Friday, 6 August 2010


Thanet’s newest festival hits the streets of Ramsgate next weekend (Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 August), as the Monster Bass comes to town.

The free two-day event, organised by Thanet District Council, will bring the legend of the lost lands of Lomea to life, culminating in a spectacular sound and light show on Saturday night, when the mysterious Monster Bass will be returned to the seas, from where she came. The parade will see the guardian of the Goodwins carried through the town, from the Paragon to Ramsgate seafront, where a professional storyteller will tell the story of the Monster Bass on Ramsgate Main Sands. The show will be set to a specially commissioned piece of music and will end with a fireworks and sound show on the beach.

Over the weekend, which also marks the start to Sailing Week, visitors to Ramsgate will be able to enjoy seafood and local produce, as well as arts and crafts markets, around the Harbour from 10.30am to 10.00 pm on Saturday and between 11.00am and 6.00pm on the Sunday.

There’s something for all the family throughout the weekend, with music presented by the organisers of the popular Wantsum Jazz Festival. The line-up includes Hamish Stewart, Estelle Rubio, Eli’s West Coast Soul Stars, Christine Tobin and the Harbour Jazz Orchestra.

The entertainment starts on Saturday with Zumba from Shanda’s dynamic dance shop, then you can experience knife throwing at its worst, with Frenetic Engineering, the magic of India with Jardu and Bernie Bennett, tightrope extraordinaire. Bernie returns on the Sunday and is joined by Jason Maverick, with his high energy mime and robotics, while DJ Turbo Jones brings 80s mayhem to the Royal Harbour.

As well as street shows, both days feature some great walkabout acts, ranging from mermaids to merman in chariots, Neptune to deep sea divers, and loony litter pickers to creepy giant bugs. Adding to the fun, children will be entertained with story-telling and can join art workshops, to cast a bass or make their own willow fish.

Leader of the Council, Cllr. Bob Bayford, said: “The Monster Bass Festival will be another great addition to the superb line-up of events that take place in Thanet every year. Residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some wonderful free entertainment across the two days in the beautiful setting of Ramsgate’s Royal Harbour Marina. The Monster Bass will help to bring to life some of the town’s sea-faring legends with an event that offers something for all the family.”

To learn more about the Monster Bass Festival, pick up your copy of the full programme from the Visitor Information Centre, visit or call 01843 577577

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