Arts and creatives

World class galleries, historic theatres and vibrant events

The internationally acclaimed art gallery Turner Contemporary has put Thanet on the world's art map, as a growing destination for arts and culture. But the Isle's cultural attractions don’t stop there. Cool galleries are emerging everywhere, and thriving theatres and vibrant events prove irresistible too.

Margate's Turner Contemporary, has seen critics rejoice in this dynamic meeting of old masters and new wave. Its workshops and family activities are inspiring events.

With studio spaces and galleries springing up around the Isle, the result, blockbuster openings drawing international crowds, plus intimate events worthy of a day or weekend away.

At Margate's Theatre Royal, the country's second oldest, programming includes – pantomimes, ballet, Shakespeare and more. The town also home to the Winter Gardens, and tiny Tom Thumb Theatre. The Sarah Thorne Theatre Company in Broadstairs boasts Dame Judi Dench as a patron, while the Granville keeps theatrical traditions alive in Ramsgate within its theatre and cinema.

Cinemas range from the 10-screen Vue at Westwood Cross, to characterful independent movie houses like Westgate's Carlton, Broadstairs' Palace Cinema and Ramsgate's Granville.

Live music can be enjoyed not just at the bars and bandstands but at the many festivals - Margate Soul Weekend combines with the town's carnival, Broadstairs Folk Week draws international acts each August. Ramsgate Festival overflows with theatre and dance whilst Quex Park stages year-round music and family events.

Add to this the mystery of the Shell Grotto - 70ft of winding underground passages decorated with strange symbols mosaiced in millions of shells. The home designed, built and lived in by the 19th century architect Augustus Pugin ‘The Grange’. The period displays, exhibits and Napery at Walpole Bay Hotel or at Birchington, one of the areas hidden treasures; Quex Park Estate.

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