Things to see and do in Thanet, May 17-19

Events this weekend

Ramsgate Through The Senses Festival 2024

May 17-19, various venues

This year Ramsgate Through the Senses is celebrating with a fantastic array of activities and experiences, brought to you by brilliant local chefs, artists, practitioners, wine and beer producers who are all passionate about what they do.

A programme of some 21 events to inspire the mind and body and celebrate the beautiful blossoms and stunning produce this time of year brings.

Get creative and stimulate your senses in a workshop
* Floral Cyanotype Workshop with Melanie King
* A ‘Throw-Down’ Taster with Mike Childs
* Hurdy Gurdy Workshop with Claire Dugue

Head to the website to learn more about the workshops and book your space


Are you ready to be transported into a world of Gothic horror and scientific ambition? Look no further than our upcoming production of “Frankenstein 1930”!

Frankenstein will be performed at Minster Village Hall Friday 17 May and Saturday 18 May. Curtain up at 7.30pm each night.

Tickets are £12. Check for availability at:

Young Artists Festival

Now until May 19, 8am-10pm, Sainsbury’s at Westwood

Prizegiving on May 18 at noon

Art by pupils and teachers at schools across Thanet with an environmental theme. In association with Margate Rotary Club.

Art will then be displayed at The Margate School from May 21-27 and from May 27 the exhibition will move to Monkton Nature Reserve

Pale Blue Eyes

May 17, doors open 7.30pm, Ramsgate Music Hall

Pale Blue Eyes making waves in UK guitar music. PBE meld together krautrock, indie pop, electronics and shoegaze to create something wonderful.

Tickets £17.50 Book now

Strand Opening Party

May 17, 6pm-10pm, ARK, Albion Road, Cliftonville

Opening party for an art installation by Paul Barritt at ARK, Cliftonville

Strand is an installation created by Paul Barritt, one of 1927’s Artistic Directors. The centre piece is an animated film with music by composer Richard Ayres. It is performed by Musik Fabrik Köln and was originally commissioned by the Acht Brücken Festival.

Bar • Live Music from THC • Film screening premier 7pm

Tickets from £6. Book now

Smartphone Photography Workshop

May 17, 4pm-6pm, Meet on the steps of Turner Contemporary

Bring your smartphone camera and come on a wander around the beautiful, eclectic old town and stunning seafront of Margate with Jet Black Squares

You will learn how to use the camera in your pocket to take creative and interesting photographs that will take your photography to a new level.

You will be shown how you can edit your photographs using one of the most intuitive (and free!) editing apps around.

Workshops take place regularly in Margate, Sandwich, Deal and Canterbury or book a private workshop, or 1:1 workshop

Cost £45

Palace Cinema Broadstairs


A whip smart British black comedy examining the hopes, dreams, duplicities and hypocrisies of an unlikely bunch of (fr)enemies starring Rufus Sewell and Shirley Henderson.

Friday 17 May to Thursday 23 May. Details here

Workshop with photographer Arnold Borgerth

Friday 17, Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May, 10am to 11.30am at The Margate School

Through a series of presentations, all participants will show samples of their previous work as well as work produced during the workshop.The presentations will be used to identify and discuss the specificity of each participant creative process.

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 workshop compliments the exhibition Looking For Nothing

Total workshop cost: £15 for all 3 sessions. Book now

Surfers Against Sewage

Surfers Against Sewage are hosting a national day of action on Saturday 18th May;

There will be a Paddle Out Protest in Viking Bay at 10am. Bring a placard asking Southern Water to stop releasing raw sewage into Thanet Waters. You can join the group on the beach or bring your body board, surf board, paddle board or other water craft and join the Paddle Out.

Come along and join members of Save Our Seas and Surfers Against Sewage to ask English Water Companies to stop dumping raw sewage into our beautiful Thanet seas and rivers.

Maritime Margate Walk

May 18, 2pm, meet outside the Visitor Information Centre at Droit House

Robin Colyer leads a local history walk on behalf of Margate Civic Society

Enjoy a promenade around the seafront from the historic Harbour to Nayland Rock, exploring the history of sea bathing and seaside amusements, including the iconic Dreamland, recently featured in the film “Empire of Light”.

There is a suggested donation of at least £3 for the walk, which lasts approximately an hour and a half.

For further details, please phone 07878 537448

York Street Gallery Ramsgate

May 15-21, 10.30am-4pm (closed Mondays)

Helen Shaw and Aneska Kosinska exhibit paintings and various printing techniques.

