There are always plenty of events happening in Broadstairs and the surrounding area throughout the year and whilst we don’t offer a comprehensive ‘what’s on’ guide, we are pleased to display a selection of the most popular and recognised events in our local area for you to take a peek at below.
The fresh sea air fizzes with energy in Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate. Here seaside kitsch is cool and everything from ice cream parlours to boutiques has a hip, retro vibe. In the Isle of Thanet you’ll discover a rejuvenated theme park, reinvented economies and a reimagined arts and culture scene.
It’s a place to be playful. Ride a vintage rollercoaster, build sandcastles, surf. On the Isle of Thanet 15 sandy beaches and bays and a string of pretty villages link Georgian and Victorian resorts. Here boldness and vision have given classic seaside heritage a new lease of life.
The GOLF Open will come to Sandwich
One of the world’s great sporting events will be hosted in little old Sandwich.
The prestigious golf championship is returning to Royal St George, bringing hundreds of thousands of fans to Kent with it.
12 – 19 July 2020
We will see the event take place for the 149th time.
It is the 15th time it has been to Kent.
Late Night Live: Turner Prize 2019 – 11/10/19
Visit Turner Contemporary after hours and experience Turner Prize 2019 alongside a mix of film screenings, live music, performance and creative workshops. Please consider making a donation. Your support helps us to realise our vision to make world-class art accessible to all.
Turner Prize 2019
One of the best known prizes for visual arts in the world, Turner Prize 2019 is coming to Turner Contemporary in Margate.
Every other year, the Prize leaves Tate Britain and is presented at a venue outside London. Four of the most exciting artists working right now are shortlisted to win the prize based on an outstanding exhibition that has taken place in the previous year. This year’s finalists include Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Oscar Murillo and Tai Shani.
Sat 28 Sep 2019 – Sun 12 Jan 2020 – FREE TO ENTER
Seaside towns thriving with creativity, breathtaking coastal landscape and some of the most thought-provoking contemporary art being produced today – England’s Creative Coast spans 1,400km of shoreline from the South Downs to the Thames Estuary. In 2020, seven new site-specific artworks by seven international contemporary artists – Andreas Angelidakis, Mariana Castillo Deball, Holly Hendry, Jasleen Kaur, Katrina Palmer, Pilar Quinteros and Michael Rakowitz – will connect the coastlines of Essex, Kent and East Sussex and the world-class arts organisations in these places.
The Waterfronts series of artworks will be set in the landscape of Margate, Folkestone, Hastings, Bexhill-on-Sea, Eastbourne, Gravesend and Southend-on-Sea. Launching in spring 2020, these temporary works will open sequentially over the summer and be on display until late autumn.
Taking the border between land and water as their inspiration, each artist will respond to these unique coastal locations, focusing on issues, stories and questions related to the area to offer fresh perspectives on each place.
Turner Contemporary is working with Michael Rakowitz to create an artwork for Margate.
- Michael Rakowitz (b.1973, New York. Lives and works in Chicago) is working with Turner Contemporary for Margate
- Mariana Castillo Deball (b.1975, Mexico City. Lives and works in Berlin) is working with Towner Eastbourne
- Holly Hendry (TBC. Lives and works in London) is working with De La Warr Pavilion at Bexhill-on-Sea
- Andreas Angelidakis (b. 1968, Athens, Greece. Lives and works in Athens) is working with Hastings Contemporary
- Pilar Quinteros (b.1988 Santiago, Chile. Lives and works in Santiago) is working with Creative Folkestone as part of Folkestone Triennial 2020
- Jasleen Kaur (b.1986 Glasgow. Lives and works in London) is working with Cement Fields in Gravesend
- Katrina Palmer (b.1967, London. Lives and works in London) is working with Metal in Southend-on-Sea
England’s Creative Coast encompasses a whole cultural travel experience. Through the world’s first art Geotour, you will be able to game as you move through the landscape, discovering the commissioned artworks, finding hidden gems and stories collecting geocaching rewards and hidden gems along the way.
To plan your trip to see these time-limited artworks you can curate your own journey using the England’s Creative Coast itinerary website and find further cultural adventures across Essex and West Sussex.
Art reactivates the cultural and economic circuit of an entire region: thanks to a project that unites the coasts of the south-east of England, with environmental works and initiatives. When we say England we think only of London (error!). The British island has much more to offer and England’s Creative Coast intends to prove it.
The history of western sculpture has been concerned with movement.
I wish to celebrate the still and silent nature of sculpture. The work is designed to be placed within the flow of lived time.
– Antony Gormley
Turner Contemporary is thrilled to confirm that the Antony Gormley sculpture ANOTHER TIME will be staying in Margate for another two years. The cast iron statue that was installed on Fulsam Rock beside Turner Contemporary in summer 2017 has been granted an extension and will remain in situ until November 2020.
ANOTHER TIME is a series of one hundred, solid cast-iron figures by Antony Gormley who is known for his sculptures and installations that explore the experience of being human, of inhabiting a human body.
The sculpture in Margate becomes visible about 3 hours before low tide, so to be sure of seeing it, check the daily tide times.
Individual sculptures from ANOTHER TIME have been installed all over the world, from the River Thames in London to Kunisaki in Japan. A figure has been positioned on Fulsam Rock on the Margate foreshore, visible at low tide from our first floor balcony and from the shoreline behind the gallery. Two sculptures from the series are also sited in Folkestone as part of Double Edge, Folkestone Triennial 2017.
