the 80s! Join the upside-down for this award winning, smash hit new parody musical; Stranger Sings at the Granville, Ramsgate

Age guidance 12+

This award-winning sci-fi spoof is a wild, irreverent twist on the hit Netflix series – in all its hair raising, blockbuster glory.

From £39.60 Book now

PUSH – Soul Fever Special

October 21, 7.30pm, Ramsgate Music Hall

PUSH are the original 70’s rare groove merchants.

Tickets £18.50 +£1.50 Booking fee Book now

On Margate Sounds All Dayer

October 21, WHERE ELSE? The Centre, Margate. 4pm start

Opening line up features the legendary jazz keyboardist Hailu Mergia, Dutch indie gang Pip Blom, Divorce, O, and Oscar Browne.

Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets  £24 Book now

Harvest Fest

October 21, 2pm-4.30pm,

Change of Venue – The Corner House, 60 Whitehall Road, Ramsgate

Fun for the whole family with games and crafts, Hasbro raffle and Autumn refreshments.

Tickets include a bowl of allotment grub and a hot ​drink. Bring cash with you on the day for extra goodies.

Overseen by the ‘forget-me-not allotment’ team from Community Church Margate

Free Book now

 The People’s Health Alliance (PHA) Thanet

On 21st October, members of the PHA will be in Ramsgate’s Royal British Legion in Cliff Street, where Practitioners will be on hand to talk about their holistic approach to health and healing.

Offering taster treatments and remedies to purchase, this will be an opportunity for the many, whose health has been compromised through not being able to easily access NHS services, to discover what alternatives are available.

It is also a way of understanding that we all have responsibility for the well-being of our bodies and minds and that your GP is not always the best solution.

Free entry.

Nocturnal at Quex

Weekends, 21st-22nd & 28th-29th October, 11am to 3pm

Watch incredible owl displays from Wide-Eyes Falconry at 12 pm – 12:30 pm and 2 pm – 2:30 pm
Challenge your grown-up to a dance-off in the silent disco
Get creative and add your art to our night sky table
Have some fun playing with Nocturnal-themed card games
Follow the Big Hoot trail throughout the museum. Find all the owls and become a star

Fancy dress is absolutely encouraged!
11 am – 12 am – SEND friendly hour. The silent disco lights will be turned on but not flashing or moving. If you have any questions regarding SEND suitability of the overall event, get in touch via email [email protected].

Please note that lighting will be at normal levels in all galleries apart from Gallery 6 where the light will be low for the disco.
12 pm – 3 pm – General opening.

St John’s monthly sale

Saturday 21st October, 10am to noon, St John’s Community Centre, Margate

Join St John’s, Margate, for its monthly sale and snap up some bargains, including Christmas gift ideas.

Meet up with friends and family for a chat over a cup of coffee and treat yourself to a cake or a savoury.

Features a whole room of pre-loved clothing for adults and children. There will be lots of toys and children’s books at bargain prices to help keep the children occupied during half term.

The handmade craft stall is gearing up for Christmas. Books, craft materials, jewellery, bric a brac and household items… we have them all!

The monthly Saturday shop is a great way to support the ongoing running costs of the busy Community Centre.

Fundraiser at The Northern Belle

The team at The Northern Belle Pub in Margate is hosting a charity fundraising event this Sunday, 22nd October, for Angels 4 dogs (Www.angels4dogs.org).

Angels4Dogs does amazing work rescuing, fostering, housing dogs locally and runs solely on donations. They need as much help as they can to continue their great work.

The event will run from noon and will include raffle, auction, DJ and live music. There will also be lots of free treats for any dogs who come down. Lots of prizes have been donated by local people and businesses.

11am opening

1pm Danielle Jayne (Little Chapel)

2pm Raffle

3pm Lee Patrick (and throughout the day)

4pm Charity auction

5pm Rudy Richardson

There are lots of raffle prizes that have been kindly donated by local people and businesses including

Hair straighteners, wine and toiletry gift sets.

