This October half-term, Visit Ramsgate and Ramsgate Arts are proud to present ‘Ramsgreat Week’ – a nine-day festival taking place from Saturday 24 October – Sunday 1 November featuring events (live and online), art trails , storytelling events and gallery exhibitions happening at multiple locations across the South Thanet town. Most events are free of charge.

Highlights include Thanet’s first Pumpkin Trail, family show The Sea Show, a Ramsgate Makers market hosted by Molly Pickle Designs, a fancy dress Dog Show at Royal Harbour Brasserie, Streaming Alley Halloween, stories from Moon Lane Ramsgate and live music on Ramsgate Arts Barge. There are also multiple exhibitions, public art trails, walks and digital maps to explore, including three artist homes participating in East Kent Artists’ Open Houses.

Ramsgreat Week is one of twelve coastal town festivals, happening during October half-term as part of ‘Back & Fill’ – a national effort, organised by Margate’s Marine Studios, to encourage people to visit coastal towns during the October half-term – supporting small seaside economies affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. https://backandfill.uk

The event is supported by Ramsgate Town Council. 

Click the button below to see the events in a timetable format.

Ramsgreat Week Event Calendar

Installation: Mr Tear Gas

Artist: Mr Tear Gas

Title: Where I live

Location: Royal Harbour Car Park, Leopold Street, Ramsgate CT11 9EF

Dates: Ongoing

Opening times: 24 hours

Less Talk. Mr Tear Gas makes bold, positive statements about the world around him, encouraging less talk and more action. The RAMSGREAT piece was created to (quite literally) open doors to conversations about the greatness of this town, wherever and however you might choose to know that. This is art for everyone who sees it. It’s out on our streets, within our everyday, easily accessible and without financial inclination. It’s here to raise a smile and start a chat, delivered in that cheeky, rogue fashion that also describes the personality of Ramsgate itself; this town of ours that can only be what we make it.

Historic England Trail

Have you taken the Historic England trail in Ramsgate yet?

The new Historic England trail of 20 stunning images from the new book, ‘Ramsgate the town and its seaside heritage’ by Geraint Franklin is installed around the town.

Hope you enjoy finding all the images and reading a bit about each one.
For hard copies of the trail, pop in to Nice Things, Ramsgate (where you can also buy the book!)
AiR – Arts in Ramsgate
The Horse and Groom Ramsgate
York Street Gallery and @Sunrise Cafe in York Street.

The first person to post all 20 images on the Facebook thread will receive a signed copy of the new Ramsgate book, courtesy of Liverpool University Press and author, Geraint Franklin.

Here’s the map to help you find them all. Good luck!

Exhibition: Sarah Stokes & Melanie Tong

Artists:  Sarah Stokes and Melanie Tong

Title: Wavey Days

Location: McGillan & Woodell, 43 Queen St, Ramsgate, CT11 9DZ

Dates: October 22nd to November 3rd.

Opening times: Mon, Tue, Thrs, Fri (10am – 4pm), Saturday 10am – 5pm)

https://www.facebook.com/McGillanWoodell

https://www.mcgillanandwoodell.co.uk/

 

Event: Dog Fancy Dress Party

Location: Royal Harbour Brasserie

Date: Saturday 24 October 2020

Opening times: 4.00-6.30pm

Link to the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/423435225285173

Dog Fancy Dress Enter your pup in a fancy dress competition hosted by Brasserie co-owner, Larissa and legendary burlesque artist Blanche Dubois. Enjoy dog-themed cocktails, a fashion dog walk, and a socially-distanced song and dance by Blanche, with a chance to win £100.00 and priceless social kudos. This event is managed by Royal Harbour Brasserie who will be in charge of running Covid-19 safety measures.

 

Launch/Exhibition: Margo in Margate’s new shop

Location: 2A, Addington Street, Ramsgate, CT11 9JL

Date: 24 October

Times: 11am – 4pm

Margo McDaid (Margo in Margate) is opening a permanent shop on Addington Street this Saturday (24 October.) Pay a visit to view her fantastic selection of prints and original paintings.

Participation Activity: Ramsgate’s Earth Map

Location: Online

Date: 24 October – 1 November

Times: Forever

Access: Visit the link to start exploring (free of charge)

https://theearthmuseum.co.uk/a-coastal-call-to-arms-the-back-and-fill-festival

Explore 30 curious and intriguing places in this interactive digital map of Ramsgate, produced by Ramsgate Arts and Visit Ramsgate in collaboration with The Earth Museum.

