Things to see and do in Thanet, June 14-16

Science fun at Discovery Planet Photo Pete Bateson

Ramsgate Market

The market returns on Friday, June 14 from 9am to 3pm. Some 20 stalls are expected to set up in King Street, Queen Street and the High Street.

The Reds, Pinks & Purples

June 14, 7.30pm, Ramsgate Music Hall,

The Reds, Pinks & Purples is the post-indie project of Glenn Donaldson from San Francisco who releases songs like monthly postcards to a loyal following, amassing a huge catalogue of cathartic guitar pop – releasing 8 LPs over the last 5 years. The band debuts in the UK in June 2024 as a five-piece made-up of musicians from SF’s thriving indie-pop underground…

Tickets £13.50 + £1.50 Booking fee Book now

Broadstairs Dickens Festival

A grand parade, Dickens in film, Oliver Twist on the stage and a beach party are just some of the events taking place for the annual Dickens Festival from June 14-16.

The festival, which is marking its 87th year, will also include croquet, talks, a Victorian Summer fair and music and more.

Festival play

This year the festival play, staged at the Sarah Thorne Theatre in Fordoun Road, is Oliver Twist.

It is on stage June 14-16 at 7.30pm each night and also a 3pm show on Saturday

Adapted from the Charles Dickens Novel by John Goodrum, the production is a professionally directed community production.

Tickets £14.50 paid in advance, or £16.50 doors Book now


The Grand Parade takes place on June 15, leaving at noon from Pierremont and making its way to the bandstand.

Dickens on film at the Palace Cinema

At the Palace Cinema in Broadstairs on Sunday, June 16, 4.30pm-6pm, Dickens in Moving Pictures will be screened.

This is a celebration of some of the variety of films inspired by his work in the earliest years of cinema, the first in 1901.Filmmakers enthusiastically took up familiar and popular stories to encourage new audiences into the amazing new ‘moving picture’ shows, and few were more familiar and loved than Dickens.

No copyright laws prevented filmmakers adapting them freely, from a minute-long single scene to 20 minutes for an entire novel compressed into two reels, from a single camera shot to shooting in real locations referred to in the original, not forgetting the use of early film special effects.

The screening will include short silent films based on Nicholas Nickleby, A Christmas Carol and Bleak House and local connections with Canterbury locations and Ramsgate-born filmmaker Laura Bayley. Each film is presented with a short introduction and either pre-recorded accompaniment or live piano accompaniment by Gregor Hutchison.

Tickets Adults £10/£9, Children £4, CEA Card holders free. Details here 

Find more details for the festival at

Paramotor Championships

June 14-24, Manston airport

After a successful first outing in 2023, Manston will once again be the site for the British Open and National Paramotor Championships (BOPC), hosted by the RAF Manston History Museum and airport site owners RiverOak Strategic Partners (RSP).

Paramotoring is a form of ultralight aviation where the pilot wears a back-pack motor, which provides enough thrust to take off using a paraglider. Steering well away from live flight paths, paramotor pilots can ascend several thousand feet into the air, but typically fly at around 1,000 feet, their small motors making only a distant buzz as they pass overhead – as if someone was mowing the lawn in the distance.

A Tribute to the Carpenters

June 14, 7.30pm, Granville Theatre Ramsgate

Featuring Gordy Marshall’s, The British Carpenters, starring Sally Creedon as Karen Carpenter and with an incredible cast made up of musicians straight from London’s West End.

Bringing to life all the hits including, Close to You, Top of the World, Rainy Days and Mondays, Please Mr Postman, Goodbye to Love and many more and we recreate the soundtrack of our lives.

