2019 Events and Activities

What's on 2019

These are the public events and activities run by the Thanet Coast Project.

The Thanet Coast Project run these public 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'.  

Some 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.  

DRAFT 2019 Thanet Coast events flyer (3-2019 PDF, 915KB) - note events tbc


Thanet Coast Project 2019 events:  


Seaweed and their Secrets – Walk & Talk

A great opportunity to find out all that you ever want to know about seaweed! This walk & talk is led by seaweed expert Ian Tittley, formerly Natural History Museum, Kent Field Club & Kent Wildlife Trust.   

The Thanet Coast’s chalk reef provides the perfect substrate for different algae communities within the designated Marine Protected Area. Come along for this walk through rockpools and along the shore to discover seaweed, their uses and properties on this outdoor talk.  Please note advice on booking.    These walks are suitable for people of 14 and above, and last for 2 hours.  

  • Sat. 25 May, 10am – Dumpton Gap, Broadstairs (CT10 1TA) = FULLY BOOKED
  • Sat. 24 Aug, 11am – Botany Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 3LG)

Booking essential  {please click here: link}


TBC - 'Cliffs, Caves, Citizen Science & Castles!'

  • Sat. 8 June, 9:30am - Botany Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 3SD)

A 'World Ocean Day' walk & talk that takes you around the stunning Kingsgate coastline from Botany Bay to Kingsgate Bay, Broadstairs.

The talk takes in the cliffs, caves and castles on a stroll along the beach and chalk reef within the ‘North East Kent Marine Protected Area’ (NEKMPA).  There will be a chance to hear about citizen science project work on route - such as ‘Shoresearch’ recording of marine life. 

Please wear suitable footwear for walking on rocks, rockpools and along the beach. This walk is suitable for people of 14 years and above. Under 18s will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. The walk will last for 2 hours and is relatvely short (2km in total). It will cover a difficult walking terrain as on the rocky shore. Donations welcome (suggested donation £3pp).

TBC - Booking Essential: World Ocean Day {link opens in May}


Beach Cleans - Pegwell Bay, Cliffsend

Quarterly beach clean (Beachwatch, MCS) as part of the Guardians of the Deep project within the Sandwich & Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve below the Hugin Viking Ship picnic site, near the chalk cliffs (just north of the former hoverpad).  All equipment is provided. Please dress appropriately for the activity and weather conditions on the day. Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  No need to book, just turn up on the day. 

  • Sun 21 July, 10am (2hrs)
  • Sat 21 Sept, 2:30pm (2.5hrs; Great British Beach Clean)
  • Mon 21 Oct, 10am (2hrs)

Meet: On the beach. Pegwell Bay, Cliffsend (below Hugin Viking ship Picnic site: nearest postcode: CT12 5JD)


Wonderful Woolly Watery World!


Come along and discover life under the sea is like, if everything was wool!


Our knitted and crocheted art display of sea creatures will be an immersive display featuring creatures made by people in Kent and beyond, put together in an fun and informative way. You will learn about the Marine Conservation Zones around Thanet and Kent and what amazing creatures live there and how you can see them for yourself!


Summer Exhibition: Wed 24 July to Sun 8 Sept

Margate Visitor Information Centre


Summer Seashore Safaris

Explore Thanet’s chalk rocky shore for its fascinating rockpool wildlife! 

Identification sheet & equipment is provided and there is help on hand to identify your finds.  Wear suitable footwear for rocks & rockpools (eg wetshoes, crocks or wellies!) and wear suitable clothing for the weather conditions on the day (water/windproof if wet/windy; or coverup, hat or suncream, if sunny). 

All events last for 2 hours and are suitable for ALL the family, but particularly 4-11s. Children must be always be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Suggested donation of £1 per person (adults & children!)

Note: ‘First come, first served’ bookings take place at the start of each event - but we have limited equipment, so please get there early!


