Westbrook Bay, Margate


Westbrook Bay, Margate
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Good

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

A sandy beach with some rockpools to explore and good facilities. Chalets and deck chairs are available for hire. There’s a designated water ski area, 18 hole mini golf, and bowls and tennis nearby. Beach wheelchairs are available.


Activities here include: windsurfing, swimming, tennis, bowls, 18 hole mini golf and water skiing. Visit the Shell Grotto when exploring the 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

Monkton Nature Reserve is a short drive away and has dragonflies, grass snakes, water voles, brown long-eared bats and sparrow hawks. The walk from Margate to Broadstairs is recommended. 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 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

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

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Facilities at Westbrook Bay, Margate

Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



Parking is available.

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.