Fun for all the family in Herne Bay

Herne Bay has been described as everything a seaside should be and if you want to discover a new day out for the family then Herne Bay should be on your list.

Practicalities first - Herne Bay is easy to get to, straight off the M2 onto the A229 it has easy parking, which is a real winner when you have eager children in the car. If visiting by train, it's a short 15 minute walk into town from the station.

There is a real variety of things to do for children and adults alike in Herne Bay, which means that one trip might be your first of many. A recent visitor survey described Herne Bay as welcoming and safe - a great message for families.

A visit also won't break the bank, which is a real plus when school holidays prove expensive' you can spend as much or as little as you like. Even for a few pounds, the children can be entertained for hours in the amusements.

Here are our top tips for a fun family day out in Herne Bay.

The Helter Skelter - this icon at the end of the pier is a real seaside tradition, and while the children whizz down the slide until their heart's delight, why not indulge in a fresh smoothie or champagne and oysters at one of the pier huts. You can also combine a spot of crabbing, off the pier, with a very handy 'how to' guide and fisherman's hut where you can buy the equipment. Don't forget to take some silly photos in the fun seaside cut outs dotted along the pier.

Promenade, playpark, beach combing - keep the energy coming with a stroll along Herne Bay's impressive promenade. It's safe for children to run or scoot ahead with lots of interactive exercise equipment on the beach and the playpark the other. Beach combing may also unearth some fossils as Herne Bay has been dubbed the Jurassic Coast of Kent. For those who have more adventurous wheels, a skateboard and BMX park is also popular at the Hamptons end, by Herne Bay's famous beach huts.

It's traditional and always a winner - The Arcades will take you back to your own childhood seaside days. Where else can you have so much fun with a bag of 2p's! This one is always guaranteed to keep the little folk occupied for some time.

Herne Bay Mini Golf - this family orientated 18 hole course found right on the seafront and gives you the chance to bring out your fun, competitive side, while fine tuning some putting skills. A great starter for children to experience the fun of mini golf.

Strode Park - just a little out of town, this charity for children and adults supports its funds with some great events within its 14 acres of grounds. Favourites include; theatre in the park, Easter egg hunts and a Christmas market.

After all the energy it takes to enjoy a day out at Herne Bay, families are spoilt for choice with coffee shops, restaurants and tearooms to keep everyone replenished. One family favourite towards the further end of the seafront is the Ship Inn, which offers a popular Sunday roast with children's mini portions at a great price and for literary fans, the new Alice and the Hatter themed tearooms will tick the box. To finish off your day, stroll along to the bandstand for Mackari's famous home-made Italian gelato and watch the sun setting across the bay.

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