Things to do and see in Thanet, April 5-7

Walking In Limestone Country exhibition by Abigail Hampsey

Compiled by Kane Birch

Windmill Community Gardens Margate Compost Fest

Friday 5th April from noon to 3pm

The Community Compost Scheme launches with the informative open day with guest including the team behind Heart and Soil who will be running interactive compost workshops.

There will also be craft activities for the whole family to enjoy, a hands-on cooking demonstration by the garden’s own Adriana, a harvest of seasonal produce on the market stall, Ridan Composter Demonstrations, Spring foraging walks and more.

Tickets are £5 per adult and children go free!

Book your place via www.ticketsource.co.uk/windmill-community-gardens-margate

Deb Googe + Too Many Things

Performing live at Ramsgate Music Hall, 13 Turner Street, Ramsgate, 7:30PM, Friday April 5.

The bass player of My Bloody Valentine will showcase her solo project on stage playing a six-string bass accompanied by electronic drum patterns and found sounds through a looper.

Too Many Things will be joining to support their 12” records, which will be produced on a short run of 250 signed and numbered exclusive to the gig.

Tickets are £14.50.at: https://www.ramsgatemusichall.com/tc-events/deb-googe-too-many-things/

Spring Simple Pasta Workshop

April 5, 6.30pm-8.30pm, La Cantina, 8 Broad Street, Margate.

An event where you can learn how to make fresh pasta at La Cantina, as well as dough, tagliatelle, pappardelle, cavatelli and more.

All equipment and ingredients will be included, and whatever you make you can take home, and a wine bar will be open as well.

Tickets are £60 at https://www.bottegacaruso.com/workshops-events/cicchettinight-n7sbh-cchbb-x7zzn-p9sn2-hn9e3-mfxr6

Walking in Limestone Country

Saturday 6 April at Liminal Gallery’s Main Space, 5-8pm. The exhibition continues until 28th April at Liminal Gallery, 34 Fort Hill, Margate.

Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11-4pm or outside of these times by appointment.

The first solo exhibition of Lancashire-based artist Abigail Hampsey. Having returned to the land of her youth on the edge of the greenbelt between Lancaster, the Lake District and West Yorkshire, this new body of work is an exploration of landscape, a retrieval of place and a recording of the relationships formed within them.

www.liminal-gallery.com

Smartphone Photography Workshop

On the steps of Turner Contemporary Margate, 2pm-4pm on Friday 5th April.

Bring your smartphone camera and a sense of wonder around the beautiful, electric old town and stunning seafront of Margate.

You will learn how to utilize the camera in your pocket to take captivating and interesting pictures, and how to edit them using “one of the most intuitive editing apps around”.

Ticket are £45. Learn more: https://www.jetblacksquares.com

The Social

Olby’s Soul Cafe, 3-5 King Street, Margate, from 7pm-midnight, Friday 5th April.

Chat and drink, music and dance in an event that “captures the essence of black dance music from the 30s to present day”.

An evening of quality music with genres ranging from swing to rhythm and blues and rock n roll to boogaloo.

DJ Jerome and Lindsay will be your hosts alongside guest DJ TBC.

Free entry. Learn more: https://olbyscreativehub.co.uk/event/the-social-5th-april-2024/

THE NEW BOY 12A

Set in 1940s Australia, Cate Blanchett stars as a renegade nun who shelters a 9-year-old Aboriginal orphan boy. Soon the boy’s mysterious presence disturbs the delicately balanced world of the remote monastery. With a terrific score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.

Palace Cinema Broadstairs

Friday 5 April to Monday 8 April. Details here

‘Drawing from the inside out’ with Flora Wallace

Kindred House, 7 Grotto Hill, Margate. 11am-4pm, April 5-7.

You will be taught to practice various drawing techniques of which will help you distract yourself from the “conscious critical mind” and be encouraged to explore the creative potential of the subconscious.

Working with different mediums of art like ink, watercolour, pastel, oil pastels and charcoal, while discussing “dreams and the power of the subconscious”.

