Things to do and see, April 12-14

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Compiled by media student  Rebecca Greaves

Charity football match

April 12, 7pm-9pm, Ramsgate FC ground at Southwood

Charity event organised by David Pitcher and raising money for breast cancer charity.

David’s partner Charli has recently been diagnosed with Stage 2 Invasive Breast Cancer which has sadly spread to her lymph nodes. She will be undergoing extensive surgery and then intense chemotherapy.

David has organised the match with local teams Albion and Kings joining forces to take on Herne Bay FC.

The money raised will go to Future Dreams UK where they believe no one should face breast cancer alone, they raise awareness for breast cancer and promote early diagnosis. Whether you were diagnosed today or 10 years ago they support you and your loved ones.

Ramsgate football club has offered their stadium for the 12th April  7pm kick off for a friendly charity game.
Everyone is welcome to come down and show their support, bar will be open.

Event page at:

Soft, Rhino Tranq, Honey Buzzard & Debdepan

April 12, Justines Margate, doors open 7pm

7.30pm… Debdepan

8.15pm… Honey Buzzard

9pm… Rhino Tranq

9.45pm… Soft

This is an 18+ event

Tickets £10 Book now

Monkton Nature Reserve

Friday 12th April

  • 11am Blooming Blossoms (Members £3 / Non Members £5)
  • 1pm How Does Your Garden Grow? (Members £3 / Non Members £5)

Book at

Oliver Jr

Stargazers Performing Arts take to the stage for their latest show on April 13.

After the success of ‘Annie Jr’ and ‘Wizard of Oz Youth edition’ last year Stargazers will stage ‘Oliver Jr’ at the Centre, Birchington.

There will be two shows, at 2.30pm and then 6pm.

Around 25 young people are involved in the production and the main part of Oliver is being played by Palm Bay student Gabrielle Ross and Holy Trinity Ramsgate student Liam Cannon, who appeared on BBC’s chorister of the year award

The production has been produced and choreographed by Tara Challenor, directed by teacher Hester Smith and the vocal coach is local singer Tara James.

Tickets are £10 per person and available at:

Skye Tobin Exhibition

Now – 13th April at Turner Rowe Art Centre & Gallery, Harbour Street, Ramsgate

Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm

An exhibition of colourful and joyful art by the self-taught artist Skye Tobin. This exhibition tries to capture the bright possibilities and rebirths the spring season brings. You can see bright and colourful floral paintings, bringing the same joy that you feel in spring mornings, birds chirping and flowers blooming.

Learn more at

Thanet Open Top Bus

Easter Holidays daily (Friday 29th March – 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.

Dayrider tickets are also available, allowing you to travel on the Open-Top Bus as well as any other Stagecoach bus within Thanet for the entire day. Thanet Dayrider tickets can also be bought from the bus driver or via the Stagecoach Bus App.

Free Exhibition Highlight Tour

12th April 11 am–11:30 am at Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous

An Engagement Assistant will introduce you to some of their favourite art pieces featured in the exhibition and learn more about the pieces.

The tour starts in the Sunley Gallery and lasts around 30 minutes

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

Tickets are free. Go to 

The Dangling Conversation

A solo exhibition by Patrick Lears

The Lido Stores’ 2 Ethelbert Terrace, 11 – 27 April 2024

Drinks reception: Saturday, 13 April, 7-9pm

A solo exhibition of sculpture, paintings and work on paper by Margate artist Patrick Lears.

Patrick Lears’ work uses material resources available to him – clay, wood, glass, paper, photographs and paint. He enjoys using leftover scraps or found materials to conjure new forms.

Patrick Lears was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He studied at Towson University, the Maryland Institute, and College of Art Central St Martins, London. He lived and worked in London between 1999 to 2020 before moving to Margate in 2021. Lears regularly exhibits his work both nationally and internationally, including recent group exhibitions at The Terrace Gallery (London), Linden Hall (Deal), Hastings Contemporary (Hastings),  and The Lido Stores (Margate).

