Cliftonville Oval Bandstand Community Space

by GRASS Cliftonville CIC in Margate, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 7th February 2021 we successfully raised £31,472 with 414 supporters in 56 days

Campaign to raise £20,000 to complete the transfer of The Oval Bandstand & Lawns and start works to refurbish this amazing community asset

by GRASS Cliftonville CIC in Margate, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Community hub and storage improvements to the site.

Who we are & what we do

GRASS was established in 2003 as a resident led volunteer community group.

GRASS prides itself on being at the heart of the community, providing community projects and opportunities for young and old alike. In excess of 6,000 individuals engage with GRASS each year, with many of them enjoying Cliftonville in Bloom, Spooktonville, Cliftonville Bake-off, and the Little Library / Christmas Post Box located on Gordon Road.


GRASS has long and successful history at The Oval, stretching back over 17 years, and has hosted lots of free community events there including the Cliftonville Games, Cliftonville Classrooms, and a whole summer season of Cliftonville Outdoor Cinema screenings. 


Back in August, we were thrilled to announce, after months of hard work and preparation, that GRASS had been chosen as the preferred community organisation to take on the freehold at The Oval Bandstand & Lawns, as part of a community asset transfer from Thanet District Council.

We have proved beyond doubt that the bandstand and surrounding area can once again thrive, and we look forward to restoring this stunning community asset back to its former glory for the benefit of all. 

We now need your help

Right now, we need to pay the legal fees for the transfer of the freehold.

We also need to do some urgent infrastructure work to make the site safe, upgrade the electrics in the kiosk, install CCTV, and repaint the beautiful bandstand to prevent any further damage by the elements.


We are really keen to reopen the kiosk and the toilets for the 2021 summer season so that walkers, cyclists, and bathers at Walpole Bay have access to these essential facilities. The kiosk will be used as a community café, selling a range of light refreshments to all the people that frequent the area. All profits will be reinvested to help support The Oval site, as the whole operation will be run as a 'not for profit' social enterprise business.

With your donations we hope to complete the freehold transfer of the site by the end of March 2021, so that we can start the urgent improvement works and get the site up and running for the community.

Future plans

Using the Oval as a hub for community entertainment, and engagement, is key to the GRASS Cliftonville vision. Some of the events that could be brought to the Oval include tea dances, Christmas Markets, Health and Wellbeing classes and 'in-the-round' outdoor theatre, similar to 'Shakespeare on the Beach'. Bringing back live music to the bandstand, with an emphasis on local bands from Margate’s vibrant music scene, is key to our plans.

Most importantly, we want the community to have easy access to the site, and we look forward to building relationships so that we can help other community groups and charities use this amazing community asset.

Rewards for you

As well as the option to simply donate an amount of your own choosing, we are also offering you a selection of rewards to pledge on:

  • You can become a corporate sponsor for this project by pledging £1,000 
  • Become a Friend of GRASS Cliftonville by pledging £500
  • Pledge £100 and receive a season ticket for two people to attend all GRASS outdoor cinema events with deckchairs  and popcorn included
  • Pledge £30 and get one ticket for GRASSTONBURY music day
  • Pledge £20 get tickets for two people to attend one Cliftonville Outdoor Cinema event

We have come up with a wide range of rewards for your donations and pledges, hopefully something to suit everyone, so please give anything you can to help us reach our total and make our plans happen. 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£40 or more

17 of 100 claimed

The Oval Bandstand signed Print A3 Michael Goodson

The Oval Bandstand Limited edition A3 signed print by Margate based Illustrator Michael Goodson. This iconic print of The Bandstand has a limited edition print run of 100. A massive thank you to Michael for his support.

£10 or more

8 of 100 claimed

Lycra 80's Party fitness Class

Grab your leotards and sweatbands - it's time to sweat! Lycra 80s Party throw wild 80s dance parties in clubs and festivals around the world. Jump, tone, flex and stretch in a bespoke 80s fitness class with our high energy instructor as they help you reach your true Jane Fonda potential! 45mins of fitness and then 15mins of stretching and dancing at The Oval Bandstand socially distanced Covid safe date T.B.C a massive thanks to Lycra 80's Party

£13 or more

7 of 8 claimed

£15 Reward -Thanet Calendar 2021 By Rebecca Thomas

Calendar by local graphic designer Rebecca Thomas. This year's features 12 unique illustrations of buildings and views across Thanet, including Westgate, Broadstairs, Margate, Birchington and Ramsgate. There is an image on each page facing a large clear calendar month on the other - just perfect for keeping track of your day to day appointments and events. A massive thank you to Rebecca for this reward donation

£20 or more

27 of 50 claimed

Dirty Dancing - Outdoor Cinema two adults tickets

£20 Reward - Two Adult Outdoor Cinema Tickets Bring your blankets and join us at the Cliftonville Outdoor Cinema at The Oval bandstand. This donation reward entitles you to two adult tickets to see Dirty Dancing the movie at the Cliftonville Outdoor Cinema event.