Ticket prices start at £240 at: https://www.kindred-house.com/workshops/drawing-from-the-inside-out-retreat-weekend-with-flora-wallace

First Friday presents: Water

Marine Studios, 17 Albert Terrace, Margate, 6pm-9pm, 5th April

An evening of poetry and exhibitions to celebrate our coastal location, as presented by Poets For the Planet, Shelly Grotto and Margate.

Come with your own refreshments and curiosity.

Accessibility warning: The event can only be accessed by stairs and is not wheelchair accessible.

Tickets are free but spaces are limited. Learn more: https://www.marinestudios.co.uk

Graziano Di Prima: Believe

The Granville, Victoria Parade, Ramsgate

Saturday 6th April, first show at 2:30pm and second show at 7:30pm

Following his sixth consecutive year on Strictly Come Dancing, Graziano Di Prima and his wife Giada Lini, a Dancing with the Stars professional, are ready to present their “electrifying new show”.

Tickets are £33 + £2.50 booking fee

VIP tickets are £80 +£2.50 booking fee at: https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/believe-starring-graziano-di-prima/granville-theatre/

50arc and Ornate Music by the Sea

Faith in Strangers, 17 Ethelbert Crescent, Cliftonville, 5pm-2:30am, Saturday 6th April

London party 50arc team up with Margate based record label Ornate Music at the Faith In Strangers venue for a night of House, Techno and Electro.

Alongside the residents, Damo B of Emotec and Outta Limits, and Reedale Rise of Delsin, Ornate Music and 20/20 Vision who will be playing his own live set.

This is an 18+ event

Tickets are  £11.50 at: https://shorturl.at/eruL3

Brighter Days Market

Turner Contemporary, Margate, from 10am-3:30pm, Saturday 6th April

Makers ranging from hand-crafted jewellery to clothing, prints and cards will be selling at the Brighter Days Market. With designers such as Jenny Duff (placemats, coasters and napkins seller) and Clare Youngs (an illustrator and designer maker).

Free admission. Learn more: https://brighterdaysmarkets.co.uk

Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire (12A)

Legendary Pictures’ cinematic Monster verse follows up the explosive showdown of “Godzilla vs. Kong” with an all-new adventure that pits the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence—and our own. Carlton Cinema Westgate, April 5-11, details here

York Street Gallery Ramsgate

Exhibition by Valerie Biddulph open now until April 10.

Valerie welcomes visitors to join her at the gallery on Friday, April 5 between 6pm-8pm

Drinks and refreshments available.

Opening times Tuesday – Saturday – 10.30am – 4pm and Sunday – 11am – 4pm

Back to Space

April 6, from 9pm, Justines Margate

Join Likeminded Music for a house and Techno party with resident DJs and special guests. With Ibiza veteran Johnathan Ulysses and support from Darren Fuller, Dave Doughty and Hades

Tickets via www.likemindedmusic.net

Holy Trinity Church market

April 6, 10am to 2pm, Holy Trinity Church, Nelson Place, Broadstairs

Lots of stalls and homemade cakes.

Manston taxiway bootfair

April 6, 9am-1pm, CT12 5DF (what 3 words pesky,penny.tortoises)

Refreshments and toilets on site, Car parking £1

40 frames for 40

Thanet branding and nature photographer Rebecca Douglas is holding a free one day photography exhibition and then a series of talks and workshops to mark her 40th birthday.

The 40 frames for 40 exhibition will be hosted by the Joseph Wales Studio in Margate on Saturday 6th April.

The 40 frames for 40 exhibition, which opens at noon-8pm on Saturday 6th April, will be her first solo photography exhibition.

A series of photography talks and workshops will be held at Margate Caves on Sunday 7th April.

More at: https://theisleofthanetnews.com/2024/03/14/thanet-photographer-and-aurora-borealis-enthusiast-presents-40-frames-for-40/

Art of Experience

Pie Factory Margate, Broad Street, now until April 8 with a private view event, which is open to all, on Saturday, April 6 from 3pm.

Art of Experience features the work of 17 women aged from 46 to 83. It has been organised by artist Louise Hynes. The gallery will be open 11am to 5pm daily.

Love is in the Air

The Granville, Victoria Parade, Ramsgate,7:30pm-10:20pm, Sunday 7th April

A musical event hosted by the Granville Theatre, featuring an evening of all things Musical Theatre in aid of the charity Demelza.

