21 great things to see and do in Thanet this weekend (July 21-23)

Weekend fun Photo Jason Pay

It’s the weekend and the start of the school Summer holidays and there are loads of things to do in Thanet.

Here’s our round-up of events to keep you amused

Friday, July 21

Photo Jason Pay

b.By the Sea, the Kent arm of b.Supreme: Women in Hip Hop festival will once again be bringing their B-girl dancers to Margate.

This time,  they will be performing a new routine with young dancers from Hartsdown Academy, St George’s C of E and Ursuline College. This will be followed on by a massive hip-hop dance battle on the Scenic Stage at Dreamland from 6pm-7.30pm.

Read more here

Saturday, July 22

Ramsgate carnival weekend

Ramsgate has a two-day event at Government Acre with stalls, music and fairground rides from July 22-23. 10am to 6.30pm.

This year there will also be a dog show.

The carnival parade takes place on Sunday, July 23

The route is: Royal Esplanade – St Augustine’s Road – Paragon – Royal Parade – Harbour Parade – Harbour Parade – Madeira Walk – Wellington Crescent – Plains of Waterloo – King Street – Queen Street – West Cliff Road – Grange Road – Royal Esplanade – Finish.

Minster Show

22 July, starts at 1pm

Minster Show incorporating Monkton, Acol, St Nicholas, Sarre and Cliffsend, is now in its 131st Year

The staging of the annual Minster Village Show being the combination of a flower and produce show, various field games for children and stalls and fete games.

There will be children’s rides, games, retail stalls, demonstrations followed by an evening family entertainment event.

The event will be opened by Juliette Kaplin – Pearl from Last of the Summer Wine – and will have chainsaw carving, a magician and a baby show.

There will also be the parade, exhibition marquee, live music, mascots, children’s races, funfair, Punch & Judy, clown, refreshments, stalls and sideshows

Entry £3, Under 5s free

Ramsgate Festival, July 22-30

It is the first day of the Ramsgate Festival and there is loads on offer. To kick the marine-dream fun off Garsington Opera for All will be presenting Handel’s sparkling masterpiece Semele with short screenings at 3pm and 5pm and the full opera shown at 7:30pm

Credit: Johan Persson

Semele is a love story with a twist in which the god Jupiter is captivated by the all-too-human Semele and entrances her with his promises. In this parable of over-ambition and over-indulgence, Semele flirts with danger and suffers the consequences. Handel’s soaring choruses and beautiful orchestral writing enhance this most touching and humorous opera.

There are numerous events throughout the town. Find out more here

Ramsgate Seadog Festival

The Ramsgate Seadog is part of the Ramsgate Festival, and celebrates the town’s past, present and future maritime heritage.

The Sailor’s Church will be the main berth for an exciting and stimulating day on July 22 that includes a talk by fashion historian Amber Butchart on nautical fashion, poetry workshops and an exhibition titled ‘Fish Face’; Archive Homestore and Kitchen will be hosting an exhibition of children’s art and there will also be displays at Pier Yard and McGillian & Woodell, in Queen Street.

The mini-fest is being supported by Ramsgate Town Team,  Gadds Ramsgate Brewery, Ramsgate Tunnels, Archive Homestore and Kitchen and Ramsgate’s Handmade Fair.

The event runs at the church from noon until 9pm

Fish Face 

Last year Thanet artists Emily Tull and Stacey Chapman exhibited their maritime inspired artworks in one of the Ramsgate harbour arches.

This year the exhibition called ‘Fish Face’ returns with specially created artworks inspired by conversations they have had with local fishermen. The pieces will be a mix of drawings and thread paintings which will be on display in the Sailor’s Church in Military Road.

The exhibition is part of the one day mini event called Ramsgate Seadog. The exhibition starts at noon on July 22 and runs until July 28.

Find out more here

Newington Best Fest

The Best Fest in Newington is back for its third year.

The festival, held on the green behind Newington Community Centre, will include free interactive activities and entertainment for the whole family. There will also be a chance to see what services are available in the area and what support they can offer.

Created by local residents and supported by arts charity People United, Best Fest has developed from The Best of Us; a project using the arts to tell positive stories about the community and to explore the best of us as human beings.

