2 Adults and 2 children having a picnic on the beach in front of beach huts
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*

Fun-packed, laughter-filled, sand-dusted days - discover happy family holidays that linger long in the memory.

The Isle of Thanet is England’s original seaside escape. For generations, families have headed here to delight in building sandcastles surrounded by incoming tides before tucking into candyfloss, ice cream and fish n’ chips.

Our chalk reefs and rock pools team with creatures. Sneak in some learning by stealth – seashore safaris uncover colour-changing algae and edible seaweed; shore-side strolls reveal fossils and an 80 million year-old past, with the Thanet Coast Project. Also make sure you check out this guide to Rock Pooling. 

It’s not just a case of going to ‘the’ beach – there are 16 to choose from. You can do your splashing, paddling and laughing at 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 or Western Undercliff

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

Hop on a boat for up-close views of seals, birds and off shore wind farms. Or hang on tight and squeal with delight on 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.

Fun-filled family events tempt you to our beaches. Broadstairs Water Gala is an unmissable beach day with teddy bears’ picnics, tug-o-war contests, music, all finished with a firework display