27 things to do and see in Thanet this weekend (December 1-3)

The weekend is here and, with the start of December, there are a host of Christmas events to enjoy.

Here is our round up of things to see and do across Thanet.

Friday, December 1

Ice rink at Dreamland

With room for 150 people to skate at one time, the rink has a clear roof and walls for visitors to take in the sights of Kent’s most magical festive experience. It’s undercover too, so the unpredictable winter weather won’t spoil the fun!

The ice rink, which is made of real ice, will be open until Wednesday, January 3.

Full price individual tickets are £9 (£7 members) and family of four £34 (members £26).

Click here to book

Sleeping Beauty

Winter Gardens Margate

Join MOS for a fun packed, all singing all dancing pantomime.

Following on from the success of 2017’s Cinderella, MOS has had a change of writing team and a new director. Ian Cronin takes on his inaugural role as director with the Society and joins company stalwart Harcus Copper (who has co-written all of MOS’s previous self-penned Panto’s) on the writing team.

This Year MOS are presenting the classic family favourite pantomime “Sleeping Beauty”. With all the cunning twists and turns to keep the whole family bouncing on the edge of their seat. With a soundtrack of modern pop music, musical theatre favourites, and some out right classic’s MOS are not pulling their punches. With choreography from Donna Clements and Amy Simpson keeping the adult company on their toes, and Lyndsey Copper to choreograph the kids in the show.

Friday 1 Dec – 7:30pm
Saturday 2 Dec – 1pm & 5pm
Sunday 3 Dec – 1pm & 5pm

In Advance
Full Price £11
Concessions £9.50

On the Door
Full Price £13
Concessions £11
Booking fees – 50p per ticket in person/phone. £1.50 per ticket online

Call 01843 292795 or click here

Christmas Tree Festival

St George’s Church, Church Hill, Ramsgate

December 1-10, open daily

A beautiful array of decorated trees will be on display

Admission free. Donations welcomed.

Daniel Kitson – A Show for Christmas

Theatre Royal, 7.30pm

Battersea Arts Centre asked Daniel  if he wanted to write a Christmas show in 2014. It was then performed that Christmas for five nights, in the Grand Hall at BAC, and for 14 nights the following Christmas at the Connelly Theatre in New York.

This December he’s taking it on tour to a handful of venues around the UK, including the Theatre Royal.

Tickets £12
Booking fees – 50p per ticket in person/phone. £1.50 per ticket online. Call 01843 292795 or click here

Latin Swing Social Dance Night

Olby’s Soul Café, 3-5 King Street, Margate, 8pm til late

The Blind Tiger Margate and East Coast Entertains

Latin Swing Social Dance Night]

Entry £5

Precious Kent

December 1-3, Pie Factory Margate, Broad Street

Kent-based jewellers and silversmiths are showcasing their latest jewellery and silverware, using a variety of materials from platinum to plastics, from sapphires to silver. Work ranges from the bold to the subtle, the dramatic to the delicate.

Open Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday 10am to 6pm and Sunday 10am to 5pm

Ramsgate Harbour lights

December 1-31

The berth holders in the Royal Harbour are busy decorating their vessels in the period leading up to Christmas.

Come and see this wonderful spectacle of boats and local businesses lit up for the festive season. The light up event on December 1 will include live music from Hotsy Totsy from 6pm.

Sponsored by: Ramsgate Town Council, Ramsgate Town Team and Thanet District Council.

The Elf Express & Magical Elf Forest

December 1-24

Climb the winding staircase to meet Santa for a Christmas story and present & then venture though the Magical Elf Forest where you will be greeted by 3 very cheerful elves.

Each elf will be waiting with a sweet treat or two for you to take away- but of course, that is only if you have been good this year!!

This is set to be the best Christmas experience yet, so don’t miss it… even the adults get treats!

You may arrive at the park at any time, but please take into account your booked Elf Express Ride time. You will need to arrive at the departure point no later than 10 minutes before your chosen time slot.

1st Dec- 17th Dec: Adult £10, Child £10, Baby £5
18th Dec- 24th Dec: Adult £12, Child £12, Baby £6

Find out more here

Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool (15)


Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Starring Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Vanessa Redgrave and Julie Walters

Friday 1 December / 7.45pm

Saturday 2 December / 6pm

Sunday 3 December / 8.30pm

Monday 4 December / 6pm

Tuesday 5 December / 3pm

Wednesday 6 December / 7.45pm

Thursday 7 December / 6pm

The true life story behind the playful but passionate relationship between eccentric Hollywood 1940s queen Gloria Grahame, star of It’s A Wonderful Life and In A Lonely Place, played here by Annette ‘American Beauty’ Bening, and much younger Peter Turner (Jamie ‘Billy Elliot’ Bell) in 1978 Liverpool. What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner being the person Gloria turns to for comfort. Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control.

Click here for more details

Saturday, December 2

Dreamland’s Frosted Fairground

Saturday, December 2 – January 3, 2018

The Frosted Fairground  will also have a special appearance by favourite Christmas characters The Snowman and The Snowdog, a grotto, live music and special seasonal food and drink.

