Things to see and do in Thanet, April 26-28

Cliftonville Farmers' Market Photo Frank Leppard

Coastal clean up

Southeastern is organising a beach clean at Margate on April 26 from 10am to noon.

Meet outside Margate railway station at 9.45am.

For more information email [email protected]

Festival of Cats

April 25-28, Pie Factory Gallery Margate, 11am-5pm

Festival of Cats returns with its biggest ever exhibition of cat art from local, national and international artists. This feline themed festival started from a love of T.S.Eliot’s book of poetry – “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’ and much like the book, the festival celebrates the psychology, sociology and whimsy of cats.

The exhibition will feature paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, and textiles. Curated by Helen Pitman and Jemma Channing.

Private view: Friday 26th April, 6pm – 9pm

Kitten Corner Crafts: Free creative activities, cat colouring will be available at the Pie Factory exhibition throughout the festival. Including colouring, pom pom making, mask making and more!

A Mysterious Kind of Folk

April 25-29, 11am-4pm, Joseph Wales Studios , 2a Dane Hill, Margate

An exhibition on the myths, legends and folklore of cats, featuring ceramics, textiles, paintings and a big dose of weirdness at Joseph Wales Studio

Private View on Friday 26th April 5-7pm, everyone welcome, drinks and silliness will be provided.

Margate Got Soul

April 26, 8pm-1am, Olby’s Soul Café, Margate

A night of Northern Soul, Modern, Motown, Funk & Reggae at Olby’s with Eli, Dr Robert, plus special guests.

Pre-event Soul Cafe Menu Available click here to book a table (tables not reserved in the venue space)

Tickets are free Book now

Palace Cinema Broadstairs


A celebration of Amy Winehouse’s searing talent on her rise to become one of the most iconic – and much missed – British musicians of the 21st century. Painting a vibrant portrait of the Camden streets she called home while vividly depicting her struggles with global fame. Back to Black honours Winehouse’s artistry, wit, and honesty, as well as trying to understand her terrible demons. A powerful unflinching tribute to a once-in-a-generation talent.

Friday 26 April to Thursday 2 May. Details here

Jezebel Pye presents Tickle My Clam

April 26, 7pm, Salon Du Miel- 8 Broad St Ramsgate (former WHSmith – rear entrance)

Jezebel Pye hosts a full night of comedy, full of top talent.

Tickets £10 each

All funds raised go towards Sugar Rush Big Build…/jezebel-pye-presents-tickle

Big Island Presents: Jon K

April 26, 9pm, Where Else? The Centre in Margate

A stalwart of the underground music scene for over 20 years, Jon K has proven himself a pioneering force in contemporary British dance music with sold out mixtapes for many labels including TTT / Cav Empt / $hotta Tapes & Reel Torque.

With Al Wootton (Trule / Holy Tongue) and DORIS (Jaw-G & Scott Humphrey)

This is an 18+ event

Tickets £11.85 Book now

Hatcham Social

April 26, from 7.30pm, Junstines Margate

London-based alternative guitar band Hatcham Social are brothers Toby Kidd and Finn Kidd, respectively on vocals and drums.

Debut Release – ‘You Dig The Tunnel, I’ll Hide The Soil’ 2009

Second Release – ‘About Girls’ 2012, ‘Cutting Up The Present Leaks Out The Future’ 2014, ‘The Birthday of the World’ 2015.

This is an 18+ event

Tickets £6 Book now

Bez DJ Set

April 26, 10.30pm til late, Justines Margate

As a flamboyant Maraca shaker and a founding member of the iconic band ‘Happy Mondays’, Bez (Mark Berry) has become one of the UK’s most loved and celebrated personalities.

.This is an 18+ event

Tickets £21 Book now

The Geometry of Deviation

Now until noon on May 1, York Street Gallery Ramsgate

An exhibition of mid-century textile design presented by Alaster Calder. It features wall hangings, cushions, lamps and lamp shades. Open daily except Monday 11am-4pm.

Turner Lates

April 26, 5pm-9pm, Turner Contemporary

The gallery will be open until 9pm, with a live DJ set by Margate Radio (@margateradio) in the Sunley Gallery. The café Louie On Sea (@louieonsea) will stay open until sunset.

Drinks will be available from the paid bar until 9pm.⁠

Kathryn Joseph

April 26, 7.30pm, Ramsgate Music Hall

Sensational Scottish singer-songwriter Kathryn Joseph will be performing live at Ramsgate Music Hall

Beautiful lullabies performed alone, just piano and voice. A stripped-down showcase of raw, pure emotion. Simple but oh-so masterful.

