Crown stood in front of main stage Dreamland enjoying band playing
Dreamland Introducing
Couple walking down steps of Turner Contemporary, Margate with tables and chairs in the background
Turner Contemporary, Margate

Arts and Culture

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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 at its meeting of old masters and new wave. Its workshops and family activities are inspiring events. Learn more about JMW Turner and his love for Margate 

With studio spaces and galleries springing up around the Isle - the result, blockbuster openings drawing 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  in Broadstairs boasts Dame Judi Dench as a patron

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

Live music can be enjoyed not just at the bars, bandstands, Ramsgate Music Hall and Elsewhere but at the many festivals - Margate Soul Festival combines with the town's carnival, Broadstairs Folk Week draws international acts each August and Ramsgate Festival of Sound celebrate's the town's unique architecture and landscape via a Sonic Trail, plus a variety of entertainment for all the family to enjoy. Look out for headline acts performing at Dreamland  

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.