Dumpton Gap
Dumpton Gap

Respect, Protect and Enjoy our Coastline

If you visit our beaches and bays, please adhere to the latest Government guidelines for social distancing and stay safe. Please be aware that not all beach facilities are available including lifeguard provision, first aid and lost-child facilities. Please respect our coastline and other people and leave only your footprints in the sand.

To help with planning your visit please check our 'Know Before You Go' section for the latest update on business reopening  

Here’s some information to help you if you are considering a visit to Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate:

Public Conveniences
The following coastal public toilets are currently open daily with safety measures in place for users.

  • Minnis Bay, Birchington
  • West Bay and St Mildred's Bay, Westgate-on-Sea
  • Margate - Margate Main Sands train station end and Harbour Arm
  • Broadstairs - Harbour Street Viking Bay and Clock Tower (including bandstand)
  • Ramsgate - Ramsgate Main Sands at Pier Yard

The toilets will be cleaned regularly throughout the day and will be closed while cleaning takes place. 

For up to date details on opening, please click here 

There will be RNLI lifeguard cover at the following beaches 7 days a week from 10am - 6pm 

  • Viking Bay, Broadstairs: Saturday 30th May - Sunday 6th September
  • Botany Bay and Joss Bay, Broadstairs: Saturday 13th June - Sunday 6th September
  • Margate Main Sands: Saturday 20th June - Sunday 6th September 
  • Minnis Bay, Birchington; Stone Bay, Broadstairs and Ramsgate Main Sands: Saturday 4th July - Sunday 6th September

Please remember to stay safe at our beaches: consider the tides and follow the advice of the RNLI.

Protect your family at the beach - RNLI website 

Seafront Lifts

Please be aware the lifts at Viking Bay, Broadstairs and Main Sands, Ramsgate are closed until further notice

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. If the bins are full, please find another bin, or take your litter home with you.

Car Parking
If you can, please travel on foot, by bike, or by public transport. If you do use one of our public car parks, you will be advised to make payment over the phone/internet using RingGo. Car park locations can be found here

Parking at Botany Bay

Please park at Palm Bay Avenue (CT9 3PP) to access Palm Bay beach, and a short cliff top walk to Botany Bay. Respect our local communities by parking sensibly in designated car parks or parking areas, keeping plenty of access for local residents and emergency vehicles. 

FREE CAR PARKING available every Saturday: Mill Lane - Margate, Harold Road - Cliftonville, St Peter's Park Road - Broadstairs, and Cannon Road- Ramsgate

Coastal Codes
The Thanet Coast is a valued open space, generally used by many people for recreational activities and is highly valued for its plants, animals and birds. Please help by following these simple 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, adhering to Government social distancing guidelines
  • Stay Safe – be careful on slippery rocks, of the incoming tide, and follow bay safety signs
  • Be Environmentally-Friendly – buy postcards or take photos of marine creatures, instead of taking marine souvenirs home with you

You will also need to abide by the beach byelaws, please click here to read these

Interactive Thanet
In these difficult times it can be hard to keep everyone entertained be it the children or yourself. To support you we have created a series of activity sheets for you to create your own masterpiece, providing a virtual tour of Thanet and brought together what our attractions are doing