2018 Events and Activities

What's on 2018 

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

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.

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'.  


Thanet Coast Project - 2018 events

      2018 Thanet Coast Project Events - flier  (PDF, 1,087KB)


'How to run a Beach Clean & Survey' in NE Kent - Training Workshop   

  • Wed 23 May 2018, 2pm (2.5hrs)

Venue: Droit House, Margate Harbour CT9 1JD

Join Kate Whitton, from the Marine Conservation Society, to hear about our marine litter issues & how you can get involved to monitor beach litter through the MCS ‘Beachwatch’ national recording & beach clean scheme. Then, find out from Tony Child, Thanet Coast Project team how you get support – such as borrowing equipment - to run, or join in, a local event if run in NE Kent.      https://www.facebook.com/events/2101790803385505/

BOOKING ESSENTIAL, please email:  thanet.coast@thanet.gov.uk to reserve a place by 22 May, as places are limited.


World Ocean Day - Seashore Safari Adults only

Walpole Bay, Cliftonville (CT9 3HF)

  • Friday 8 June, 1pm to 3pm

This event is suitable for adults - and gives you a chance to explore our rockpools and chalk reef for its fascinating marine wildlife.  Identification sheets & equipment willbe provided and there is help on hand to identify the finds on the day.  Please wear suitable footwear for rocks & rockpools (eg Wellies/wet shoes), and clothing for the weather conditions on the day (eg waterproof or windproof jackets if wet or windy; or hats & suncreen if sunny!)

There will be a table of 'alternatives' for plastics on show at our reception table – thanks to Jo Bridges & Surfers Against Sewage – as part of World Ocean Day’s theme of preventing plastic pollution and finding solutions to a healthy ocean.

There is no need to book for this event. Please just turn up & sign in on the day. 



Other Events on their way in 2018

More details to follow soon:


'Seaweed & Their Secrets':


25 July to 2 Sept, 10am-5pm - Margate Visitor Information Centre

Walk & Talks:

Thu 26 July, 5pm - Margate VIC/Fulsam Rock, Margate (CT9 1JD)

Thu 23 Aug, 4:30pm - Margate VIC/Fulsam Rock, Margate (CT9 1JD)


Seashore Safaris

Tues 31 July, 8.30am - Minnis Bay, Birchington(CT7 9QP)

Wed 01 Aug, 8.30am - West Bay, Westgate (CT8 8QZ)

Thur 02 Aug, 9.00am - St Mildred’s Bay (CT8 8TP)

Fri  03 Aug, 9:30am -  Eastcliff Ramsgate (CT11 8DG)

Sat 04 Aug, 10:30 am - Western Undercliff, Ramsgate (CT11 9PH) 

Sun 05 Aug, 11:30am - Walpole Bay, Cliftonville (CT9 3HF)

Tue 14 Aug, 8:30am - Stone Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 1DP)

Wed 15 Aug, 9:00am - Joss Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 3PG)

Thur 16 Aug, 9:30am - Botany Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 3LG)

Fri 17 Aug, 10:30am - Dumpton Gap, Broadstairs (CT10 1TA)

Sat 18 Aug, 10:30am - Nayland Rock, Margate Main Sands (CT9 1XN)


Great British Beach Clean 2018

Sat 15 Sept, 10am – Pegwell Bay, Cliffsend (CT12 5HY) 

Sat 15 Sept,  2.30pm – Plum pudding (west of Minnis Bay, Birchington)

BEACH CLEANS:  There is a monthly beach clean at Pegwell Bay, Cliffsend (April to Nov), & many more cleans arranged by various organisations throughout the year - see 'How to Help': Beach Cleans for more information.


Coastal Warden/Guardian - Introductory Training

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. 

  • Sun 2 Sept, 1pm (3.5hrs, Whitstable)
  • Tue 9 Oct, 1pm (3.5hrs, Margate)
  • Booking: All new volunteers will need to complete a 'Volunteer Registration Form'* first and will be invited to confirm if they can attend the next workshop.

*‘Volunteer Registration Form’ (hyperlink) or download from the website at:  http://www.nekmpa.org.uk/how-to-help/nekmpa-coastal-wardens/  (‘copy & paste’ link below into your browser). We will then send details to invite you to the next training session nearer the time.



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.    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. 

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! 


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. 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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