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What's On - 2015 Activities & Events

Please note that the Thanet Coast Project work is changing - with a number of public events run with the help of volunteers - mainly 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!


COASTAL COMMUNITY BEACH HUT - games, crafts and educational resources on Margate Main Sands particularly suitable for community groups with young families: Further information available (link) 


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 arrange 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; Walpole Bay (c/o Coast magazine, 5 Sept). Also see 'Beachwatch Big Weekend' events (18-21 Sept) below.



2015 Thanet Coast (NEKMPA) Events


Thanet Coast 2015 summer events flyer (PDF, 490KB) - click to download


Summer Seashore Safaris - various locations

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!



  • 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}



‘Coastal Change - Climate Change’ Exhibition

Tue. 11 August to Sun. 7 Sept, 10am-5pm

Thanet Visitor Information Centre - Droit House, Margate Harbour CT9 1JD


This free exhibition shows photographs from the past from around our coast - and compares some with modern day images to illustrate our ever-changing coastline.  It also highlights some of the more recent tidal and weather extremes. It has been put together with support from the CC2150 Kent Communities Grant Scheme with help of the NEKMPA Coastal Wardens, local people and museums!  



Thanet Coast Project - at the 'Broadstairs Water Gala'

Wed 19 August - Viking Bay area

The Thanet Coast Project will be running two community events at this year's Gala festivities suitable for  children & their families:


  • Seashore Safari – Louisa Bay  (4-11s, must be accompanied by an adult)

9am (lasts 1.5hrs)

Meet: On slope in Louisa Bay (from lower promenade to beach)

Rockpooling – looking at local marine life & is suitable for all the family. Wear suitable footwear for rockpools and walking on the rocks; and suitable clothing or protection from the weather on the day.


  • Coastal Challenge – Viking Bay, south  (6-11s, accompanied by an adult)

12pm - mid-day (lasts 1.5hrs).

Meet: On the wet sand at the southern end of Viking Bay (below promenade, opposite tidal pool).  A seaside beach challenge sheet is provided – challenge & beach art at the end too!

Wear suitable clothing for the sandy beach; and for protection from the weather on the day (windproof if windy; suncream; t-shirt; hats if sunny!)


Places are limited and are on a "first come - first served" basis!



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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