Tickets £18.50 Book now

World’s Funniest Crab Joke 2024 – Award Ceremony!

April 26, 7pm-10pm, Crab Museum Margate

The hunt for the World’s Funniest Crab Gag is almost over – so join the Crab Museum as they finally reveal the winner of this ground-breaking and prestigious contest!

The public has submitted almost 700 jokes, and they have painstakingly whittled them down to a shortlist. The celebrity judges are now making their decisions, and by International Crab Day on Friday 26th April there will be a winner!

The event will be hosted by podcaster Dan Schreiber with the help of some special guests!

Formal dress suggested but not required.

Please be aware that celebrity judge attendance is not guaranteed!

Tickets £12 + booking fee Book now

Adult Pottery Taster session (afternoon)

April 27, 1.30pm-4pm, Gillian Farrell Ceramics Studio, 39 Southeastern Road, Ramsgate

The class will be taught by Gillian Farrell and Vivienne Yankah, both experienced ceramic artists, and they will guide you through the session and offer support and advice as you work on your creations. Enjoy your creative journey!

Refreshments will be provided (cuppa and home made cake!). All necessary materials: clay, tools, and equipment will be provided for you to use during the session. The price includes firing and glazing of a maximum of two of your pieces. There will be an additional fee for any extra firing. You may want to bring your own apron and remember to wear old clothes.

Experience level: The taster session is designed for adults with little to no prior experience in pottery. It is a great opportunity for beginners to get a taste of the craft.

Tickets £55 Book now

Carlton Cinema Westgate

Challengers (15)

Tashi, a tennis player turned coach, has transformed her husband from a mediocre player into a world-famous grand slam champion. To jolt him out of his recent losing streak, she makes him play a challenger event — close to the lowest level of tournament on the pro tour. Tensions soon run high when he finds himself standing across the net from the once-promising, now burnt-out Patrick, his former best friend and Tashi’s former boyfriend.

April 26-May 2. Details here

Screaming Alley at Radford House

April 26, 7pm, Radford House, Effingham Street, Ramsgate

Treat yourselves to a cabaret of short sharp nutty video turns from a glittering array of cabaret stalwarts. Hosted IRL by, nationally renowned star of stage and telly box, Charlie Partridge with Djing from Brigitte Aphrodite.
Grassroots performers, film-makers, cabaret artists, and all-round weirdos showcase their works in this one off event.

Artists include: Pink Suits Jonny Woo, Katie McGarry, Violet Malice, Megan Egglestein, Lunatraktors, THEY DON’T CARE Blanche Dubois Rene Eyre

Filmmakers include: Rhyannon Hanbury-Aggis, Dogbbrain Video and Helga Dorothea

Bottomless dining with The George Michael Experience

April 27, 3.30pm to 6.30pm, Olive Tree at the White Stag, Monkton

A three-course meal accompanied by Prosecco whilst enjoying The George Michael Experience.
There are two seatings – 3.30pm & 7.30pm. Booking is essential 01843 823 760.

Described as Enemies

April 27, 7pm, Ramsgate Music Hall

Described as Enemies ‘Heavens Gate’ EP launch show, with support from The Supermicks and JRUGS at Ramsgate Music Hall

Entry Requirements: 14+ (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)

The band’s first single ‘Leap Of Faith’ was released January 2024 and featured on BBC Radio Kent’s introducing show shortly after. Presenter Abbie Mac described the song as “an angsty and soaring anthem from the very first second”.

With the release of their second single ‘I Feel Alive’ following quickly on from the first the band havequickly gained a following.

Tickets £10 Book now

Ramsgate firefighters charity car wash

Ramsgate firefighters will be holding a car wash event at the fire station on Saturday 27 April in aid of The Fire Fighter’s Charity.

Held in the fire station car park, on Newington Road, in Ramsgate, drive over between 10am and 2pm to have your car washed by crews in exchange for a donation. Cash donations will be accepted.

To help the event run as smoothly as possible, please:
• Remain in your car
• Stick to the 5mph speed limit for all vehicles
• Once on-site, your vehicle engine will need to be switched off, with the handbrake put on, ready for your car wash

Open day football trials

April 27, U6-U10 1pm-2.30pm, U11-U14 3pm-4.30pm

With East Kent Football Club, being held at Drapers Mills Primary Academy, Margate

To book [email protected] or whatsapp/call 07566220987

Celebrating George Michael.

