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The beach is always on the doorstep and is always an activity in itself, no matter what the matter. But Herne Bay and the surrounding area offers many other attractions as well.
The town itself has a lively calendar of events. Throughout the summer a music and arts festival regularly provides residents and visitors alike with live music on the pier, in the King’s Hall auditorium, in the town’s many lively pubs, and in a number of outdoor stages. There’s an annual rock music contest that plays out over a week, and an annual festival of cartoons, for which cartoonists from the national press come and draw life-size cartoons on the pier and for which the local galleries mount themed exhibitions of cartoons. The town has also hosted a spectacular airshow in recent years.
If you like walking you’ll be spoiled, with easy walks to the Roman fort at Reculver and to Whitstable, and from there, along the Crab and Winkle Line trail, to Canterbury. To the south of Herne Bay there are a number of ancient forests with plenty of walking opportunities for humans and their canine companions. Within 20 or 30 minutes you can be walking in Kent’s beautiful South Downs.
Herne Bay is also a fantastic base for visiting other towns in Kent. While the roads around Whitstable and Canterbury are often choked with traffic, traffic is rarely a problem in Herne Bay. It’s a short drive along Canterbury Road from our house to the Thanet Way, the main artery that runs along the north coast of Kent. From there you can be in Canterbury and Whitstable in about 15 minutes, and in Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Margate in about 25 minutes.