2 Adults and 2 children having a picnic on the beach in front of beach huts. Man wearing Blue tshirt, lady in green vest, boy in red tshirt and girl in yellow vest
Family picnic at the beach

Family Fun Coast

* BE BEACH AWARE - If you are visiting our beaches and bays, please adhere to the Government guidelines and stay safe *

Discover your own fun-packed, beside-the-seaside days - enjoying happy family holidays that linger long in the memory...

The Isle of Thanet is England’s original seaside escape from the hustle and bustle of town and city life. For generations, families have headed here to enjoy the sandy beaches, and splash about in the seas - whether swimming, paddling or rock-pooling, there's lots to delight everyone! And who doesn't enjoy an ice cream, a box of fish 'n’ chips, and a refreshing drink when you're all tired out?

Hire a Coastal Explorer Pack for a great afternoon of family fun and activities, themed with exciting information and facts about each of our coastal towns. Find out more about these here...

Our chalk reefs and rock pools team with creatures. If you love exploring the seashore, and getting to know its wildlife close-up, try Thanet Coast Project's Seashore Safaris to discover colour-changing algae and edible seaweed, and reveal fossils with an 80 million year old past. Also make sure you check out this guide to Rock Pooling. 

In Thanet, it’s not just a case of going to ‘the beach' – here, there are 16 to choose from! You'll find sandy beaches and lots to do between award-winning Minnis Bay, West Bay, St Mildred’s Bay, Westbrook Bay, Margate Main Sands, Walpole Bay, Joss Bay, Stone Bay, Viking Bay, Louisa Bay, Ramsgate Main Sands and Western Undercliff.

Take a Boat Trip from Ramsgate for up-close views of seals, birds and off-shore wind farms. Or hang on tight and enjoy beach-side rides at Margate Main Sands, Joss Bay, Viking Bay and Ramsgate Main Sands. Plenty of mini and adventure golf courses keep family competitiveness cranked up high.

This string of sandy coves is linked by the stunning Viking Coastal Trail – arguably Kent’s most attractive seaside leisure cycle and walking route. Nearly two-thirds is traffic free and nearby railway stations and bike hire points make it ideal for family rides.

Whatever you choose to do, we're sure you'll have a great time at our wonderful coast, and want to return again and again!