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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.




2015 Thanet Coast (NEKMPA) Events

Thanet Coast 2015 events - flyer (PDF, 948KB) - 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’ (1.5 hours in total). This event is particularly suitable for 4-11s accompanied by an adult; £2 per child online donation 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)


  • TBC – Apr/May (2hrs)


Book here: (opens April)

(Also external website:



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 Safari and Family Fun - Coastal Community Beach Hut, Margate

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.  After you’ve gone exploring, pop back up to the Coastal Community Beach Hut for games and activities. This event is particularly suitable for young family groups (children 4-11s, accompanied by an adult).  Safari lasts for 2 hours and games for one hour. £-Donations welcome.


  • Sat 25 July, 12pm (3hours) - Nayland Rock, Margate

Meet: Main Sands/Coastal Community Beach Hut (CT9 1XN)


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!


  • Sat 25 July, 12pm - Nayland Rock, Margate Main Sands (CT9 1XN) = 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: (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.







Beach Cleans

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

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



For more information:




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