New addition to our High Street

Hytheguide.co.uk welcomes a new photographic business to our high street which is situated at the rear of Temptations Boutique. This is a much needed addition to the high street, with our two previous photographic studios moving out of Hythe. Shirley’s passion is taking family photographs –  especially children.

She has become a member of the Hythe Business & Tourism Association (HBTA) and has also volunteered her services as our official photographer.

Profile of Shirley

I started out with a basic Canon camera with film (in the old days!) and progressed until I was confident enough to buy a SLR camera, still using Canon. I attended South Kent College in 2009 and gained a lot of knowledge and a certificate and had to photograph many obscure objects for the course but my main passion is taking photographs of families – especially children. I find it easy to entertain and distract the little ones as they are just happy to be the centre of attention!

I attend many family gatherings including anniversary’s, weddings and birthday parties (for the young and not so young) but also have included pets, houses and vehicles!

I was fortunate to win second and third prize recently in Hythe Festival Photographic competition. The vintage cars were meandering down the high street when my eye was caught by the yellow car with the passengers also in yellow! I had the nerve to ask them to stop (which they happily did) and took the shot. Later I altered the picture to fade out the background, change it to black and white and then ‘paint’ the yellow back it. A photograph I’m proud of.

The third prize photo was taken on my mobile phone as I waited for my husband to meet me for lunch. The ladies dancing included a work colleague but I feel the movement in the shot emphasises the feel of the music.

 Photo Sessions

A photo session with me will be fun and relaxed, sprinkled with humour.   You can select ‘The Picture Patch Studio’ or a venue of your choice.  I’ll even give you a wet weather guarantee, if you choose an outside location and the weather on the day isn’t at its best I will be happy to reschedule for a warmer or dryer day or we can pop along to the studio.   After your session you will receive a sample of your photographs to enable you to choose what you’d like printed.   You will receive two complimentary prints of your choice plus the option to buy all of your photos on a disc.   Further additional prints will be available at a   very competitive price.   It couldn’t be simpler!


Hythe Food and Drink Festival


Organisers of the first ever Hythe Food and Drink Festival have thanked the town for its tremendous support over the weekend.

stalls_Hyhe_Food&Drink_FestivalThe festival was organised by Cambridgeshire-based event company Market Square Group whose Director, Paul Kennedy, grew up in Hythe. The company puts on a number of market events and festivals around the UK each year.

Paul Kennedy said: “We are so happy that Hythe’s first Food and Drink festival was such a success – visitor numbers were among the highest we have had at any event this year. Thanks to all those who stopped by over the weekend and thanks to my friends and family in Hythe and old school friends from the Harvey who helped to spread the word.

Bathed in beautiful summer weather, visitors were able to sample a wide range of regional, national and international foods. These included calamari, Kentish chocolates, jerk chicken, venison burgers, handmade vegan cakes, Vietnamese noodles, paella, flavoured cheeses, fresh charcuterie and cured meats.

They were then able wash it down with a choice from a wide selection of refreshing drinks including

craft ale, Wise Owl Cider, fresh coconut water, prosecco, chai and iced coffee.crowd_pic_Hythe_food&drink_fest

As well as the food and drink, singers and musicians also performed on the live stage. These included the King Elvises, Harripaul and Denis Connolly. Children were also keep entertained with a circus skills performers and huge bouncy castle.

Visitors took to social media to share their experience of the weekend.

Writing on Facebook, Margarette Grant-Brown wrote: “Great day, great festival. Without a doubt the best festival I’ve been to for years and I’m including London ones!

Brian Tinklin wrote: “Just spent a wonderful five hours at the Hythe Food and Drink Festival. A real community feeling. Well done.”

Echoing these sentiments, Darren Buck wrote: “This is a fantastic event, we live near and are able to listen to the music from our house and just walk over and soak up the atmosphere. To see Hythe alive is fantastic.”