Can you find the secret steps? Do you want to hear a spooky ghost story at Ellington park, or look at pictures of a train which almost fell on top of a house on Margate Road?

The map will be available to view well beyond the festival. Please spread the word!

Pop-up: Nomada Brazilian Supper Club

Location: Eats’n’Beats, 3 The Broadway, Ramsgate, CT11 9JN

Date: 24 October

Times: 4pm, 5.30pm and 7.30pm

https://www.facebook.com/eatsnbeatscafe

 

Ramsgate chef, Bruce Stratford (Nomada) is resident at Eats’n’Beats cafe for a bespoke evening of Brazilian food and music, over three courses. Highlights include peanut fritters, chorizo and pork stew and fresh papaya with chill caramel sauce. £30.00 per person.

Open Studio: Eve Stickler

Artist: Eve Stickler

Location: 18 St Mildreds Road, Ramsgate, CT11 0EQ

Dates: 24th/25th October

Opening times: 11am – 5pm

https://www.evesticklerart.com/

Eve Stickler’s work of paintings, images and craft work inspired by Ramsgate and further travels.

This event is part of the last weekend of East Kent Open Studios

Open Studio: Michael Donoghue

Artist: Michael Donoghue

Location: 18 St Mildreds Road, Ramsgate, CT11 0EQ

Dates: 24th/25th October

Opening times: 11am – 5pm

 

Michael Donoghue’s work of contemporary calligraphy paint and paper stenciling and collage images.

This event is part of the last weekend of East Kent Open Studios

Open Studio: Tony Caroli

Artist: Tony Caroli

Location: 1 Montefiore Avenue, Ramsgate CT11 8BD

Dates: 24th/25th October

Opening times: 11am – 5pm

https://www.facebook.com/tonycaroliartglass/


Tony Caroli’s
work of contemporary Fused Art Glass something quite different from the normal wall art, sculpture, jewellery, & much more.

This event is part of the last weekend of East Kent Open Studios

 

Exhibition: Katie Brookes and friends

Artists: Katie Brookes and other artists

Title: Conversation Pieces

Location: Gallery 98, no.98 High St, Ramsgate CT11 9RX

Dates: 16th October to 24th November

Opening hours: Please refer to Facebook for up to date opening hours

https://www.facebook.com/gallery98ramsgate

https://gallery98ramsgate.co.uk/

 

Exhibition: Joe Allen and Christine Henn

Location: Silverland Studios, Arch 18 Military Rd., Ramsgate

Dates: 24th October – 1st of November

Opening hours: 12-4pm

Entry: free

https://www.facebook.com/SilverlandStudios/

Joe and Christine open their artist studios for “Ramsgreat Week” to show Joe’s newest paintings in the downstairs studio and Christine’s current paintings and monotypes in the upstairs studio. Previous works will also be available to view.

Exhibition: Martin Cheek and Margaret Foreman

Artists: Martin Cheek and Margaret Foreman

Title: Cheeky Beasts & Still Life

Dates: 28 October to 1 November

Description: Mosaics and oil paintings

Location: Nice Things, 19 – 21 Harbour StreetRamsgate, CT11 8HA

Opening hours: Mon/ Wed (10am – 3pm), Fri /Sat (10am – 5.30pm), Sun (12am – 4pm)

https://nice-things.co.uk/

Exhibition: Suzanne Baker

Artist: Suzanne Baker

Dates: 28th October to 1st November

Location: Nice Things, 19 – 21 Harbour StreetRamsgate, CT11 8HA

Opening hours: Mon/ Wed (10am – 3pm), Fri /Sat (10am – 5.30pm), Sun (12am – 4pm)

https://nice-things.co.uk/

Exhibition: Vivienne Yankah

Artist: Vivienne Yankah

Title: Buoyed. Ceramics by Vivienne Yankah

Location: 28 Addington Street, Ramsgate CT11 9JJ

Dates: 24th October to 1st November

Opening hours: 10am – 6pm

https://www.vivyankah.com/

Viv’s first solo ceramics exhibition inspired by the Ramsgate coastline.

