Group Visits to our Beaches and Bays
Welcome to the seaside resorts of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate located on the north-eastern coast of Kent and easily reached from London with good road and rail links.
Discover stunning sandy beaches and sea-carved chalk cliffs, activity havens and resort bays. Re-energising and relaxing, our coast is a giant, free-to-use, year-round, outdoor spa
If you are a group planning a trip to our award-winning coastline, here is some useful information and guidelines to make your visit a success
Our unique coastline
Our award-winning 15 sandy beaches and bays offer something different. From Joss Bay a surfers' paradise, rural Botany Bay with creamy cliffs and towering chalk stacks, traditional family fun at Margate Main Sands, Broadstairs Viking Bay and Ramsgate Main Sands, get away from it spots Stone Bay and Dumpton Gap, while West Bay, St. Mildred’s Bay and Minnis Bay offer beaches with a village-life feel.
The Thanet Coast’s unique coastline has fascinating marine and bird life that is associated with its sandy beaches, chalk cliffs, reefs and sea caves.
North East Kent Marine Protected Area - The whole of our coastline is covered by international and national designations for its marine and bird life. The Thanet coastline represents 20% of the UK’s and 12% of Europe’s coastal chalk and it is the longest continuous stretch of chalk coast in Britain.
When planning your visit to our award winning coastline we ask any group (20 people or over) to notify our Foreshores Officer of your intended visit – the date, which beach you are looking to visit, how many people in the group and an idea of what they will be doing during the visit. This information is required for health and safety so that we can notify the relevant parties – RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution), Bay Inspectors, Beach Cleansing and Beach Concessionaires.
Please contact Jean Reynolds - Jean.Reynolds@thanet.gov.uk or 01843 577274 with the relevant information
Coach parking provision and drop-off points are available at the following locations:
Minnis Bay, Birchington - Drop off 'The Parade/Car Park' and Parking 'Car Park (CT7 9QR)
West Bay, Westgate - Drop off and Parking 'Sea Road' (CT8 8QG)
St Mildred's Bay, Westgate - Drop off 'Sea Road' and Parking 'Sea Road/Royal Esplanade'
Westbrook Bay - Drop off 'Royal Esplanade (CT9 5QE)' and Parking 'Dreamland Car Park (CT9 1XG)'
Margate Main Sands - Drop off 'Marine Drive (CT9 1EY) and Parking 'Dreamland Car Park (CT9 1XG)'
Walpole Bay - Drop off 'Eastern Esplanade' and Parking 'Lido Car Park (CT9 1RX)
Joss Bay - Drop off and Parking 'Joss Bay (CT10 3PG)
Stone Bay - Drop off 'Eastern Esplanade' and Parking 'Eastern Esplanade until 6pm only'
Viking Bay - Drop off 'Victoria Parade (CT10 1QL)' and Parking Vere Road (CT10 1JF)
Louisa Bay - Drop off 'Victoria Parade (CT10 1QL)' and Parking 'Vere Road (CT10 1JF)
Dumpton Gap - Drop off 'South Cliff Parade/Western Esplanade' and Parking 'South Cliff Parade/Western Esplanade until 6pm only'
Ramsgate Main Sands - Drop off 'Marina Esplanade/Harbour Parade' and Parking 'Victoria Parade/Royal Esplanade' and Port of Ramsgate (CT11 9FT) accessed by Royal Harbour Approach (Tunnel) – £18 per 24 hours with prior arrangement with Port Security tel 01843 587661
Please click here for further details
Watch the Tides
The idea of walking from one bay to another may be appealing, but ensure you don’t get cut off by the tide. High and low tide information is often written at each beach by the Bay Inspector. Local tide tables are also available from our Visitor Information Centre or visit Ramsgate Harbour website
Check our website for weather and tidal information
All our beaches and bays are beautiful and we are proud of them, please help us to keep them that way. Take your litter away with you or put it in the bins provided.
RNLI Lifeguards (Royal National Lifeboat Institute), patrol our beaches and bays throughout the summer season. You will find them
*Daily cover 10am-6pm from 21 May – Margate Main Sands, Botany Bay, Joss Bay and Viking Bay
*Weekends only until 8 July – Minnis Bay, West Bay, St Mildred's Bay, Westbrook Bay, Stone Bay and Ramsgate Main Sands
*Daily 10am-6pm between 9 July until 4 September - Minnis Bay, West Bay, St Mildred's Bay, Westbrook Bay, Margate Main Sands, Botany Bay, Joss Bay, Stone Bay, Viking Bay, Ramsgate Main sands
Know your flags
Red and yellow flag – lifeguard-patrolled bathing area. Always swim between the flags and within the buoys on all beaches
Red flag – do not bathe when red flag is flying
Black and white quartered flag – Surfing Area
White cross on green flag – First Aid
The Thanet Coast is a valued open space used by many people for recreational activities and is highly valued for its plants, animals and birds. Please help by following these simple voluntary codes to help local wildlife and show respect for other beach users.
Respect our coastal wildlife – try to leave everything as you find it, or would like to find it
Consider our coastline and other users – take your rubbish home, report hazards; and respect the rights of other users.
Stay safe – be careful on slippery rocks, of the in-coming tide, and follow bay safety signs
Be Environmentally friendly – buy postcards or take photos of marine creatures, instead of taking marine curious
Individual barbeques are permitted on all beaches and bays after 6pm. Organised group barbeques are allowed at Joss Bay, Broadstairs by prior agreement with the Foreshores Officer (Jean.Reynolds@thanet.gov.uk or 01843 577274)
Public conveniences at our beaches and bays are predominately open throughout the year with some seasonality.
Open all year
• Broadstairs: Clock Tower (Victoria Parade Promenade) and Broadstairs Harbour,
• Margate: Buenos Ayres (Marine Terrace, Margate Main Sands), Harbour Arm and Minnis Bay
• Ramsgate: East Pier Yard (next to former casino, Ramsgate Main Sands)
Seasonal opening (21 March 2016 – 25 September 2016)
• Broadstairs: Joss Bay, Stone Bay, Viking Bay (Beach chalets), Dumpton Gap and Botany Bay
• Margate: Margate Clock Tower and Westbrook Bay
• Ramsgate: The Bathing Station Marina Esplanade
At many of our beaches you will find food concessionaires that will happily be able to provide your group with snacks and drinks.
Throughout the year there are a series of events that take place along and on our coastline – Margate Beachcross, RIBA Sandcastle Challenge, Margate Masters Volleyball and Wheels and Fins Festival
For information on events taking place at our beaches and bays please click here
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