Ramsgate Festival 2017

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This year RamsgateFestival will run from 22-30 July, alongside the Ramsgate Week sailing regatta.

We predict it is going to be amazing. For starters it will be much bigger than ever before this year – thanks to all our wonderful supporters.

Starting with opera on the beach (Handel’s Semele from Garsington Opera) and finishing with Fire Finale, the packed programme includes: Littoral Light, a beautiful illuminated twilight art installation on a remote stretch of beach involving 40 artists; the Ramsgate Slide, a giant waterslide inspired by internationally famous artist Luke Jerram;  Jimmy’s Boatyard, a unique installation from Russian artists Cardboardia and Yorkshire’s Handmade Parade, working with local artists, who will bring a daily programme of boat making in the harbour (think BIG!) – and a host of diverse, fun and serious, high quality events that celebrate the unique maritime location of this extraordinary place, from nautical-themed computer games at the Micro Museum, to heritage walks and talks and plenty of music and performances. See What’s On – note that not everything is on the website yet so keep checking back for more information.


Key dates include: 

22 July

Opera on the beach – join us for the screening of a brand new production of Handel’s famous opera, Semele which opened at the start of June and has already recieved rave reviews.

23 July

‘Dream Marine’ – Ramsgate Festival’s float in the Ramsgate Carnival parade.

Wednesday 26 July

Pirate Day!

27th July

Sadie Hennessy’s side-splitting – and very adult – ‘End Of the Pier Show’

28th July

‘Littoral Light II’ – back by popular demand, a beautiful, temporary twilight art exhibition, uniquely set in the tidal zone of Ramsgate beach, by the artists’ collective, Article 10.

22/23 July and 29/30 July

Festival Market in Harbour Parade

29/30 July

World music and dance stage  including Ramsgate Rising, a showcase stage for an impressive roll call of Ramsgate Talent – and pop up parades.

30 July

‘The Ramsgate Slide’, a one day installation of a 300 foot waterslide along Ramsgate’s iconic Royal Parade, modelled on a similar installation in Bristol by internationally renowned artist, Luke Jerram, who recently unveiled Ocean Pavilion in Singapore and created the St Pancras pianos. See how you can help make this happen here. We need all hands on deck!

Fire Finale. A twilight procession and magical fire display on Ramsgate Main Sands to close the Festival – and provide a great start to the summer holidays!


Ramsgate has the country’s only Royal Harbour as well as golden sandy beaches and is just over an hour from London by train. This year’s theme is #DreamMarine. We invite everyone to: ‘think BIG, unleash your creative potential, play and have fun. Prepare to be surprised and possibly challenged by Dream Marine in 2017’

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July 22 2017


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