Couple walking down steps of Turner Contemporary, Margate with tables and chairs in the background
Turner Contemporary, Margate

What's New and Anniversaries

Find out about what’s new and the anniversaries being celebrated in Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate for 2021, to help plan your visit 

Place, Space and Who, Barbara Walker. Photography by Stuart Leech

Place, Space and Who, Barbara Walker. Photography by Stuart Leech

Turner Contemporary Anniversary and Exhibitions 

16th April 2021 marks the 10th anniversary since Margate’s Turner Contemporary opened its doors, hosting 3.6million visits and holding exhibitions from Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry, Jeremy Deller, Turner Prize 2019 and JMW Turner, for whom the gallery is named after and many more. 

Turner Contemporary will reopen following National Lockdown

  • 20th August - 17th December 2021: 'Isle of Sound' at Thanet's 7 train stations 
  • 30th September 2021- 30th September 2022: 'Beacons' by Conrad Shawcross on Ramsgate East Cliff
  • From 23rd October 2021 - 20th February 2022: Turner Contemporary Open 2021
  • 13th November - March 2023: Sirens by Anne Ryan and Sophie von Hellerman 
  • 12th March - 19th June: Journey Home by Larry Achiampong and JMW Turner 
  • 9th July - 25th September: Ingrid Pollard
  • Until November 2030: Antony Gormley-Another Time (Behind gallery in sea)

Margate Pier

Margate Pier. Credit Margate Museum & Thanet District Council

Murky Margate Tours

From the creator of the Rotten Ramsgate tours delve into the murder tales of Margate on this newly created guided town trail launching on Saturday 29th May 2021.

Tales include - Murder at the Metropole, Margate’s link to the Chocolate Cream Killer, A suspicious death off Margate’s jetty, An unusual discovery in The Parade cinema and The murder of Mary Ann Bridger.

Crab Museum, Margate

Crab Museum, Margate

Crab Museum

An unique and new all-ages visitor attraction in Margate’s Old Town opened on Saturday 23rd October. Discover the secrets of these remarkable animals, from the forgotten story of the giant Margate crab to what the extinct Sooty Crayfish has in common with fidget spinners

Margate harbour and Turner Contemporary

Margate harbour and Turner Contemporary

England’s Creative Coast

Encompasses a whole cultural travel experience through seven new site-specific artworks by seven international contemporary artists, connecting the coastlines of Essex, Kent and East Sussex and the world-class arts organisations in these places.

Turner Contemporary, Margate is working with Michael Rakowitz to create an artwork for Margate, ‘April is the cruellest month’

Fagin's Den Accommodation, Broadstairs

Fagin’s Den Accommodation

Ever fancied spending the night at a Dickensian themed holiday cottage? Now you can at the newly created ‘Fagin’s Den’ in Broadstairs furtisheded with Victorian furniture memorabilia, books, games and art work.

Try out Dickensian costumes for an authentic experience or the treasure hunts to find Fagin’s hidden stash.

Ramsgate Royal Harbour

Ramsgate Royal Harbour

Ramsgate 'Royal' Harbour 200

In 1821 King George IV embarked with the Royal Squadron from Ramsgate for Hanover. In appreciation of the town’s hospitality, he designated it as a ‘Royal Harbour’ a status which is unique in the UK, the only one in the country. Alongside events and  commemorations a new 8 foot tall statue of the King made by local artist Dominic Grant will be unveiled.