Plays, music, exhibitions, beach fun, a parade and more in Thanet this weekend

Teams will battle for the Ella Cup

Sense of Presence: Rogier Maaskant

May 30-June 4,11am to 4pm daily, The Margate School (former Woolworth building)

An exhibition of photography at The Margate School

Photographs showing coexisting worlds with aesthetics that are characteristic for the beauty and unpredictability of nature.

Insects play a vital role in our lives but their important role often remains underexposed. How often do they not escape our attention, especially the nocturnal ones? However understandable this is, as in our modern lives inconspicuousness is not a highly valued quality, for a whole range of species it is of utmost importance.

The images show a coexisting world with aesthetics that are characteristic for the beauty and unpredictability of nature.

Private View on Friday 31st May, 6pm to 8pm

Death and the Carpenter Reborn

May 31, 8pm, ARK, Albion Road, Cliftonville

A new production from Parrot Theatre Company, featuring puppetry, story-telling and live music performed at ARK, Cliftonville

Death plays the violin – perhaps you knew that? A young carpenter stumbles upon Death in the woods as he practises. The accident becomes a fatal encounter – he has seen Death but cannot die until the tune ends. In limbo, he strikes a bargain with Death. If Death can finish the song by sunset, he will claim the carpenter’s life for himself. If Death fails, the man will go free. Playing for time, the carpenter grapples with fate, free will and mortality as he gets drawn into a deadly game.

Journey into a macabre world where death has a voice you don’t want to hear. This production from Parrot Theatre Company is a new folk tale featuring stunning puppetry, storytelling and live music.

Families welcome but advise this piece of theatre is suitable for ages 10 and above

Tickets £11.55 standard (£10.46 concession) Book now

Paintings & Prints: Barbara Down

May 30-June 4, Pie Factory Gallery Margate

Exhibition by artist Barbara Down. Open 10am to 6pm daily​ (4 June until midday)

An exhibition of paintings and prints by Barbara Down (1931-2020).

Barbara Down’s career spanned several decades.  Her work has been shown extensively and is held in many private collections.

Barbara’s bold and colourful compositions often draw on places where she had a strong personal connection.

She trained in fine art and printmaking respectively at  Maidstone College of Art and Croydon College of Art in the late 70s and early 80s.

Ramsgate Main Sands Great Eggcase & Scavenger Hunt

May 31, 11am to 12.30pm Meet: By the ‘Needle’ or Obelisk (outside Wetherspoons)

Exploring the chalk reef and rockpools to see what shore life you can find. These events are run with the help of Thanet Coast volunteers.

All events last for up to 2 hours and are suitable for ALL the family, but particularly 4-11s.

Children must be always be accompanied by a responsible adult. Book now

Palace Cinema Broadstairs


A punchy, sensationally watchable blend of romance, comedy, tennis and high drama, both on and off court directed by Oscar and Bafta nominee Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name) with Zendaya (Dune) and Josh O’ Connor (God’s Own Country).

Friday 31 May to Thursday 6 June. Details here

Transmission – The Sound Of Joy Division


Devoted to recreating the atmosphere of a live Joy Division gig, Transmission emulate the sound of one of the most inventive, evocative and influential groups of their era.

Joy Division were formed in the late 1970s and dissolved in May 1980 after the suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis. The remaining members went on to form New Order and have achieved much critical and commercial success.

18+ Tickets £12.50 plus booking fee Book now


May 31, 7,30pm, Ramsgate Music Hall

WREN is the artist alias for UK songwriter Kieran Newell. Stemming from Margate, WREN takes great inspiration from the 90’s Britpop scene, whilst providing a modern twist.

Shortly after the release of his first single ‘Too Many People’ in 2019, WREN had a two-night stint supporting Peter Doherty of The Libertines, shortly followed by a support slot for James as part of their ‘All The Colours of You’ UK tour in 2021.

Tickets £10 Book now


May 31, 8pm, Margate Arts Club, 276 Northdown Road, Cliftonville,

The Filth Collective will be DJing throughout the night with a blend of goth, metal, punk and alternative music, along with a ghoulish host for the evening.

Back by popular demand will be a tarot reader for the earlier part of the evening!

This is strictly an 18+ event

Tickets £5 Book now

Meg Bird & Jacob Berry

May 31, 8pm, Tom Thumb Theatre, Eastern Esplanade, Margate

A double bill musical showcase at the Tom Thumb Theatre

Jacob is an experienced musician who is now working on his solo material for the first time in years.

Meg moved from London to Margate in 2023, and, in the slower pace of life, and tight knit community, she has found a style and sound that is uniquely hers.

Tickets £10 Book now

MOS Showtime

MOS Showtime makes its way to Ramsgate with performances at the newly refurbished Granville Theatre in Ramsgate.

