It’s the Bank Holiday weekend – here’s 20 things to see and do in Thanet

Pete Bateson

It’s a super Bank Holiday this weekend with many of you having a whole extra day off to enjoy.

Wondering what to do with the spare time?

Here’s our list of Thanet events taking place from Friday until Monday (May 1).


Hipsville at Dreamland

The 60s-themed event will be held on April 28-30 and will feature international bands, all-star DJs, Saturday night costume party, exotic TiKi cocktail party, vintage market stalls plus a car and bike show.

The Friday and Saturday night bash  will have dancing until the early hours to the wilder sounds of the 60s and beyond in the beautifully restored 1920s and seaside themed Ballroom.


Saturday and Sunday afternoon will be guests’ chance to get exotic as Hipsville has its very own cocktail party called TiKiville. Partygoers can enjoy tropical cocktails whilst DJs spin tunes and bands deliver exotic sounds. Guests are encouraged to dress in casual Hawaiian to make it a real hula hula TiKi afternoon!

For 2017, Hipsville has a weekend long custom car show taking place undercover in Dreamland’s iconic Hall By The Sea, featuring a display of traditional styled cars that were created in the United States from the late 1940s through to the mid 1960s.

There is also a two day vintage market with stalls selling clothes, records and homeware.

It will run from 11am to 6pm and then 8pm to 6am on Friday and Saturday and 11am to 6pm on the Sunday.

Ticket and band details here

Sam Brookes at Ramsgate Music Hall

London based songsmith Sam returns with new material, starting with a new single in March and a UK tour that begins in April and includes Ramsgate.

Tickets £8, gig starts at 7.30pm. Book here

Discover the birds of Thanet’s coastline

Discover the varied birdlife of Thanet’s dramatic coastline under the guidance of expert local birder Tony Swandale.

You could spot a Spoonbill

The Thanet coast is globally important for wetland birds and Tony will share his knowledge and guide people to the best places to view all kinds of birds on a programme of walks starting this week.

The first walk is tomorrow (April 28) 10am-12.30pm at Pegwell Bay.

Find full walk details and prices here

Astronomy Viewing Evening

This is a free event for members of the Reserve.

Start time: Please check the website, or phone the Reserve before 3pm.

All evening visitors to the Observatory should wear suitable footwear and bring a torch if you have one, or wait to be directed to the observatory by someone else.

Non-members may attend one free viewing, as a taster session, but will be asked to become members of Monkton Nature Reserve for future scheduled events. Becoming a member of the Reserve will also entitle you to free entry into the Reserve during normal opening hours.

Monkton Nature Reserve is home to the Monkton Stargazers astronomy group and the two Thanet Observatories.

01843 822666

Pie Factory Margate

Interlock: Linda Simon & Shirley-Ann Galbraith

28 April  – 1 May

A joint exhibition of work by Linda Simon and Shirley-Ann Galbraith investigating the relational processes of  transformation, repetition and disrupted pattern.


Shirley-Ann Galbraith is an artist and psychotherapist, based in Kent and London. The work shown represents part of a year’s research into the unconscious/conscious use of repetitive thoughts and behaviour as a defence against the debilitating anxiety some people experience.

Linda Simon’s work is influenced by digital technology and data. Using wearable tech and smartphone apps she tracks the minutiae of daily life to transform data into physical objects, drawings and installations.

Patterns of behaviour become patterned artworks that imagine a visual record of her activities – an abstract data portrait.

Fascinating Aïda – Dillie Keane

Dillie Keane takes a short break from her Fascinating Aïda gal pals to present her first solo show in years.With some brand new songs, some grand old favourites, gorgeous songs of love and songs of disgraceful filth, Dillie will break your heart, mend it again and have it sent to the cleaners for pressing. And she’ll give you her recipe for chutney while she’s at it.

Dillie will be accompanied on the piano by the very young but very talented Michael Roulston.

Show starts 7.30pm

Tickets* Full Price £19.50, Concessions £18.50 Restricted View £17.50
*Booking fee applies: 50p per ticket holder in person/phone, £1.50 per ticket holder online

Theatre Royal Margate

Call 01843 292795

Looping the Loop

Looping The Loop returns with its Spring festival this April.

