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Five things that make Herne Bay so great

Herne Bay beach hut cosy
The Herne Bay Cosy Crew, who decorated a beach hut this summer, are just one of the community groups helping to make the town great
Community spirit, a stunning seafront and independent shops are just some of the reasons we love Herne Bay. But what do other people think? Here are our five favourites from suggestions made by our Facebook fans:

1) The BayPromoTeam (and the residents)

Herne Bay would definitely be a duller place without these fantastic volunteers. They have brought us the Zombie crawl and ball, Sci-fi By The Sea and a host of other events, as well as bringing people together to make them proud to live here. As Steve Hudson puts it:

Herne Bay is a great town to live and its thanks to BayPromoTeam that we get to enjoy it so much as this team is responsible for getting the name Herne Bay out there and they do it voluntarily.

Sarah Jannine adds:

BayPromoTeam efforts make the town special. Without them we wouldn’t have half the events enjoyed over the last few years.

But the rest of the residents also deserve a mention – the word friendly came up a lot, and there was special mention of the Herne Bay Cosy Crew, who kitted a beach hut out with its own knitted cosy this summer. Sara Worley, one of the cosy crew, said:

I think Herne Bay is special because the people who live there are very open minded and they get behind the town’s events and projects and make them happen.

2) Places to eat

Whether it’s an ice cream, roast dinner or authentic pizza, there is plenty of choice in Herne Bay. Among those recommended by our readers are Le Petit Poisson, the Wallflower Café, A Casa Mia, The Oyster and Chop House and The Coconut Tree. Is your favourite on that list?

3) Places to drink

These two go hand in hand – as well as fab restaurants, Herne Bay boasts a range of pubs and bars that suit everyone. Whether you want to watch football (try Rodney’s Sports Bar), enjoy a pint of real ale (The Bouncing Barrel, The Firkin Frog or the Butcher’s Arms are Bay micropubs), enjoy a gossip over a bottle of wine (The Wine Bar) or live music (The Divers Arms), you’re sure of a warm welcome.

4) The shops and businesses

If you haven’t visited the town centre recently,  you may be surprised at what you find. There are more than 100 independent businesses, from butchers and bakers to candle shops, if not candle stick makers. You can buy a gift, a new outfit, household essentials, music, and even a new bike. Dave Lee Giles said:

Friendly people and a real record shop (not always a given even in large towns), enough gentrification without it being ‘cup cake’, dozens of cafes to suit everyone, bustling market and well linked to those other places!

You can watch the latest releases at our independent cinema, and have a dip at Herons leisure centre. And if your life is more online than in town there’s a local business group on Linked in with more than 900 members: http://lnkd.in/b82E4xg

5) The scenery

We’ve got the beach, countryside at Reculver and woodland nearby at Thornden woods – the only thing missing is a mountain! But there’s always the Downs… As Dave Lee Giles puts it:

Nearby wild countryside and forests – almost walkable distance. The massive coastline is amazing.

And Jah Shabby sums it all up nicely:

BayPromoTeam. The view down to Reculver. Wallflower cafe, Bouncing Barrel, thriving arts scene, fantastic record shop, A Casa Mia, The Oyster and Chop House, The Coconut Tree, the friendly welcome, my neighbours, the friends I’ve made in the last year, Winch’s Field, Peters Produce… It’s all pretty good oh and soul by the sea! And shake at the divers which I’ve yet to check out, but am reliably informed is ace!

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