Wednesday, 15 January 2014

A Saturday in Ramsgate!

If you’ve not much planned for this Saturday 18 January, come and enjoy this month’s Ramsgate Handmade Fair and take the chance to explore some of the new gems in Ramsgate town, as well as some of the old favourites.

The first Handmade Fair of 2014 is at The Custom House on Harbour Parade, by the Queen’s Head and open from 10am to 5pm and with lots of regulars as well as exciting newcomers on show. All the stalls are local artisans and producers, including Seahorse Glass, Sarah at Sea, Liquorice Sticks, Janet Hobbs’s Cupcakes and jewellery from Violet Gibbs. There’s lots of other stalls as well, all with affordable handmade items.

Starting from the fair at the harbour, take a walk past Miles Bar and along towards the Sailors’ Church on Military Road – the new Harbour Chocolate Lounge ( is at Arch 19 and they serve real hot chocolate and gorgeous ‘Handmade in Ramsgate’ chocolates! In a nearby arch is Showtime Retro (, an amazing collection of ephemera and Suzy Curtis makes ceramics at ‘Something Fishy’ (, next to the Ship Shape cafe.

Cross the road from Ship Shape and walk up York Street to check out this week’s joint exhibition at the York Street Gallery (Jane Bath, Gill Nunn, Ann VanGreuning & Julie Le Chasseur Walk up a few yards and turn right into Charlotte Court to discover the new shop Saltworks, next to Age & Sons. It has clothes, fragrances, jewellery and gifts and it’s a really beautiful conversion from the old police station building.

Walk out of this pretty courtyard to the town centre and see what’s on offer at this Saturday’s market. Walk up the High Street and you’ll find a new sweet shop on the left to try out. If you want to stretch your legs some more, walk down past the library and up to Addington Street, where you can see new shops being prepared and the Queen Charlotte a perfect spot for a warming glass of beer. All in all, plenty to do and see to amuse yourself on a January Saturday!

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