Musical theatre and West End star, Anna-Jane Casey will join Robin Cousins MBE a figure skating Olympic gold medallist to present “Love is in the Air”.

Also featuring a very special performance from the Demelza choir, as well as Hallie who performed on the X-Factor single in 2019.

Tickets are £33 + £2.50 booking fees at: https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/love-is-in-the-air/granville-theatre/

Coastal Crafty Crew Handmade Craft Fair

Quex Small Barn, Quex Park, Park Lane, Birchington, 10am-3pm, Sunday 7th April

Walk around and look at the beautiful selection of crafts made with love and care, while also being given the opportunity to speak to other crafters to get advice and learn something new.

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

Free entry.

International Roma Day

Sunday (7 April), 2pm-4pm, ARK, Albion Road Cliftonville

Performances by young people from Cliftonville West to celebrate International Roma Day.  Join The Dalby Boys, Azza x Misc and The Roma Girls  for rap, traditional dance and refreshments. Everyone welcome!

Westgate garage sale safari

April 7, 9am to 1pm

Find the map here

WonderWorks at Hornby

Until April 12

The WonderWorks Margate invites families to embark on an Easter Bunny Trail throughout The WonderWorks exhibition.

For £2 (plus entrance fee), children can hunt for hidden bunnies adorned with letters to try to find the hidden word and receive a tasty prize. Entry to the Easter Bunny Trail also includes a chance to win a ‘Bumper Hamper’ valued at £50.

Visitors can also enjoy:

Scalextric – Meet the Design Team: Join a free event where guests can meet the minds behind the Scalextric design (see https://www.wonderworksmargate.co.uk/whats-on/  for dates and times)

Afternoon Tea: Indulge in a delectable Afternoon Tea every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at The WonderWorks café. Reservations require a minimum of 48 hours’ notice.

The WonderWorks will be open throughout Easter from 10am to 4pm, with the last admission to the exhibition and café at 3:30pm. The WonderWorks café and shop can also be accessed without paying to enter the exhibition.

For more information and to book tickets, visit www.wonderworksmargate.co.uk.

Margate Jetsetters fair

April 7. 11am to 3pm, Westgate Community Centre, Lymington Road

Shows, bric-a-brac, bouncy castle, raffle, tombola, food and drink, facepainting and games.

Monkton Nature Reserve

The Reserve is open to both members and the general public on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (Fridays during school holidays only), Saturday and Sunday from 10.30am-3.30pm. Last entry to the reserve is 2.30pm.

Friday 5th April 

11am Big Bug Hunt (Members £3 / Non Members £5)

1pm Egg and Nests (Members £3 / Non Members £5)

Book at https://monkton-reserve.org/events/

Thanet Open Top Bus

Daily until Sunday 14th April, then every weekend until Sunday 19th May plus Bank Holiday Monday 6th May Daily from Saturday 25th May – Sunday 2nd June, then every weekend until Sunday 21st July

Daily from Saturday 27th July to Sunday 1st September, then every weekend until Sunday 22nd September

*Find the 69 Bus Timetable here*

The Route 69 bus stops at the following:

1 – Stone Bay
2 – Broadstairs Baptist Church, Queen’s Road
3 – Broadstairs, Victoria Parade
4 – Dumpton Gap, South Cliff Parade
5 – Granville Theatre
6 – Ramsgate Harbour
7 – Ramsgate West Cliff, Boating Pool

Tickets can be bought from the driver, or Stagecoach Bus App.

Kites for Palestine

A  kite-flying event will be held in Margate on Sunday 7 April in support of the people of Gaza.

Hilary Chuter of Thanet4Palestine said: “There is a long history of kite flying in Palestine. In 2011 children in Gaza broke the world record by flying more than 15,000 kites simultaneously.

“Now Gazan children are flying kites to try and escape the horrors of war. We want to fly our kites in solidarity with these children.

“Local children have been making kites in workshops in Margate and Ramsgate and decorated them with messages in support of the children of Gaza. These will be flown on Sunday.”

