Margate The Bay


Margate The Bay
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A long sandy beach with a promenade and tidal pool. Popular with families and day trippers. The long stretch of boardwalk gives easy access to all visitors. Margate pier and Turner Contemporary are just a couple of minutes walk away.


Take a dip in the tidal pool or hire a pedalo. There are children’s rides, amusement arcades and seasonal entertainments. Visit the Shell Grotto in town - an extraordinary network of passages, decorated with 4.6 million shells. Discovered in 1835 and with no history it is quite a mystery.

Wildlife and Walks

Stroll the promenade or explore the town. Monkton Nature Reserve is a short drive away and has dragonflies, grass snakes, water vole, brown long-eared bat and sparrow hawks. Thanet Coast works in the area to raise awareness about and protect coastal wildlife - they run events.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach
Strong winds Strong winds

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Facilities at Margate The Bay

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



There is a large car park off Belgrave Road.

Dog restrictions


No dogs allowed at any time between 1st May and 30th September.

Beach cleaning

The beach is cleaned daily.



Dates and times

Service provided by RLNI

Daily: 27th May - 3rd September 2017

Please ensure you read beach notice boards for any changes to lifeguard service. Please see safety tab for more information on beach safety.