Events and Activities

Thanet Coast Project Events 2022 

This What's On is the public events and activities run by the Thanet Coast Project with the help of volunteers - such as our Coastal Wardens.  For Safety information - please see the bottom of this page.

 

2022 TCP - Events Flier/Poster (PDF, 2MB)

 

World Ocean Day: Broadstairs

Come and meet the Thanet Coast Project and volunteer Coastal Wardens from the North East Kent Marine Protected Area - as we celebrate World Ocean Day!

  • Wed 8 June 2022, 11am to 4pm  
  • Clifftop Promenade, Victoria Gardens / Victoria Parade - Broadstairs

 

Beach Clean - Pegwell Bay

As part of the Marine Conservation Society's Beachwatch cleans - lead by the Thanet Coast Project, in conjunction with the Kent Wildlife Trust. This clean is within the Sandwich & Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve. (see more beach cleans below) 
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Seaweed & their Secrets

A great opportunity to find out all that you ever want to know about seaweed!

This walk & talk is led by seaweed expert Ian Tittley, formerly Natural History Museum, Kent Field Club & Kent Wildlife Trust.

The Thanet Coast’s chalk reef provides the perfect substrate for different algae communities within the designated Marine Protected Area. Come along for this walk through rockpools and along the shore to discover seaweed, their uses and properties on this outdoor talk.  Please note advice on booking.  These walks are suitable for people of 14 years and above, and last for 2 hours walking over the rough terrain of the rocky shore.  Online bookings only as numbers are limited - with a suggested online donation of £4pp.

  • Tue 19 July, 10.30am (2hrs) - Botany Bay, Broadstairs 

  • Fri 19 Aug, 10:30am (2hrs) - Nayland Rock, Margate Main Sands

  • Sun 4 Sept, 11am (2hrs) - Dumpton Gap, Broadstairs

  •  ONLINE BOOKINGS ONLY - bookings will OPEN in June 

 

The White Cliffs of Kingsgate: 

Evolution of a Kentish Coastal Landscape 

A chance to join Richard Hubbard on a walk to explore the geology, fossils, spectacular coastal erosion and history of the Kingsgate coastline, Broadstairs.

Take a step back in time as we uncover the secrets of this beautiful and important coastal landscape. The walk is based on Richard's new book and will involve a walk and talk along the cliff top and beach. 

These walks are suitable for adults (& over 11 years of age) and involve walking on the beach and rocky chalk shore.   The whole tour lasts 2.5 hours.  Online bookings only as numbers are limited - with a suggested online donation of £4pp.

 

  • Thur 21 July, 10am (2.5hrs)

  • Wed 31 August, 9am  (2.5hrs)
  • Sat 1 October. 9am  (2.5hrs)
  • ONLINE BOOKINGS ONLY - bookings will OPEN in June

 

Seashore Safaris  - Summer 2022

Explore Thanet’s chalk rocky shore for its fascinating rockpool wildlife.  Join one of the series of safaris touring different Thanet Coast bays to explore the chalk reef and rockpools to see what shore life can find. These events are run with the help of Thanet Coast volunteers.

All events last for up to 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 £2 per person.   PLEASE USE ONLINE BOOKINGS - as numbers will be limited this year.

Dates, time & location  (most early morning, as low tide dependant)

  • Sun 31 July, 8am - Minnis Bay, Birchington
  • Mon 1 August, 8am - West Bay, Westgate
  • Tue 2 August, 8:30am - St Mildred’s Bay, Westgate
  • Wed 3 August, 9am - Margate Main Sands
  • Thur 4 August, 10am - Walpole Bay, Margate
  • Fri 5 August, 10.30am - Western Undercliff, Ramsgate
  • Mon 15 Aug, 9.00am - Botany Bay, Broadstairs
  • Tue 16 Aug 9:30am -  Stone Bay, Broadstairs
  • Wed 17 Aug, 10:00am - Louisa Bay,Broadstairs
  • Thur 18 Aug, 10:30am - Dumpton Gap, Broadstairs
  • ONLINE BOOKINGS ONLY - bookings will OPEN in JULY

 

Great British Beach Clean 2022

Join the largest annual beach clean & litter survey, as a part of the Marine Conservation Society's national campaign and monitoring of beach litter.

The events below last for 2 hours and are open to all to join in. Children have to be supervised by a responsible adult.  Litter sticks, hoops, and bags are provided.  Please bring along garden gloves and wear appropriate clothing for weather on the day (windproof/rainproofs if windy &/or raining) & tough footwear for walking on the beach. Please also bring along your own water bottle, or refreshment, to quench your thirst! The Pegwell Bay beach cleans are within the National Nature Reserve and run in conjunction with the Kent Wildlife Trust.

(MCS booking link. Meet: On the beach below former hoverport access road)  

(MCS booking link. Meet: Outside Minnis Bay Brasserie, Birchington CT7 9QP. Please also note extra 10 mins walk there, and again back!)

