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Sol Good Coffee & Tea Morning @ Sweet Sol
Aug 18 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Have a chat with friends and get some inspiration for cake making, birthdays or gifts plus a free slice of cake and a hot drink for ANY purchase.

We have always got something to celebrate, and at this coffee morning, we are officially celebrating Herne Bay’s BayFest 🙂

  • Free coffee
  • Free tea
  • Free cake


Hunt for sharks’ teeth @ Reculver Drive Car Park
Aug 18 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Meet Phil Hadland, fossil expert to learn more about the fossils found at Herne Bay and Hunt for sharks’ teeth and other interesting things on the shoreline.
Wear suitable clothing for the weather including wellington boots or beach shoes.
Bring something to take your finds home in.
Children must be accompanied.

Hampton Inn Music Festival @ The Hampton Inn
Aug 18 @ 12:00 pm – 11:30 pm

The FIRST Hampton Inn Music Festival. Bands commencing at midday covering a variety of music styles and tastes. Check out our website @ or our facebook page for full lineup and timings. Food served from midday til 8pm. Dogs and children welcome. Free Entry.

Choc-O-lympics @ Sweet Sol
Aug 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

You must book in your space for this very popular event!

Sweet Sol’s ChocOlympics 🙂

Join us as we get ready for the ChocOlympics.

“What’s that?” you might ask. The ChocOlympics is an event played with, well… chocolate and marshmallows.

From Smarties to Chocolate Buttons, we have an arrange of fun games to play.

Heres a list of some of our exciting games…

1. Chubby Bunny – how many marshmallows can you put into your mouth without swallowing or chewing?

In this game, players place a marshmallow into their mouth and say ‘Chubby Bunny’. if you can say Chubby Bunny cleary you pass that round and go on to the second round where you repeat the same process whilst keeping the original marshmallow in your mouth. This process is repeated until you can fit no more marshmallows in your mouth and cannot say “Chubby Bunny” or you have either chewed or swallowed any marshmallow or have cannot saying Chubby Bunny anymore. The winner of the game is the player who fits the most marshmallows into his or her mouth. (Age 10+)

2. Smart-Sticks – How good are you with chopsticks?

In this game, you have to move Smarties from one bowl to another with using chopsticks only. You have 1 minute to move as many Smarties as you can, any Smarties that drop out of the chopsticks and on to the table cannot be used and you have to start again. The winner of this game is the one with the most Smarties in the bowl.

3. Malt-Straws – Maltesers and straws… what could possibly go wrong?

Start with a bowl of Maltesers in the centre of the table and straws set by the side of each player with a small bowl. You have 1 minute to play this game. When the time starts, use one end of the straw to suck up a Malteser in the centre of the table. Once the Malteser is attached to the end of the straw you have to transfer it to the empty bowl by your side. If you drop the Malteaser you have to start again. The winner of this game is the person with the most Maltesers in his/her bowl.

4. Button Head – Time to button up!

This game involves giant chocolate buttons and sticking them all over your face. How… by licking the back of the chocolate button of course. You have 1 minute to play this game and all buttons are to stay on your face if any fall of you have to start again with a new chocolate button. The winner of this game is the one who has the most chocolate buttons on his/her face at the end of the game.

5. Jaffa face – Are you peeling an orange?

Each player will be handed over 1 Jaffa Cake and within 1 minute you have to stick the Jaffa Cake on your forehead. But it’s not as easy as that as the player has to carefully peel the chocolate off from the cake and remove the sponge. Once the orange jelly is free from its encasing, you have to clean it using your tongue and stick it to your forehead. The winner is the person with the cleanest orange jelly on his/her forehead.

Good Luck and have fun!

Fossil Identification @ The Seaside Museum
Aug 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Bring your fossils along to The Seaside Museum, Herne Bay for identification. Phil Hadland, fossil expert, will be available to answer questions about the fossils of prehistoric monsters that lived in Herne Bay 56 million years ago.

Herne Bay Jazz & Swing Fest ’18 @ Herne Bay Pier
Aug 18 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Herne Bay Jazz & Swing Fest at the Pier @ Herne Bay Pier
Aug 18 @ 4:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Bringing the very best of jazz & swing music to Herne Bay Pier for the 2nd year running, this one-day free festival is sure to get your toes tapping with over six hours of high quality live music. With top-line performers selected from their appearances at Ronnie Scott’s, the London Jazz Festival and more, as well as a performance from Kai Hoffman’s Herne Bay Jazz Choir, a local community group, the Herne Bay Jazz & Swing Fest at the Pier is a unique event in a beautiful seaside setting.

UK Jazz & Swing Superstars

Free to All

Pier Attractions Open


Herne Bay Classic Motor Show 2018 @ Central Parade, Herne Bay
Aug 19 all-day

Herne Classic Motor Show is on Herne Bay seafront with 500+ classic vehicles on display. The Classic Music Show with great entertainers, Retro Stalls, children’s entertainment and lots more.

Balloon Modelling @ Herne Bay
Aug 19 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Balloon modelling.

  • Come and watch me Balloon Modelling during the Classic Car Show on the seafront


2 performances one at 11am and one at 2pm
SUMMER TRAIL @ Herne Bay Various Locations
Aug 20 all-day

Download a map from

This event takes place every day during the festival.

