30 things to see and do in Thanet, December 8-10

Christmas tree festival at St John's Photo Frank Leppard

The Christmas Social

December 8, Olby’s Soul Café, Margate, 7pm-midnight

From swing to rhythm & blues, rock n roll to boogaloo, with some ska & 60’s soul!

DJ Jerome and Lindsay will be your hosts for the evening with guest DJ TBC.

Free entry

Winter Market at Kindred House

December 7-10, 7 Grotto Hill, Margate

Shop a curation of unique wares from local Kent makers in Margate

Opening times:

Friday 8th – 10am-8pm

Saturday 9th – 10am-4pm

Sunday 10th – 10am-4pm

Visitors are invited to the open-house style event, set over three floors to browse the selection of offerings for festive shopping.

An Exhibition of Recent Work: MAHL

December 7-13, Pie Factory Gallery Margate, daily 10am-5pm

Recent work by five well-known local artists showing at the Pie Factory Gallery in Margate

The work ranges across all mediums and demonstrates a huge width of creative skills including watercolour, oil, acrylic and sculptural works

Joe Goddard

December 8, doors open .30pm, Ramsgate Music Hall

The legendary member of Hot Chip and The 2 Bears joins Ramsgate Music Hall for an All Night Long journey through Disco, House and Techno.

As well as working on seven Hot Chip albums and two with Raf Rundell as The 2 Bears, Joe is co-founder of label Greco Roman and has remixed the likes of Kraftwerk, New Order, Disclosure, Dirty Projectors, the Chemical Brothers, Wiley and Jessie Ware, produced tracks for Franz Ferdinand, Bernard Sumner, Little Boots, Dels and Mashrou Leila and released a string of solo singles.

Entry Requirements: 18+

Tickets £17.50 + Booking Fee Book now


Palace Cinema Broadstairs

A kaleidoscopic, passionate and enthralling love story chronicling the lifelong relationship between Leonard ‘West Side Story’ Bernstein and Chilean actress Felicia Montealegre. A love letter to life and art, Maestro is, at its core, an emotionally epic portrayal of family and love, with, of course, a phenomenal soundtrack.

Friday 8 December to Thursday 14 December. Details here

ANGUSRAZE: Make Your Own Creative Infrastructure

December 8, Turner Contemporary

Join In The Offing featured artist and musician, ANGUSRAZE, as he shows you around the exhibition and talks about his D.I.Y approach to making music and video.

ANGUSRAZE will speak about how he started making work without having a creative infrastructure around him, give tips on non-traditional tools for making (such as composing music for video games on free software), and how he used these approaches in his new work made for In The Offing. There will be time for asking questions, starting conversations, and looking around the exhibition.

5:00 – 5:15pm – Arrival

5:15 – 6:00pm – Talk + Q&A

6:00 – 6:30pm – A chance to walk around the exhibition In The Offing.

Funded by Freelands Foundation + ACE + KCC.

Free (but booking essential) Book now

Christmas Tree Festival at St Peter’s Church

December 8-10

St Peter’s Church will be filled with Christmas trees, twinkling with lights in a dazzling display.

Friday 8th Dec Midday – 6pm : Judging of the trees by the Mayor of St. Peters and Broadstairs, Cllr Kristian Bright, and awarding of prizes

Saturday 9th Dec 10am – 5pm : The Church is open for viewing of the trees. Vote for The People’s Choice, your chance to choose which tree is best. There will be a variety of musical entertainment provided from 2pm until 4:30pm.

At 7pm David Lammler plays  favourite Christmas melodies and carols on the organ. singalong and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and a mince pie in the interval. More info here

Sunday 10th Dec 11am – 4pm :

9:30am Family Praise Service, Enjoy the unique surroundings of the Christmas trees while the children take part in the service

Donations when visiting the festival would be appreciated and will be used for the upkeep of the church.

Free – donations welcome

Christmas Tree Festival at St George’s Church Ramsgate

December 8-17, 2pm – 5pm

Trees exhibited and funds raised for the restoration of the church.

Sugar Cube 3

1-23 December, The Lido Stores, 2 Ethelbert Terrace, Cliftonville

Open 7 days a week, 10am to 4pm

Annual winter exhibition features artworks from 24 artists, all of whom have exhibited at The Lido Stores over the past year, either solo or as part of a group show.

