2021 Events and Activities

What's on 2021

Public events and activities are run by the Thanet Coast Project with the help of volunteers - mainly Coastal Wardens/Guardians.  Whilst the majority of the events were cancelled in 2020 (to keep in line with the government coronavirus advice & measures) a small team of volunteers were involved on a project that filmed some of our shoreline species that could be found - by running 'virtual seashore safaris' - see below!    The Thanet Coast Project gratefully acknowledges donations from Haeckels of Margate to ensure that we can continue our remit and work.

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).

SAFETY:  For the: Latest coronavirus information and Public health advice.  In Thanet, there is a Beach Management Plan 2021 helping everyone to 'respect, protect and enjoy' Thanet's coastline - see press release (30/3/21) and Beach Safety Information & infographics2020. Thanet's 'Beaches and Coast PSPO (Public Space Protection Order) replaced the former coastal bylaws on 1 April 2021.


Thanet Coast Project Events 2021:   


Seaweed & their Secrets 

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 years and above, and last for 2 hours walking over the rough terrain of the rocky shore.  Online bookings only as numbers are limited - with a suggested online donation of £4pp.

  • Wed 7 July, 4.30pm (2hrs) - Dumpton Gap, Broadstairs (CT10 1TA)

  • Wed 4 Aug, 3pm (2hrs) - Walpole Bay, Cliftonville (CT9 3HF)   

  • Wed 1 Sept, 1pm (2hrs) - Botany Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 3LG)  


  • TBC - Online Event bookings to open at end of June    


The Smuggler's Trail - Geology of the Thanet Coast

A chance to join Richard Hubbard on a new walk to explore the geology and fossils of the Kingsgate coastline, Broadstairs.

Take a step back in time as we go back to explore the evidence of life in the oceans from over 80 million years ago, and the way our coastline reveals how we see it today.  This tour is the 'highlights' tour of Richard's new book and involves a 2 hour walk and talk along the beach taking a closer look at our chalk coastline.  These walks are suitable for adults (& over 11 years of age) and will last for 2 hours walking mainly on the beach and rocky chalk shore. Online bookings only as numbers are limited - with a suggested online donation of £4pp.

  • TBC July, (2hrs)  Book online & meeting place specified online 

  • TBC August, (2hrs)  Book online & meeting place specified online 
  • TBC Mon 13 September, tbc-am - Clifftop only Walk & talk suitable for people that cannot access the beach terrain. Book online & meeting place specified online 


  • TBC  - Online bookings to open at end of June 


British Coastlines
Marine life & rockpooling on the Thanet coast    (Exhibition 2021)

10am - 5pm

Margate Visitor Information Centre - Drum Room, Margate harbour CT9 1JD 

  • Wed. 21 to Tue. 27 July:  with artist Molly-Pickle present, with art work sales.
  • Wed. 21 July - Tue. 3 August: with TCP rockpooling exhibition, with Molly's posters 

This exhibition aims to raise awareness and inspire people about the marine life of our ocean and help people to explore the rock pools though responsible rockpooling to look at the marine life found on our chalk rocky shore and sandy bays along the North East Kent Marine Protected Area.   This exhibition is a collaboration between local artist Molly Pickles with the Thanet Coast Project and the Thanet Visitor Information Centre. FREE ENTRY (£1pp donation welcome!)


Seashore Safaris  - July /August 2021

Summer events - coming soon!

Explore Thanet’s chalk rocky shore for its fascinating rockpool wildlife.  Join one of the series of safaris touring different Thanet Coast bays to explore the chalk reef and rockpools to see what shore life can find. These events are run with the help of Thanet Coast volunteers.

All events last for up to 2 hours and are suitable for ALL the family, but particularly 4-11s. Children must be always be accompanied by a responsible adult. Suggested donation of £2 per person.   PLEASE USE ONLINE BOOKINGS - as numbers will be limited.


Dates - with times to be confirmed (most early morning, as low tide dependant):

  • Tue 27 July, 8:30am - Stone Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 1DP)

  • Wed 28 July, 9amLouisa Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 1QE) Water Gala
  • Thu 29 July, 9:30am - Botany Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 3LG)
  • Fri  30 July, 10am - Margate Main Sands - Nayland Rock (CT9 1XN)
  • Sat 31 July, 11am - Walpole Bay, Cliftonville (CT9 3HF)
  • Thur 12 Aug, 8.30am - St Mildred’s Bay (CT8 8TP)
  • Fri 13 Aug, 9am - West Bay, Westgate (CT8 8QZ)
  • Sat 14 Aug 9:30amMinnis Bay, Birchington (CT7 9QP)
  • Wed 25 Aug, 8.30am - Western Undercliff, Ramsgate (CT11 9PH)
  • Thur 26 Aug, 8:30am - Eastcliff Ramsgate (CT11 8DG) 
  • Fri 27 Aug, 9am - Dumpton Gap, Broadstairs (CT10 1TA)


  • TBC - Summer 2021 events:  Bookings to open in July

Great British Beach Clean 2021

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! 

(MCS booking/info link.  Meet: Outside Minnis Bay Brasserie, Birchington CT7 9QP. Please also allow extra 15 mins walk there, and back!)

(MCS booking/info link.  Meet: on the beach below former hoverport access road)  



Virtual & self-guided activities

Virtual Seashore Safaris 

Explore Thanet’s chalk rocky shore for its fascinating rockpool wildlife.  This series of videos have been produced by Thanet Coast volunteers to enable you to enjoy a virtual safaris yourself - and get a glimpse of what they found.

You can download the 'Rockpooling Fun' booklet to help you explore the rockpools. Watch the rockpooling responsibly video clip first....and also a few virtual safaris to see what you may find!  Just arrange a safe time for your outling - check the weather & tide (best when it is going out - ebb tide - and over low tide), and ensure you have the right footwear, clothing and equipment for the weather 

 Further advice to help you explore:

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


Great Eggcase & Scavenger Hunt - Online Pack

Use the pack to explore the 'strandline' at the top of the beach for items that have washed up along our shoreline - these often provide vital clues of the marine life from around our coast.  Follow the pack instructions and try the challenge to identify your 'Eggcase finds' - and there's an additional 'BeachArt' challenge at the end!



Coastal Warden/Guardian - Introductory Training

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 the different opportunities where you can help.

  • TBC 2021 - 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; or with 'Making a Buzz for the Coast' - with task days or Bird Wise East Kent for our internationally important bird life.

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 an 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 at:

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  

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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