Not strictly the weekend but…
Today (Friday) Hornby visitor centre in Ramsgate Road, Margate, hosts a Scalextric race day from 10am to 4pm. Young, old, expert or novice head along and try your hand at some fun mini-race car hijinks. Runs from 10am to 4pm. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. Usual visitor centre charges apply.
Neither is this, but…
Get an exclusive preview of a new Margate feature film at the Carlton Cinema, Westgate, tonight (Friday). It is a cinematic debut by Broadstairs-based director Robert Osman who is making My Hero. Watch a short that will inspire a full-length version.
The previews are on at 8pm and 9pm. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org
Beside the seaside, beside the sea
From Friday until Wednesday, revel in nostalgia at the Lookout Gallery in Broadstairs (head for the jetty in the old harbour master’s building) with an exhibition of some of the photos from the Sunbeam collection. Sunbeam was the primary photographic company working in Thanet in its seaside heyday of the 1950s and ‘60s. The collection is being archived by Seas. Open 10am to 4pm.
History comes alive
Enjoy a tour around the Tudor House in Margate. Built in 1525, it is thought to have belonged to a wealthy yeoman farmer. Rarely open to the public, on Saturday £1.50 will ensure you entry to this very special building.
It all kicks off
WATCH the football season kick off at Ramsgate FC when they take on Leatherhead at Southwood Road in the first game of the season tomorrow (Saturday) at 3pm. Can Tim Dixon’s red army give the Tanners a hiding? £8 for adults.
A good rep
The Summer Repertory Season continues at the Sarah Thorne Theatre Club, Hilderstones, Broadstairs, with Dear Janet Rosenberg, Dear Mr Kooning. A romantic comedy about an aspiring writer. £12.50 for members, £14.50 for non-members. 0845 2626263.
All at sea
Watch sailors from around the UK, France, Holland and Belgium as they race in Ramsgate Week. Hosted by the Royal Temple Yacht Club, the “friendly alternative to Cowes” runs til next weekend when a family fun day adds to the on shore attractions. This weekend, soak up the atmosphere from one of the bars, cafes, restaurants and pubs that line the Royal Harbour.
Broadstairs Folk Week is now on and there are hundreds of events taking place in and around town.
Saturday’s highlights include the new parade – replacing the torchlight parade – at 5.30pm and on Sunday, for children, there’s the Hobby Horse Club at the bandstand from 11am. Join Clarence the festival dragon and some naughty hooden horses for music, dance and games.
Making a splash
Join Margate RNLI for fundraising fun on Sunday with the Splashpals display team who use giant Newfoundland dogs for lifesaving exercises. They visited earlier this year, but some appalling weather made it hard to appreciate the amazing skills this team has. The sun should shine on them on Margate Main Sands from noon to 4pm.
Hop to it
Visit the Ramsgate Brewery (Hornet Close, Broadstairs) to celebrate news that East Kent Goldings hops – the oldest-known variety grown in the UK - are now legally protected after being granted a Protected Designation of Origin by the European Commission. Or just buy some of their amazing ale from a pub, The Bottleneck in Broadstairs or Age and Sons in Ramsgate.