Friday, 4 June 2010


Tickets are now on sale for this year's Margate's Big Event, which will feature the first display of the season from the world famous Red Arrows.

Tickets, which cost £2.00 for each day on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 June, are available from the Margate Visitor Information Centre, at 12-13 The Parade, Margate. It is open every day from 10am to 5pm. Children under the age of five will be admitted to the event free of charge.

This year's line-up also includes a special tribute to the Battle of Britain, 70 years after it took place in the skies above Kent. Historic Spitfires will battle again with German planes in a specially choreographed display. Alongside this is a full programme of flying on both days, complimented by entertainment on the ground, including live music, street performances and entertainers.

The concert on the Saturday night, which will be at no additional cost to ticketholders on the day, will feature the Magic of the Beatles, with the evening rounded off by a firework display.

Margate's Big Event takes place over the Father's Day weekend and there's a unique treat available for all dads. You can book a special VIP package for £32.00 for adults and £10.00 for children under the age of 12, which includes a four course lunch, welcome drink and canapés on arrival, access to a marquee with special viewing area and traditional afternoon tea. The price also includes VIP free parking and free entry to the event. Children under the age of three are free.

Cllr. Martin Wise, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: "Margate's Big Event is hugely popular with both local people and visitors to the area. As always, we have a superb line-up of events taking place throughout both days, which makes the ticket price of just £2.00 exceptionally attractive. It's a small price to pay for the opportunity to see the first display of 2010 from the Red Arrows in the UK and to enjoy the special commemoration of the Battle of Britain. Our Father's Day packages also proved to be exceptionally popular in 2009, so if you're interested in one as a special present, it's important to book now to avoid disappointment."

Margate's Big Event will be open from 10am until 10pm on Saturday and from 10.30am to 6pm on Sunday. Visitors to the event with large quantities of alcohol will not be allowed in and only assistance dogs will be allowed into this year's event, as previous experience has shown that it is not suitable for dogs.

For more information about Margate's Big Event, visit

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