Experience the Extraordinary
Urban vibe, coastal cool, rural retreat. Live the lifestyle you’ve always wanted.
The ultimate flexible workplace? London in under an hour. Work from home. Or choose both.
A highly accessible location with a focus on growth and investment. Play a part in our future.
Prepare to be surprised by our arts festivals, safaris, historic adventures and beaches. All are welcome.
So, what is it about Folkestone and Hythe? Put in the simplest of terms, it’s extraordinary.
This is a place that will delight and surprise, where you can find internationally acclaimed art down by the harbour, or practice your skateboarding at the world’s first multi-storey urban sports park. Where you can work on the beach or commute to London in under an hour. Where safaris on the Kent savannah meet Britain’s only classified desert at Dungeness.
Folkestone and Hythe blends coastal cool with urban vibe and rural adventures. Its people are passionate about where they live and work.
Extraordinary people and places are Folkestone and Hythe – your experience starts here.
Kent’s largest wildlife attraction is home to more than 700 rare and endangered animals.
Having Disney and Dreamworks on their client list, Progress are doing something right.
FH: stories | F51
A new urban sports park, believed to be the first of its kind in the world, is coming to Folkestone in 2020. The development has been funded by the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, whose investment has helped to drive millions of pounds into the district, from the regeneration of Folkestone Old Town to the transformative Folkestone Harbour Arm.
Many people, businesses and organisations share our passion for Folkestone and Hythe – by working together we will build the profile of the district. Here’s the essential who, what, where, when, how of our campaign and access to our brand toolkit.
SHARE YOUR STORY
Tell us what you find extraordinary about Folkestone & Hythe. From your favourite places, to memorable days out and the people and businesses who make it the place it is. We want to hear from you.
Big Skies & Sunsets
What could be better than a location on the sunniest coastline in the UK? Work or study during the day and be down on the beach, on your bike, meeting and eating with friends and colleagues within minutes.
A bracing walk along the ridge of the North Downs or the long views of Romney Marsh, this is THE place for calm reflection, and quiet contemplation of a better quality of life.
People & Places
Vibrant Folkestone with its creative spirit and growing cultural scene; historic Hythe full of history with the Royal Military Canal and Martello Towers and on to the villages with a charm all their own and the unique landscapes of Romney Marsh.
People make a place from people powering the district’s creative transformation like Roger De Hann and Alastair Upton to local artists capturing the diverse landscapes of town and country, and street food vendors on the Harbour Arm.
Extraordinary & diverse
Where else can you work on the beach, visit the UK’s only desert and go on safari in Kent’s very own savanna? Where else can you choose to live by the sea, on the slopes of the North Downs or splendid isolation in one of the country’s most unique and wildlife-rich landscapes, Romney Marsh?
Creative & digital
The district is home to one of the South East’s fastest growing centres for creative and digital businesses, with its heart in the Creative Quarter. Folkestone’s cultural heart.
The Glassworks and The Workshop, offering flexible workspace of all sizes that are perfect for start-ups, freelancers and SMEs in the creative and digital technology sector.
Arts & culture
Designers and filmmakers; musicians and dreamers; artists and makers. The district is waiting to be explored, from cool cafés to watch-the-world-go-by bars, performance spaces and modern venues.
This isn’t just one place with a creative scene. This is Kent’s creative coast after all, including a new sculpture park set up by The IMOS Foundation on Romney Marsh to the beautiful murals in New Romney.
Coast & country
The landscape of Folkestone & Hythe district is a place of contrasts from the North Downs escarpment, to open savanna at Lympne and mesmeric Romney Marsh with its amazing light, long views and sense of splendid isolation.
It’s then on to the sea, with miles of shingle and sandy beaches to free the mind, leading to the unique landscape of enigmatic Dungeness, the UK’s only desert. All this space to breathe, think, play and escape comes for free. This is a place where life comes first.
Connected & distinct
With Eurotunnel Le Shuttle on its doorstep and regular HS1 services to and from the capital, this district is one of the best-connected locations in the UK. London is just 54 minutes away and Calais can be reached in 35 minutes. High speed broadband is essential in the ambition to see Folkestone & Hythe as the best place to start a new business and the council aims to have rolled out high speed broadband in rural areas by 2023.
Food & festivals
The district is linked by the diversity and variety of events and attractions that take place. The Folkestone Triennial returns for its fifth outing in 2021 adding to a valuable legacy of permanent art in the town.
Fresh air & wildlife
With huge skies, fresh sea air, unspoilt marshes, a coastal nature reserve and more, the district is an absolute gift for nature lovers.
Marvel at the 1,000 hectare RSPB Nature Reserve at Dungeness – mile upon mile of shingle, fresh water, grassland and meadow habitats. Romney Marsh Visitor Centre is our tip for an introduction to the area. It’s not just native wildlife, there’s also the 600 acre Port Lympne Reserve safari park.
Real and authentic
Folkestone and Hythe doesn’t need the ‘hard sell’ to show what an extraordinary place it is.
A real place, real history, real people and a very real future ahead of it.
Talk to people living and working here, visit the many attractions, the special places that call it home.
We’ve based this campaign on real and authentic stories – they speak for themselves.
Charivari Day Carnival – Strange Cargo | RHDR – Terese Baskett | Boat installation – Thierry Bal | Eurotunnel Le Shuttle – Declic image | Daniel Kennedy – Progress Creative | F51 render – Guy Hollaway