About Your Guide

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An Introduction to your Guide

My name is Tony Quarrington and I will be the guide on your walking tour. This is my Folkestone “story” by way of introduction.

My love affair with the town began in 1963 when, as a ten year old boy, I first visited the town on a two week holiday with my parents. We vacationed here four more times during that momentous decade. When I wasn’t hanging around the rotunda on the seafront, trying to win plastic racing cars, I could be found watching the county cricket team play at the Cheriton Ground.

Subsequent visits were more infrequent, a reflection of Folkestone’s decline as a holiday destination and my relocation to other parts of the country. But there were still the occasional cross-channel trips and excursions to the Sunday market, where the thrill of the views out to sea from The Leas and East Cliff still outweighed the melancholy aroused by the increasingly sombre seafront scene.

And then, as the new century settled down, Folkestone began, largely through the generosity of the former Saga owner, Sir Roger de Haan, to rebrand itself as an artistic centre of increasingly international repute. The most visible manifestation of this, the Triennial, was first held in 2008. This fourth, held between 2nd September and 5th November last year, drew thousands of people to the town.

In recognition of the changes taking place, I wrote my first piece, Folkestone Fighting Back? in January 2014, in which I reminisced about my blissful childhood at the “spacious and gracious” resort and wrote encouragingly about the town’s future. I did not, at least consciously, harbour (no pun intended) an expectation that within two years I would have settled here.

Shortly after, however, my wife and I began to speculate seriously on the attraction of living on the Kent coast should the opportunity arise in the future. And then, sadly through the death of my father, that opportunity presented itself in August 2015. A remarkably short conversation ensued about which of the Kent resorts we were fond of (Broadstairs, Ramsgate, Margate or Folkestone) should be our future home. Unhesitatingly, we both chose Folkestone and duly took up permanent residence alongside Radnor Park in August 2016.

Initially, I wanted to concentrate full-time on my writing (there are a handful of Folkestone pieces on my blog elsewhere on this site), but just before Christmas, observing a gap in the market, I conceived the idea of offering walking tours of the town during the summer months. Although sporadic tours, primarily related to the three previous Triennials or other historical events, were undertaken, there was not a regular programme of such events.

The growing number of visitors to Folkestone deserve to have the opportunity to explore everything the town has to offer. I am the first to acknowledge the value of gathering information via the internet or undertaking, glossy leaflet in hand, self-guided tours. But there is something personal and more satisfying in strolling around the sights in conversation with like-minded people.

And that is what these tours aim to achieve.

And it’s healthy too!

A little more information about me, your guide.

A retired civil servant, I took an Advanced BTEC certificate in Travel and Tourism in 2010, attaining distinctions in all three components. Many years before that, I attained a BA (Hons) degree in English and European Literature. Travel, particularly to the west coast of the U.S.A and Italy, is a real passion. I also enjoy the theatre, many sports including cricket, football and baseball, eating out (Folkestone has many excellent cafes and restaurants as you will find elsewhere on this site) and, unsurprisingly, walking!

I look forward to welcoming you on one or more of my walking tours this summer. Let me be your guide!

My name is Tony Quarrington and I will be the guide on your walking tour.
5 star review

I went on Tony’s at Ease on the Leas today, completing the hat trick of walks. Tony is always very well informed but more than that he is interested in any history you have to tell him too. I highly recommend these tours to anyone who wants to get to know Folkestone and understand its history. I have really enjoyed my time on these walks.

Angela McHutchon 20th September 2017

5 star review

Really excellent tour yesterday of the Leas area. I’ve only just moved to Folkestone and Tony gave a fantastic tour of the coastal area, with wonderful history and contemporary info. It really was brilliant and I thoroughly recommend it. I look forward to the Harbour tour next!

Jo Purle 21st June 2017

5 star review

A very interesting 2hours talk and walk around the harbour area of Folkestone, lots of info that I hadn’t heard before about Folkestone past ,present and future! Suitable for anyone, I had a knee operation 3 months ago and I managed it no problem.

Gill Papi 20th July 2017