 

Pop-up Shop: Wild Lodge

Curator: Wild Lodge

Title: An eclectic mix of house plants, art and furniture curated by Wild Lodge

Location: The Front Room, 10 Bellevue Road CT11 8LB Ramsgate

Dates: ongoing until Christmas

Opening hours: (10am – 6pm), Sat (10am – 6pm), Sun (11am – 5pm)

www.facebook.com/bellevuefrontroom

 

Exhibition: Christopher Tipping

Artist: Christopher Tipping

Title: A Ramsgate Bestiary 

Location: Pop-Up Gallery, The Broadway, Addington Street, Ramsgate, CT11 9JN (next door to Eats ‘n Beats Cafe)

Dates: 26th October to 2nd November 2020

Opening hours: daily from 10am – 6pm

http://christophertipping.co.uk/

An exhibition showing a series of limited edition prints on themes Chris has returned to time and again in his art practice.

Stories about wildlife, natural history, Ramsgate’s architectural heritage and natural coast, craft skills & reimagined projects.

The artwork has been selected from several ongoing & interrelated projects including ‘Tipping’s Tiny Zoo’, ‘Stories of stones’, ‘Ramsgate Debossed’ & ‘Illuminated Animals’.

Halloween Half Term Story Time Activity

Location: Happily Ever Afters, 66 High St, Ramsgate, CT11 9RS

Date:  Monday 26th October

Time:  10 -11am

Website: http://www.happilyeverafterprincessparties.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/sweettreatparlour

Free Event (book in advance)
(We just take a table deposit to secure your space, which then comes off your total purchases of yummy sweet treats/drinks)

Feel free to dress up or bring your favourite Gruffalo teddies
Interactive story time, then a very special surprise   (bring a camera)
Special Halloween and Gruffalo inspired treats available

Very limited spaces

Halloween Half Term Story Time Activity

Location: Happily Ever Afters, 66 High St, Ramsgate, CT11 9RS

Date:  Tuesday 27th October
Time:  10 -11am

Website: http://www.happilyeverafterprincessparties.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/sweettreatparlour

Tuesday 27th October 10-11am
Free Event (book in advance)
(We just take a table deposit to secure your space, which then comes off your total purchases of yummy sweet treats/drinks)

Feel free to dress up or bring your favourite dinosaur toys
Interactive story time, then a very special surprise   (bring a camera)
Special Halloween inspired treats available

Very limited spaces

Moon Lane Spooky Half-Term Halloween

FREE Live Online Author & Illustrator Event!! (For ages 8+)

Date: Tuesday 27th October

Time: 11am (approx 60 minutes)

Entry: Register for free access to the zoom event at: http://bit.ly/zombierellaball

Website: https://www.moonlaneramsgate.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/moonlaneramsgate

You are cordially invited to the Zombierella Ball!

Come dressed in your best Zombie Ball fancy dress for this spectacular Halloween event – Mwahahaha. Dress Code: Halloween Fancy Dress!

Full of spooky (and at times gruesome) fun, join Joseph Coelho and Freya Hartas for spooOOookily terrific readings and frightful draw-a-longs and a Q+A.

Exhibition: Linda Bristow and S. Macro

Artists and Shows: Linda Bristow (‘Hints of Nature’), and S.Macro (‘Views of Broadstairs’)

Location: York Street Gallery, 22 York Street, Ramsgate,

Dates: 28th October to 3rd November

Opening times: Wed (2-4pm), Thurs-Sat (10:30-4pm), Sun (11am-4pm), Mon (closed), Tue (10:30-4pm)

Linda Bristow presents a series of oils pastels, exploring nature. S. Macro creates egg tempera paintings of Broadstairs.

Event – The Sea Show

Organiser: Looping the Loop

Title: The Sea Show

Location: Small Boat Owners Club, Ramsgate, CT11 9AY

Date: Wednesday 28 October

Openning times: 11.00-12.00pm

Book tickets: https://buytickets.at/loopingtheloop

Looping the Loop presents Squashbox Theatre’s The Sea Show – a quirky and hilarious mix of puppet show, natural history and comedy cabaret. Come and celebrate the sea with tall tales, silly slapstick, fantastic facts, live music and songs – unmissable fun for children and adults of all ages!

Meet crazy characters like Morwenna the ‘beautiful’ mermaid, Ruan the reformed seagull and salty seadog Captain Pemburthy, as well as a cast of mischievous sea-squirts, anemones, limpets, crabs and pilchards.

The Sea Show is the creation of Craig Johnson, an actor, musician and puppeteer, and long-standing member of Cornwall’s renowned Kneehigh Theatre.

For children aged 5+ and their families.

Covid-19 measures will be in place to ensure the safety of audience members, staff, and performers.

