Formal zone - school/group visits

School & Groups - Beach Excursions

Schools, clubs or large group excursions to the NE Kent coast 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.

Please remember to read the following, as part of your planning for your organised educational visit to the coast:

A number of bays around the NE Kent Coast are suitable for organised school trips, including:


Assistance:  To help sustain our educational work with groups, the Thanet Coast Project can assist with activities like Seashore Safaris (if over the 'Low Tide') or Scavenger Hunts & BeachArt for a small charges to help cover our costs. For more information on our fees, please contact us at:

Educational on-line toolkit{please click title for link}  A free online educational toolkit is available for four of our beaches at Minnis Bay, Joss Bay, & both Margate & Ramsgate Main Sands.   This is packed with everything you need to give your class a deep insight into our coastline - with a detailed introduction document which highlights practical and safety information for your visit; and some background information on Thanet and the suggested beaches you visit. There are suggestions for activities and accompanying resources, with each activity tailored to either KS1 or KS2, or both and linked to different subjects in the curriculum. There are accompanying audio files which explore some of the unique stories of our coastline and key messages about sea safety.

Whitstable, Herne Bay to Reculver Country Park: Canterbury City Council may be able to assist groups/schools within the western part of NEKMPA.

Guardians of The Deep - Wildbeach Educational field trips are also run by the Kent Wildlife Trust; and we are currently working in partnership with them to help local schools benefit from WildBeach activities through the Guardians of the Deep project.



Please inform the Thanet Coast Project/Thanet Council by email to of your intended visit for schools or groups (for over 20 people) to the Thanet beaches - from Birchington, Westgate, Margate, Broadstairs & Ramsgate.  (or Canterbury City Council 'Foreshore Services' for Whitstable, Herne Bay to Reculver)

Please could you provide information on the:

- intended date & the times of your visit (eg 10am to 3pm)

- beach you are looking to visit

- name of school/community group

- numbers (students/pupils/children; & also teachers/helpers)

- what the activities are being undertaken, &

- your contact details (& emergency contact number for on the day)

This is required for health and safety - so that it can be shared with the bay inspectors, RNLI lifeguards (if working that day) & concessionaires.  When planning your visit, this infomation can help you to avoid other schools that have already notfied us of their visit, or any events or other work/activities that are taking place on that day.

Plese ensure that you check the site beforehand & complete your own risk assessment for the activities on your chosen section of coastline, and ensure this is covered by your public liability insurance.


Further Advice:

Group Visits to Thanet's Beaches & Bays (Visit Thanet) 

Useful reference material for schools is also available from:

  • Discovering Thanet Coast 'educational resources' are currently being developed and should be available in 2018/19. These will include four sites at Minnis Bay, Margate Main Sands, Joss Bay and Ramsgate Main Sands
  • Coastal Community Beach Huts - for group hire (Margate & Ramsgate Main Sands)
  • Marine Conservation Society Explore & Discover (learn about the oceans & how you can help our Blue Planet!)

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)