This year’s showtime brings you a night at the musicals with numbers from the ultra-new shows such as Everybody’s Talking About Jamie; Waitress; The Prom and Dear Evan Hansen, through to Six and Hamilton to Moulin Rouge; Jesus Christ Superstar and We Will Rock You.

Remaining performances are Friday, May 31 and Saturday 1 June nightly at 7:30 pm with matinee Saturday at 3pm

Tickets are only available direct from MOS through ticket source at

Prices £16 and £14 concession  with group bookings available by contacting MOS box office at [email protected]

MOS Facebook page:

Ella Bella charity match

Date for your diaries. Saturday 1st of June.

The Ella Bella charity match at Ramsgate FC returns for a second year and Jim Ward will be trying to win the cup back after his teams  2023 defeat.

Last year Jim and Danny Ward organised a legends tournament that raised £3,000 for six -year-old Ella Gonzalez-Bello who has White-Sutton syndrome.

Ella is non-verbal, non-mobile and has issues with sight, hearing, eating and development. Ella also has epilepsy.

This has a huge impact on her loving family, parents Samantha and Christopher and big sister Mia. They require specialist home improvements and equipment and while some of the cost is covered by grants, there is a £40,000 shortfall which family are seeking to fundraise.

This year’s match on June 1st kicks off at 3pm. Admission is free but donations are welcome.

Players will include Sean Welford, TJ Jadama, Warren Schultz, Alfie Paxman and Rams manager Ben Smith.

Find Ella’s fundraiser here

Live Music at Broadstairs Bandstand – Jamie Moore

June 1, 2pm-4pm

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

Guitarist and singer with a very extensive repertoire which covers jazz, pop and classical styles.

Boot and craft fair

RAF Manston History Museum is holding its monthly market on Saturday, June 1. The boot fair now includes autojumble and a local farmers market.

Kent Food Hubs CIC will host the local produce and craft market.

The museum and NAAFI Café will be open as usual.

Parking at the event is £1 per car.

The CMK Connect Programme

The programme offers young people aged 13-17 years the opportunity to take part in various free or low cost activities linked to their interests or to try something new, and collect points as they go using a CMK Connect Card.

These points can then be exchanged for rewards through CMK, a community interest company dedicated to supporting people to improve their wellbeing and live happier, healthier lives.

Activities include:

The Rockstar Experience, May 31, 2pm to 4pm, Quarterdeck, Zion Place, Cliftonville

Dance workshop, May 31, 2pm-3pm, Quarterdeck

Boxing fitness, May 31, 2pm-3pm, Quarterdeck

Bike maintenance, June 1, 11am to 1pm, Newington Community Centre, Ramsgate

Find more details, check availability and book via:

Monkton Nature Reserve

Friday 31st May

11am Marble Snails in Their Pails – Build you own super snazzy snails out of marble and clay: then decorate a jam jar home for them complete with stones, twigs and leaves from the reserves grounds

1pm Big Bug Hunt – Discover the many minibeasts that call the reserve their home

Natelle Quek ‘Once Upon a Storytime’

May 31,The Happy Reading Children’s Bookshop in Broadstairs, 10am – 10.30am or 11.30am – 12 noon

Nia loves stories about dragons and unicorns, brave princesses and faraway lands. Every night, Mum tucks her into bed, and they lose themselves in another wonderful adventure. But what if, Nia asks, she gets kidnapped by a wicked witch? Or locked up by a terrible beast in a tower? Or stuck at the top of a beanstalk with a grouchy giant? Would Mum come and rescue her? The answer to that is … ‘Yes, always.’

Ticket price includes a copy of the book (usually £7.99), available to pick up on the day after the event, which Natelle will sign for you at the end of the session – additional copies and copies of all other books illustrated by Natelle will be available to purchase as well.

Seating information: children will sit on cushions and will be provided with equipment including washable colouring pencils/crayons depending on their age and ability. There are a couple of seats for adults who wish to attend with their children, otherwise adults will be expected to stand and watch from the main shop area, or enjoy a lovely coffee and pastry downstairs in Staple.

Tickets £5 Book now

Mergate – Margate Mermaid Parade

June 1

The second Margate Mermaid Parade – celebrating seaside life and uplifting voices that protect our beaches

Did you know that Dreamland here in Margate was inspired by the Dreamland of Coney Island, Brooklyn where they’ve had a Mermaid Parade since 1983?

The purpose of Mergate is to bring the Margate community together: those who have been here for generations, those who have been lucky enough to move here, and all the visitors. We all share the sea, so let’s celebrate it and preserve it!

