Things to see and do in Thanet, April 19-21

Last chance to see the exhibition by photographer Ben Finch at The Eclectic Art Gallery in Margate

By Kane Birch

Free Exhibition Highlight Tour:

Friday 19th April, 11am-11:30am.

An event where you can learn about stories behind artworks on the tour: ‘Beyond Form: Lines of Abstraction, 1950-1970′.

Join an assistant who will educate you on their favourite art in the exhibition in a tour that lasts 30 minutes.

Beyond Form tours run every Friday between 9th February to 3rd May.

Turner contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate

Ticket prices:Free

Find out more: Turner Contemporary

Jess Holdengarde & Melanie King : Across The Landscape

Friday 19 to Wednesday 24 April, noon until 4pm,The Margate School, High Street, Margate

Private View on Friday 19 April, 6pm-8pm

A collaborative show between TMS Fellow Melanie King and Glasgow based artist Jess Holdengarde exploring new sustainable developers for analogue film, photography and cameraless processes.

First Light: Photography by Ben Finch

Ben Finch is a London-based Landscape photographer. He has a passion for adventure and world-wide travel. First Light is a curated presentation of Ben’s photographs focused on capturing the beauty, diversity, and essence of Thanet’s seascapes and landscapes.

Saturday 20th April is the last day this guest exhibition is open to the public at The Eclectic Art Gallery in Margate Old Town. The galleries’ programme of guest exhibitions will continue in May after floor repairs are carried out later in April

For the love of Westgate: Selma BenAyed’s tribute

Selma BenAyed spent many childhood holidays with her family in Westgate-on-Sea. After living and working overseas for some years, she returned to the UK and studied illustration and animation at UCA in Canterbury. She always retained fond memories of Westgate’s town and beaches and has been enjoying re-exploring them during her regular visits in recent years. This exhibition showcases watercolour paintings, embellished with free-hand stitching and gilding – and some poetry – that Selma has created to celebrate her love of Westgate-on-Sea. Depicting scenes and buildings that will be familiar to residents and visitors, most of the works are for sale.

Westgate Galleria is a large retail gallery and workshop space, located in charming Westgate-on-Sea, 29 Station Road, CT88RB. Selma will be in the gallery to meet and chat with visitors to her exhibition on the afternoon of Saturday 20th April, between 2pm and 4pm.

Palace Cinema


Two women (played by Oscar winning duo Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway) find their close relationship tested by tragedy in this taut, ’60s-set Hitchcockian thriller about motherhood, guilt, suspicion and jealousy.

Friday 19 April to Thursday 25 April, Details here

Spring Filled Pasta Workshop:

Friday 19th April, 6:30pm-8:30pm.

A workshop where you can learn how to make fresh pasta, dough, filling and different shapes of pasta.

All equipment and ingredients are included, and whatever you make can be taken home.

An open wine bar will also be available.

La Cantina, 8 Broad Street, Margate

Ticket prices: £75

Find out more: Filled pasta workshop — Bottega Caruso

Pastel perform live:

April 19, doors open 7.30pm

Pastel will be performing at Ramsgate Music Hall for all ages, you must be accompanied by an adult if you are under 16.

Pastel are a 5-piece band signed to an independent Manchester record label, Spirit of Spike Island.

Ramsgate Music Hall, 13 Turner Street, Ramsgate

Ticket prices: £15

Find out more: Ramsgate Music Hall

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 

Quiz night

April 19, 7pm, St Andrews’s Church, Reading Street

Quiz Night to raise funds for Pavilion Youth and Community Cafe and for the Bootfair Safari publicity costs.

The Pavilion has lost its KCC funding and needs to raise money to keep fulfilling its vital community role.

Adult Beginner pottery course:

Friday 19th April-Friday 17th May, 1:30pm-3:30pm.

A class that covers hand building techniques such as slab building, coil building, throwing on the potter’s wheel and adding texture to clay.

The class will be taught by Gillian Farrell and Vivienne Yankah who are both experiences ceramic artists that will guide you through each session and offer their advice.

Gillian Farrell Ceramics Studio, 39 Southeastern Road, Ramsgate

Ticket prices: £150 for the full 5 week course

Find out more: Ramsgate Pottery — Events List (

Omni Fury:

Friday 19th April, 7pm

Omni Fury will be performing in Margate at Where Else?

Atlanta trio Omni will be performing their music live in celebration of their newest album Souvenir, live at Where Else?

The newest album is said to pack their biggest punch yet.

Where Else? 21 The Centre, Margate

Ticket prices: £16.18

Find out more: Omni Tickets | £16.18 | 19 Apr @ Whereelse?, Margate | DICE

Across The Landscape:

Friday 19th April- Wednesday 24th April, 12pm-4pm.

“A collection of natural based explorations that have culminated from the two artists sharing, exploring and building upon their existing sustainable practices with one another”.

An exhibition at The Margate School that demonstrates how it is possible to produce works that are intrinsically and materially connected to the landscape and to one another’s processes.

The Margate School, 31-33 High Street, Margate

Ticket prices: Free

Find out more: Across The Landscape | Exhibition by Jess Holdengarde & Melanie King | The Margate School

Itchy Teeth:

Friday 19th April, 7:30pm.