Tickets £33.00 + booking fee Book now

The Cuban Brothers

June 14, 7pm, Lido Margate, Ethelbert Terrace, Cliftonville

After 20 barely believable years, Miguel and his sidekicks remain unrivalled party starters still finding new fans all over the globe… at Margate’s Lido

7pm- 10pm (Performance starts 8.30pm)

The Cuban Brothers may be a comedy act, but they’re simultaneously serious musicians who have played with Prince, been on the road with James Brown and supported Fatboy Slim, Chuck Berry and De La Soul. I

16+ Tickets £15 plus booking fee Book now

Comedy Launch Night at The Space

June 14, 8pm 39-41 High Street (top floor)

Hosted by Matthew McKew (The Concussed Comedian)

Starring: Sandro Ford, Maddeline Bee, Salma Lyons and Josh Elton

Pre booking advised. Contact: [email protected] or WhatsApp: 07894 152 587

Don Letts

June 14, 10pm, Olby’s in Margate

Renowned for his groundbreaking work as a DJ, filmmaker, and cultural icon, Don Letts will deliver a performance that transcends genres and brings together music lovers from all walks of life.

18 + only Tickets £16.50 Book now

Crow Party

Gothic, crow-inspired party in Ramsgate

Salon Du Miel (at former WHSmiths, High Street, Ramsgate)  first ever Crow Party on June 14, 8pm

Haunting songs, creepy comedy, poetry, tarot and surprises.

Come dressed in your best black finery, and your crow challenge is to bring a silver trinket (definition of trinket is down to your own interpretation)

Outfits and trinkets will be judged by the head Crows (Gen and Heidi) and the winner will be crowned Monarch of the Crows.


Isle of Thanet Photographic Society

Exhibition at York Street Gallery Ramsgate from June 12-19

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

Inside Out 2 (U)

Disney and Pixar’s “Inside Out 2” returns to the mind of newly minted teenager Riley just as headquarters is undergoing a sudden demolition to make room for something entirely unexpected: new Emotions! Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust, who’ve long been running a successful operation by all accounts, aren’t sure how to feel when Anxiety shows up. And it looks like she’s not alone. June 14-20. Details here

St John’s Margate Pop Up Charity Shop

10am to 12 noon Saturday 15th June in the Community Centre CT9 1LN

Are you looking for a bargain? Do you enjoy community events? Want to catch up with friends over tea and cake? Join the buzz at the monthly fundraiser.

Pre-loved clothing, shoes and accessories at very affordable prices. You can treat the children to toys and books in excellent condition at very low prices. Bargains include craft materials, bric-a-brac, jewellery, household items, gift ideas, vinyl, coins and books.

And when you need a break from bargain hunting why not enjoy a cup of tea and a cake or two from the cake stall.

Raffle is drawn just before 12 noon.

Learn to Nordic Walk

A number of taster sessions are being held with Nordic walking instructor Denise Hill for people to find out if the activity is something that interests them.

Nordic walking taster sessions this weekend are bring held at Vincent’s Cafe in Spencer Square in Ramsgate from noon to 1pm on Saturday (June 15) and at Ellington Park Café from 11am to noon on Sunday (June 16).

Find out more on facebook here

Email [email protected]

Or go to

Festability at Quex

An open air, live music festival accessible to all regardless of ability or impairment takes place at Quex this Saturday (June 15).

This year’s event, which returns after a break in 2023, will feature live music, karaoke, inclusive sports, African drumming, arts and crafts, learn to be a DJ sessions, 90s style Ibiza ‘club,’ fair, food, stalls, bar, face painting and more

The festival takes place on Saturday (15 June) from 11.30am – 8pm

Tickets available  on the day.

Find out more at

Northdown to Walpole Bay Walk

June 15, walk starts at 2pm, outside the Holy Trinity Church, opposite The Wheatsheaf.

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

The walk takes in Northdown Park, Holly Lane, and Cliftonville, finishing at the Walpole Bay Hotel.

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.

Free, with suggested donation of at least £3

Midsummer Flea market

June 15-16, 10am to 5pm, Margate Caves, Northdown Road

The Caves have a great group of returning stallholders for this popular event, as well as new traders offering vintage and retro homewares, vintage clothing and accessories (women’s, men’s and kids’), antiques and collectables.

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.