What to expect:

THE PARADE – 2pm gathering outside Palm Bay Cafe (CT9 3DH)
You are invited to dress in a sea-inspired outfit and walk together alongside our promenade in celebration of seaside life.

After the Parade, the event will include performances from some of Margate’s finest, you will find market stalls, hear environmental speakers, drink, eat and be MER-ry!

Mergate Venues:

10m to noon free facepainting at Guesthouse 42

11am to 1pm Mergate takeover of Old Town Market

Faith In Strangers -3pm – 6pm: Market stalls including crafts, art, fashion jewellery, home decor, books & beauty. There will also be information tables from Kent Wildlife Trust & Orbit Group.

Margate Leisure Centre: Music & performances from 3pm Tickets required for entry.

DJ begins at 3pm  Performances 4pm – 5.30pm  Hosted by Amber Topaz

Bugsy’s:Bowling & arcades 3pm – 6pm

Fish bowl with Shelly Grotto 3pm – 4pm

Sweet Caroline’s: Storytelling of Zandi’s Song 3:15pm

Colouring and children’s activities until 6pm

Mergate Ball info here – 9pm-3am Faith in Strangers

Shelly Grotto Meet & Greet at The Shell Grotto 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Heading to the parade as well? Join Shelly on her journey seaward, starting from the Shell Grotto at 1.30pm

Normal entry fees apply: Adult £4.50  / Child (4-16) £2 / Concession £4 / Infant: Free / Family (2x adults 2x kids) £10

Model Railway Exhibition

June 1-2, 10am to 4pm, Crampton Tower Museum, Broadstairs

Various model railway layouts and sales stalls for modelling enthusiasts and collectors at Crampton Tower Museum in Broadstairs

Admission charges as for normal entry to museum

Eight visiting layouts will join the permanent 8 working museum layouts.

Children’s train rides (extra charge)

Public car park off St Peters Park Road (free on Saturdays)

Tickets  Adults: £4 / Children £2 / Family (2+2) £10

Ramsgate Tunnels Free Open Day

Celebrating the Tunnels 10th anniversary as a visitor attraction at a free open day! The event will run from 10 am to 4:30 pm and will feature free activities throughout the day. Enjoy taster tours, displays, and the opportunity to ask the Tunnel Rats questions. Explore artefacts from the archives and much more! Additionally, there will be living history displays, an appearance by Miss Ramsgate and the Ramsgate Police Cadets, vintage and jam stalls, and a visit from a respected local historian.

Price: Free

Sugar Rush Pride Party

June 1

Ramsgate will fly the Pride flag on the Eastcliff flagpole to acknowledge Pride Month

There will be a mini march through the High Street and family friendly activities and events during the day at Sugar Rush and around the town.

The evening will end with a huge party featuring drag acts, cabaret and disco at Sugar Rush.

Various other venues in town will be hosting events on the day- including art exhibitions, poetry, comedy, workshops, activities and more…..


March in the High Street 11am

Picnic at Albion Gardens noon

Family festival Sugar Rush (former WHSmith in the High Street) from 1pm

Brighter Days Market

June 1, 11am to 3pm, Pierremont Hall in Broadstairs.

You’ll find brilliant shopping from amazing makers, designers and artists. Discover and buy hand-crafted jewellery, homewares, clothing, prints, cards, ceramics and more at @brighterdaysmarkets event

Virtuoso Brass

June 1, 7pm, Sarah Thorne Theatre Broadstairs

The Medway Brass Band makes its debut performance at the Sarah Thorne Theatre, performing traditional brass band arrangements as well as Film, TV and classical transcriptions. Soloist, Lucie Hall, is a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and attends Chatham House & Clarendon, as well as the Guildhall School of Music in London. Lucie gained her Grade 8 in trumpet when she was just 10 years old. She is now 13 years old and has already established herself as one of the UK’s leading young brass musicians.

Tickets £12 + £1 Booking Fee in advance, £14 on the door. Book now

Tamo Junto

June 1, 9pm, Where Else? The Centre, Margate

Crate-digging duo Henry and Páula (Rinse FM, NTS) bring their blend of tropicália, samba, bossa nova, forró and funk back to Margate following a string of packed-out parties in Paris.

Free. Book now

Speakeasy featuring Swing Noir

June 1, 7.30pm, The Space, 39-41 High Street (top floor) Margate

The first live band for June… the duo Swing Noir will be special guests for the evening.

Poetry and great dance music with DJ Leon will be your backdrop throughout the night.

Entertainment from 8pm… Swing Noir performing from 9pm.

Bar & Speakeasy cocktails available.

Entry £15 + £1 booking fee… includes Speakeasy Cocktail or Mocktail Book now

St Laurence art show

St Laurence Church, Ramsgate

Among the work displayed will be art by seven-year-old Dylan Beattie and 15 other talented local artists.

