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.  Advice on school/group excursions can be found under Learning on this website.

2019 Thanet Coast summer events flyer  (7-2019 PDF, 1MB)  


Thanet Coast Project events:  


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. 

  • Friday 18 October 2019:  1pm (4hrs), Margate

Booking only:  All new volunteers will need to complete an online registration form  We will send you an invite to book on the next training session nearer the time.


Beach Clean - Pegwell Bay

Join the beachwatch beach clean & litter survey, as a part of the Marine Conservation Society's national campaign to monitor beach litter.  The event last for 2 hours and is open to all to join in. Children will need to be supervised by a responsible adult.

Litter sticks, hoops, and bags are provided. Please bring along garden gloves and wear appropriate clothing for weather on the day (windproof/rainproofs if raining) & tough footwear for walking on the beach.  Please also bring along your own water bottle, or refreshment, to quench your thirst!

  • Mon 21 Oct, 10am – Pegwell Bay, Cliffsend CT12 5HY.
  • Meet: on the beach below former hoverport access road


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. 

  • Tue 19 Nov, 10am - Dumpton Gap, Ramsgate - booking not open yet

Booking essential: please use this link to book




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/Group 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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