Herne Bay Articles

  • A hundred years ago clocktower3

    One hundred years ago Herne Bay was a buzzing seaside town and the place everyone wanted to visit.  The brand new Kings Hall was about to be opened in July by Queen Victoria's daughter.  There were already three cinemas, The Grand, The Paragon and the Bijou and live entertainment and theatre at the Pier Theatre, Grand Pier Pavilion and Central Ha...

  • 2013 set to be an exciting year for Herne Bay clocktower in snow

    A belated happy new year from Bayguide.  2013 looks set to be a really exciting year in the Bay.  We are celebrating a number of anniversaries.  Herne Bay is 180 years old and the Historical Records Society will mount a major exhibition of photographs showing how the town has changed over the years.  In July, The Kings Hall celebrates its cente...

  • Should Herne Bay have its own Town Council? Mutiny

    Local resident, Dylan Hampshire believes that our town would be better served by a Town Council and raised this at the last Herne Bay Area Panel meeting.  Dylan believes a Herne Bay council should be independent from Canterbury and says that he only needs to gather 612 signatures from Heron Ward residents to force the Council to take the propo...

  • Oyster and Chop House, High Street, Herne Bay oyster

    A personal review by Julia O'Dowd.   Where do locals go for good quality dining on a Saturday evening? Other than perhaps the well-established Le Petit Poisson, the choice in Herne Bay up to now has been quite limited and many locals wanting a special evening head for Whitstable or Canterbury.  However, the good news is that Herne Bay s...

  • Terry Sole at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Frank's Cafe by Terry Sole

    Terry Sole is one of the artists now working from a new studio at Beach House in Herne Bay.  This year Terry has a picture in the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition in London for the first time in thirty years.  The exhibition c...

  • Murder most foul cartoon by Peter Gander

    On 13 July 1912, George Smith murdered his wife Bessie while she was taking a bath at their home in Herne Bay.  He wanted to get his hands on his wife's inheritance and for a while he almost got away with it.  After the murder George returned the bath to the shop (Adolphus Hill in the High Street) and asked for his money back. Herne Bay ar...

  • Beach Creative Open Day 7th July

    On Saturday 7th July a new Arts Venue will open in Herne Bay.  Beach House is on the corner of Beach Street and Kings Road, CT6 5PT, and will be holding an Open Day from 10am till 8pm.  The building provides artists studios, exhibition spaces, meeting rooms and workshops for local artists to meet, work, network, share and learn.  The opening exh...

  • Diamond Queens IMG_1090

    Queen Elizabeth II will be only the second British monarch to celebrate sixty years on the throne.  The last time we had a Diamond Jubilee was Queen Victoria’s in 1897.  On that occasion, Herne Bay’s celebrations involved the whole town, as this extract from the Kentish Gazette illustrates:   The Royal Naval Reserve, Foresters, Oldfell...

  • A New View - a film farewell to the Pier Pavilion pierpav_comingdown

    The Pier Pavilion is no more.  Although everyone was sad to see the roller skaters and roller hockey teams leave the pier after more than one hundred years, there is no denying that the pavilion, opened by Edward Heath in 1976, was an ugly building, known locally as the Shed.  Now we are all waiting to see what will replace it.  For the time bei...

  • Meet and greet - a free treat for Herne Bay Visitors Kentgreeterslogo

    Are you planning a trip to Herne Bay and wish you could arrange for someone to show you around, point out places of interest or just help you get your bearings?  Well you are in luck as there are people who offer visitors to Herne Bay that very experience – they are called Kent Greeters and it is free. Organised by Visit Kent, Kent Greeters a...

  • Duchamp Celebration - Herne Bay, Aug 2013 250px-AAA_reynkay_5747_macelduchamp

    In summer 1913, French artist Marcel Duchamp spent a number of weeks in Herne Bay as a chaperone to his younger sister Yvonne, who was taking a course in English at Lynton College. 1913 was a significant year in Duchamp’s development as an artist and may be said to have marked a turning point in his work.  We want to celebrate this centenary wit...

  • Herne Bay on Film frenchdressing_kenrussell

    French Dressing (1963) The most famous film made in Herne Bay is Ken Russell’s debut feature, French Dressing, released in 1964, and starring James Booth, Marisa Mell and the late Roy Kinnear.  The comic plot centres on Jim Stephens (Booth) a deckchair attendant in the run-down seaside resort of Gormleigh-on-Sea who is promoted to publici...

  • Reculver Towers image - Englsh Heritage

    The dramatic twin towers of Reculver church are part of Herne Bay’s skyline and you can see them wherever you stand on the beach. The site is now managed by English Heritage and you can walk or cycle the three miles from Herne Bay to the...

  • Literary Herne Bay 400px-Reynolds_Miscellany_v1_n1

    During Herne Bay’s years as a popular Victorian seaside destination, a number of authors visited the town and included their memories of Herne Bay in their published work. Some stayed longer than others. George W.M. Reynolds (1814-1879) George Reynolds was a prolific writer of sensational fiction and as well as a journalist. His first n...

  • The Brides in the Bath bridesinbath thumb

    One hundred years ago this year, Herne Bay was the scene of a notorious Edwardian murder which became national front page news and led to a sensational trial at the Old Bailey. On 13 July 1912, Bessie Williams (above) was found dead in her bath at Number 80 the High Street. (After the street was renumbered in the 1930s the address where the ...

  • Herne Bay - the best sunsets in the world? Apr_Jul_06 251

    At Bayguide, we truly believe that Herne Bay is one of the best places in the world for sunsets.  Hope the images above help you understand why. The following cracking sunset image was kindly provided by Paul Darby.  Paul has lived in the Bay since 1962 and has had his photos published in the Gazette and also shown on local Meridi...

  • The Ship Inn and Smugglers Stories Kent, Herne Bay, The Old Ship Inn and Marine Parade

    The town of Herne Bay began to grow up in the 1830s, after the first pier was built.  Before this time, there wasn’t very much here except a few cottages and inns.  The whole coast had been a paradise for local smuggling gangs as the small inlets and beaches made their trade easy.  Although most of the smuggling gangs were broken up by 1815, f...

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