Ramsgate Festival 2017

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Ramsgate Festival 2017

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

This year’s theme is Dream Marine, encourages us all to dream, to dream big and to make all our dreams come true.

The programme we deliver is only made possible thanks to all our wonderful supporters, those who donate time and money to enable us to do what we do. Please support the Festival through our Kickstarter campaign or by donating when you pick up a programme – if you’d like to!

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 descending Royal Parade, inspired by UK 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!), Pirate Day midweek, Ramsgate Meridian 5:41 marking Ramsgate time which is 5 minutes and 51 seconds ahead of Greenwich — 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 Ramsgate Reflections heritage talks, Follow the Muse artistic evenings at Vinyl Head and Ramsgate Treasures galore – walks, yoga, mindfulness 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.

Pick up a programme from local outlets and tourist information offices.

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 received 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, food and craft stalls from local makers and artisans with entertainment and classic cars.

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. We need all hands on deck!

Fire Finale. Kindly sponsored by Wetherspoon’s new Royal Pavilion opening Ramsgate Seafront this summer. Rnjoy the 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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