Changing Folkestone

Folkestone is undergoing a period of exciting change. Having been established as an elegant seaside destination during Victorian and Edwardian times, the town is now developing a reputation as a prime location in which to live and work, with an unrivalled situation on the English Channel, a superb climate, excellent road and rail links, elegant architecture and rich heritage.

Major investment has been taking place in recent years in projects that focus on education, sport, heritage and the arts, including provision of important new infrastructure, renovation and restoration of historic buildings and support for community activities.

Most notably a thriving Creative Quarter has grown up around the old town, providing a home for artisans, artists, retailers and a wide range of creative industries and digital media. The Creative Quarter incorporates a new public park, a sixth form centre and a performing arts venue, which have helped to generate footfall and create a vibrant atmosphere. Other developments have included exciting new restaurants, interactive fountains and facilities for sea sports.

Since summer 2015 the Harbour Arm has been open to the public as a promenade, offering distinctive street food, a champagne bar, regular music events and a place where thousands of people meet or look out across glorious sea views towards France.  The harbour and old town also host several pieces in the Folkestone Artworks collection, originally commissioned for the Folkestone Triennial, free to view in the town’s public spaces. The fourth Folkestone Triennial will take place in late summer 2017.