Nestled between Margate and Broadstairs, Joss Bay is 200 meters of sandy beach sheltered by steep chalk cliffs and boasts a 2015 Blue Flag award. Visit Kent tells us that Joss Bay is known as ‘the best surfing beach in Thanet’, which is one of the reasons it is home to the annual ‘Wheels and Fins Festival’ in September.
Locals compete against each other by hurtling down an extremely steep hill in various home made vehicles (many of which look suspiciously like bath tubs and other household items). There are also DJs, skate ramps and other cool stuff for cool people to do cool things with.
MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:
The beauty of Joss Bay is that it’s all about the beach, there’s very little surrounding it. It has a quaint, old fashioned feel to it. Greenwich schools often visit in July. I spent my favourite day there this summer with my daughters. If you turn left as you leave the car park you can drive past the Lighthouse Keeper’s cottage and see the still functioning lighthouse. Gorgeous, on a sunny day – I can’t recommend it enough. Probably not worth bothering in bad weather as it’s a bit of a schlep; 90 minutes by car from SE London.
Address: Joss Gap Road, Broadstairs, CT10 3PG.
Sand / pebbles: Lovely sand.
Cafe: Small beach café selling chips, sandwiches and the like. Great cups of tea and lovely staff. It’s inside the shop which sells all you need for the beach: buckets, spades, kites, etc.
Toilets: There are toilets near to the beach (at the top of the slope, next to the car park) and a small shower. These are normally pretty clean. The loos are only open during peak season though, so you’ll need to cross your legs in winter.
Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: The beach is reached via a steep slope. It is advertised as being accessible to people with a disability but you will need very strong arms to push an adult up the slope!
Parking: Parking is about £7 for the day in the official car park, although you can park for free on the long road opposite the beach (the one running alongside the field). This gets pretty busy in peak season though. There is disabled parking available in the car park.
Nearest station: Broadstairs.
Phone: 01483 577577 (Thanet Visitor Information).
If you’re into more sedate activities, it is also possible to hire deckchairs and windbreaks for only a few pounds. There is a seasonal lifeguard service. Dogs are banned from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. from 1st May – 30th September.
To keep the kids entertained, there are some inflatable bouncy castles and play activities costing £4 per child during peak season. Other nice beaches, such as Botany Bay are nearby.
Review by Kerin Applepine