All work has been executed within the last twelve months and offers an  overview of contemporary art practice in the UK, as well showcasing the diverse and exceptional talent championed at The Lido Stores.

Wallop! Lo Lo Solo & Friends Art Pop-Up

December 7-11, noon to 5pm, 231 Northdown Road Cliftonville

Art sales, performances, drag, workshops, market stalls and more

Projects Kavel Rafferty’s new exhibition – Wallop! Lo Lo Solo & Friends – and a programme of events, including art sales, gifts, performances, etc.

Memorials performing live at Where Else? in Margate

December 9 . Start time: 7pm

Memorials is the new band of Verity Susman (Electrelane) and Matthew Simms (Wire, Better Corners, It Hugs Back, UUUU).

Tickets £13.20 Book now

Christmas Fun Day- NOW POSTPONED

Westwoods Dog Park Margate Road, by Westwood shopping centre. New date of December 16 now scheduled

Shopping, stalls, dog treats, Santa Paws, fancy dress, agility.

Free entry and free parking

Thanet Chamber Choir Christmas concert

December 9, 3.30pm. Holy Trinity Broadstairs

Thanet Chamber Choir is presenting its Christmas Concert. Appearing are the Chamber Choir and the children’s choir of Holy Trinity CoE Primary School, Ramsgate. The concert features Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols”, interspersed with audience carols, readings and other seasonable music.

The concert begins at 3.30pm on Saturday 9th November at Holy Trinity Broadstairs.. Tickets are £10 (u18 free); available on the door (contactless preferred, correct cash accepted), from the Vinyl Head Record Shop West Cliff Road Ramsgate, or Eventbrite. Book now

St John’s Church Christmas tree festival

December 9, 10am to 4pm, St John’s Church Margate

Christmas Tree Festival, enjoy the creative handcrafted trees made by community groups and local pupils.

There are craft, jewellery and gift stalls to browse.  Catch up with friends and make new friends over tea and cake.

Entry is free

Giant Baby

December 9, Tom Thumb Theatre Cliftonville

Margate-based band ‘Giant Baby’ will be performing live at the Tom Thumb Theatre!

Giant Baby is a newborn, conceived and birthed in Margate by long time musically entwined friends Jack, John and Joe.

Bar from 7pm

Support: Blood Wizard 8.30pm


Tickets £8.00 Book now

Mini Christmas Market

December 9-10, 10am to 4pm, 2a Addington Street, Ramsgate

Art prints, handmade cards & crafts, second hand clothing & much more.

Quex Craft Village Christmas Fair

December 9, 4pm-8pm

Many shops and markets stalls all selling Christmas gifts and cheer!

Also featuring The QRA CORPS of Drums

An Evening of Christmas Melodies and Carols

December 9, St Peter’s Church in Broadstairs.

Doors open: 6:30pm

Start time: 7pm

Sing your favourite Christmas carols, songs and melodies played by David Lammler on the organ in St. Peter’s Church while surrounded by the twinkling lights of the Christmas trees and enjoying a glass of wine and a mince pie.

Tickets available at Parish office or on the door (open 9:30-12:30 Mon – Fri)

Tickets  £7.50 (includes glass of wine and a mince pie)

Wonka PG

Carlton Cinema Westgate

The story will focus specifically on a young Willy Wonka and how he met the Oompa-Loompas on one of his earliest adventures.

December 8-14 and December 24. Details here

The Dickens Declaimers

December 9, 3pm, Broadstairs’ Dickens Declaimers perform a dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Droit House

Free entry. This performance is in aid of the NSPCC.

Christmas Fair

December 9, 10.30am-2.30pm, St. Luke’s Church, Hollicondane Road, Ramsgate

St Luke’s & St George’s fundraising Christmas Fair.

Santa pays a flying visit to the fundraising Christmas fair at St Luke’s Church, Ramsgate. A special ‘fireplace’ will keep his toes warm while he hands out gifts. The 16 stalls include handmade craft, homewares, cake stall, silent auction, tombola and cake stall. Free entry.

Christmas Market at Home

December 9-10, 11am to 6pm, Home, 35 Albion Street in Broadstairs.

– Christmas decorations

– Children’s crafts

– Festive treats and Mulled Wine

– Seasonal music

Deck The Halls

December 9. 2pm, Margate Museum, Market Place.