£20 or more

26 of 50 claimed

Romeo + Juliet - Outdoor Cinema two adults tickets

£20 Reward - Two Adult Outdoor Cinema Tickets for Romeo + Juliet Bring your blankets and join us at the Cliftonville Outdoor Cinema at The Oval bandstand. This reward entitles you to two adult tickets to Romeo + Juliet.

£20 or more

8 of 50 claimed

Black Panther - Outdoor Cinema two adults tickets

£20 Reward - Two Adult Outdoor Cinema Tickets Bring your blankets and join us at the Cliftonville Outdoor Cinema at The Oval bandstand. This donation reward entitles you to two adult tickets to see Black Panther the movie at the Cliftonville Outdoor Cinema event.

£30 or more

21 of 200 claimed

£30 Reward - GRASSTONBURY Music Day at The Oval

A day of LIVE music with a focus on local music talent, this reward entitles one adult access to GRASSTONBURY music day at the Oval bandstand.

£80 or more

2 of 6 claimed

£80 Reward - Ginger Fox Superfood Range Skin care

You will receive four products from the Ginger Fox Superfood Range worth over £100. Broadstairs based 'Ginger Fox' products ingredients are vegan and sustainably sourced. Ginger Fox has a commitment to a simple mission; to provide natural, high-quality skincare that offers real results while being gentle to the skin, and the world around us. A massive thank you Agne for this amazing reward!

£100 or more

27 of 50 claimed

£100 Reward - Cliftonville Cinema Season Ticket

Cliftonville Outdoor Cinema Season ticket entitles two adults to confirmed deckchair seating at four outdoor film screenings, and includes two bags of popcorn per screening.

£8 or more

10 of 10 claimed

£8 Reward - Headphones noise cancelling

Noise cancelling headphones with 3mm jack! Thank you to Tag Branded Merchandising for these rewards!

£15 or more

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£15 Reward - 1 hour Sunrise Meditation & Soundbath

One hour Sunrise Sound Journey Meditation with Jo Miller from Solasta Sounds at The Oval Bandstand. Jo will immerse you in gentle sounds from alchemy crystal bowls and healing harp to rejuvenate you for the day ahead. A great Christmas gift for you and your loved ones. Date T.B.C

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£15 Reward - Jacob Love - A2 digital Art Print

Artist Jacob Love - 'Time Unprecedented ' Limited edition A2 digital print for Margate Pride. This reward has been donated by Margate Pride

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£15 Reward - I Heart Margate - A1 print

Your choice of A1 print - from the I Heart Margate iconic print collection. Chose from Lido, Turner, Dreamland. Visit to see the full collection. A massive thank you Stef for this reward !

£20 or more

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£20 Reward - Two Adult Outdoor Cinema Tickets

Bring your blankets and join us at the Cliftonville Outdoor Cinema at The Oval bandstand. This reward entitles you to two adult tickets to a selected Cliftonville Outdoor Cinema event.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£20 Reward - Brunch / lunch for 2 Bus Café Margate

BRUNCH / LUNCH for two! This voucher is for 2 people to dine at The Bus Café & includes a free drink too!

£20 or more

3 of 3 claimed

£20 Reward- Lovorika Ethical Body oil or Beard oil

Lovorika is an ethical fragrance brand based in Cliftonville. Their handmade 50ml Aromatic Body Oil and 50ml Aromatic Beard Oil is organic, 100% natural, vegan and uses sustainably and ethically sourced botanicals. Once you donate, Lovorika’s Natural Perfumer, Daphna, will email you to see if you prefer the body or beard oil, and discuss what kind of fragrances you like to create a bespoke oil just for you. Visit for more details.

£20 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£20 Reward - Saintly Bakery Cookie Box

"Saintly Bakery" box of 6 cookies in one of the following flavours: Dark chocolate, Red Velvet, Birthday Cake, Bacon and Maple, Vanilla Cheesecake, Peanut Butter and Jam, Cinnamon Swirl and Banoffee Pie. There are Vegan and Gluten free options available.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£20 Reward - Margate Art Club T-shirt

Pink or Black T-shirt let us know your size! Massive thank you to Margate Art Club !

£22 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£22 Reward - A4 print - Anything Can Be A ****

A4 Giclée Print on Hahnemühle German Etching Art print - Anythings Can Be A **** If You're Brave Enough by Amy Grimehouse donated by the Amazing Margate Pride

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£25 Reward - Lunch for Two @ Ouma's Kitchen

Lunch for two at Ouma's Kitchen on Northdown Rd. Born and bred in South Africa, Brenda is bringing Durban hearty flavours to Margate's freshest high street. Check out lunch to value of £30.

