Jo Wynn-Carter
15th May 2024

As the summer sun warms the waters, The Bay comes alive so there's never been a better time to plan a day out by the seaside. Whether you’re looking to visit with your family or friends, Herne Bay has something to offer everyone. If you need inspiration on what to do and where to visit, then look no further.

We’ve rounded up 5 things to do when you visit the Bay this summer, and remember to follow us on Instagram @buyinthebayhb for daily updates and inspiration

A trip to Herne Bay’s most visible and famous landmark, the iconic Herne Bay Pier is a must!

Herne Bay Pier is a typical English Victorian Seaside Pier, attracting thousands of visitors a year. It offers free fishing and crabbing, attracting both young and old.

Enjoy the Pier Village with its independent shops and food and drink outlets, not to mention the fairground-style attractions that always appeal to families during a visit to Herne Bay. 

If you’re interested in history a visit to The Seaside Museum, Herne Bay’s Community Museum, is a must.

Take a trip back down memory lane and rekindle memories of the traditional seaside holiday with Punch & Judy, and other fascinating memorabilia and artefacts.

Discover the secrets of the seashore with prehistoric animal tusks and fossils, including shark teeth. Learn to identify the wildlife of this ever-changing coastline.

You can also catch a glimpse of the work of local artists and makers who have found inspiration under Herne Bay’s brilliant skies.

With a regular programme of exhibitions and events, you can immerse yourself for a few hours. 


Don’t miss a wander through Walthrop Gardens, sit, ponder and enjoy the sea view while enjoying a picnic from a local café or an ice cream from one of the wonderful Ice Cream Parlours.

Facing Telford Terrace, Walthrop Gardens is a quasi-Victorian sunken garden erected to celebrate the twinning of Walthrop and Herne Bay.

The sundial on the seaward side is a gift from Walthrop, designed by the Burgermeister Herr Jochen Mungner.

In the centre of the garden is a Portland stone fountain given to the town in 1888 by London Alderman Col. Horatio Davies, who became Lord Mayor of London. 

Herne Bay is home to a fabulous artistic community, so if you’re looking to view Art in the Bay then you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Visit Beach Creative a local creative centre with free art gallery hosting regular exhibitions throughout the year and also the home of Toast Herne Bay a wonderful café serving delicious food and drink.

Visit One New Street an Art Gallery with exciting exhibitions featuring artists from Europe and America.

They also showcase jewellery and ceramics by talented artists.

For more art and beautiful pieces for your home, visit She Rose.

This gallery, shop and workshop space in the heart of the town centre that not only exhibits the work of the owner Jo Oakley, but also the work of local established artists and emerging talent, so there is always something to discover. 

The newest Art Gallery to choose Herne Bay as their home is the Sarah Baulch Gallery the brainchild of Sarah Baulch, a local maker. The Gallery showcases fine art, prints, sculpture, furniture and homewares by talented local artists.    

Herne Bay is known for brilliant independent businesses spanning from the high street, Mortimer Street and William Street, so it won’t take you long to discover amazing cafés, bars and restaurants that support local producers and offer cuisines to suit all palettes.

There is an array of shops that stock unique handmade gifts as a momentum of your visit, offering everyone a wonderful experience.

Keep your eyes peeled for daily inspiration across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and check our blogs and events pages to discover many events and activities this Summer.