Getting Creative Walking Tour

Getting Creative Walking Tour 2018-04-16T14:16:27+00:00

From Thursday 10th May until Friday 21st September and costs just £10

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Getting creative is what Folkestone has been doing for the past decade, and it has earned it a growing reputation as a town of international importance for its artistic activities. At the beginning of September 2017, the steep, cobbled Old High Street and adjoining Tontine Street, the heart of the Creative Quarter, with its studios, galleries and one-of-a-kind shops, played host to a huge influx of visitors, many of them art lovers, at the fourth Folkestone Triennial (the first was held in 2008).

But the festivities weren’t confined to this enclave wedged between the town centre, quaint fishing harbour and revitalised Harbour Arm. Twenty new public artworks were commissioned from internationally acclaimed artists like Anthony Gormley and Lubaina Himid and exhibited throughout the town, complementing the twenty seven permanent pieces that already adorned the Leas, harbour area and other areas.

Thanks to the generosity of former Saga owner, Sir Roger De Haan, in partnership with other bodies such as the Arts Council and Shepway District Council, Folkestone has been rebranding itself through investment in its growing artistic community.

During the walk I will outline the history of the Creative Quarter, showcasing many of the most important artworks and historic buildings. I will also point out a number of the attractions that are located just beyond this area, notably on the Harbour and Harbour Arm.

The tour will begin at the Town Hall, home to the recently opened Folkestone Museum, proceed down Rendezvous Street (gateway to the Creative Quarter) into the Old High Street, cut through Payers Park into Tontine Street and return via the Old High Street to the Town Hall.

This is a moderately easy walk, with the steepness and cobbles of the Old High Street the only modest hazard.

But we will take it easy!

A big thank you to Tony for todays walk, The art of Folkestone. Tony is really friendly and his delivery was spot on. The walk was two hours or there abouts and was well worth it. If you have a spare couple of hours take the tour. Will definitely take the time to have a look at the other two tours.

Roger Pope, 4th August 2017.

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