Full of fun activities for everyone, Herne Bay's Coastal Park features historical buildings, children's play areas, a rich and diverse natural habitat for plants and wildlife, fascinating geology, fossils, walking and rambling trails, fantastic vantage points for photographers and, at the heart of it all, a typical Victorian seaside experience. The Coastal Park has it all whatever the season and whatever the weather!
Explore this website where you'll find information and stories about our landmarks, details of where to walk, where and what to photograph, things to do in our "What's on" pages and links to our local community organisations.
Visit Herne Bay's Coastal Park and make the most of our coast!
The Herne Bay Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Coastal Park, to give it its full title, stretches a distance of around 7.5 Km (4.6 miles) from the Hampton area in the West to the Reculver country park in the East. Covering some 177 acres (72 hectares), the Coastal Park is a joint project between Canterbury City Council and the people of Herne Bay, the Coastal Park has been enabled by a grant from The People's Millions for which a successful bid was launched in 2013 with additional funding by Canterbury City Council.
The Herne Bay Coastal Park was founded to commemorate the diamond jubilee reign (1953-2013) of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and in doing so to highlight the many existing attractions and areas of interest contained within the park and to fund new projects focussing on access to the coast for those less able, improved sign-age, information boards and the promotion of local arts and culture within the park. The Herne Bay Coastal Park is secured for posterity through the Fields-in-trust national scheme and combines a series of parcels of land, integrated to form a coastal park under single management.
The Herne Bay Coastal Park is key in the regeneration plans for Herne Bay and the surrounding area providing a single branding device for both the Coastal Park and Herne Bay as a whole. The Coastal Park branding will help to promote the area to a wider audience from further afield and help to significantly boost the local economy and plans for growth and, in addition, the Coastal Park (and Herne Bay) will be marketed as a place where both local people and visitors can enjoy the many activities available including walking & rambling, wildlife, photography, arts & crafts, water-sports plus all the attractions of a Victorian seaside town.
The cornerstone of plans for the Coastal Park is community involvement backed by Canterbury City Council. Local community groups are being encouraged to become involved by contributing information to this website and the framework exists for community groups to have their own micro-website under the Coastal Park umbrella.
In spring, 2015 a group will be formed called "Friends of the Coastal Park" who, in conjunction with nominated council officers, will be responsible for steering the future of the Coastal Park, undertaking development projects and seeking future funding opportunities.