TBCSat 3 Aug, 8:00am - Minnis Bay, Birchington (CT7 9QP)

TBC - Sun 4 Aug, 8:30am - West Bay, Westgate (CT8 8QZ)


  • Mon 5 Aug, 9:30am - St Mildred’s Bay (CT8 8TP)

Meet/Sign-in: Promenade near cafes & slope to the beach.

  • Tue  6 Aug, 10:00am -  Eastcliff, Ramsgate (CT11 8DG)

Meet/Sign-in: Lower promenade, north end of car park (Marina Esplanade)

  • Wed 7 Aug, 11:00 am - Western Undercliff, Ramsgate (CT11 9PH) 

Meet/Sign-in: Just above small tidal pool (Royal Harbour Approach; west side of the beaches)


  • Fri 9 Aug, 12:30pm - Walpole Bay, Cliftonville (CT9 3HF)

Meet/Sign-in: Lower promenade car park; east side of Walpole tidal pool) 


TBC - Sun 18 Aug, 8:00am - Stone Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 1DP)

TBC - Mon 19 Aug, 8:30am - Joss Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 3PG)

TBC - Tue 20 Aug, 9:00am - Botany Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 3LG)

TBC - Wed 21 Aug, 9:00am - Dumpton Gap, Broadstairs (CT10 1TA)

TBC - Thur 22 Aug, 9:30am - Nayland Rock, Margate Main Sands (CT9 1XN)

TBC - Confirmation to follow!



Big Seaweed Search - Thanet Coast

Opportunity to join in with a 'citizen science' project designed by the Natural History Museum led by Laura Welton, Guardians of the Deep Project Officer. No prior knowledge needed as we will be looking for a selected set of seaweeds, that are used to indicate sea temperature rise, spread of non-native species and ocean acidification. By walking a stretch of coast we will record the abundance of a set number of seaweeds. Children need to be accompanied by an adult. Identification sheets provided. Event lasts 1.5 hours. Free - with thanks to Guardians of the Deep project. 

  • Wed 4 Sept, 10am - Kingsgate Bay, Broadstairs - booking not open yet
  • Tue 19 Nov, 10am - Dumpton Gap, Ramsgate - booking not open yet

Booking essential: please use link on the dates above (when they become available)


Night time Rockpooling

Sat 14 Sep,  8pm – Botany Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 3LG)

TBC - Online booking only: to follow.


Great British Beach Clean 2019

Sat 21 Sept, 10amPlum Pudding (Meet: Minnis Bay), Birchington

Sat 21 Sept,  2.30pmPegwell Bay, Cliffsend (CT12 5HY)



Coastal Warden/Guardian - Introductory Training 2019

This is the introductory course for new volunteers that would like to help as Coastal Wardens/Guardians on the North East Kent coast, which includes the NE Kent MPA.

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. 

  • Autumn 2019:  date tbc (3.5hrs) - Margate

Booking only:  All new volunteers will need to complete an online registration form  (2019)   (if having trouble please down load & complete:  ‘Volunteer Registration Form’ first and send in to us).  We will send you an invite to book on the next training session nearer the time.




Other Opportunities & Events:

Other opportunities and events around the coast include:  

Coastal Wardens/Guardians / Volunteering

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.    In addition, you can volunteer to join the 'Coastbusters' (non-native species control teams - currently targeting Pacific Oysters) around NE Kent - just send us a email if you would like to get involved or with 'Making a Buzz for the Coast' - with task days

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 above! 

School Excursions 

Schools, clubs or large group excursions can view the variety of marine and coastal wildlife around the Thanet coastline depending upon the tide being in or out; and see evidence of coastal erosion, run beach inspired activities, or just visit for general coastal leisure opportunities.  More information  (who to notify, bay facilities and online resources) 




For more information:

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

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 


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 book - and for people that can't access the internet - then please speak to the Thanet Visitor Information Centre in Margate Harbour: call them on 01843 5775770.  PLEASE NOTE: During 2018 many of the events will be 'first come, first served!' - or as stated - so please arrive a little earlier to sign in.


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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