Things to see and do in Thanet, March 8-10

On Track at ARK - Cliftonville Cultural Space Photo by Catherine Hadler

Beans On Toast

March 8, 7pm, Olby’s Soul Café Margate

The captivating troubadour known as Beans on Toast embarks on a musical journey with a debut outing for the new ‘Beans on Toast Band’

Tickets £18 + Booking Fee Book now

Dancing with Masks

Now until March 10, The Margate School, 10am to 4pm. Private View: Friday 8th March, 6pm to 8pm

Chris Vervain enjoys contrast, apparent incongruity and surprise, like the stillness of a mask dispelled when worn and animated through movement and dance.

Much of her work has involved ancient Greek drama for which she makes masks and props, employs actors, dancers and musicians, writes feminist adaptations of the plays and puts on productions.

In this exhibition she shows ceramic masks (decorative rather than theatrical) and paintings that have resulted from this.

Free entry

POW: International Women’s Day Sponsored Sea Swim

March 8, 11am, Walpole Tidal Pool

Join Power of Women Thanet for a refreshing morning dip to celebrate our bodies in motion…

More information

AK/DK + Luo

March 8, doors open 7.30pm, Ramsgate Music Hall

AK/DK and Luo will each deliver a masterclass of electronic noise that features live drums, rocking riffs and sublime synths.

Tickets £12.50 + £1.50 Booking Fee Book now

International Women’s Day Guided Wildlife Walk

March 8, 11am-1pm,

A guided walk with Pegwell Bay Warden Nina Jones to explore the wonderful coastal wildlife

This women’s walk is aimed at boosting confidence in wildlife identification on the coastline, helping you to feel more confident in your bird identification and able to make the most out of your visits to wetland sites like Pegwell Bay. This is a great opportunity to spot sea birds, learn to recognise wetland bird calls and discover the local seals enjoying the peaceful banks of the River Stour.

There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions about the role of women at Kent Wildlife Trust and in conservation. These engaging walks will leave you feeling inspired and with the knowledge to help protect our coastal and marine wildlife.

This walk is open to women of all ages, ethnicities and is LGBTQ+ inclusive..

Some paths are narrow with rough terrain and will require use of stairs and kissing gate not suitable for wheelchair users. Please ensure you wear sturdy footwear (during periods of wet weather waterproof footwear is advisable) and wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions. Please bring binoculars if you have them.

Families are welcome but children must be supervised.

Meet: Meet by the Salty Seal Café, KCC Pegwell Country Park Car Park. A256 Sandwich Rd, Cliffsend, Ramsgate CT12 5JB

Free but booking is essential Book now

I Like Birds

March 8/9/10 and 15/16/17 and 22/23/24, 10.30 am – 5pm at The Front Room

10 Bellevue Road, Ramsgate

Love, hate, fear and the subconscious scrappy confusion of birdbrain are themes going through the new artworks in this exhibition by Ramsgate based artists Emily Tull and Vicki Salmi.

Kaleidoscope

March 6-11, 11am-3pm, hold gallery, 20 Queen Street, Ramsgate

Work from artists Zara and Ellie Gabriel and Sheena Barrowdale.

Wicked Little Letters (15)

Palace Cinema Broadstairs

A 1920s English seaside town bears witness to a dark and absurd scandal in this riotous mystery comedy.

Based on a stranger than fiction true story, Wicked Little Letters follows two neighbours: deeply conservative local Edith Swan (Olivia Colman – The Favourite, Empire of Light, The Father) and rowdy Irish migrant Rose Gooding (Jessie Buckley – The Lost Daughter, Judy, Wild Rose).

When Edith and fellow residents begin to receive wicked letters full of unintentionally hilarious profanities, foul-mouthed Rose is charged with the crime.

The anonymous letters prompt a national uproar, and a trial ensues. However, as the town’s women – led by Police Officer Gladys Moss – begin to investigate the crime themselves, they suspect that something is amiss, and Rose may not be the culprit after all.

Friday 8 March to Thursday 14 March. Details here

Ramsgate Community Cinema

64 High Street, Ramsgate

Friday 8th March: 7pm Smoke, Sauna, Sisterhood (2023) 15 Award winning documentary set in a smoke sauna where women come together and share their inner most secrets and intimate experiences, embracing the healing power of sisterhood along the way.

Saturday 9th March: 2pm WOFFF on Tour. We host a block of short films from the 2023 Women Over Fifty Film Festival. Followed by a talk from Nuala O’Sullivan founder and curator of the festival.

7pm The Disappearance of Shere Hite (2023) Documentary narrated by Dakota Johnson about the feminist sex educator who wrote about female sexuality in the Hite Report, a book that sold over 48 million copies and remains the 13th best-selling book of all time. The film rediscovers Hite for a new generation and shows the lead up to her “cancellation” from the public discourse long before the term came in to common use.

Entry is donation in advance at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/international-womens-day-week-of-screenings-tickets-853191076477

The community cinema also hosts free youth film clubs on Mondays 6pm-8pm. Find out more on the Kent Film Foundation facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KentFilmFoundation

 ‘Inspiring Women’ – POW 2024 Schools Engagement Project

March 8-10,Thanet Visitor Information Centre.

