A day in Folkestone, Kent: my favourite things to do

 Well hello to you my reader chums! The UK summer means embracing our wonderful seaside towns, including Folkestone in Kent. Folkestone has improved over the last few years by introducing new restaurants, cafes, quirky shops, activities and a bustling harbour scene. 

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Whether you're new to Folkestone or planning a day trip to the seaside town, here is my one-day guide to Folkestone, Kent.

Visit the Harbour Arm

Folkestone's Harbour Arm is the place to be, whatever the occasion with its array of new restaurants, coffee shops and gorgeous views. I love the Harbour Arm, especially in the summertime because various food and drinks stalls open, plus their cool coffee shops such as Harbour Coffee. You can spend time strolling with a drink in hand, or chill with food and a beverage, overlooking the sea. The Arm also features live music and various events.

Mooch around The Goods Yard market

The Goods Yard is an area on the Harbour Arm, packed with food and drink stalls as well as a local's market. The market sells various goods from clothing, and toiletries to furniture and is worth a browse to treat yourself. The Goods Yard is also home to the big screen, featuring many sporting events and film night evenings.

A round of mini golf

The new, outdoor mini golf is located right next to the Harbour Arm and is a lovely activity for all of the family. There are classic 18 holes and really, it's a great way to spend an hour or two in the sunshine. I loved playing this with a couple of my pals!

Wander around the creative quarter and town

The creative quarter is the hub of Folkestone's creative scene hence the name, with gorgeous shops to browse. From the Etsy shop, quirky card shop, and organic produce shop to various other stores showcasing local talents and artists. It's a lovely colourful street, bursting with joy and plenty to see, including many cafes, restaurants and bars. Surrounding the creative quarter, the town centre is also bursting with lots of shops, including the new Folkestone Bookshop. It's definitely the place to be for a spot of shopping.

Enjoy the local coffee shop scene

I'm a big fan of a quirky coffee shop, whether it's to read a book, do some work or catch up with a pal, Folkestone boasts many wonderful spots. My favourites have to be Steep Street, Yoke, Brew and Harbour Coffee. I can assure you, wherever you enjoy a coffee, you'll love the ambience of the town. 

Take a yoga class 

Yoga is one of my new favourite activities and in Folkestone, there are many opportunities to practise yoga. Yoke features a yoga studio with various classes of all skill levels and in the summer, they offer classes on the beach down at Sunny Sands. More regular classes are also available in the summer on the same beach with 'I Am Solstice Yoga'.

Enjoy a stroll along the Leas

The Leas is a beautiful area of Folkestone, overlooking the beach and boasting endless greenery and a taste of nature. Along the Leas, it's fab for a stroll, to have a picnic or watch music at the bandstand. I love spending time here as it's so peaceful and closeby to the beach and town. 

Book a show at Leas Cliff Hall

Along the Leas, you'll find Leas Cliff Hall, a venue for local productions, musicals, singers and comedians. They also do other events here, such as community markets.

Spend a few hours chilling at the beach

As a seaside town, Folkestone offers a magnificent beach scene, from the iconic pebbled shores of Mermaid Beach to Sunny Sands, there's something for everyone. Whether you fancy a dip in the sea, catching those rays or a coastal walk, the beach has something for everyone.

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I hope you enjoyed this blog post. What is your favourite thing to do at the beach?

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  1. Thanks for sharing, I do like a walk on a beach seeing the sites, also having great food out to :)

    Nic | Nic's Adventures


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