RNLI 200 – Ramsgate Open Day

May 18, 11am to 4pm.

Ramsgate Lifeboat Station opens its doors to celebrate the RNLI’s 200th anniversary

* Meet the Lifeboat crew

* See the emergency vehicles

* Find out more and buy souvenirs and gifts at a range of stalls

RNLI Ramsgate will be joined by fellow life saving services Kent Fire & Rescue, Lifeguards, Coastguard, National Coastwatch, British Divers Marine Life Rescue, Police Marine services, as well as many other people.

There will also be raffles and refreshments available and the event will be declared open by the Mayor of Ramsgate Pat Moore at 11am.

Ramsgate is one of the oldest lifeboat stations in the British Isles. During its lifesaving history, the crews have been presented with over 50 awards for gallantry, the most recent in 2000.

Donations welcome

Live Music at Broadstairs Bandstand – The Beverley Big Band

May 18, 2pm-4pm

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

The Beverley Big Band is Kent’s leading swing dance band, recreating the sound of the big band era.

Thanet Male Voice Choir Concert

May 18, 7.30pm, Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs

Concert in aid of Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund

Come along and enjoy an evening with the Thanet Male Voice Choir at the Sarah Thorne Theatre.

Tickets £12 in advance – £14 on the night Book now

St John’s Margate Monthly Pop Up Charity Shop

Saturday 18th May, 10am to noon, St John’s Community Centre, Victoria Road, CT9 1LN

Bargain hunting and refreshments. The monthly “shop” has something for everyone.

Browse the room of pre-loved clothing plus accessories and check out stalls in the main hall. Donated items find a new purpose and help to raise money that funds the Community Centre.

Whether you are looking for plants, jewellery, books, craft materials, handcrafted items, household items, bric a brac, puzzles, vintage items, vinyl or coins you will find plenty of tempting bargains.

Looking for things which appeal to children? A huge selection of nearly new toys, games and children’s books has something for all youngsters.

Enjoy tea and home-made cakes or savouries in the cafe space while you meet up with friends and family. There is a warm welcome for all and the chance to make new friends.

The raffle is drawn just before noon.

Carlton Cinema Westgate

Mamma Mia PG

Donna (Meryl Streep), an independent hotelier in the Greek islands, is preparing for her daughter’s wedding with the help of two old friends. Meanwhile Sophie, the spirited bride, has a plan. She secretly invites three men from her mother’s past in hope of meeting her real father and having him escort her down the aisle on her big day.

May 17-19. Details here

Margate Record Fair

May 18, 10am to 5pm, Margate Caves, Northdown Road

A new event for vinyl lovers at the Margate Caves… lots of lovely vinyl to suit all tastes and budgets!

Buy, swap or sell vinyl & CDs. Collectibles and bargains!

The event is held in the bright and airy community rooms at the Margate Caves.

Entry is free to the public and the community rooms and the Caves café are fully accessible.

Ramsgate Northern Soul

May 18, 7.30pm, Ramsgate Small Boat Owners Association

For the love of Northern Soul, Ramsgate Northern Soul bring you DJs spinning vinyl

Held in a small club environment in central Ramsgate, close to transport, accommodation, and restaurants, with a great atmosphere and vibe! Cash bar at 1980’s prices

Tickets £7.50. Book now

Queer Art: Gemma Rolls-Bentley In Conversation with Talk Art

May 18, 5pm-10.30pm, Turner Contemporary

Join author and curator, Gemma Rolls-Bentley and Talk Art’s Russell Tovey and Robert Diament for a live Talk Art show, book signing and afterparty at Turner Contemporary in Margate.

In Conversation: 5:00pm – 7:00pm | After Party 7:00pm – 10:30pm

Attendees are invited to  the Foyle Rooms at Turner Contemporary for a live recording of Talk Art with hosts Russell Tovey and Robert Diament and author and curator Gemma Rolls-Bentley to discuss her new book Queer Art.

Attendees will be offered an exclusive 20% discount to purchase the book, with the author available for book signings at the event.

After the In Conversation and book signing, the show continues with an afterparty and a fantastic line up of DJ’s presented by Margate Pride: Amy Zing b2b Mia Grimehouse.

Tickets  £10 Book now

The Malle Mile Beach Race 2024

May 18-19, Margate Main Sands

Motorcycles race head to head on the Margate Sands. Custom, classic and electric motorcycles .

The public can still access the beach all weekend, with one area dedicated to The Mile Beach Race.