Families! Join the quest for giant blooms, bugs and prizes in this treasure hunt.

Planted across Herne Bay are giant, glowing, 3D flowers hand-crafted by artists and the local community. Grab the Summer Trail map from local outlets or download from the BayFest website to follow the trail. There are hidden clues to find in every window. Collect all the clues to enter the Summer Trail competition, and your family could win a special prize in the grand draw!

MAPS available from Herne Bay Museum, Beach Creative and other outlets in town
Or download from

Don’t forget to enter the prize draw competition for a chance to win some treasure for your family!

Trail map available online and in town

Photo your photos on #summertrail


Craft Activities at A Bundle of Books @ A Bundle of Books
Aug 22 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • This is a drop in activity between the advertised times, please note, due to limited space during busy times, we will be handing out ‘timed tickets’ on the day so everyone can have a turn.
  • Come along and make sea creature masks!
All about seaweed! @ The Seaside Museum
Aug 22 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

All ages and abilities are invited to The Seaside Museum to find out about seaweed and make a seaweed collage.

Josie to the Rescue @ The Seaside Museum
Aug 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Come to The Seaside Museum to take part in a dramatic re-telling of a true seaside rescue that happened in Herne Bay in 1845.

Storytelling at A Bundle of Books @ A Bundle of Books
Aug 24 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Come and listen to a story with a follow up craft activity!
This event is for 3-6 year olds. Please note, due to limited space, you MUST book a place for this event.

Main Stage Finale & Fireworks @ Clock Tower Plaza
Aug 25 @ 12:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Herne Bays biggest music event of the year.

Just over a week to go and here is the running order for the festival main stage on Saturday 25th August. No excuse to not be there, there’s something for everyone!

Show starts at 12:00pm at the Clocktower Plaza and the programme is as follows –

Live Music:
12:15pm – The Silent Companions
13:25pm – The Peaks
14:35pm – Kavanagh
15:50pm – The Pinnochios
17:00pm – Crybaby Special
18:00pm – Winners of Herne Bay Rocks Acoustic Catagory
18:35pm – Winners of Herne Bay Rocks Band Catagory
19:45pm – Headline Band ‘Loaded’ (as featured on Eastenders a couple of times) belting out all of your favourite music festival anthems!

Other entertainment
Emmanuele Okine (Ghanain juggler/acrobat) will be performing between the bands
Paul Incredible (multi talented circus performer) will be performing from 12:30pm until 15:30pm
Free Photo Booth will be available from 13:00pm until 18:00pm

Workshops (first come first serve, no pre registration)
12.30pm – Art/Create
14:30pm – Junk model making
16:30pm – Sun printing photos

Chargeable activities during the daytime (Herne Bay Rocks does not receive any commission as we are totally non-profit)

Henna Tattoos
Glitterati and festival headdresses

Fireworks will be at 21:20pm.

Hope to see as many of you there as possible to make this event the success it deserves to be after the hard work put in by all the volunteers!

Big thanks to our sponsors: The Divers Arms, Ala Turka, Hirebase, Miles & Barr, and Jellyfish Photography. Supported by Canterbury City Council. Thanks to Radio Cabin for promoting the event, and very special thanks to Dave Jordan for his incredibly generous donation of £5,000 to make this whole day of madness possible!

Heron Model Boat Club Regatta @ Memorial Park, Herne Bay
Aug 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Over 150 radio controlled model boats on display and sailing on the lake. This is our annual club event with visiting clubs coming from all over the southeast to display their models. We will have several speed boat races throughout the day and have an area for children (big and small) to have a go at controlling a boat them selves.


Kent Tribute Festival 2018 @ Strode park
Aug 26 @ 11:15 am – 9:30 pm

 The UK’s TOP tributes to George Michael, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Queen, Bon Jovi, Michael Buble & Oasis come to Herne Bay for one day only – The Kent Tribute Festival 2018.

Receiving 5-Star Reviews in 2017, and set in the stunning grounds of Strode Park, Herne Bay this family-friendly all-day tribute festival on Bank Holiday Sunday 26th August should not be missed!

Treat yourselves to our VIP area which is a seated, covered area with private bar and toilets, and get a FREE bottle of champagne for every booking of four people or more! Child tickets are just £10 and this entitles the kids to FREE all-day inflatables too!

Enjoy our licensed bar, food court, and meet some beautiful birds of prey. For those brave enough, hold some of the unusual reptiles and even spiders that will be there!

Lots of fun to be had at this Bank Holiday weekend special -and with no work for many the next day – round up your friends and family for a great day out!

For ticket and event information please visit

  • VIP Area tickets available!
  • Free All-day inflatables for the kids!

Demelza at the bandstand @ Herne Bay Bandstand
Aug 26 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

A free concert with fund raising stalls, auction and bucket collection for and on behalf of Demelza house children’s hospice. We ran the event last year and raised over £2000. MAKCARIS are our sponsors.


Sharks’ Teeth at Sunset @ Bishopstone Glen Car Park
Aug 26 @ 5:45 pm – 8:00 pm

Hunt for sharks’ teeth and other fossils with Phil Hadland, fossil expert.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Please book in advance from The Seaside Museum, 12 William St. Herne Bay
Tickets Adults £3.50 Children £1.00 Family £5.50