Things to see and do in Thanet, January 20-21

Speakeasy night with host Leon Williams

Black & White Film Processing Workshop

January 20, 11am-1pm, The Margate School, High Street

During this short course you will learn the process for developing your black and white film, a good introduction to the magic of analogue photography

Learn to process film in this dedicated short course.

Photographic chemicals are included but participants need to bring their own exposed black and white film (up to two 35mm films may be processed, or one 120 format).

HP5 black and white film can be bought from the School for £7.50 a roll.

Using Patterson film tanks and standard photographic chemistry you will develop your own film, either 35mm or 120 film. Covering the loading of the film onto the film spiral, mixing the chemistry, adjusting temperature, processing, washing and drying. Suitable for complete beginners or those in need of a refresher.

Please contact [email protected] for more information

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Tickets £25 Book now


January 20, The Space, 39-41 High Street (Top Floor), Margate

Doors open 7.30pm, entertainment from 8pm, music & dancing until 11pm

First Speakeasy night of 2024… Cabaret, Music, Poetry, Cocktails and Dancing – all at The Space in Margate!

A nod back to the early 1900s in America with a modern twist. A monthly occasion, full of entertainment. Not to be missed.

This is not a fancy dress occasion, but you are more than welcome to wear attire from the 20s, 30s, 40s. Or, just smart dress.

Features singing star Amber Topaz. There will be poetry performed by local artists and DJ Leon (host) will take you through the best of the 20s, 30s and 40s and encourage everyone to partake in easy to follow Speakeasy line ups including the Speakeasy shuffle to name but a few. Table service available

Please note: Entry to the venue is via 4 flights of stairs. The venue has no lift.

£12 plus £1 booking fee. Click here to pre book your seat

One Life (12A)

Palace Cinema Broadstairs

Anthony Hopkins stars as Sir Nicholas Winton, a British stockbroker who helped rescue hundreds of children from Europe on the verge of the Second World War, an act of compassion that was almost forgotten for 50 years. An all-star cast includes Anthony Hopkins, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Flynn, Lena Olin, Romola Garai & Jonathan Pryce

In 1938, Nicholas Winton was a mild-mannered British stockbroker who became increasingly unsettled by the news of what was happening in continental Europe. After a spur-of-the-moment decision to join friends in Prague to help a growing number of refugees, his life — and the lives of hundreds of Jewish children facing the threat of Hitler’s regime — changed forever. Resolving to take whatever action he could, Winton returned to London and conscripted his indefatigable mother, Babette (Helena Bonham Carter) for what would become years of fundraising and fighting bureaucracy in order to begin transporting children to safety in the UK.

Sir Anthony Hopkins masterfully portrays the deeply humble and almost-anonymous Winton of the 1980s. When his ever-patient wife Grete (Lena Olin) asks him to declutter his office, Nicholas uncovers the long-buried folders and notes that hold the many names of all the children he saved, sparking memories of his wartime efforts. We then follow the younger Nicky, played by Johnny Flynn (Clouds of Sils Maria), in his race against an impending war.

Nicholas’ scrapbook triggered a series of events that culminated in the long-delayed celebration of his life-saving achievements when the BBC invited him to a television program that made him an icon of compassion. His story resonates in our time, as we continue to grapple with war, refugee crises, and growing antisemitism. One Life is a moving portrait of the drive to serve in times of strife and a timeless reminder of our ability to make a difference.

January 19-25. More details here

Pop Up Charity Shop

January 20, 10am to 12 noon,  St John’s Church, Community Centre, Margate

Looking for a bargain? The January Pop Up Charity Shop offers all visitors some fantastic bargains.

The shop runs in the St John’s Community Hall from 10am to 12noon on the third Saturday of the month.

January brings a special focus on books  to suit all interests and ages.

There is also a room full of pre-loved clothing for all ages as well as stalls in the main hall with bric a brac, toys, games, puzzles, jewellery, vinyl, vintage and hand-crafted items.

Come early to buy the popular cakes and savouries to eat with a cup of tea or coffee or choose some treats to take away.

Afternoon concert

January 20, 4pm, St Andrew’s Church, Reading Street, Broadstairs

Greg Tassell, tenor, and friends and pupils.

Free entry. Donations at the end in aid of church funds.


January 20, 8pm, Sugar Rush, 66 High Street Ramsgate

Comedy night

Tickets £5.00 + £0.42 booking fee

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Showcasing Portraits

January 20. 10am-4pm, York Street Gallery Ramsgate

Photographers Sue Fewings and Denise Bottali showcase their work and discuss your photography needs. Bookings and vouchers available to buy.

Mean Girls (12A)

Carlton Cinema Westgate

From the comedic mind of Tina Fey comes a new twist on the modern classic, Mean Girls. New student Cady Heron is welcomed into the top of the social food chain by the elite group of popular girls called “The Plastics,” ruled by the conniving queen bee Regina George and her minions.

However, when Cady makes the major misstep of falling for Regina’s ex-boyfriend Aaron Samuels she finds herself prey in Regina’s crosshairs. As Cady sets to take down the group’s apex predator with the help of her outcast friends, she must learn how to stay true to herself while navigating the most cutthroat jungle of all: high school.

January 19-25, more details here

Pilgrims Hospice mega table top sale

January 21, 10am-3pm, Birchington village centre, Alpha Road

Lots of items on sale, most £1 or less

Kent Talents Poetry Club

January 21, 6.30pm, Kent Talents Art Centre & Gallery, 5 Albion St, Broadstairs

An evening of poetry with featured poets and open mic.
Come to listen or bring a poem to share.
Drinks and refreshments supplied.

Tickets from £10 at:


  1. What’s with this “Pop Up Charity Shop” rubbish? Everywhere else calls theem Church fund-raising events or similar.

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