Hythe Civic Society was formed in 1945 and today, with 850 members, is one of the largest in the country.

Hythe itself is one of the five historic Cinque Ports of South Kent and East Sussex with a strong sense of its own identity. Its unique features include the Royal Military Canal - built as a defence against Napoleon's planned invasion but now a beautiful linear park; the church of St. Leonard, dating to the earliest phase of Norman England with its large collection of ancient bones and skulls and a 2 miles long promenade with the still active Fisherman's Beach with its attractive boats, fishmonger's shop and martello towers at its western end.

Old railway posters proclaimed "You'll Like Hythe!" - lots of people still do!