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Saturday 20 to Sunday 28 August 2016

Herne Bay Festival 2016

We’re gearing up for yet another amazing Herne Bay Festival! This year’s festival theme will simply be Celebrating Herne Bay. We’re going back to our roots and celebrating all the amazing things in our town today!

BUT the annual Lantern Parade will have its very own theme…as chosen by the festival steering group (made up of fabulous local people) the theme will be Rio Carnival in celebration of the 2016 Olympics! Great choice.

The flagship events will be back including the annual evening lantern parade, sandcastle competition, Fireworks display, Live music stage and Alfresco ballroom with dance workshops & local performances and of course Herne Bay’s Got Talent.

As well as this, you lovely lot have got your creative hats on and we can expect to see loads of great events run by the people of Herne Bay, including arts workshops, crab catching competitions, discos, Herne Bay Rocks and the Giant Picnic.

Programme will be available soon.

Register your event now! 

Do you run arts & culture events, workshops, classes, exhibitions or perform in Herne Bay? Would you like your event to be part of the Herne Bay Festival programme? Register now to be part of the wonderful offerings being hosted by the festival in 2016! Your event needs to be held between Saturday 20th and Sunday 28th August. Over 60 of the events in last year’s programme were community led projects with the majority of event managers organising events for the festival for many years!

Why organise an event for the festival?

Herne Bay Festival attracts 12,000 people to events that take place throughout the town, which means your projects could be exposed to new audiences. Being under the Herne Bay Festival Brand means you can take advantage of the marketing we do. This includes a listing in 30 thousand programmes distributed across Herne Bay and Canterbury plus the festival website accessible by anyone in the world and through general promotions such media and social networking.

To register your event follow this link to complete the online application form: http://bit.do/HBF16EventRegistration

If you have any questions about the application process please email info@continentaldrifts.co.uk.

Bandstand Performances

The Central Bandstand is one of the most important venues during Herne Bay Festival. This is where we showcase local and upcoming talent! If you would like to perform, run a workshop or activity at the bandstand during the festival please email us at info@continentaldrifts.co.uk to book your slot! This year we would love to showcase as many young and upcoming performers Herne Bay has to offer!



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