Things to see and do in Thanet (and Sandwich), January 27-28

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Frankenstein – ‘or, a play about a man, wot built another man’

January 27, 7.30pm, Sarah Thorne Theatre Broadstairs

The Rise or Shine Winter Production Frankenstein – ‘or, a play about a man, wot built another man’ at the Sarah Thorne Theatre.

Victor Frankenstein is on a scientific quest. He believes that he alone is destined to break through the greatest boundary of the medical world and harness the power to control life and death. Along with his faithful assistant, Igor, he finds that the act of creation is not all it’s cracked up to be when his efforts finally bring a homemade man to life.

The only true question is who is the monster? Victor or his creation? Join Rain or Shine this winter for their hilarious take on this Victorian classic. Expect gags, fast paced chaos, well-timed comic set pieces. And hats. Lots and lots of hats.

Tickets: Advance £17 / On the door £19 Book now

The Art of Mapping

January 27, drop in between 10am and 3pm, Arts in Ramsgate and Discovery Planet

Take part in fun, interactive activities to map your surroundings, yourself and your mind including a free taster session with the School of Noise to use sound as a way of mapping your environment.

There’s no need to book, just drop in. Suitable for all ages and skill levels.

The space is accessible with an accessible loo and baby changing facility.

46 & 47 High Street, Ramsgate, CT11 9AG

Screenprinting with Hand Drawn Stencils

January 27, 10am to 5pm, The Margate School, High Street, Margate

Join local graphic designer Becky Thomas for a full day workshop as she teaches the basics of screenprinting. This workshop will take place in the TMS Print Space

You will learn the basic techniques for screenprinting hand drawn designs using photo sensitive emulsion. You’ll hand draw your own A4 two colour design, prepare your screen and print your design onto paper.

Using water-based inks and you will get to take your prints home with you.
The workshop is limited to 6 people and you will work in pairs, depending on attendance numbers.

Tickets £90 Book now

New Year! New Music! New You!

January 27, 7pm, WhereElse? Margate

Deadletter will be performing live at Where Else? in Margate.

Tickets £11.85 Book now

Live Band Karaoke

January 27, 9pm until late, Justines Margate

Say ‘goodbye’ to January with a good ol’ sing-song with @wearemightyreal and dancing til the early hours with Andhesaidno on the decks.

This is an 18+ event. Free entry.

Country Superstars

January 27, 7.30pm, The Granville Theatre Ramsgate

Country Superstars is hosted by TV Dolly star Sarah Jayne who has been performing as Dolly Parton for 28 years and is Europe’s Leading Tribute to the Queen of Country.

The show features 11 award winning impersonations of Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Billie Jo Spears, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, Tammy Wynette, Garth Brooks, John Denver, Glen Campbell and Canadian Country Superstar Shania Twain. The show also includes the Country Superstars Band.

Tickets available from £31.90 subject to a transaction fee of £2.50 Book now

Margate Old Town Market

January 27, 11am-4pm, Margate Old Town, Market Place, near Margate Museum

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

Rebalance Day Retreat – Yoga, Mindfulness & Wellness

January 27, 9am-6pm,Chapel House Estate Minster

Well-being day at Chapel House Estate in collaboration with Sarah Rodriguez of Aspire Health, Fitness & Wellbeing,

Flow and Restore Yoga: Begin your day with a session that will align your body and spirit, suitable for all levels.

Breathwork & Meditation: Learn techniques to enhance presence, reduce anxiety, and achieve mental clarity.

Mindful Walk: Connect with nature on a guided walk through our picturesque grounds, designed to uplift your spirits.

Gut Health Insights: Discover the link between gut health and well-being with actionable advice from leading health coaches.

Nourishment: Enjoy a curated selection of smoothies, teas, and a Mediterranean-inspired lunch

Full Day Individual Ticket Price: £160

More details and booking here

Love, Life and Laughter

January 28, 5pm, Sarah Thorne Theatre Broadstairs

Poems, songs and sketches in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support at the Sarah Thorne Theatre.

All profits go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

£10 + Booking fee Book now

London to Margate

This is the last weekend this exhibition is open in Margate’s The Eclectic Art Gallery.

Keeley McCalmont and Sarah Gibbon met as teenagers, when working as Saturday girls in a shoe shop on London’s Oxford Street in the 1980’s. They bonded over their shared love of soul music, shoes, and all things arty.

Four decades later, still the best of friends, Keeley is Head of Art in a London school, Sarah co-runs two group-based independent art galleries in Thanet. Still both working full-time, they cherish their trips to see each other in London and in Margate. They have been learning hand-pulled printing techniques in recent years, striving to make time to nurture their creative selves around all their day-to-day responsibilities. This exhibition showcases a selection of hand-pulled prints – etchings and linocuts – celebrating the two towns they love.

6 Broad Street, CT91EW, Open 11am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday

Under the Influence

Westgate-on-Sea’s Galleria is currently hosting a showcase of the full range of the popular Under the Influence prints, all under one roof for the first time, until the end of January 2024

Local artist Michele Papageorghiou – also known as Mrs P – started work on her series of striking seascape acrylic paintings back in 2019, with Margate Under the Influence. The series has grown since then. It now features other iconic Margate scenes, and Thanet’s other seaside towns. Reculver and Brighton are included too, with more planned.

All of the paintings feature Mrs P’s distinctive compositional approach. It pays homage to the artists Van Gogh and Hokusai. The original paintings are not for sale, but limited edition Giclee prints of them all are available to buy from our galleries, online, and at this exhibition, in sizes to suit all locations.

29 Station Road, CT88RB, 10am to 5pm Saturday (closed on Sunday)

Cliftonville Farmers’ Market

January 28, 10am – 1pm on the Walpole Bay Lawns behind the Walpole Bay Hotel.