This the first edition of The Frosted Fairground since the park’s redevelopment. The amusement park will open on the first two weekends in December, then every day from December 16 until January 3, 2018 (closed on Christmas Day).

The Snowman and The Snowdog  

The Snowman and The Snowdog  
December 21 sees a special appearance from favourite characters, The Snowman and The Snowdog, at the amusement park. Arrive early to avoid disappointment and don’t forget to bring your camera! More info here.

Father Christmas’ Grotto Experience
A magical experience awaits families and believers visiting the grotto at Dreamland. With elves, crafts and a sing-along with Father Christmas himself all topped off with a gift for each child. Tickets available here.

Jack and Jackie Frost 
Compering the stage throughout the Christmas period will be Jack and Jackie Frost. They will be hosting sing-a-longs, reporting on the likelihood of a white Christmas, playing Christmas number ones at 1pm and even having a light switch on every day.

Tickets available from dreamland.co.uk/events

Free taster session

Ramsgate Tandoori, Harbour Street

Taste for free Ramsgate Tandoori’s delicious curries and Our Kitchen’s low sugar , locally made carrot cake and flapjack.

Lunchtime at the Ramsgate Tandoori in Harbour Street with Raushan Ara and Sharon Goodyear in celebration of Small Business Saturday.

Christmas Fair
Enjoy a unique Tudor House Christmas experience throughout December.

Open Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
from December 2-22, between 11:30am – 2:30pm

Tudor House Margate
King Street

Good Time (15)

Palace Cinema, Broadstairs

Starring Robert Pattinson, Benny Safdie, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Taliah Webster

 Saturday 2 December / 8.30pm

Tuesday 5 December / 6pm

Thursday 7 December / 8.30pm

Robert Pattinson (Lost City of Z, Twilight) comes of age as a major acting talent in this hypnotic crime thriller that explores with bracing immediacy the tragic sway of family and fate.

After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Constantine “Connie” Nikas (Robert Pattinson) embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city’s underworld in an increasingly desperate – and dangerous – attempt to get his brother Nick (Benny Safdie) out of jail. Over the course of one adrenalised night, Connie finds himself on a mad descent into violence and mayhem as he races against the clock to save his brother and himself, knowing their lives hang in the balance. Anchored by a career-defining performance from Robert Pattinson, Good Time is a psychotic symphony of propulsive intensity crafted by two of the most exciting young directors working today. Josh and Benny Safdie’s transcendent vision is an intoxicating portrait of desperation and destruction that will not be soon forgotten.

Click here for more details

Coastal Crafty Crew December fair

Church HouseKent Gardens, Birchington 10am to 3pm

Unique Crafts and Gifts All Handmade – Baby clothes, Bird Feeders, Cakes, Cards, Crystal Sun-Catchers, Drift Wood, Jewellery, Knitting, Needle Craft, 3D Pictures plus many more

Refreshments available and a raffle supporting Rainbow Ward at the QEQM Hospital.

Broadstairs Christmas lights switch on

Pierremont Park, 11.30am to 6pm

Broadstairs and St Peter’s Chamber of Commerce annual Christmas market and Lights switch-on which has become an established date in the festive calendar of Broadstairs.

Christmas themed stalls, Christmas food and drink, Father Christmas in his magical grotto, Christmas music provided by local choirs and the turning on of the Christmas lights at 5pm.

Turner Contemporary, Margate,  Christmas events

December 2-3. Saturday, 10am – 6pm and Sunday, 10am – 5pm

Market with 25 designers and makers showing their work at Turner Contemporary, including jewellery, ceramics, soft furnishings and accessories. It will be the perfect opportunity to pick up some Christmas presents.

Turner Contemporary will also be switching on the Christmas lights at 6pm, with Santa flicking the switch, on Saturday, December 2. Join them for the festive fun and a mince pie,hot chocolate and mulled wine.

.Christmas opening times:

Open as normal from 10am – 5pm throughout December apart from the following:

The gallery will be closed on 24th, 25th and 26th December.

Open as normal on 27th December, 10am – 5pm.

Closing early on 31st December at 4pm.

Back open as normal on January 1st, 10am – 5pm.

More info about opening times and events at https://www.turnercontemporary.org/visit

Christmas In Margate Old Town


Celebrate Christmas in Margate Old Town

3.30pm Event starts

4.30pm Mayor Of Margate, Cllr Rosamund Dixon, and Mr Geoffrey Dixon turn on the Christmas Tree Lights

4.30-5pm Thanet Gospel Choir

Enjoy mulled wine, roasted chestnuts,

Christmas QuExperience

December 2-23

The Elves have been very busy this year and have magically transformed one of the craft workshops into a fantastic Gingerbread House. They have also been training the Reinpaca’s to stand by the Cinderella Carriage for amazing photograph opportunities and have spent hours in our coffee shop making it nice and warm for Santa. (The wood burning stove will keep him toasty warm)

Breakfast with Santa at Jungle Jims 2, 3,9,10,16,17,19-23 December
• Child £15 (under 11 years) Adult £12
• Enjoy your delicious Breakfast served by our naughty elves whilst Santa sits in his chair waiting to give all the children their presents when they have finished eating.