People will meet at 11 am by the Palm Bay cafe, Palm Bay Avenue CT9 3DH

Crampton Tower Museum

Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, & Bank Holiday Mondays from 2pm to 4.30pm (last entry 4pm)

Crampton Tower Museum is a family-friendly museum celebrating the life and work of a Victorian engineer, transport and local history.

Crampton Tower Museum, Broadstairs is a fascinating small museum, partly housed in a flint tower adjacent to the Broadstairs Railway Station. The tower formed part of Broadstairs’ first public water supply.

Thomas Russell Crampton is perhaps chiefly remembered as a designer of locomotives and railways, but he was also involved with gas, water works and the submarine telegraph cable. He was the first to succeed in laying an effective telegraph cable under the English Channel.

Adult £4, Child (4-16yrs) £2.00, Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children) £10.00. See website for details of events throughout the year.

Dreamland

The park is free to enter and open at weekends and holidays, throughout the season with rides operated on a pay per ride basis. Ride token bundles will be available from the token booths at Dreamland.

New rides for younger family groups will join the line up including the Pirate Ship, Noah’s Ark and Cups and Saucers. The new attractions will sit alongside the Scenic Railway, the Rock n Roller, the Margate Express and the Big Wheel.

Park goers can enjoy the retro Roller Disco, arcade and amusements plus food and drink, provided by street food business KERB in collaboration with LevyUK & Ireland.

Throughout the 2024 season, there will be special themed days and events,  plus free screenings on the Scenic Stage Screen, including family film favourites, vintage cartoons and major sporting events such as the Olympics and Paralympics.

For details of what’s going on at Dreamland, opening times and more information please visit www.dreamland.co.uk

Margate Crab Museum

Margate’s Crab Museum is ready for visitors to explore all thing crustacean. The venue 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

Saturday: 11am – 5pm

Sunday: 11am – 5pm

Last entry 4.30pm

Or go online at www.crab.mu or find them on facebook here

Lillyputt Minigolf Broadstairs

Lillyputt is open weekends and school holidays from 10am-4pm(ish)!

It has 12 championship holes and a lucky 13th hole.. The Garden Cafe is also open, serving a full menu of tasty treats, from classic toasties, rolls and tea cakes, to the amazing sweet and savoury crepes and their freshly ground coffee.

Entry, adults £6, Under 10s £4.80

https://www.minigolfbroadstairs.com/

Lost Island

Angry gods, chattering monkeys, a mineshaft that plunges downwards ‘forever’ and a host of interactive features can be found by players at the second Lost Island adventure golf course in Margate.

Based at the Flamingo on Margate seafront the new addition takes crazy golf into escape room territory.

Opening hours

Mon– Thurs
10am – 8pm

Fri – Sun
10am – 9pm

Find out more here

The Spitfire and Hurricane Museum

Displaying the two iconic war planes, and also holding a host of objects and artefacts telling the story of life in and around Ramsgate during WWII. Central to the display are the iconic Spitfire Mk XVI and Hawker Hurricane Mk IIc.

Free entry. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am to 4pm

Revolution skate park and climbing

Offering 3 huge warehouses, crammed full of all types of ramps for beginners and expert riders alike. Users can Skateboard, Scooter, Inline Skate and BMX, all in the safety of the state-of-the-art, immaculately maintained, indoor environment.

Alongside the Skatepark is a further warehouse, which houses the Climbing Centre, and is packed with a diverse range of colourful walls, suitable for all levels of climber.

Housed in between these facilities is a Skate & Surf & Climbing shop with everything you could ever need, along with a snack bar for refuelling between activities.

All staff are fully trained, friendly, passionate and happy to help every visitor have a great time.

Find details at: https://www.facebook.com/revolutionskateparkandclimbingcentre

The Micro Museum Ramsgate

The venue showcases owners Mike and Carol Deer’s private collection of hundreds of personal computers, games consoles and related technology.

Gathered over more than four decades, the displays span the period from the 1970s to the early 2000s.

The Micro Museum is at 11 Church Hill. It is seasonal, opening at weekends from Spring to Autumn with some additional openings at holiday times.

More details can be found on the website www.themicromuseum.org.

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