Thursday, 22 July 2010


You can ‘Shape up and Sway’ and enjoy photographic memories of the Margate Mermaids in days gone by, with new events announced for this summer’s Dippers and Dunkers festival in Margate.

The festival celebrates the best of New Variety, a touch of Burlesque and Seaside Entertainment and is being run by Thanet District Council. Now into its second year, after a successful debut last year, it’s been extended to a whole week and will run from Friday 20 August until Friday 27 August. It takes its name from locals who would 'dip' and 'dunk' their sea-bathing visitors in Margate's salty waters. The festival has something for all members of the family, from circus workshops, to sideshow illusions, Punch and Judy fun, cabaret, the renowned Sassy Seaside Show and the insect museum.

The exhibition ‘Margate Drawn’ (sponsored by Southern Water), focuses on the visitors that have visited Margate since the 1700s being “drawn” to the seaside by the therapeutic waters. These visitors were, in turn, drawn by the great caricature artists of the day, creating a fun look at the history of the seaside. It will be split into five different sections, the first covering the journey to Margate, the second looking at the restorative power of the waters, the attractions available for visitors and misadventures at Margate. The final section will concentrate on contemporary caricatures, a competition for new caricature artists, which has been advertised in arts magazines, on websites and through arts organizations.

You can also shape up and sway the Dippers and Dunkers way, by taking part in 1950s keep fit on the beach on Margate Main Sands. Free sessions will be taking place every morning from Monday 23 August to Friday 27 August at 8.00am.

If that sounds too energetic, you can also try Tai Chi, followed by a cup of tea, on the same days, also on the beach, from 10.00 to 11.00am. Beginners are welcome and you’ll exploring breath control, basic moves and the philosophy of this ancient form of self defence. If the weather is wet, an alternative venue will be arranged. Both events are being sponsored by the council’s Sport Matters team.

Cllr. Martin Wise, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services, said: “It’s great to see even more events being added to this year’s Dippers and Dunkers festival. There’s going to be lots going on throughout the week, with something for every member of the family, whatever your age. Many of the events taking place will be free, so it’s a great opportunity for local people, and visitors to the area, to enjoy high quality entertainment either for no or little cost.”

To find out more about what’s happening in Dippers and Dunkers, call 01843 577577 or visit

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