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'.  

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


Thanet Coast Project - 2018 events


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. 

  • 17 May, 2pm (3.5hrs, Margate)
  • Sun 2 Sept, 1pm (3.5hrs, Whitstable)
  • 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.


Great Eggcase & Scavenger Hunts!

These events on the beach will involve looking out for various items and clues of life from our seas, and inparticular the egg cases of sharks and rays. The last part will involve helping to create your own marine art masterpiece on the beach.  The scavenger hunts last for 45 minutes with another 45 minutes of ‘art-time’. These events are particularly suitable for 4-11 year olds. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the beach and weather conditions on the day. 

Please note:  These events are 'first come, first served' sign-in registration at the start - with limited numbers able to take part. Suggested donation of £1 per person (child & adults).

  • Tue 3 April, 11am - Margate Main Sands (CT9 1XN)

Meet:  Coastal Community Beach Hut (opp. Arlington House /Tidal pool area)

  • Wed  4 April, 11am - Viking Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 1EU)

Meet: outside old Broadstairs Harbour Master Office (opp. Tartar Frigate Pub)

  • Thur 5 April, 11am - Ramsgate Main Sands (CT11 8LP)

Meet: By the ‘Needle’ or Obelisk (outside Weatherspoon's The Royal Victoria Pavilion) 



Other Events on their way in 2018

More details to follow soon:


World Ocean Day - Seashore Safari Adults only

Friday 8 June, 1pm – Walpole Bay, Cliftonville (CT9 3HF)


Seaweed & Their Secrets

- Exhibition (25 July to 2 Sept - Margate VIC)

- Walk & Talks:

Thu 26 July – 5pm Fulsam Rock, Margate (CT9 1JD)

Thu 23 Aug – 4:30pm 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.


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 above! 

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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