Whether you fancy a cultural day out, a walk along the coast or a trip abroad, with Folkestone right on your doorstep you will never be stuck for something to do.
As a port town on the south-east coast, Folkestone not only has plenty of museums and historical events and buildings, but beautiful walks and landscapes that you can visit. It is also a hub for travel, from the Eurotunnel, to the highspeed that will take you up to Ashford, Ebbsfleet, Stratford (for Westfield Shopping Centre) and St. Pancras.
Locally in Folkestone there is a wealth of historical and cultural places that you can visit, such as the Battle of Britain Museum. Located on the former RAF Hawkinge airfield, it is the oldest museum dedicated to the Battle of Britain. They have plenty of World War II artefacts on display, as well as several planes and vehicles from the time. Folkestone is also home to the Elham Valley Line Trust Countryside Centre and Railway Museum where you can step back in time and view historical local and railway memorabilia, take a stroll around the gardens and stop off for a quick bite in their tea room.
If you’d rather spend some time outside, there are plenty of costal walks and countryside paths to meander through. The Lower Leas Costal Park is host to three zones, each with their own unique qualities; from the pine avenues, gardens and flowers by the Leas Lift, to the adventure play area and popular amphitheatre, and finally the wild zone which is a haven for quiet recreation and habitats for local wildlife.
For those interested in the arts, the Creative Foundation has recently been built in Folkestone and offers a wide variety of shows and events within its medium sized theatre, from live music and films, to talks and comedy nights. In Folkestone’s vibrant town centre, the annual Open Quarter Event draws crowds from all over the south-east every June for art, literature, performances, talks and delicious food to try.