2018 Events and Activities

What's on 2018 

These are the public events and activities run by the Thanet Coast Project.

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.

The Thanet Coast Project run these public 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'.  


Thanet Coast Project - 2018 events

      2018 Thanet Coast Project Events - flier  (PDF, 1,087KB)


'Seaweed & Their Secrets':

Seaweeds & their Secrets Exhibition:

25 July to 2 Sept, 10am-5pm. 

The Drum Room, Droit House (Margate Visitor Information Centre), Margate Harbour, Margate, Kent  CT9 1JD.

A delightful look at the sheer variety of seaweeds around the Kent coast and their sometimes surprising uses in everyday life. This exhibition has been created by Ian Tittley (Natural History Museum & Kent Field Club)with help from the Thanet Coast Project & NEKMPA Coastal Wardens/Guardians. FREE. 

Seaweed & their Secrets Walk & Talk specials:

  • Thursday 23 Aug, 4:30pm - Margate VIC/Fulsam Rock, Margate (CT9 1JD)

The Thanet Coast’s chalk reef provides a perfect substrate for algae communities. Join Ian Tittley to find out everything you would like to know about seaweed, their uses and properties on this outdoor talk.  Please wear appropriate footwear suitable for walking on the chalk reef & rockpools (eg Wetshoes or Wellington boots). Suitable for adults (14+) Suggested online donation of £3 to Thanet Coast Project.

Booking essential, as places are limited:  



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 (eg wetshoes, crocks or wellies!) and wear suitable clothing for the weather conditions on the day (water/windproof if wet/windy; or coverup, hat or suncream, if sunny). 

All events last for 2 hours and are suitable for ALL the family, but particularly 4-11s. Children must be always be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Suggested donation of £1 per person (adults & children!)

Note: This year, we are trailing a ‘first come, first served’ booking system at the start of each event - but have limited equipment, so please get there early! 

  • Tues 31 July, 8.30am - Minnis Bay   PAST EVENT

  • Wed 01 Aug, 8.30am - West Bay    PAST EVENT

  • Thur 02 Aug, 9.00am - St Mildred’s Bay    PAST EVENT

  • Fri  03 Aug, 9:30am - Eastcliff Ramsgate    PAST EVENT

  • Sat 04 Aug, 10:30 am - Western Undercliff, Ramsgate    PAST EVENT

  • Sun 05 Aug, 11:30am - Walpole Bay    PAST EVENT 


  • Tue 14 Aug, 8:30am - Stone Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 1DU)

Meet/Sign-in: Lower promenade besides steps (& toilet) down from Eastern Esplanade (mid-way along bay!)

  • Wed 15 Aug, 9:00am - Joss Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 3PG)

Meet/Sign-in: On beach, near bottom of main access slope.

  • Thur 16 Aug, 9:30am - Botany Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 3LU)

Meet/Sign-in: On beach besides Botany Bay kiosk (near bottom of the steps) 

  • Fri 17 Aug, 10:30am - Dumpton Gap, Broadstairs (CT10 1TA)

Meet/Sign-in: On lower promenade, at southern end (near slope down to the beach)

  • Sat 18 Aug, 10:30am - Nayland Rock, Margate Main Sands (CT9 1XN)

Meet/Sign-in: Promenade besides Nayland Rock shelter - west side of toilets & next to steps to the beach. 



Great British Beach Clean 2018

Sat 15 Sept, 10am – Pegwell Bay, Cliffsend (CT12 5HY) 

Sat 15 Sept,  2.30pm – Plum pudding (west of Minnis Bay, Birchington)

BEACH CLEANS:  There is a monthly beach clean at Pegwell Bay, Cliffsend (April to Nov   eg Sat 1 Sept), & many more cleans arranged by various organisations throughout the year - see 'How to Help': Beach Cleans for more information.


Coastal Warden/Guardian - Introductory Training

This is the introductory course for new volunteers that would like to help as Coastal Wardens/Guardians on the North East Kent coast, which includes the NE Kent MPA.

Volunteers 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/guardian and how you can help. 

  • Sun 2 Sept, 1pm (3.5hrs, Whitstable)
  • Tue 9 Oct, 1pm (3.5hrs, Margate)
  • Booking: All new volunteers will need to complete a 'Volunteer Registration Form'* first and will be invited to confirm if they can attend the next workshop.

*‘Volunteer Registration Form’ (hyperlink) or download from the website at:  http://www.nekmpa.org.uk/how-to-help/nekmpa-coastal-wardens/  (‘copy & paste’ link below into your browser). We will then send details to invite you to the next training session nearer the time.



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.    In addition, you can volunteer to join the 'Coastbusters' (non-native species control teams - currently targeting Pacific Oysters) around NE Kent - just send us a email if you would like to get involved. 

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 above! 


For more information:

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




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 


Please note: a) You may need the latest browser eg Google Chrome to access the booking scheme; as some browsers do not work with this booking system. If you can't book - and for people that can't access the internet - then please speak to the Thanet Visitor Information Centre in Margate Harbour: call them on 01843 5775770.  PLEASE NOTE: During 2018 many of the events will be 'first come, first served!' - or as stated - so please arrive a little earlier to sign in.

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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