St Mildreds Bay, Westgate


St Mildreds Bay, Westgate
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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 sandy bay with promenade, cliffs and a tidal pool, very popular with both visitors and residents. Lovely little crabbing pools that will keep the children amused. A quaint town centre with a variety of shops is within walking distance. The beach is covered at high tide.


Popular activities here are swimming, windsurfing, sailing and boating. There is crazy golf and a bowling green nearby. Beach wheelchairs are available. Thanet Coast run events - the long-running project aims to raise awareness about and protect coastal wildlife.

Wildlife and Walks

Stroll along the promenade and explore the seaside town of Westgate or Margate. A recommended walk is from Margate around the coast to Broadstairs. Monkton Nature Reserve is a few miles away and has dragonflies, grass snakes, water voles, brown long-eared bats and sparrow hawks.

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.


This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

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Facilities at St Mildreds Bay, Westgate

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



Parking available off Waterside Drive and Westbrook Promenade.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed May 1st to September 30th between 10am - 6pm.

Beach cleaning

The beach is cleaned regularly.



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.