Ramsgate Sands


Ramsgate Sands
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

No water quality warning issued

2 October 2014

Data provided by the Environment Agency

This popular sandy beach is much loved by families. Situated by the glorious Royal Harbour and Marina, there are lots of bars and cafes for leisurely lunches. The Thanet Coast Project operates around this part of the coast which aims to protect and raise awareness about coastal wildlife.


Populaar activities here are swimming, rockpooling, sailing, windsurfing and fishing from the pier. There is an area for children. There are enjoyable coastal walks and cycle rides to Broadstairs and Pegwell Bay. The Defence of the Nation Museum and Education Centre is to the north of the beach.

Wildlife and Walks

Kelp beds and chalk caves provide habitats for a diverse range of species which can be found at the far end of the beach. There are numerous reserves in this gorgeous part of the UK including: Sandwich & Pegwell Bay, Monkton Nature Reserve and Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Trust.

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 Good

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

No water quality warning issued

2 October 2014

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


This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Large breaking waves Large breaking waves
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Ramsgate Sands

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



Multi story car parks available and spaces off Harbour Parade Road and to the west off Military Road.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed at all times during May 1st to September 30th.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer.



Dates and times

Service provided by RLNI

Daily: 8th July - 3rd September 2017

Weekends: 27th May - 2nd July 2017

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