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Theatre Royal in Addington Street is the second oldest theatre in the country a year round listing of shows is available from http://www.theatreroyalmargate.com/
You could also visit the Tom Thumb Theatre, in Cliftonville, which is the second smallest in the country, seating just 50 people at a time.Try out their Club Hydropathe: a weekly members-only night of off-beat cinema, sounds and surprises. http://www.tomthumbtheatre.co.uk/whats%20on.html
The Winter Gardens is also near Cliftonville, just past the police station, prices are around 8-10 GBP for a show or panto. http://www.margatewintergardens.co.uk/whats_on/calendar.asp?d=01&m=12&y=2012
Written Oct 25, 2012
The Turner Contemporary art gallery, is located on the sea-front next to the visitor and information centre. The building itself would look more at home in an urban setting, but here it is jutting off the harbour wall like a huge modern art mollusc.
Tracey Emin used to live in Margate and is famous for her unmade bed. But the exhibition I saw in August 2012 She lay Down Deep Beneath the Sea focused on her recent work and although not erotic it contains a lot of nude drawings, mostly of Tracey herself. The media she works in includes watercolours, sculptures, drawings, photographs, tapestries and embroidery.
The exhibition is free but for a small charge there is an audio guide to the exhibition with short commentaries by Tracey.
Updated Sep 3, 2012
Address: Rendevous, Margate
First, let me deal with the logistics and the way VT works if you are not aware. I actually walked easily to this place from Broadstairs although subsequent research shows that it is just technically in Margate. Readers of my other pages will know that I am a bit of a stickler (some would say obsessive) about putting my tips in the right places so here it is in Margate, but enough of that. On to the detail.
For men of a certain age, i.e. mine, there are certain names that still stir the heart even after all these years - Meccano, Scalextric, Hornby, Corgi, Airfix etc. For those of you who do not know, and I realise that VT is global, these were the names of makes of toys from my childhood. Meccano was a self-assembly engineering kit, Scalextric a slot car racing system, Hornby the gold standard of model railways, Corgi makers of toy vehicles and Airfix produced plastic model kits of just about anything as well as toy soldiers I seemed to have hundreds of as a child. When I found out that there was a Visitor Centre here, nothing was going to keep me away.
Approaching the place is, frankly, hardly inspiring. Coming from the Broadstairs you are confronted with what looks like, and indeed is, a large drab factory building. Although, like most things in UK now, production has now been moved overseas (China in this case), the building is still a working distribution depot. Walking to the far end of the building I found the fairly unassuming entrance, entered and spoke to the very friendly young lady on the desk, paid my £4 admittance (other prices are on the attached website) and walked into what was effectively a wonderland, losing about 40 years in the process.
The Visitor Centre is part informative and moreover great fun. Starting with the life story of the eponymous Frank Hornby (1863 - 1936) and his making of sheet metal toys for his children it goes, more or less chronologically, through the development of what is now known as Hornby Hobbies Ltd. and their acquisition of various other brands until their present position as one of the pre-eminent toy manufacturers in the world.
There are exhibits of very rare models, examples of how they are actually made, a simply brilliant model railway display and a hands on Scalextric track which I would have loved to have a go on but there were a bunch of youngsters having such a good time on it, albeit doing a lot more crashing than driving.
I had enquired as to the possibility of photography inside and the young lady had told me that was no problem so I went on a bit of a shutter frenzy, taking far more images than fit on a VT tip, so I have created a travelogue.
There is a cafe onsite which I did not try although it looked very pleasant, and also a huge shop of just about everything Hornby you could ever want to buy, although I was a little astounded at the prices. Then again, it has been decades since I bought anything from them.
The Centre is all on one level so would be suitable for mobility impaired visitors and I did notice a disabled toilet facility (at the back of the shop should you need it).
I fully appreciate that this tip will be of little use or interest to many VT readers now that "toys" seem to be centred around things with screens but for us oldies it was a complete and utter joy.
Written Aug 30, 2012
Address: Westwood Industrial Estate, Margate, Kent, CT9 4JX
Phone: +00 44 (0)1843 233524
The loop bus is a wonderful fast service that travels throughout the day between Margate, Broadstairs, Ramsgate and the huge Westwood Cross Shopping Malls. For 2.90 (2012 figures) you can get and and off all day long and travel throughout these areas. Every 10 - 15 minutes, even on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Ask any local where the bus stop is. Although if you arrive at Margate rail station you have to walk to the council offices to pick up the bus.
BARGAIN or what?
Updated Aug 28, 2012
I love rummaging in second hand book shops, especially ones that have a semblance of order and look clean and inviting.
Tiverton Books ticks all those boxes, you can sit and read and rummage to your hearts content, It is down the steps next door to the Smiths Court Hotel in Cliftonville. Its opposite the bandstand. Great place to browse for old books and quality second-hand. Days open Tues, Wed, Thursday, Sunday
Updated Aug 28, 2012
Address: Eastern Esplanade, Cliftonville
Phone: 01843 222319
Art is on the agenda in Margate: Try these all close to the Turner Contemporary
Pie Factory Artists Studios, 5-9 Broad Street, for cultural activities, exhibitions, workshops and cafe http://piefactorymargate.co.uk
Marine Studios, 17 Albert Terrace overlooking the ocean near the Turner Contemporary. Gallery and meeting space
Margate Modern Art, 9 King Street (road leading down to the Turner Contemporary from the Shell Grotto) to buy watercolours, paintings, sculpture and by local and British artists
Art For All 9-10 Marine Drive, art gallery, art and crafts workshops. Family Pottery, Canvas Painting and Collage. Every Saturday from 11am-2pm. Activity time approx 90 minutes to 2 hours. £7 per activity. www.artforall.eu
Many cafe bars and niche shops around this area near the Turner Contemporary too
Written Aug 26, 2012
the turner art centre was built,using lottery funds. it is not befitting of the area,as no one that lives here,is into art. it is supposed to attract people from out of town,which it will. but once they have seen it,and the lack of facilities surrounding it,they wont come back!! margate is a bucket and spade seaside town,and thats what it will always be. there is an ols saying,and it involves the words 'polish' and 'turd'!! not recommended at all!! minus 5*
Written Oct 31, 2011
The Turner centre is due for completion in 2011. It is located in the harbour area, and is currently a bit of a blot on the landscape. Hopefully it will look much better when they take the scaffolding down. In the meantime, there is a small exhibition in Droit House, explaining how the build is going and showing what it will be like when it is complete.
Updated Sep 25, 2010
Address: Margate Harbour
The main Theatre in Margate is the Winter Gardens. Built in 1909, the theatre is set in to the cliff and surrounded by attractive gardens. There is always something happening at the Winter Gardens; Variety shows, concerts, musicals and even line dancing classes. Margate Operatic Society (MOS) perform there twice a year, usually the end of May and the end of November. This is an amateur company which has been described by many as 'one of the most professional companies in the area', and 'as good as going to the West end". The ticket prices are much cheaper too!
Updated May 27, 2007
There are lots of beaches to lay on if you want to sunbathe. Margate main sands are very commercialised, but there are lots of shops and bars close by, trampolines, swings etc for the kids and are close to the main transport hubs. Most of the locals use the beaches further along the coast, Palm Bay being a favourite. These beaches are much quieter and more basic.
All Margate's beaches are sandy. Not a pebble in sight!
Updated Mar 17, 2007
1 Review and 131 Opinions I stayed over a bank holiday weekend. The staff, food and public areas are thumbs up 3 star. Sadly,...