Friday, 2 September 2011

What’s on in Ramsgate this weekend?

Saturday 3rd September Wantsum Jazz Festival

Sunday 4th September

Addington Street Fair

Jewish Culture and Heritage Sunday

More details

7th Annual Wantsum Jazz Festival

The theme of this year’s festival is the past, present and future, all of which will be reflected in the music and the venue.

For the first time, we are holding the festival on the Victorian bandstand in Ramsgate’s Ellington Park. We have teamed up with the Friends of Ellington Park who are engaged in restoring the park to its former glory. Not only do we have a magnificent venue, but it is situated only a short walk from Ramsgate station which has links throughout Thanet and beyond. And if it rains, there are plenty of sheltering trees!

Musically, the past is represented in the ever-popular traditional dixieland style as played by Bert Butler and his Jazz Pilgrims. Their recent appearance at the Seaside Shuffle was hugely successful and they will be bringing yet another taste of New Orleans to Ramsgate.

Ivan Thompson’s All Stars have an established reputation both locally in Kent, but also in the wider world of jazz-related music and their line-up includes musicians who have established careers with a range of well-known bands. Their style is predominantly groove, funk and reggae.

Mixing the past and the present will be Syd Arthur. Their appearance at last year’s Monster Bass Festival both reminded oldies what the Canterbury Prog-Rock scene was like and introduced a new audience to a genre of music that they had subtly updated.

Our headline band is Bandsangu. This really is the music of the future. An 18-piece band recently formed by Paul Booth, whose career has reached stratospheric heights, it contains the cream of the London jazz scene. Heavily influenced by latin music, and particularly that of Brazil, they also introduce a funky feel to sounds that will knock you out.

The festival takes place on Saturday 3rd September and is free. Food and drink stalls will be available from midday and we are hoping the Ramsgate Model Railway will be offering rides on their circular track. The music starts at 2 pm and will finish at 9 pm. For more information, check out our facebook page: Wantsum Jazz but, whatever, come and enjoy an exciting family event.

Jewish Cultural Heritage Day Ramsgate : Thanet & District Reform Synagogue : Exhibition and open doors 11am - 3pm Exhibition based on the ‘Facing the Future’ theme and exploring what makes a modern synagogue tick.

293a Margate Road, Ramsgate, CT12
6TE DA, T, Cost: Free. Refreshments available

The only information I have about Addington Street Fair is that it starts at 10.00am on Sunday the only reference I can find to it online is the Thanet Extra website where it says that it is on, on Saturday, this I think is a mistake.

This post came from reading the wrong info in the Thanet Extra website, I then Googled Ramsgate tourist information, which gives the result:

Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate - Isle of Thanet Official Tourism ... - Cached
For information on accommodation, attractions, events, beaches and bays, ... a regularvisitor to Broadstairs | Ramsgate boasts the only Royal Harbour in the UK ...
17 York St
01843 577 577

To set things straight

Ramsgate visitor information office is in The Custom House, Harbour Parade, phone 01843 589750. if you can’t get through the town council usually have the information on 01843 589751.


  1. Sunday is also Merchant Navy Day, commemorating the 32000 civilian merchant navy crewmembers who died keeping this country supplied during WW2. As a historian living at the seaside this is surely worth a mention?

  2. 22.09 is there some related local event? If there is I will certainly publicise it.


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