The explorer in you will be kept busy with coastal and clifftop walks, with clear views of France. Inland there are hills, downs, woods and countryside to hike or bike. Waterside, you can choose to get wet by swimming, surfing, boogie boarding, paddle boarding and kayaking with the help of Folkestone Sea Sports or stay dry by walking, skating or cycling along the coastal path to nearby seaside towns. There are also plenty of kids play areas in town, so make sure you leave lots of time to have a nose around.
2017's theme was "DOUBLE EDGE", examining and playing with the concept of space, boundaries and balance - so far pieces range from a couple of Antony Gormley statues, a floating house in the harbour to a giant horn on a clifftop!
Love it or hate it, you’re bound to find something that thrills your imagination. You’re welcome to peruse the artworks of Triennial's past at your leisure. Find more information via the FOLKESTONE TRIENNIAL website.
But twice a year during Open Quarter you can visit all the fascinating artist studios that overlook the cobbled street.
There are clothing and jewellery shops, vintage clothing and record shops, galleries, cafe's, a burger joint, Mexican street food and little nooks, crannies and friendly faces who are happy share a slice of Folkestone life.
Come for a stroll, a coffee, a beer, a meal, a dance or just sit in the lighthouse champagne bar, shoot the breeze and and watch the world go by.
Information regarding events and outlets is available via that Folkestone Harbour Arm website HERE.
Beano's Vegetarian Cafe and Orchard Lane Coffee House are leading the charge with mostly Vegan options, but whatever cuisine you fancy - Italian, Mexican, Turkish, Chinese, Thai, Indian, Nepalese, secret dining clubs and good old British pub grub, we've got you covered!
We also have a Vegan chocolate shop thanks to Steep Street and delicious Vegan treats and staples to be found at Folkestone Wholefoods, both on the Old High Street.
Check out the Vegan Folkestone WEBSITE or follow the Vegan Folkestone FACEBOOK PAGE and INSTAGRAM FEED for more information and inspiration.
You can visit Folkestone by car (there's plenty of parking) or have your feet in the water within an hour of departing Kings Cross St Pancras on the fast train. Folkestone is also a hop, skip and 10min drive from the Channel Tunnel and 20min drive from the Dover Ferry Terminal...so consider a long weekend wind down before a trip away in Europe!
Words & Pictures 1/2/3/5 by: Ren Brightman