Things to see and do in Thanet, February 9-11

Scalextric at the WonderWorks Photo John Horton

Jack and the Beanstalk

Experience the joy and excitement of the Birchington Guild of Players’ annual family pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk!

Friday 9th February at 7:30pm
Saturday 10th February at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Sunday 11th February at 2:30pm

Tickets Adults £12.50, Children £9.50, Groups – 10 or more £10.50 Book now

Coastal Choir

Coastal Choir is putting on a concert featuring pop, rock, folk and musical theatre, all on the theme of Love, at St George’s Church in Ramsgate.

The gig, support from the BradUKES ukulele ensemble, takes place on Friday, February 9 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

There will be a pay bar, with doors opening from 7pm.

All proceeds from the event will go towards funding the St George’s Community Meal in 2024. The Community Meal is a weekly event run by a group of volunteers, supported by St George’s Church and held in the Church Hall on a Tuesday evening.

James Brown AV is providing lighting the interior of the church and the bar is being provided by The Offy from Whitstable.

Tickets are £8 in advance and £10 on the door.

Book tickets on St George’s website –

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

Celebrating a local icon

February 9 from 7pm at Sundowners, Albert Terrace, Margate

A celebration and poster unveiling in honour of legendary Margate pub landlady and LGBTIQA+  champion Shirley Sullivan.

An Eltham girl by origin, Shirley arrived in Margate in 1974 and in 1982 took over her first pub with husband Mick, The Six Bells at the top of Margate High Street. This was to be the start of a 40 year career as a much loved, respected and at times feared publican.

Shirley and Mick moved to the New Inn in the Old Town in 1985 and it was here Shirley began to really make her mark. A builder’s pub by day, Shirley began to host gay nights in the evenings and weekends that quickly became renowned throughout East Kent and beyond in the gay and lesbian communities, providing a much-needed safe environment for people in those less tolerant times.

As well as the New Inn, Shirley ran Rumours nightclub in Cliftonville, and welcomed resident DJ Flipz and drag artists such as a young Lily Savage to the area well ahead of mainstream exposure.

After a brief stint living in France, Mick and Shirley returned to publican life in 1995, taking over the Oxford before having the opportunity to run the Bull’s Head in the heart of the Old Town in 1997.

Shirley had been fighting a lengthy battle with cancer in previous years and finally succumbed, surrounded by her family, in April 2020.

The event tonight will add Shirley to the Sundowners’ wall of icons in the LGBTIQA+ community – particularly fitting is that it takes place during LGBT History Month, celebrated throughout February to recognise the contributions and struggles of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

An icons poster for Shirley will be unveiled by Margate mayor Rob Yates at 7.30pm, people are advised to arrive by 7pm, and those present will then raise a glass to Shirley’s memory.

Author event

The Margate Bookshop has organised an evening with poet and author Andrew McMillan as he discusses his hotly anticipated debut novel, Pity.

The event will be held on Friday, 9th February at Fort Road Bar, Fort Road Hotel from 7pm-9pm. Free entry.

Infinity festival

The festival at ARK in Cliftonville – the former Shul building in Albion Road- continues until February 11.

Serenity Soirée – a therapeutic taster session / ARK fundraiser – Fri 9th Feb 6pm – 9pm – An evening of relaxation, connection and nurturing. From soothing massages to transformative sound healing.

Meditation for children – Sat 10th Feb 11am- 12noon Age 5+ An opportunity for children to experience the basics of mindfulness.

Spirituality, Art, Science, Wisdom, and Everyday Life – Sat 10th Feb 2pm – 3.30pm – Dr Larry Culliford, talks about happiness, well-being, wisdom, and love, sharing his reflections on art and spirituality. Followed by a Q and A.

The Orchestra from Everywhere – Sat 10th Feb 7.30pm – 9pm – Musicians from Syria, Iran, Hong Kong, Palestine, Ukraine and India play traditional music from their own cultures as well as new music that they have developed together.

Journey into Infinity: Festival Finale with Govinda Sah’s Art, Cacao Ceremony, and Cosmic Sound Healing – Sun 11th Feb 6pm – 8.30pm – The festival closing event.

For information and tickets go to:

Solar Nineties

February 10, 7.30pm, Ramsgate Music Hall

5-piece rock band from Margate with an authentic British Rock sound at Ramsgate Music Hall.

Solar Nineties are reuniting for a special performance in support of Mark Baker-Milner’s fundraising efforts for MS-UK: a national charity dedicated to empowering people affected by multiple sclerosis to live happier and healthier lives.

Mark’s wife Kerris has been recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and he will be running in the 2024 London Marathon for the charity. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated towards Mark’s target of £2,000 for MS-UK.

Expect to hear the tunes you know and love mixed in with a few surprises…

Support comes from Squangey Bobbins.