April 27, 7.30pm, Broadstairs Pavilion.

Steve Mitchell Live, and his sensational live band, supported by the production team. Will take you on a musical journey through George Michael’s best and well-known hits, and for all you Wham fans out there,

Joining Steve is, Dave West, who played bass with George and Andrew on early rehearsals and sessions, including hits like “Wham Rap” and “Careless Whisper.” Dave will be joining Steve and the band.

Standing, Seated and VIP Table tickets available now from Eventbrite on the following link:

Margate Songbook – Concert 4

April 27, doors open 7pm, Rosslyn Court, Sweyn Road, Cliftonville

A night of comedy and music. This is a seated listening/joining in concert on one level.

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.

Enjoy a fun night out with songs you know performed by people you also know!  It’s going to be a great night.

There will be a bar

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

Tickets £5.50 – £16.50 Book now

Margate Photo Walk & Film Processing Workshop

April 27, 10.15am-1.45pm, The Margate School

Starting with a photo walk around Margate seafront and the town centre, you will shoot a roll of black and white film before returning to The Margate School to process your images. This is a good introduction to the magic of analogue photography.

Using Patterson film tanks and standard photographic chemistry you will develop your 35mm or 120 film. Covering the loading of the film onto the film spiral, mixing the chemistry, adjusting temperature, processing, washing and drying.

Suitable for complete beginners or those in need of a refresher.

Please contact [email protected] for more information

Tickets £40 Book now

The Freshwater Five

April 27, 8pm-9pm, Ark – Cliftonville Cultural Space, Albion Road

A powerful new play inspired by an award-winning Guardian podcast.

In 2011, five fishermen on the Isle of Wight were sentenced to a total of 104 years for conspiracy to import £53m worth of cocaine. They have always professed their innocence.

This play seeks to explore the state of our coastal communities in an enthralling, poignant and poetic retelling of the infamous Isle of Wight tragedy.

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

Ramsgate Northern Soul

April 27, 7.30pm, Ramsgate Small Boat Owners Association, Guilford Lawn

Ramsgate Northern Soul bring you DJs spinning vinyl . Held in a small club environment. Cash bar at 1980’s prices

Tickets £7.50 Book now

Sub Hugga X Ransaked Records 10 Year Tour with Uncle Dugs & Nooch

April 27, 8pm, Lido Margate

Special guest, Uncle Dugs, will be playing a 90-minute set for the original junglists out there. Followed by a 2-hour takeover from Ransaked Records boss man, Nooch. Alongside him will be heavyweight, GLM. This young producer has got tune support from Noisia, Alix Perez, Skeptical, AMC, Grooverider, The Upbeats, Nicky Blackmarket, Ray Keith and many more. We are blessed to have these artists down to Margate showcasing their talents. Kent crew, get ready for some heavy DnB basslines…Bristol style.

This is going to be an extra special night as Ransaked Records celebrate the milestone of 10 years in the scene.

18+ Tickets £15 plus booking fee Book now

Jonathan Henfrey (Synth System Systers)

April 27, 9pm (doors open 6pm), at Faith In Strangers, Ethelbert Crescent Cliftonville

18+  Free entry Book now

Brewery Tour

April 27, 2pm-4pm, Northdown Brewery, Westwood Industrial Estate, Unit J1CA, Channel Rd

Two hours of learning about the good stuff. Learn what they do, how they do it &, most importantly, sample the end result!

£20pp which includes a free pint/ tasters /pizza.

Email [email protected] to book a spot.

Tickets and Pricing £20pp

Married in Margate

April 27-28, 11am-4pm, Turner Contemporary

Turner Contemporary Wedding Fair. Curated by wedding artist Posy Patou.

Held in the sunlit, seafacing Foyle Rooms with uninterrupted sea views and just a whiff of candyfloss, this inclusive event is for all couples seeking a unique way to get wed.

They’ll be showcasing:


Ethical florals

Bespoke wedding dress design

Handmade table décor


Paper artistry

Wedding planning

A Kentish wine showcase and more!

