Weekend wonders with art, rock, Mamma Mia madness and more

Science fun at Discovery Planet Photo Pete Bateson

By Charlotte Allen

The Fatback Band

Margate Lido, Friday 7th June, 7pm

Tickets at https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Margate/Margate-Lido/Fatback-Band/38201849/

The Ambassadors of Funk, return to the UK to play their most spectacular, full band, live shows ever! These shows will be a celebration to Bill ‘Fatback’ Curtis, who was in October 2023, inducted in the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.

The Fatback Band are one of the most acclaimed Funk & Disco groups to have ever emerged from America. Formed in New York City in 1970, the Fatback Band was the concept of Bill ‘Fatback’ Curtis. Fatback, mixed Jazz, Funk and prefigured Disco and were at the beginning of Rap; their 1979 rap single “King Tim III” was released a week before the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight”.

They are coming to play two special coastal shows for organisers The Bakery Boy. One on Friday 7th June at the Margate Lido and the second on June 9 they head down to Brighton for a special Sunday show.

The Fatback Band have released over 35 albums and have had countless hits, which have become club anthems, including: I Found Lovin’, Spanish Hustle, (Are You Ready) Do The Bus Stop, Back Strokin’,“King Tim III (Personality Jock)”…

D-Day 80th concert Birchington

On June 8th a commemoration concert is to be held, marking 80 years since our brave soldiers, sailors and airmen fought for our country on the Normandy beaches in 1944.

A charity concert is to be held at The Centre Birchington, by the Birchington Branch of the Royal British Legion with all money raised going to help our veterans of not only WW2 but also later confrontations.

The very popular Railway Swing Band will be performing music of the 1940’s era led by Dave White who is himself a veteran of the Royal Marines. Dave has promised a full programme including some Glenn Miller favourites.

Tickets costing £10 per person.

Please contact Chris Buffrey on 07711938373 or email: [email protected]

Discovery Planet

Discovery Planet HQ, 47 High Street, Ramsgate CT11 9AG.

On Saturday, June 8, Discovery Planet is teaming up with windfarm operators, London Array, to offer free community workshops demonstrating how the turbines off our coastline use wind to generate electricity, and tell us about the associated job opportunities.

There’s no need to book, and people of all ages can just drop into the sessions which start on the hour, every hour, from 10am to 3pm (which is when the last one starts). 10am is a special quiet session for those who need a calmer environment.

Charity match for Viking Day Unit

Kick-off is at 2.30pm on Saturday, 8 June, at Margate Football Club and tickets cost £5 for adults and £1 for children aged 10 and under.

Europe’s first institutional exhibition: Ed Clarke

Saturday 25th May – Sunday 1st September at the Turner Contemporary, First Floor Gallery

Paintings on loan from The Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Museum and Detroit Institute of Arts.

As the first painter to work on a shaped canvas, Clarke’s six decades of innovative work presents the testament to his cultural evolution and ability to create a visual feast through the subject of paint.

Highlights include the oval shaped canvases of the 1970s and the Ife Rose, 1974 expressing forward thinking creativity and beauty.

General admission is free

Audio Vertigo Tour: Elbow

Friday 7th June, 5pm-10:45pm, Dreamland Margate

Rock legends Elbow hit the Scenic Stage, performing songs from their tenth studio album, released in March 2024, plus some classics such as ‘One Day’.

With support from the ‘Magic Numbers’: an alternative rock band from Hanwell, consisting of two brother-sister pairs.

Tickets are still available through various platforms at around £55, VIP £98

Under 18’s to be accompanied by an adult



Be A ‘dancing queen’: Mamma Mia Outdoor Viewing

Friday 7th June, 8:30pm, Oval Bandstand and Lawns, Eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville

Grab a blanket, see the stars and enjoy Mamma Mia. A musical phenomenon starring Meryl Streep and Amanda Sieyfried as a mother daughter duo, juggling love, a wedding and musical realness all in the beautiful island of Kalicari.

Deckchair tickets £10. Book here

First Friday, Craft: extinct and endangered craft practices

Friday 7th June, 6pm-9pm, Marine Studios 17 Albert Terrace Margate

The event will showcase hand-stitched quilting, Celtic Shaman craft practices, corn doll making and creative place mats and coaster.

No ticket Requirement

Never Gonna Let You Go: Wookie

Friday 7th June, 10pm-2am, Lido 1 Ethelbert Terrace Cliftonville

Founding Father of Garage, Wookie (Jason Chue) comes to Margate for a late night of RnB, Garage and Hip Hop.

Getting the party started after tunes from the Fatback Band.

Strictly 18+ event, £15 plus booking fee


I Am The Wind

Friday 7th June, 7:30pm, Tom Thumb Theatre Cliftonville

Norwegian author Jon Fosse’ play ‘I Am The Wind’ is about two men, who find themselves isolated at sea with one another. One being suicidal and the other trying his best to understand and support him whilst sailing around.

This play is a visual metaphor of depression, whilst conveying depth and own interpretation, directed by Giles Croft, performed by Oliver Senton and Brian McGovern.

Booking requirement, but tickets are free


Sea Bass: D&B UK

Friday 7th June, 8pm, Ramsgate Music Hall

Top underground talent from Kent, with Serum and Oppidan, for a night of DnB and DJ sets.

Strictly 18+, Tickets £7.50


The Hijacked Hollies

The Sarah Thorne Theatre, Broadstairs,  June 8, 7.30pm

The Hijacked Hollies pay tribute to one of the 60’s and 70’s greatest vocal bands, “The Hollies”. Featuring classic songs
such as “Bus Stop”, “Just One Look”, “The Air That I Breath” and the smash hit “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”.

Tickets £18 in advance, £20 on the door

Tickets at: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/broadstairs/the-sarah-thorne-theatre/the-hijacked-hollies/e-ldgkgb

Rudimental DJ set

Saturday 8th June, 5:30pm-10:45pm, Dreamland

Rudimental are back in Margate to kick off the Summer Series … with support from ShyFX and others.

16+ with under 18s to be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are £39.50. Check availability at: https://www.axs.com/uk/events/526988/rudimental-dj tickets?skin=dreamland&_ga=2.132089551.1120581098.1717517261923332045.1717517261

General work party

June 8, 10am, Mocketts Woods Broadstairs

Litter picking, bins, watering, fence repairs if necessary, maintaining tree ties, alexander bashing

The Big Help Out

Saturday 8th June, 10am, Sunken Gardens Westbrook

Be a part of the community and join the 7 million people who have joined in with the ‘Big Help Out’ across the UK so far. The organisation spreads the message of volunteering that benefits the community, this can be through litter picking, planting and general TLC of the area.

 Motorholics car meet

June 8, The WonderWorks Margate, 5pm

Cars will be gathering from 5pm until late, and The WonderWorks will be open with the cafe serving hotdogs from 5pm to 8pm. The shop and the exhibition will also be open until 8pm.

The car park will be closed to the public for this event, but stewards will be on hand to assist, and spaces will be available for Blue Badge holders. Each meet features a unique lineup of cars.

Saturday Club: 2024 Euros

Saturday 8th June, 9am-10:30am, Margate Football Club, Hartsdown

With the Euros slowly approaching, Margate Football Club have partnered with Limitless Sports to put on ‘Euro’ mini matches (10 minutes each game) for children ages 4-11. Each team will be in age groups, and winners will receive medals.

The Lionesses’ game will be played after at Hartsdown bar and the men’s fixture will start at 3pm.

Adults £6, Under 11’s free with a paying adult (£2 if not)

Rhiannon Rae

Saturday 8th June, Broadstairs Bandstand, 2pm-4pm

This performance will feature songs from names like Carol King, Fleetwood Mac, Amy Winehouse, all ages are guaranteed to enjoy.

Le Weekend: Sandwich’s French Weekend

Saturday 8th June – Sunday 9th June, Sandwich Quay Green, 10am-4pm

Le Weekend offers an array of medieval ‘Normandy’ French including reenactors, French market stalls, live music and traders.

Food and drink, live music and entertainment throughout from Les Chapeaux, Hollie Firmin and others.

A unique working blacksmith, puppet theatre and archery demonstration will be at the centre of the market.

On Sunday morning, 400 plus cyclists will come together for ‘le tour de Sandwich sportif’, which is the highlight of the year involving three routes that have 100km, 75km or 50km trails which highlight the most aesthetic locations in Kent.

