about us

A bit of background about Beach Creative:

​Beach Creative is an entirely voluntary led organisation, with just two part-time paid members of staff.

In 2012 Canterbury City Council offered Beach House which was due to be demolished as part of a town regeneration scheme to Mandy Troughton, Gill Wilson and Mandy Broughton for one year to use for creative purposes in Herne Bay. Mandy, Mandy and Gill set up a community interest company so that Beach Creative could exist with or without premises. Any profit is ploughed back into Beach Creative, projects at Beach Creative and out in the wider community.

A small army of volunteers set to work redecorating the entire building, inside and out and on 7th July 2012 Beach Creative opened its doors to the public. Since then it has made a dramatic and important contribution to creative life in Herne Bay providing a hub that includes studios, galleries, meeting rooms, and workshop space.

It is a convenient and convivial place for professionals, local groups, enterprising initiatives, students and social entrepreneurs to work, meet, sit, study, educate, share and network in our galleries, rooms and the friendly independently run cafe.

​Seeing its success and the contribution being made to the town the council decided not to demolish Beach House and so Beach Creative now has a lease, is paying rent and has a more secure future. Beach Creative offers for hire two light and airy galleries, a meeting / clean workshop room and a messy workshop room, all conveniently located on the ground floor and currently houses on the upper floors 14 entrepreneurial studio residents, including several artists, a performing arts company, a darkroom and a sewing school.

Beach Creative is conveniently located next to a municipal car park, on bus routes, near the station and close to the beach.