Herne Bay is set for a packed month of events during August as the new BayFest hits the town providing fun for all the family.

BayFest is organised by a number of community groups and organisations and features large scale events every weekend in the month, supported by smaller events on weekdays.

Many of the activities are being funded fully or in part by the city council, using the £35,000 previously allocated to the Herne Bay Festival. Earlier this year, councillors decided to decommission the festival as an entity, but to use the money to support local people in the events and activities they want to run. This led to the creation of BayFest, and some of the highlights in August include:

  • Saturday 5 August – BayFest launch evening with music and fireworks
  • Sunday 6 August – Cartoon Live on the pier. Professional cartoon artists create live works of art.
  • Sunday 13 August – Jazz Festival on the pier. A showcase of original talent from the jazz world organised by local musician Kai Hoffman.
  • Sunday 20 August – Classic Motor Festival, featuring 500 classic cars across the town, with a retro market, children’s entertainment and music at the clocktower plaza.
  • Saturday 26 August – Herne Bay Rocks, with a large scale professional stage at the clocktower plaza, linked to events running throughout the month at venues across the town.

Council funding will also be used to enhance existing events. For example, on Saturday 19 August, there will be live music at the end of the airshow, while additional activities and music will take place after the carnival on Saturday 12 August.

There is also support for a wide range of smaller events, such as workshops, creative writing sessions, Pip the Magic Clown performances, historical walks and talks and art installations. The popular sandcastle and crabbing competitions also return.

The council’s Head of Commissioning and Development, Caroline Cooper, said: “We discontinued our commissioning of the previous Herne Bay Festival due to clear resident feedback that they wanted more control of their own event.

“The funds that were previously used to pay for the festival have now been made available to the local community and it’s an incredibly impressive line-up of activities that they have put together. The town’s groups are very proactive and we are delighted to be supporting them."