2017 Events and Activities

What's on in 2017 

Welcome to the new events and activities that we are running on the coast this year!

Some of these activities are part of the new 'Guardians of the Deep' project with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help increase awareness raising and engagement, particularly with schools but also events on the beach such as the spring Scavenger Hunts and summer Seashore Safaris.

The Thanet Coast Project can only run these events with the help of volunteers - mainly Coastal Wardens/Guardians.  There are numerous opportunities for volunteers to help on the coast (See 'Coastal Wardens', Beach Cleans & 'Coastbusters' further below).  

2017 04 Thanet Coast Events - flyer (PDF, 901KB)


Thanet Coast Project


NEKMPA Coastal Warden - Introductory Training

This is the introductory course for new volunteers that would like to help as Coastal Wardens and Guardians on the NE Kent coast. Wardens adopt a local bay or stretch of coastline and help look after local marine and bird life in your patch. We will take you through the history of the North East Kent Marine Protected Area (NEKMPA) and the management scheme, your role as a coastal warden and how you can help through activity surveys, incident reporting and other volunteer opportunities. 

  • Thur 4 May, 10am-3.30pm – Margate, Kent

NEW Volunteers need to complete a ‘Volunteer Registration Form’ (download from the website  at):  http://www.nekmpa.org.uk/how-to-help/nekmpa-coastal-wardens/  {hyperlink; or ‘copy & paste’ link below into your browser}  and we will forward booking information for the next training session nearer the time (next is in October).


Cliffs, Caves and Castles:  a World Ocean Day walk! 

An evening stroll around the Kingsgate coast with Tony Child (Thanet Coast Project/NE Kent MPA Officer) exploring Thanet Coast’s chalk cliffs, reef and caves, whilst looking out for clues of marine life along our strandline. Please wear appropriate footwear suitable for walking on the beach, chalk reef and rockpools. Walk last 1.5 hours.

  • Thur 8 June, 6.00pmKingsgate, Broadstairs
  • Meet:  Botany Bay, by Beach Café Kiosk (bottom of steps from Marine Drive, Kingsgate (CT10 3LG) 
  • Bookings online: Opens in May 


Seaweed and their Secrets walks: cancelled

Our apologies: The June & August walks/exhibition will no longer go ahead


Summer Seashore Safaris

Explore Thanet’s chalk rocky shore for its fascinating rockpool wildlife!  Identification sheet & equipment is provided and there is help on hand to identify your finds.  Wear suitable footwear for rocks & rockpools!  All events last for 2 hours and are suitable for ALL the family, but particularly 4-11s. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Suggested donation of £1 per person (adults & children). 

  • Wed 26 July, 8.30am - Minnis Bay, Birchington(CT7 9QP)
  • Thur 27 July, 8.30am - West Bay, Westgate (CT8 8QZ)
  • Fri 28 July, 9.30am - St Mildred’s Bay (CT8 8TP)
  • Sat 29 July, 9am -  Eastcliff, Ramsgate (CT11 8DG)
  • Sun 30 July, 10am - Western Undercliff, Ramsgate CT11 9PH) 
  • Fri 11 Aug, 8.30am - Walpole Bay, Cliftonville (CT9 3HF)
  • Sat 12 Aug, 9am - Stone Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 1DP)
  • Sun 13 Aug, 9.30am - Joss Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 3PG)
  • Mon 14 Aug, 10.30am - Botany Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 3LG)
  • Tue 15 Aug, 11am - Dumpton Gap, Broadstairs (CT10 1TA)
  • Wed 16 Aug, 12pm - Nayland Rock, Margate Main Sands (CT9 1XN)
  • Further details & public booking online: Opens in July!



MCS Great British Beach Clean 15-18 Sept. 2017

This is one of the largest weekend calls of action on UK beaches.  This annual national beach clean & survey is coordinated by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and allows people to help - by recording and cleaning beach litter that will be compiled into a national database to asess the state of our beaches over time.

These two local events are run by the Thanet Coast Project and last for 2.5 hours. Gloves, sticks, bags and hoops are provided - but you will need to wear appropriate clothing & footwear for the beach and weather conditions on the day.

Plumpudding Beach Clean

along the refreshing Northern Sea Wall

  • Sat 16 Sept 10am
  • Meet: Outside 'The Minnis Bar & Brasserie', Minnis Bay, Birchington CT7 9QP

Pegwell Bay Beach Clean

along the National Nature Reserve beach by the cliffs.

  • Sat 16 Sept 2.30pm
  • Meet: On the beach (below former hoverport access road) Cliffsend CT12 5HY


You can book on the ‘Great British Beach Clean’ Bookings:www.nekmpa.org.uk nearer the time or www.mcsuk.org/       Also, look out for other organised events online that will be run by Coastal Wardens or volunteer groups that will be listed here nearer the time!




Please note: a) You may need the latest browser eg Google Chrome to access the booking scheme; & you will be unable to book from iphones/pads. Bookings close the day before - so please do turn up at start & we will sign you in!

Mobility Access:  Many of our beaches have 'all terrain wheelchairs' available for booking for anyone with mobility impairment. For further information and for donations to help this superb charity, please visit the website: Beach Within Reach 



Other Opportunities & Events

Other opportunities and events around the coast include:  

Coastal Wardens/Guardians

Local people can get actively involved with looking after their own chosen stretch of coastline by enrolling as a NEKMPA Coastal Warden with activities and training opportunities throughout the year.

Coastal Community Beach Hut

Games, crafts and educational resources on Margate & Ramsgate Main Sands particularly suitable for community groups with young families: Find out more  

Beach Cleans for Community Groups

Community groups can organise their own beach cleans, or join in with ones that are currently organised by local groups.  Find out more or join our Great British Beach Clean event below!

Destination Thanet

'Discover Thanet Coast' under the ‘Destination Thanet’ project (2015-17) for coast and heritage ran events and projects with support from the Coastal Communities Fund. This includes events on the coast with the RSPB Local Thanet Group and other guided walks. See Visit Thanet - for more information / Bird Watching on the Thanet Coast


For more information:

More events around in the area can be found on the following websites:

Thanet Coast (NEKMPA)

c/o Thanet District Council,

PO Box 9, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent CT9 1XZ
United Kingdom




Tony Child

Thanet Coast (NE Kent Marine Protected Area) Officer

Telephone: +44 (0) 1843 577672

(based in Manston Road Depot)



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