Palace Cinema Broadstairs


Part thriller, part art heist, part moral reckoning. A vivid meditative true-crime portrayal of the fascinating life of Rose Dugdale, a disinherited British heiress and expectant mother turned Irish Republican terrorist starring Imogen Poots (The Father, Jane Eyre)

Friday 12 April to Thursday 18 April. Details here

Ramsgate FC v Cray Valley

April 13, kick off 3pm, Ramsgate’s WW Martin Community Stadium

Resident Scholars – home is where

Now until April 16, The Margate School, High Street (former Woolworths)

The Resident Scholars join The Margate School for 2024 as part of their collaboration with the University of Kent’s Creative Project in Cultural Studies module Free entry

Exhibition open: 11am to 5pm. Private View: Friday 12th April, 6pm to 8pm

An exhibition of photography, film, sound and objects exploring sociological and political themes through creative forms.

This group show exhibits the work of this year’s Resident Scholars of The Margate School – a collaboration giving Sociology and Cultural Studies students from the University of Kent the chance to produce something more creative and public-facing than a traditional research project.


Now until April 15, 11am to 5pm, Pie Factory Gallery, Broad Street, Margate

The latest exhibition at Pie Factory Margate by Mellissa Monsoon and Danielle Radway.

The exhibition will explore what it is like for women living with illnesses in the healthcare system and how art can help visualise invisible symptoms. Radway and Monsoon’s conditions are rare and have no known cause or cure. They will share their diagnostic journeys – often feeling misunderstood and stigmatised by healthcare professionals and society – and show how art has helped them process these life changes and empowered them to spread awareness.

Artworks include interactive art, illustration, printmaking, body casts, ceramics, photography, painting, video and sculpture.

Private view: Friday 12th April  6-9 pm.

Free workshops:

Saturday 13th April 11am-2pm – With Resilience Comes Growth

Sunday 14th April 2pm-4pm – Beer Can Votives Symptomancy Workshop

Open Water

April 12, doors open 7.30pm, Ramsgate Music Hall, Turner Street

An acoustic quartet steeped in the British Folk Tradition with influences of Celtic and American Bluegrass at Ramsgate Music Hall.

With two albums released to critical acclaim and string of impressive concerts at major folk clubs and festivals, Open Water bring a fresh approach to acoustic music.

Tickets £13.00 + £1.50 Booking Fee Book now


April 12, 7pm, WhereElse? The Centre, Margate

An unpasteurized shot of electro-punk chaos.

This is an all ages event.

Tickets from £13.75 Book now

High Street Social Club

Every Friday 11 am-4 pm at Arts in Ramsgate, 46 High Street

Welcome to bring your own project to work on, ask for advice on art or pop in for a cuppa and a chat, refreshments are provided and the heating will be on.

Free entry.  Contact 07450 916 558 on Whatsapp for more information 

York Street Gallery Ramsgate

Dimenticato in Italy – journey to forgotten Italy in photography by Cara McNally.

Meet Cara at the gallery on Saturday, April 13 from 1pm to 4pm

Exhibition runs from now until April 17.

Gallery open Tuesday-Saturday 10,30am to 4pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm.

Margate Songbook – Concert 3

April 13, doors open 7pm, Rosslyn Court, 62 Sweyn Road, Cliftonville,

These are some of the songs that people chose when interviewed for an Arts Council Grant project that looked at different aspects of living in England. Each of the concerts will showcase different songs so you can go to all 4!

They will be performed by different artists in the area and introduced by comedian Charlie Partridge.

To date, there are: Snottledogs, Sally Ironmonger and Brian Carter, Josh Flowers, Harmony Bo, Morag Butler, Jon Beetham, Charlie Hannah, Ben Faria, Paul Grant, Cheri, hopefully Gerry Colvin and Bob Kenward.