ITCHY TEETH are a Margate based band built around songwriting duo Xav Clarke and Charlie Hannah, and drummer Oli Booker.

They sing about philosophy, pop culture, death and technology while critiquing it all through humour and fun.

This is an 18+ event only.

Justines Margate, 1-2 Marine Gardens, Margate

Ticket prices: £8

Find out more:

Birchington garden and food fair

April 20, 11am to 4pm, Dog Acre

Two marquees with guests, children’s tent, craft activities. Guest speakers, stalls, tomola and more

Carlton Cinema Westgate

Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire 12A

The epic battle continues! 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. “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” delves further into the histories of these Titans and their origins, as well as the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond, while uncovering the mythic battle that helped forge these extraordinary beings and tied them to humankind forever.

April 19-25. Details here

St John’s Margate Pop Up Charity Shop

Victoria Road, Margate, Saturday 20th April 10am to noon

Pop to the St John’s Community Centre for the monthly fundraising shop. The help of the community is valued as the team raise money to support the running of the centre.

Come and browse the stalls and find a bargain

  • pre-loved clothing
  • jewellery
  • bric-a-brac and household
  • craft materials
  • books
  • handcrafted items
  • vintage, coins and vinyl
  • toys and children’s books.

You are assured of a warm welcome and space to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with cakes, sausage rolls, cheese and bacon twists and cheese scones from the cake stall.

Come along to meet up with friends and family, and to make new friends.

York Street Gallery Ramsgate

Exhibition by Cheryl White, April 17-24.

Cheryl’s work is semi abstract and inspired by time spent in the Far East, Japan and Australia.

Cheryl will be in the gallery on Saturday afternoon, 1pm-3pm hosting drinks and chatting about her work and what inspires and influences her. All welcome.

York Street Gallery in Ramsgate is open 10.30am-4pm Tuesday to Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sunday.

The Big Clothes Throw

April 20, 10.30am-2pm, Westwood Cross

Local Slimming World members are collecting clothes for the  Cancer Research Shop at Westwood Cross. Thanet Slimming World Consultants will be there, if you’d like to find out about local groups. Members will also be donating clothes they have slimmed out of. Nationally, Slimming World members have raised £20 million pounds to date for Cancer Research.

Woodchip path maintenance

April 20, 10am to noon, Mocketts Wood

Meet at the container in front of the surgery. Wood chip spreading, Alexander bashing and litter picking depending on numbers.

Spring Fair

April 20, 12.30pm-2.30pm, Holy Trinity Church, Bellevue Road, Ramsgate

Great food, lots to buy and plenty of fun and games.

500th Pegwell Bay Parkrun

April 20, Pegwell Bay Country Park, 9am

Pegwell Bay parkrun celebrates its 500th event this coming Saturday. As the 500 t-shirt is blue it seems very appropriate for Thanet Roadrunners to turn up in their blue tops and join the celebrations. Parkrun is free for everyone. All you need to do is register on the parkrun website, save your barcode and run, or jog or walk. Its accessible for all.

D’Olby’s Sound Clash:

Saturday 20th April, 7pm-11pm

Local Kent bands and artists face off in D’Olbys Sound Clash in the semi-finals.

Olby’s are giving Kent’s best talent the chance to win prizes worth over £5000 in this competition.

The prizes being 7 days at Olby’s Studio One to record up to 5 tracks, one chosen track with a full Dolby Atmos Mix and Master, a professional photoshoot and music video, and a fully recorded public gig.

Olby’s, 3-5 King Street, Margate

Ticket prices: £5 at the door

Find out more: Home – OLBY’S (

St George’s Parade workshop

St George’s Church in Ramsgate and GB Carnival are busy getting ready for the second annual St George’s Day Parade in the town.

After the success of last year’s parade, St George’s Church is working in partnership with Great British Carnival to bring another spectacular community parade and celebration to Ramsgate on April 28.

In preparation for the festivities there will be free costume making workshops on Saturday afternoons, 20th and 27th April at St George’s Church Hall, Broad Street, Ramsgate, and all ages are welcome.

Carnival club workshop on April 20th 2pm-5pm.

MDC Upholstery Workshop:

Saturday 20th April – Sunday 20th April, 10am-4pm.

A workshop where you bring your own projects to a leisure course and work at your own pace in a comfortable environment.

Where you can develop a whole range of upholstery skills and gain an insight to the trade.

The course is suitable for beginners or experienced crafters.

The course is 2 days and run by Jo and Jess, who re-upholster unique furniture.

Margate Design Collective, 151 Northdown Road, Cliftonville, Margate

Ticket prices: £215+ material prices

Find out more: Upholstery Classes | Margate Design Collective | England

Ariel Sharratt and Mathias Kom:

Saturday 20th April, 7:30pm.

Ariel Sharratt and Mathias Kom of The Burning Hell team up with special guest Shotgun Jimmie as they present ‘Never Work’.

The Burning Hell is an ongoing musical project by Mathias Kom, Ariel Sharratt and Jake Nicoll, which often includes additional collaborators.

They will be performing live and Ramsgate Music Hall.