Some 40 stalls selling items including seasonal fruit and veg, free range meats and game,  free range eggs, Kentish honey, olives, oils, vinegars, Kentish cheeses, hand made chocolates, pizzas, pies, doughnuts, croissants, sourdough bread, cookies, sausage rolls, vegan food, Kimchi,  rare breeds charcuterie, quiches, plants and more.

Sam will be there to sharpen all your knives and tools, Refillable for eco green goods and Soapy Herbs with soaps &  creams. Real Deal Roasters will be serving hot teas & coffees and Grill Beasts will be serving up breakfast baps.

Craft fair/bootfair

January 28, 9am-2pm, Roostys at the Allen Building, Nelson College, Northwood Road, Broadstairs

Free parking and free entrance for public. Sandwich shop/cafe will be open on site for hot food, snacks and drinks.

Around 25 stalls inside and more outside.


January 28, 3.30pm, Palace Cinema Broadstairs

Douglas Fairbanks’ thief, Ahmed, has a reputation as Baghdad’s premiere plunderer. When he falls in love with a beautiful princess (Julianne Johnston) and the two determine to marry, her father the caliph intervenes, forbidding the union. Thus erupts a chain of circumstances involving a crystal ball, a magic apple, an invisibility cloak… and, of course, a flying carpet.

Shooting for 65 (!) weeks with a cast of several thousand, this remains one of Hollywood’s most ambitious epic blockbusters ever.

More details here

Dane Valley Woods session

Sunday 28 January, 10am-1pm

Monthly wood work morning at Dane Valley Woods, meeting at the HQ in the Dane Valley allotments.

All tools and training provided. Under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please wear sensible shoes and clothing and be ready to get stuck in. Stay for as long or as little as you like, all help is greatly appreciated!

Tasks vary from month to month, but may include path maintenance, removing bindweed and alexanders from around saplings, wildflower meadow maintenance, etc….. this month will start with a special task of planting 24 trees for 2024.

Indo Rhythms

January 28, Ark Cliftonville in Albion Road, 2pm – 5pm

Led by acclaimed choreographer Ash Mukherjee, a three hour dance and rhythm masterclass focusing on meditative tribal Indian dance flow, Carnatic spoken percussion composition and Carnatic classical interpretation of a Bollywood song, releasing, realigning and reconnecting breath and movement.

Participants are invited to perform with Ash for a curtain raiser for Vishnu’s Got My Back at ARK, on Saturday February 3rd.

Tickets from £25 Book now

Proud 2 Create

More than 100 paintings by 12 artists with a range of abilities and learning impairments on display at Pie Factory Gallery in Margate’s Old Town.

Artists from the Sandra Art4All Art Studio will exhibit Proud 2 Create Show from January 28- February 12 in a live studio set-up.

The collaboration will give opportunities for the art group to paint in the community once again and for the public to enjoy the artist’s creating within the exhibition. Art4All feel this is a great way to start a dialogue around art and artists who are deaf, autistic and neurodiverse.

The works are created by artists whose ages range from 13-52 years old. The Sandra Art4All artists are inspired by a wide range of themes, from landscapes to urban environments, and from animals to abstracts.

All the artists exhibiting are part of the Sandra Art4All Art Studio which was established by Sandra Hampton in 2016 to provide a platform for aspiring artists with special needs.

The show will be open every day 11am – 4pm. The artists will be working in the gallery on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Listen out for…

St John’s Church in Margate is asking people to listen out for the bells on Sunday afternoon as the bell-ringers go into action.

Further afield

On Saturday January 27, Sandwich Town Council will be hosting a reception to launch the mobile exhibition ‘Leave to Land’.

This exhibition, owned by The Wiener Holocaust Library, is currently on display at Sandwich Guildhall Museum and will be touring other venues in East Kent, including Canterbury Cathedral, until mid-March. Among the dignitaries attending the launch on January 27th will the Rt Revd. Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Bishop of Dover, Councillor Gordon Cowan, Chair of Dover District Council and Rabbi Cliff Cohen of Thanet and District Reform Synagogue.

The exhibition ‘Leave to Land’ is about a refugee camp for nearly 4000 Jewish men, all refugees from Germany and Austria, which was sited very close to Sandwich in 1939/40. The men lived in a one-time WW1 army camp known as the ‘Kitchener Camp’ just beyond the Sandwich Toll Bridge on the west side of the old Ramsgate Road.

Many of them had come from early concentration camps. Once war broke out large numbers of them enlisted in the unarmed section of the British Army, known as the Pioneer Corps, and the camp changed from being a refugee camp into a Pioneer Corps training camp.

The exhibition consists of reproductions of letters, diaries, memoirs, and photos of the men who found refuge in Sandwich. These documents have been collected and put together by a descendant of one of the Kitchener men and collected from the many other descendants of Kitchener men who are now scattered across the world.

Professor Clare Ungerson, Deputy Mayor of Sandwich Town Council, and the author of the only history of the Kitchener Camp rescue (‘Four Thousand Lives’) said: “It is absolutely appropriate that this fascinating exhibition has come to Sandwich and will be travelling to other venues in East Kent.

“The official launch of the exhibition in Sandwich Guildhall is taking place on Holocaust Memorial Day which is held every year on January 27th – the day, in 1945, when Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated.

“The launch and reception will provide Sandwich with an opportunity to remember those who perished in the Holocaust but also mark the way in which the people of Sandwich contributed to the rescue, in 1939, of 4000 men who managed to get away.”


  1. Thank you Kathy, for giving Cliftonville Farmers’ Market a mention.
    We will also be joined this month by Holy Mackerel, who will be selling a vast range of fresh fish, smoked fish & shellfish.

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