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Beach clean events

Update; June 2020 Due to coronavirus restrictions, some organisations have cancelled coordinated beach cleans whilst others are restarting a carefully managed programme. 

For those who wish to help keep our beaches clean and safe, and to contribute to research on marine litter - this page lists regular beach cleans taking place along the Norfolk Coast.

If you organise beach cleans or regularly take part please let us know the details so we can promote them for you. Email the information to

2 minute beach cleans

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The #2 Minute Team had to withdraw their #2minutebeachclean #2minutelitterpick and #2minutestreetclean stations during the coronavirus outbreak to minimise the risk of infection. They report that they will be asking the guardians to put their boards and equipment back out, but are not quite ready yet. They will be providing all sites with a hand sanitiser box so that litter pickers are safe whilst people are doing their #2 minute cleans and hope that the stations will be back in action in July.

The #2 Minute Foundation is a registered charity that is devoted to cleaning up our planet 2 minutes at a time and believe that simple, achievable acts can add up to make a great difference. Further details are on their website

#2minutebeachclean boards, which encourage people to spend 2 (or more) minutes picking up marine litter and plastic pollution, are positioned around the Country and each has a guardian who looks after it day to day. See Norfolk coast locations below.

Use the #2minutebeachclean tag on social media to spread the word and tag us too if you've taken part within the AONB on @NorfolkAONB



Sponsored by North Norfolk District Council;                             East Runton - guardian is NCI  Coastwatch

Walcott - guardian is Kingfisher Café                                          Cromer West - guardian is Reef Stop Café 

Sheringham East - guardian is The Mo                                      Sheringham West - guardian is RNLI

Sponsored by Anglian Water;

Hunstanton promenade - guardian is Oasis Leisure Centre     Old Hunstanton - guardian is Beach Café 

Sponsored by Norfolk Wildlife Trust, who are also guardians;    Cley Marshes at NWT Beach Car Park 

Sponsored by Norfolk Waste Partnership;                                   Overstrand

Sponsored by Sandy Hills Caravan Park, also guardians;           Mundesley at Sandy Hills Caravan Park

Sea Palling - guardians are Sandy Hills Amusements           

Winterton - guardian is Winterton Dunes Beach Cafe 

Hemsby - guardian is Hemsby Beach Cafe 

Sheringham Beach Clean

With the easing of the lock down restrictions, unless instructed otherwise, the monthly beach cleans at Sheringham will resume on the dates below, at 10 am on the West Prom. 

Due to the restrictions concerning hygiene, social distancing and group gatherings however, we will need to organise the cleans accordingly, therefore the following conditions will be observed:

1. Please bring your own black bags if possible. If you cannot then I will provide them from a new, clean roll.

2. Please wear gloves at all times and tie up your own bags at the end of the clean and leave them in the area allocated.

3. When arriving for the clean please keep to the social distancing rules and do not form groups of more than six people.

4. The organisers will sign you in so there is no need for you to handle the book or pens.

5. Pickers and hoops will still be provided to those that require them and will be sanitized before use.

6. During the clean please always maintain social distancing, especially with those using the beach.

If all goes well, and we stick to the rules, we should be able to maintain our routine of beach cleans throughout the summer. With the recent influx of day trippers, and more holiday makers expected this summer, there will be a greater need for our services. 

If you do not feel able to participate at the moment that is perfectly understood, however if you do feel that you can assist then you will be most welcome. Contact Bob Smith for more information on meeting place and times. New volunteers always welcome!

The proposed schedule for 2020 is as follows:

   Sunday June 14th                     Sunday July 19th                                                          

   Sunday August 23rd                 Sunday September 27th           

   Sunday October 18th                Sunday November 22nd                                      

   Sunday December 13th


RSPB Titchwell Beach Cleans

Various dates - see link below;

These events are free to attend, but RSPB Tichwell do require you to let them know that you're coming by booking a free ticket via Eventbrite at;

.RSPB Titchwell may need to contact you in case of cancellation or change in timings. Please bring suitable outdoor clothing. Litter pickers, gloves and litter disposal will be provided. There are public toilets and café facilities on site, although please note that these are a 1km walk from the beach. Children are encouraged to attend, but they must be accompanied by an adult. Dogs on leads are welcome too.

North-east Norfolk beach cleans

For information on the latest community beach cleans at Bacton, Sea Palling, Walcott, Ostend, Happisburgh and Mundesley, go onto the North Norfolk Beach Cleans Facebook page.

West Norfolk beach cleans

Erna Gotyar in King's Lynn also arranges beach cleans – see article:

She can be contacted for future dates by email:

Cley & Salthouse beach cleans

There are beach clean events suitable for all ages throughout the year. No need to book, but events may be cancelled in adverse weather conditions. Please call the visitor centres for dates: Salthouse 01263 740008; Cley 01263 740009; All events 10.30-12 noon.

Holkham Beach cleans

Help keep the shores of Holkham clean, tidy and free of plastic. Contact Holkham on 01328 713111 or check the website at

Litter clearing equipment

North Norfolk District Council; contact on 01263 513811 or email There is a report about one of their beach cleans at

Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk; ten-person kits are available to book by calling 0800 2532687. Groups that have been booking kits regularly in the past will be presented with equipment to keep. There is information about two local conservation groups that have benefitted from these at


Beachwatch Big Weekend

The MCS link will keep you updated on the Big Weekend event and others - go to Marine Conservation Society website and find out which Norfolk beaches are taking part this year.

National Trust, Blakeney and Brancaster sites usually take part each year. Details of their sites can be found at