£25 or more

4 of 4 claimed

£25 Reward - A5 Print Oval Bandstand Cliftonville

'Bandstand Series' Print size 21 x 15cm (A5) archival inkjet prints in an open edition. The process allows the structure of the bandstand to register as coherent against a melee of backgrounds and foregrounds. The final image creates a tangible sense of the passage of time, with contemporary figures appearing as ghosts of their Victorian or Edwardian forebears. A massive thank you to Jon and to see more of his work at

£25 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£25 Reward - Margate Edition Monopoly Board game

MONOPOLY, the great property trading board game, finds its home in the coastal town of Margate. From award-winning beaches at Margate Main Sands to quirky shopping in The Old Kent Market. Journey around the gameboard via the Thanet Loop and explore locations including, the Harbour Arm, The Grand Garage and Drapers Windmill. Thank you to our friends at the Grand Garage, Harold rd. Cliftonville for this reward

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£30 Reward - Print from Twinkle Troughton Artist

Local Artist Twinkle Troughton has donated a beautiful print 'WW1 Sea Bomb Crater, 13th September 1915, Cliftonville' The print is A5 on Hahnemuele German Etching paper, 310gsm.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£30 Reward - The Burrito Box - Mexican Street Food

This tasty reward is for 2 x Burritos and 2 x nachos at The Burrito Box which is located in The Old Kent Market in Margate. The Burrito Box serves up delicious fresh Mexican flavours! A massive thank you to PJ and team for this reward.

£30 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£30 Reward - Little Swift Margate Gift Voucher £30

Little Swift Margate £30 gift voucher which can be used in store now to purchase some of their amazing drinks and deli provisions to take away. Alternatively you can choose to wait to enjoy when they re-open as a bar to savour a sunsets with a glass of wine, and of sample their delicious cheese or charcuterie platters. A massive thank you to the team at Little Swift for this wonderful voucher donation! Voucher valid one year

£30 or more

3 of 3 claimed

£30 Reward - A5 Print - People Dem Collective

A5 printfrom the People Dem Collective - The concept behind the brand identity describing the font and typeface written by Paul Camo Roberts. A MASSIVE Thank you to the whole team at People Dem Collective for this donation !

£45 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£45 Reward - Cliffs hot drink everyday 4 A Month

A hot drink everyday for a month from our friends at Cliffs Margate! Cliffs on Northdown Rd. sell amazing coffee, food and of course vinyl check out there online store at Thank you for all you support Ed and team Cliffs !!

£45 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Sunwax Records £50 gift card

£50 Gift Card for Sunwax Records based in The Centre Margate. A massive thank you to Stuart and the team!

£50 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£50 Reward - FREE Bread for a Year

This fantastic reward from Modern Provider, who is based in The Centre, Margate, will entitle the holder to a weekly bread of their choice, or a sweet treat, for the whole of 2021!

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£50 Reward - 6 Month Coffee Subscription

'We Are Here Coffee' A 6 month coffee subscription of your choosing, 250g of whole bean or ground specialty coffee delivered once a month for 6 months. Each bag is designed for how you drink and make your coffee meaning you get a great brew every time. Depending on whether you choose our original or queer designs a donation will also be made to Missing People or Gendered Intelligence. check them out

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£50 Reward - Harry Baker Prints

Since he has been unable to take his words on stage this year, local poet Harry Baker has produced these gorgeous prints in collaboration with his brother Joel Baker for the printed page instead. Taken from their postponed exhibition at Pie Factory Margate and including favourite lines from old poems and new, these would make a perfect late Christmas present! ! Available as a special bundle price of 3 x A3 or 2 x A2 prints for £50.

£50 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£50 Reward - Yomi A0 Print - Sprankenstein Studio

This is Yomi - Inspired by ancient castles of Japan, water spirits and sacrificial ghosts who linger in castle walls. I started reading about these castles and the dark history behind each one and had to recreate a new world where they could all live. This world is the entrance to the underworld, which in Japan, is named Yomi. You can actually visit it in real life. A0 print - Massive thank you to Jade at Sprankenstein Studio !

£65 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£65 Reward -Lisa McGuniness Print signed & framed

A3 signed and framed print 'Marvellous Margate' by Artist Lisa McGuinness from Gallery 7, 5 Broad Street, Margate. Check out her amazing work at

£80 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£80 Reward - The Fortmason Hamper - 10 item Hamper

Named after our famous Fortmason tea, first brewed back in 1935, this hamper brings together all of our favourites for a Fortnum's feast – from scrumptious biscuits, delightful tipples and savoury pleasures, to melt-in-the-mouth shortbread and chutneys and marmalades bursting with flavour. Quite simply, it’s a wicker-full of treats just waiting to be devoured. Delivery in Thanet only.

£200 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Kate Harrison - It's show time - Original Art

Original piece- It's show time by Margate Artist Kate Harrison - A massive thank you to Kate - check out Kates work at and on Instagram

£1,000 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£1000 Reward

A one-time-only chance to sponsor The Oval project and be credited with your name on a plaque installed on the land. This is a great opportunity for local enterprises to show support for their local community at the same time. You will also receive a letter of thanks from GRASS Cliftonville, and a shout out on social media as well as in the GRASS Roots Newsletter.

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