Ramsgate Festival on its way with an End of the Pier Show not for the faint-hearted!

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This year the Ramsgate Festival will take place earlier than usual to run concurrently with Ramsgate Week and provide a rich programme of activities taking place all over town, wrapping around the Royal Temple Yacht Club's historic sailing regatta.



Missy Maybe taking us on an unexpected trip to a nudist beach


From 23rd till 31st July, Ramsgate will be the place to be!

Kicking off with free screenings of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin Opera, by Garsington Opera, as part of their Opera for All programme, on 23rd July, the Festival will include many more surprises and unique happenings.

Opera - Photo: Mark Douet


The Festival's Creative Producer this year is Ramsgate resident, Teresa Askew, who has a substantial track record of staging large and small scale outdoor arts events with a strong focus on spectacle and participation. In 2012 she was the Creative Producer for the Rio London collaboration, a London 2012 Festival Commission.


Teresa is also director of Ramsgate based arts production house, ArtAha. Supported by Arts Council England, Artaha have initiated a carnival development programme called Great British Carnival which has recently been putting top quality carnival arts into carnivals like Margate, Bridgwater and Luton as well as developing a new carnival in Dartford and creating a major carnival festival in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park — the Great British Carnival.


Teresa Askew


Ramsgate Carnival

So we can expect something of a carnival atmosphere at Ramsgate Festival this year – Ramsgate Carnival itself takes place during the festival – on 24th July, organised by Jenny Royce.

On Saturday 30th July there will be a market, stage, bands, seating and a bar at Harbour Parade, Pier Yard and Cross Wall, all day with a Sea life Parade and spectacular along Harbour Parade at 8:30pm.

The theme for this year is ‘On the wind and the waves, the sea brings us life' and there is a whole story behind that which will slowly unfold and become apparent during the Festival. 'Something strange is happening in Ramsgate, you could say something fishy is going on. Sea Creatures start appearing in the town. Could it be the Ramsgate Whale might return?



The opera, Eugene Onegin, is screened on the beach, many other weird and wonderful happenings unfold….bands, entertainment, stalls, live art and more….'

Josephine Shaker

Those of you of a saucy disposition won't want to miss The End of the Pier Show , a variety show curated by Sadie Hennessey which will offer a diverse and unpredictable selection of modern variety acts, mixed with local talent. Acts confirmed already are: Mr Henry Dagg and his amazing Cat Orchestra, Miss Josephine Shaker – taking tap-dancing to the next level, The Fishy Pluckers with their ukulele sea-shanties and burlesque star Missy Maybe taking us on an unexpected trip to a nudist beach.

This is a fancy dress event, the theme will be Sea Life, which will culminate in a Fancy Dress Parade, with an exciting prize going to the winner. The show’s compere is ‘Rotherham Songbird’ Miss Myra Dubois, winner of the London Cabaret Awards in 2013.

The End of the Pier Show has an in-house band called ‘The House Band From Hell’ who provide backing music in a style that may best be described as an ‘easy-listening/punk hybrid’. The tone of the event is surreal and saucy with much emphasis put on audience participation. Its an over-18s event and not for the faint-hearted!

It seems clear that there really will be something for everyone, from great activities for kids to Eugene Onegin, to bands and stalls and walks and talks and all sorts. We're quite excited already!

Anyone wishing to support with cash or time is warmly encouraged to get in touch with Ramsgate Arts:


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