Find the nearest Seaside Award in Kent
Seaside Award beaches in Kent. Unlike the Blue Flag beach award, each country also has its own seaside award to signify a good standard of beach and facilities. The awards evaluate a beach on water quality, information displays, environmental management, safety and services.
Below we list the current Kent beaches that hold a Seaside Award.
- Joss Bay beach in Broadstairs, Kent is a 200m sandy beach sheltered by large white chalk cliffs below the North Foreland Lighthouse and is just one of the Seven Broadstairs Bays, Joss Bay is known as the home of Kent surfing and one of the most popular South East England surf spots. The beach is popular with families and not just surfers and due to being close to Broadstairs can get crowded. The flat rocks at the end of the beach can provide hours of exploration for the kids. The bay was named after an 18th-century smuggler called Joss Snelling and is one of the seven bays in Broadstairs. Activity wise, we have talked about surfing but kitesurfing is a struggle due to the cliffs behind the beach and the number of summer visitors. Facilities at the beach include surf school and surf/kayak hire facilities, toilets, cafe/restaurant, shops, deck chair/ windbreak hire, car parking, lifeguards in summer months, disabled access, seasonal children play area.
- Viking Bay beach is the main bay of the seven Broadstairs bays, a sandy beach with clifftop promenade, harbour pier, sea water tidal swimming pool and a boardwalk. The beach has a slope on the northern end of the harbour whilst on the southern end, you have steps or a seasonal lift to get you down from the gardens at the top of the cliffs. Facilities at the beach include toilets, cafes, pubs, kiosks, restaurants, boast slipway, lift to the beach (open Easter to October), deck chairs, amusements, chalets for hire, seasonal lifeguards. As this is the main Broadstairs beach you have various parking options, a small harbour car park or street parking at the top of the cliffs.
- Herne Bay is a popular Kent seaside town with a long promenade with the central part of the seafront including seafront gardens and a central bandstand housing a visitor centre. The beach is shingle with wooden groynes giving way to sandy mudflats at low tide and is a popular bathing area for families with amusements and amenities nearby. The sandy mudflats provide great opportunities for beachcombing with many prehistoric sharks’ teeth fossils on the foreshore. Facilities include beach huts, town centre shops, cafe, restaurants, toilets, lifeguards and parking.
- Ramsgate resorts popular main sandy beach approximately 250 meters long with promenade. The resort beach is situated right next to the glorious Royal Harbour and Marina. Facilities include first aid station, lifeguards, cafe, deckchairs and sun loungers hire, toilets, lift and shops.
- Leysdown-on-sea is sandy beach on the east side of the Isle of Sheppey. The beach has a high sea wall with ramps/steps at intervals. This is a traditional small seaside town with shops, holiday parks, promenade, amusement arcades and a selection of places to eat.
- Tankerton Beach is also known as Tankerton Slopes due to grass slopes backing onto the shingle and sand beach. The beach has some pretty wooden beach huts. At low tide you get a stretch of pebbles known as ‘The Street’ which leads out to sea providing a natural promenade, although care should be taken when the tide comes in. Facilities at the beach include toilets with disabled access, on-street parking, cafe/restaurant, promenade, grass areas and beach hut hire.