28 things to see and do in Thanet, November 24-26

Margate Christmas event Photo Frank Leppard

Guerrilla Linocut Print Workshop

November 24, noon to 3pm, Arts in Ramsgate, 46 High Street

Artist Mat Pringle will run a free linocut print workshop. Please arrive for 11.30am to get your place. Design and carve the lino, then print the finished object for the guerrilla campaign to tackle loneliness in our community.

The Art of Books

This Saturday (November 25) there will be a whole day of free creative activities on Ramsgate High Street which everyone of any age is welcome to attend.

The event is part of a UK Government, Department of Culture, Media and Sport, Arts Council England and Creative Lives funded project called High Street Social Club.

High Street Social Club involves weekly creative sessions and workshops at Arts in Ramsgate, plus three, day-long events on Ramsgate High Street, hosted by Discovery Planet and Arts in Ramsgate.

The first of these day-long events is this Saturday. It is called The Art of Books and will enable people to explore books from the University of Kent’s Special Collections and imagine themselves as the heroes of their own stories by making a book of their own.

There is no need to reserve a place; just drop into Arts in Ramsgate at 46 High Street, Ramsgate CT11 9AG, or Discovery Planet at number 47 High Street, anytime between 10am and 3pm.

If you can’t make this Saturday’s event, the weekly workshops take place on a Friday between noon and 2/3pm at Arts in Ramsgate. There will be Aluminium embossing / festive offering workshop with Billie M. Vigne on Dec 1st; Papercut Christmas card making session with Rebecca Strickson on Dec 8th; and Lunatraktors will be running their Somatic Sound workshop on December 15th.

You can follow Arts in Ramsgate on Facebook or Instagram for more details or contact them directly via [email protected]

If you’d like to help by volunteering at future events, get in touch by emailing [email protected]

Christmas Grotto at The WonderWorks

November 24- December 23, 10am – 4pm, WonderWorks by Hornby Hobbies, Margate

Visit Santa in his Winter Wonderland Grotto at The WonderWorks, Margate.

Experience the wonder of Christmas at The WonderWorks as it transforms into a magical Winter Wonderland, complete with very special guest! Book to meet Santa on selected dates.

Entrance to the Winter Wonderland Grotto costs £15 per child and includes a workshop session, a visit to see Santa and a gift and 2 for 1 entry into The WonderWorks exhibition.

Optional tickets for The WonderWorks exhibition cost £5 per adult or £2.50 per child, other concessions are available. Book now

Icons of Ramsgate Exhibition

November 24-26, 11am-5pm, The Wooden Box Gallery & Café, High Street Ramsgate

A vibrant exhibition celebrating community and creativity in Ramsgate.

Local artist Carson Parkin-Fairley collaborated with individuals from diverse backgrounds, including people from East Kent Mencap GOLD (Getting On with Learning Difficulties),  Pie Factory Music, and The Screaming Mary Club, to create unique icons representing their life stories and passions.

It features captivating artworks alongside profiles of notable local Ramsgate figures: John Prentis, fourth-generation Prentis Green Grocer; Maxine Morgan, Lead Technician and Manager of Community Projects on Ramsgate Town Council; Sam Battle, musician, composer, and creator of the Ramsgate Synth Museum and This Museum Is Not Obsolete; and three sisters, Fidan, Fulya and Simge Bağdas from Shakey Shakey Fish Bar.

Private View (open to all): 6-8pm @thewoodenboxgallery , 92 High Street, Ramsgate

The exhibition was made possible by Arts Council England, Ramsgate Town Council, DelRenzio & DelRenzio Architects, Ramsgate Thrift Store, and The Daylight Lab.


Palace Cinema Broadstairs

David Niven plays Peter Carter, a young WWII airman seemingly doomed before his time and trapped between life and death in this romantic masterpiece of ambition, visual flair and emotional power.

Saturday 25 November to Tuesday 28 November. Details here

Steve Wyse exhibition

Now until November 29, York Street Gallery Ramsgate

Paintings of all things railway. Meet and greet the artist on November 25, 2pm-4pm.

Gallery open 10.30am-4pm, Sunday’s 11am-4pm. Closed Mondays.

Ramsgate’s Charlotte Court Market

November 25, 10am to 4pm, Charlotte Court

Monthly market of crafts, goods and local produce

George Sansome and Sophie Crawford

November 25, doors open 7pm, Rosslyn Court, 62 Sweyn Rd, Cliftonville,

George Sansome and Sophie Crawford are the duo who created Queer Folk – an organisation that researches queer music and champions LGBTQIA+ musicians. Using the material they have found in the archives, they now perform queer folk music as a duo.

Tickets £12.00 + £1.20 booking fee Book now

Christmas Craft Fair

November 25, 10am-4pm, Queens Road Baptist Church, 2 Queens Road, Broadstairs

Indoor Christmas Market in aid of Global Challenge UK.

There is a café on site open 9am to 2pm plus accessible toilets

The indoor market is in aid of Global Challenge UK run by volunteer trustees in the UK who work closely with charity coordinators and volunteers in Uganda, running practical projects that help the community. Projects include funding school staff and meals, introducing livestock schemes, delivering teacher training, providing sanitary products and underwear and working with highly qualified professionals to deliver medical clinics in the Soroti region of Uganda.


