Herne Bay Activities & Things To Do
Fancy going on a seaside break for your group getaway or stag/hen party? Well then look no further than Herne Bay in Kent. This delightful little seaside town is perfect for a summer trip, with exciting activities going on around the pier, as well as great places to eat and relax in the evening. What more could you want from a British beach break?
Getting to Herne Bay
Herne Bay Railway Station has great links to the rest of Kent, as well as London Victoria. A National Express coach also runs from the area to London too. Those who are planning to use a car to reach Herne Bay will want to use the A299 (Thanet Way), which merges with the M2 motorway at Faversham.
What’s on & when to go?
You definitely won’t struggle for things to do if you visit Herne Bay in the summer months. Events running during this period include Herne Bay Festival in August, which features ten days of free live music, performances, workshops and exhibitions. There are also a programme of bandstand concerts which run in the summer, as well as the Herne Bay Carnival ( http://www.hernebaycarnival.co.uk/ ) and the Herne Bay Bus Rally.
No visit to Herne Bay can take place without a trip to the seafront. Relax and catch some rays on the award-winning shingle beach. You can also check out the Victorian bandstand, gardens, amusement arcades, cafes and watersports on offer at the seafront.
Another attraction is the Wildwood Discovery Park, which houses over 50 species of native British animals, including wolves, wild boar, badgers and deer.
Go Ballistic Canterbury is also just a 20-minute drive from Herne Bay, where you can have a paintballing session. Those on a hen party also might want to give Glam Hatters a call ( http://glamhatters.com/ ), who can arrange a two-and-a-half hour fascinator-making session, which includes a break for afternoon tea.
You can’t go to the seaside without eating fish and chips. However, why not take things up a notch and visit Mushy Peas, based at the Central Parade. Instead of being wrapped in paper, your meal will come on fine plates whilst you sit on diamante-encrusted white booths with chandeliers hanging above you. It’s definitely a lot fancier than your average fish bar!
Another option is A Casa Mia on the high street, which offers Italian cuisine, as well as seafood and vegetarian dishes. With its cosy atmosphere and friendly staff, you’re sure to have a nice meal. Maharaja, based at the bandstand, is also a must for those who have a taste for Indian cuisine. Make sure you make a reservation for this popular restaurant, which offers traditional dishes in a stylish setting.
After you’ve cleaned your plates, it’s time to get the party started! Why not begin at the award-winning Prince of Wales pub on Mortimer Street. Here you will be able to enjoy a nice beverage as well as watch sports, or even play a classic board game. After that you may want to head on over to Vivid nightclub to dance to some house, hip-hop and R’n’B music.
Those on a hen party also may want to rent out the Pink Panther Party Bus from Armage Cars. This 16-seater vehicle comes with three mini bars, six DVD players, a mirrored ceiling and disco lights!