Folkestone is located on the South-East coast of England, in the county of Kent. It’s got LOADS of Victorian buildings, beautiful waterfront parks and a brand new harbour – it’s safe to say Folkestone has plenty to love. The history of the place is exciting too (just wait and see!).
Whether you're visiting Folkestone for a few days or are a local, Folkestone is sure to have something for everyone!
Folkestone Castle, which is locally known as Caesar’s Camp, is located to the north of Folkestone. The Castle was first excavated by the researcher Augustus Pitt Rivers in 1878. The Castle is thought to have been built during the Norman conquest in 1095. It exists on a natural mound dated from the 11th and 12th centuries. The hill where the Castle is located is known as Castle Hill. As you reach the top of the hill, you will be able to enjoy the stunning views of the town and the coast. If you love to take photos, this could be a great spot for you (and your camera!).
The Leas is Folkestone's very special clifftop promenade. Designed in the mid 1800's by Decimus Burton, who also worked on buildings and gardens at London Zoo and Kew Gardens, it includes magnificent buildings, squares and gardens. There is a bandstand where events take place during the Summer.
Below The Leas is the Lower Leas Coastal Park which includes walking/cycling trails, an amphitheatre and a large children’s play area.
A beautiful shingle/pebble/gravel beach ideal for relaxing and swimming, with clean water. You can sunbathe, get a whole load of seaside treats like ice cream or fish and chips (!), hire a beach hut or gear up for activities like kayaking and sailing. Sandgate Beach is a Seaside Award winner and has been commended by the Marine Conservation Society, so is a safe place to swim if you can handle the temperatures.
Folkestone Museum takes you on a journey through the history of Folkestone, from its origins as a humble coastal community, through to its heyday as a fashionable seaside resort and beyond. Located in the newly restored Town Hall, the Museum explores the history of the Town through the themes of: Fashion; Frontline; Maritime; Natural; and Ancient. Temporary exhibitions are hosted in a dedicated space located on the lower ground floor.
Your parents can look back on their childhood with you ones at the all time classic picture book live on stage.! Direct from a smash hit West End season, The Tiger Who Came to Tea returns to the stage, celebrating its tenth year as a spectacular kid’s play! Enjoy 55 minutes of uninterrupted magic, mayhem, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos!
Don’t miss out on this stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem… expect to be surprised by the tea guzzling tiger and his friends!
Looking for things to do in Folkestone but not sure what’s on in Folkestone? Come and join us to experience the magical moments of Tiger Who Came To Tea at Leas Cliff Hall. Showing from Friday 26th July to Sunday 28th July. Book your tickets today for one of the best things to do in Folkestone with kids!