2017 Events and Activities

What's on in 2017 

Welcome to the new events and activities that we are running on the coast this year!

Some of these activities are part of the new 'Guardians of the Deep' project with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help increase awareness raising and engagement, particularly with schools but also events on the beach such as the spring Scavenger Hunts and summer Seashore Safaris.

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

2017 07 Thanet Coast Events - flyer (PDF, 1,096 KB)


Thanet Coast Project


Summer Seashore Safaris

26-30 July & 11-16 August have now all finished = thank you for all those that attended & to our volunteers that helped run them and make them a success!   One more safari will be held at 8am, on 23 August - see Broadstairs Water Gala below.


Kent's Marine & Coastal Wildlife - Exhibition

Droit House (Margate Visitor Information Centre), Margate Harbour CT9 1JD

Free exhibition of our intriguing marine & coastal wildlife of the local Marine Protected Areas - with additional images from our volunteer Coastal Wardens / Guardians, and the SEAS archives of the Thanet coastline. 

  • Sat 29 July to Sun 3 Sept, 10am-5pm

2017 07 Kent Marine Life Exhibition Poster


Thanet Coast Project - at Broadstairs Water Gala

Wed 23 August - Viking Bay area

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

  • 8.00am - Seashore Safari
  • Louisa Bay (ideal for 4-11s & all the family – children must be accompanied by an adult)  Meet: On beach at Louisa Bay  Join this rockpooling venture and help explore the shore for our local marine life. Wear suitable footwear for rockpools and walking on the rocks; and suitable clothing or protection from the weather on the day. Places are limited and are on a "first come - first served" basis! {Lasts 1.5hrs}
  • 10.30am - Beach Scavenger Challenge/BeachART
  • Southern end of Viking Bay (for 6-11s, accompanied by an adult). Meet: Beach above tidal pool area (below Preacher’s Knoll)Wear suitable clothing for the sandy beach – scavenger challenge & BeachArt/labyrinth - and 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! {Lasts 1 hour}


MCS Great British Beach Clean 15-18 Sept. 2017

This is one of the largest weekend calls of action on UK beaches.  This annual national beach clean & survey is coordinated by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and allows people to help - by recording and cleaning beach litter that will be compiled into a national database to asess the state of our beaches over time.

These two local events are run by the Thanet Coast Project and last for 2.5 hours. Gloves, sticks, bags and hoops are provided - but you will need to wear appropriate clothing & footwear for the beach and weather conditions on the day.

Plumpudding Beach Clean

along the refreshing Northern Sea Wall

  • Sat 16 Sept 10am
  • Meet: Outside 'The Minnis Bay Bar & Brasserie', Minnis Bay, Birchington CT7 9QP

Pegwell Bay Beach Clean

along the National Nature Reserve beach by the cliffs.

  • Sat 16 Sept 2.30pm
  • Meet: On the beach (below former hoverport access road) Cliffsend CT12 5HY

You can book on the ‘Great British Beach Clean’ Bookings:www.nekmpa.org.uk nearer the time or www.mcsuk.org/       Also, look out for other organised events online that will be run by Coastal Wardens or volunteer groups that will be listed here nearer the time: eg Sat 17 Sept, 11:30am - Epple Bay, Birchington.


Coastal Warden/Guardian - Introductory Training

This is the introductory course for new volunteers that would like to help as Coastal Wardens and Guardians on the NE Kent MPA coast. Volunteers 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/guardian and how you can help. 

  • Wed, 11 October 10am to 3.30pm – Margate/Ramsgate, Kent
  • Bookings open in September

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 training session nearer the time. The next training is in October.




Please note: a) You may need the latest browser eg Google Chrome to access the booking scheme; as some browsers do not work with this booking system. If you can't get use of a laptop to access, you can always book at the Margate Visitor Information Centre in Margate harbour (or call them on 01843 5775770.  (Bookings close the day before - so if places available, please do turn up at start & we will sign you in!)

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 


Other Opportunities & Events

Other opportunities and events around the coast include:  

Coastal Wardens/Guardians

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 & Ramsgate Main Sands particularly suitable for community groups with young families: Find out more  

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

'Discover Thanet Coast' under the ‘Destination Thanet’ project (2015-17) for coast and heritage ran events and projects with support from the Coastal Communities Fund. This includes events on the coast with the RSPB Local Thanet Group and other guided walks. See Visit Thanet - for more information / Bird Watching on the Thanet Coast


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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