November 25, 9pm last entry midnight, Dreamland Margate

Hospitality return with the freshest Drum n Bass acts at the Hall By The Sea (Indoor Event Space)

This is a strictly 18+ event (ID Required).

Tickets from £15 plus booking fee Book now

Wish (U)

Carlton Cinema Westgate

In the Kingdom of Rosas, a 17-year-old girl named Asha senses a darkness that no one else does, passionately pleas to the stars for help…and gets more than what she bargained for in return.

November 24-30. Details here

Pie Factory Emerging Artist Fundraiser

November 25, 7pm, WhereElse? The Centre, Margate

Come and catch the Pie Factory Emerging Artists play their first live gig!

Upcoming local talent featuring:

⚡️ Char.B
⚡️ Harmony B
⚡️ Quinn Bailey
⚡️ JanMakesNoise
⚡️ Olivia Rogers

All proceeds go to supporting this career-changing programme, which now in its 4th year has helped 23 young musicians.

Everyone welcome!

£3 under 18s

£5 over 18s

Pay on the door

‘A Fashionable Place’ book signing

November 25, 11am – 1.30pm, Ramsgate Tunnels

Local author Nick Evans will be at the Ramsgate Tunnels to sign copies of his nostalgia book of photographs and stories from Ramsgate

Dickens House Museum’s Festive Weekend

November 25-26, 1pm – 4.30pm with last entry 4pm, Dickens House Museum Broadstairs

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.

See the museum decorated for a Victorian Christmas and enjoy the festivities. There is also children’s crafts available including decoration making, to hang on your own tree at home.

The gift shop will also be open for browsing including children’s books, classic books gift sets, Hand decorated Christmas decorations, Christmas cards, homewares, puzzles, cards, toys, gifts and stationary.

The Broadstairs Dickens Fellowship Declaimers performing vignettes from classic novels inc. Christmas Carol

Tours of the museum

Children’s Christmas crafts

Christmas shopping in the gift shop

Tours – Adults £4 / Children £2

Free entry for shopping.

Queer Folk Workshop with George Sansome

November 25, 2pm-4pm, Rosslyn Court, Sweyn Road, Cliftonville

Talk and discussion about Queer elements in the Folk Tradition.

This workshop is for anyone who has an interest in different aspects of music and in getting to know about and understanding Queer culture.

Refreshments will be available. Book Tickets

Cliftonville Farmers Market

November 26, 10am-1pm, Walpole Green

Award-winning Farmers Market with between 35 – 40 stalls each month, selling everything from wild game, homemade ice creams and sorbets, to baklava, Ukraine bakes, New York style cookies, Dutch cheeses, cider, liqueurs and chilli jams.

W.I.T.C.H – We Intend To Cause Havoc

November 26, 6pm-11pm, Olby’s Soul Café Margate

W.I.T.C.H. (We Intend To Cause Havoc) were the biggest rock band in Zambia in the 1970s and spearheaded a new genre dubbed Zamrock, fusing influences that ranged from the Rolling Stones to Black Sabbath and James Brown and mixing them with traditional African rhythms and bush village songs.

Tickets  £24.75 Book now

Christmas with the Beverly Big Band

November 26, 2pm-5pm, Ramsgate Tunnels

An afternoon of music and dancing in Ramsgate Tunnels with the Beverly Big Band.

Complimentary glass of mulled wine and mince pie included.

Limited licensed bar

Dress for the cold – the temperature will be c. 9-11 degrees centigrade

Over 16s only

Tickets £12  Book now

Toy drive and family fun day

There is a toy drive event being held at the Royal Oak Hotel at Ramsgate harbour this Sunday (November 26).

Co-organiser Ali said: “We are holding a toy drive for the Salvation Army to thank them for looking after a family friend who has passed away. He lost his battle with addictions a couple of weeks ago and his children are keen to turn a negative into a positive. After speaking with the Salvation Army they mentioned that last year they helped more than 300 families with gifts for their children.

“This seemed like the perfect way to try and help them. We have some amazing people coming along to sing and we have an elf on a shelf mascot.”

The family fun day and toy drive includes live entertainment, free face painting and festive stalls and the QRA Corps of Drums and will run from noon to 4pm

Tree Walk Events

Tree warden and Sunken Garden Society founder Peter Hasted, in association with Thanet Urban Forest, will be hosting guided walks of some of Thanet’s most prized treescapes from this weekend as part of National Tree Week.

Saturday 25th November: Sunken Gardens, Westbrook 1:30pm

Sunday 26th November: Montefiore Woodland, Ramsgate 11:00am

Quex ice rink

Quex Adventure Farm Park in Birchington will be opening its real ice skate rink today (November 24).

The 150m2  rink is covered with a Giant Marquee to ensure fun whatever the weather and guest will also enjoy music, sparkling disco ball and festive lights.

​ Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, the ice rink is suitable for everyone, from toddlers to adults.

After fun on the ice, warm up with a hot chocolate or mulled wine and savour the tastes from the German swing BBQ offering an assortment of Bratwursts and culinary delights.

