2020 Events and Activities

What's on 2020

Look out for the public events and activities run by the Thanet Coast Project in 2020.  These public events are run with the help of volunteers - mainly Coastal Wardens/Guardians.  Unfortunately in 2020, the events are cancelled and volunteers are involved on a new project to show film some of our shoreline species, and seashore safaris to film = so that we can show you online instead. 

The Thanet Coast Project gratefully acknowledges donations from Haeckels of Margate to ensure that we can continue our remit and work throughout 2020/21


There are numerous practical opportunities for volunteers to help on the coast - see 'Coastal Wardens', Beach Cleans & 'Coastbusters'.  

Advice on school/group visits can be found under the learning section on this website (for when there are no restrictions on numbers).

Thanet Coast Project events:   

2020 TCP events poster/flyer - unfortunately all summer events are cancelled in line with the current government coronavirus advice & measures. Please view here for latest Public health adviceIn Thanet, there is a Beach Management Plan 2020 (helping us to return safely to our beaches) with Beach Safety Information - (compilation & bylaws); & Beaches & Byelaws infographic sheet (2020) 

Latest coronavirus information


Virtual Seashore Safaris exploring Thanet’s chalk rocky shore for its fascinating rockpool wildlife for you to see and explore yourself. 

This series of videos have been produced by Thanet Coast volunteers to enable you to enjoy virtual safaris and see what they found (Note: all summer events 2020 have been cancelled due to coronavirus access restrictions) 


New Virtual Seashore Safaris (August 2020): view online (1-5) 


Further advice to help you explore:




Thur 23 July, 8.30am - Western Undercliff, Ramsgate (CT11 9PH) 

Fri 24 July, 9am - Eastcliff, Ramsgate (CT11 8DG)

Sat 25 July, 9am - Minnis Bay, Birchington (CT7 9QP)

Sun 26 July, 10am - West Bay, Westgate (CT8 8QZ)

Mon 27 July, 10:30am - St Mildred’s Bay (CT8 8TP)

Tue 28 July, 11:30am - Margate Main Sands - Nayland Rock (CT9 1XN)

Wed 29 July, 12:30pm - Walpole Bay, Cliftonville (CT9 3HF)

Sat 22 Aug, 8:30 - Stone Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 1DP)

Sun 23 Aug, 9am - Joss Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 3PG)

Mon 24 Aug, 10am - Botany Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 3LG)

Tue 25 Aug 10:30am - Louisa Gap, Broadstairs (CT10 1QE)

Wed 26 Aug, 11:30am - Dumpton Gap, Broadstairs (CT10 1TA)


Cancelled: 'Seaweed and their Secrets' walk & talk

A great opportunity to find out all that you ever want to know about seaweed! This walk & talk is led by seaweed expert Ian Tittley, formerly Natural History Museum, Kent Field Club & Kent Wildlife Trust.   

  • Sat. 29 Aug, 5pm – Walpole Bay, Cliftonville (CT9 3HF)  Bookings: TBC


Private events only:  Great British Beach Clean 2020

This is usually part of the largest annual beach clean & litter survey, coordinated by the Marine Conservation Society's national campaign (18-25 Sept) to clean and monitor of beach litter.  

PLEASE NOTE: In 2020 these will only be small privately run beach cleans on the Thanet Coast, to avoid large group meetings:



Coastal Warden/Guardian - Introductory Training 2020

This is the introductory course for new volunteers to help as Coastal Wardens/Guardians on the North East Kent coast which includes the NE Kent MPA (from Whitstable to Sandwich Bay).

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.

  • TBC - October/November 2020      Note: All new volunteers will need to complete an online registration form first, before getting an invite to book on this course nearer the time.




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 ane event! 

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 when coroavirus restrictions are relaxed to allow this activity again.



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


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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