Articles and News


The Folkestone Mermaid bought for the town

The good news of the purchase of Cornelia Parker’s Folkestone Mermaid, with the help of the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust and the Art Fund, brings the permanent collection of contemporary artworks in Folkestone to sixteen with a number of these, such as Tracey Emin’s Baby Things, consisting of several …


Folkestone Airshow, 8 June – Boosting local business

Fly Folkestone, 7 – 9 June – Turn a memorable Day into a Wonderful Weekend
Building on last year’s successful Jubilee Airshow that attracted over 60,000, a bigger and better one is planned for this year. Spread over three days from 7 – 9 June, it is hoped that …


Samuel Plimsoll

Samuel Plimsoll, well-known because he brought about the painting of a white line around ships to avoid overloading, spent the last six years of his life in Folkestone. Yet Folkestone has little to celebrate these years of his residency, which were not inactive. He continued to lobby on behalf of …


If only this piano could talk…”

A former Italian piano restorer – Massimo Piemontese (of Quintessential at 65 The Old High Street) – came across an 1880s Gӧrs & Kallmann piano at the back of a house clearance second-hand shop opposite the Folkestone Library in Grace Hill, in June 2012. It had a £150 price tag. …


Christmas Shopping in the Creative Quarter

I have often spoken to Folkestonians who still have a lingering reluctance to venture beyond Rendezvous Street to the Old High Street and Tontine Street. In doing so they are missing out on a number of interesting shops, which could provide many original Christmas presents. Hopefully with the introduction of …


Working Out at The Warren: The Green Gym

A well-clad couple passed my wife as she hacked at the undergrowth. “Good to see you doing something useful for once”, said the man, mistaking her and the rest of us volunteers as miscreants on community service.  “As opposed to going for a walk?” parried my wife.  He looked suitably …


British Power Boat Championships at Folkestone Harbour

For a second year Folkestone will be hosting the British Powerboat championships at the harbour on 1st and 2nd September.

Drivers will be bringing boats from Bournemouth, Southampton, Fareham and Devon. Closer to home, Kevin Edmonson & Annika Hawthorne from Chartham Hatch near Canterbury will be racing for the first time, …


Two Free Talks at the History Resources Centre

Two Free Talks at the History Resources Centre, above Folkestone Library, Grace Hill, Folkestone On July 20, 6.00 – 7.30 pm in association with the exhibition of some of Folkestone Museum’s collections in the Sassoon room  above Folkestone Library, running from July 7 …


Exhibition of Folkestone Museum’s unseen treasures, Folkestone Library, July 7 -29

There will be a free exhibition in the Sassoon Room above Folkestone Library between July 7 -29. Entitled Behind the Scenes: Folkestone Museum’s unseen treasures, the exhibition will feature displays of fossils, geology, archaeology, natural history, social history, paintings, drawings, photographs and museum records.

In preparation for the exhibition, Rebecca Stockley, …