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What's On - 2015 Events & Activities

Please note that the Thanet Coast Project work is changing!  The community events and activities - previously delivered through the 'Footprints in the Sands' Lottery funded project - including school educational visits - has ended.  A small number of public events are run - mainly with assistance from volunteers, particularly the NEKMPA Coastal Wardens.



COASTAL WARDENS - Local people can still get actively involved with looking after their own chosen stretch of coastline by enroling as a NEKMPA 'Coastal Wardens' (formerly the Thanet Coastal Warden Scheme) with activities and free training opportunities throughout the year!


BEACH CLEANS for COMMUNITY GROUPS - Any community groups that would like to organise their own beach clean, should get in touch to borrow beach clean equipment (gloves, bags, sticks, hoops, sharps box etc.) but will need to carry out their own risk assessments and insurance cover.



Local Community Beach Cleans (not organised by Thanet Coast Project):

Big Spring Beach Cleans (Surfers Against Sewage)

Sat. 28 March, 11am (2.5hrs) - Joss Bay, Broadstairs

Meet: Joss Bay Surf School, on the beach 


Sun. 29 March, 10am (3hrs) - Margate Main Sands & Westbrook

Meet: By Nayland Rock Shelter, Margate (Near railway station roundabout)


Sun. 29 March, 10.30am (3hrs) - 'The Street' Whiststable

Meet: By bright Red Truck on beach at 'The Street' 


Sun. 29 March, 11am (2.5hrs) - Botany Bay, Kingsgate

Meet: Botany Bay Cafe at bottom of the steps


(Organised by SAS:


Beachwatch (Beach clean/recording) events may take place from time to time - run by various volunteers.

We are aware of ones coming up at Bishopstone Glen West; Epple Bay and beach cleans from Newgate to Walpole Bay, Cliftonville in 2015.


Sat. 28 March, 2pm - Grenham Bay, Birchington (Chris Cooling)

Sun. 29 March, 2pm - Epple Bay, Birchington (Chris Cooling)

Sat.18 April, 1pm - Bishopstone Glen West (Shelyn 07969839069)

Sun. 26 April 10am - Minnis Bay (Donna Reed-Fillary) -

Sat. 9 May, 10am (2hrs) - Pegwell Bay = see Big Beach Clean below! 




2015 Thanet Coast (NEKMPA) Events

Thanet Coast 2015 events - flyer (PDF, 488KB) - click to download!


Scavenger & Great Eggcase Hunts

Come down to the beach for some fun, looking out for shark egg cases and help to create a marine art masterpiece on the beach over the school Easter break. The hunt lasts for 45 minutes with another 45 minutes of ‘art-time’ and is particularly suitable for 4-11s; £-donations welcome.


  • Tue 7 April, 10:30am - Margate Main Sands (CT9 1XN)

Meet:  Coastal Community Beach Hut (opp. Arlington House)


  • Wed 8 April, 10:30am - Viking Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 1EU)

Meet: outside old Broadstairs Harbour Master Office (opp. Tartar Frigate pub)


  • Thur 9 April, 10:30am - Ramsgate Main Sands (CT11 8LP)

Meet: By the ‘Needle’ (Obelisk opp. The Belgian Cafe) 


Booking essential:  Scavenger & Great Eggcase Hunt 2015

(Booking "now open" - click on link above to go to online booking screen)



Big Beach Clean – Pegwell Bay, Cliffsend

Help on this national beach clean event run in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society, Marks & Spencer and NE Kent Marine Protected Area.  Beach litter will be recorded within the main bay within the National Nature Reserve. Gloves, sticks and bags provided. Suitable for all ages, children should be accompanied by an adult.

Meet: On the beach at the end of former hoverport access road, Cliffsend

(nr Viking Ship Picnic Site, CT12 5HY)


  • Sat. 9 May, 10am (2hrs)


Book on external website:, &

Let us know if you are able to help:




Seaweed and their Secrets

Walk and talk with Ian Tittley (Natural History Museum)

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.  Please wear appropriate footwear suitable for walking on the chalk reef and rockpools. Suitable for adults (14+). Online suggested donation of £5 per person welcome.


