Things to see and do in Thanet, May 10-12

Drapers Windmill open weekend

Bugsy’s Bowling celebrates 60th anniversary

Friday 10th May

DISCO with Exclusive Sounds from 5-10pm

Getting Snapping with the Digital Photo pod!

Saturday 11th May

Family Fun Day

Special Characters and Mascots 2-3pm

Face painting from The Party Pixies 12-4pm

DISCO with Josh Alix from 6-10pm

Sunday 12th May

Family Fun Day Sunday!

Face painting from The Party Pixies 12-4pm

Surprise Character from Mascots & Memories 2-3pm

Vocalist Tara Ashman from 5.30-7.30pm

Disco from 7.30pm until 9.30pm

Call to book your Lane: 01843 228632. Bugsy’s Bowling is at Ethelbert Crescent, Cliftonville.

Enemy Sighted

May 10, 1.30pm, Spitfire & Hurricane Museum, Manston

Melody Foreman presents the stories behind her book ‘Wreck Hunter’ at the Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Museum in Manston

Come and discover the stories of airmen lost over the South East during the Battle of Britain and the man who found them.

Tickets available from the museum shop £10pp

Margate Uprising

Now until June 8, Bulls Head, Margate Old Town

Exhibition by Phien O’Phien

Work created on salvaged boards gleaned  from Dreamland during its refurbishment in 2015. The medium used for texture is drift sand.

Some of the boards date back to the wartime period when Thanet was a restricted area because of its proximity to France. Dreamland would have hoited young soldiers leaving for overseas who  visited there before embarking

Dreamland boards would have also been walked on by famous and infamous people since it first opened in 1880.

This work aims to capture the normality of a seaside shore attraction via the boards with their stories and secrets and a portrayal of the same skies Turner and all visitors to Thanet would have viewed at night.

One piece from the set was taken  by  Turner Contemporary and exhibited  before being bought by an art collector from London.

A piece of the work was also donated to Young Lives Foundation, a charity that helps children who are either in care homes or have just left.

Phien has exhibited work in galleries including the Tate Modern London, Turner Contemporary, Margate School Gallery, and Kings Street Gallery among others.

Palace Cinema Broadstairs


Ryan Gosling (Barbie) and Emily Blunt (Oppenheimer, Mary Poppins Returns) in a rip-roaring romantic comedy set in the bonkers world of Hollywood stuntmen. Ken – sorry Colt – has to track down a missing movie star, solve a conspiracy and try to win back the love of his life all while being tossed around like a rag doll for our entertainment.

Now to Thursday 16 May. Details here

York Street Gallery Ramsgate

Now until May 15

Exhibition by Shaun Herd and Linda Bristow. Linda paints abstract landscapes which she reproduces in prints and on her jewellery and gifts. Shaun reproduces portraits by old masters in oils and egg tempera.

Open daily except Monday 11-4pm.

Introduction to Hand Weaving with Woven Form

May 10-12

Two -day workshop with Charlotte Wakefield at Kindred House, 7 Grotto Hill, Margate will offer a very free and easy approach to get you started working on a hand loom

The workshop runs from 11am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday and attendance on both days is required

Over the course of the weekend, you will discover a little about the history of weaving, as well as looking at the work of some other artists for inspiration.

You will learn how to set up a frame loom, and begin to experiment with combining different textures and colours to create you own gorgeous individual artworks. You will begin on a small frame to experiment and then move on to a larger frame for your final piece.

The weekend is suitable for all skill levels and the project is designed to be achievable for all. By the end of the weekend, you will be armed with the skills to carry on your hand weaving journey at home.

From £240.00 Book now

Gianni Scalera & The Jury – Album Launch

May 10, 7pm-11pm, Olby’s Soul Cafe

Three-piece rock trio from Medway’s album-launch show, alongside some special guests. Looking to grow their audience, and their reputation, The Jury are taking their live show all across the UK.

