31 things to see and do in Thanet, November 17-19

The Christmas light switch on at Westwood Cross Photo Frank Leppard

Westwood Cross Lights Switch On

November 17, 3.30pm-7pm

The Westwood Cross Christmas lights switch-on is back.

Hosted in collaboration with Thanet Academy FM and Stagecoach, the event includes a festive procession, giveaways and a line up of tribute act performances and headliners  Liberty X and East17.

The festivities will kick off at 4pm with a procession led by Father Christmas, before the unveiling of the centre’s Christmas lights, which will include a giant teddy bear, a feature reindeer, and a walk-through bauble.

The Christmas Market is open 9.30am-7pm from Friday 17th November – Sunday 24th December. With a selection of stalls to give customers the opportunity to pick up some unique gifts for their loved ones this holiday season.

A Life On The Wild Side

November 17-22, Pie Factory Gallery Margate, open 10am to 4pm.

The Isle of Thanet Sunrise Rotary Club present ‘A Life On The Wild Side’ photography exhibition.

Vic Sharratt – a professional photographer for over 20 years, he has travelled widely taking artists and photographers on working trips to many countries, exhibiting in both Africa and the USA

Winner of an Arts Council award and President of the Wildlife Art Society International for 5 years, Vic has written articles and been a contributor to a variety of magazines and his work has been used by Drusilla Park, Sussex for their advertising programme. Now retired Vic lives in Westgate-On-Sea

Sale of work proceeds to: The Aspinall Foundation and People’s Trust for Endangered Species


November 18-January 28, TKE Studios Victoria Road, Margate

A group show by the artists on the Tracey Emin Artist Residency programme at TKE Studios in Margate

Open weekends 12pm – 4pm

Preview: 17th November 6pm-8pm

For more information visit @tkestudios 

Sarah Brown exhibition

York Street Gallery Ramsgate, Now until November 22

Sarah is hosting a meet the artist event today (November 17) 6-8pm.

Alice in VR Wonderland

November 17, ARK – CLIFTONVILLE CULTURAL SPACE, 4pm to 7pm

A multi-sensory virtual reality experience brought to you by Jasmin Vardimon Dance

Step out of the ordinary and into the unexpected, fantastical, and fearless world of Alice in this this unique dance theatre VR experience – an imaginative adaptation of the timeless story Alice in Wonderland.

Join the performers on their magical adventure in VR Wonderland through Oculus 2 headsets, spectacular 360-degree vision and 3D sound.

Age Guidance 13+

Tickets £6 plus £1.40 booking fee Book now

Ship of Fools

November 17, ARK – CLIFTONVILLE CULTURAL SPACE 8.30pm – 9.30pm

MadLove video, a thought-provoking filmic meditation on suicidal states of mind

Content advice: References to anxiety, depression and suicide. Recommended age: 14+

Tickets £6 plus £1.40 booking fee Book now

Great Expectations by Sue Pitman

Now until 19 Nov, 10am to 4pm, The Margate School, 31-33 High Street.

In this exhibition, Sue continues to work with scale, using small abstract acrylic images as the basis for a series of giclee prints. Alongside this she has created a new body of work using repurposed artist proofs made at The Margate School by incorporating them into collage /paintings.

Themes of the sea and travel on rivers, canals and locks continue to influence the colours and textures of the abstract shapes.

Daisy Beau

November 17, 8pm, Tom Thumb Theatre Cliftonville

Raised in the bohemian London squat-scene and taking an early creative education from nomadic punks and folk activists, Daisy has created an inimitable lo-fi sound, combining late night jazz with early hours folk. Her unmatched vocal poise and universal lyricism clutches at the heart of human connection and transports us to an intimate, gentle and desperately wild place.

Tickets from £10 Book now

Angels 4 Dogs Christmas fair

Saturday 18th November at The Centre in Alpha Road, Birchington, The fair will run from 10am to 3pm.