  • Sat. 23 May, 9.30am(2hrs) – Dumpton Gap, Broadstairs

Meet: Bottom of slope to beach, Dumpton Gap, Broadstairs (CT10 1TJ)


  • Sun. 23 August, 11am (2hrs) – Botany Bay, Kingsgate

Meet: Bottom of steps to beach, by kiosk (CT10 3LG)


Book:   (opens here in April)



Seashore Fun for the Family - Coastal Community Beach Hut, Margate

Family beach fun for children (4-11s) and families to experience and enjoy the sandy beach through 'games' or 'art' activities.   There is a chance to explore Thanet’s chalk rocky shore for its fascinating rockpool wildlife, if the tide is out, and a 'seashore safari' to the Nayland Rock will explore Thanet’s chalk rocky shore for its fascinating rockpool wildlife.  Identification sheet & equipment is provided - and there will be help on hand to identify your finds!


Wear suitable footwear for the sandy beach, rocks/rockpools (for safari days) and the weather conditions on the day!   These events are particularly suitable for young family groups (4-11s or as shown, accompanied by an adult). £-Donations welcome.


Booking is essential as places are limited on each day

Safari will be juggled with the tides, with some games at the Beach Hut. £-Donations welcome.



Meet: Coastal Community Beach Hut, Margate Main Sand (CT9 1XN)

Start: 2.30pm (2.5hrs)


  • Mon 27 July: Seashore Safari & Beach Games - most suitable for ‘5-11s’
  • Tues 28 July: Seashore Games & Safari – most suitable for '5-11s'
  • Weds 29 July: Beach & Bubbles Fun Day – aimed at ‘Under 5s’



Book here:  (opens here at start of July)



Seashore Safaris

Explore Thanet’s chalk rocky shore for its fascinating rockpool wildlife - with help on hand to identify your finds!  Identification sheet & equipment is provided. Wear suitable footwear for rocks and rockpools!  All events last for 2 hours and are suitable for ALL the family, but particularly 4-11s; £-donations welcome!


  • { Mon 27 July, 2.30pm - 'Seashore Fun for the Family': see above  (Margate, CT9 1XN)
  • { Tue 28 July, 2.30pm  - 'Seashore Fun for the Family': see above (Margate, CT9 1XN)


  • Tue 4 Aug, 9am - Stone Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 1DP)


  • Wed 5 Aug, 9:30am - Nayland Rock, Margate Main Sands (CT9 1XN)


  • Thur 6 Aug, 10:30am - Botany Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 3LG)


  • Fri 7 Aug, 11am – West Bay, Westgate (CT8 8QZ)


  • Sat 8 Aug, 12pm – Dumpton Gap, Broadstairs (CT10 1TA)



  • Thur 20 Aug, 9am - Minnis Bay, Birchington (CT7 9QP)


  • Fri 21 Aug, 9.30am – Louisa Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 1PU)


  • Sat 22 Aug, 10am – Walpole Bay, Cliftonville (CT9 3HF)


Book: (opens here in July) 



Beachwatch Big Weekend 2015

Join a beach clean and litter survey, as a part of the Marine Conservation Society’s annual national campaign (18-21 Sept) to help the coast.  Events lasts for 2.5 hours - gloves, sticks and bags are all provided.


  • Sat 19 Sept, 10am - Pegwell Bay, Cliffsend 

Clean along the National Nature Reserve beach, near to the chalk cliffs.

Meet: On the beach below the former hoverport access road

(nr Viking Ship Picnic Site, CT12 5HY).


  • Sat 19 Sept, 2pm – Plumpudding, Birchington

Clean along the refreshing ‘Northern Sea Wall’ beaches at the very western end of Minnis Bay, heading towards Reculver.

Meet: Outside 'The Minnis Restaurant', Minnis Bay, Birchington CT7 9QP.


Book: (opens in August)


Alternatively, you could join a local volunteer Coastal Wardens to record and clean beach litter in other bays around the North East Kent Marine Protected Area coast - get in contact on  for further details.




For more information:




Many more events in the area are listed on the following websites: