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

There’s always something to look forward to in Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate on the Isle of Thanet, with new attractions and accommodation opening, anniversaries being celebrated or new events being launched. Find out about what’s new and the anniversaries to help plan your visit 

The WonderWorks Train Layout

The WonderWorks, Margate

Previously Hornby Visitor Centre, this reimagined experience featuring new miniature worlds and layouts alongside incredible exhibition pieces of Hornby, Airfix, CORGI, Scalextric and Pocher. After all the exploring visit the redesigned café with an updated menu featuring local produce or browse the shelves of the shop. Look out for daily workshops and special events. 

www.wonderworksmargate.co.uk

Wireless Operators Station. Credit Dennis Jackson

New Lancaster Experience 'Flight'

Visitors to the Spitfire and Hurricane Memorial Museum at Manston, near Ramsgate, can book a ‘flight’ in the Lancaster Experience. This includes the opportunity to sit in an exact replica Avro Lancaster cockpit section, at the pilot, navigator, flight engineer and radio operator stations and ’fire-up’ the four Merlin engines, the sound of which will be piped into the cockpit. The fully functional cockpit section is probably the only authentic Lancaster cockpit that can be flown as a simulator. The simulated route is historically significant to the Lancaster.

The cockpit has been built over a six-year period using original parts and with reference to Avro plans and access to Lancaster IDV372, which is on display at IWM in London. Measurements and photographs were taken to ensure the replica is exact in every detail.

30-minute flights in the Lancaster cockpit, with an instructor, will be available from early 2024, at a cost of £75.

www.spitfiremuseum.org.uk

Ramsgate Tunnels Tour

Ramsgate Tunnels - 10th Anniversary of Reopening

Ramsgate Tunnels is a unique civilian wartime tunnel complex, including a Victorian railway tunnel. The Tunnels reopened to the public in June 2014 after being closed for over 50 years.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the tunnels reopening, a series of events is being planned throughout the year. The tunnels’ history will be celebrated throughout May as part of History Month. During the month of June, the anniversary will be celebrated with a series of volunteer-researched displays and talks, using the tunnels’ archives and with an open day. Further events will be featured on the Tunnels website.

www.ramsgatetunnels.org

St Peter's Village Tour

30 Years of St Peter’s Village

2024 marks the 30th anniversary of the popular award-winning guided costumed walks in and around the historic village of St Peter’s.

On this flagship walk meet costumed characters from past centuries along with surprises along the way. See a flint built church and the tower used in the Napoleonic wars, hear of workhouse conditions and the ancient seat of local government in the area.

Tours run 9th May - 19th September on Thursdays (except 11th June and 7th September). WWI and WWII War Grave Tours (Once a month May - September and November). Churchyard Tours (Once a month May - August).

www.villagetour.co.uk 

Active Ramsgate. Credit Mike-Goldwater

A decade of Active Ramsgate

This year, Ramsgate marks 10 years of its pioneering outdoor pursuits project, ‘Active Ramsgate’.

Active Ramsgate Week will take place from Sunday 26 May to Sunday 2 June 2024, with a chance to try out some of the amazing range of activities on offer, with special discounts and trial sessions throughout. Each day will have a different theme, from walking, cycling, water-sporting and exploring.

Whether you’re a walker, two-wheeler or a wave-maker, there will be something for everyone to get involved in.
Keep an eye on the website for details of the special events and offers to come.

www.visitramsgate.co.uk/activeramsgate

Elev8 Slides

Elev8 Expansion

The immersive multi-activity zone of bouncing, jumping and climbing Elev8 packed with interactive experiences expanded its offering over the winter of 2024.

Take on the challenge trying to conquer an interactive climbing wall, tumble tracks, ninja obstacle course, wall-to-wall interconnecting trampolines alongside wipe-out zone, bungee runs and more.

The centre is not just for children with adults welcome to use the facilities too

www.elev8fun.co.uk 

Westwood Cross Shopping Centre

Westwood Cross New Attractions

**Opening dates for both attractions are to be confirmed**

If you are heading to Westwood Cross Shopping Centre this summer, it's not just about the shops and restaurants with the opening of two new attractions.

Hollywood Bowl - Grab your bowling shoes, pick your lane and battle it out to see who will be champion of ten-pin bowling with Hollywood Bowl

JUMP INC UK Urban Playgrounds - For the ultimate indoor activity, bounce and climb your way across trampolines, inflatables and ninja parks at JUMP. It's not just for the children with teenagers and adults welcome. Proposed opening July 2024

Turner Contemporary. Credit Hufton + Crow

Turner Contemporary Exhibitions 

Built on the site of the guest house that JMW Turner stayed at during his time in Margate, see contemporary and historical art.

www.turnercontemporary.org

Nordic Walking

Thanet Experiences

Looking to tick something off your bucket list? Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate may just be able to help you with a range of experiences. From foraging along the coastline to create a meal, learning new cookery skills to taking to two wheels on a cycling tour or cracking the code

  • Margate Cookery School - a broad range of courses from fun approachable wine tasting to more advances patisserie skills
  • Dr Forager - 2 hour foraging walk along the Thanet coastline, followed by a cookery demonstration and lunch from the foraged food
  • Nordic Walking - enjoy a taster or tailor-made Nordic Walking stay alongside potential for wellbeing treatments
  • Col’s Kent Bike Tours - discover our coastline’s past, present and future on two wheels, taking in sandy bays, iconic sights and local secrets
  • Captcha Code - The Escapement - mix an escape room with a treasure trail solving the puzzles as you explore the town

www.visitthanet.co.uk/experiences

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Contact Us
Visitor Information Centre
The Droit House
Stone Pier
Margate
Kent CT9 1JD
Te: 01843 577577
Email: visitorinformation@thanet.gov.uk
www.visitthanetbusiness.co.uk
Official website of Visit Thanet, Thanet District Council.