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

Tickets: Advance – £5 plus booking fee  Book now

The Psychotic Monks

May 10, 7.30pm, Where Else? The Centre, Margate

After two fiery albums, Silence Slowly And Madly Shines in 2017 (Alter K) and Private Meaning First in 2019 (Vicious Circle / FatCat Records), the members of The Psychotic Monks released their third album, Pink Colour Surgery, last year.

Tickets from £10.77 Book now

Maximo Park DJ Set

May 10, 9pm, Justines, 1-2 Marine Gardens

Alt-pop, post-punk, indie, northern soul, hip-hop, from Kate Bush to Kraftwerk, Beyonce to Yeah Yeah Yeahs, James Brown to X-Ray Spex.

This is an 18+ event

Tickets £12.50 Book now

Billy Bragg with support from Jack Valero

May 10, 7pm, Dreamland Margate

Hope Not Hate presents Billy Bragg at Dreamland’s Hall By The Sea

English singer, songwriter, poet and political activist Billy Bragg helps HOPE Not Hate celebrate 20 years opposing fascism with ‘HNH @20’ tour!

Support from Jack Valero sharing new single “Always Something You Can Do” as the first track to preview the 6th September release of his new EP ‘Not In Kansas Anymore’.

This is a 14+ event. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

From £25 plus booking fee Book now

PRAH Recordings: PVA (DJ Set) + Guests

May 10, 7.30pm, Faith in Strangers Ethelbert Crescent, Cliftonville

18+ Tickets £8.50 Book now

Boot fair

Boot fairs start again at Dane Court School in Broadstairs on Saturday 11th May.

Gates for stall holders 6am and general public 6:30am. Refreshments available. Cars £8 Vans £10.

The boot fair will run on the second Saturday of June July and September.

360 Sessions Soul and Funk Alldayer

May 11, 2pm-2am, Olby’s Soul Café Margate

Olby’s are showcasing UK soul and funk DJs

DJs Playing Nu & Classic Soul, funk and disco

DJs: Jamie F – Mick Foster – Richie Cox – Robin Haynes – Matthew B – ViCKIE Vibe – Paul Fossett – Dave Smith – Pete Bond – Terry Brown – Mark Collins and Abbo

Tickets £10 in advance, £15 on the door Book now

Michael Jordan’s Magic and Marvels

May 11, 2.30pm, Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs

Prepare to be amazed by the one-man extravaganza Magic & Marvels, presented by the extraordinary and multi-skilled performer, Michael Jordan!

Embark on a thrilling journey into the realm of wonder and enchantment as Michael showcases his incredible talents in magic and circus arts…

Tickets £12.50 +£1 Booking Fee in advance, £40 +£1 Booking Fee Family Ticket in advance (up to 1 hour before performance) Book now

Margate Collectors Fair

May 11, 10am – 3pm, Union Church, Union Crescent, Margate

Margate Collectors Fair is run in conjunction with Margate’s United Church, and is a great opportunity to buy and sell: Stamps – Postcards – Playing Cards – Militaria – Coins – Phone Cards – Cigarette Cards, Books – Breweriana – Ephemera – Antiques and Small Collectables

Free admission. Refreshments available

Live Music at Broadstairs Bandstand – Two’s Company

May 11, 2pm-4pm,

Weekend entertainment brought to you by Broadstairs & St. Peters Town Council

Two’s Company from Kent are a professional upbeat duo act who perform many different genres of music.

Spring Fete

May 11, 11am to 5pm, Quex Barn Birchington

Tombola, cakes, refreshments.

St Mary Magdalene’s gospel choir and gospel boogie band, craft stalls, games, face painting.

Fundraising for St Mary Magdalene’s Church outreach Monkton

Oldskool Roots: Jimmy J & DJ Vibes

May 11, 9pm, Ramsgate Music Hall

After a phenomenal debut event, Oldskool Roots returns to Ramsgate Music Hall with a birthday bash for Gravit-e, with headline sets from DJ VIBES & JIMMY J.

Entry requirements: 18+

Tickets £14.50 Book now

Ramsgate Tunnels Local History Day

May 11, 10am-4.30pm, Ramsgate Tunnels

A free day of illuminating talks, a local history drop in to consult with the experts, and an array of stalls and tables from East Kent’s  own heritage groups and museums.