Angels 4 Dogs works with local kennels to board their dogs. They charge a  £300 adoption fee which covers some of the costs for kennelling, food, neutering/spaying, vaccinating, defleaing and worming and chipping. The fee also helps towards new dogs coming into their care.

Find Angels 4 Dogs on facebook here

Rocket in Ramsgate

November 18, Ramsgate Music Hall, doors open 7.30pm

Teeth of the Sea, Smote and Alison Cotton celebrate 25 years of Rocket Recordings.

Tickets £18.50 + £1.50 Booking Fee Book now

Margate Museum

Margate Old Town, Open weekends 11am-3pm, last admission 2pm

The museum has reopened following the completion of repair works to the roof.

Margate Museum is housed in a Grade II listed building in the heart of Margate Old Town, and is an unique example of a Victorian Police Station and Magistrates Court, and displays an eclectic history of the seaside town of Margate over the past 5,500 years.

The Cells and Magistrates Court hold a unique collection of Margate history, including that of the Borough Police from 1857, sea bathing & bathing machines, the 1815 arrival of Paddle Steamers, Cobb’s Brewery & Bank, Punch & Judy, and Donkeys on the Beach. There are exhibits about Margate in war time, Roman-British history, Dr. David Jarvis’ Wooden Jetty of 1824 and Eugenius Birch’s Iron Jetty of 1857. There are many unique examples of paintings, prints and engravings which show the growth of the village of Meergate into the town of Margate.

Free guided tours are available which include the stories behind many of the artefacts.

For the latest updates, or to contact the museum, visit their Facebook Page

Tickets – Adults £2,  Senior £1.50, Children Under 16s Free with accompanied adult. Joint ticket with Tudor House £3, Concession £2.50*


November 18, Dreamland Margate, 7pm

Live electronic music showstoppers perform in the Ballroom (Indoor Event Space)

This is a 14+ event. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Kosheen broke into prominence with their hit ‘Hide U‘ off their debut album in 2001, the platinum selling ‘Resist’, followed by crossover hits ‘Catch‘, ‘Hungry‘ and ‘All In My Head‘. Kosheen successfully placed two UK Top Ten albums, topped the UK and European music charts and won lots of awards with their unique blend of breakbeat rhythms of drum’n’bass to a more traditional songcraft, a side of the band embodied by singer and songwriter Sian Evans.

This year, Kosheen is back on the road with a massive UK tour to celebrate 25 years of music, performing the best tracks spanning their career.

Tickets from £22 + Booking fee Book now

Big Girls Don’t Cry

November 18, 7.30pm, Granville Theatre Ramsgate

Dance the night away, taking you back in time with Big Girls Don’t Cry.

During the 60s and 70s number one hits Sherry, December 1963 (Oh What a Night), Walk Like a Man, Rag Doll and Big Girls Don’t Cry helped propel the Four Seasons and Frankie Valli to super stardom.

Tickets available from £31.90 Book now

Memoires d’un Amnesique

November 18, 7.30pm, Sarah Thorne Theatre Broadstairs

Mémoires d’un Amnésique: A piano, a film and Erik Satie, in his own words is, in equal parts, a piano recital, a one-man play and a surrealist film, amalgamated into a unique theatrical experience.

Alex Metcalfe performs Satie’s most important works, in character as the composer from the set of his Arceuil apartment. Sarah Miles’s script, edited from Satie’s own words, is narrated against the backdrop of Keith Lovegrove’s cinematic accompaniment.

Adult advance tickets: £17.00 / On the door: £19.00 Book now

Personal Trainer

November 18, 7pm, Where Else? The Centre. Margate

Amsterdam-based collective known for their rousing and electric live shows.

This is an 16+ event

Tickets from £13.20 Book now

Dice & Destiny: Tabletop Convention

November 18-19, 11am – 5pm

,Powell-Cotton Museum at Quex

Dice & Destiny will be taking over the Powell-Cotton Museum for an epic weekend of Tabletop Gaming!

