Ramsgate Through the Senses is a brand new experiential festival, created to complement Ramsgate’s Festival of Sound. Taking place March 18th – 20th 2022, the weekend programme presents a fantastic array of activities, highlighting much of what makes Kent special – unique dining experiences, joyous live performances, artistic talks and holistic treatments to relax the body and mind.  

Ramsgate Through the Senses is an out of season experiential event. Given how tough the last two years have been, co-founders Gemma Dempsey and Helen Emler wanted to celebrate the produce of Kent, as well as reconnect with our five senses to well and truly shake off the winter blues!

Attendees to Ramsgate Through the Senses can sample delicious cuisine created by some of the best chefs in Kent. 

Friday night’s ‘Four x Four’ opening event features a signature dish by Marc Campos of Marc-Pierre’s Kitchen; Adrian Mowl of Royal Harbour Brasserie ; Bruce Stratford -Nomada and Jessica Leah. Their culinary creations will be paired with Kent wines and beverages as selected by Master of Wine, Clive Barlow of Press Wine Services. There are only 384 Masters of Wine in the world, so it is very exciting to have Clive Barlow MW as part of this event! The music element of Four x Four will be provided by Carli Jefferson of the broken folk duo The Lunatraktors.

On Saturday evening ‘In the Dark’ will take place at a private residence on Ramsgate’s East Cliff which has its own set of chalk tunnels. Chef Bruce Stratford and Clive Barlow MW will be guiding guests to dine in the dark, while Jonathan Piggins of Corkk will host a blind wine tasting and Gemma Dempsey has created an audio element inspired by the nefarious history of the location…

Communal singing, whether guests join in or just listen, will be provided by a 60- strong East Kent Rockies Rock Choir outside Wetherspoons on Saturday afternoon. Also on Saturday the Queens Head in Ramsgate harbour is the place to go for children’s immersive theatre, with Margate’s sea shanty troupe The Snottledogs – they will return to the Queens Head in the evening for a rollicking good night of song and musical celebration. 

For something more relaxing and therapeutic why not book yourself or someone you love a fantastic massage courtesy of Georgia Brown? 

Ever tried a Gong Bath? No need to take your clothes off or get wet, just lie down and let Bettina-Ji surround you in scintillating vibrations.  Join Diana Cox for Reiki and a guided meditation, or learn how to shake it off with TRE practitioner Sylvia Tillman. Margate’s Hantverk & Found chef Kate De Syllas will give a talk and demonstration about ‘Making Sense of Smell’ to show how retronasal olfaction affects our perception of food and surroundings.

Making the most of Ramsgate’s beautiful local beaches, visitors can take part in a variety of guided walks and talks –  educational foraging with Nick of the Oast Smokehouse, how local artist Melanie King uses seaweed to develop her photography,  or metal detecting with Sylvie Bolioli. And for those you enjoy retail therapy, there will be a specially curated pop-up shop at Molly Pickle’s Studio in the centre of Ramsgate.

Whatever visitors choose to do, Ramsgate Through the Senses is guaranteed to activate the senses and inspire the soul!

For information and tickets https://www.ramsgatethroughthesenses.org/