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:  


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.

  • Introductory course - Friday, 20 March 2020:  9am (3hrs), Margate. Booking only
       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.


TBC - 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!

  • TBC - March/April, 10am – Pegwell Bay, Cliffsend CT12 5HY.
  • Meet: on the beach below former hoverport access road


TBC - Great Eggcase & Scavenger Hunt + with beach art!

Join the scavenger hunt looking for clues of our marine life along the shorel, and looking out for shark and ray egg cases, on this activity that includes sand/beach art at the end!   

Please note: You will need to wear suitable footwear and clothing for the beach, sand art and the weather conditions on the day. All equipment is provided by the Thanet Coast Project. These events are suitable for families and especially children aged 4-11, Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout. This event is free, but we welcome a donation (eg £2 per adult & child present!) The events lasts 1.5 hours.

  • Tue 7 April, 2pm - Margate Main Sands (CT9 1XN)   Meet: On the beach - near tidal pool /Nayland Rock end of the beach 

  • Wed 8 April, 2pm - Viking Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 1EU)  Meet: outside old Broadstairs Harbour Master Office (opp. Tartar Frigate, CT10 1EU) 

  • Thur 9 April, 2pm - Ramsgate Main Sands (CT11 8LP)  Meet: besides the Obelisk (needle) outside Wetherspoons (CT11 8LP)

Sign-in at the start: 'first come, first served' (as limited numbers based on equipment from tubs/sheets & spades available!) 


TBC - Night time Rockpooling

TBC, May,  8pm – Botany Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 3LG)

TBC - Online booking only: bookings not open yet


TBC - '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, Broadstairs (CT10 3LG)

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

TBC - Bookings opens here in April & July respectively. 


TBC - 'Cliffs, Caves & Castles' walk & talk

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

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).

TBC - Booking Essential: World Ocean Day {link opens in May}



LOOK OUT for the popular 'Seashore Safaris'

...starting from 23 July 2020 - details tBC


- Minnis Bay, Birchington (CT7 9QP)

 - West Bay, Westgate (CT8 8QZ)

- St Mildred’s Bay (CT8 8TP)

Eastcliff, Ramsgate (CT11 8DG)

- Western Undercliff, Ramsgate (CT11 9PH) 

 - Walpole Bay, Cliftonville (CT9 3HF)


 - Stone Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 1DP)

 - Joss Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 3PG)

- Botany Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 3LG)

- Dumpton Gap, Broadstairs (CT10 1TA)

- Nayland Rock, Margate Main Sands (CT9 1XN)


(4-11s /families/+)  TBC - Details to follow!



Great British Beach Clean 2020

Sat 21 Sept, 10am – Plum Pudding, Birchington 

(Meet: outside Minnis Bay Restaurant)

Sat 21 Sept,  2.30pm – Pegwell Bay, Cliffsend CT12 5HY 

(Meet: on the beach below former hoverport access road)

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! 




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 


See last year's 2019 Thanet Coast summer events flyer  (7-2019 PDF, 1MB)  

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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