Discover a new game or enjoy a classic like Dungeons & Dragons, all abilities and experience are welcome.

Ticket includes access to the museum and gardens plus hours of gaming time.

-Free onsite parking
-Only bottled water allowed in main museum
-Felicity’s Cafe in the Museum grounds
-Nearby accommodation and amenities
-Entry to Museum and Museum grounds included in your ticket
-Games for sale at the event
-Bring and buy sale

£6pp – pre-booking recommended Book now

Neptune Blue

November 18, 7pm, Tom Thumb Theatre Cliftonville

Neptune Blue presents a night of neo-classical and ambient music at the Tom Thumb Theatre

Expect loops, analogue synthesisers, saxophone ; and atmospheric strings filling the room.

Tickets from £10.00 Book now

Christmas Craft Fair

November 18, 10am to 2pm The Friends of St Nicholas Church

Art, Craft and Charity Stalls will fill the church

Ploughman’s lunches can be purchased between 12pm-1.30pm

Teas and coffees available.

Free entry

The Music Box


An eclectic mix of East Kent musical talents

Tickets £8 plus £1.50 booking fee Concessions £6 plus £1.40 booking fee Book now

Christmas Fair and Santa’s Grotto

November 18, 11am-5pm, St Peters Memorial Hall in Broadstairs

Visit Santa in his grotto, tickets are £3 per child and include a sweet treat and sand art craft

Christmas gifts and crafts


Cakes and Homemade Fudge



Games and Christmas crafts

Tickets £3 per child Book now

Saturday Football Club

November 18, 10am-11am, The Pavilion Youth and Community Café, Broadstairs

Football club for children aged 6-13..
Children under 10yrs must be accompanied by an adult. No need to book, just turn up.
Suggested cost/donation £1 per child
Tea and coffee available to purchase from the cafe
They have a small supply of boots and shinpads – please ask. Donations always welcome!

Margate Old Town Market

November 18, 11am to 4pm

Selection of locally produced goods, vintage clothes, gifts and crafts.

Located in Margate Old Town (Market Place, near Margate Museum)

‘Flood Barrier’ Film Screening and Conversation

November 18, 3pm-4pm, Turner Contemporary

Join artist Catherine Yass and Marie Bak Mortensen in conversation, following a screening of the film Flood Barrier.

Turner Prize-nominated artist Catherine Yass, and Director of Create London, Marie Bak Mortensen, discuss issues raised following a screening of the film Flood Barrier.

2023 marks 70 years since the Great Flood of 1953, which led to widespread flooding in East England, including Margate.

It is often considered the worst natural disaster Britain experienced during the 20th century.

Flood Barrier is a new moving image commission by British artist Catherine Yass. Commissioned by Create London, it is launched to coincide with the 70th anniversary of The Great Flood of 1953, raising awareness of rising sea levels and urgent environmental changes.

Suggested ticket price £5 – Book here

The Shakespeare Pub is hosting post-event drinks which all event attendees are welcome to join. Show your talk ticket at the bar and get 20% off your first drink.

Wet the Bow

A solo exhibition by Benjamin Medd-Phillips

Lido Stores, 2 Ethelbert Terrace, Cliftonville 11-26 November 2023

Turner’s Female Contemporaries

Opens on Saturday 18th November in ‘The Cupboard’ at Liminal Gallery, 34 Fort Hill, Margate

Turner’s Female Contemporaries presents a meticulously crafted and entirely tiled space, unveiling the faces of female artists who have long been overlooked by history, each of whom were creating their own work during J. M. W. Turner’s lifetime. Mercedes Workman’s installation serves as a poignant reminder of the many talented women artists who have, for the most part, been denied the recognition they rightfully deserved.

The Cupboard is Liminal Gallery’s second exhibition space, tiny but sleek it is exclusively available to artists living and working in Thanet. Workman will transform it into a shrine-like space, with individual ceramic tiles, each handmade with the warp and weft reminding us of the artist’s hand. The faces of these forgotten women artists expressed through vigorous brushwork and meticulous mark-making pouring life and energy into their portraits.

