Stay safe on an RNLI lifeguarded beach during Broadstairs Folk Week

Lifeguards News Release

Set to be a busy weekend, Broadstairs Folk Week will see a number of events taking place, including those in the Pavilion on the sands and along the promenade which overlooks beautiful Viking Bay.

RNLI/Taylor Johnson

Red and yellow and chequered flags at Viking Bay

With sunshine forecast it is advisable to find refuge and shade throughout the day in one of the many cafes or bars along the seafront, particularly between the hours of 11am – 3pm when UV penetration is at its strongest.

Branded as a week of ‘folk music by the sea’, the festival attracts people of all ages and generations to let loose in quintessential English seaside town fashion.

Nevertheless, the RNLI would like to remind those getting involved in the festivities to stay safe throughout the weekend and to approach the lifeguards at Viking Bay and its surrounding beaches for any local information or help that they may require. The lifeguard service will operate between the usual hours of 10am – 6pm.

During folk week the RNLI also advises families to agree a meeting point with their children, in addition to taking a photo of their child to provide as a search aid, in the event that they were to go missing. Families can also visit the lifeguard unit stationed on the beach, where there will be lifeguards ready to hand out wristbands for children, with a parent or guardian’s contact details.

In the event that your child does go missing:

  • Calmly check your surroundings, ensuring other children remain supervised
  • Inform an RNLI lifeguard or the police immediately – these are services that are equipped and experienced in dealing with missing children
  • Let all searchers know once the child is found

RNLI Media contacts

  • Taylor Johnson, Lifeguard Press Officer (Summer 2018) for the South East 07785 296252

  • Paul Dunt, Regional Media Officer (South East), 0207 6207426, 07785 296252

  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

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