Paul Kennedy added: “We have had no warmer welcome from any community on our travels and I am reminded how lucky I am to have grown up in this unique town. Perhaps I should move back before everyone gets the news! We hope to be back next year, with even more local producers and traders.”

To find out more Market Square Group visit www.marketsquaregroup.co.uk

Follow Market Square Group on Twitter at https://twitter.com/marketsqgroup and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheMarketSquareGroup/



Hythe High Street Hullabaloo

Enjoy a fun packed day of entertainment in our magnificent High Street.

The High Street will be a fun family day filled with live music ,dancing, children’s entertainers and craft activities

Appearances by –

Hullabaloo Pic Programme


NEWS Release: HBTA 27/06/2016The official opening of Mackeson  (Red Lion) Square

Tuesday, 28th June at 2pm will see the official opening of the newly re-generated Mackeson Square.

Christopher Melchers, Chairman of Hythe Civic Society, will cut the ribbon and declare the Square open.


In 2011, Hythe Civic Society recognised the need to improve and update the area of Red Lion Square known as Mackeson Square, and, by so doing, to open up the entrance to the High Street. The proliferation of vegetation in the Square had the effect of obscuring the entrance to the High Street from the main through road and thus confusing visitors.

At that time the surface of the Square was deteriorating badly with roots from the large Plane tree in the centre pushing up the paving slabs and creating a tripping hazard.

It was agreed that Shepway District Council – as owners of the land – and Hythe Civic Society would work in partnership on the project and they have done so, with the support of The Right Worshipful Mayor of Hythe, Michael Lyons.

At the end of 2011 three contractors were briefed to provide ideas on how to improve the Square and Hythe Civic Society applied for, and were awarded, funding from Sainsbury’s S106 monies to cover the cost.

Costs have been met in full by S106 monies.

Stephen Bailey Landscaping was the chosen contractor.

The project was originally intended to include all of Mackeson Square but negotiations with Kent County Council failed to agree on the inclusion of the existing pedestrian footway.

In April 2015, Hythe Civic Society, in partnership with Shepway District Council, carried out a public consultation exercise to elicit opinion on the proposal to re-generate Mackeson Square. All responses were carefully considered and, as a result, several changes were made to the design.

The result

The Square is now transformed. The existing paving slabs have been removed, new hard landscaping has been put in place – including pathways across the space – and the remaining area turfed with good-quality grass and a new tree planted.  This is a low-maintenance solution, not requiring constant repair when tree roots grow near the surface. The existing shrubs in peripheral areas and in the triangular bed to the west of the square have all been removed and replaced with a simpler, homogeneous, planting scheme.  The emphasis is on sustainability. 

The existing benches have been refurbished; new litter bins and bicycle stands installed; and new lighting scheme incorporated.

It is now an attractive, light, welcoming area, visible from the road, with a new surface and soft landscaping, which provides an open vista to the High Street to attract passing visitors into the town.  It also provides a green space in which residents may sit, rest and picnic or just enjoy as they walk through. It is hoped that the more open aspect of the Square will deter anti-social behaviour.

Installation of an interpretation board highlighting the importance of the Mackeson Brewery in the history of Hythe is planned.

Co-ordinator of the project on behalf of Hythe Civic Society, Sally Chesters, said:

“It is pleasing to see how quickly people have taken to using, and clearly enjoying, the new area. Seeing this new green space close to the High Street being so well-used has made it all really worthwhile.”

Leader of Shepway District Council, Cllr David Monk, said:

“I would like to thank Hythe Civic Society for proposing and overseeing the improvements to Mackeson Square.  It has totally transformed this small, but important corner of Hythe.

These improvements were possible thanks to the conditions imposed when we granted planning permission for the new Sainbury’s store. This ensured that funding from the development was put back into the community for improvements that local people said they wanted. It’s just one example of how the planning system can help give something back.

I am sure the new-look Mackeson Square will be enjoyed and appreciated by all.”


