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What's On - 2014 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' project & school educational visits - has ended with the Lottery funded project in 2013. A small number of public events will run with the assistance of teh volunteer NEKMPA Coastal Wardens - see below.

 

COASTAL VOLUNTEERS - Local people can still get actively involved with looking after their coastline - with free training activities - by enroling as a North East Kent MPA 'Coastal Volunteer' (formerly the Thanet coastal warden scheme) with activities and training opportunities virtually every month!

 

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.)

 

NEKMPA - Public Events

2014 Thanet Coast (NEKMPA) Public Events - poster (362KB,PDF)

 

Captain Cuttlefish's Epic Adventure

The Isle of Thanet is about to set sail! Join Captain Cuttlefish for a wild and wacky storytelling voyage miles into the past and deep into the future. Discover lost fishermen, magic creatures, oysters on the move and maybe even the occasional sea squirt!  

 

Fishy tales, fun games and sandy art with Scandalmongers, suitable for ages 4-11yrs with an accompanying adult. Participants should wear appropriate clothing for art and games on the beach!

This is a NEKMPA event supported by a 'CC2150 Kent Community Grant Scheme' to help raise awareness of climate change within the coastal community. The event will last for approx.1.5 hours.

 

  • Broadstairs Viking Bay - Friday, 11 April, 11am

 

  • Margate Main Sands - Thursday, 17 April, 11am

 

  • Ramsgate Main Sands  - Good Friday, 18 April, 11am

 

 

 

Big Beach Clean – Pegwell Bay, Cliffsend

Help on this national beach clean event run in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society, Marks & Spencer and NEKMPA.  Beach litter will be recorded within the National Nature Reserve's Pegwell Bay beach. Gloves, sticks and bags provided.

 

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

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

 

  • Friday 25 April, 10.30am (2hrs)

 

 

Seaweeds and their Secrets – Dumpton Gap

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 & rockpools.

Suitable for adults (14+).

 

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

 

  • Sat. 19 July, 11am (2hrs)

 

 

 

Seashore Safaris - Thanet’s Marine Week

 – various bays around Thanet

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 4-14s; £-donations welcome!

 

  • Wed 30 July, 9am - Minnis Bay, Birchington  (CT7 9QR)

 

  • Thur 31 July, 9am – St Mildred’s Bay, Westgate (CT8 8TR)

 

  • Fri 1 August, 9:30am  - Nayland Rock/Margate Main Sands (CT9 1XN)

 

  • Sat 2 August, 10:00am - Botany Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 3LG)

 

  • Sun 3 August, 10:30am - Louisa Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 1PU)

 

  • Mon 4 August, 11:00am - Dumpton Gap, Broadstairs (CT10 1TA)

 

 

 

 

Seaweeds and their Secrets – Botany Bay

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+).

Meet: Kiosk at bottom of steps, Botany Bay, Kingsgate (near Fayreness Hotel:  CT10 3LG)

 

  • Sat. 30 Aug, 9am (2hrs)

 

 

 

Beachwatch Big Weekend - Thanet

Join a beach clean and litter survey, as a part of the Marine Conservation Society’s annual national campaign (20-23 Sept). Event lasts for 2.5 hours - gloves, sticks and bags are provided.

 

  • Sat 20 Sept, 10.30am – 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.

 

 

  • Sat 20 Sept, 2.30pm - 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, Cliffsend CT12 5HY).

 

 

 

 

Alternatively, you could join a local volunteers to record and clean beach litter in your local bay - get in contact for further details.   Anyone wishing to run their own Beachwatch event, can join the volunteer 'Coastal Wardens' for a evening training session on 3 September, 6.30pm (2hrs) - just email us before the end of August to attend.

 

 

 

 

 

For more information:

 

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