St Georges Church Yard sale

June 15, 10am – 3pm, St George’s Church, Church Hill, Ramsgate

There will be stalls with bric-a-brac and vintage clothes, as well as refreshments, fun family activities and tours of the tower and crypt.

Mrs H and the sing along band

June 15, Tom Thumb Theatre, Cliftonville

Shows 3.30pm – 4.30pm and 5.30pm – 6.30pm

The aim is to provide quality music for children, that adults will love too. Bringing together elements of Folk, Soul, Afro, Latin, Dub, comedy and theatre this unique band present the ‘sing-along’ with a new lease of life for all the family to join in with.

Bring your voices, silly dances, a sprinkling of mischief and don’t hold back from joining in the fun!

Tickets £6 plus £1.20 booking fee Book now

Thanet Chamber Choir

On Saturday 15th June the Thanet Chamber Choir, with support from Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School Ensemble, is presenting a concert featuring music from TV and stage shows.

From Mad kings Red Dwarves to singing nuns – not forgetting West Side Story and Les Miserables. Music from Handel, Bruckner, Sullivan, Bernstein, Goodall and many others will give an evening of excitement, inspiration and exhilaration.

The concert begins at 7pm at All Saint’s Church, Westbrook, with tickets £12 (U18 free) available on the door (subject to availability) or Eventbrite  Book now

Mike Lindsay pres: Supershapes v1 ft Anna B Savage

June 15, 7pm Where Else? in Margate

Mike Lindsay, the Mercury Prize-winning producer and mixing engineer (who’s also the co-founder of UK acid folktronica band Tunng, and one half of electronic alt-psych duo LUMP, with Laura Marling), presents Supershapes Volume 1, an album that explores and celebrates

Tickets £20 Book now

The Swift Weekend

June 15-16.

Join Bon Volks for a weekend of talks, walks and workshops to celebrate The Swift Project 2024

The Bon Volks Swift Project 2024 was delivered to highlight the plight of these birds, by providing habitats to a colony of swifts who visit every year.

Dane Park Road, which is adjacent to their building, is unique in the local area as a focal point of swift nesting and feeding. The swifts habitually return to the road every year, capitalising on the rich feeding sites that exist on the edges of Dane Park.

However, in recent years nesting sites on Dane Park Road have begun to disappear and a reduced insect population has led to dwindling numbers.

It is believed the uniqueness of the Dane Park Rd phenomenon should be highlighted and celebrated and local residents should be rightly proud of their annual visitors.

Saturday 15th

10am – 12 noon: Writer Christie Drozdowski runs a workshop on the art and action of nature writing

12 noon – 2pm: Illustrator Becky Strickson leads a makers workshop on The Swift As A Myth. Come to Bon Volks and make your own heraldic banner or pennant.

2pm – 3.30pm: Swifts and Conservation with Cheryl Mason of High Weald Swifts.

Sunday 16th 

11am – 12.30pm: Meet the team at Bon Volks, enjoy some cake and chat about the project, or what you would like to see in the neighbourhood. (no booking required)

1pm – 2pm: A walk around the neighbourhood with Windmill Community Gardens, to see how you can care for green spaces

6pm: Writer Liam O’Driscoll delivers a Margate Queer Writers workshop, inspirsed by ‘Swifts’ and ‘Flight’

All events are free, but booking is required. Book now

Discovery Planet’s 10th Birthday Science Party

June 15, Discovery Planet 47 High Street

Take part in flash freezes, robots, space adventures and much more!

Anyone can drop in from 10am – 3pm

Suitable for all ages

Free event, no need to book

The trees and wildlife of Dane Valley Woods

A guided walk around Dane Valley Woods in the company of experienced conservationist Mike Phillips of White Horse Ecology

June 15, noon- 2pm at Dane Valley Road at junction with Kent Road, Margate.

