Beaches in Thanet
Information about our award winning beaches
Thanet’s 15 sandy beaches and bays stretch from Pegwell Bay in the south to Minnis Bay in the north. Long famous for their beauty, this year we have been awarded seven Blue Flag awards and seven Seaside Awards. If you are visiting the area more information about our beaches can be found on our tourism website Visit Thanet.
More information regarding our beaches can be found below.
Our award winning beaches
Our bays are recognised by national awards such as the Blue Flag Awards and the Seaside Awards.
Click on the links below for information on access and facilities on Thanet’s beaches.
- Minnis Bay
- West Bay
- St Mildred’s Bay
- Westbrook Bay
- Margate Main Sands
- Walpole Bay
- Botany Bay
- Kingsgate Bay
- Joss Bay
- Stone Bay
- Viking Bay
- Louisa Bay
- Dumpton Gap
- Ramsgate Main Sands
- Pegwell Bay
- Ramsgate Western Undercliff
- Get the RNLI Beach Finder app (find out which beaches have lifeguards)
European Blue Flag Awards – 2019
The prestigious European Blue Flag will be flying at seven beaches in Thanet again this Summer, which includes Minnis Bay, West Bay, St Mildred’s Bay, Margate Main Sands, Botany Bay, Stone Bay and Westbrook Bay
The Blue Flag is awarded in 29 countries for resort beaches with high standards of environmental management. Beaches must also meet the guideline standards of bathing water under EC legislation. Blue Flag beach criteria include beach cleanliness, dog control, wheel chair access, provision of facilities and provision of life saving equipment. For more information please visit The Blue Flag campaign website
Seaside Awards – 2019
Dumpton Jap, Joss Bay, Louisa Bay, Ramsgate Main Sands, Ramsgate Western Undercliff, Walpole Bay and Viking Bay have achieved the Seaside Award, which rewards beaches in England that achieve the highest standards of beach management. The Award rewards beaches that have met strict criteria, including safety and cleanliness, including clean sands free of litter and dog fouling, good access with good facilities and water that complies with EC bathing water standards (mandatory).Permalink
Sea water quality testing
Thanet’s beaches are ranked among the best in the UK!
During the Summer Season (15 May – 30 September) the Environment Agency undertakes water sample tests at ‘bathing water’ beaches. These are beaches which are popular for people to swim or paddle, so weekly water quality tests take place.
These tests rank the beaches from Excellent to ‘Poor’ – more detailed information on Thanet’s 2019 results is published by the Environment Agency.
These bathing water beaches are also more likely to have facilities like lifeguards, toilets and beach cafes or shops.
Lots of different things can affect the water quality on our beaches, but you can help keep the water at Thanet’s beaches clean, by:
- Taking your litter away with you – including cigarette buts
- Adhering to the by-laws which prevent dogs on our beaches during the summer season
- Ensuring you don’t feed the birds as attracting them to our beaches means they can poo over the sea
- Not pouring liquids down the drain as these can lead straight to the sea
How to report something washed up on the beach
Over recent years there have been a number of incidents where deposits of a substance believed to be palm oil have washed up on several of Thanet’s beaches.
Palm oil is a natural edible vegetable oil that is commonly used in food processing. Palm oil production can be linked to a number of environmental issues but it can create a secondary issue if released into the marine environment.
Palm oil can be come in a variety of forms and it’s important to keep a look out for it, especially if you are walking your dog on the beach. It is sometimes seen as a scattering of pebble-sized lumps that are white and waxy in appearance.
If you believe your dog has been in contact with the substance and are concerned about their health, please contact your vet as soon as possible.
The council monitor our beaches and will remove the substance from affected beaches when detected. We’ll also regularly post updates on affected beaches on our Facebook and Twitter channels.
If you see or suspect palm oil on the beach, or other items which have been washed up on the beach, please report your sightings with specific locations and photos where possible, to firstname.lastname@example.orgPermalink
The council does not have a statutory duty to remove this as the deposit of seaweed is a completely natural occurrence, and seaweed is not classed as litter.
As part of our Blue Flag requirements on our beaches, it states that algae, seaweed and other environmental debris should be left unless it constitutes a nuisance.Permalink
Hiring beach huts
For full details of booking procedures together with the prices contact the Box Office at the Winter Gardens on 01843 296111 or visit Your Leisure website
There is an excellent range of chalets available. They can be hired on a daily, weekly, monthly, seasonal and annual basis. The chalets are very popular with both visitors and local residents.
At some times there is a waiting list so please let us know your requirements at the earliest opportunity.Permalink