What's New and Anniversaries

Find out about what’s new and upcoming in Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate

2017

Exhibitions at Turner Contemporary www.turnercontemporary.org
• 19 August – 30 November: Antony Gormley: Another Time
• 12 August – 25 February 2018: Jyll Bradley: Dutch/Light (for Agneta Block)
• 13 October – 14 January 2018 Jean Arp: The Poetry of Forms, Tracey Emin, My Bed and JMW Turner
• 9 November – 11 February 2018 John Davies
• 3 February – 7 May 2018 Journeys with ‘The Waste Land

Pugin and St Augustine Visitor Centre, Ramsgate – 2017 sees the opening of an  education, research, and visitor centre, aiming to increase knowledge and accessibility around two themes: the Victorian architect Augustus Pugin, and St Augustine of England, who brought Christianity to southern England for the first time www.augustine-pugin.org.uk

Royal Victoria Pavilion, Ramsgate – Grade II listed building on Ramsgate seafront is being developed by J D Wetherspoon into a public house offering two bars, cask conditioned beers and food. It will be decorated with artwork and photographs depicting local history and characters. Opened 29 August 2017 

Home Front Exhibition – new display dedicated to life on the Home Front including a book by Roald Dahl when he was still in the RAF. Within ‘Women at War’, read excerpts from the diary of a young women off to join the WAAFs and her first posting www.spitfiremuseum.org.uk

2018

Dreamland Events www.dreamland.co.uk
• 16 – 18 February: GEEK
• 13 and 14 April : Undercover Festival
• 19, 20, 25-27, 31 October and 2 & 3 November: Screamland

New Broadstairs Lit Events www.broadstairslit.co.uk
A new regular series of literary events in Broadstairs with writers and authors promoting their books and the chance to hear from them on their writing 

Spitfire Simulator Museum Addition www.spitfiremuseum.org.uk
From 1 April 2018 Manston’s Spitfire and Hurricane Museum will be home to a 1/1 Spitfire simulator with authentic controls for visitors to try, to get an idea of what it’s like to fly a Spitfire 

Margate Comic Art Festival https://margatecomicfestival.wordpress.com/
Over the 14 & 15 April, Margate Winter Gardens is the setting for this new event. Celebrating the magical medium of comic art, featuring top comic artists and writers from around the UK and overseas alongside exhibitors, traders and publishers

New Royal Harbour History Festival, Ramsgate www.rhhf.co.uk
Over the 15 – 17 June, the festival is designed to commemorate, celebrate and educate East Kent's extraordinary maritime history around the history of invasions and embarkations, including Romans, Vikings, Napoleonic Wars, WW1 and WW2. Highlights include a ‘Royal Navy vs. Royal Harbour Cricket Match’ on the infamous Goodwin Sands four miles off the coast, a parade led by the Royal Marines Band, flyovers and aerial displays, a Royal Marines Concert and a special 'salute' by the Dunkirk Little Ships accompanied by the Royal Navy, RNLI and Spitfires.

The Corner House – 5th Anniversary www.cornerhouserestaurants.co.uk
The Corner House restaurant in Minster celebrates its 5th anniversary in June and to mark the occasion, chef restaurateur Matt Sworder will be creating a new menu and a recipe book, plus bring back its most popular dishes – as voted by diners in a birthday poll. The restaurant has won the Taste of Kent ‘Restaurant of the Year’ award and is listed in the Michelin Guide. 

Broadstairs Food Festival – 10th Anniversary www.broadstairsfoodfestival.co.uk
A tempting mix of delicious regional food and drink, chef demonstrations, workshops and fun for all the family, at this FREE festival over 28 - 30 September. Celebrate Kent’s amazing variety, quality and abundance of food and drink with the opportunity to meet the producers.

Turner Contemporary hosts the Turner Prize 2019 www.turnercontemporary.org
One of the best known prizes for the visual arts in the world, the Turner Prize aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art. In 2019 it will be presented at Turner Contemporary which, since opening in 2011, has had a catalytic effect on social and cultural regeneration in Kent, and has established an international reputation.