Events and Activities

What's on 2022 

Public events and activities are run by the Thanet Coast Project with the help of volunteers - mainly Coastal Wardens/Guardians.  

SAFETY:

For the latest coronavirus information and public health advice.  

Thanet 'Beaches and Coast Public Space Protection Order' (PSPO) replaced the former coastal bylaws from 1 April 2021 (TDC, press release), and is supported by the Beach & Coast PSPO code of conduct.  In Thanet, there are also Beach Management Plans (2020-onwards) helping everyone to 'respect, protect and enjoy' Thanet's coastline (see press release 30/3/21; & Beach Safety Information & infographics & Enhancement Plan 2021).  

 

 

Thanet Coast Project Events 2022:  TO BE CONFIRMED

 

Scavenger Hunts 

Try taking our Shoreline Challenge to find clues washed in from the sea about our wildlife and marine environment - with help on hand to explain all!   

These sessions are aimed at young children (4-9s) working in family teams, but please dress up warm for the outdoors and on the beach! 

  • Tue 15 Feb, 1pm - 2pm (1hr) - Margate Main Sands 
  • Thu 17 Feb, 10am -11am (1hr) - Minnis Bay, Birchington
  • BOOK HERE - OPENING SOON on 28 January 2022  

 

Great Eggcase & Scavenger Hunt with Beach Art! (TBC)

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.  Donations welcome (Suggested: £2 per adult & child present!) The events lasts 1.5 hours. 

  • Tue 5 April, 11am - Margate Main Sands (CT9 1XN)   Meet: On the beach - near tidal pool /Nayland Rock end of the beach

  • Wed 6 April, 11am - Viking Bay, Broadstairs (CT10 1EU)  Meet: Outside old Broadstairs Harbour Master Office (opp. Tartar Frigate) 

  • Thur 7 April, 11am - Ramsgate Main Sands (CT11 8LP)  Meet: besides the Obelisk (needle) outside Wetherspoons (CT11 8LP) 

  • BOOK HERE - OPENING in March 2022 

 

Night time Rockpooling

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 1.5 hours, and involve a maximum of 16 people with children accompanied by an adult.  

  • TBC - May 2022

  • ONLINE BOOKING ONLY: bookings open in April {very limited places}

 

World Ocean Day

Join the Thanet Coast Project to celebrate World Ocean Day on this informal beach walk from Cliftonville to Kingsgate and back - with the chance to meet volunteer coastal wardens from around the NE Kent Marine Protected Area.

  • TBC - Wed 8 June, 10am - Walpole Bay to Kingsgate Bay 
  • ONLINE BOOKINGS: bookings open in May {limited places}

 

Seaweed & their Secrets (TBC)

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.

  • Tue 19 July, 10.30am (2hrs) - Botany Bay, Broadstairs 

  • Fri 19 Aug, 10:30am (2hrs) - Nayland Rock, Margate Main Sands

  • Sun 4 Sept, 11am (2hrs) - Dumpton Gap, Broadstairs

  •  ONLINE BOOKINGS ONLY - bookings will OPEN in 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 our ocean 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

  • TBC August
  • TBC September *Clifftop walk only. Suitable for people that cannot access the beach terrain  
  • ONLINE BOOKINGS ONLY - bookings will OPEN in June

 

Seashore Safaris  - Summer 2022 (TBC)

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 this year.

Dates, time & location  (most early morning, as low tide dependant)

  • Sun 31 July, 8am - Minnis Bay, Birchington
  • Mon 1 August, 8am - West Bay, Westgate
  • Tue 2 August, 8:30am - St Mildred’s Bay, Westgate
  • Wed 3 August, 9am - Margate Main Sands
  • Thur 4 August, 10am - Walpole Bay, Margate
  • Fri 5 August, 10.30am - Western Undercliff, Ramsgate
  • Mon 15 Aug, 9.00am - Botany Bay, Broadstairs
  • Tue 16 Aug 9:30am -  Stone Bay, Broadstairs
  • Wed 17 Aug, 10:00am - Louisa Bay,Broadstairs
  • Thur 18 Aug, 10:30am - Dumpton Gap, Broadstairs
  • ONLINE BOOKINGS ONLY - bookings will OPEN in JULY
 

Thanet Coast/East Kent Coast

Photographic Exhibition  (2022)

This exhibition aims to raise awareness of the features and coastscape of the North East Kent Marine Protected Area.  It is a collaboration between Bird Wise East Kent and Thanet Coast Project hosting the winners from their first photography competition celebrating our coastal environment and wildlife. FREE ENTRY  

  • 9-11 March - Crab Museum, Margate
  • 16-22 March - York Street Gallery, Ramsgate
  • TBC July/Aug - Margate Visitor Information Centre, Margate 
 

Great British Beach Clean 2022

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! 

  • Sat 17 Sept, 10am (2hrs) Pegwell Bay, Cliffsend (CT12 5HY)

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

  • Sat 17 Sept, 2pm (2hrs) Plum Pudding, Birchington 

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

 

 

Coastal Warden - 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 2022 - 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.   Apologies that due to lack of funding, these have been delayed until autumn 2021.

 

 

Winter events 2021/22 with Bird Wise East Kent

A series of events to raise awareness of the thousands of winter migratory birds that come to the Thanet coast are taking place throughout the winter thanks to fundings from SAMMs. Two new engagement officers will lead free educational events at various locations along the Thanet and Canterbury coastline from their new eye-catching Bird Wise van.

Designed to help people wise up to bird disturbance, the events cover information about the perilous journey birds make each winter and why it is important that they are given room to roost, rest, and recuperate whilst visiting us in Thanet. These birds travel from as far as Canada from across the Arctic tundra to feed on our shores.    As well as travelling along the coast for the public events, the Bird Wise team will also be driving to schools across Thanet and Canterbury district to deliver lessons to pupils.

Winter pit-stops will be made at a few locations (all walks begin at 1.30pm):

Event details are available via @BirdwiseEK on Twitter, Facebook and website. Please note: event timings are subject to change due to the tide times. Please check the website or social media for updates in the days before the date of the event you wish to attend.

  

 

  

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!

 

 

  

Other Opportunities & Events: 

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

Online advice and a Notification scheme for school/group visits can be found under the learning section on this website. Schools, clubs or large group excursions can enjoy the beaches - including looking at the variety of coastal wildlife around the Thanet coast (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  - includes who to notify, bay facilities and online resources.

 

Last year's Events: Summer poster/flyer -TCP 2021 (pdf, 2MB) 

 

More information:

 

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  

The Thanet Coast Project gratefully acknowledges a grant from Southern Water and donations from Haeckels of Margate to ensure that we can continue our remit and work.

Thanet Coast (NEKMPA)

c/o Thanet District Council,

PO Box 9, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent CT9 1XZ
United Kingdom

E-mail:

thanet.coast@thanet.gov.uk

 

Tony Child

Thanet Coast (NE Kent Marine Protected Area) Officer

Telephone: +44 (0) 1843 577672

(based in Manston Road Depot)

 

 

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