MORE BEACH CLEANS (all 2hrs): 

 

Beach Clean - Pegwell Bay

As part of the Marine Conservation Society's Beachwatch cleans - lead by the Thanet Coast Project, in conjunction with the Kent Wildlife Trust. This clean is within the Sandwich & Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve. (see more beach cleans below)  
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Thanet Coast/East Kent Coast

Photographic Exhibition 2022

This exhibition aims to raise awareness of the features and coastscape of the North East Kent Marine Protected Area.  It is a collaboration between Bird Wise East Kent and Thanet Coast Project hosting the winners from their first photography competition celebrating our coastal environment and wildlife. FREE ENTRY  

  • 9-11 March: Crab Museum - FINISHED
  • 17-21 March: York Street Gallery - FINISHED
  • 23-28 March: Horsebridge Arts Centre - FINISHED
  • 20 July-2 Aug: Margate Visitor Information Centre, Margate Harbour CT9 1JD 

East Kent Coast Photography Exhibitions 1  (1)

  
(Photo credit: Jenny Allan, one of the winning entries)
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Coastal Warden - Introductory Training

This is the introductory course for new volunteers to help as Coastal Wardens/Guardians on the North East Kent coast which includes the NE Kent MPA (from Whitstable to Sandwich Bay).

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 the different opportunities where you can help.

  • TBC May 2022 - Note:All new volunteers will need to complete an online registration form first, before getting an invite to book on this course nearer the time.   Apologies that due to lack of funding, these have been delayed until autumn 2021.

 

 

Bird Wise East Kent - Winter events 2021/22

A series of events to raise awareness of the thousands of winter migratory birds that come to the Thanet coast are taking place throughout the winter thanks to fundings from SAMMs. Two new engagement officers will lead free educational events at various locations along the Thanet and Canterbury coastline from their new eye-catching Bird Wise van.

Designed to help people wise up to bird disturbance, the events cover information about the perilous journey birds make each winter and why it is important that they are given room to roost, rest, and recuperate whilst visiting us in Thanet. These birds travel from as far as Canada from across the Arctic tundra to feed on our shores.    As well as travelling along the coast for the public events, the Bird Wise team will also be driving to schools across Thanet and Canterbury district to deliver lessons to pupils.

Winter pit-stops will be made at a few locations (all walks begin at 1.30pm):

Event details are available via @BirdwiseEK on Twitter, Facebook and website. Please note: event timings are subject to change due to the tide times. Please check the website or social media for updates in the days before the date of the event you wish to attend.

 

  

Virtual & self-guided activities

Virtual Seashore Safaris 

Explore Thanet’s chalk rocky shore for its fascinating rockpool wildlife.  This series of videos have been produced by Thanet Coast volunteers to enable you to enjoy a virtual safaris yourself - and get a glimpse of what they found.

You can download the 'Rockpooling Fun' booklet to help you explore the rockpools. Watch the rockpooling responsibly video clip first....and also a few virtual safaris to see what you may find!  Just arrange a safe time for your outling - check the weather & tide (best when it is going out - ebb tide - and over low tide), and ensure you have the right footwear, clothing and equipment for the weather 

 Further advice to help you explore:

 

 New Virtual Seashore Safaris (August 2020): view online (1-5) 

 

Great Eggcase & Scavenger Hunt - Online Pack

Use the pack to explore the 'strandline' at the top of the beach for items that have washed up along our shoreline - these often provide vital clues of the marine life from around our coast.  Follow the pack instructions and try the challenge to identify your 'Eggcase finds' - and there's an additional 'BeachArt' challenge at the end!

 

 

  

 

SAFETY:   For the latest coronavirus information and public health advice.  

Thanet 'Beaches and Coast Public Space Protection Order' (PSPO) replaced the former coastal bylaws from 1 April 2021 (TDC, press release), and is supported by the Beach & Coast PSPO code of conduct.  In Thanet, there are also Beach Management Plans (2020-onwards) helping everyone to 'respect, protect and enjoy' Thanet's coastline (see press release 30/3/21; & Beach Safety Information & infographics & Enhancement Plan 2021).  

 

Other Opportunities & Events: 

Coastal Wardens/Guardians/Volunteering

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; or with 'Making a Buzz for the Coast' - with task days or Bird Wise East Kent for our internationally important bird life.

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 an event! 

School/Group Excursions

Online advice and a Notification scheme for school/group visits can be found under the learning section on this website. Schools, clubs or large group excursions can enjoy the beaches - including looking at the variety of coastal wildlife around the Thanet coast (depending upon the tide being in or out); and see evidence of coastal erosion, run beach inspired activities, or just visit for general coastal leisure opportunities.  More information  - includes who to notify, bay facilities and online resources. 

More information:

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  

The Thanet Coast Project gratefully acknowledges a grant from Southern Water and donations from Haeckels of Margate to ensure that we can continue our remit and work.

Thanet Coast (NEKMPA)

c/o Thanet District Council,

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

E-mail:

thanet.coast@thanet.gov.uk

 

Tony Child

Thanet Coast (NE Kent Marine Protected Area) Officer

Telephone: +44 (0) 1843 577672

(based in Manston Road Depot)

 

 

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