2020 Events and Activities

What's on 2020

Look out for the public events and activities run by the Thanet Coast Project in 2020.

The Thanet Coast Project run these public events with the help of volunteers - mainly Coastal Wardens/Guardians.  There are numerous practical 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.


Thanet Coast Project events:   

2020-a TCP events poster/flyer = now subject to cancellation/change in line with current government coronavirus advice & measures. Public health advice


CANCELLED = Night time Rockpooling

CANCELLED: In view of the current government coronavirus advice, these spring events have been cancelled  Public health advice

Join the Thanet Coast Project on a torch-led guided tour of the coastal shorelife. See what’s awake and moving after dark. Usual rock pooling health and safety codes apply. Limited places - so booking essential. All will be provided with a torch and high visibility vests. Focus will be on observing wildlife as a group and not letting people go off on their own. The event will last for approx. 1 hour, and involve a maximum of 20 people (with children under 17 years accompanied by an adult) with a suggested donation of £3pp.
  • Mon 11 May,  8:30pm - Walpole Bay, Cliftonville  (CT9 3HF) = CANCELLED

  • Tue 12 May, 9pm - Walpole Bay, Cliftonville  (CT9 3HF) = CANCELLED

Online booking only: Cancelled


PLEASE CHECK this website 3 days beforehand, to make sure if the event is going ahead: all events are dependent on the latest government coronavirus health advice.

MAY EVENT 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.   

The Thanet Coast’s chalk reef provides the perfect substrate for different algae communities within the designated Marine Protected Area. Come along for this walk through rockpools and along the shore to discover seaweed, their uses and properties on this outdoor talk.  Please note advice on booking. These walks are suitable for people of 14 and above, and last for 2 hours.  Under 17s will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Donations welcome (suggested donation £3 per person).

  • Sat. 30 May, 11am – Botany Bay, Kingsgate (CT10 3LG) = CANCELLED

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


Cancelled = 'Cliffs, Caves & Castles' walk & talk

A 'World Ocean Day' walk & talk that takes you on a beachcombing walk around the stunning Kingsgate coastline from Botany Bay to Kingsgate Bay, Broadstairs.

The talk takes in the cliffs, caves and castles on a stroll along the beach and chalk reef within the ‘North East Kent Marine Protected Area’ (NEKMPA). 

Please wear suitable footwear for walking on rocks, rockpools and along the beach. This walk is suitable for people of 14 years and above. Under 17s will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. The walk will last for 2 hours and is relatvely short (2km in total). It will cover a difficult walking terrain as on the rocky shore.  Donations welcome (suggested donation £3pp).

  • Mon. 8 June, 9am - Botany Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 3SD) = CANCELLED

Bookings: TBC


TBC - 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 (eg wetshoes, crocks or wellies!) and wear suitable clothing for the weather conditions on the day (water/windproof if wet/windy; or coverup, hat or suncream, if sunny). 

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

Note: A ‘first come, first served’ booking scheme takes place at the start of each event - as we have limited equipment, so please get there early! 


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)



TBC - Great British Beach Clean 2020

Join the largest annual beach clean & litter survey, as a part of the Marine Conservation Society's national campaign and monitoring of beach litter.  The events below last for 2 hours and are open to all to join in. Children have 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 windy &/or raining) & tough footwear for walking on the beach. Please also bring along your own water bottle, or refreshment, to quench your thirst! 

Meet: Outside Minnis Bay Bar & Brasserie , The Parade (CT7 9QP)

Meet: On the beach, below former hoverport access road


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 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 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 2020 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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