The event is introduced and spun by a local comedian who will explain and pull the songs together in his own inimitable way.

This is a seated listening/joining in concert on one level. There will be a bar.

All ages (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)

Tickets  from £5.50 – £16.50 Book now

Elk­ka: All Night Long

April 13, 10pm to 2am, Faith in Strangers, Ethelbert Crescent, Cliftonville

Presented by Faith In Strangers X Some­thing Goes Right. The Nin­ja Tune releas­ing and BBC Essen­tial Mix award win­ning artist Elk­ka is at a spe­cial all night long ses­sion.

Expect a son­ic adven­ture through dis­co, house and tech­no.

18+ Tickets £22.50 Book now

Kids Go For £1

April 13-14, The WonderWorks at Hornby Hobbies, 10am-3.30pm

As a special treat to round off the school holidays, children aged 5-15 can enjoy admission for just £1, in addition to the ongoing offer of free entry for children under 5 when accompanied by a paying adult.

Tickets Adult £5.00 / Child (5-15) £1 / Concession (60+) £2.50 / Student £2.50 / Family (2 adults & up to 4 children) £12.50

Carlton Cinema Westgate

Monkey Man (18)

Dev Patel achieves an astonishing directing debut with an action thriller about one man’s quest for vengeance. Inspired by the legend of Hanuman, an icon embodying strength and courage, an anonymous young man in a gorilla mask ekes out a meagre living in an underground fight club. After years of suppressed rage, he unleashes an explosive campaign of retribution against the men who took everything from him.

Now until April 18. Details here

Family Highlight tour of ‘Beyond Form: Lines of Abstraction, 1950 – 1970’

13th April 11 am-11:30 am at Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous

Discover the stories behind the artworks as a family at the free Beyond Form tour at Turner Contemporary. Tours are packed full of fun activities to get the whole family engaging with the artwork. The tour will start in the Sunley Gallery and last approximately 30 minutes. All ages are welcome, however, please note that tours are most suited to families with children aged 12 and under.

Tickets are free.

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

Kent Talent’s ‘In Love With Nature’ Exhibition

14th February – 14th April at Royal Albion Hotel, Broadstairs

Immerse yourself in the art of the talented children of Kent Talents Art Studio in their exhibition of beautiful landscapes coming to life. The exhibition welcomes visitors to a world merging the line between art and nature, showing seascapes and magnificent mountains leaving you in awe of our natural world.

Tickets are free.

Sculpture Playscape

Now – 6th May Tuesday-Sunday (plus bank holidays) 10 am-5 pm, Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous

View Turner Contemporary’s collaboration with artist duo Lucy Cran and Bill Leslie, called ‘Leap then Look’ filling the Clore Learning Studio with sculptural artworks. Everything in the space is designed to be interactive and you’re encouraged to add your contribution to the space by playing, creating sculptures, taking photographs, and moving things around, the possibilities are endless!

There will be periods when this space is closed, visit for further information.

Tickets are free.   Learn more at

We Do Not Sleep

Now – 19th May, open weekends now-4 pm at TKE Studios, Victoria Road, Margate

Visit an exhibition supporting the empowerment of women, artists involved include the following:

Layla Andrews, Tracey Emin, Elissa Cray, Laura Footes, Joline Kwakkenbos, Lindsey Mendick, Vanessa Raw, Mercedes Workman and Gabriela Max

For more information, visit– or

Everywhere And Nowhere by Gaby Sahhar

14th April – 26th May Open Friday – Sunday 12 pm-6 pm at Quench Gallery

The exhibition combines painting, sculpting and sound and focuses on the borders between Palestine and other Middle East countries. It explores the architectural decisions and designs that are necessary when building a border. The exhibition reimagines Palestine connected to the rest of the world, in a post-border state.

Free entry.

Visit to find out more about this exhibition.