Christmas Coffee Shop at Jungle Jims 2,3,9,10,16,17,19-23 December
We invite you to step into the magical setting, keep warm next to the wood burning stove and enjoy a sweet treat or two!

Gingerbread House at Quex Craft Village 2,3,9,10,16,17,19-23 December
• £3.50 per person
• Be assured of a warm, happy, Christmas welcome from the elves who will look after you, breathe in the gingerbread aroma whilst decorating your own Gingerbread man to take home with you and eat at your leisure.

Reinpacca Experience at Jungle Jims 2,3,9,10,16,17,19-23 December
• £5 per person
• Come along and enjoy a very special, magical time with our lovely Alpaca’s, who have been transformed into Reinpaca’s for the Christmas season.

Dinner with Santa at Jungle Jims 2,3,9,10,16,17,19-23 December
• Child£10 (under 11 years) Adult £12
• Enjoy your delicious Dinner served by our naughty elves whilst Santa sits in his chair waiting to give all the children their presents when they have finished eating. Includes Dinner with Santa and a Christmas gift. Plus a complimentary ticket to come back and play in Jungle Jims on another day.

Flexi Activity Offer at Jungle Jims 2,3,9,10,16,17,19-23 December
Child (under 12 years) £15 (includes all the below activities) Adult £7.50 (includes decorating a gingerbread man & meeting the Reinpacca- entrance to Jungle Jims free).
• Mrs Claus Gingerbread House
• Meet and Greet the Reinpacca Experience
• Cinderella’s Carriage
• Noah’s Ark Toy Factory

Click here for more details

Christmas Tree Festival

December 2-9

St John’s Church, Victoria Road, Margate

The church will be open various times during the week.

A beautiful array of decorated trees will be on display created by various groups and individuals assocaited with St John’s Church

Admission free with donations going towards the church

  • Saturday 2nd December
    10am -3pm Children’s Craft Activity, Christmas Stalls, Traidcraft, Coffee and Cakes
  • Sunday 3rd December
    10.30am Christingle Service
  • Monday 4th – Friday 8th December
    10am -2pm Coffee and Cakes

Santa Special

December 2-3

Crampton Tower Museum, Broadstairs

Journey to the top of Crampton Tower, through the elves’ workshop, to visit Father Christmas in his grotto. Kids of all ages enjoy our model railways, and if the weather allows they’ll love to ride on our 5 inch gauge miniature railway!

Cost per child £7 – price includes visit to Father Christmas, a carefully chosen gift, entry to the museum  and a free miniature train ride (weather permitting)

Accompanying mums and dads free entry. No pre-booking required but please come early to avoid disappointment.

Pay desk opens at 12.30pm. Last admission 4.30pm

Tour of St.Laurence Church

High Street, St Lawrence, 10am to noon

Guided tour of the historic, Grade I listed church, which can trace its history back to 1062.

Tour free – Donations welcome

Winter Exhibition: Featuring Greg Bottle and his new body of work

Saturday, December 2 – Sunday, January 28, 2018.

Preview December 2, 2pm-4pm

Lombard Street Gallery

2 Lombard Street, Margate Old Town


01843 292 779

Open: Tuesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm

Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays noon to 4pm

Christmas fair

Holy Trinity Church Margate, noon-4pm

Christmas Fair  with shopping and fun activities for all the family, including Santa in his Grotto.

Sunday, December 3

Westgate Christmas light switch on

December 3, Station Road, 11am to 5pm

Bigger and better than last year with 70 stalls in the Christmas Market, 2 stages filled with entertainment and fun fair to kick off the festive season. Lights will be switched on at approximately 4.30pm. Entry is Free.

Plus little elf fancy dress competition on stage 1 at 3pm.

Craft And Gift Fair

Broadstairs Pavilion Craft and Gift Fair, Harbour Street

Admission Free

Open 10am – 4pm

Dream Land

December 3-31

Margate Art, Duke Street, Open Friday – Sunday noon – 5pm

Portraits of a seaside town by Julian Samiloff

“Dream Land” is an exciting new exhibition of abstract paintings by Julian Samiloff, exploring ten aspects of Margate’s extraordinary resurgence – as both holiday and cultural destination: everything from the the town’s erratic weather and stunning sea views, to high-rise living and great food. Plus, of course, its rich present-day immersion into all aspects of the arts

Ramsgate Blitz Walks

Ramsgate Library, Guildford Lawns, 10am

Relive the dark days of the war in the heaviest bombed seaside town in the country. Hear the stories, visit the places.

Ramsgate Blitz Walks run first Sunday of the month at 10am and Fridays July and August at 7pm

The tour takes approximately 2 hours and is free with donations welcome.

No need to book. Dogs and children welcome.


  1. you left out the chance to taste for free Ramsgate Tandoori’s delicious curries and Our Kitchen’s low sugar , locally made carrot cake and flapjack. Lunchtime Saturday December 2nd at the Ramsgate Tandoori with Raushan and Sharon in celebration of small business saturday

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