Participation Activity: Introduction to Circus Skills

Organizer: Looping the Loop

Location: Archive Homestore and cafe, 17 Military Road, Ramsgate, CT11 9LG

Date: 28 October

Opening times: from 4pm onwards – 5 timeslots available.

https://buytickets.at/loopingtheloop

Learn the basics of contact juggling, plate spinning and the 3 ball cascade pattern with Paul Incredible from Kinetic Circus. After this 30-minute group workshop, you will have picked up impressive new skills to practice at home.

This event is hosted by Thanet performance group, Looping the Loop, as part of Ramsgreat Week.

This is a FREE EVENT but you need to reserve a space (social distancing in place so places are very limited).  Click on the link below to book your free space. Suitable for aged 7+

Virtual Charity Skincare Party

Artist/Organiser: Judith Onwubiko

Location: Online Zoom event

Dates: 30th October

Opening hours: 5 – 6pm

Entry: Free (includes free skin care products to use during the event which will be sent to you in advance) https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/virtual-charity-skincare-party-registration-123671513827

Enjoy a bit of pampering with this online event.  Hosted by Judith Onwubiko, a senior beauty consultant using Mary Kay cosmetics, will guide you through a skin care regime.  The session is free but there will be a chance to purchase more products if you like them and 10% of all purchases will be donated to charity.

Participants can also donate to three charities:

  • Save the Children,
  • Cancer Research UK, and
  • The Black Country Women’s Aid.

Donations can be made via https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JudithOnwubiko

Rotten Ramsgate Guided Tour (West cliff)

Organiser: Rotten Ramsgate Tour Guide, Johanne Edgington

Date: 30th October

Time: 7 – 9pm

Tickets (cost £8.68) available athttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/historical-murder-town-trail-west-cliff-tickets-122797166631

Location: The Obelisk, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate, CT11 8LS

Website Link: https://rottenramsgate.weebly.com/

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/RottenRamsgate

During this guided tour you’ll visit the places and hear the tales of six historical murders that took place in Ramsgate from 1652 to 1922. With three connections to Broadmoor as well as links to Victorian serial killer Jack the Ripper, the West Cliff tour is a must!

Artisan Market: Makers of Ramsgate

Organizer:  Molly Pickle

Location: Homebasics Store, Queen Street, Ramsgate, CT11 9DZ

Date: 31st October

Opening hours: 10-4pm

Entry: Free (Covid-19 safety measures will be in place)

Ramsgate illustrator and screen-printer Molly Pickle hosts a one-off pop-up event celebrating some of the many amazing artisans and micro-businesses based in the town. Browse a selection of handcrafted, locally designed and vintage collections – perfect for a spot of early Christmas shopping.

Launch: Ramsgate Radio

Location: Online

Date: 31 October

Times: 9am onwards

www.ramsgateradio.com

Ramsgate Radio is founded by Filipe Gomes (of Arco Barco). It’s an exciting new online radio station for Ramsgate which aspires to build and champion content that is both entertaining and nourishing to its listeners. The station will explore the things we love about Ramsgate and the things that divide us as a community, it will champion our local heroes and share the hard to pallet realities. From presenting glimpses in to the lives of Ramsgatians, to going on culinary adventures, Artistic Director, Filipe says: “I believe that simple acts like listening to honest stories and experiences will become the foundation for a powerful understanding of this complicated and beautiful place.”

Live Event: Busk on the Barge

Organiser: Ramsgate Arts Barge

Location: Ramsgate Arts Barge, Harbour Parade, CT11 8LN, Ramsgate

Dates: 31st October

Opening hours: 5pm – 7pm

https://ramsgateartsbarge.org/

Buskers performing from the top of Ramsgate Arts Barge. This event has been made possible by the generous support from the Ramsgate Town Team and Queens Head, Thorley Taverns.

Ramsgate Arts Barge is a community project to renovate a 130-year old Dutch barge into a waterfront arts space within Royal Ramsgate Harbour. The initiative will support, assist & champion local artists, providing a large arts space to enable local artists to showcase their work & celebrate the town being a centre of artistic creativity. You can support the project by donating to the crowdfunding campaign at: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/ramsgateartsbarge

Participation Activity: Thanet Pumpkin Trail

Organiser: Ange Martin

Location: Throughout Thanet

Dates: ongoing until Halloween

Ramsgate Mum, Ange Martin has come up with a fantastic idea for families to still enjoy Trick or Treating with a Thanet Pumpkin Trail and has involved the whole of the Thanet Community.

