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 modern 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 art gallery has seen critics rejoice in this dynamic meeting of old masters and new wave. Its workshops and family activities are inspiring events.
From the studio spaces and galleries springing up around Margate's Old Town and Cliftonville, to the galleries in Broadstairs, Ramsgate and the villages. The result? Blockbuster openings that draw an international crowd, plus intimate events worthy of a day out or weekend away.
At Margate's Theatre Royal, the country's second oldest, diverse programming includes works aimed at families and young people – pantomimes, ballet, Shakespeare, plays and more. The town also has the prestigious Winter Gardens, and the 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.
Live music can be enjoyed not just at the bars, restaurants and bandstands but at the many festivals - Margate Soul Weekend combins with the town's carnival, Broadstairs Folk Week draws international acts each August. Ramsgate Festival overflows with theatre, dance and film 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.