Ramsgate Tunnels are hosting a local history day coinciding with their 10th anniversary celebrations and the Historical Association’s Local and Community History Month.

The one-day free event will feature an array of stalls presented by heritage organisations and museums from across Thanet and East Kent, showcasing everything from remarkable rescues to extraordinary explorers! Visitors can also look forward to enhancing their knowledge or learning something new by attending short talks conducted by several of these organisations. And if that’s not enough, there’s even a local history drop-in session, providing an opportunity to ask questions and receive advice on your research.

The Tunnels popular Deep Tunnel Shelter tours will be available throughout the day, providing an opportunity to explore Ramsgate’s Second World War history first-hand as the tours narrate the fascinating story of the collaboration between the town’s unique mayor and skilled borough surveyor, who worked tirelessly to orchestrate the construction of the largest purpose-built air raid shelter in the UK.

The Tunnel’s café will also be open, serving a variety of refreshments, light snacks, and delectable cakes.

For more information to book tours on the day or to see which organisations are attending, please consult the Tunnels website at

Craft Fair

May 11, 8am-1pm, Dog Acre Birchington

Stalls, author Carol M Creasey signing and selling books, cheeseboards, ‘mouse’ doorstops, wax melts, sand art, refreshments.

The ScrapStore Card Making Sale

May 11, 10am to 2pm,

East Kent Mencap is holding a ‘Card Making & Papercraft Sale’ at The Foresters Hall in Ramsgate.The ScrapStore will be open too!

There will be a huge range of card-making equipment available, including: Cricut machines, Spellbinder Grand Calibur machines, plates, cutters, presses, stamps, paper, card, board, die’s, ribbons, embossing equipment, glue applicators and so much more.

All items will be individually priced. Every penny raised goes to East Kent Mencap to support people with a learning disability to achieve what they want out of life.

An Ostentatious Murder Mystery

May 11, 6.30pm, The Yarrow Hotel, Broadstairs

Step into a world of intrigue and suspense for an evening of thrills, secrets and deduction as you solve a chilling crime.

The event includes a welcome drink on arrival, a three course meal and an interactive murder mystery performance.

Click here for menu

Bridgerton/Regency inspired dress welcomed

In co-operation with Gumshoe Theatre Company

A deposit of £10 per person will be required to secure a booking. Pre-order and final balance required prior to event date. Cost £60. [email protected]

Carlton Cinema Westgate

Kingdom Planet of the Apes 12A

Director Wes Ball invites you back to the Planet of the Apes, set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike.

Now to May 16. Details here


May 11, 7.30pm, ARK, Albion Road, Cliftonville

Showing of the 1927 film Golem

Like a giant graphic novel burst into life, Golem is 1927 theatre’s multi-award-winning dystopian fable about our over-reliance on machines – a vivid mix of handmade animation, sly wit, live music, storytelling, and performance.

Golem is a 1927, Salzburg Festival, Théâtre de la Ville Paris & Young Vic co-production. The film capture of Golem was commissioned by The Space, Arts Council England & BBC.

Tickets from £6 Book now

Arnold Borgerth – 40 Years Looking For Something

May 11, 2pm-4pm, The Margate School

Revisiting work produced since the early 1980s, this is an image-guided tour taking place at The Margate School, through Arnold’s long career as an artist, commercial photographer, and academic

He will be showing work ranging from the early 1980s in Brazil, early 1990s in Portugal and UK, up to current work. This will include unseen work as well as previous exhibitions and projects.

The images shown will be accompanied by an account of his creative process and response to the broader culture at the time.

Arnold Borgerth is a Fellow at The Margate School. As an artist, he has exhibited widely across South America and the UK. Arnold is a Photography Lecturer at Goldsmiths in London and works as a freelance photographer for the arts and design sector. Originally from Brazil and currently based in Margate, Arnold has been a practicing photographer since 1980.

This lecture compliments the exhibition Looking For Nothing

Looking For Nothing is a photographic exhibition which asks viewers to consider the reasons behind the creation of the work on display. It is open until 19 May, 10am to 4pm Wednesdays-Sundays.

