The Goods Yard – Folkestone Harbour Arm

The Goods Yard on the Harbour Arm in Folkestone is undoubtedly the best venue for live sporting events.  The big screen shows films and sport, and the fantastic food on offer makes it really special.  If you like eating delicious fresh food and locally brewed beers then this is the place for you.  The Lonely Planet mentions The Goods Yard in its latest best places to eat guide in Kent.  Diane Dever, curator of the Harbour Arm, spoke to Folkelife about the growth and expansion of the Harbour Arm offering.

“The Big Screen area was always designed to be a place where people could sit and watch those national sporting events, or a film, and eat food from the traders on the Harbour Arm.  The Goods Yard came into its own during 2020 when the Covid restrictions impacted on the trading of the Harbour Arm.  It was an area that already had outside seating, and the trader huts were already there.   Seeing our customers brave the weather, just to be able to be sociable outside and support us was brilliant.  

“Now, with the addition of the large umbrellas, you can watch the Big Screen well into the winter months knowing that you’ll be sheltered. 

“The idea of turning it into more of a food venue came from the traders themselves.  They’d seen something similar and knew that the Harbour Arm could make it work.  With the online booking system, via Yoello, that we have now means that you can sit and order from any or all of the traders without having to queue up at each one. “

A year of sport

“2021 gave us the sport we didn’t get in 2020.  2022 sees us offering a much wider range of sport and film entertainment on the Harbour Screen.  After the success of the Festive Market we have the trader huts and plans for the summer months.  There are also new openings for food traders for 2022.  You can find out more about how to come and join us.  One of the great things about this venue is that we can extend the time the Harbour Arm is open.  The Goods Yard is a more sheltered area, and when high tides or winds make the Arm less hospitable, this area can continue to be open and serve everyone.”

Screen and people
Umbrellas in The Goods Yard
Harbour Hot Dogs Credit Andy Aitchison
Euro 2020 Football Fans

open all year

“If you are one of our traders in the corridor area of the Harbour Arm, then we’ve continued to trade here until Christmas.  It’s sheltered and very cosy during the winter.  The Goods Yard is a great place for us to continue to be open into the winter months.  Our opening hours are extending too.  The Harbour Coffee Company and Bobbies Bakehouse are open in the mornings so you can always get a cup of coffee on the Arm.  The Pilot, on Beachside, is open from 10am too, so there’s another place for a hot drink during the day.    

“There’s such a variety of food on offer now that you can find something suitable for breakfast, lunch and supper.  It also gives you the opportunity to try different foods throughout the day.  Of course, we have to be aware of the weather.  If the tides are high and coming over then the Arm will be closed for promenading.  But, when the weather is good, the atmosphere here is something special.”

The Harbour Screen is bought to you by Folkestone Harbour & Seafront Development Company.

Photo credits – Andy Aitchison

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