Independent Bookshop Week: ‘The Dress in the Window’ Storytelling & Draw-Along

June 15, 10.30am, Happy Reading Children’s Bookshop, Upstairs at Staple Store, 30A Reading Street, Broadstairs

Meet ‘The Dress in the Window’ author Robert Tregoning for this amazing children’s event…

An affirming, uplifting tale about love, acceptance, and being true to yourself…

One day, a boy is walking past a second-hand shop when he sees a dress. It’s no ordinary dress – it’s glittering, sparking, dazzling, and red. For the boy it’s love at first sight. His mum suggests he do some odd jobs to save the necessary money, but what if someone else buys it first

Robert Tregoning studied at the Glasgow School of Art before leaping into a career on the West End stage. He has appeared in shows including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Academy Award Winner Sam Mendes, and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Matilda the Musical, directed by Matthew Warchus.

As an LGBTQ+ writer, Robert hopes to help children and adults alike to accept and celebrate all that makes us uniquely ourselves. The stories Robert writes are stories he wishes he could have read as a child. He hopes they provide a voice of recognition, validation, and kindness to those who need it.

Suitable for children aged 3+ Book Tickets

Ticket price (£5) includes a signed copy of the book (usually £7.99), available to collect the following day – additional copies and all of Robert’s other books will be available to purchase as well.

Children will be seated on cushions and will be provided with washable colouring pencils/crayons depending on their age and ability. There will be a couple of seats for adults who wish to remain with their children, otherwise adults are asked to stand and watch from the main shop area, or enjoy a lovely coffee and pastry downstairs in STAPLE.

Tickets are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend, please contact the shop with the name and message (for Robert to sign) and arrange to collect the book at a later date.

There will be a public signing for non-event customers from 12noon – 1pm Book now

Cycle del Mar

June 15, 8.30pm, meet at Turner Contemporary with COL’S KENT BIKE TOURS

Balearic sunset ride, run & skate along the Margate coastline.

Whether you ride a bike, trike, skateboard, roller boots, or inlines, or prefer to run, come and join in for some al fresco grooves on the move and enjoy the beautiful sunset!

Let your imagination run and ride free! Decorate your bikes and yourself with lights, costumes, horns, bells, and whistles. Make this ride and run a visual spectacle!

Gadd’s Brewery Tour

June 15, Gadds Brewery, Pysons Industrial Estate

Treat your Dad this Father’s Day weekend… He will love the gift of beer, and tickets include plenty of tasting!

11am – 1pm

A brewery tour, followed by a generous tasting of Gadd’s beers, inside their brewery Taproom on Father’s day weekend!

Stick around the taproom after for live music, traditional pub garden games and food.

On arrival, please head to Unit 4, (Tap Room and Shop) for a meet and greet. It’s then off to tour Unit 1 (the brew house), where you’ll learn everything there is to know about all things beer! There’ll be chance to sniff malts and barley and of course, plenty of tasting!

If you have any questions, please email: [email protected]

Tickets £20 Book now

Bricktacular Adventures

June 15-16, Powell Cotton Museum. Open: 10am-5pm

Building sessions are at 10am – 11am, 11:30am – 12:30pm, 1pm – 2pm, 2:30pm – 3:30pm, and 4pm – 5pm.

Build with thousands of bricks

A selection of models made from LEGO®

Create LEGO® Dot mosaics

Speed building challenges

LEGO® Duplo for the younger builders!

Ticket includes museum and gardens access between 10am – 5pm

Member: Free, Adult: £9.00, Concession: £8.50, Child: £8.00, Infant (age 0-3 years): Free. Pre-booking advised Book now

Live Music at Broadstairs Bandstand – BAE Systems Band

June 16, 2.30pm-4pm

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

BAE SYSTEMS Brass Band plays an extensive repertoire in a wide range of musical styles to suit any occasion or event.


June 16, 3pm-6.30pm, ARK, Albion Road, Cliftonville.

A celebration of Father’s Day featuring vinyl treasures DJ-d by Nick Woodmansey AKA Emanative (ambient/spiritual jazz/dub/soul and more); and 2 live music sets of space jazz with Emanative on drums and percussion and Jessica Lauren on keys and Moog.

