13.12.2016 - General Holiday Parks Touring Parks
A traditional British seaside town, located on the North Kent coast of South East England is Herne Bay. With two miles of coastline and plenty of activity throughout, there is something for everyone in this leisure town – full of character and places of interest.
Make the most of the beautiful sea views and coastal walks at no cost. There is no better way to explore somewhere than by foot or bike, and there are plenty of great routes on offer here. The Herne Bay Cultural Trail takes you around the town, seafront and Downs of Herne Bay – a great way to really get to know the local area. Starting near the cinema, where there is ample parking, there are 17 historical locations on this route, so if you are interested in history and exploring, this is a must. If you travel in by train, the station is a 6-minute taxi ride to the starting point or a 12-minute walk. If you do choose to walk, you will come to the Herne Bay Memorial Park, situated in the heart of town, with formal gardens, sensory gardens, a community kitchen garden, and a large lake home to plenty of ducks and often used for model boats. If you are a tennis fan, there are tennis courts available free of charge. On this route you will also come across The Clock Tower, built in 1837 and the first purpose-built clock tower of it’s type in the world, The Kings Hall and The Pier amongst others. Located on the Central Parade, The Pier has recently undergone a huge overhaul and in 2013 welcomed a shop front, the beginning of the retail village and the main feature, The Helter Skelter. There are now 31 beach hut style retail units – offering food, drinks, arts, crafts and haberdashery. Open every day and free to walk around, subject to any events.
Just 3 – 5 minutes’ walk from The Pier, you will come across a stretch of traditional ‘seaside fun’ complete with The Sundancers Entertainment Centre – amusements and slot machines, an 18-hole mini golf course, Harry’s Café, and Temptations Ice-cream and Gift Shop.
The Reculver Walk takes you from Herne Bay up to the Reculver Towers and Country Park, standing prominently on the Herne Bay skyline. This is a lovely sea walk, and the distance is around 3.5 miles, dependent on whether you are a power walker or prefer a leisurely stroll! This landmark is a significant historic building and place of wildlife interest as it is used during the winter as shelter for thousands of migrating birds. There is an information centre available here to provide an insight into the fascinating history and wildlife of the stretch of coastline. This area is also renowned for being a great spot to watch migrating birds. The Towers are located just 4 minutes’ drive from our Herne Bay Park, and approximately 27 minutes’ walk.
Places to Eat and Drink
Located all the way along the seafront are ice-cream parlours, amusements, café’s, fish & chip shops, and a mix of international cuisines, such as the recently opened, authentic Turkish restaurant A La Turka, Coconut Tree Noodle Bar serving Chinese food, and The Shad curry house. Along the seafront towards the Central Parade is a lovely seafood restaurant serving fresh, local produce right by the seaside, and next to it you will find The Central Bandstand. This has been a key landmark on Herne Bay seafront for over 90 years, and is the town’s hub with a Visitor Information Centre, a pub, an Indian Restaurant called Maharaja, and a café, restaurant and ice-cream parlour, MaKCari’s – serving a wide variety of food, beverages and ice-cream.
Parallel to the seafront you will find Herne Bay High Street, where a huge selection of shops, cafés and newly opened restaurants will greet you, such as the top class eatery Oyster & Chop House – serving an organic, locally sourced and seasonal menu. The Cowshed Bar & Grill serving tasty steaks, burgers and ribs, also located on the high street. A great place for breakfast is The Wallflower Café located in The Mall on the high street, serving vegan and vegetarian dishes. Even if you are not vegetarian, this is definitely worth a visit!
Herne Bay Train Station is approximately a 5-minute taxi ride to the town centre, and a 14-minute walk. There is a taxi rank situated right outside the train station and local buses run regularly to surrounding towns – for information on routes and times, visit here. For really useful information on transport and getting around – please visit here to make the best travel choice.
Other things to note
In case of an emergency, there are several medical services around the area;