Herne Bay Market & beach

Herne Bay is a seaside town in Kent just south of the Thames Estuary and not far from Canterbury. Accessible from London via the A2/M2/A299 or via a Southeastern train from Stratford.

I went out with a friend to checkout the market and to enjoy the last days of summer. Herne Bay market is a disappointment, there are some bric a brac, vegetable stalls, a bit of craft, poundshop type bits and pieces and loads of fake branded bags and clothing. With the explosion of small creative ventures in London, I was hoping to find a handmade stall or two. There was some interesting highstreet shops like the typical seaside mini-mart, a bike shop and a clothing shop. It wasn’t crowded, people were mainly seated outside the pub or outside several cafes.

However, there’s a newly opened and wonderful tea room! An Alice and the Hatter themed tea room! It’s wonderfully decorated too! Check them out! Alice and the Hatter

It was surprising to find a relatively empty beach on a beautiful sunny day.  We had a stroll on the promenade enjoying the relative tranquility and admiring the beautiful houses.

As lunch approaches, we headed to the central part of the promenade where families watched kids play in the enclosed playground and enjoy the warmth of the sun and a full tummy thanks to the delicious fish and chips!

It was an enjoyable day out and despite the disappointment of the market, worth the hour and a half drive.

Herne Bay visitor information

Photography by Ghene Snowdon.