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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' Lottery funded project - including school educational visits - ended in 2013.  There are a small number of public events run with the assistance of volunteer NEKMPA Coastal Wardens - see below. 2014 Thanet Coast (NEKMPA) Public Events - poster (362KB,PDF)


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.)


Thanet Coast (NE Kent Marine Protected Area) Public Events

2014 - Summer Events flyer (PDF, 950KB)



Seaweeds and their Secrets – Botany Bay, Kingsgate

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+). FREE - donations welcome.

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


  • Sat. 30 Aug, 9am (2hrs)

(click here to go to booking screen)



'Coastal Change - Climate Change'  - Exhibition

Sat. 23 to 28 August, & also Tues. 2 to 7 Sept, 10am to 5pm  {Note: New dates}

Drum Room, Droit House, Margate harbour   CT9 1JD

A free exhibition exploring and comparing historic images and postcards and current images from our ever-changing coastline.  This exhibition also highlights recent tidal and weather extremes and links up with the Coastal Communities and Climate Change project, and is run with support from the CC2150 Kent Communities Grant Scheme.  Organised by the NEKMPA and volunteers.



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).



 (click here to go to booking screen)


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 volunteer to run their own Beachwatch event, can join the volunteer 'Coastal Wardens' evening training session on 3 September, 6.30pm (2hrs) - just email us before the end of August to register your interest.







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