Margate - Artwork by Something Somewhere


UNABLE TO SAIL TO MARGATE; Sadly the wind speed forecast counts against us sailing out of and beyond Ramsgate; so its Plan B for our arrival into Margate. Collective Spirit willl return to the roads of Thanet on Friday afternoon as she heads to the Harbour Arm in the safe hands of Sail Boat Deliveries.

19.00 on Friday 13 July - ARRIVAL - The Harbour Arm

‘The Sailor Returns’ is Margate’s welcoming event.  There is entertainment on the Harbour Arm from bicycle DJ’s Wheely Groovy (bring your favourite tunes for them to play) and it promises to be quite a party as community groups host different crew members. Check out the Lifeboat pub and the Late Night Live at Turner Contemporary which takes on a special Boat Project theme.

Saturday 14 July – 16.00
Fort Green – just off Fort Crescent next to the Winter Gardens

Thirty Pounds of Bone presents The Ship’s Log, with special guest Megan Henwood, winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, joined in concert by Regent Brass and the Big Sing community choir. Not to be missed!

14 and 15 July, 11.30-19.00, Boatside Gathering, Margate’s Harbour Arm,

Throughout Saturday and Sunday the boat will be on display, crew members, artists and donors will be on hand to talk to people about the boat and answer questions.  

14 July, 13.30-15.30, The Exchanging of Gifts  

The Processions -  the carnival procession will set out from the station on its way to the boat where a special sail, designed by Alice Kettle and the communities of Margate, will be given to the crew.

21.30-23.00, The Bicycle Cinema, Market Square – For one night only a bicycle cinema will show a selection of shorts, animations and Margate-based films - powered by the furious pedalling of audience members!

15 July, 10.00-16.00, The Feast

Paper Boats on the Beach in the old Bathing Pool and sand sculptures on the beach - Join commissioned artists in building paper boats of all shapes and sizes.

10.00-16.00, Modern Pierrots - At the turn of the last century, travelling performers would entertain the crowds on the beach. With modern day twists our “New Pierrots” will provide entertainment along the beach and within the town. (performances at various times throughout the day)

15.00-18.00, The Big Dance – Tea and Ska Dance – Led by Ragroof Theatre and community dancers the Big Dance is an opportunity for everyone to try their hand at both tea dancing and also move to the rhythms of Ska.

18.00-20.00, The Feast – Bring a picnic or your fish and chips and join the Crew of The Boat as they prepare for their departure with a feast. Listen to the stories of their journeys accompanied by music from Thirty Pounds of Bone and Two Wounded Birds performing live.

16 July, 12noon - DEPARTURE - The Harbour Arm

As Collective Spirit leaves the haven of Margate harbour Hartsdown choir will sing sea faring songs as we wish the boat well on its onward journey.

Margate Hosts The Boat Project is produced by Parrabbola and is funded by Arts Council England and Kent County Council and supported by Thanet District Council, Turner Contemporary, The Dreamland Trust, Margate Carnival,Theatre Royal Margate, South East Dance and Big Dance South East England