Ramsgate Music Hall, 13 Turner Street, Ramsgate

Ticket Pricing: £12.50+£1.50

Find out more: Ramsgate Music Hall

Art Library Workshop:

Saturday 20th April, 3pm-4pm.

Celebrate Spring at the Turner Contemporary as you join author Gabby Dawnay for an interactive poem workshop based on A field Guide to Spring.

A Field Guide to Spring is a pocket-sized introduction to Spring which is inspired by the Forest School movement.

The book features poems, hands-on crafts and activities, scientific facts and identifier pages to help children learn about different animals and plants.

Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate

Ticket prices: £2 for workshop, £10.79 for the workshop and the book.

Find out more: Turner Contemporary

Craig Richards: All Night Long:

Saturday 20th April, 10pm-2am.

As presented by Something Goes Right at Faith in Strangers, Craig Richards will be doing an all-night-long musical adventure.

An artist who was musical director and Fabric London for over 15 years and was responsible for the modern approach taken to the programming of Saturday nights as a DJ.

This event is 18+ only.

Faith in Strangers, 17 Ethelbert Crescent, Cliftonville, Margate

Ticket prices: £22.50

Find out more: Faith In Strangers | Craig Richards: All Night Long

Fool’s Moon:

Saturday 20th April, 8pm-9pm.

A theatrical cabaret night where the mischievous come out and play at the Tom Thumb Theatre in Margate.

A show that brings the thrilling tale of the 1518 Dance Plague as shown by the talented “finest fools”.

This event is 16+ only.

Tom Thumb Theatre, 2A  Eastern Espianade, Margate

Ticket prices: £12 + £1.40 booking fee

Find out more: TTT (

Charlie Don’t Surf:

A Pie Factory Money Fundraiser at Where Else? In Margate.

The youth charity will be playing live music to raise funds with the talents Charlie Don’t Surf and Harmony Bo as support.

An all ages event presented by Night Harvest CIC.

Where Else? 21 The Centre, Margate

Ticket prices: £1.06

Find out more: Charlie Don’t Surf – Pie Factory Music Fundraiser Tickets | From £1.06 | 20 Apr @ Whereelse?, Margate | DICE

Wellness Walk:

Saturday 20th April, 9:30am-noon.

Join coach, Alaina Crystal, who focuses on helping women reconnect with their innate power on an inspiring walk starting in Margate.

It begins at Shala with an opening circle to forge connections in the group before they set out on a two-hour hike on level terrain.

The journey ends at Broadstairs train station.

Ticket prices: £50

Find out more: Shala | Womens Wellness | Margate, England (

Brentwood Mac:

Sunday 21st April, 7pm

A tribute band to Fleetwood Mac come to the Sarah Thorne Theatre in Broadstairs to play famous songs by the band.

Brentwood Mac are a six-piece band of some of the finest local musicians who love the Fleetwood Mac catalogue.

Including music from all eras of the band from the Peter Green days to up-to-date tracks by Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.

Sarah Thorne Theatre, Fordoun Road, Broadstairs

Ticket prices: £18 in advance or £20 at door.

Find out more: Brochure – Sarah Thorne Theatre

Luther Live:

Sunday 21st April, 7:30pm-10:30pm.

Luther Vandross tribute Harry Cambridge and his 10-piece band will be coming to the Granville in Ramsgate.

Featuring famous music from Luther Vandross such as Never Too Much and “Stop to Love”, they will be performing many of these songs as a cover band.

The Granville, Victoria Parade, Ramsgate

Ticket prices: £29.15+£2.50

Find out more: The Granville Theatre

Francesco Piu:

Sunday 21st April, 5pm-7pm.

An explosive blend of blues, funk and rock at the Magnet Micropub in Broadstairs.

Join Francesco Piu as he performs his music ranging from acoustic to banjo and harmonica live at The Magnet Micropub.

A Sardinian singer and guitarist born in 1981, who carved out an important space for himself in the panorama of Italian and international blues.

The Magnet, 37 Albion Street, Broadstairs

Find out more here: The Magnet Micropub in Broadstairs – Visit Thanet

Threads of Creativity:

Sunday 21st April, 3pm-5pm.

Anna Cutler and Steve Moffitt discuss Anna’s new insightful book that explores the role of creativity in our schools and beyond.

They come together to celebrate the release of her new captivating book and its exploration of Anna’s personal and professional exploration in art and education over the last 30 years.

Guests will enjoy a relaxed atmosphere with drinks, food and music.

Turner Contemporary, Rendezvous, Margate

Ticket prices: free but limited entry

Find out more and the schedule: Join the Guest List – Threads of Creativity: Anna Cutler in conversation with Steve Moffitt – Turner Contemporary, Sun 21 Apr 2024 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM (

Mic Righteous

Thanet rapper Mic Righteous will take part in a musical protest against the conflict in Gaza.

At the Rally4Gaza, Righteous, known for his collaboration with household names like Ed Sheeran, will perform his new song “Letter to the IDF”.

Rally4Gaza will take place on Sunday 21 April from 2pm to 4pm on Margate Steps, Margate Main Sands.

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 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:

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).


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