Thanet RNLI Community Safety

Six things to do at the East Kent coast


Autumn time at the East Kent coast is such a wonderous time to visit, what with the lovely Turner skies, dramatic sea conditions and fabulous scenery.  Enjoy the deserted beaches, avoid the queues and congestion usually associated with the Summer months allowing you to wonder around the harbours and towns with ease.

Our team have come up with their top 6 things to do in East Kent during the autumnal months…

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1. Visit the Beach – No trip to East Kent is complete without a trip to the beach. East Kent has so many lovely sandy beaches to choose from sixteen in fact!  Even if the tide is in Margate Main Sands is a great beach to visit being only a few minutes from the Old Town where there is plenty to keep you occupied.  Viking Bay, Broadstairs still has that quintessential British seaside town feel, whilst Ramsgate beach is a short walk from the picturesque harbour.

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2.  Sample the fine food – Thanet has a plentiful array of restaurants and eateries to suit every taste and budget. Whether it’s something convenient overlooking the harbours of Broadstairs, Margate or Ramsgate, a venue tucked away up a side street or off the main drag.  There is definitely something for everyone and one of our teams favourite’s is Bachelor’s Patissere on Northdown Road who are a big supporter of the RNLI and emergency services.

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3.  Walk the Thanet coastal trial – the Thanet coastal trial starting at Reculver and finishing at Pegwell Bay is a fabulous walking route which makes it way across sandy beaches, sweeping bay and chalk cliff’s. More information on Thanet Coastal Trial

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4.  Visit a Lifeboat Station Shop – each lifeboat station has it’s very own souvenir shop helping to raise much needed funds enabling the RNLI to maintain it’s lfesaving work. Margate RNLI station’s shop is attached to their station Tel 01843-221-613, whilst Ramsgate’s is situated in The Custom House, Harbour Parade Tel 01843-598-754 (what3words ///skills.pets.dices) Particularly, during the winter month’s it is advisable to phone inadvance to check the opening times as they can vary.

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5.  Cycling – If you want to explore the great coastal paths and grab some exercise at the same time, why not get on your bike for that unforgettable experience.  The 32 mile (51.4 km) coastal trial can be broken up with pit stops at the numerous eateries, cafes and restaurants dotted across the coast.

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Dreamland at night – photo credit : Visit Thanet

6.  Discover some top family atttractions – Whether your bringing your children or just fancy a day out Thanet has got some top attractions that are open all year round.  Dreamland is an amusement park and entertainment centre based on a traditional English seaside funfair.  The newly opened Margate caves is also a very worthwhile place to visit, originally dug as a chalk mine in the 18th century.


Other useful links

How do I prevent being cut-off by the tide?

Do you know how to check the tide times?

Coastal walking is such a fabulous hobby – know how to stay safe

Visit Thanet – tourist information

Ramsgate RNLI

Margate RNLI




HM Coastguard

Visit Thanet

Safety In Action & Lifeboat Call-out


Kent RNLI Education Team at Dreamland

This past week, I have been at Dreamland Margate, assisting the RNLI Kent Educational Team, at the Safety In Action event. Safety In Action is part of an interactive learning experience for over 700 Year 6 children from Thanet, to help them gain vital safety lessons before their move to secondary school. This is organised and run by a company called Salus and involves a whole host of different agencies.

Lifeboat Call-Out

On the Monday, whilst I was helping the team to set up the stand, my RNLI pager suddenly sprang into life, singing out its distintive high pitched tone, summoning me to the Lifeboat Station for a ‘service call’.. The message displayed on the pager screen indicated ‘ALB Immediate Readiness’. This means that the All-Weather Boat was required to be launched.  I pedallled quickly to the station on my bike, which I had strategically positioned close to our stand for a quick getaway. I arrived at the Lifeboat station in good time, quickly changing into my yellow wellies, hardhat with ear protection, lifejacket and grabbing the tractor key. Whilst I was doing this, I learnt from the Coxswain’s briefing that the All Weather Boat (ALB) was launching to a large buoy that was drifting into a shipping lane. The full Lifeboat Press Officer’s Report can be read here.

After carrying out my essential safety checks and liaising with the Headlauncher and Coxswain, I manoeuvred the tractor carefully pushing the Mersey class lifeboat out of the boathouse and down the slipway, launching her into the sea. After returning to the boathouse, I got myself back to help the crew at the Safety In Action event.

Organisations involved in Safety In Action

The organisations involved included:

Kent Police, British Transport Police, Kent Fire & Rescue Service, Kent County Council, Kenward Trust, NHS (School Nurse Team), Hopkins, Headstart Kent, Margate Task Force and Kent County Council Early Help.


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The RNLI Education Team have 10 minutes to talk with a small group of children about safety around the coast and beach. After the 10 minutes is up, the group of children move onto another stand where they receive a different topic of interest eg railway safety or fire safety etc. The young people we met with were really interested and enthusiastic in learning about sea safety.  We wish you the best of luck in your transition to your new schools in September and thank you for visiting our stand.