Dane Park Hanami (Cherry Tree Walk)

April 14, 2pm to 4pm

Take a walk with Thanet Urban Forest and discover the Japanese traditional of enjoying the transient beauty of cherry blossoms, on the peninsula of Kent

Reserve a space at

Advertising and the Climate Crisis

April 13, Crab Museum, Broad Street Margate, 7pm-9pm

Join Activist group Badvertising at the Crab Museum to explore how closely linked advertising and the fossil fuel industry really are

The Badvertising gang will be at the Crab museum for one night only to provide you with the tools you need to read behind the marketing bluster and help you work out what you can do with that information!

‘Badvertising’ is a campaign to stop adverts and sponsorships fuelling the climate emergency. This includes, amongst others, ads and sponsorships for cars, airline flights and fossil fuels.

There will be copies of their new book on offer which dives deep into the dream of advertising and how its current trajectory is leading us to a future where the fulfilment of those dreams might be more fragile than we think.

In Badvertising, Andrew Simms and Leo Murray raise the alarm on an industry that is making us both unhealthy and unhappy, and that is driving the planet to the precipice of environmental collapse in the process.

Tickets free (but booking advised) Book now

Open Cockpit Weekend

April 13-14, RAF Manston History Museum, 10am to 4pm

A selection on cockpits open plus, displays, stalls and military vehicles

On both days the museum will be opening up a selection of cockpits including our Nimrod and English Electric Lightning for you to step inside and take a look from the pilots seat, seeing what it is really like to be in charge of these amazing machines.

Fire Engine rides, open cockpits, tank rides and climb in the cockpits

Refreshments available

Adults £5.50, Concession £4.50, Child £2.50, Family (2 Adults, up to 4 Children) £15

Ride admission separate

Cobweb Classic Car Show 2024

Also at the RAF Manston History Museum on April 14, 9am – 3pm

Ramsgate Old Motor & Motor Cycle Club will be holding a Classic Car Show again this year with proceeds going towards the RAF Manston Museum.

This was a great success last year with around 135 plus cars.

Old Town Walk

April 13. Walk starts at 2pm, outside the Visitor Information Centre at Droit House.

Robin Colyer leads a local history walk on behalf of Margate Civic Society, around the Old Town’s market place, pubs and former local trades.

There is a suggested donation of £5 for the walk, which lasts approximately an hour and a half.

For further details, please phone 07878 537448.

Process Arts Festival

April 13-14, Margate Caves, 1 Northdown Road

A free family arts festival at Margate Caves!

Sparking the urge to create and the passion for making in young people. It will be all about colour, emotion, our senses, still life, life drawing and more. It is all free! Depending on space, walk-ins welcome. Stay for the day… or pop in for half hour…

Saturday 13th April

10am-1pm Emotion and Colour

What does angry look like? How does the colour yellow make you feel? How can I show love?

Designed for younger children but all welcome, we will be reading books including The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas and Julia’s Donaldson’s Colours, Colours Everywhere as our starting point.

As with all the sessions you can make what you feel using the resources available. There will also be a collective project going on should you like to join in. With lots of colour and paint this session will be messy so please wear clothes you do not mind getting mucky.  We will provide as many aprons as possible.

1.30pm – 4.30pm Playing with Senses

Squelching paint between our toes, drawing with our eyes closed, listening to music, tasting sweet and sour foods. How do these things make you feel? What does it make you want to create?

In this session we have on offer a variety of stimuli designed to inhibit or heighten our senses. Again, there will be a collective piece for you to join in with or you can focus on your own artistic sensory adventure.

Sunday 14th April

10am-1pm Fruit & Veg (Still Life)

We will have a mound of lots of different fruit and vegetables for you to draw, paint, eat, use as tools, print with, create sculptures from and more. An alternative take on the traditional still life… and a great one for picky eaters to explore different food without the pressure of eating. Like with all the sessions there will be a collective project but you can also make what you like.