Have you ever wondered what to buy a King for Christmas?

Do you know what festive song links The King, the Queen of Country and the Prince of Darkness?

And whoever heard of a kookaburra in a gum tree?

Margate Museum invites you to an afternoon of good company, music, the answer to these questions an more.

Come in and find out about the spirit of Christmas and the unlikely origins of some of our most popular songs.

This event begins at 2pm prompt, everyone’s welcome.

Entry £2 – all proceeds going to support the Margate Museums Trust.

Coastal Crafty Crew fair

December 10, 10am-3pm, Quex Small Barn

Handmade craft fair with free mince pies and hot spiced toddy.

Free admission and free parking

Thanet Classics Christmas Cruise

December 10.

Starting at ending at the RAF Manston Museum. Use their cafe and support the museum.

Meet at 10:30am to leave promptly at 11.30am for a planned cruise around Thanet

Returning at the end of the cruise at approx 2.30/3pm for raffle, awards and hot drinks/food (If you want) inside the RAF Manston Museum Cafe.

Money raised from the raffle and donations will go to charity.

Fancy Dress and Dressed up Cars vital! All makes, models and condition of cars welcome over 25 years old.

Trophies for:

Best Dressed Car

Best Dressed Adult

Best Dressed Child

Furthest Travelled

Suggested donation of £5 per car.

Thanet Male Voice Charity Christmas Concert

December 10. Starts at 2.30pm, Holy Trinity Church Broadstairs

The Thanet Male Voice Choir perform with Upton Junior School Choir and Proteus Brass Ensemble. Concert in aid of Prostate Cancer Support Association, Kent

Tickets £11 (unreserved seats)

Ellington Park Christmas Fayre

December 10, 11am to 4pm, Ellington Park Ramsgate

Get into the festive spirit at the Christmas Fayre in Ramsgate’s newly-regenerated Ellington Park.

Market stalls for Christmas shopping – handmade crafts and jewellery, vegan food stall, sensory toys, fun rides, sweets, mulled wine and mince pies from the café, Father Christmas visiting and author Rita Streatfield will be signing her children’s books at a special price – the perfect stocking filler for under 11s.

Mark Leckey’s Music and Video Lab Exhibition Showcase

December 10, Turner Contemporary, 2pm – 4.30pm (drop-in)… Speeches and performances at 2.45pm

Live performances from Mark Leckey’s Music and Video Lab group, in partnership with Arts Education Exchange

Following on from Mark Leckey’s Music and Video Lab run with CAST Gallery, Cornwall, in summer 2022, Turner Contemporary has partnered with Arts Education Exchange to deliver a Lab in Margate during In The Offing.

The initiative is designed to create a space for experimentation and discovery through video editing, music production and digital media for young people aged between 16–25 years.

The sessions have been led by:

Tom Postgate – Music Assistant and Tonetic Records Lead

Joe Kondras – Music Lead

Josh Halcro – Film Lead

With support from Mark Leckey and Ashley Holmes.

The multi-screen pop-up exhibition will showcase the audio-visual work the group has been working on over their 6 sessions working with Arts Education Exchange facilitators, along with input from Mark Leckey and Ashley Holmes (whose work features as part of In The Offing).

At 2.45 pm there will be a moment for live performances as well as an introduction to the Music and Video Lab group and insight into the process.

The Dickens Declaimers

December 10, 3pm, The Pavilion Broadstairs

Broadstairs’ Dickens Declaimers perform a dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’

Free entry. This performance is in aid of the NSPCC.

Attention Restoration

2 December 2023 – 21 January 2024, Quench Gallery Margate

Attention Restoration raises questions of restoration, legibility and reconstruction in reference to Margate Caves. The works shown consider how acts of re-inscription can erase and clarify simultaneously. Paintings on the cave walls have been subjected to re-painting / over-painting from the early 1800s to the present day, each time destroying the original while allowing the image to remain for longer.

Alex Margo Arden has rescaled and reconstructed Margate Caves as a series of theatrical backcloths. When presented in Attention Restoration the thirteen backcloth paintings can be studied in medium format photographs, as well as physically within a sculpture in the final room: performing as a collapsed touring theatrical set – backcloths, rigging and lighting have fallen to the floor, or are waiting to rise.

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