Turner Contemporary
Turner Contemporary

What's New and Anniversaries

Find out about what’s new and upcoming in Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate for 2019 and 2020

Turner Contemporary Exhibitions - www.turnercontemporary.org

  • 19 August 2017 – 1 November 2020: Antony Gormley: Another Time
  • 30 April 2019 - 12 April 2020: Barbara Walker: Place, Space and Who
  • 28 September 2019 - 12 January 2020: Turner Prize One of the best known prizes for the visual arts in the world
  • February - May: We Will Walk: Art of Resistance from the American South
  • 1 April 2020 - 30 November 2020: England's Creative Coast (2020)
Dickens House Museum

Dickens House Museum

150th anniversary of Charles Dickens death 

Charles Dickens, Broadstairs’ most famous visitor died 150th years ago on 9th June 1870. It was whilst staying in Broadstairs that he wrote parts of his novels Nicholas Nickleby, Oliver Twist and Barnaby Rudge. The Dickens House Museum, was the home of Miss Mary Pearson Strong who was the inspiration for Miss Betsey Trotwood in David Copperfield. Walk around the town today and spot the connections or visit between 19th - 21st June for the annual Broadstairs Dickens Festival

Spitfire and Hurricane Museum

Spitfire and Hurricane Museum

80th Anniversary of Battle and Survival 

2020 is not only the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain but also the 80th anniversary of Operation Dynamo and the Ramsgate Blitz. At Manston see the iconic Battle of Britain Spitfire and Hurricane, alongside personal memorabilia whilst at Ramsgate’s Royal Harbour see a surviving ‘little ship’ Sundowner used to help rescue 80,000 soldiers from Dunkirk. Hear about Ramsgate, the heaviest bombed seaside town in the country on a Ramsgate Blitz walk

Dreamland Margate

Dreamland. Credit Jason Pay

Dreamland 100 www.dreamland.co.uk

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of Dreamland and its wooden Grade II listed roller coaster the Scenic Railway. It is the only one in the country with a track covering three-quarters of a mile. Are you brave enough to ride it? Look out for special events and celebrations to mark the occasion

Margate Caves Reopens - www.margatecaves.co.uk

Thursday 22nd August 2019 saw the reopening of the majestic Margate Caves, a subterranean chalk cathedral adorned with vibrant murals. Originally dug as a chalk mine in the 17th century, the Caves have been welcoming visitors since 1863. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery, the new visitor centre will include community rooms, a café, shop and insights on all aspects of the Caves, their place in Margate’s tourism industry and the very special geology of Thanet.