Things to see and do in Thanet, March 15-17

Trainmaster fun

Store Collective exhibition

26 Hawley Street, Margate.

Opening/ private view Friday 15 March, 5pm to 7pm. On show until the end of March.

Step into the vibrant world of Margate through a series of watercolour paintings by Shelly Crowley. This exhibition celebrates the essence of Margate, capturing its unique charm, from the quirky buildings and bustling businesses to the architectural marvels that dot its landscape. Yet, amidst the beauty, these paintings also unveil the less glamorous side of Margate—the worn-down corners and areas longing for rejuvenation.

The exhibition marks the inception of an ongoing project, a visual diary of Margate’s evolution. Find @by_the_seashell_ to witness the unfolding chapters of Margate’s story.

She Shines exhibition

An exhibition featuring the work of 22 women is on show at the Pharmacy Gallery in Margate Old Town.

She Shines opened on International Women’s Day (March 8) and runs until March 24 as part of the Power of Women festival.

It can be seen at Pharmacy Gallery, 14 Lombard Street, Margate. The venue is currently open every day 11am to 4pm, closing time is slightly later on Saturday and Sunday.

Lynne Jones: Book Launch at Crab Museum

March 15, 7pm, Crab Museum, Broad Street, Margate

The Crab Museum folks are very excited to be welcoming veteran activist, Doctor and aid worker Lynne Jones to talk about her history of activism and the future of civil resistance. She will be launching her book ‘Sorry for the Inconvenience But This Is an Emergency: The Nonviolent struggle For Our Planet’s Future.’

Lynne will also be joined by local GP Chris Newman, the co-founder of Doctors For XR.

Chris Newman is a local legend of sorts and in Thanet gained renown for spending his Sundays outside of Craig Mackinlay MP’s Broadstairs office for 8 weeks to speak with passers-by about climate change.

Lynne will be offering a compelling, ground-level account of the last five years of UK protests, exploring how and why ordinary citizens have adopted extraordinary methods to confront the climate and nature crises. Sharing her 1980s experiences opposing nuclear weapons at Greenham Common, and her journey in movements like Extinction Rebellion today, Jones reflects on public history and her personal story to unpack nonviolent protest in a world on the brink.
Free entry, but spaces must be booked Book Tickets

Elev8 reopening

Bounce park and soft play centre Elev8 fully reopens this weekend with new activities added to its Broadstairs Retail Park site following the acquisition of the lease on neighbouring former Laura Ashley store.

Elev8 has expanded into a neighbouring building to more than double in size and it now has some 28,000sqft of space for visitors to run around and try lots of different activities.

It opens fully tomorrow (16 March). Find the Elev8 website at


March 16, 7pm, Where Else? The Centre, Margate

Hull’s post-shoegaze, dream pop, heavy guitar effects quartet bdrmm perform in Margate,

Tickets from £14.56 Book now

Positive Psychology Workshop

March 16, 10am-1pm, Minster Royal British Legion, 61 Augustine Road, Minster.

With East Kent Ostomates. There will be no charge for this event, confirm attendance by emailing [email protected]

Minster FC

Minster FC first team takes on Hawkinge Town on Saturday (March 16).

Kick off is at 2.45pm at the WW Martin Community Stadium at the Ramsgate FC grounds.

St John’s Margate, Pop Up Charity Shop

10am to 12 noon on Saturday 16th March at St John’s Church community centre

St John’s Community Centre (CT9 1LN) stalls raise money to help keep the centre running.

Why not look for a bargain or two on the stalls – pre-loved clothing, jewellery, vintage items, vinyl, coins, gifts, bric-a-brac, books, craft materials, handcrafted items and lots of lovely children’s books and toys.

Why not arrange to meet friends and family over a cup of tea or coffee, or take the opportunity to meet some new friends?  Stay awhile and enjoy something from the cake stall…lots of lovely seasonal cakes and savouries will be available to buy.

Raffle is drawn just before noon.

I Like Birds

March 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.

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).

Thanet Male Voice Choir

March 16, 7.30pm, St Andrew’s Church, Reading Street, Broadstairs

First concert of the year, featuring choir new recruits. Tickets £5, available from our Secretary Andy Brown on 01843 844625.


March 16, from 10.10am, Kearns Hall, Grenham Bay Avenue, Birchington

All ages welcome at these interactive play events. Everything is hands on and to be played with. Lots of mechanical trains plus ride-ons too! Free parking in the area plus hot and cold drinks served

Find tickets at


Palace Cinema Broadstairs

BAFTA winning & Oscar nominated, starring Jeffrey Wright (tipped for this year’s Best Actor Oscar), which confronts our culture’s obsession with reducing people to outrageous stereotypes. Monk, a frustrated novelist and mild-mannered academic is fed up with his own irrelevancy and poor book sales, and even more irritated by the success of cliched “Black” entertainment relying on tired offensive tropes of crime and poverty. To prove his point, Monk uses a pen name, and a wild fake identity,  to write an outlandish “Black” book of his own, a book that propels him to the heart of hypocrisy and the madness he claims to disdain.

Friday 15 March to Thursday 21 March


Palace Cinema Broadstairs, Saturday 16 March, 1.30pm

Special free event at the Palace Cinema for National Lottery Open Week! A chance to explore everywhere to watch a film in Broadstairs, Margate & Ramsgate, 1890s-today.

Find Palace Cinema here

Thanet Light Orchestra

March 16, 7.30pm, ARK, Albion Roadd, Cliftonville

The first half of this concert will focus on classics, including Vaughan Williams Lark Ascending from young violin soloist, Alana Griffiths Ennew.

The second half will consist of music played in Thanet coastal towns and on the radio during the heyday of the British seaside, and will include “Serene Place”, a piece written specifically about Thanet, by a local composer.