Free event

The Small Picture Show

Now until June 12, York Street Gallery Ramsgate

The Small Picture Show is a mass collaboration by numerous artists of Artworks. With over 100 artworks, paintings, photographs, collages, hand stitched, prints and much more!

Open Tues-Sat 10.30am to 4pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm.

World Ocean Day: Rock pooling

Saturday 8th June, Stone Bay and Broadstairs Harbour, 8am

Both locations are offering a ‘Rock Pooling Safari’ run by Thanet Coast Project in celebration of World Ocean Day.

Event is free, but recommended donation £2.50. Check availability and Book here

‘My Name Is NOT Robbie Williams’

Saturday 8th June, 7pm, Broadstairs Pavilion

Dan Budd comes to Broadstairs as Robbie Williams.

Unreserved standing available £21 per ticket


D-Day Dancing

Saturday 8th June, 7pm, Ramsgate Royal British Legion social club and branch

An 80th anniversary dance night in belated commemoration of D-Day, with live music from Jivin Jim Dandy and Lloyd Ellery.

This event is free, Donations are appreciated

Sustainability On Sea

Sunday 9th June, beach clean on Margate main sands with Rise Up Clean Up at 11am and Dreamland Margate afterwards

Learn about improving the Earth’s ecosystem by meeting businesses and charities that work by educating through workshops and plant swaps

Dreamland is offering, as a reward for helping with the clean, a ride token which is valid on all rides throughout Sunday.

Visitors can also browse stalls and meet some local sustainability focused businesses and charities, including Windmill Community Gardens and The Potting Shop.

Repair Café

Sunday 9th June, 18-20 Effingham Street Ramsgate (Radford House) 11am-1pm

Those interested can bring any broken electronics, bikes or even woodwork and volunteers will work to try and help you restore loved items. This stops both consumerism and waste. Refreshments will also be on offer

If you have a repair skill set and would like to volunteer contact: 01843 598751

Sahaja Yoga

Sunday 9th June, 2:30pm-4:30pm, Great Oaks Small School, Jutes Lane, Minster

Free yoga class hosted by Geoffrey. There is no requirement for yoga mats as chairs are provided as a substitute.

This class explores the deep ‘Sahaja’ yoga which helps with stress management and overcoming day to difficulties and it’s very simple so beginners are encourages to come along.

Free event, every second Sunday of the month

The Watched (15)

Carlton Cinema Westgate

A young artist gets stranded in an extensive, immaculate forest in western Ireland, where, after finding shelter, she becomes trapped alongside three strangers, stalked by mysterious creatures each night.

June 7-13. Details here

Pimm’s and PI’s

Sunday 9th June, The Yarrow Hotel Broadstairs

Author Caitlin Davies comes to The Yarrow for an open conversation about her newest book ‘Private Inquiries: The Secret History of Female Sleuths.’

An exploration of female work in investigation (fiction and non-fiction) from the 19th Century to present day. It unravels challenges from the media, real-life and literature which embodies the true resilience women in this field have and will overcome through determination and changed perception.

All funds raised from this event are being donated to Oasis Domestic Abuse Service.

Tickets £17.50, including a book signing and a glass of Pimm’s


GOAL! Celebrity Football Comes To Ramsgate

Sunday 9th June, 1:30pm, kick off at 3pm, Ramsgate FC

This Sellebrity Soccer match aims to raise funds for Ramsgate Active Education Foundation.

The lineup consists of celebrities such as: Dan Osbourne, Jake Wood and Calum Best … just to name a few.

Tickets £12 adult, £1 children (booking fees apply) from: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/celebrity-charity-football-match-at-ramsgate-football-club-tickets-820307560997?aff=oddtdtcreator

Fate the Juggler

June 9, Oval Bandstand and Lawns Cliftonville, 1pm-5pm

Summer Sundays concerts at The Oval Bandstand & Lawns

-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.

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/oval-summer-sundays-fate-the-juggler-tickets-862820658817?