Hythe Stars and Stripes FC FlyerGreat News for Hythe

Hythe Stars & Stripes are holding their first ever Summer tournament this June at Hythe Sports Pavilion South Road. We have teams from all over Kent visiting us for the two day event some as far as Dartford. The event is run by parents & volunteers to help provide a safe fun environment for all the teams to enjoy. We are looking for local supporters to help out if possible with a small donation for an entry in our colourful programme. If you think you can help please contact [email protected]



hythe Nerws Release

Are you ready for Hythe Festival 2016?

Hythe Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever before with events taking place across our town from 1-10 July.

This year sees many more events taking place across the town, not least the Seafront Spectacular on Sunday 10 July which includes a performance of ‘Hook’ by students from Brockhill Park Performing Arts College. We have the old favourites – Free for all on the green, Pop in the Park, the Canal Bank Concert, Open day on the Ranges, to name just a few.

Major Dennis Bradley, President, Hythe Festival Committee 2016, said: “I’m really excited about our events calendar this year – there truly is something for everyone – either free of charge or at minimal cost. The programme contains a lot of new additions, but retains all the old favourites. So that as many people can visit as possible we have also secured free parking on the Green for all the main event days.”

Dennis continued: “The festival is an excellent example of the community coming together and showing what can be achieved by a group of dedicated, determined and hardworking volunteers, ably supported by Hythe’s many respected organisations and businesses. Since its inception there has been a growing and universal enthusiasm for the Festival, not only from all those committed people who organise each event and the members of the public who attend, but also from the wealth of companies, individuals and organisations who provide the necessary sponsorship and to whom the festival committee is most grateful.”

Leading up to the big events during that time we have some tasters that will provide much needed fundraising for Hythe Festival which is a mostly free event for towns folk and visitors alike.

The festival launch week will begin on Saturday 25 June in the High Street where there will be entertainment at the Town Hall Undercroft. There will also be an information desk to find out all you need to know about our events.

Visit the Festival website for all the latest information on what’s happening: http://hythefestival.co.uk/

About Hythe Festival

Organised by a team of volunteers and dependant on sponsorship from local businesses, Hythe Festival takes place every two even years and aims to provide something for everyone.

Not to be confused with the Venetian Fete which is organised by a separate committee, Hythe Festival is mostly a free for all event.

Events are held all over Hythe with some in the nearby villages and towns. It is a showcase for people and associations in Hythe and the surrounding area and runs for 10 days from 1 to 10 July 2016.

More information / Media enquiries

For events enquiries, please contact Kay Keesing, [email protected]

Website: http://hythefestival.co.uk/


Hythe Business & Tourism Association are please to announce that the members of Hythe Rotary Club carried out the traditional High Street collection during the weeks preceding Christmas.  I am delighted to report that we collected in excess of £3,300 – a record sum.  This reflects the wonderful generosity of the people of Hythe and the cash collected will be distributed to various local causes within the next few weeks.  The sums allocated make a very significant different to the charities and organisations concerned and enable them to provide many services and benefits for local people.  





You will have seen or heard in the press about options to reduce the impact of Operation Stack.  HBTA have been appraised of these by Shepway Council and Highways England have launched their consultation over site options for a long term solution to Operation Stack.  These do have an impact on Hythe and Hythe businesses especially if they increase lorry congestion at Junction1.

 Highways England officers will be available to discuss the options at the Civic Centre in Folkestone on Tuesday 5th January 3-5pm, the Cabinet lead member for the Local Economy at Shepway District Council is keen to hear individual views on the options presented.   

 There is to be a Special Cabinet meeting on 19th January when the Cabinet members  will be debating and coming to a view on these options, so hearing your views on this matter is important to Shepway Council.

 We are told that Highways England very much wants to hear the views of individual businesses, as well as the collective view of organisations.  I would therefore encourage you to respond directly to Highways England’s consultation questionnaire that can be accessed via the link below.




