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Useful information to help you plan your visit and keep safe on the coast of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate discovering stunning sandy beaches and sea-carved chalk cliffs, activity havens and resort bays

Useful information to help you plan your visit to the coast

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

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. Learn about the Council's seaweed collection

It’s important to remember to stay safe and take care when visiting our beaches. Read our 'Sun, Sea, Sand and Safety blog from the RNLI

To enjoy your experience at our beaches and bays, please check the Beach Byelaws

#Respect,Protect and Enjoy our beaches leaving only footprints in the sands

  • 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 timetables are also available from our Visitor Information Centre or visit Ramsgate Harbour website.

  • Respect the Water

    Respect the Water is a campaign run by the RNLI and provides information on understanding waves, tides and swimming safely in the sea. To find out more visit the RNLI website

  • Parking

    When visiting our beaches please park sensibility and be aware of local residents and emergency vehicle access 

    For details of local car parks please click here 

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

    For information on Parking at our beaches and bays for coaches, please click here 

    *Botany Bay Parking - Parking is advised at Palm Bay Avenue, where there are over 200 free parking spaces, (CT9 3PP) for Palm Bay beach and a short cliff top walk to Botany Bay*

  • Lifeguards

    RNLI Lifeguards (Royal National Lifeboat Institute), patrol our beaches and bays throughout the summer season.

    There will be RNLI lifeguard cover at the following beaches 10am - 6pm (2024)

    *Weekends and Bank Holidays Saturday 25th May - Friday 12th July 
    Minnis Bay Birchington, Westbrook Bay Margate, Stone Bay Broadstairs and Ramsgate Main Sands

    *Daily Saturday 25th May - Sunday 1st September 
    Margate Main Sands, Botany Bay Broadstairs, Joss Bay Broadstairs and Viking Bay Broadstairs

    *Daily Saturday 13th July - Sunday 1st  September 
    Minnis Bay Birchington, West Bay Westgate, St Mildred’s Bay Westgate, Westbrook Bay Margate, Margate Main Sands, Botany Bay, Joss Bay, Stone Bay, Viking Bay Broadstairs and Ramsgate Main Sands

    *Weekends only Saturday 7th - Sunday 29th September 
    Margate Main Sands and Viking Bay Broadstairs

    Please remember to stay safe at our beaches and follow the advice of the RNLI, if using them to undertake your daily exercise and consider the tides

  • Public Conveniences

    Public conveniences at our beaches and bays are predominately open throughout the year with some seasonality. For full information please click here

    The following coastal public toilets are open 

    • Minnis Bay, Birchington 
    • West Bay and St Mildred's Bay,  Westgate-on-Sea 
    • Margate - Westbrook Bay, Margate Main Sands (train station end) and Margate Harbour Arm 
    • Broadstairs - Botany Bay, Joss Bay, Stone Bay, Harbour Street, Viking Bay (Chalets), Bandstand and Dumpton Gap 
    • Ramsgate - The Bathing Station (Marina Esplanade) and Pier Yard (By Wetherspoons) 

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

  • Dog Byelaws

    Find out more about our dog byelaws for our beaches and bays, by clicking here

  • Litter

    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.

    Help keep out beaches clean with a '2 Minute Beach Clean'

  • 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

  • Beach Hut Hire

    To find out about hiring a beach hut at one of our beaches contact Your Leisure on 03333 660 661 or visit their website for further details

  • Bathing Water Quality Directive

    During the Summer Season the Environment Agency undertakes water sample tests at ‘bathing water’ beaches. These are beaches that have been formally designated by the Environment Agency as they are popular for bathing and therefore weekly water quality tests are carried out here.

    Beaches are classified as Excellent, Good, Sufficient or Poor. Signs are placed at Thanet’s beaches informing swimmers of the water quality results.

    More information about the water quality directive and results can be found on the Thanet District Council website

  • Coastal Codes

    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

    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 coastal chalk in Britain

  • Beach BBQs

    Individual barbeques are permitted on all beaches and bays after 6pm. 

    Please click here for further information

  • Water Users Group

    Are you a fishermen, sailor, jet skier or water skier? Become a member of the Water Users Group. Register your craft and gain access to our designated facilities for safe and problem free launching. Find out more by clicking here

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