Tickets £12 + £1.50 Booking Fee Book now

Margate Crab Museum

Margate’s Crab Museum will be reopening on Saturday February 10 following a refresh of exhibits.

The quirky museum devoted to all thing crustacean is headed by enthusiasts and brothers Ned and Bertie Suesat-Williams, from Margate, Chase Coley, from Canvey Island, and GRETL – the museums AI guide.

Find the Crab Museum at 9 Broad Street Margate

Opening Times from February 10:

Saturday: 11am – 5pm

Sunday: 11am – 5pm

Last entry 4.30pm

Or go online at or find them on facebook here

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 exhibit Proud 2 Create Show from now until February 12 in a live studio set-up.

Bricks At The Museum

Lego enthusiasts are invited to explore a half-term exhibition and figure hunt at RAF Manston History Museum.

Bricks At The Museum takes place from February 10-18, 10am to 3pm daily.

There will be Lego models and a Lego figure hunt around the museum ( £1.50 to take part) with a prize for winners.

Normal museum entry costs apply. Other attractions at RAF Manston History Museum include  ejection seats, a 1940’s experience, photos, models, vehicles and more.

Museum admission

Adult: £5.50
Child: £2.50 under 5’s Free
Concessions: £4.50
Carer: £2.50
Family (2 adults and up to 4 children): £16

Find the museum at 821 Manston Road, Ramsgate or on facebook here

The Art of Feeling Good

Do you want to find out more ways to feel good?

This Saturday, February 10, Discovery Planet and Arts in Ramsgate are rounding off their High Street Social Club programme with a fabulous event called The Art of Feeling Good.

Everyone is welcome to take part in a programme of free feel-good activities at Discovery Planet HQ, 47 High Street, Ramsgate, and Arts in Ramsgate, at number 46 High Street, directly opposite. You are guaranteed to leave feeling good, and with plenty of ideas to keep that feeling going!

There is no need to book, just take note of the programme below, and drop-in at a time that suits you.

Discovery Planet is offering:

10am -12 Noon: head and hand massages plus nutrition advice.

From 12.15: 3 15-minute-long sessions introducing you to gong therapy.

1.30pm – 2.30 pm: The School of Noise invite you to take part in some upbeat sound making

2.40pm: A gentle 20-minute meditation to finish off the day.

At Arts in Ramsgate you can join artist Jas Dhillon from 11am-3pm to explore your ideas, dreams, and memories of joy and happiness. Jas is a local artist who works with objects, memories, stories, and feelings to create spaces for thoughtful reflection and connection. She draws great inspiration from her Punjabi – Indian heritage.

Due to the huge success of the project so far, Arts in Ramsgate will resume High Street Social Club sessions on Fridays, after a break for half term. You are advised to follow them on social media or check their website for further details.

The project team is grateful to the Government’s Department of Culture Media and Sport, Creative Lives and the Arts Council, for enabling this project to happen.

Dancing with Masks

February 9-10, 10am to 4pm, The Margate School, High Street, Margate

Chris Vervain exhibition of decorative ceramic masks and paintings.


Palace Cinema Broadstairs

A family of ducks try to convince their overprotective father to take them on an epic trip of a lifetime to the big city. From Illumination, creators of Minions, Despicable Me, Sing and The Secret Life of Pets.

Friday 9 February to Saturday 17 February. Details here

Spring into the Museum

February 10-11, 11am to 3pm, Powell-Cotton Museum at Quex Park, Birchington

Explore the winding paths of Quex Gardens that lead you to find curious faces amongst the trees. What expressions will you notice? Use your scavenger wheel and senses to discover the scents and colours of the new season.

Get arty with bold colouring activities or enjoy competitive games like bug-bingo and memory-match ‘bug’ edition.

Track down our mischievous gem bugs that have wandered off on their own exploration.

Join author Paul Deslandes for a captivating storytelling session on Saturday 10th February at 12pm. Immerse yourself in Paul’s children’s story ‘The Garden Monster’ inspired by spending endless hours watching his two boys exploring in the garden, talking to creatures and catching bugs.

Adult £4
Child £3
Concession £3.50
Infant FREE
Powell-Cotton Members FREE
Surestart Cards Welcome

Restart a Heart

February 10, Margate Fire Station, 10am-3pm

When someone goes into cardiac arrest, prompt action by anyone nearby could offer their only chance of survival. Would you know what to do to help save a life?

Join the Margate Fire Station crew at Margate Fire Station for one of their free information sessions about CPR delivery and basic life-support.

4 x 45 mins Drop In sessions at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm.

You will need to book your space in advance and present your ticket upon entry.

If you book a place and are no longer able to attend please ensure you cancel your place to allow for other people to book on.