Events are running until May 1 at venues across the isle.

It is the eighth season of festivals which are produced with Battersea Arts Centre.

Pop-up performances and opportunities to get involved will be on offer as well as local talent and internationally acclaimed visiting artists who will entertain, inspire and engage through physical theatre, live music, comedy, immersive theatre, magical outdoor events and free activities across Ramsgate, Margate and Broadstairs.

Bucket List is at Cliftonville Community Centre in St Paul’s Road on April 28 and 29 at 8pm. Doors open at 7pm for pre-show drinks and nibbles.

It tells the story of one Mexican woman’s fight for justice.

When her mother is murdered for protesting corporate and governmental corruption, Milagros finds herself with only a bloodstained list of those responsible. Determined to make them pay, Milagros embarks on a passionate quest for justice, no matter the cost.

Using physical storytelling, live instrumental music and song; multi-award winning Theatre Ad Infinitum unfolds a story about love, loss and revenge.

There is also a Post Show Talk on Friday 28th April. The performance is for those aged 14 and over.

Find more Looping the Loop festival events here

Island Stories: People, Places And Objects Of The Pacific

27 April – 27 April 2019

Take a journey through the Pacific Islands, via the Powell-Cotton Museum’s collection. Explore objects and cultures that distinguish, and sometimes unite, the people of these islands. Meet some of the men and women who travelled through the region and created the collections we have in the Museum today.

Adults £8.95 & Concessions/Children £6.50 (includes admission to the Museum, House and Gardens)

Powell Cotton Museum, Quex Park, Birchington

Tel: 01843 842168

Museum Late

The adults only ‘Museum Late’ event invites you to release your inner child in a hands-on gallery, get creative with craft activities, play giant Jenga and maybe even enjoy a cocktail or two whilst listening to some great music from local band, ‘Duvet’.

‘Museum Late has a Pacific theme to celebrate the launch of new exhibition ‘Island Stories’ showcasing the museum’s rarely seen collection of objects from the Pacific Islands – one of the few parts of the world Percy Powell-Cotton never explored himself.

Pacific themed activities will include a ‘make your own barkcloth’ craft corner, ‘on the beach’ dressing up for a selfie at the photo booth and even the odd palm tree!

The after-hours event will be taking place on 27 April from 7-10.30 pm.

Tickets are priced at £10 per adult (over 18s only). Group booking discounts are available.

For more information on the event, or to buy tickets, visit, call 01843 842168.


Space Lab

Discovery Planet and a team of University of Kent scientists are returning to Thanet Space Lab at 18 Harbour Street, Ramsgate this Saturday for more free workshops.

Pete Bateson

Each hour, from 10am to 3pm, visitors will have the opportunity to take part in hands on experiments and creative learning. By the end of each session they’ll have learnt what conditions might be required for life on other planets, what is meant by the ‘Goldilock’s Zone’, and what probably killed the dinosaurs.

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt

Theatre Royal Margate

29 April – 4pm & 30 April 11am & 2pm

.Michael Rosen’s award-winning book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ is brought vividly and noisily to the stage in director Sally Cookson’s fun-filled adaptation set to Benji Bower’s versatile lively score.

Join the intrepid family of adventurers and their musical dog on their quest to find a bear; as they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud! Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure – plus a few special surprises!

Tickets* Full Price £11, Family of 4 £40
*Booking fee applies: 50p per ticket holder in person/phone, £1.50 per ticket holder online
Ages: 3+

Broadstairs May Fair

29 April  – 1 May

Traditonal May Fair celebrations event on Victoria Gardens and Promenade, overlooking marvellous Viking Bay. 

Live music at the Bandstand, local crafts, family funfair, game stalls, Sea Cadets & RNLI


Sandwich Salutes the 40s

The American P22 gunboat moored at Ramsgate will be one of the stars of the show at this weekend’s Salute to the 40s in Sandwich.

The P22 will be one of the stars of the event

The event from Saturday, April 29 to Monday, May 1 also includes World War Two re-enactment groups; NFS Fire Brigade; Red Cross nurses; Grey Funnel Royal Navy; Military Police Regiment; The Desert Rats Living History Group; RAF 212 SQD; Army Commando No4 Reg; Air Raid Warden Group; The Home Guard; RAF Field Officers HQ; 13 Patt Army Reg; Observer Corps; Pathe News Film Unit and  Photographic Reconnaissance Corps.

