What's On?

There are always plenty of events happening in Broadstairs and the surrounding area throughout the year and whilst we can't offer a comprehensive ‘what’s on’ guide, we are pleased to display a selection of some of the most popular and recognised events in our local area, below.

 

Visit Thanet is the tourist office for the whole Isle of Thanet - that's Broadstairs, Margate, Ramsgate and surrounding villages and countryside. Their site is well worth a visit for more comprehensive listings.  VisitThanet.co.uk/whats-on

 

Also have a look at the programme for Margate Winter Gardens and Theatre Royal Margate, Turner Contemporary, Sarah Thorne Theatre, Ramsgate Music Hall and Broadstairs Lit - a literary festival which has events running all year round.   

October

Turner Contemporary hosts Late Night Live on 11th October. Visit Turner Contemporary after hours and experience Turner Prize 2019 alongside a mix of film screenings, live music, performance and creative workshops with locally-sourced food and drink available from their Café with stunning views over Margate main sands. Get tickets, or sign up to the TC mailing list to find our more about this and other events at the world class contemporary art gallery in our sister town, Margate. 

 

TURNER PRIZE 2019 Exhibition – SAT 28 SEP 2019 – SUN 12 JAN 2020 – FREE ENTRY. Read our blog post about the Turner Prize and other associated arty happenings.

 

November

Turner Contemporary hosts Late Night Live on 1st November. Get tickets, or sign up to the TC mailing list to find our more about this and other events at the world class contemporary art gallery in our sister town, Margate.  

 

 

TURNER PRIZE 2019 Exhibition – SAT 28 SEP 2019 – SUN 12 JAN 2020 – FREE ENTRY. Read our blog post about the Turner Prize and other associated arty happenings.

 

December

TURNER PRIZE 2019 Exhibition – SAT 28 SEP 2019 – SUN 12 JAN 2020 – FREE ENTRY. Read our blog post about the Turner Prize and other associated arty happenings.

 

January

The Viking Bay New Year's Day Dip takes place at midday on 1st January every year - come and have a dip, if you're feeling brave! Or just enjoy the spectacle and watch the hordes dash in and out of the water, it's all for a good cause! 

 

 

TURNER PRIZE 2019 Exhibition – SAT 28 SEP 2019 – SUN 12 JAN 2020 – FREE ENTRY. Read our blog post about the Turner Prize and other associated arty happenings.

 

February

Broadstairs Blues Bash is 21st - 23rd February 2020. Come and enjoy world class blues acts playing all over our seaside town. 

http://www.broadstairsbluesbash.com/

 

March

For events in March 2020 -  have a look at the programme for Margate Winter Gardens and Theatre Royal MargateTurner ContemporarySarah Thorne Theatre, Ramsgate Music Hall and Broadstairs Lit - an inspirational literary festival which has events running all year round. 

 

April

TURNER CONTEMPORARY – ENGLAND’S CREATIVE COAST – 1 APR 2020 – 30 NOV 2020 – FREE ENTRY

 

May

TURNER CONTEMPORARY – ENGLAND’S CREATIVE COAST – 1 APR 2020 – 30 NOV 2020 – FREE ENTRY

 

June

BROADSTAIRS DICKENS FESTIVAL – ANNUAL EVENT – 19TH – 21ST JUNE 2020

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.

 

TICKETS

Many of the Festival events are free. Find our more on the Broadstairs Dickens Festival website. 

Tickets can also be purchased from the Customer Service desk on Victoria Gardens during the Festival, subject to availability.

www.broadstairsdickensfestival.co.uk

 

TURNER CONTEMPORARY – ENGLAND’S CREATIVE COAST – 1 APR 2020 – 30 NOV 2020 – FREE ENTRY

 

July

Broadstairs Water Gala and Fireworks displays take place annually, in July - 2020 date tbc. 

http://www.broadstairswatergala.co.uk/

 

The Open Golf Championship is coming to Royal St George Golf Club at Sandwich – 12th – 19th July 2020  - read our blog post about this prestigious event taking place just down the road from us. 

 

TURNER CONTEMPORARY – ENGLAND’S CREATIVE COAST – 1 APR 2020 – 30 NOV 2020 – FREE ENTRY

 

Margate Soul Weekend - will be at the end of July or early August 2020

 

August

TURNER CONTEMPORARY – ENGLAND’S CREATIVE COAST – 1 APR 2020 – 30 NOV 2020 – FREE ENTRY

 

BROADSTAIRS FOLK WEEK – ANNUAL EVENT – 7TH – 14TH AUGUST 2020

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. For more than fifty years, this 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.

 

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. Visit the Broadstairs FolkWeek website to find out more.

 

Margate Pride takes place in August, 2020 date tbc: Come and join in the parade, afternoon rally and celebration of the diversity of love in Margate. 

 

TURNER CONTEMPORARY – ENGLAND’S CREATIVE COAST – 1 APR 2020 – 30 NOV 2020 – FREE ENTRY

 

September

TURNER CONTEMPORARY – ENGLAND’S CREATIVE COAST – 1 APR 2020 – 30 NOV 2020 – FREE ENTRY

Broadstairs Food Festival takes place early in October each year, in Victoria Gardens, overlooking Viking Bay.  The Broadstairs Food Festival is a celebration of the abundance of good local food and drink to be found in Thanet across Kent and from further afield: fabulous meats, cheeses, artisan breads, pickles, jams and relishes, mouth-watering cakes and pastries and Quex crisps all washed down with Kent juices, wines, spirits, ciders and ales. Visit the Broadstairs Food Festival website for more information and 2020 dates. 

 

TURNER CONTEMPORARY – ENGLAND’S CREATIVE COAST – 1 APR 2020 – 30 NOV 2020 – FREE ENTRY

 

TURNER CONTEMPORARY – ANTONY GORMLEY: ANOTHER TIME – SAT 19 AUG 2017 – SUN 1 NOV 2020 – FREE ENTRY

 

November

TURNER CONTEMPORARY – ENGLAND’S CREATIVE COAST – 1 APR 2020 – 30 NOV 2020 – FREE ENTRY

 

TURNER CONTEMPORARY – ANTONY GORMLEY: ANOTHER TIME – SAT 19 AUG 2017 – SUN 1 NOV 2020 – FREE ENTRY

 

December