Events and Activities

Thanet Coast Project Events 2022 

This What's On is the public events and activities run by the Thanet Coast Project with the help of volunteers - such as our Coastal Wardens.  For Safety information - please see the bottom of this page.

2022 TCP - Events Flier/Poster (PDF, 2MB)


Seashore Safaris  - Summer 2022

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  - FULLY BOOKED
  • Wed 17 Aug, 10:00am - Louisa Bay, Broadstairs
  • Thur 18 Aug, 10:30am - Dumpton Gap, Broadstairs  - FULLY BOOKED



Pegwell Bay Celebration Event

Meet the Thanet Coast Project and other local conservation organisations at Kent's largest National Nature Reserve - Sandwich & Pegwell Bay NNR.  Find us all in the Pegwell Country Park for this fun day out to celebrate the 75th anniversary of our National Nature Reserves. (Car park charges apply - Pegwell Bay Country Park, A256 Sandwich Rd, Cliffsend, Ramsgate CT12 5JB.   More info: poster

  • Sat 6 August, 10am-4pm  - Pegwell Bay Country Park
Wild About Whitstable: Scavenger Hunt - Swalecliffe

As part of the Wild About Whitstable Festival, the Thanet Coast Project will be leading on a Scavenger Hunt.   

Join the scavenger hunt looking for clues of our marine life along the shore, and look out for shark and ray egg cases on the way!   These events are suitable for families and especially children aged 4-11. Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout.

  • When: Tue 9 August, 2pm
  • Meet: Promenade besides Whitstable Skate Park, Marine Crescent, Swalecliffe
  • Booking Online Only  {link}



Seaweed & their Secrets

A great opportunity to find out all that you ever wanted 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.

  • ONLINE BOOKINGS ONLY  (please use booking links above} 



The White Cliffs of Kingsgate: 

Evolution of a Kentish Coastal Landscape 

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

Take a step back in time as we uncover the secrets of this beautiful and important coastal landscape. The walk is based on Richard's new book and will involve a walk and talk along the cliff top and beach. 

These walks are suitable for adults (& over 11 years of age) and involve walking on the beach and rocky chalk shore.   These walks last for 2 hours. Online bookings only as numbers are limited - with a suggested online donation of £4pp.

  • Thur 21 July  - PAST EVENT

  • Wed 31 August, 9am (2hrs)
  • Sat 1 October. 9am  (2hrs) 


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! The Pegwell Bay beach cleans are within the National Nature Reserve and run in conjunction with the Kent Wildlife Trust.

(MCS booking link. Meet: On the beach below former hoverport access road)  

(MCS booking link. Meet: Outside Minnis Bay Brasserie, Birchington CT7 9QP. Please also note extra 10 mins walk there, and again back!)


Beach Clean - Pegwell Bay

As part of the Marine Conservation Society's Beachwatch cleans - lead by the Thanet Coast Project, in conjunction with the Kent Wildlife Trust. This clean is within the Sandwich & Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve. (see more beach cleans below)  



VOLUNTEERING: 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.

  • Fri 17 June - Margate COMPLETED
  • Sat 18 June   COMPLETED
  • Wed 6 July  COMPLETED 
 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.   These are being run with thanks and support from Southern Water.      Next - Winter 2022/23 (tbc).







For virtual & self-guided activities:

- click here!


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.

Bird Wise East Kent - Events

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 run 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.  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.  

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. 


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



Tony Child

Thanet Coast (NE Kent Marine Protected Area) Officer

Telephone: +44 (0) 1843 577672

(based in Manston Road Depot)



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