Arr me hearties and all you landlubbers gather your young buccaneers and merfolk for a swashbuckling seaside adventure.
Just a stone's throw away from Canterbury are the seaside towns of Herne Bay and Whitstable; only 4 miles separate the two coastal towns so why not hop on your bike, take in some fresh sea air and begin exploring?
Those in search of traditional seaside magic will find it here in Herne Bay. Beautiful beaches and Victorian architecture combine to allow your children to create their own magical memories while you relive yours.
There is so much fun to be had on the beach, children will love collecting shells, building sandcastles and paddling in the sea. The beaches and wide promedades make Herne Bay ideal for a family day out at the seaside.
For those in search of traditional seaside magic, you will find it in Herne Bay. Two miles of splendid seafront offer seaside favourites in the shape of candyfloss, ice cream parlours, cafés, friendly pubs and fish and chip bars.
Once your pirates have exhausted themselves out on the beach there is no better time to commandeer the nearest fish and chip shop for a spot of lunch or enjoy your own pre packed lunch on one of the many benches scattered along the promenade.
Head towards Whitstable and drop anchor at Tankerton to enjoy spectacular views of the bay and at low tide the famous 'Street', before setting sail once more on your fun adventure to Whitstable.
Whitstable Harbour is the last stop on this fun-filled adventure, children will love learning more about the fully working harbour from one of the 11 new boards that form an information trail around the harbour, covering various topics including water sports, wind farms, wildlife, aggregates importing and whelk fishing.
It is a great opportunity to sample some of the scrumptious seafood there is on offer and you may even catch a glimpse of the many fishing boats that come and go during the day.
This working harbour's activities include fishing, commercial shipping, restaurants, café, shellfish and fish sales, sailing barge trips, wind farm operations storage facilities and beach hut rental.
Great beaches lined with brightly coloured beach huts reflect the great character of this seaside town. Sporting enthusiasts including rowers, yachtsmen and jet ski riders pursue their passion in Herne Bay's waters adding a thrilling dimension to natural marine qualities.
To the east, the ancient sandstone cliffs of nearby Reculver and the imposing 12th century Reculver towers and roman fort provide an imposing backdrop and the beaches here provide a haven for those looking for a peaceful hideaway.
The seafront has some interesting Victorian architecture and in the spring and summer months the town's beauty is enhanced by the seafront gardens, bringing floral colour to visitors who pass the clock tower and bandstand. In recent years, the bandstand has become a venue for those who enjoy café culture and it is also a focal point for summer concerts, other musical events and children's entertainment.
All seaside towns have events that celebrate their identity and Herne Bay is no exception. Classic car shows, Italian and Continental markets, carnivals and the Herne Bay Festival are just some of the variety of events that take place throughout the year.