Thursday, 15 July 2010


Local residents and visitors to Thanet can look forward to a busy summer along the Thanet coastline, with a packed variety of events and activities with the Thanet Coast Project.

The events kick off at the end of July and run all the way through August, with activities on offer including seashore safaris, surfing taster lessons, storytelling walks and art workshops.

You can enjoy a seashore safari, exploring Thanet’s rockpools for coastal wildlife, on one of these family sessions taking place at different bays around the coast over a three week period. There’s even an evening seashore safari stroll for Nippers, which will take place on Monday 23 August at 6.30pm, meeting at Droit House, Margate Harbour, aimed at ages from 4 years old and above, while Captain Crabby returns for a seashore safari of his own on Sunday 29 August at 9.30am at Minnis Bay.

Popular storytellers Scandalmongers will be taking families out to the beach to uncover a world of mystery, games, beach art and perhaps a magic spell, with six different locations being covered by the walks this summer.

If art inspires you, then there’s the chance to create a marine masterpiece as part of Art for All during the latter part of August, taking place around Margate Main Sands area. Everyone can also enjoy this year’s SeaART2010: Art Exhibition, which will run from Friday 13 to Wednesday 25 August at the Belgian Café in Ramsgate, with children’s art workshops over the Monster Bass Festival weekend of Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 August.

For the more active, surfing taster lessons every Wednesday from 28 July until 25 August give eight to 18 year olds the chance to learn basic surfing skills with the Joss Bay Surf School. Families can also try out sailing taster sessions with the Margate Yacht Club. Four sessions are planned on two Saturdays, 14 and 21 August. Booking for all these activities is essential. Young people can also join in a variety of activities at this year’s Beach Blast on Wednesday 18 August at 4pm at Joss Bay.

The Rock Doc will also be proving that Geology Rocks to families with children from 4 aged up to 14, with five different sessions during August at different locations, as well as his regular Rock Doc walks.

Cllr. Martin Wise, Cabinet Member for Commercial Services, said: “Once again, the Thanet Coast Project have a packed line-up of events and activities taking place during the school holidays. Many of them are aimed at ensuring that there’s no excuse for youngsters in Thanet saying that they’re bored when school’s out. They all give local people, along with visitors to Thanet, the opportunity to find out more about the amazing array of wildlife that lives here and what’s on offer along our beautiful beaches.”

These summer activities are run thanks to support from the Big Lottery Fund as part of Children’s Play. To book for any of these activities or to find out more, visit

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