Bring a cushion to chill out. Food and drink available.

Tickets from £3 Book now

Service Fleet Fayre

June 16, 10am-3pm, The WonderWorks at Hornby Margate

Explore a range of vehicles used by the services, including an Scammel Mk10e Airport Fire Engine, Crash Rescue Vehicle, 1941 Austin K3 lorry and other powerful service transport.

Keep an eye on facebook as even more vehicles, stalls and entertainment will be announced.

The event will feature stalls including the RAF museum, J & R Medal Mounting, handmade military cushions and there will be performances from the 2433 (Thanet) Squadron Air Cadets Band throughout the day.

Euros 2024: England vs Serbia

June 16, 7pm, Where Else? in Margate

Free entry, live music from the Starfish Men (& friends) at half time, beer by the jug.

All in a friendly and supportive environment.

8pm Kick off, Free Book now

Free Father’s Day party for anyone who has lost their dad or finds Father’s Day a struggle

When you’ve lost a parent there are certain days in the year that you find the hardest, birthdays, anniversary’s and Father’s Day.

After James Harty (aka Dame Jame) lost their dad they decided to launch

A free party day in Margate full of music and fun at Wildes in Margate on June 16 from 3pm.

James says: “I’m also well aware that many in our LGBTQ+ community haven’t had the love of their birth parents, making this day equally as hard so this is also for you!”

Classic Motor & Music Show

June 16, 10am to 4pm

A free day out for the whole family and enjoy classic cars, entertainment, food and more at Westwood Cross.

In partnership with Classic Music & Motors and Academy FM, Westwood Cross is hosting this  event, featuring a selection of classic vehicles from the 1920s to the modern day.

There’ll be over 100 classic vehicles on display, including high-performance cars like Aston Martin, Ferrari and Lamborghini as well as prestige cars Rolls Royce, Jaguar and Bentley, family favourites and more.

Throughout the day, there’ll also be a Classic Music Show as live bands and artists perform tracks from across the decades. The show features Eleanor Golding, Elton John Tribute and Hot Wax, plus fun and games for the children with Joey the Clown. Lots of brilliant charity stalls, retro stalls and quality refreshments to explore.

The Old Country Crows

June 16, 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.

A fully licensed bar and food is available

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

Film premiere

Online premiere of a film about the Palestine protests produced by local film-maker Norman Thomas on Sunday morning (16 June).

The film called “Big Lie II – Starmer and the Genocide” charts the growth of pro-Palestine protest campaigning from October, when the conflict began, to the present day.

It also examines the attitude of Labour leader Keir Starmer to Gaza and the impact on British politics in general.

Mr Thomas who lives in Broadstairs said: “The Palestine protests have really been a phenomenon of our time. They’ve gone on and on across the world,  It has been a long, long time since we have seen anything like this. I hope our film captures the extraordinary nature of what’s been happening.”

The film is a follow up production to Mr Thomas’s “Oh Jeremy Corbyn — The Big Lie” which was screened last year to a sell-out audience at the Palace Cinema in Broadstairs. Both films were made by Platform Films who have made programmes for Channel Four and the BBC and produced the film “Not In My Name” about the build up to the Iraq war.

The film will be shown on the online Not The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday June 16 at 10.30am. To see the premiere of the film, which is 75 minutes long, click on this link:  Admission is free but donations are welcome.

The Clam Sessions- Pier Pressure

Eclectic Performance Art Night at Salon Du Miel, Ramsgate.

Sunday 16th June
Doors 7pm (last entry 7.25pm)
Show 7.30pm
£6 (£4 Conc.)
Salon Du Miel (former WHSmith, High Street, Ramsgate)

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.



1 Comment

  1. a few mentions of crows there ? i find that all a bit disturbing is this a sign of some pagan witchcraft societys in thanet, the one at the former w.h.smiths sounds a bit strange to say the least , i think i prefered smiths as a place to buy a newspaper.

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