The auction prizes include things such two night stay in a stunning London apartment; afternoon tea; dinner at Pan Asian; and a helicopter ride!

Pop down, say hi and get involved to support  (and bring your four legged friends!).

If you can’t make it down on Sunday, then you can also make a donation online here

Northern Belle Pub, 4 Mansion Street, Margate

A Mystery on the Cattle Hill Express (PG)

Carlton cinema Westgate

What if there was a seed that could grow without rain and sun, even without soil? The genius inventor Albert Einswein has with his super seed the solution for Cattle hill, which is struggling with supplies.

October 20-26. Details here

Sandra Art4All

Following a hugely successful exhibition at The Margate School in August, The Sandra Art4All Studio has taken up residency in the Harbour & Tide shop at 38 Fort Hill, Margate.

The Sandra Art For All Studio was founded by artist Sandra Hampton who is proficient in British Sign Language, providing a working studio to support deaf, neurodivergent and autistic artists. As well as creating stunning, vibrant artworks using wide-range of techniques, Sandra has also been successful in submitting the artists’ paintings into open submissions at galleries such as the Royal Academy in London and @turnercontemporary.

The Art4All artists’ paintings are currently on show at Harbour and Tide until 30st October and are all for sale, with proceeds going directly to the artists and the running of the studio.

The exhibition is open everyday 11am-4pm, and will now be sharing the space with Cabbages & Queens Glassware, and Flowerhead Creations during half term.

Arts In Ramsgate Autumn Craft Fair

Saturday 21 October, 10am-3pm, Arts in Ramsgate, 46 High Street

Volunteers Christine, Annie and the craft ladies are running an autumn workshop for Ramsgate Day.

Free entry, craft stalls, homemade cakes and a tombola all raising funds for our community work.

East Kent Artists’ Open Houses

October 21-22

The chance to see an array of artist works within their homes and studios.

The event also runs over the weekend 28th/29th October.

Venues open 11am-5pm unless otherwise stated.

Throughout the Festival, artists and artisans homes, studios and galleries across the Isle open their spaces to visitors for three weekends. This is a great chance to see and buy unique artworks and meet the artists within their creative environment.

Julia Ellen Lancaster – Liminal Gallery, 34 Fort Hill, Margate (OPEN SATURDAY ONLY 11am-3pm)

Sarah Manly – Unit 3 Beales Yard, Grotto Hill, Margate (Within RG Scotts Furniture Market)

Deborah Gilbert- DIG Gallery, 85a Canterbury Road (11am-3pm)

Cecilia Bonilla, Colin Gorry, Matthew Cunningham and Pam Tait – 31A Clifton Gardens, Cliftonville

Adelphine Newton, Deborah Gilbert, Hanna Bell, Janis Volckman, Lorraine Kinnear, Max Sheppard, Michael O’Donaghue, Michele Papageorghiou, Nick Gilbert and Sarah Gibbon – The Eclectic Art Gallery, 6 Broad Street, Margate

Kirsty Kennedy – 170 High Street, Margate (SATURDAY ONLY)

Jayne Wright – WerkHaus, 30 High Street Margate

Louise Frances Smith and Holly Horton – Margate Gift Shop/Substance, 37 High Street, Westbrook, Margate

Darcy Brenna – Ramsay and Williams Gallery, 6 Market Street, Margate

Mercedes Workman – 25 Dane Hill Row, Margate (Saturday 11am-5pm and Sunday by booking for portrait)

Jayne Wright, Julie Goldsmith, Rebecca Trusett Elves and Lore of Shangri-La – LORE of Shangri-Li, Thanet Studio, 7 Thanet Road, Margate

Govinda Sah Azad – 35 Godwin Road, Margate (10am-5pm)

Kavel Rafferty – 23 Approach Road, Margate

Stuart Leech – The Shop Front Community Gallery, 161 Northdown Road, Margate

Cato Barend Van Schalkwyk and Jon Spencer – The Shop Front Studio, 161 Northdown Road, Margate

