The Quarterhouse is Folkestone’s most diverse venue for entertainment, culture and arts. It’s the Creative Folkestone’s theatre space, bar and office centre for local, national and international artists.
The building is fondly referred to as the ‘cheese grater’. In 2010, its designer Alison Brooks Architects won the Kent Design Award Best Public Building. It has a scallop-shelled façade that drapes, like a curtain, surrounding the entire building.
Inside is a community space where festivals and events are held throughout the year. Salt, Festival Of The Sea And Environment, International Women’s Day, Normal? Festival of the Brain, the Folkestone Book Festival are all based here. The Folkestone Fringe works with Creative Folkestone to spread performances and experiences in venues across Folkestone.
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The Quarterhouse attracts Britain’s favourite comedians, actors and performance companies; both Lucy Porter and Mark Steel are on their way to Folkestone! Live showings of National Theatre and Royal Opera House events mean we have a chance to see Andrew Scott in Present Laughter as well as Fleabag! The 250 seat venue is also a great place to see a wide variety of films.
In addition to professional performances, there are workshops and holiday clubs for young people in dance, acting and the creative arts. On Tuesday evenings, there’s also the chance to collect local produce from the Leaf cooperative, notably in season veg, cheese and other produce.