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/ Town Promoter Update - July 2019
I hope you are all having a wonderful summer and enjoyed the various events throughout May, June and July. Even though the high season is in a few weeks, we can still look forward to some fabulous events over the coming months. We are very excited that Ramsgate Town Council, through their Active Ramsgate initiative, have secured the National Freestyle Kitesurfing Championship Finals for the second year running. We look forward to welcoming the ‘best of the best’ kitesurfers over the Bank Holiday weekend. The Queen’s Head will be putting on a small but perfectly formed music festival to complement the weekend, which we hope our kitesurfing visitors will take time out to enjoy! We will also be supporting the Sea Safety Event along the wavy line promenade on the Main Sands so look out for their stalls and a chance to join in with local initiatives and community groups that focus on seafaring activities.
The Handmade and Vintage Fair will be holding its usual monthly market on the first Sunday of each month (until October when the dates change slightly). These will join forces with the fabulous Addington Street Revival Fair on Sunday September 1, which is shaping up to be an absolute must for your diary! Keep an eye out on their facebook page ‘Addington Street Community’ for updates.
The Ramsgate Society will be hosting the Heritage Open Days (HOD) again this September and to complement our celebrations of Van Gogh this year, the generous owner of 11 Spencer Square will be opening her doors to visitors who wish to see the bedroom where Vincent lived, during his short stay in Ramsgate in 1876. Keep an eye out for the HOD leaflets, which will be available from the Visitor Information Centre at The Custom House in Harbour Parade and other venues in town.
Pugin Week is also in September and will run concurrently with the Heritage Open Days from September 14, which is quite appropriate as AWN Pugin is an important figure in our national and local architectural heritage. We are very lucky to have the two most personal examples of his skills: his family home, The Grange; and the church next door, St Augustine’s, which he often referred to as ‘his child’. Both magnificent buildings offer guided tours all year round but special tours and information will be available throughout this celebratory week. They are worth a visit and having recently hosted an afternoon with 48 teenage students from Royal Harbour Academy and Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School. I can safely say, both buildings will not fail to impress the whole family!
I hope you all enjoy the last few weeks of summer and here’s to a sunshine extension throughout autumn!