Free entry


April 27-June 1, 243 LUZ at 243 Northdown Road, Cliftonville

An exhibition of paintings by American artist Kevin Lowenthal

Open Fridays & Saturdays 12pm – 5pm, Sunday 12pm – 3pm by appointment

Opening/private view is on Saturday 27th April between 4pm and 7pm

The Concussed Comedian & Friends

April 27, 7.30pm, Margate FC’s Hartdown Bar

Join Matthew Mckew for a mix of one-liners, observational humour and some of the best audience games you’ll ever play. If you’re up for a laugh or dropping your mates in it, come along to test your brains & singing voices. Joined by support acts… David Tsonos, ELZ, Claudia Trentino and Wilson Milton

This event is for adults aged 18 and over.

For groups of ten, dining packages are available upon request

Tickets £10

Big Gay Prom 2024

April 27, 8pm-1am, Margate Arts Club, 276 Northdown Road, Cliftonville

Dress up in your most trashy and fabulous prom attire, come solo or bring a date or two or three…

Be sure to come before 10pm so you can have an official prom photo taken by the wonderful Stephen Daly!

There will be drag performances from the Prom Queen and King, a cheesy 80s disco, and romantic slow dances throughout the evening!

Stock up on hairspray, dust off your corsages, wear your most waterproof mascara, and get down on the dancefloor

Proceeds will be donated to Margate Pride.

This is strictly an 18+ event

Tickets £6 – £12

Community Festival and Spring Market

April 27, 10am to 4pm, Pierremont Hall Broadstairs

Broadstairs and St Peter’s Town Council are hosting a Community Festival at Pierremont Park, to build a cleaner, safer, kinder community.

The event is to help raise awareness of the number of groups out there that can support residents. Groups that can help educate and empower the community and to help residents get the best out of their town.

Alongside this event, in the park will be a Spring Market at Pierremont Hall where stalls offer a sustainable and positive impact on the environment. This event is to be as plastic-free as possible and to promote well-being in the community, for all ages.

Free entry

Prosecco and Painting

April 27, 7pm, Coast Bar, Granville Theatre in Ramsgate.

An evening of Prosecco and Painting at Coast Bar

.No skill is needed to participate, just a willingness to explore your artistic side and enjoy the process. Plus, you won’t be alone on this artistic adventure; the talented artist Grace will be on hand to offer guidance, tips, and encouragement every step of the way.

To secure a place you MUST complete attached form

Tickets £35 per person Book now

Cliftonville Farmers Market

April 28, 10am-1pm  Walpole Lawns, Palm Bay Avenue

Cliftonville Farmers’ Market was established in 2001 by the Cliftonville Residents Association and is run entirely by volunteers.

Award-winning Farmers Market, now with 40+ stalls, where producers sell bread, cheese, honey, fruit & juices, vegetables, fresh meat & wild game, and much more.

St George’s Day Parade

April 28, Parade at noon (church service at 11am,  and community lunch at 1.30pm)

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

The parade will take place on the pedestrianised part of the High Street and end with a community lunch in the hall for everyone.

There will also be free costume making workshops on Saturday afternoons 27th April at St George’s Church Hall, Broad Street, Ramsgate, and all ages are welcome… from 2pm to 5pm.

Sandwich Concert Band for Rotary Club of Thanet

April 28, 7pm, Queens Road Baptist Church, Broadstairs

Programme to include: The Sound of Music, Rodgers & Hammerstein; Jupiter, Holst; Chanson de Matin, Elgar; Entry of the Gladiators, Fucik; Jurassic Park, Williams; Highlights from Oliver!, Bart.
Tickets available on the door.

RockThePav 6

April 28, from noon, Broadstairs Pavilion

A free mini festival of live music at the Pavilion in Harbour Street, Broadstairs on Sunday, April 28,   featuring rock, soul, blues, funk and much more.

The sixth annual RockthePav is dedicated to raising funds through donations for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund.

From noon to 5pm the line-up features a strong mix of genres to suit all tastes, with sets from Cor Alley, Starfire 98, Lodestone and Free Lunch.

There will also be a sale table with high-end used quality musical equipment on sale at bargain prices, with all proceeds added to the charity fund.

School of Noise Sound Workshop

April 28, 10am to 1pm drop-in, Turner Contemporary

Explore music and the science of sound in this free, drop-in workshop at Turner Contemporary

Join the School of Noise and explore the science of sound and music with their eclectic range of musical instruments and scientific equipment.

Have a go on a theremin, play with conductive materials to trigger sounds, discover patterns using vibration and more in this hands-on workshop.