Palm Bay boot fair

June 9, Palm Bay Recreation Ground

Cars in from 7.30am

£9 for cars / £13 for vans

Card payment available and preferred

Access to the public 8am

Closing time is 1pm

Community Gospel Choir

Sunday 9th June, 2pm-4pm, Broadstairs Bandstand

Join the Community Gospel Choir at the bandstand for the best hymns and spiritual songs.

This event is free and refreshments will be available to buy from the kiosk.

Italian Hit: La Chimera (15)

Palace Cinema Broadstairs, June 8-11

Three showings of the Italian hit ‘La Chimera’,  in Italian with English subtitles

A gang of robbers are looting artifacts, an English water diviner is stranded in ‘the middle of nowhere’,  living off the charity of his lost lover’s mother. He then has an awakening and starts searching for Chimera.

Saturday 8th June: 4pm start

Sunday 9th June: 7pm start

Tuesday 11th June: 7.30pm start

Our Messy Emotions vs Automated Empathy

Crate, Bilton Square, Margate, June 7th, 4pm to 7pm, June 8th and  9th  11am to 4pm.

How do you feel about AI decoding and using your feelings? A solo photography exhibition in Crate, Margate, explores this unsettling question.

We may think of our feelings as very personal, but for AI they are data to be used. This could be useful for us, but AI can be biased and might misrepresent us, so we need to weigh any benefits against the cost, not least in loss of privacy.

Miriam Comber takes self-portraits and then stitches into them to hide her emotions from AI’s measurement.  This contrasts craft, where we can see the human touch, with AI, which seems opaque and flawless.

“In this work I grapple with the prospect of AI coding and categorising our emotions,”

says Miriam “and try to contrast the ambiguity of human emotions with the illusion of certainty that AI’s algorithms provide.”

Miriam is a photographer interested in how we live alongside tech.  She is currently completing her BA Photography degree with the Open College of the Arts.

Visit cratespace.co.uk or https://miriamcomber.co.uk/

Coming up

Suited and Booted

A two man two hour cabaret show performing at the Waterfront,Ramsgate on 15th June.

A show full of glitz laughter live singing, ballroom, circus skills and much more is promised. Tickets £8 plus booking fee. Adults only

Book at: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/suitedandbooted/suited-and-booted-cabaret-show/e-gbjjbm

Isle of Thanet Photographic Society

Exhibition at York Street Gallery Ramsgate from June 12-19

Tuesday-Saturday 10.30am-4pm and Sunday 11am-4pm.

Montefiore Day Concert

This year’s Montefiore Day Concert, entitled “Shir l’Dodi” (Songs to my Beloved), explores the theme of love and marriage. It includes Judaeo-Spanish ballads, songs from Yiddish opera plus wedding music from the Spanish and Portuguese, Ashkenazi and modern Orthodox traditions as well as music inspired by the biblical Song of Songs. There will be compositions by the Renaissance composer Salamone Rossi and by composers and songwriters of the twentieth century.

The music for the concert will be performed by regular guests, Benjamin Wolf and Eliot Alderman. They will be joined by Yoav Oved, who was a hit with last year’s audience, and by harpist Jean Kelly.

The concert is held in the grade 2* listed heritage synagogue off Dumpton Park Drive, Ramsgate, on June 16 from 3pm.

Tickets cost £20 (£15 to RMH members – you may join on the day to take advantage of the lower price) and can be obtained from York Street Gallery, 22 York Street, Ramsgate.

Online: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/montefiore-day-concert-shirim-ldodi-songs-to-my-beloved-tickets-906076267507

Or by post with cheques payable to “Ramsgate Montefiore Heritage” and sent to

Ramsgate Montefiore Heritage, The Custom House, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 8LP

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RamsgateMontefioreHeritage/info/?tab=page_info

Trucks and Tracks

RAF Manston History Museum, June 22-23.

The museum will be hosting trucks and tracks on the taxiway.

The event will include fire engines, big trucks, buses, cranes, and a tank. Rides will be available in the fire engine and tank if the weather is reasonable.

The museum and NAAFI café will be open as usual with the usual entry prices for the museum.

RAF Manston History Museum – RAF Manston History Museum


  1. Saturday 08th June, Fez Margate, 3 DJ’s playing music from the 40’s & 50’s plus 2 bands, The Larry Adams Trio plus Toto & the Raw Deals. 12 pm until late, free entry.

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