The Thanet Pumpkin Trail guidelines for the event are:

Have a picture of a Pumpkin displayed in a window to show you are taking part with the words “Thanet Pumpkin Trail” on it somewhere. If you want to include carved out pumpkins and other spooky things, then please do! The spookier the better.

When the child/young person spots the pumpkin pictures in the window, their grownups will give them a sweet* to put in their bag and then move on to find more pumpkin pictures.

For more details see the Thanet Pumpkin Trail Facebook Page.

Click here to view the Pumpkin Trail Map.

Participation Activity: Kids Trick or Treat

Location: Baker Street Cafe, Petticoat Lane Emporium, 47 Dumpton Park Drive, CT11 8AD

Date: 31 October and 1 November

Times: 10am – 5pm and 10am-4pm (Sunday)

https://www.facebook.com/eatsnbeatscafe/

All Hallow Eve is fast approaching and trick or treating will be a tad different this year for us all, but at Bakers Street, the team are running a little competition for all, big kids, little kids and our beloved furry visitors. A chance to show off your costumes!

Although Covid rules still apply, friendly staff are happy to accept scary dressed up trick or treaters in our cafe. Will you be brave enough to ask for a trick from one of our witches or wizards? Taking place over the whole weekend.

Trick or treaters will be snapped (with parental permission) and the winner will be chosen by their very own Count Dracula Tim!

The winner will receive a meal of their choice. So come scare them and have some fun!

Virtual Charity Skincare Party

Artist/Organiser: Judith Onwubiko

Location: Online Zoom event

Dates: 31st October

Opening hours: 3 – 4pm or 5 – 6pm

Entry: Free (includes free skin care products to use during the event which will be sent to you in advance) https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/virtual-charity-skincare-party-registration-123671513827

Enjoy a bit of pampering with this online event.  Hosted by Judith Onwubiko, a senior beauty consultant using Mary Kay cosmetics, will guide you through a skin care regime.  The session is free but there will be a chance to purchase more products if you like them (10% of all purchases will be donated to charity).

Participants can also donate to three charities:

  • Save the Children,
  • Cancer Research UK, and
  • The Black Country Women’s Aid.

Donations can be made via https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JudithOnwubiko

Rotten Ramsgate Guided Tour (Afternoon Halloween Special)

Organiser: Rotten Ramsgate Tour Guide, Johanne Edgington

Date: 31st October

Time: 3 – 6pm

Tickets (cost £12.50) available athttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/historical-murder-town-trail-afternoon-halloween-special-tickets-122797688191

Location: The Obelisk, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate CT11 8LS

Website Link: https://rottenramsgate.weebly.com/

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/RottenRamsgate

During this three-mile walking tour that lasts for approximately three hours. Includes pub stop (cost of drink not included in price). During the tour, you’ll find out about eight dastardly deeds committed in Ramsgate from 1652 up to 1930 as well as links to serial killers and Broadmoor.

Rotten Ramsgate Guided Tour (Evening Halloween Special)

Organiser: Rotten Ramsgate Tour Guide, Johanne Edgington

Date: 31st October

Time: 7 – 9pm

Tickets (cost £12.50) available at:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/historical-murder-town-trail-halloween-special-tickets-122797489597

Location: The Obelisk, Harbour Parade, Ramsgate CT11 8LS

Website Link: https://rottenramsgate.weebly.com/

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/RottenRamsgate

During this three-mile walking tour that lasts for approximately three hours. Includes pub stop (cost of drink not included in price). During the tour, you’ll find out about eight dastardly deeds committed in Ramsgate from 1652 up to 1930 as well as links to serial killers and Broadmoor.

Live Online Event: Streaming Alley Halloween

Organiser: Screaming Alley

Location: Zoom

Date: 31 October 2020

Opening times: 20:00

Tickets: 18+ only, a donation is required

Donation Link

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=B2YC3HK225P5J

Once you have donated via PayPal you will receive a confirmation from Screaming Alley and a further email on the event day with the Zoom link.

Dress like the ghouls you are, fix a stiff drink, draw yourselves real close to the screen and prepare for a night of cheap thrills and outrageous games with your Screaming Alley (Addams) family.

You can participate or just watch, if that’s what you prefer both options are a cause for titillation.

Deirdre-on-the-Door will be allowing the best dressed people and most Halloweened homes through her fast track VIP entrance.

More events coming soon…

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