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Top ten things to do with kids at Herne Bay

26 November 2022

Herne Bay in Kent is a traditional British seaside town. With so much to do in Herne Bay and the surrounding area of Kent, it is the perfect staycation destination to take the kids. You will be able to fill your trip with fun activities for all of the family in any weather. 

Herne Bay Beach

Herne Bay Beach is a shingle beach, so the children can swap the sandcastle building for treasure hunting. To get the best views of the sea, walk along Neptune's Arm, a concrete water breaker that has a viewing point at the end; you can even see the remains of the old Herne Bay pier. At several points along the beach, you will be able to get the kids a tray of fresh doughnuts from the many local food stalls. 

Herne Bay Pier

No old-fashioned seaside town is complete without a pier stretching out over the sea. Herne Bay Pier is no different. From the pier, you can experience some breathtaking views of the ocean. At the end of the pier, your children will be able to enjoy traditional fairground rides such as a carousel, a Helter Skelter, and several arcade games. Don’t forget to grab an ice cream from one of the many food stalls there. 

Herne Bay Hippodrome

If the weather takes a turn for the worst when you are at Herne Bay, take shelter in the Herne Bay Hippodrome. This is an indoor soft play area designed for young children and toddlers. It is reasonably priced and a good place for the kids to run off energy for a couple of hours, whilst you relax with hot refreshments. 

The Seaside Museum

Established in 1932, the Seaside Museum in Herne Bay is a popular local attraction. The museum houses many interesting artifacts linked to local history including a prototype of the Dambuster ‘Bouncing bomb’ from World War Two. Throughout the day the museum puts on events specifically for children. It also has a designated arts and crafts area. This is another great way to keep the kids entertained while you shelter from the rain.

Wildwood Trust

Spanning over 40 acres of woodland, Wildwood Trust is the perfect place for children to explore all that British wildlife has to offer. The native animals include: badgers, foxes, owls, bears, wolves, deer, red squirrels, and many more. The park offers animal experiences that allow you to get closer to your favourite animals. If you are visiting in the winter months, hop on a twilight tour to experience Britain's nocturnal animals come to life.

Wingham Wildlife Park

Home to over 200 species of animals, Wingham Wildlife Park is a great zoo to take the kids to. The zoo is family run and the majority of its animals are rescues, making it a great place for children to learn about the importance of conservation. It is also home to the only Moon Bears in the whole of the UK.

Go Ape, Leeds Castle

If you are holidaying in the Herne Bay area and are looking for an adventure, take a short journey inland to Go Ape. One of many Go Ape centres around the country, Leeds Castle offers a high rope obstacle course through the treetops. The attraction also caters to younger age groups and less confident climbers.


Dreamland is a short drive from Herne Bay. The vintage amusement park has something for everyone. For the thrill-seekers, there are roller coasters and haunted houses and for the little ones, softer rides like the teacups. Dreamland holds multiple seasonal events so no matter what time of year you go, you are bound to find an activity everyone enjoys.

Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral is the first Church of England, making it one of the most famous cathedrals in the world. Discover its history on a guided tour or explore on your own and marvel at the impressive architecture. This attraction is a must-visit in the winter months, when the Cathedral puts on many Christmas-themed family events. 

Harbour Market, Whitstable

This open-air market is a 10 minute drive from Herne Bay and is a great place to discover independent vendors selling handmade goods. The kids will enjoy scanning the huts to find the perfect souvenir. Afterwards, take a walk along the harbour to discover all of the local fishing and sailing boats. If you have seafood lovers among you, the oysters from the harbour come highly recommended.

Photo by Claire Smith on Unsplash

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