You can find more information about tickets, the racing programme, the Beach Race after parties, live music, DJs, bands and more by clicking here

Weekend Spectator Ticket £15 plus booking fee (children FREE) Book now

The Alter Eagles

May 18, 7pm, The Pavilion Broadstairs

The Alter Eagles bring their concert-length tribute to the Pavilion in Broadstairs

Since they started in 2004, the five piece have built a reputation as one of the most faithful tributes around, ensuring that the audience enjoys a loving note-for-note recreation of songs like Hotel California, Lyin’ Eyes, New Kid in Town, Take it Easy and Life in the Fast Lane – as well as ‘newer’ Eagles’ classics like Long Road Out Of Eden and How Long.

Tickets £22. Book now

Japanese Television

May 18, 7pm, Justines Margate

With support from Lo Barnes, Heavy Wild & NO TV

Informed by UFO encounters, ritualism, robots, Northern Soul, and solar flares, space-surf-psych-rock quartet Japanese Television continues the quest to spread their fuzzy gospel.

This is an 18+ event

Tickets £9 – £15. Book now

TBX All Day Long

May 18, noon to sunset, The Sun Deck, Royal Crescent Promenade, Margate

TBX hit the decks to soundtrack a glorious sunset (fingers crossed!) Get in the mood for summer at Margate’s Sun Deck

Bar with cocktail menu. Different cuisines from the street food vendors on site. ​

May Fayre at Ellington Park

May 19, 10am to 6pm, Ellington Park Ramsgate

The Friends of Ellington Park are hosting a May Fayre again with a funfair, live music, classic cars… and the popular bookshop will be open, alongside a beer tent.

Bandstand entertainment includes – Phat Gandalph, Akadem, Steve Warrington, Margate Jetsetters and The Gospel Choir

The Ellington Park Café will be selling hot and cold food, drinks and snacks.

Music at York Street

May 19, 3pm, Broadstairs Methodist Church

Patricia Mahoney, Laure Meloy and Jamie Moore present music, poetry and prose,

Tickets £10 on the door (cash only)

Ed Byrne: Tragedy Plus Time

May 19, 7.30pm, Granville Theatre Ramsgate

Attributed to Mark Twain, humour is defined as Tragedy Plus Time. Come and join Ed as he tests that formula by mining the most tragic event in his life for laughs.

From £30.25 + £2.50 booking fee. Book now

The Evening Shadows

May 19, 7pm, Sarah Thorne Theatre Broadstairs

A tribute to Cliff Richard & The Shadows recreating all the hits such as Move It, Summer Holiday, The Young Ones, We Don’t Talk Anymore, plus Apache, Wonderful Land, and many more!

The Evening Shadows – with Mark Henry performing as Cliff Richard – have previously performed on stage with original members of The Shadows. They’ve also performed for Cliff Richard and his fan club at London’s Dorchester Hotel.

£18 +£1 Booking Fee in advance. £20 on the door. Book now

Live Music at Broadstairs Bandstand – Three Shades Band

May 19, 2pm-4pm

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

Delta Blue

May 19, 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 16s no donation required). All persons under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

A fully licensed bar and food is available. Fully accessible toilet facilities are available. All seating areas have step-free access.

Margate Cultural Walking Tour

May 19, starts 1pm from The Shakespeare pub, near Margate railway station

This 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!

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. Book now

Music Fest

May 19, noon until late, Fez, High Street, Margate

Featuring two DJ’s playing music from the 40s and 50s plus live music from 4pm to 6pm by the Kellertones.

Margate Vintage Furniture & Flea Market

May 19, 11am to 4pm, Dreamland Margate

60 stalls of mid-century furniture, vintage homewares, retro fashion and accessories, flea and Y2K stalls, and vintage sellers from all over the UK.

Delivery: If you buy larger items of furniture, traders will usually deliver them to your home.

European glassware, mid-century sideboards, rattan chairs, handmade ceramics, bold prints & fabrics and restored lamps are just a small selection of the pieces you’ll find, all sold by an awesome group of hand-picked furniture and homewares traders.

£3 General (from 11.30am)
£4 Earlybird (from 11am)
FREE entry from 3pm
Under-16s FREE

Book now

Monkton Nature Reserve

A new sculpture trail has been created at Monkton Nature Reserve and can be seen from now until September,

Some 20 artists created works using only natural materials and placed in designated areas around the reserve.

Open Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm (last entry 3pm).

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  1. Don’t forget on 19th May Fez, Margate High Street, has a music fest from 12pm until late featuring two DJ’s playing music from the 40’s & 50’s plus live music from 4pm to 6pm by the Kellertones.

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