Saturday, 22 May 2010


Sunset cycles, surfing taster lessons, storytelling walks and a chance to explore the shore line are just of the fun events taking place along the Thanet coastline this spring.

The events, all organised by the Thanet Coast Project, kick off with a Rock Doc walk at 11am on Sunday 23 May, exploring the rocks and chalk cliffs around Stone Bay.

During the spring half term week, there's a range of events for all ages to get involved with. Those aged seven and above can enjoy a gentle cycle from Viking Bay down to the Hugin Viking Ship in Cliffsend and back at 2pm on Monday 31 May.

Youngsters aged eight to 18 years old can try their hand at surfing, with a taster lesson at Joss Bay at 2pm on Tuesday 1 June, organised by the Joss Bay Surf School.

There's plenty for families as well, with a storytelling walk around Dumpton Gap, Broadstairs with Scandalmongers at 10.30am on Tuesday 1 June. On Thursday 3 June, at 11am, you can get stuck into a hands-on exploration of the rocks and fossils of Joss Bay with the Rock Doc. Finally, on Saturday 5 June, at 11.30am, you can explore the coastline, looking for crabs and shore life, at Walpole Bay, Cliftonville, with Ian Humpheryes. All these events are aimed at families with children aged four to 14 years old.

Later on in June, you can find out everything you ever wanted to know about seaweed in a guided walk with expert Ian Tittley from the National History Museum. That takes place on Sunday 6 June at midday around Botany Bay at Kingsgate. To celebrate World Ocean Day on Tuesday 8 June, a walk and talk will take you through the Kingsgate beaches to explore Cliffs, Sea Caves and Castles.

Finally, on Friday 18 June, you can enjoy a gentle coastal cycle into the setting sun from Margate to Minnis Bay and back, setting off at 6.30pm.

To book any of these activities and for more details, visit All events are free and are funded by the Big Lottery.

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