NEWS Release: Hythe starts Merry Christmas season – 8th December 2015

MORE than a thousand people thronged Hythe High Street on Friday (December 4) to enjoy the town’s annual late night Christmas shopping event.  Three hours of Latest News Hythestreet entertainment included performances by salsa dancers, stiltwalkers, handbell ringers, live music groups, Elvis impersonators, the Salvation Army Band, the Military Wives Choir and a visit by Santa Claus on a reindeer-drawn sleigh.

    The event was organised by Hythe Business & Tourism Association (HBTA) which also provided spectacular illuminations all along the High Street. Shops contributed to the gaiety of the occasion by serving seasonal refreshments

    HBTA chairman Steve Way said that the evening was ‘exceptionally well attended’  and traders reported that business had been brisk, one claiming three days’ takings in three hours.  

    “It was a happy and successful evening. Everyone was in great spirits. It was a great start for the festive season”, said Mr Way. “I would like to thank all those shops and businesses which helped get the town in Merry Christmas mood – and especially Elysian Treasures and Temptations who invested many hours in the organisation of the event. Thanks are due, too, to Hythe Rotary Club for assistance in stewarding – and, of course, to the performers who gave us all such pleasure”.


NEWS Release: HBTA Good and Bad News Latest News Hythe

Hythe Late Night Shopping

Hythe Business and Tourism Association and Hythe Town Team are delighted to announce that this year’s late night shopping in Hythe will take place on Friday 4th December from 5-9pm.  Expect warm Hythe hospitality and festive fun and frolics for all the family. Come and meet Father Christmas and his real reindeer, listen to the Military Wives’ Choir, join in carols and music, indulge in mulled wine, mince pies and retail therapy. Be amazed by stilt-walking elves performing magic tricks.  Re-live and re-love the past with Elvis impersonators, a genuine lindy hopper dance troupe and salsa dancers.  Chime in the Christmas spirit with the bellringers.

It’s all here in Hythe this Christmas and we look forward to welcoming you

there whether to eat in our restaurants, drink in our alehouses or simply to soak up the festive atmosphere in our quaint high street.

Good News

Four new shops opening in the High Street

Dependable Hearing Solutions

3 Chapel Street Hythe Kent CT21 5BD

Dependable Hearing Solutions is an established independent, family-owned business with over 20 years’ experience in the private and public sectors. They specialise in offering free hearing tests for the over 60’s.

They offer a range of hearing aids including the latest ‘Invisible’ digital technology and cater for all types of hearing loss including mild, moderate and severe.

Their audiologists are suitably qualified and registered with the Health Professions Council.

They also offer repairs and service to most makes of hearing aids and stock Rayovac hearing aid batteries.

Home visits are available.

To celebrate the opening of their new shop, they are offering half-price hearing aids until the end of 2015.


The Old Town Barbers Shop

9 High Street Hythe Kent CT21 5AD

The Old Town Barbers Shop is designed for men of all ages in their comfortable welcoming salon.


La Maison

23 High Street Hythe Kent CT21 5AD

Opening November

La Maison is the smart woman’s choice when shopping for great clothes. The boutique is home to pre-owned designer labels at a fraction of their original price.

At La Maison, you will find everything from Evening Dresses to Handbags, Hats, Prom Dresses, Men’s wear, Wedding Outfits and the Little Black Dress.


Peacock Room

We are led to believe the Peacock Room is going to be an antique shop in the near future.

Bad News

One One Two

It is with great regret we have to announce that One One Two has now closed its doors. Kevin Howell has for many years been a stalwart of the Hythe business community, having been a major participant within the Hythe Chamber of Commerce and the Hythe Business & Tourism Association. He has also been a staunch member of the Hythe Twinning Association and has always done more than his fair share of organising the Late Night Shopping event.

We all wish him the best in whatever his next venture is going to be.