Half-term fun along Kent’s changing coast

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There is something to keep everyone entertained during the October half term with Kent’s Coastal Week – a packed programme of events celebrating Kent’s changing coast from Saturday 26 October to Sunday 3 November.


More than 40 events are taking place right round Kent’s world-renowned coast line, from guided local history walks on the Isle of Sheppey, to cartoon workshops in Whitstable and underwater-themed arts and crafts activities in New Romney.


The week will be kicking off on Sunday 27 October with “Changing Coast at Margate” at The Piazza, alongside The Parade at Margate seafront. There will be children’s arts and crafts activities, face-painting and visitors can learn about the changing face of the Kent coast and how it can be protected for future generations.


Coastal Week sponsors Southern Water and London Array will be attending this event; 2013 marks the inauguration of the world’s largest offshore wind farm.


Charlotte Prett, Stakeholder and Media Lead for London Array said: “In sponsoring Kent’s Coastal Week 2013, London Array are continuing to celebrate the completion and full operation of the site, which could supply around 500,000 UK homes with electricity each year. London Array is part of our response to climate change and this phenomenon will have a big impact on what the Kent coastline will look like in the future.”


Beverley Thompson, Southern Water senior press relations manager said:

“Southern Water works closely with communities around the Kent coast and we are very keen that everyone should be able to enjoy the exceptionally diverse coastline. We are working with our customers on ways to keep our sewers running efficiently to avoid flooding. Visitors to the opening event will be able to find out more about our Pain  in the Drain Campaign.”


Chris Drake, Coastal Officer for Kent County Council, said: “The Kent coast has changed shape and character over time due the interaction of nature and humans and we are now in a position to make choices about the type of coastline future generations will experience. Coastal Week enthusiasts and experts will be exploring this through an exciting and varied events programme which will  keep the whole family entertained over the half term.  Most of the events are free and there is something for all ages and interests.”


Kent’s Coastal Week events are organised by a host of local organisations, coordinated by Kent County Council. The programme is sponsored by London Array and Southern Water, with additional support from the Coastal Communities 2150 project through the European regional development programme (2007 – 2013 European Regional Development Fund INTERREG IVA 2 Seas programme)


To see the full programme of events take a look at www.kent.gov.uk/coastalweek





Notes to the editor:


About the sponsors


London Array – London Array, DONG Energy, E.ON and Masdar officially opened the world’s largest offshore wind farm on the 4 July 2013. The inauguration took place at Turner Contemporary in Margate. London Array is located around 20km off the Kent coast and the operations and maintenance base is at the Port of Ramsgate. The 630MW offshore wind farm first started generating power in October 2012.


The 175th turbine was brought online in March 2013. In sponsoring Kent’s Coastal Week 2013, London Array are continuing to celebrate the completion and full operation of the site, which could supply around 500,000 UK homes with electricity each year. In the coming years, London Array will reduce carbon emissions by 925,000 tonnes each year, helping to tackle the effects of climate change and global warming.


Southern Water – With predicted heavier rainfall, stormier weather and other factors to contend with, water companies have an important role to play to ensure a healthy marine and coastal environment. Southern Water works to ensure the high standards in our bathing waters and is making plans to cope with the increased threat of droughts and flooding to ensure there are sufficient water supplies to go round and to reduce the risk of sewer flooding.


Coastal Communities 2150 - for coastal communities around the world, climate change over the next century will lead to new localised risks and opportunities as natural processes accelerate and traditional weather patterns become less reliable.  Coastal Communities 2150 (CC2150) is a project developed to address these potential changes through engaging communities or sectors at long-term risk and supporting locally developed responses.


Communities on the Kent coast are vulnerable to potential environmental changes due to their unique socio-economic profiles and environmental situations.  The impacts of climate and coastal change are already being felt by residents around our coastline and this project aims to help communities maximise any potential opportunities and minimise any risks associated with these effects.

Author: Christine Wissink