An exhibition of artwork created by local school children aged 7-11 years olds

We Do Not Sleep

March 8-May 19,TKE Studios, 99 Victoria Rd, Margate

Exhibition showcasing an array of art including work by Tracey Emin, Lindsey Mendick and Elissa Cray.

Craft Fair

March 9, from 8am, Dog Acre Birchington

Crafts, crepes, coffee and lots of stalls

Thanet council Heritage Action Zone drop-in

Ramsgate residents and community groups are invited to join Thanet District Council this Friday (8 March) to view projects that have taken place as part of the Ramsgate High Street Heritage Action Zone scheme (HSHAZ).

The three year project, funded by Historic England, comes to an end this month.

The public drop-in session will take place at the former haberdashery shop purchased by the council at 5a Broad Street, Ramsgate. It will be open between 2pm and 6pm.

People are invited to find out more about the projects that were part of the three year HSHAZ scheme which included grants to repair and restore historic shop fronts, bringing a disused shop back into use in Harbour Street, a Town Centre study, a Shop Front Design Guide, funding for community engagement activities and a cultural programme.

Jab

8 March. 7pm. Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School studio theatre in Cavendish Street.

Houselights drama group at Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School in Ramsgate will stage a new production next week.

‘JAB’ tells the story of aspiring boxer Max who is on her way to join Team GB, but when the unexpected happens in a qualifying match her entire world turns upside down.

The original performance has been devised by the Houselights team and looks at the frustration of uncertainty.

Tickets available at: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/houselights

Outatime: Neon Party

March 9, from 9pm, Dreamland

Outatime returns to Dreamland with a Neon Party! Dance and sing with all the smash hits of the 80s & 90s.

Roller Room (Indoor Event Space)

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

Classics from Whitney, Madonna, The Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys, Oasis, Robbie Williams, BROS, Madness, Five, David Bowie, Wham!, INXS, Blondie, Depeche Mode, Will Smith, Bonnie Tyler, Eurythmics & more! No skating.

From £15 plus booking fee Book now

The Rotary Big Knit 2024

March 9, Holy Trinity Church, St Mary’s Ave, Margate between 2.30pm – 5pm, with doors open from 2pm

The annual community sponsored knit by The Rotary Club of the Isle of Thanet Sunrise, now in its 13th year is back and during the years has raised over £60,000 for local charities.

Charities being supported this year are

  • The League of Friends on behalf of the QEQM Renal Unit
  • Parkinson’s Thanet
  • East Kent Independent Dementia Support
  • The Salvation Army
  • Demelza House

Individuals, groups, clubs and organisations are all welcome to come together for a fun afternoon.

Participants are asked to knit a plain length and are sponsored for the amount they can knit in the afternoon or for taking part.

A free raffle and free refreshments will be available during the afternoon with a prize for the longest knitted length.

Participants must register themselves or their group before the event. Sponsor forms and registration details available from [email protected] or 01843 842882

On Track

March 9, 7.30pm, ARK – Cliftonville Cultural Space, Albion Road, Cliftonville

A blend of comedy and visual, physical theatre, exploring how a simple bicycle can become a vehicle to freedom… at ARK, Cliftonville

March 2020. Kit is a resourceful working mother of two who thrives in a fast-paced world, but when lockdown hits, her world shrinks. With the walls closing in, two wheels become her sanctuary, and her escape.

On Track follows Kit’s journey of discovery through the history of women’s cycling, drawing on true stories and using RedCape Theatre’s trademark blend of comedy and visual, physical theatre.

ARK are partnering with Ride Margate for this show, and your ticket will entitle you to half price bike hire up to 28th March, so pump up your tyres and ride out on a new adventure!

Tickets £12 plus £1.70 booking fee, £10 concessions plus £1.60 booking fee Book now

ART<100 exhibition

March 1-20, York Street Gallery, Ramsgate

An annual exhibition showcasing 100 artworks by local artists and creatives.

All the exhibits are under £100. The exhibition runs until 20th March and is open daily (Except Mondays).

Dreamland Heritage Trust circus day

Circus fun, a pop-up museum, ceramic and lino art and a Lord Sanger play will all be on offer at a free community day in Dreamland this weekend.

The Dreamland Heritage Trust is hosting the event as part of the National Lottery open days scheme.

The fun takes place on Saturday (March 9) between 11am and 3pm and will feature a host of circus inspired workshops, celebrating more than100 years of Dreamland’s history and heritage.

Younger guests can step into the ring and learn circus skills with This Bean Spins, Thanet based community theatre organisation Looping the Loop will be hosting a circus inspired workshop, ceramics artist Jayne Wright brings her Tiles of Joy project to Dreamland, and artist Ieuan Edwards will be showcasing some of his Lino Print designs.

Visit the pop-up museum showcasing Dreamland’s history and learn more about Lord George Sanger – founder of Dreamland amusement park predecessor Hall By The Sea in Margate – through Looping the Loops’ Sanger community play project.

