Stone Bay, Evening Broadstairs

Stone Bay

A stone’s throw from the hubbub of the main town and Viking Bay, you’ll find the magnificent Stone Bay, one of Kent’s blue flag beaches.

Stone Bay has been granted the status for several years up to and including 2022 in the Blue Flag and Seaside Awards.  Such flag beaches are recognised for their outstanding water quality and dedication to the natural environment, as well as practical aspects including facilities and health and safety standards. A favourite with families, this beach is just a few minutes walk from Kiddie’s Corner and Kent Surf School in nearby Viking Bay.

Retreating into an oasis of calm, Stone Bay’s long stretch of white sand is perfect for pitching up a deckchair, basking in the sun, or embracing your sense of adventure as you take a dip in the clear waters.

Enveloped by picturesque chalk cliffs and lined by some of the most creatively decorated beach huts in the UK, Stone Bay boasts everything you need for a day at the beach in Kent.

The beach is also a great crabbing spot in Thanet and provides the perfect backdrop for clambering over seaweed monsters and peeking for hidden treasures behind the rocks (*please be aware not to touch the red sea anemones).

It’s worth noting that the beach can be stony at low tide and although they aren’t essential, a pair of waterproof sandals or beach shoes to protect feet will come in handy. Extra buckets and spades, traditional seaside memorabilia and some of the biggest shells you will ever lay eyes on for coastal treasure boxes are available at the Blue Anchor gift shop just off the pier at Viking Bay.
Stone Bay Broadstairs
Toilets are available at the end of the bay, and The Hut – a snack bar painted in neon brights – serves a wide range of food throughout the week, with plans to launch a crabbing club for children and serve doggy ice creams. Please note dogs are banned from Stone Bay from 10am-6am from 1st May to 30th September (inclusive).

The Jetty restaurant at the tip of the pier at Viking Bay is also a short walk from Stone Bay and provides a selection of locally sourced food to dine-in or takeaway while overlooking the bay.

Accessed by a seawall leading from the small harbour car park close to Broadstairs pier, Stone Bay is accessible by a gradual slope down to the sand and ladders along the seawall which becomes gradually lower until you are able to step on to the sand.

Alternatively, you can park along the Eastern Esplanade and walk down a path of either shallow steps at the centre of the bay, or wider steps at the end of the bay.

Despite being tempted to walk around the cliff towards Joss Bay, the tide can come in very quickly and the RNLI strongly urge beachgoers against it.  Worth noting too is that part of the route is strewn with uneven rocks that make walking difficult.

Coastal school, Tide and Seek, also offers pre-bookable spots for children keen to learn and explore on the Kent coast.