Thursday, 27 March 2014
COASTAL FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY 2014
Local people are encouraged to explore their coastline through an array of exciting activities lined around the Thanet Coast this year.
For young children (4-11s) the activities start with the fabulous ‘Captain Cuttlefish’ – led by the brilliant Scandalmongers over the Easter school holidays. Children are encouraged to join the Captain for a wild and wacky storytelling adventure that will include fishy tales, fun games and sandy art activities. The adventures start at 11am and take place in Viking Bay, Broadstairs on Friday 11 April; Margate Main Sands on Thursday 17 April and Ramsgate Main Sands on Friday 18 April.
For older people (14+), there will be guided walks (19 July and 30 August) by seaweed expert Ian Tittley from the Natural History Museum, to unlock the secrets about Seaweeds – and cover everything you would like to know about their properties and uses. These walks take place at Dumpton Gap at 11am on 19 July and in Botany Bay at 9am on 30 August.
This summer will see the return of the ever popular Seashore Safaris. Whilst ideal for young children (4-11s) these are of interest to the whole family! Participants are equipped to explore our chalk rocky shore and rockpools to discover our elusive seashore wildlife in different local bays around the coast. There is also a chance for people to lend a hand at tidying and recording beach litter on national beach cleans in Pegwell Bay, Cliffsend and in Birchington.
Thanet District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, Cllr Iris Johnson said: “Thanet has the longest continuous stretch of coastal chalk in the country and these programmed events are an opportunity for all to participate in these fun but educational activities.’
These Thanet Coast events are part of the ‘NE Kent Marine Protected Area’ (NEKMPA) interpretation events and are mainly run with help of local voluntary ‘NEKMPA Coastal Wardens’ – with support from Natural England, Thanet District Council and CC2150 Kent Community Grant. All are free of charge of charge to attend – although donations for further projects are welcome. Beach Clean equipment has been provided with support from Cummins Power Generation. Spaces on events are limited, so everyone is advised to book online at www.thanetcoast.org.uk or www.nekmpa.org.uk (from 1 April) or call the Thanet Visitor Information Centre on (01843) 577577.