It takes place at the green in Princess Margaret Avenue  from 1pm-5pm. People are invited to bring a picnic and enjoy the music, crafts, sports and stalls.

Find out more here

Handmade & Vintage Fair

22 July- 23 July

Local and East Kent makers and sellers showing and sharing their work in Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, from 11am to 5pm.

Ramsgate Refections

Heritage Programme of talks, running as part of Ramsgate Festival 2017

Delve deep into the history of Ramsgate

Book tickets online and at Nice Things, Harbour Street, Ramsgate. Also available from the information tent at the Harbour during the Festival.

Harbour Saga

Brian Daubney tells the story of our Harbour as an after-lunch entertainment.

Brian works in words and images, on talks, articles, books, campaigns. Began on Radio 4’s Today Programme then Tomorrows World, TV Arts, Horizon and Open University. Promoted UK for British Overseas Trade Board, created his own Sunday Times magazine column. Edits Ramsgate Matters, creates projects to preserve coast, promote arts, charities, built environment and Kent beauty spots.

Saturday 22 July from 12.30pm at the Royal Harbour Brasserie

£12 including Fish & Chips / Paella + Dessert

Salsa at Broadstairs bandstand

Leon Williams and East Kent Entertains return to Broadstairs this weekend for an afternoon of Summer Salsa fun.

The free event takes place from 1pm.

Find out more here

Sea at The Micro Museum in Ramsgate

Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 July & Friday 28, Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 July

1pm-4pm on all days

The Micro Museum team will be joining in the celebrations of Ramsgate’s maritime location during Ramsgate Week and Festival by having two weekends of sea-based themed games.

Visitors are sure to have a jolly time  playing with the fishes, fishing for the fishes or adventuring with pirates – all on the classic games consoles.

As a special extra over the event, visitors will be able to enjoy the hands-on experience of a ground-breaking fishing game played on the Sega Dreamcast.  Get Bass was a forerunner of the motion controlled games which, a whole decade later, became the norm on the Nintendo Wii. This is the latest game to feature in the ODT Space in the Museum where visitors will often find the odd, obscure, unusual or simply most bizarre games to try.

Carol Deer, who owns the museum with husband Mike, said: “We are proud to be an independent business but also proud to be able to play our part in adding to the attractions available to everyone who will be enjoying all that Ramsgate has to offer during Festival Week”.

The second of the two weekends of the event includes Friday 28 July – the first of the Museum’s extra Friday openings which will continue throughout the school summer holiday season – whatever the weather.

There is no extra charge for admission during the Sea event – you can enjoy all that the Museum has to offer for the standard entry charge.  There is no need to book in advance.

The museum can be found on Church Hill in Ramsgate. More information on www.themicromuseum.org.

Slaves at Dreamland

Kent punk duo Slaves will curate a free DJ set at Dreamland on Saturday (July 22).

Laurie Vincent and Isaac Holman will host the gig on the Scenic Stage from 6pm. The set features Baxter Dury and a  session from Issac’s dad!

The set is ahead of their performance at Dreamland’s Hall By The Sea the same evening.

Tickets for that show are £24.75.

Book tickets for the free DJ set here and for the paid for performance here

Victorian Summer Fayre

Photo VisitThanet

22 July- 23 July, 11am to 5pm

Broadstairs Victorians Weekend at Victoria Gardens and promenade

A weekend of stalls, entertainment on the bandstand, juggler, stilt walker, classic cars, organ player, Pearly Kings and Queens and Gordon Bennett Cockney entertainer

Wall Of Death at Dreamland

22 July – 6 August

£3.50/ £3.00 Members. Shows every hour from 11:30am. 

Measuring 20ft high and 30ft in diameter, The Wall of Death brings together speed, skill and daredevil ability. Run by the internationally renowned Messham family, the famous attraction brings nothing but thrills and excitement.

It’s here when you’ll be able to see the Messham family cling to their state of the art Indian motorcycles and steer their way round the Wall of Death.

The Wall of Death is a fairground side show steeped in history. Referred to as the smallest and steepest racetrack in the world, the attraction leads visitors to the top of the Wall of Death stairs, where riders speed past, mere inches away from them. With motorcycle stunts from start to finish, this is not for the faint of heart. Messhams Wall of Death presents and operates Europe’s oldest motorcycle sport show.