Friday 31st May 6pm-8pm preview (drinks & nibbles) and Saturday 1st June 10am-4pm. Fundraising for the St Lawrence Clock Restoration Appeal.

Birchington Centre and Quexpo

The Centre’s 50th anniversary celebrations continue on Friday 31 May with the Birchington Guild of Players presenting a special show for the anniversary from 7.30pm.

During the afternoon of Saturday 1 June, there will be a performance of Rhythm Express performed in the main hall.

A new 32 page booklet by author Nick Evans Fifty Years At The Centre Of Village Life,  will be on sale, priced £4 each, for the first time during an open coffee morning at The Centre on Saturday 1 June from 10.30am.  Nick will be on hand to sign copies for anybody interested. Visitors will also be able to enjoy an exhibition of photos and memorabilia of The Centre and Quexpo, curated by Nick, at the same time.

The evening of Saturday 1 June sees a Quexpo round-up – a social evening where friends can meet and reminisce about their experiences of the Quexpo years.  There will also be a five round quiz to test everyone’s knowledge of The Centre and Quexpo too!

Coastal Crafty Crew Handmade Craft Fair

June 2, 10am to 3pm, Quex Small Barn, Birchington

The Coastal Crafty Crew hold a Handmade Craft Fair every month.

As well as being able to look through a beautiful selection of crafts made with love and care, there is also the opportunity to chat to other crafters, to exchange ideas, to get advice and maybe to learn something new.

Any profits from the tombola are donated to the Birchington Veterans Association

Free parking

If you are interested to have a stall or do a demonstration of a craft please email [email protected]

Special Choral Evensong at St John’s Church, Margate

June 2, 4pm

To mark Margate Civic Society’s unveiling of a plaque in memory of internationally acclaimed countertenor Alfred Deller

Choral evensong to celebrate Alfred Deller and his connections with the choir of St John’s.

With the support of Margate Civic Society, organist David Lammler and local singers, St John’s church are delighted to formally recognise their connection with Alfred Deller, a former member of St John’s choir who went on to have an international career in music as a countertenor.

Come along and enjoy the wonderful music, and a special guest who is a countertenor. This is a church service where there will be some participation from the congregation.

Free entry

The Great Bucket and Spade Run

June 2.

Classic and vintage vehicles leave Canterbury Garden Centre in Herne at 8.30am and arrive at Government Acre in Ramsgate from 10am.

There will be stalls and vehicles on display.

The annual event is organised by Ramsgate Old Motor and Motorcycle Club.

Ramsgate Handmade & Vintage Fair

June 2, 11am to 4pm, Harbour Parade

Ramsgate’s regular maker’s market with locally-produced and made goodies galore

If you’d like to book a stall, email: [email protected]

Live Music at Broadstairs Bandstand – The Peninsula Big Band

June 2, 2.30pm-4pm

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

The Peninsula Big Band is an 18 piece traditional big band formed in 2007 with a blend of professional and experienced regular players.

Decades Showband

June 2, The Oval Bandstand and Lawns, Eastern Esplanade, 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.

A fully licensed bar and food is available (alcohol and food is not to be brought into venue, bag searches are in operation). Fully accessible toilet facilities are available. All seating areas have step-free access.

Well behaved dogs are welcome, but they MUST be kept on a lead at all times whilst in the bandstand auditorium.

Ramsgate Blitz Walk

June 2, 10am to noon, meet by Ramsgate Library

Relive the dark days of the war in the heaviest bombed seaside town in the country

No need to book. Dogs and children welcome. Approx two hours easy walking.Free with donations welcome.

Drapers Mill

Drapers Mill opens up to the public at weekends during the Summer from this Sunday, June 2, 2pm-4pm.

The windmill’s sweeps will be turning and the 104 year old gas engine can be seen running. There will also be light refreshments and opportunities to buy souvenirs – including wholemeal stone ground flour produced in the mill.

Find Drapers Windmill at St Peter’s Footpath, Dane Valley, Margate CT9 2SP. Find out more on the Trust website here


KAALE (Kent Action Against Live Exports) will be holding a rally this Sunday, June 2 from midday until 3pm to celebrate the live export ban. They will be at the Nethercourt roundabout in Ramsgate.
Members want to hold a celebration at the place  where they used to video the animals before they headed down to the port.

Micro Museum Ramsgate

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.

Inside the micro museum there is something for everyone: for the curious wanting to learn a bit about how we arrived at our modern computer-reliant world, for those taking a trip down memory lane and rediscovering their old favourites, or for the dedicated games players who can play the classics on original machines.

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 Saturday/Sundays

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:

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