Rosie goes to Updown Gallery!

Rosie goes to Updown Gallery!
Rosie goes to Updown Gallery!

Congratulations to Kate Smith who has just opened the beautiful Updown Gallery at Satis House – a double fronted Victorian house in Elms Avenue, Ramsgate.  Updown Gallery opened this weekend with the first exhibition celebrating Sir Peter Blake’s work spanning over 6 decades. It's in a great location (just up the road from Waitrose car park) and is open for prospective buyers and admirers alike from 10am to 6pm, Tuesday – Friday and 11am to 6pm on Saturday.

Kent Coastal Week is Coming Soon

 Kent Coastal Week is Coming Soon
 Kent Coastal Week is Coming Soon

Kent Coastal Week gets underway towards the end of October (27/10 – 4/11) with the action really starting in Ramsgate on Sunday 28th.  From 10am, head to the Customs House building where you can pick up a brochure (link for brochure included at the end of this blog) on events taking place through the week.  There will be over 50 stalls in the street (Harbour Parade) and entertainment from Ramsgate Arts Group will include a 2 hour tour around town celebrating Ramsgate’s history with poetry and music (tours start at 11am and 2pm).  A storytelling treasure

Ramsgate's Third Annual Arts Festival

Ramsgate's Third Annual Arts Festival
Ramsgate's Third Annual Arts Festival

The Summer Squall Arts Festival was a great success this weekend with fantastic weather shining down on another superb Bank Holiday weekend here in sunny Ramsgate.  Even the silver lady got dressed up for the occasion and this year’s line up was even more diverse with free entertainment dotted around the town including outdoor theatre, live music for all tastes including award winning opera and of course, the chance to view and buy local art at their Open Studios. 

 

Thanet at War 28th and 29th July

Thanet at War 28th and 29th July

This weekend Ramsgate goes back in time for the third year running as it hosts the Thanet at War 1940’s Weekend.  This WWII re-enactment is held over two days from 28th July and is hosted by Bygone Days Historical Group.

Torch Blazes Through Ramsgate

Torch Blazes Through Ramsgate

Eight days to go and it was Ramsgate’s turn today to cheer on the Olympic Torch as it winds its way around the Isle of Thanet.  The sun shone as we cheered a very proud torchbearer through town.  The torch will end the day at Leeds Castle, Maidstone around 6pm after visiting the major towns en route including Margate where Tracey Emin will carry the torch through her home town.

Mike Samson's York Street Gallery opens this weekend

Mike Samson's York Street Gallery opens this weekend

Congratulations to Mike and Lizzie at York Street Gallery.  The grand opening is this weekend (9th June) featuring Mike’s own work.  Mike is a popular local artist who enjoys painting in and around Ramsgate and today sees him realise his ambition in opening an art gallery.  We popped down to wish Mike and Lizzie lots of luck and get a photo outside their new gallery (their granddaughter Megan very cleverly suggested closing the door so we could see ‘York Street Gallery’ on the glass).

Ramsgate's Maritime Museum is back!

Ramsgate's Maritime Museum is back!

Great news for our town this month as Ramsgate’s Maritime Museum doors opened in time for The May Day Bank Holiday. The museum, now run by The Steam Museum Trust, plans to be open for all the Bank Holidays and will also be open for 6 days a week throughout the school summer break.  The museum entry is free and there is a small fee (£1 for kids) to go aboard the last surviving sea-faring steam tug, Cervia (try saying that when you have a lisp like me!).

Good Luck to Caboose Cafe

Good Luck to Caboose Cafe

Charlie and I have both celebrated birthdays in the last few weeks – his being a bit special as he turned FORTY on 30th March.  He is obviously much older than me as I am only thirty twelve.    Anyway, the birthdays gave us a good excuse to check out the brand new Caboose Cafe/Bar which opened in Queens Street last month. 

Spring has Sprung!

Spring has Sprung!
Spring has Sprung!

The clocks may not be going forward until the weekend but the sun is shining down on Ramsgate.  Flowers are in bloom and the promenades are currently being restored to their former glory including the restoration of the beautiful benches on the East Cliff outside King George VI park. Shame about the white plastic plaques which are secured to each end of all nine benches but we can forgive them for wanting to show off their work!  The Victorian shelters are also receiving a complete overhaul with the first one almost finished and looking amazing - only 13 more to go! 

The Hungry Sailors are coming to Ramsgate!

The Hungry Sailors are coming to Ramsgate!
The Hungry Sailors are coming to Ramsgate!

Me and Charlie are really enjoying this new series with Coast's  Dick Strawbridge and his son James.  They are sailing on board the 44ft pilot cutter, Amelie Rose starting their journey from Fowey in Cornwall and exploring Britain's South Coast.  Their mission is to boldly sail across the South of England, seeking out locally sourced produce then cooking up a three course meal in the Amelie Rose's galley (or using madly engineered contraptions thought up by Strawbridge senior that weirdly seem to work).

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