Children’s design competition!

Entries are now being accepted for our children’s competition: design party clothes inspired by our 1920s exhibition.

Entry forms and details can be collected from the museum, and we have two great prizes – one for the primary age group (5-11), and the other for secondary age group (11-18).

Photography competition

Each year we hold a photography competition and exhibition, and produce a calendar from some of the wonderful photos.

The next theme, for exhibition in 2018 and a 2019 calendar, is Leisure and Pleasure in Herne Bay. Please look through your photos, spread the word and pick up your entry forms from the museum.


Wheels of time presentations

The Seaside museum would like to celebrate and congratulate Rafferty Parr-Clark and Abigail Balmer, seen here receiving their bronze Wheels of Time badge and certificate, after visiting 10 sites in the scheme. Both are now working towards collecting their silver badges.
Presented by Ian Tittley, chairman,  and Audrey Parkes, Trustee of The seaside Museum Herne Bay,  museum coordinator of the scheme  and Core Member of the Wheels of Time.

Fossil hunting

Our beach is well known for sharks’ teeth, but what else can be found?

During Bayfest, a group of adults and children had the chance to find out, as they joined expert Phil Hadland for a walk along the shore at low tide.

This event proved very popular, and another has been arranged for 17th September – contact the museum for further information and to book your place.

UPDATE: the fossil walk on 17th September is now fully booked, I’m afraid – keep watching for further events!

children and adults searching for fossils on the beach at low tide

What’s On September onwards

Our new What’s On list is now available from the museum, listing our exhibitions, talks and children’s events for the next few months.

We also have another fossil walk planned, for 17th September at 3.30pm. Booking is essential for this very popular activity. Join our expert for a walk along the beach and learn what to look out for and how to find the different types of fossils commonly found in the area.

Full information is available from the museum.


Bayfest at The Seaside Museum Herne Bay

Bayfest promises to be a summer-long festival, with events throughout the town. The Seaside Museum Herne Bay is proud to present our own events in conjunction with the festival.

Children must be accompanied by an adult on all museum activities.

Wednesday 9 August 11.00-12.00 Story time and Craft at the Seaside Museum – Make wooden spoon pirates and mermaids. Free event

Thursday 10 August 11.30-3.30 Dress up in Victorian costumes at the Seaside Museum. Free event

Saturday 12 August 2.30-3.30 Local Smuggling Tales with Storyteller Rob Masters. Family activity at the Seaside Museum. Take part in a play about a true rescue of two children that happened in the sea at Herne Bay. Free event – limited numbers, please book in advance

Monday 14 August 10.30 Beach crawl – Meet at the King’s Hall. Free event – limited numbers, please book in advance.

Wednesday 16 August 11.00 Learn all about Punch and Judy with Pip the Clown at the Seaside Museum. Free event – limited numbers, please book in advance

Thursday 17 August 11.00-12.30 ‘Mr Punch’ puppet making workshop at the Seaside Museum – Part 1 Make Mr Punch. Limited numbers, please book in advance. Cost £3.00

Sunday 20 August Meet at 4.30 Travel back in time 56 million years to discover the fossils of prehistoric monsters that once lived in Herne Bay, with Phil Hadland. Booking essential. Free event. For full details please contact the Seaside Museum UPDATE: THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED

Tuesday 22 August 11.00

Learn all about Punch and Judy with Pip the Clown at the Seaside Museum.

Free event – limited numbers, please book in advance

Wednesday 23 August 11.00-12.00

Story time and Craft at the Seaside Museum – Clay printing.

Free event – limited numbers, please book in advance

Thursday 24 August 11.00-12.30

‘Mr Punch’ puppet making workshop at the Seaside Museum – Part 2 Paint your Mr Punch.

Limited numbers, please book in advance.


The Wheels of Time

Join Roamin’ Rex, a time-travelling character, as he discovers Kent’s fantastic museums and heritage sites.

The Seaside Museum Herne Bay is proud to be one of the 25 museums in Kent who are part of the Wheels of Time scheme. Young visitors (5-11) may collect an exclusive badge at each museum, making an impressive collection, and there’s also a chance for 5-14 year-olds to earn learning credits for Kent Children’s University.

We have a dedicated children’s area within the museum, with hands-on activities and dressing up, as well as plenty to learn about our town’s history and development.

Our shop carries pocket-money gifts and toys.

Full details at