This October half-term, Ramsgate Town Council 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 and gallery exhibitions happening at multiple locations across the South Thanet town.
The mostly free programme includes several Looping the Loop productions: ’Introduction to Circus Skills’ for families and support bubbles at Archive Cafe, and a quirky and hilarious puppet show, ‘The Sea Show’ at Royal Harbour Brasserie, which combines natural history with comedy cabaret.
Other events include an artisan and vintage pop-up show ‘Makers of Ramsgate’ organised by Molly Pickle Designs, Thanet’s first ever pumpkin trail (a Covid-safe way for kids to enjoy the spirit of trick of treat) organised by local mum Ange Martin. There’s also a spooky Screaming Alley Halloween online event happening, and Ramsgate Arts Barge are presenting live music event “Busk on the Barge”.
There are also nine public exhibitions including three artist homes as part of East Kent Artists’ Open Houses
. In collaboration with The Earth Museum
, “Ramsgreat Week” are also compiling 30 curious and compelling sites around Ramsgate to be pinned onto a national digital map enabling people from across the world to discover the hidden treasures which make Ramsgate special.
The name of our event is inspired by the word used to form the hugely successful public art piece “Where I live” at Ramsgate Royal Harbour Car Park - installed overnight in September by mysterious local artist, known only as Mr Tear Gas. Of his piece, Mr Tear Gas said “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.
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.
The festival is being produced by Ramsgate Arts and Ramsgate Town Promoter, Rebekah Smith with funding from Ramsgate Town Council.
New events are still being added. To find out more about our programme, go to http://www.visitramsgate.co.uk/ramsgreatweek/
or check Visit Ramsgate on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.