Entertainers featured over the weekend include: The Railway Swing Band; Mickie Driver; The Knightingales and The Thanet Lindyhoppers.

A vintage bus will operate from a park and ride at Discovery Park across the weekend.

There will also be mock air raids, search lights on the Guildhall forecourt and, on the Sunday, The Beach-Hut Tea Dance with Jive and Lindyhop in the Highway Marine car park. The staff will be in costume and visitors are invited to dress up too.

Full programme here


Walpole Bay Tidal Pool Swimmers are  joining forces with local community group A Better Cliftonville to do monthly, weekend beach/street cleans.

Beach Clean this Sunday 11am-1pm.. Meet beach level at Walpole Bay Tidal pool.

Bags, Pickers, gloves and hoops will be supplied.

All welcome

Skateboard Grom Jam

Under 7s / 7-10s / 10-14s

£12… 12-4pm

£15… All day

Revolution Skate Park

Call 01843 866707

Cliftonville Farmers Market

Cliftonville Farmers’ Market was established in 2001 by the Cliftonville Residents Association and is run entirely by volunteers.

Award winning Farmers Market where producers will be selling bread, cheese, honey, fruit, vegetables, wild game, fruit juices, fresh meat and much more

Oval Lawns, Eastern Esplanade, 10am-1pm


Bardic Fete

A Bardic Fete celebrating the written and spoken word takes place in Ramsgate this Bank Holiday weekend.

The event will be held on Bank Holiday Monday (May 1) at Charlotte and Albert Court starting at midday and running until 9pm.

The Bardic Fete celebrates author Netta Syrett

There will be free facepainting, Bardic crown making, storytelling and poetry workshops where youngsters will get the chance to create their own poetry and learn about limericks, haiku and acrostics.

Book readings by authors; an open poetry and spoken word, including rap, event and a competition for  Best Busker where the public will choose the winner will also feature.

There will  be live music and plenty of entertainment with the evening being more for adults where they hope to crown Ramsgate’s first ‘Bard in Waiting’.

There is also an opportunity to enter your poems (maximum of 3) and  short stories (taking no more than 5 minutes to read) and they will be judged by a published author.

Full competition details here


If it’s a film you fancy the Palace Cinema in Broadstairs has loads to pick from

The Boss Baby (U) is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby’s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim. With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby is a hilarious comedy for all ages Directed by Tom McGrath and starring  the voices of Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi and Lisa Kudrow.

Saturday, Sunday and Monday (May 1) at 3pm.

Their Finest (12A) is a funny uplifting and moving comedy from the director of An Education. Loosely based on the true story of how the British government backed a film about the plucky British spirit in order to engage the American public and bring them into World War II.

With London emptied of men now fighting at the Front, Catrin Cole (Arterton) lands herself a job writing copy for propaganda films that need “a woman’s touch”. Her natural flair quickly gets her noticed by dashing movie producer Buckley whose path would never have crossed hers in peacetime. With the country’s morale at stake, Catrin, Buckley and a colourful crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation. As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin discovers there is as much drama, comedy and passion behind the camera as there is onscreen. Directed by Lone Scherfig and starring Bill Nighy, Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Richard E Grant .

Friday 28 April  7.30pm

Saturday 29 April  6pm

Sunday 30 April  7.30pm

Monday 1 May  5.30pm

Tuesday 2 May  3pm

Wednesday 3 May  5.30pm

Thursday 4 May  6pm

Elle (18) Michèle, played with brilliance by BAFTA winning Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher, Amour, White Material, Things to Come), the greatest actress of her generation, seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. But being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle’s life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game of cat and mouse that can spiral out of control at any moment.

A tense thriller which  has wowed critics and audiences alike since its unveiling at the last Cannes Film Festival.

Directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Isabelle Huppert, Anne Consigny, Laurent Lafitte and Charles Berling French with English subtitles

Saturday 29 April  8.30pm

Tuesday 2 May  5.45pm

Thursday 4 May  8.30pm

Palace Cinema, call 01843 865726











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