2016 Events and Activities

What's on in 2017 

Keep a look out for new events and activities in 2017 starting in the Spring - as we are hoping that the new 'Guardians of the Deep' project with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund will help increase awareness raising and engagement with schools and events on the beach such as the spring Scavenger Hunts and summer Seashore Safaris.... 

The Thanet Coast Project helps run public events with the help of volunteers - mainly Coastal Wardens.  There are numerous opportunities for volunteers to help on the coast (See 'Coastal Wardens', Beach Cleans & 'Coastbusters' further below).  

Thanet Coast Project

Cocoast Flyer Draft Kent 2 2017

‘Capturing Our Coast’ – Citizen Science project training

This is a superb opportunity to join the largest marine ‘citizen science’ project in the UK.  This training session will help you learn more about marine biology and enable you to help record local marine wildlife in your own time around the coast. Places are limited.

  • Sat. 25 February, 10am (7hrs)  –  Margate, Kent

First: Register with CoCoast:http://capturingourcoast.co.uk/user/register  {hyperlink; or ‘copy & paste’ link below into your browser} 

THEN, PLEASE BOOK to reserve your place: Here - Capturing our coast MARGATE.


Great British Spring Litter Clean!

Come and help the Broadstairs Town Team with their spring clean - with Coastal Wardens & many other volunteers taking part. Part of Keep Britain Tidy's Super Heros spring event (3-5 March) & BBC Radio Kent's 'one good thing' campaign!

  • Tues 7 March - Viking Bay & Broadstairs Memorial Recreation Ground, Broadstairs
  • Time - TBC;  Meeting Point - TBC


Great Eggcase & Scavenger Hunt!

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’.  Particularly suitable for 4-11s; children must be accompanied by an adult.   Suggested donation:  £1 per person (adults & children). 

  • Tue 4 April, 11am - MargateMain Sands (CT9 1XN)

Meet:  Coastal Community Beach Hut (opp. Arlington House)

  • Wed  5 April, 11am - Viking Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 1EU)

Meet: outside old Broadstairs Harbour Master Office (opp. Tartar Frigate pub)

  • Thur 6 April, 11am - Ramsgate Main Sands (CT11 8LP)

Meet: By the ‘Needle’ or Obelisk (opp. The Belgian Cafe)

Bookings will open here - in Feb 2017


NEKMPA Coastal Warden - Introductory Training

This is the introductory course for new volunteers that would like to help as Coastal Wardens on the NE Kent coast. Wardens adopt a local bay or stretch of coastline and help look after local marine and bird life in your patch. We will take you through the history of the North East Kent Marine Protected Area (NEKMPA) and the management scheme, your role as a coastal warden and how you can help through activity surveys, incident reporting and other volunteer opportunities. 

  • TBC - Thur 4 May – Margate/Ramsgate, Kent

NEW Volunteers need to complete a ‘Volunteer Registration Form’ (download from the website  at):  http://www.nekmpa.org.uk/how-to-help/nekmpa-coastal-wardens/  {hyperlink; or ‘copy & paste’ link below into your browser}   and we will forward booking information for the next raining session (held twice a year).



Please note: a) You may need the latest browser eg Google Chrome to access the booking scheme; & you will be unable to book from iphones/pads. Bookings close the day before - so please do turn up at start & we will sign you in!


Other Opportunities & Events

Other opportunities and events around the coast include:  

Coastal Wardens

Local people can get actively involved with looking after their own chosen stretch of coastline by enrolling as a NEKMPA Coastal Warden with activities and 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: Find out more A new Community Hut has also opened in Ramsgate in 2016.

Beach Cleans for Community Groups

Community groups can organise their own beach cleans, or join in with ones that are currently organised by local groups.  Find out more or join our Great British Beach Clean event below!

Destination Thanet 2015-17

Keep a look-out for further events to 'Discover Thanet Coast' under the ‘Destination Thanet’ project for coast and heritage run with support from the Coastal Communities Fund. This includes events on the coast with the RSPB Local Thanet Group and guided walks and talks with Tony Swandale within the Sandwich & Pegwell National Nature Reserve.   See Visit Thanet website page - for more information & booking

Bird Watching on the Thanet Coast (£3pp) - please click on link for details!

  • 13 January 2017 - Minnis Bay,Birchington


Mobility Access:  Many of our beaches have 'all terrain wheelchairs' available for booking for anyone with mobility impairment. For further information and for donations to help this superb charity, please visit the website: Beach Within Reach 


For more information:

More events around in the area can be found on the following websites:

Thanet Coast (NEKMPA)

c/o Thanet District Council,

PO Box 9, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent CT9 1XZ
United Kingdom




Tony Child

Thanet Coast (NE Kent Marine Protected Area) Officer

Telephone: +44 (0) 1843 577672

(based in Manston Road Depot)



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