1.30pm – 4.30pm Rubbish Mermaid (Still Life)

Our mermaid, swimming in junk, will be a living canvas. As the finale, this session will incorporate and be the culmination of the previous collective projects. A fantastic first opportunity for many young people to experience life drawing. As with the rest of the weekend you will be able to create as you like. A painting, a collage or even a poem?

Fireman Sam And the Great Camping Adventure

April 14, 7.30pm-9.30pm, Granville Theatre Ramsgate

Join Sam, Ellie, Elvis, Station Officer Steele and Norman in this UK premier at the Granville Theatre in Ramsgate

Norman wants to go on an adventure to impress his friends, so when two famous animal explorers arrive in Pontypandy, he decides to follow them into the mountains. But when Norman discovers a rare red squirrel, one of the explorers decides to take the glory for themselves, leaving Norman stranded in a cave. Now it’s up to Fireman Sam to save the day and ensure everyone is safe on their camping adventure!

From £19.25 + £2.50 Booking fee Book now

Rock ‘N Roll Bar Boots!

April 14, noon-5pm, Bar Nothing, 17 Cliff Terrace, Cliftonville.

Makers, vintage, ceramics, plants, vinyl, books, KnickKnacks and DJs and psychic readings.

Seaweed Pressing Workshop

April 14, 10.30am to 2.30pm, Margate Design Collective, 151 Northdown Road, Margate

Learn the almost forgotten Victorian art of seaweed pressing in this 4 hour workshop. Produce several pieces of art to take home and frame.

Join Gemila, The Driftweed Artist for a relaxed and creative 4 hour workshop session to learn the unusual art of seaweed pressing. Gemila will walk with you down to the local beach and talk you through the process of foraging for different types of seaweed sustainably. Back at the workshop and after some refreshments, she will take you through the basic skills needed to support you in creating your very first seaweed pressings.

Workshops are limited to 8 people and you will go home armed with your very own seaweed press full of new pressings, equipped with the knowledge of how to continue the pressing process at home.

Tickets £75pp Book now

Mamma Mia Bottomless Brunch

The Cow Shed Birchington, Saturday 13th April , 1pm-5pm

Enjoy 90 minutes of unlimited Prosecco, cocktails or beer, paired with a Cow Shed grazing board from  £36pp

Booking essential. Dress up encouraged

Call 01843 847777 or go to

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.

The Micro Museum Ramsgate

In 2014, The Micro Museum opened to the public as the first museum in Kent dedicated to the history and experience of vintage home computing and games.

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

This Museum is (Not) Obsolete

5-7 Church Hill, Ramsgate, Open April Saturday/Sundays April 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th.

This Museum Is (Not) Obsolete was launched in 2020 by Sam Battle AKA Look Mum No Computer.

Sam is a Musician / Inventor and is the driving force behind the museums mission to keep the ‘obsolete’ alive and evolving for all to experience.

Details at:

Coming up….

Thanet and Sandwich Coastal Finds

Monday, April 15, 6.30pm to 9pm, Lilie’s, Cliff Terrace, Cliftonville

A bring/show and tell for items found on the beach with a Q&A in the basement bar with expert panel with Frank Leppard, Steve Tomlinson and Carl Hudson.

All welcome.

Rebecca is a creative writing and journalism student at Canterbury College currently undertaking work experience with The Isle of Thanet News.



  1. Why oh why can’t that open-top bus run from Minnis Bay to Ramsgate? Stone Bay to Ramsgate isn’t worth the effort.

  2. What a well written and informative article! I want to go to and join in all those local activities. Just reading about them was a delight . What a lot of interesting things to do for both locals and visitors. So many individuals and organisations have gone out of their way to provide a big choice and lots of them for free I hope they are all well attended

  3. Great, so much happening, something for everyone and the weather is slowly improving.
    Hopefully the concrete balustrade in the stagecoach photo is repaired soon. So much debris on the pavement.
    Also tdc please fix the roof on the on the beach cafe and public wc’s at marina esplanade. They have been closed since the storms.

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