This is what the Ramsgate Festival has to offer today

Photo Darren Fleming

The Ramsgate Festival is still on until the grand finale, with a parade, the 300ft waterslide and fire show, on July 30.

Here’s what is on offer today (July 25):

Michael Blaker: Every Picture Tells A Story

This  exhibition will be in the Wellington Room of The Falstaff Hotel from until the festival ends on the evening of Sunday July 30. Visitors are welcome to come, browse and buy (if you wish!) at any time when the hotel is open and there is no other festival event taking place.

Ramsgate resident, Michael Blaker, was born 1928, and is a writer and artist specialising in etching.

The Falstaff

16-18 Addington Street

Handmade and Vintage Fair

Photo Adam Dark

Harbour Parade, 11am to 4pm

Arts crafts and food feast with entertainment.

Enjoy locally produced food and drink while you soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the sights and sounds.


Exhibition of local artists

McGillan & Woodell

43 Queen Street

11am to 2pm

Ramsgate Meridian 5.14

Photo Adam Dark

The Ramsgate Meridian line is a part of the history of the town.  It can be traced north from the clock house through the town and lies on a longitude that is 5 minutes and 41 seconds faster than Greenwich Mean Time in London.

The Line, which was only ever inside the clock house building in the harbour was made from brass. It was stolen in the 1970s but accurate measurements had been taken, so it would possible to recreate it. As a meridian line it can be traced north from the clock house through the town and Mooch intends to recreate this line across the town for the Summer Festival.

Theresa Smith is the lead artist in Mooch, a Ramsgate and London-based award winning creative practice working on public realm projects for commercial clients, local authorities and charities since 2002.

Carboardia workshops

Photo Frank Leppard

Do you want to play a part in the fight against the Ramsgate Rubbish Monster?

Pop into the workshops to prepare your models to take battle

Today and tomorrow (July 26) noon to 1pm wth the battle on the main sands on July 29 at 2pm to 5pm.

Workshops at AiR, 18 Harbour Street.

The Rubbish Monster is part of the Think Big series.

Handmade parade workshops

Photo Darren Fleming

St George’s Church hall, 19 Broad Street


Handmade Parade  creates bold, colourful events through a unique coming-together of professional parade artists and community participation. Since the first annual parade in Hebden Bridge in 2008, they’ve generated a riot of stunning procession and pageant art, including giant puppets, stilt walkers, animatronics, a samba band, a parade band, masks, costumes and lanterns.

Join them in a workshop to help create Ramsgate’s very own parade!

And then join the Dream Marine Twilight Parade  on 30 July

Ramsgate, landscape and people from pre-history to present

A talk by Ges Moody in The Wellington Room at The Falstaff Hotel from 3pm to 4pm

For over three centuries Ramsgate’s geology, archaeology and history have been studied and explored by local and national researchers, revealing a story of national significance.

But the separate elements of research into Ramsgate’s past are not widely known and their links have rarely been considered as part of a single narrative.

In a wide ranging talk, Ges Moody will link all the elements of research into the landscape and people of Ramsgate, into a story of which the town can be justifiably proud.

Part of the Ramsgate Reflections series of heritage talks

Book a free ticket here

Jimmy’s Boatyard workshop

AiR, 18 Harbour Street, noon to 4pm

Join us in Jimmy’s Boatyard for a daily programme of workshops and making classes – make a boat and sail it around town!

Jimmy’s Boatyard happy hour

Ramsgate main sands,4pm to 6pm

Popping up to play on the beach, Ramsgate festival present “Happy Hours’ ridiculous fun and games for all the family

Things with words

Vinyl Head Cafe and Record Shop

The Broadway

6.30pm to 8.30pm

Ramsgate’s favourite spoken word evening returns combining invited performers and open mic, hosted by performance artist Megan Garrett-Jones. Thanet’s talent push the boat out, doing all manner of things with words.

This Things with Words radio feature has been recorded specially to coincide with the performance.

Admission is free, but is ticketed to manage numbers, and there are a limited number of seats.

A few special £3 tickets are available which offer £5 off your food-and-drink order on the night. A booking fee applies online for the combined food-and-drink offer, but there is no fee if you pre-book in person at Vinyl Head.

A booking fee applies online but you can reserve tickets without fee in person at Vinyl Head.

Fish Face

Photo Brian Whitehead

Sailor’s Church

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  runs until July 28.

Find a guide to events over the festival here