Herne Bay

Herne Bay by Nigel Wallace www.whiteonesugar.co.uk

A few miles east of Whitstable, Herne Bay’s beaches, brightly coloured beach huts and interesting Victorian architecture combine to form the backdrop for an arts scene which includes the Bay Art Gallery and The Herne Bay Museum and Gallery where there are regular exhibitions of local artists’ work.

The town’s creative scene also includes The Pod, home to Jo and the team at Animate Community Arts and the Herne Bay Pier Trust Gallery. Thanks to lottery funding the Art Gallery at Kings Hall opened in 2011 and hosts a variety of art exhibitions whilst the Hasland Dance Studios hase been around in the town for much longer and in 2012 will have been providing dance classes for sixty years. Theatrecraft presents plays, musicals and operas in the Kings Hall as well as at The Playhouse in Whitstable whilst Herne Bay Little Theatre is a cosy 72 seat theatre.

In August each year the Herne Bay Festival provides free family-friendly activities and entertainment including live music, street performance, creative commissions and cultural treats. In 2012 the festival celebrates its 20th year and will take place from 18th–26th August.

Linking the 3 towns of Faversham, Whitstable and Herne Bay with the cathedral city of Canterbury is the East Kent Open House, a creative trail that takes place every October during the Canterbury Festival. Visitors can meet local artists in their studios and homes and learn about their work and have the opportunity to take home a unique souvenir.

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