Events will be taking place in the Ballroom at Dreamland Margate (Hall by the Sea Road) from 11am until 3pm

Visitors are invited to dress up as their favourite circus hero.

The event are free but booking is essential for the THIS BEAN SPINS circus skills workshop due to limited spaces.

To book a space go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lottery-open-week-free-event-saturday-9th-march-circus-workshop-registration-825197757707

Find out more at: https://www.dreamlandheritagetrust.org.uk/lotteryopendays

POW: Music For The Soul

March 9, 7pm, St Luke’s Church Hollicondane Road, Ramsgate

Experience the musical magic of Mantawoman and Meg Bird, along with a performance by Institute Collective.

A live music event featuring women and non-binary artists. For ages 16+

No income: £6
Low income / 16-24 years: £10
General: £19
General + Donation: £26
Book Tickets

Meet and Greet and book signing session with author Carol M Creasey

A prolific and popular Kent author, Carol will be at Westgate Galleria (29 Station Road) between 11am and 3pm on Saturday 9th March to talk to visitors about her writing, her characters, and what inspires her to weave stories around East Kent’s coastline.

Carol will introduce her new novel, “Just One Day”, which is set in Herne Bay, and sign copies purchased on the day. It oddly make a great Mother’s Day present for anyone, and especially if they’re already a fan of Carol’s writing.

Carol is a Kent-based author who wrote her first book about her autistic son entitled “My Life is Worth Living”, a best seller in hardback, now available as a paperback only. Since then Carol has juggled looking after her family, working in retail and running a business with writing twelve novels and an autobiography, “Candidly Carol”.

Carol’s most recent detective story, “Murder at Westgate Bay” has been flying off the shelves since its debut in Spring 2023.

All very welcome, no purchase or ticket necessary.

Margate Collectors Fair

March 9, 10am – 3pm, Union Church, Union Crescent, Margate

Margate Collectors Fair is run in conjunction with Margate’s United Church, and is a great opportunity to buy and sell:

Stamps – Postcards – Playing Cards – Militaria – Coins – Phone Cards – Cigarette Cards. Books – Breweriana – Ephemera – Antiques and Small Collectables.

Free admission. Refreshments available.

LesBeauX’s Pansy Party

March 9, 8pm, Margate Arts Club, 276 Northdown Rd, Cliftonville

8pm – 2am

DJ’s: Bena & Katya / Floral Decor: Mab George Sanders / Interactive Art Works: William Ford

18+ Tickets Advance £5 – £7 plus booking fee, £10 on door Book now

POW: Mothers’ Day at Powell-Cotton Museum

March 10, 11am-3pm

Spend a day among the Gardens, celebrating the women in your life

Enjoy a stroll around the beautiful Gardens, explore the Museum and enjoy creative workshops and tours.

Make a special decorated Sleep Charm in a free Wheat Weaving Workshop (12:30-13:30; 14:00-15:00)

Letter Writing & Crafting (free, drop-in)

Plus treat a loved one to a special Cream Tea and Writing Workshop (£26). Add a small bottle of Prosecco too, for that extra treat!

Free Shuttle Bus to and from Margate Cecil Square (bookable)

Birchington Train Station will be closed.

Various prices: see booking page Book now

BSL Tour of ‘Beyond Form: Lines of Abstraction’

March 10, 11am to noon, Turner Contemporary

Join Jason Tennant for a free British Sign Language tour of ‘Beyond Form: Lines of Abstraction, 1950 – 1970’ at Turner Contemporary. During the tour, you will explore key artworks through informal conversation.

Jason is a Director at Palm Deaf Community Services where he teaches BSL and Deaf Awareness sessions, he is a Deaf Role Model and Mentor to Deaf people in the local community. Jason is part of the Turner Contemporary Access Group.

If you have questions or would like support with planning your visit, please contact the office on 01843 233 000 or email [email protected]

Booking in advance is essential for this free tour Book now

We Are Still Here

A photo-story project sharing the stories of people living with HIV in the UK being exhibited throughout March as part of the Power Of Women festival.

The project is the work of Westgate resident Mareike Guensche who has more than 20 years experience in photography ranging from working as a press photographer in Berlin and for international media and as a stringer for news agency Reuters.

So far, the project reflects 21 stories and there are efforts to get further funding to continue sharing people’s stories.

Each picture comes with a QR code, so visitors can download the audio to hear the story.

Find more on the project at: https://www.wearestillhere.net/

Mums Go Free this Mother’s Day

March 10, 10am-4.30pm, The WonderWorks at Hornby Hobbies

There’s free entry to The WonderWorks in Margate for all mums on Sunday 10th March

Titanic- The Musical (PG)

Carlton Cinema Westgate

Winner of 5 Tony Awards (including Best Musical), based on the real people aboard the most legendary ship in the world, Titanic The Musical is a stunning and stirring production focusing on the hopes, dreams and aspirations of her passengers who each boarded with stories and personal ambitions of their own.

March 10. Details here

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