The Reculver Portrait Bench

scott turner Herne Bay Events, Herne Bay News

Come to the launch of the new Portrait Bench on Saturday 9 March from 11am – you could win £250 of vouchers!

After a vote last year for three local characters to feature in a Portrait Bench on the clifftop between Reculver and Bishopstone – similar to the one pictured here, hundreds of people cast their vote.


An example of a portrait bench, great photo opportunities!

Between now and then the Portrait Bench organisers have been sourcing images and creating the winning three characters out of sheet steel, ready to be installed alongside the bench.

The unveiling of the bench is on Saturday 9 March at 11am. Everyone is welcome to come along. The bench is situated just along the clifftop from the Reculver Interpretation Centre.


There’s also a competition running throughout March  to celebrate the installation of the Portrait Bench. You could win £250 of cycle shop vouchers!

Simply send a picture of you on the Reculver Portrait Bench via Twitter @TweetCanterbury or by email to

A winner will be picked at the start of April and they will get in touch with you on Twitter or by email, depending on how you entered.

Competition Ts and Cs:

  • We will only accept one entry from each household (and entrants must be over 18).
  • The prize is not transferable and there is no cash alternative.
  • The judge’s decision is final and we will not accept any appeals.
  • The draw will be held on Friday 5 April.
  • Our employees and their immediate families can enter the competition but will not be eligible for the prize draw.
  • If you enter the prize draw, we will consider that you have accepted the rules.
  • You can find out the winner’s name by sending a stamped addressed envelope to Josh Theobald, Canterbury City Council, Military Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1YW.

About the Portrait Bench

Funding for the Portrait Bench is coming from the national sustainable charity Sustrans. The city council is organising the project locally. It is being provided as part of the Oyster Bay Trail cycle route.

The section of the route between Reculver and Swalecliffe opened in 2011 and the council is in the process of building the latest section between Swalecliffe and Whitstable.