Antony Gormley describes these isolated forms, cast from his own body as “an attempt to bear witness to what it is like to be alive and alone in space and time”. Made from iron, a material more usually associated with heavy industry, the industrial method of casting the sculpture is readable on its surface, whilst invisible joint lines reveal the way the plaster mould was divided and reassembled prior to casting.
The figures in this series are identical to the hundred sculptures of ANOTHER PLACE (2007), permanently sited on Crosby Beach in Liverpool. Whilst each work in ANOTHER PLACE faces the horizon, those in ANOTHER TIME all have a different orientation.
Antony Gormley (born 1950) began creating sculptures cast from his own body in 1981. His works have been shown in exhibitions and public locations internationally. He is known for his public sculptures The Angel of the North in Gateshead (1998) and Event Horizon (2007-2015), which has been shown in London, New York, Sao Paolo and Hong Kong.
ANOTHER TIME is organised by Turner Contemporary in partnership with Folkestone Triennial 2017 (2 Sept 2017 – 5 Nov 2017).
The Broadstairs Food Festival is a celebration of the abundance of good local food and drink to be found in Thanet and Kent: fabulous meats, cheeses, artisan breads, pickles, jams and relishes, mouth-watering cakes and pastries and Quex crisps all washed down with Kent wines, ciders and ales every October.
2019 Festival Dates:
Food Festival – the main event – 4th – 6th October 2019
Friday 4th – Saturday 5th Oct: 10am – 6pm
Sunday 6th Oct: 10am – 5pm
FREE ENTRY – 3 day festival of Kent’s finest food and drink
ABOUT FOLK WEEK
Everyone has a different Folk Week – ask 50 people what is their favourite part of the festival and they will each tell you something completely different!
It’s a traditional folk music and dance festival – that’s how it began – and that remains right at the heart of Folk Week. Over the past 54 years, the festival has become a magnet for people who love authentic music, the opportunity to dance and sing and meet up with an extended family of every generation and from around the world.
Our festival-goers love discovering new bands, seeing old favourites and chancing upon things you would never expect to see at a folk festival!
Whether you are a family looking for child-friendly events, have lots of energy to burn off dancing or singers and musicians seeking out a session – with around 70 events a day, you’ll find something to entertain you from early till late. You can tailor make your festival experience to suit you.
7 – 14th August 2019
Here is a link to the line up’s:
WHAT TO EXPECT
Broadstairs is almost like a Cornish fishing village – perched on the coast at the end of Kent and Folk Week happens almost everywhere in the town.
There’s hardly a venue that isn’t bursting with song, music and dance. There is a mix of ticketed and free events – and you can come for one ticketed event in one venue – or buy a whole week’s all-in ticket that gets you into all the venues.
You can find Folk Week by the beach in the Pavilion on the Sands or the Sailing Club; in the town’s historic Crampton Tower and the modern Baptist Centre –as well as in loads of pubs and cafes – and of course – along the promenade at the Bandstand, overlooking beautiful Viking Bay. It’s a great way of getting to know Broadstairs!
The Festival Campsite is located at a local school – and one of the benefits of coming to this chalky corner of East Kent is that the fields are free-draining – so no Glastonbury style mud in Broadstairs!
Overlooking the beach on the clifftop Victoria Gardens, there’s a special Craft & Music Fair with a huge variety of ceramics, clothing, musical instruments, paintings, jewellery and gifts with free entry.
And next door is the bandstand, a totally free venue which hosts the ever-popular Hobby Horse Club with the madcap Hooden Horses and Clarence the Dragon.
And last but not least, Folk Week wouldn’t be the same without the hard-working morris dancers who bring colour and eccentricity to the streets and shows around the town.
Folk Week has plenty of opportunities to join in – whether you just drag grandpa onto the dance-floor for a bit of a swing around at the lunch-time Family Ceilidh or you’d like to brush up your ukulele strum – there’s a range of singing, dancing and playing dances, workshops and sessions for all different ages and abilities.
You can sing shanties on the jetty, playalong in the pub sessions or get into Appalachian clogging.
Whatever Folk Week you want to find – we hope to see you in 2019!
Margate Pride: parade, afternoon rally and celebration of the diversity of love in Margate. Find more info below:
We are so proud of our pride! A simple, but beautiful parade from Cliftonville to the main sands, inspiring speakers from across the LGBTQ+ community and local talent performing.
We aim to provide something for everyone, so if you don’t see yourself reflected, please get in touch, it is everyones pride.
Join us as Margate Pride joins the UK pride map as an alternative, quirky, artistic, community focused, fun, kind and loving pride for all!
Margate Soul Festival 2nd – 4th August 2019
A great weekend of fun with the family, this is all held along Margate seafront.
Charles Dickens visited Broadstairs in Kent regularly from 1837 until 1859 and immortalised the town as “Our English Watering Place”.
In 1937, to commemorate the centenary of the author’s first visit, Gladys Waterer, the then resident of Dickens House, conceived the idea of putting on a production of David Copperfield and of having people about the town in Victorian dress to publicise it.
Many of the Festival events are free, but for those that require tickets, you can download the advance booking form.
Tickets can also be purchased from the Customer Service desk on Victoria Gardens during the Festival, subject to availability.
The Winter Gardens has a long and fascinating history dating back to 1911. The building itself is a fine example of Edwardian Architecture and has retained its charm and atmosphere. The venue has always been an important attraction to Margate and has adapted itself to meet the changing needs of its customers over many years.
Events can be found here: