Summer days out with the Thanet Coast Project

Did you know that Thanet is home to the longest continuous stretch of coastal chalk in Britain? In fact, it represents 20% of all the UK’s coastal chalk and 12% of that in the whole of Europe.


CommunityAd Exclusive - Summer days out with the Thanet Coast ProjectThe Thanet coastline is covered by numerous conservation designations and forms a significant part of the North East Kent Marine Protected Area. Taking care of this incredible area, the Thanet Coast Project raises awareness of our unique coastline and the marine and bird life that is found here, in a way that is fun and accessible.

For more than 20 years, the Thanet Coast Project has run over 400 public educational events, involving more than 20,000 participants. Through community events, activities and public exhibitions, it has directly engaged with over 100,000 people.

Interested to know more? You can find all sorts of fascinating facts about our chalk coastline, its vital importance and the extraordinary wildlife that lives here by attending one of Thanet Coastal Project’s many fun, family-friendly and affordable events.

Running from April to October, the events programme provides educational activities that will spark everyone’s interest in the beautiful coastline we have on our doorstep, encouraging us to reconnect with nature for the benefit of our physical and mental wellbeing.


Family fun

With a range of events aimed specifically at engaging children in nature, these are sure to be a wonderful way to spend a day by the sea.

Upcoming family events include:

  • ‘Scavenger Hunts’ – Little ones can look for clues of sea life washed up on the beaches. The whole family can get involved and you’ll all come away knowing your Ray’s mermaid purses from your Catshark’s egg cases.
  • ‘Seashore Safaris’ – You and your mini explorer can investigate the chalk reef and its rockpools.


Grown-up explorers

It’s not all just fun for the little ones. Upcoming events for adults include:

  • ‘Seaweed & Their Secrets’ – Everything you need to know about seaweed, guided by expert Ian Tittley, from the National History Museum.
  • ‘White Cliffs of Kingsgate’ – Uncover the mysteries of this stunning area in a walk and talk with geologist Richard Hubbard.


How to book

There’s more information about the North East Kent Marine Protected Area and Thanet Coast Project, including the events programme and details on how to book at:


How you can help the Thanet Coast Project

If you’re keen to help protect our coastline, you can attend any of the events to find out more, join a beach clean or look online on how to organise your own! You can also find information online on how to receive free training to become a volunteer Coastal Warden with Thanet Coast Project.

Thanet Coast Project has trained over 150 volunteer Coastal Wardens who serve as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the local coastline. Each volunteer adopts their own stretch of coastline or a local bay, helps with surveys and tackles important issues such as the spread of invasive marine species.

The Thanet Coast Project also runs the East Kent Coast Photographic Competition in partnership with BirdWise East Kent. The winning entries will be shown in venues across the district over the summer.

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