Pop Up Charity Shop

Saturday 18th December 10am to noon, St John’s Community Centre – next to St John’s Church, Victoria Road, Margate

The November pop up shop offering bargains as Christmas approaches.

The monthly shop raises money to support the Community Centre. There is a chance to meet up with friends over coffee. The cake stall will have a distinctly Christmassy feel!

Browse the room full of pre-loved clothing for adults and children and stalls with a selection of nearly new toys and books for children – great for gifts and stocking fillers. There are handmade craft items to buy as well as stalls selling crafting materials, Christmas decorations, jewellery, bric-a-brac, household items, vinyl, coins and collectables.

Save the date for the December Shop from 10am to noon on Saturday 16th December when there will be plenty of Christmas fun for the family.

Ramsgate Garden Centre synthetic ice rink

The centre, in Montefiore Avenue, is opening the rink on Saturday (November 18). Tickets are £6.95 per person or £25 per family (2 adults and 2 children). The cost of skate hire, or penguin aids is included in the ticket price.

Each skating session will last for 30 minutes. Skate aid penguins will be available every day for those who are less confident and novices on the rink.

The skating rink will be open every Saturday and Sunday until December 20 when the rink will be open Wednesday to Sunday. (Christmas and Boxing Day excluded).

Visitors to the Ramsgate centre can also explore Santa’s grotto or shop for items needed for the big day including real trees, accessories, decorations, and gifts for everyone.

To book, please visit https://britishgardencentres.com/ramsgate-garden-centre/

East Kent’s Magic Matinee: Adventures for All Ages


This event is a kaleidoscope of brand-new performances still in the making, promising endless fun, learning, and laughter for children and their families, all lovingly created in East Kent

Become part of the action! Engage with interactive elements, encourage and celebrate the budding talent of East Kent’s performing artists, and be a part of their incredible journey.

Email [email protected] if you have any questions or if you’d like to share any access requirements ahead of the event.

Tickets Free – suggested donation £5 Book now

Fungi Walk

November 19, 10.30am-11.30am, Led by reserve volunteer Daniel Bradley  at Monkton Nature Reserve

Join Dan on a guided walk around the lower and upper levels of the reserve to spot, and learn how to identify, the various fungi that you discover.

Dan says: “I have been a volunteer at the Nature Reserve for around 3 years. One of my key interests is native trees and by default this includes the fungi that lives alongside them. Lately, I have been spending time identifying the mushrooms I have seen. I would like to share this knowledge with you. Together we will identify as many species as possible, and learn what sets them apart from one another.”

Booking is essential…Spaces are limited.

Please email: [email protected] detailing how many spaces you require.

Free for Members. Non-Members pay the entrance fee to the reserve Book now

Sunday Silents

Palace Cinema Broadstairs

Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic METROPOLIS – one of the great classics of Silent Cinema made on scale never seen before. It still exerts a huge influence on popular culture from Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner to Chaplin’s Modern Times via Lady Gaga and much else in-between.

Set in a futuristic urban dystopia, Fritz Lang’s (M, The Big Heat) expressionist Orwellian masterpiece follows rich kid Freder and the saintly Anna’s attempt to end the tyranny of the city’s industrial overlords. A landmark of cinema with dazzling, timeless set-pieces, swooning romance and an enduring message of social justice.

Following its world premiere in 1927, half an hour of footage was lost to the world. Eighty years later a spectacular discovery was made when the footage was rediscovered in a small, dusty museum in Buenos Aires. The film was painstakingly reconstructed and digitally restored complete with a new recording of the original score.


2023 Coastbuster 10k and 10 miler

November 19, 10am, Government Acre, Ramsgate

Coastal Striders along with Niceworks are holding their second Coastbuster Event

Starts at 10am from Government Acre in Ramsgate