Regenerating a town
Folkestone in the midst of a huge regeneration.
In the old part of the town, branded as the Creative Quarter, is Creative Folkestone, a visionary arts charity dedicated to transforming Folkestone through collective creative activity, making the town a better place to live, work, play and visit.
Creative Folkestone believe that everyone is creative, and that creativity has the power to change people and places for the better. They have developed five key projects that are embedded in the creative transformation of Folkestone: Quarterhouse (the cultural hub of Folkestone), Creative Quarter (Folkestone’s cultural heart), Folkestone Artworks (the UK’s largest urban outdoor exhibition of contemporary art), Book Festival and Folkestone Triennial (one of the UK’s most ambitious art exhibitions).
The Harbour Arm
Originally the railway terminal for the Folkestone- Boulogne Ferry and departure point for soldiers on their way to the Western Front, the Harbour Arm still embraces the town’s working fishing harbour, becoming a pivotal point in the town’s future and its historical past. Small, independent businesses along the pier give it its unique flavour, and its reputation is growing as restoration continues along the platform and across the railway bridge and beyond, with the addition of an onsite bakery and brewery with other seasonal events.
Battle of Britain Memorial
The Battle of Britain Memorial in nearby Capel-le-Ferne is a state of the art visitor centre and memorial site dedicated to the Few, the airmen who fought in the Battle of Britain during WW2. The National Memorial to the Few is a peaceful space, ideal for quiet reflection, atop the famous White Cliffs and offering superb views across the Channel to France. The central statue of a lone pilot is complemented by the Christopher Foxley-Norris Memorial Wall, two replica aircraft and other items of interest. There is also the Battle of Britain Museum in the nearby village of Hawkinge.