Tickets £10 plus £1.60 booking fee £5 children/concessions plus £1.40 booking fee Book now

Ramsgate Soul Train

March 16, doors open 9pm, Ramsgate Music Hall

With DJ Hooch and Jeff Levy, all the best Funk, Soul, Rare Groove, Disco, Boogie & Northern Soul on a stupendous sound system…

Entry requirements: 18+ only

Tickets £10 Book now

Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman

March 16-17, Sarah Thorne Theatre Broadstairs

Hilderstone Players present the awarding winning play by Ariel Dorfman

Saturday 16th 2:30pm

Saturday 16th 7:30pm

Sunday 17th 5:00pm

Set in a fragile new South American democracy, this piece concerns Paulina who, fifteen years ago, was picked up by the police, blindfolded and tortured. When Roberto stops to help Gerardo, whose car has broken down, and brings him home, Paulina is convinced he is one of her torturers. Husband and wife are caught in a gripping, passionate deadlock: one liberal and judicious, the other victimized and full of hatred, coming to grips with an oppressor.

*Not suitable for children

Advance £12 + £1 booking fee / Doors £14 + £1 booking fee Book now

POW: In Conversation with the Profanity Embroidery Group

March 16, 10am – 11.30am, Albion House Hotel, Ramsgate

A discussion with Profanity Embroidery Group artists, hosted by Amy (POW), about the group, their 10-year anniversary, and the concept of REST.

This event is part of the POW Accessibility Day, so anyone who is disabled, chronically ill, neurodivergent/ or their carers, are especially welcome and treated as a priority-booking.

* Adult language and themes, swearing, sexual imagery and language, references to trauma.

* Recommended 16+ years under parental/carer guidance

Free, but Book your place

A Night of Reggae and Lovers Rock

March 16, doors open 6pm, with Calvin Francis & Matt Martin at Olby’s Soul Cafe

The first in a series of 4 Reggae nights featuring Caribbean food cooked by the Queen of Olby’s, Heather, with special guests Calvin Francis & Matt Martin providing the best reggae mix you will hear outside of JA.

Join them for a mouthwatering two course supper and then dance the night away to the beat of the drums and the rhythm of the bass.

Main Course choices: Curried Goat Heathers own recipe, Jerk Chicken, Ital Veg Curry (v)

Dessert choices: Passionfruit & Mango Cheesecake, Chocolate Delice with rum flavoured whipped cream (v)

Tickets  2 Course Supper Tickets – £25 plus booking fee Book now

QUEENZ: The Show With Balls

March 16, 7.30pm, The Granville Theatre Ramsgate

Direct from their smash-hit run in London’s West End, the dazzling divas deliver a night of fun and fabulousness as they dance like Britney and sing like Whitney.

Pop party anthems, including, ‘Queen Of The Night, Born This Way, Raining Men, I Will Survive, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Musical Mashups and so much more!

Tickets from £28.60 + £2.50 booking fee Book now

Make A Dance Dance Dance

March 16, Margate Arts Club, Northdown Road, Cliftonville. 8pm – 2am

With Joe Lye & Katie Barber


Tickets £5 – £10 Book now

Goldie Spe­cial Extend­ed Set

March 16, 10pm-2am, Faith In Strangers Cliftonville

Presented by FIS X Some­thing Goes Right… a night of DnB clas­sics at Faith in Strangers

18+ Tickets £25.90 Book now

Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light by Thanet Festival Choir

March 16, Holy Trinity Church, Cliftonville, 7.30pm

A wonderful opportunity to hear Howard Goodall’s deeply moving Eternal Light and to appreciate the depth and range of his music.

Traditionally a prayer for the salvation of the departed soul, Howard’s requiem centres on those who are left behind to grieve and seeks out the healing power of music. Come along and enjoy this wonderful piece by Howard Goodall, full of drama and beautiful tunes as one might expect from such an accomplished composer.

Come along and enjoy this wonderful piece by Howard Goodall, full of drama and beautiful tunes as one might expect from such an accomplished composer.

Thanet Festival Choir will be conducted by Clifford Lister with soloists Helen Bailey (Soprano) and Jim Clements (Baritone) and a small group of instrumentalists.

Adult ticket £14, Child/Student £5

Tickets available from Choir members, the Ticket Secretary on 01304 620560, on the door or online  (50p booking fee)  Book now

Coastal Crafty Crew Handmade Craft Fair

March 17, 10am-3pm, Small Barn, Quex, Birchington

The Coastal Crafty Crew hold a handmade craft fair every month.

As well as being able to look through a beautiful selection of crafts made with love and care, there is also the opportunity to chat to other crafters, to exchange ideas, to get advice and maybe to learn something new.

Any profits from the tombola are donated to the Birchington Veterans Association

Free parking and free entry

If you are interested to have a stall or do a demonstration of a craft please email [email protected]

Pot Along Sundays at The Potting Shop

March 17, 11am,The Potting shop, 179 Northdown Road, Cliftonville

Do you want to repot your plant but not sure where to start?

Come to The Potting Shop for some help and instruction…you will receive:

Fresh compost

New nursery pot

Guidance & Encouragement

Just £5 – book to reserve a spot! Book your timeslot

Imaginary (15)

Carlton Cinema Westgate

A woman returns to her childhood home to discover that the imaginary friend she left behind is very real and unhappy that she abandoned him.

March 15-21. Details here

Indoor/outdoor boot fair

March 17 from 6.30am, Roostys, Nelson’s College, Northwood Road, Broadstairs

Lots of stalls, food and drink available from the cafe.

Music at York Street Methodist Church Broadstairs

March 17th at 3.00 pm

Harp Recital by Victoria Davies.

£10 cash on the door. All welcome.


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