Botanical Coastline Watercolour Workshop

May 11, 10am to 4pm, Lovelys, Northdown Road, Cliftonville

Paint alongside artist Jennifer Hooper as she demonstrates her unique watercolour technique.

Choose from a selection of coastal themed objects and references

Learn observational drawing techniques and how to transfer your references onto paper

All professional art materials provided

Tea and Coffee. Please bring your own lunch.

All abilities welcome.

To book call 01843 292757 or email [email protected]

Tickets  £85pp

Drapers Windmill open for National Mills Weekend

May 11-12, Drapers Windmill, St Peter’s Footpath, Margate open noon until 4pm

Experience a working windmill as part of the 2024 National Mills Weekend

The country celebrates its many and varied windmill and water mill sites during the National Mills Weekend in May and, as part of that, Drapers Windmill will have an open weekend and you’re very welcome to attend this marvellous mill on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Refreshments and souvenirs available

Free (donations welcome)

Salvation Army Ramsgate

The Central Southern Area Fellowship Band and Ladies Chorus of the Salvation Army will visit Ramsgate Corps.

The band is led by Ken Clark with Karen Todd leading the Ladies Choris.

Performance at May 11, 3pm, ay Ramsgate Harbour and at Ramsgate Salvation Army music festival 7pm.

Then on May 12 at Ramsgate Salvation Army, morning worship 10.30am and Praise Concert at 2.30pm.

More details at Ramsgate Salvation Army, 167 High Street, or call 07900497326 or email [email protected]

Looking For Me Friend

May 12, 7pm, Sarah Thorne Theatre Broadstairs

The Music of Victoria Wood featuring the star of BBC1’s ‘All Together Now’, Paulus The Cabaret Geek with Michael Roulston (Fascinating Aïda) on piano.

Tickets Advance £18 / On the door £20 Book now

Live Music at Broadstairs Bandstand – Rhiannon Rae

May 12, 2pm-4pm

Weekend entertainment brought to you by Broadstairs & St. Peters Town Council

Rhiannon Rae has been singing and playing guitar since the age of 11. She has performed many styles of music including Jazz, Blues, Rock, “middle of the road” pop and the popular 50’s and 60’s songs. As well as writing her own songs she produces backing tracks for other artistes and for stage shows.

Featuring the songs of: Dusty Springfield, Carol King, Linda Ronstadt, Brenda Lee, The Shirelles, Shania Twain, The Carpenters, Connie Francis, Skeeta Davis, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bonnie Tyler, Fleetwood Mac, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Tina Turner, Amy Winehouse, The Eagles and many more!

Palm Bay boot fair

May 12, open to public 8am to 1pm.

Palm Bay Recreation Ground.

Thanet Lions Club boot fair

May 12, 7.30am to noon, Drapers Mills school field, entrance College Road,

Sold on Soul

May 12, The Oval Bandstand And Lawns, Cliftonville

Doors, toilets and concessions open: 1pm – 5pm . Concert: 2pm – 4pm.

A minimum £2 donation per adult on door (under 16’s no donation required). All persons under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Margate Cultural Walking Tour

May 12, 1pm, starts at The Shakespeare pub, near Margate railway station

One 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!

A fun tour whether you are a local or a visitor – starts at The Shakespeare pub, near Margate rail station, then a gentle stroll through the spots along the seafront that feature in these historical tales… to end in Margate’s old town (beside the Margate Museum for those who want to sample more of the town’s history). And those who stay on afterwards will have the option to taste some of the local wines, ales (and cheese!) together in the wine bar ‘Little Swift’.

Tickets £10.00 Book now


  1. Will the pally virtue signallers lot be surrounding ARK because it was a synagogue.🤡 Vote Israel tonight. Shalom Shabbat.

  2. I’d certainly be going to watch “Golem” this evening if I hadn’t already arranged to do something else. I’ve never seen the film but it has a high reputation. However, I don’t see what a 1927 film has to do with the current situation in Israel and Gaza.

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