Welcome to St Mary’s Bay!

Please note that we are currently updating this site. To view the old site click HERE.

As a child, I spent many glorious Summer holidays in the charming seaside village of St. Mary’s Bay in Kent. Memories of it include the famous Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Light Railway, the Holiday Camp (or School Journey Centre as it became), the Dymchurch Funfair and the Sands Holiday Motel.

Sands Holiday Motel, St Mary's Bay, August 1982

Sands Holiday Motel, St Mary’s Bay, August 1982

Neither the Holiday Camp nor the Motel still stand. I have many memories of the School Journey Centre as my parents, both teachers, took parties of children there for many years during the Sixties and Seventies. I have even more memories of the Motel, where as a child I stayed on many occasions in the Seventies and early Eighties.

Over time, this site will be populated with pictures, documents and other records of this village in a gentler, bygone age.

I will start off with some photos from my own collection (like the one above) … but you can help!

Please send me your memories, photos, scans of postcards or other ephemera, stories and recollections of St Mary’s Bay Village, the Light Railway, the Holiday Camp, the beach, shops – anything in fact, including surrounding villages all the way from Dungeness to Hythe. All of your contributions will be gratefully acknowledged.

Did you stay at the School Journey Centre? At the Motel? Have you taken the RHDR to Hythe and back? Climbed the lighthouse at Dungeness? Built sandcastles on the beautiful beaches?

If so, I would love to hear from you!

Help me make this a suitable tribute to a place that gave me, and I’m sure many others, so much pleasure.

Thank you! – Simon

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