Skating sessions last 45 minutes and are available from 10am to 8pm. Skate hire included in ticket price. Tickets from £10pp off peak to £12pp peak times.

With limited capacity, tickets are in high demand. The rink is open from November 24-December 31.

More details at: https://www.theelfexpress.com/ice\

Thanet Photographers Exhibition

November 22 until December 5, The Margate School

An exhibition by 32 Thanet photographers.  Work by both professionals and amateur photographers and will also help raise funds for TMS.

The Thanet Photographers exhibition will be open daily 11am to 4pm at TMS, 31-33 High Street, Margate.

Skate rink at Ramsgate Garden Centre

Skaters can now lace up and enjoy some family fun as Ramsgate Garden Centre brings its own synthetic ice skating rink to the store over the festive season.

Families can also do their Christmas shopping at the family-run British Garden Centres store and enjoy themselves on the synthetic rink on a brisk winter’s day, making memories that will be remembered for years to come.

For those less confident on the ice, skate-aid penguins will be available.  Book at  https://britishgardencentres.com/ramsgate-garden-centre/

Christmas Light switch-on events this weekend

Margate Old Town

Christmas is approaching Photo Louis McLaren

November 25, 11am – 6pm

Christmas light switch on 5pm with the Mayor of Margate

It’ll be an all day extravaganza filled to the brim with Christmas treats from traders, local singing groups, Christmas tree and activities for children.

All day fun festive market with entertainment, trim the tree, the Family Claus, shopping and food & drink.

Margate Cecil Square

Photo Carl Hudson

November 25, noon-6pm

Christmas tree light switch-on 6pm

Free parking (Mill Lane Carpark)

Live performances (noon-6pm)

Meet Santa at Santa’s Grotto


Christmas Market Stalls

Birchington Christmas

Photo Carl Hudson

November 25, 10am-5pm

A festive family fun day with activities including:

Christmas Trail

Food and Craft Fair

Family Games

Entertainment, Meet the Grinch

Carols around the tree

Santa’s Grotto


Children’s Crafts

Light Switch On

Organised by Birchington Traders Together and Birchington Parish Council


Photo Mark Milham

Noon-7pm, November 25

A day of shopping, eating, drinking, laughing, and singing with Christmas Light up the Park at the Christmas Market.

From 6pm at the front of Pierremont Hall, gather around the old Victorian lantern for that classic tradition of community Christmas Carol Singing.

People are invited to bring their own lanterns and torches to ‘Light up the park’. . Reusable flame-free lanterns will be available to purchase.

The Christmas tree lights this year will be on for the whole event.

The Christmas Market will include children’s choirs, carol singing, seasonal treats, plus local makers, crafters, designers, artists, food producers, caterers and shops.

Noon until 7pm: Brighter Days Market Stalls from local makers, crafters, designers, artists, food producers, caterers and more, as well as local businesses and shops.

Noon to 5.45pm: Local and School Choirs singing on the Portico Stage at the back of the Hall (schedule to be shared on social media)

Noon onwards:

* A children’s fun area with a fair ride and game stall

* Children’s Christmas Party in the Music Room, where children can decorate Christmas gingerbread shapes and have fun with our arts and crafts, followed by a visit from a special visitor (and his Elves)!

Tickets £10 per child. Email [email protected]

6pm: Christmas Carol Singing – everyone’s invited to the front of Pierremont Hall, around the old Victorian Lantern for that classic tradition of community Carol Singing,

Brought to you by Broadstairs and St Peter’s Town Council.

Ramsgate Christmas Lights Switch-On

Photo Malcolm Kirkaldie

November 26, noon-5pm

Ramsgate’s annual Christmas Lights Switch-On events and celebrations with switch on at 4.30pm

Ramsgate Christmas Fair combines with Ramsgate Handmade and Vintage Fair – with Christmas food and treats, gifts and decorations – all made locally.

Other events/attractions include

Santa’s Sleigh

Naughty Elves

Face Painting

Live entertainment

Miss Ramsgate & Her Court

Children’s Workshops

Snow Machine

Santa’s Grotto

‘(S)Elfish’ Trail

Plus: A celebration of light at St George’s Church Ramsgate

Free Entry – donations are welcome.

Sunday 26th November – from 5pm

St George’s Church, Church Hill, Ramsgate, CT11 8RA

From 5pm join St George’s church, to celebrate the first year of Project 200. There will be refreshments, and entertainment will be provided by Free Range Orchestra, with animations and video projections by the students of University for the Creative Arts. The free event at the church will include light projections on the lantern tower by James Brown AV.

Come directly to the church or follow Samba Ya Wantsum up the High Street from the Ramsgate Christmas Light Switch On event.

Free workshop at Arts in Ramsgate, noon-4pm – Drop into 46 High St. between noon and 4pm to make a mini-lantern to take up to St George’s ‘Let there be Light’ event. Suitable for all ages and abilities.

Free Santa’s Grotto at Discovery Planet, noon-4pm – Drop in to Discovery Planet at 47 High Street to say hello to Father Christmas and receive your gift.


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