Entry is free but booking is advised Book now

Giant Sand

April 28, 5.30pm, Ramsgate Music Hall

Entry Requirements: 14+ (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult)

Giant Sand has been the primary outlet for the stylistic curveballs and sun-damaged songcraft of singer-songwriter Howe Gelb. In three decades he’s managed to mash elements of rock, country, blues, punk, garage, lo-fi, jazz, gospel, avant-garde noise and flamenco gypsy music.

Tickets £21.50 Book now

Seaweed Pressing Workshop

April 28, 10:30am – 2:30pm Holy Trinity, Nelson Place, Broadstairs

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, at this relaxed and creative workshop to learn how to press a variety of seaweeds to create your own unique pieces of art.
All tools and materials are provided!

You will meet at the venue at 10.30am before taking a short walk down to the beach to collect our specimens for pressing. Gemila will guide you through the process of sustainably collecting seaweeds and help you to identify the best specimens. Back at the venue she will share the basic skills for successful seaweed pressing.
Seaweed pressing, like flower pressing can take a while so Gemila will be gifing each participant their own press so that the pressing process can be completed at home (this can take several weeks, seaweed dependent). Once completed your artwork will be ready to frame and gift!

Places are limited to 8 people and the activity is suitable for adults and children aged 8+ (with a fully participating adult). More information can be found here

Tickets £65pp Book now

Margate Cultural Walking Tour

April 28, starts at 1pm,

One for the locals and visitors – hear of the artists, lovers and rockstars who found their haven in Margate. Local wine tasting after too!

This 1 hour walking tour, along Margate’s seafront into the Old Town, covers the town’s history from 45 BC, through its history as a holiday getaway, then as a haven for artists, lovers (and the occasional rock star) in more recent times… to the spot it is today.

Bowie, Marx, Doherty, Hawkwind, Peter Sellers, JMW Turner, Tracy Emin, Del Boy and even James Bond…all feature!

Tickets £10.00 Book now

Thanet Tiles Of Joy

April 28, 11am-1pm, Pie Factory Gallery Margate

Make a tile to contribute to the Thanet Tiles of Joy. No experience necessary but limited tiles available.

Tiles by donation (suggested donation £2) to support this community art project by Jayne Wright, which started at POW Thanet 2023 with a workshop of 76 people at Margate Caves and is now a collection of over 1000 tiles made by the people of Thanet.

Suggested donation £2 Book now

10 Bay Challenge

April 28, from 9.30am, Margate Main Sands

There are two amazing options for you to choose from, the full 10Bay Challenge, which is approximately 15 miles, or the shorter 4Bay 10k!

You will run on the sands and the promenade in and out of 10 bays around the coast. The event takes place at low tide and includes many iconic views and sections which are not passable at high tide. You will go through the stacks and arches along the way heading from Margate towards Ramsgate before returning back. Can you beat the tide?

There will be a great chill out area at the Event HQ on Margate Main Sands, where you can relax before heading off to enjoy the many seaside cafés and restaurants nearby or a visit to Dreamland, Turner Contemporary or the Harbour Arm. There’s so much to take in after the event!

Every finisher gets a unique medal and t-shirt.

Under UK Athletics rules the minimum age for the 4Bay 10k is 15 years on the day and 17 years on the day for the 10Bay 15 Miles

Entry fee: 10Bay 15 Mile Entries – Advanced entries: £33 affiliated club members, £35 unaffiliated
On-the-day (subject to space): £40

Entry fee: 4Bay 10k Entries -Advanced entries: £27 affiliated club members, £29 unaffiliated
On-the-day (subject to space): £35 Book now

Classic cars at the Viking Ship

Sunday 28th April, 11am till 3pm, Viking Ship Cafe, Cliffsend

Hosted by Thanet Classics & OhSoRetro Events but all Classic car owners welcome to pop down for a chill out and chat!

Free to attend.


  1. Godd to see a revival of the word “Gay”. So much better than the more vulgar (and offensive to many older Gays and Lesbians) “Queer”!

  2. In a ‘sea’ of mediocre arty nonsense seaweed pressing must be the most cockamamie preposterous inane nonsense of them all…allez…

  3. Flower-pressing has been done for many years. I don’t see why seaweed -pressing should not also be accepted as a valid craft, if not an art form. Seaweeds are often beautiful in both their shape and their colour.

  4. quite a mixed bag , but i am afraid theres nothing of interest to me ,being a straight male theres some i would definitely avoid

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