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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 the Thanet Coast Project)

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; Epple Bay and beach cleans from Newgate to Walpole Bay, Cliftonville in 2015. Also see 'Beachwatch Big Weekend' events (18-21 Sept) below.



2015 Thanet Coast (NEKMPA) Events

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


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 for:  Seashore Fun for the Family   {please 'click' on this link}



Summer 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!
  • { Tue 28 July, 2.30pm  - 'Seashore Fun for the Family': see above!



  • 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 here for:  Summer Seashore Safaris   {please 'click' on this link}



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 donations welcome.


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

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


Book here for:  Seaweeds & their Secrets   {please 'click' on this link}



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:  Beachwatch Big Weekend {please 'click' on this link}


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.





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