Welcome to Folkestone
Planning On Visiting Folkestone?
Have you heard about the latest developments in The Creative Quarter, or do you still think of Folkestone as somewhere you went to catch the shuttle or a ferry to France, or as the base for a shopping trip to Canterbury?
Well, by taking one of my walking tours, you will discover what you may have been missing. I will show you the sights and explore the history of one of the country’s largely hidden coastal jewels.
Once the go to seaside resort for the wealthy and fashionable Victorians and Edwardians, home to a thriving and venerable fishing industry and, more latterly, embarkation port for troops going to battle, or holidaymakers taking a more leisurely approach, on the European continent, Folkestone had, like many other resorts on the UK coast, fallen into decades of decline.
But now everything is changing.
For the past decade it has reimagined itself as a cultural destination of increasing international repute. With the arrival of the high speed train (the journey into the heart of the capital takes just fifty five minutes), and the generosity of the former owner of Saga, Sir Roger De Haan and other partners, the town is being transformed.
Indeed, it has become the model for how new life might be breathed into faded seaside resorts. It continually ranks highly in surveys, and is regularly the subject of worthy articles in printed and digital media.
And in 2017 the fourth Folkestone Triennial, artists with the profile of Anthony Gormley and Labaina Himid joined previous exhibitors like Tracey Emin and Yoko Ono, in placing their works on public display, drawing thousands of visitors from across the globe to this small town whose permanent population barely touches 50,000.
A large number of other festivals and events are held around the town all year round, including Folkestone’s own carnival, Charivari, a prestigious annual book festival and epic, heart warming Living Advent Calendar throughout the weeks leading up to Christmas .
And there is one thing that has remained constant throughout Folkestone’s recent turbulent history – its scenic beauty. From the pretty, timeless, harbour to the mile and a half long clifftop walk, The Leas, once described as the “finest marine promenade in the world”, it offers unparalleled views of the English Channel to France which, on a clear day, you can almost touch.
Put simply, my mission is to share my love and enthusiasm for Folkestone, its history, culture and attractive vistas with visitors and residents alike.
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