Like the rest of the UK, we have been basking in the heatwave over the past few weeks only we are lucky enough to have a light sea breeze to take the edge off the heat and of course, we can jump in the sea to cool off! The sandy beaches are sparkling and the town and harbour are blooming with an array of flower displays. Just look at the wonderful array of flowers Suzanne Curtis from Something Fishy has created! If this is what she can do with flowers, it is a must to visit her gallery over the weekends to see what she does with ceramics!
There’s lots to see and do over the coming months starting on Friday 13th with the popular 3 day Jazz Festival, Seaside Shuffle which welcomes back the fabulous Doolally Tap after popular demand! The same weekend, Ellington Park hosts Battles for Victory from Saturday 14th over two days.
Later on in July, Ramsgate Week starts on 21st July, an annual regatta with Ramsgate’s skyline and sea views offering the perfect backdrop for the sail boats that compete in this week long event every year.
During the same week, Ramsgate Festival will be showcasing everything arty, focusing on sound. There will be live music, poetry and talks, sound installations across the town, a community summer parade and lots more. I’m really looking forward to seeing and hearing Emily Peasgood’s newest installation, Requiem for Crossbones which will be at Albion Gardens on 28th and 29th July. It is an evocative, incredibly creative piece that will be a must see (and hear) if you are in town.
August sees the return of the popular Lark in the Park from 9th of August for 10 days of family fun. Also, a little bird (Thanks Kandy from Topps Cafe!) has told me that there will be a temporary traditional fair installed on the old Pleasurama site for the summer holidays!
In the middle of August we are very excited to be hosting the Kitesurfing National Championships for the first time! Starting on 18th with events and heats troughout the day with the grand final on 19th along with taster sessions throughout the weekend for anyone that wants to try this growing watersport out. Ramsgate is becoming a popular destination for this fastest growing watersport, not just because of the lovely beaches that are easily accessible but also because the vice world chamion, Lewes Crathern, smashed the UK record for the highest jump here on Ramsgate Main Sands! The photo attached is by the very talented Phil Eason and you can check out his work by clicking on his name which will take you to his facebook page.
To round off the summer, some of the harbour parade businesses will be hosting the ever popular Rock, Dock and 12 Smoking Barrels Bank Holiday festival with live music to entertain all over the weekend. Always a fantastic atmosphere showcasing local and further afield talent for all music tastes. You can follow them on their facebook page to find out what’s in store.
Hope to see lots of you over the coming weeks and if you can’t make it down, have a great summer!
Guest blog by Glendevon Guest House