Sunday, July 23

Ramsgate carnival

The fun is on at Government Acre all weekend but Sunday is the day of the parade.

It leaves  Royal Esplanade at 4pm.

The route is Royal Esplanade – St Augustine’s Rd – Paragon – Royal Parade – Harbour Parade – Harbour Parade – Madeira Walk – Wellington Crescent – Plains of Waterloo – King St – Queen St – West Cliff Rd – Grange Rd – Royal Esplanade – Finish.

Ramsgate Week, and the Regatta runs from July 23-July 28

Photo Malcolm Kirkaldie

It is the Royal Temple Yacht Club annual regatta.

Ramsgate week is often referred to as a friendly alternative to Cowes week which is one of the longest running regular regattas in the world that takes place on the Solent near the Isle of Wight. Royal Temple Yacht Club was founded in 1857 by a group of yachtsmen sailing from the Temple Steps on the river Thames. The first Ramsgate Week regatta was launched in 1898.

The week starts with the famous Round the Goodwin Sands Race on Sunday.

The Mayor of Ramsgate will mark the official start to Ramsgate Week by continuing the tradition of firing the cannon from the East Pier on Monday 24th July at 10am, to welcome over 300 competitors from across the UK and Europe.

Birchington Silver Band at Broadstairs bandstand

Summer entertainment… 2.30pm until 4pm

The First Hippo on the Moon at Theatre Royal, Margate

A tale by comedian, BGT judge and author David Walliams is coming to the stage in Margate.

Adapted for the stage, by acclaimed award winning Theatre company, Les Petits and hot off the heals of their hugely successful, Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs tour and immersive hit Adventures in Wonderland, comes a fantastical adventure featuring puppetry, music, mayhem and a giant space race to the moon!

The First Hippo on the Moon is a space adventure for children aged three-years and up. Two big hippos. One Enormous dream. Who can make it to the moon first?

It will be on stage at at 2pm.


Full Price £11
Family of 4 £40

Book by calling 01843 292795 or click here

At the Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

The Beguiled (15)

Directed by Sophie Coppola, Starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning

Friday 21 July / 8pm

Saturday 22 July / 6pm

Sunday 23 July / 8pm

Monday 24 July / 6pm

Tuesday 25 July / 3pm, 6pm

Wednesday 26 July / 6pm

Thursday 27 July / 6pm

Badly wounded yankee soldier Colin Farrell is given temporary shelter from the American Civil War raging outside an exclusive girls’ school run by straight-laced Headmistress Nicole Kidman. Soon, the buttoned-up household is boiling over, projecting romantic fantasies on to the manipulative soldier in Sofia Coppola’s (Lost in Translation) remake of the Clint Eastwood classic.

Song to Song 

Directed by Terrence MalickStarring Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett & Holly Hunter

Saturday 22 July / 8.30pm

Tuesday 25 July / 8pm

Thursday 27 July / 8.30pm

Director Terrence Malick’s (Days of Heaven, Badlands, Tree of Life) latest has Michael Fassbender’s predatory music producer hustle idealistic young musician Ryan Gosling against a backdrop of two intersecting love triangles involving Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett. Oh… and we also get backstage with Iggy Pop and Patti Smith!

Despicable Me (U)

Directed by Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin & Eric Guillon,

Starring the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Steve Coogan, Julie Andrews, Trey Parker & Russell Brand

Friday 21 July / 3pm

Saturday 22 July / 3pm

Sunday 23 July / 3pm

Monday 24 July / 3pm

Tuesday 25 July / 5.15pm

Wednesday 26 July / 3pm

Thursday 27 July / 3pm

Friday 28 July / 3pm

Saturday 29 July / 3pm

Sunday 30 July / 3pm

Monday 31 July / 3pm

Tuesday 1 August / 5.15pm

Wednesday 2 August / 3pm

Thursday 3 August / 3pm

Gru, the minions and the rest of his family are back! Hurrah! Gru (Steve Carell) and his wife Lucy (Kristen Wiig) must stop former ’80s child star Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) from achieving (you guessed it) World Domination.


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