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 02 Thanet Coast Events - flyer  (PDF, 898KB)

 

Thanet Coast Project

 

Big Spring Beach Clean!

Come and help the SAS with their big spring beach cleans inour area - the more volunteers the better!  These event are mainly coordinated by Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) as part of a national spring campaign 3-9 April 2017, with other local groups also running events.

  • Mon 3 April - Western Undercliff, Ramsgate (Friends of Western Undercliff/Artificial Beach)
  • Sat.8 April, 10.30am (2hrs) - Ramsgate Main Sands (SAS/Thanet Greens)
  • Sun 9 April, 1pm start - Joss Bay, Broadstairs  (SAS/Joss Bay Surf School) 
  • Sun 9 April, 9am (2hrs) - Viking Bay, BroadstairsTime (SAS/Broadstairs Surf Life Saving Club)

 

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). Event run by Thanet Coast Project/volunteers.

  • Tue 4 April, 11am - Margate Main 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)

 

NEKMPA Coastal Warden - Introductory Training

This is the introductory course for new volunteers that would like to help as Coastal Wardens and Guardians 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. 

  • Thur 4 May, 10am-3.30pm – 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 training session nearer the time (next is in October).

 

Cliffs, Caves and Castles:  a World Ocean Day walk! 

An evening stroll around the Kingsgate coast with Tony Child (Thanet Coast Project/NE Kent MPA Officer) exploring Thanet Coast’s chalk cliffs, reef and caves, whilst looking out for clues of marine life along our strandline. Please wear appropriate footwear suitable for walking on the beach, chalk reef and rockpools. Walk last 1.5 hours.

  • Thur 8 June, 6.00pmKingsgate, Broadstairs
  • Meet:  Botany Bay, by Beach Café Kiosk (bottom of steps from Marine Drive, Kingsgate (CT10 3LG) 
  • Bookings online: Opens in May 

 

Seaweeds and their Secrets - exhibition

Sat 29 July to Sun 3 Sept, 10am to 5pm - Drum Room, Droit House, Margate Harbour CT9 1JD (Margate Visitor Information Centre)

A delightful look at the sheer variety of seaweeds around the Kent coast and their sometimes surprising uses in everyday life. This exhibition has been created by Ian Tittley (Natural History Museum & Kent Field Club)with help from the Thanet Coast Project and NEKMPA Coastal Wardens. (Free, Open to the public)

 

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+). Suggested donation of £3 per person. Event lasts 2 hours.

  • 3 June - Viking Bay, Broadstairs = Apologies: CANCELLED
  • Mon. 21 August, 6pm – Fulsam Rock, Margate Harbour area
  • Meet: Outside Droit House (Margate VIC), Margate Harbour (CT9 1 JD)
  • Bookings online: Opens in June 

 

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

  • Wed 26 July, 8.30am - Minnis Bay, Birchington(CT7 9QP)
  • Thur 27 July, 8.30am - West Bay, Westgate (CT8 8QZ)
  • Fri 28 July, 9.30am - St Mildred’s Bay (CT8 8TP)
  • Sat 29 July, 9am -  Eastcliff, Ramsgate (CT11 8DG)
  • Sun 30 July, 10am - Western Undercliff, Ramsgate CT11 9PH) 
  • Fri 11 Aug, 8.30am - Walpole Bay, Cliftonville (CT9 3HF)
  • Sat 12 Aug, 9am - Stone Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 1DP)
  • Sun 13 Aug, 9.30am - Joss Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 3PG)
  • Mon 14 Aug, 10.30am - Botany Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 3LG)
  • Tue 15 Aug, 11am - Dumpton Gap, Broadstairs (CT10 1TA)
  • Wed 16 Aug, 12pm - Nayland Rock, Margate Main Sands (CT9 1XN)
  • Further details & public booking online: Opens in July!

  

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!

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

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

'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

E-mail:

thanet.coast@thanet.gov.uk

 

Tony Child

Thanet Coast (NE Kent Marine Protected Area) Officer

Telephone: +44 (0) 1843 577672

(based in Manston Road Depot)

 

 

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