Natasha Caruana – 52 Warwick Road, Margate (12pm-5pm)

Jill Pantony and Kate Hill – 10 Rutland Gardens, 61 Northdown Road, Margate

Ami Blastock and Gem Blastock – 21 Lloyd Road, Broadstairs

Christine Jeffryes, Josephine Harvatt and Gemma Cohen: Colibri Artist – 87 Bradstow Way, Broadstairs

Christine May Pettet – 64 Bradstow Way, Broadstairs

Karen King – New Kent Art Gallery & Studio, 49a Albion Street, Broadstairs (11am-4pm)

Lana Arkhi, Gavin Alexander, Bob Connell and Steven Thor Johanneson – Kent Talents Art Gallery 5 Albion Street, Broadstairs (11am-4pm)

Vivienne Yankah, Nigel Cunningham and Janie Eales – 5 Marlborough Close, Broadstairs (11am-4pm)

Helen Brooker and Molly Pickle – 13 Grosvenor Road, Broadstairs

Home from Home: Mixed Artist Show – The Wooden Box Gallery, 92 High Street, Ramsgate

Claudia Rice – 7 Chatham Street, Ramsgate (SATURDAY 11am-5pm and SUNDAY 11am-4pm)

Jana Valencic, Michael Betts, Flavia Nasrin Testa and Andy Parker – The Red Door Space, 14 Rodney Street, Ramsgate

Carl Stafford – Flat 4, 3 Royal Road, Ramsgate

Rhiannon Lucas and Suzy Stow – 4 Camden Square, Ramsgate

Janice George-Allen – 2A Gibson Court, King Street, Ramsgate

Emily Revell, Anja Hessler, Dani Flowerdew is not Cynical, Lisa Hawkins and Tobias Hodson – Radford House, 18-20 Effingham Street, Ramsgate

David Case – 51 Vale Square, Ramsgate

Quiz Night

October 21, 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start St Laurence Parish Hall, Ramsgate

Quiz night in aid of the St Lawrence Clock Tower Restoration.

A raffle with take place during the evening

Bring your own nibbles and drink

To book, contact Freda on 07732864076 or [email protected]

Crab Museum 2nd Birthday

October 21, 11pm – 3am, downstairs at WhereElse? The Centre, Margate

DJ Detweiler, Surati, Emily Slime Mould, DJ Clawz 4 Concern, DJ Seaweed

Free entry with an ‘On Margate Sounds’ ticket or tickets £6.66  Book now

Do You Think That’s Wise

October 22, 7pm, Sarah Thorne Theatre Broadstairs

Performance based on the life of John Le Mesurier at the Sarah Thorne Theatre.

Julian Dutton brings to life the man behind the wry smile and urbane English repartee that turned John Le Mesurier into a household name as Sgt Wilson in Dad’s Army.

Advance tickets: £17.00 / On the door: £19.00 Book now

Mercy Ships and the Snottledogs

October 22, Union Church Margate, 10.30am – noon

Sea shanties by local legends the Snottledogs and a talk from Mercy Ships who deliver medical aid onboard their fleet to those in need.

There will a free hot meal and drink available.

Everybody is welcome.

Death and the Carpenter

October 22, 7.30pm, ARK – Cliftonville Cultural Space, Albion Road

A folk tale about death and love that combines performance, puppetry and live music to bring you an unforgettable evening of storytelling

Suitable for ages 10 and above

Tickets  £10 plus booking fee and £9 concessions Book now

Exhibition of works by Shem

The Margate Gallery (The Margate School, High Street)

Now until Friday 27 October, 11am to 4pm

Works by Shem, a British-born self-taught contemporary abstract expressionist painter.

Guided walk: Harvest mouse nest fest

Sunday 22nd October at 10am. £5 per person, Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory

Join group leader Pam Worrall on a walk from the SBBOT Field Centre where she will show you how to look for Harvest Mice nests.

Book a place here: http://sbbot.org.uk/book-events/

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