Book your place here –…/restart-heart-margate…

Kids Go Free at the Shell Grotto

February 10-18, daily 11am-4pm The Shell Grotto, Grotto Hill, Margate

Kids 16 and under go FREE with a paying adult between 10th -18th  February

Saturday 10th February marks the Chinese New Year. In celebration kids’ crafts will be running included free with entry. Come and make your own dragon mobile, inspired by the Grotto’s shell patterns.

Tickets  Adult Ticket £4.50, Concession Ticket (Over 60s, students, registered disabled, armed forces) £4

Women in Science

Margate Caves, Northdown Road, Margate, February 10-18, daily 10am to 5pm

Join the Margate Caves this Half Term and celebrate the month of Women and Girls in STEM.

Learn more about our very own woman of Science, Margaret Bryan as well as other women who have changed our outlook on the world.

Messy Monday- 12th February- Join in Science themed crafts.

£1 per child, normal admissions apply for the Caves.

Tickets  Messy Monday – £1 per child – Normal admission apply for the Caves.

Boycott Walk

Thanet campaigners have called a Boycott Walk between McDonalds and Tesco in Margate for this Saturday 10 February.

Thanet 4 Palestine has called the march as part of a nationwide campaign to urge multinational companies not to support  military actions in Gaza.

Tesco and MacDonalds are being targeted because of their alleged support of Israel.

People taking part in the event will meet on Saturday 10 February at McDonalds, 95/97 High St, Margate CT9 1JT at noon and walk to Tesco, 281 Northdown Rd, Cliftonville. Margate, CT9 3PL

The Magic Flute by W.A. Mozart

February 11, 6pm, Sarah Thorne Theatre Broadstairs

Merry Opera return with the Mozart classic, The Magic Flute at the Sarah Thorne Theatre.

Advance tickets: £18.00 / On the door: £20.00

Book now

The WonderWorks Scalextric Race

February 11, from 10am-2,30pm, The WonderWorks (at Hornby Hobbies) Margate

This half-term, rev up the excitement and join a thrilling Scalextric Race Event.

Get ready to experience the ultimate in miniature racing fun and be in with the chance of winning a Scalextric set worth £149.99, with more prizes for 2nd and 3rd places. The race takes place in the shop area, it costs £2 per person and is on from Sunday 11th – Thursday 15th February, 10am – 2:30pm,

Turning Red (PG)

Carlton Cinema Westgate

A 13-year-old girl named Mei Lee turns into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited.

Now until February 15. Details here

Abstract Photography

Now until February 14,  10.30am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm Sunday, York Street Gallery, Ramsgate

Abstract Photography by Laura Drury.

A selection of Laura’s work of familiar views, abstracted by a beautiful colour.

Laura will be in the gallery on Saturday 10th between midday-2pm.

Drinks and snacks available.

Beyond Form: Lines of Abstraction, 1950 – 1970

Now until Monday 6 May , Turner Contemporary Wednesday to Sunday, 10am – 5pm

Taking in work from Europe, Asia, Africa, and America, and including everything from brutalist sculpture to textile arts, Turner Contemporary’s new exhibition finds women wrestling with the post-1945 world.

Beyond Form: Lines of Abstraction, 1950 – 1970 includes more than fifty artists.

Further afield

Come Eat With Me

St Bartholomew by Brian Homewood

Three Thanet artists and one from Westmarsh are exhibiting in an unusual exhibition inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper.

“Come Eat With Me” features icon-inspired roundels by twenty artists in the event at Rochester Cathedral. The thought-provoking exhibition also includes vessels based on first century pottery. Individual circular artworks are displayed upon The Great Fenland Oak , the Nations Table.

Barry Page , John Hughes and Brian Homewood, from Thanet, and Sandra Dean from Westmarsh are among those with pieces in the display.

Commissioned by Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, for the Dominican convent of Santa Maria della Grazie, ‘The Last Supper’ was completed by Leonardo da Vinci around 1498.

The mural depicts the story told in St John’s Gospel and shows the reactions of the Twelve Apostles in the moment after Jesus has revealed that one of them is about to betray him.

Come Eat With Me is a modern look at the mural and its subject.

The exhibition is free and is on  from Saturday, February 10 to Saturday, February 17, 10am to 4pm

Find details here


  1. Boycott walk is certainly not on my list of things to see and do in Thanet. Let’s hope for the sake of Thanet news that customers are free to go about their business without fear of intimidation.

  2. If people want to shown their support with a walk, let them. The world. Just show their disgust at the evil killings of children

  3. Boycott March all you want .. won’t stop me using tesco or McDonald’s.. by the way this won’t stop the conflict in the middle east .. but the marchers know this .. just being Frank

  4. I suppose it will give the otherwise idle , sedentary locals,an opportunity for a bit of rare exercise.No doubt,many of the hypocrites will be ordering a Big Mac,on their apps,later in the afternoon,following their exhausting ordeal of having to walk a few hundred yards

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