Create, Work and Live – The Creative Quarter
The Creative Quarter is home to Folkestone’s creative industries, and they are thriving! Creative Folkestone (CF) is the town’s arts-focused charity and has renovated spaces for artists to live and work. The Creative Quarter is The Old High Street, Tontine Street and the area surrounding Payers Park.
The CF has repaired over 90 properties and created over 500 jobs in creative industries. As a result, Folkestone supports local students in developing skills to work across many digital creative areas. Rennies Seaside Modern is one of the oldest residents of the Creative Quarter and inspires an international look on a British seaside town. The focus on developing creatives has resulted in people growing their businesses. For example, Hiraeth Creative started out with a workshop and now incorporates this in their jewellers and art gallery on The Old High Street. Miss Ginger’s sewing shop runs creative workshops as well as serving the community with beautiful fabric. The wonderful Cake Junction makes fantastic creations for customers in Folkestone and some big celebrity clients too!
Eat, Shop, support local artists
There are wonderful places to eat and drink in the Creative Quarter, such as Steep Street Coffee Shop, Marleys and also El Cortador Tapas Bar. At the bottom of The Old High Street there’s Blooms, which is a fantastic place for a cocktail and burger. Each place supports the creative events happening in the town including The Folkestone Book Festival, The Folkestone Triennial, and Folkestone Fringe festivals.
Join In Workshops, events and Entertainment
The Quarterhouse is Folkestone’s award-winning performance venue which attracts internationally renowned artists. As part of the CF’s education programme, Block 67 has free workshops, talks and events open to anyone, every week. Not only can you learn animation skills, but also painting and print-making too.
Creative Folkestone is supported by The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, Arts Council England, Kent County Council and Folkestone and Hythe District Council. Creative Folkestone has established Folkestone’s artistic credentials across the UK.
The Creative Foundation was rebranded Creative Folkestone in 2019.