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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A shingle beach with timber groynes and sand at low tide. The grassy slopes that lead down from Marine Parade enhance the rural character of the beach. It has a number of wooden beach huts and is popular with families. Whitstable Castle and gardens is just behind the beach.


Swimming and sailing are popular. There is a swimming pool, bowling club and plenty of places to eat out or buy some chips and watch the sun go down. Kent Wildlife Trust’s fantastic wetland reserve, Oare Marshes, is nearby - see avocet, Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, Marsh Harrier and Curlew.

Wildlife and Walks

The RSPBs Blean Woods is a short drive south of the beach, where you might be lucky and see (or hear!) some of the following species: lesser spotted woodpeckers, nightingales, nightjars, sparrowhawks and Woodcock. Explore Tankerton Slopes - the Explore Kent website has more details.

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

Pollution forecasts will resume on 1st May

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


There is currently no weather forecast for this beach.

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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

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 Tankerton

Food Food Toilets Toilets



On-street free parking and parking off Tower Parade.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed between the first house and start of the beach huts at Safety Point 14 – find boundary line markers o

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer and weekly the rest of the year.