The second tier of local government is the non-metropolitan district. Folkestone forms a part of Shepway District, which was established by the Local Government Act 1972. Folkestone elects 18 of Shepway District Council's 46 Councillors, who currently sit as 16 Conservatives and two People First.[11] The next election is due to be held in May 2015.

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This Folkestone hotel hosts an extensive Health and Leisure Club is fully equipped and boasts a swimming pool, sauna, solarium and much more.

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Be sure to visit Elham Valley, nestled midway between Canterbury and Folkestone, within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, providing a multitude of woodland walks and country pubs.

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There are two major long distance footpaths through the town. The North Downs Way, starting its course in Surrey, reaches the coast at Folkestone and continues through Capel-le-Ferne, and to its end at Dover, some 8 miles (13 km) away. The Saxon Shore Way starts at Gravesend, Kent and traces the Kent coast as it was in Roman times, via Folkestone, as far as Hastings, East Sussex, 163 miles (262 km) in total.[26]

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In August 1996 a one in 600 years storm left homes and businesses in Black Bull Road, in the Foord Valley, under two metres of water.[16] Heavy rainfall combined with inadequacies in the Pent Stream and local drainage to cause the flooding. A crowd of 2,332 saw Folkestone Invicta play hosts to West Ham United in a benefit game following the flood.

During the 1980s and 1990s the construction of the Channel Tunnel provided employment, as well as bringing many people to the area, and on completion the running of service still provides work for many.

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Folkestone’s really getting itself firmly on the map in the art scene when we woke up one foggy morning in September and discovered that Banksy had come to visit.

Artistic enclaves, stunning shores, unique histories and expansive wildlife escapes make Folkestone, Hythe & Romney Marsh in Kent well worth a visit.

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Folkestone Optimist Hockey Club are based at the Three Hills Sports Park (along with the cricket and netball clubs).[35]

The literary journal The Frogmore Papers, published by The Frogmore Press, was founded by Andre Evans and Jeremy Page in Folkestone in 1983. The Folkestone Book Festival takes place every November.

The novelist Jocelyn Brooke, who died in 1966, writes evocatively about Folkestone and Sandgate in his memoirs. Rosemary Stewart the Canadian insurance heiress resided here for an extended period, known for dedication to coastal swimming from the harbour. During her time she continued to increase her fortune by becoming a significant player in the rag trade.

There are a number of Pay & Display car parks in Folkestone and plenty of on-street parking if you know where to look…

Thanks to modern industrial and commercial developments, Folkestone has broadened its economic base, including its own entrance to the Channel Tunnel, a main rail and road link to the continent. The town has been further enhanced with the building of Bouverie Place Shopping Centre and the stop at Folkestone for the high-speed rail link, which means a journey to London of just 57 minutes.

If you haven't been to Folkestone since it was a ferry port you'll be pleasantly suprised by how much it has changed.  Alongside its traditional features that generations of visitors have enjoyed, imaginative schemes have transformed the town centre, "old town" and Harbour areas, and provide even more reasons to visit Folkestone.

There is a Bowls Club[36] and a Running Club[37] based in the town.


Folkestone has an annual Chamber Music Festival each May curated by the Sacconi Quartet. The Festival is based in the town's 13th century Parish Church of St Mary and St Eanswythe in The Bayle and comprises concerts of chamber and ensemble music with guest performers. The church also hosts a series of Sunday afternoon concerts under the auspices of Bayle Music presenting local, national and international performers as well as occasional concerts by visiting choirs and ensembles.

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Dover Hill, which is the highest point in Folkestone, was a sighting point for the Anglo-French Survey (1784–1790), which measured the precise distance between the Royal Greenwich Observatory and the Paris Observatory. The hill provided a sight-line to the east along the line of the Folkestone Turnpike to Dover Castle, one of the two principal cross-channel observation points, the other being Fairlight Down in Sussex.

Folkestone developed because of its transport links. With France visible across the Straits of Dover, the town became an important transit point for those travelling from the UK to the Continent. Talks about restoring the ferry traffic to Boulogne since it was terminated in 2000 were held in 2005, but this has not been resolved;[19] and the Channel Tunnel northern entrance is located at Cheriton.

You can choose from a leisurely stroll along The Leas, to exploring the coastal park and if you don’t fancy walking back up the hill then you can always jump on The Leas Lift which is an original Victorian water powered cable car….

The third and lowest tier was established as the civil parish: in Folkestone’s case, because it held a Town Charter, and when the then Folkestone Borough Council was abolished, Councillors elected to represent Folkestone's wards were designated as the Town's Charter Trustees, responsible for electing a Town Mayor. This role has since passed to Folkestone Town Council.

Folkestone Invicta Football Club[33] was formed in 1936 and played in the Eastern Section of the Kent Amateur League (now the Kent County League), taking over the Cheriton Road ground in early 1991 after the demise of the old Folkestone F.C. which had had a long history in the Southern League.

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Folkestone, together with Hythe, has an amateur theatre group: the Folkestone & Hythe Operatic & Dramatic Society. It is a charitable organisation, producing and performing several different shows a year at its own venue, the Tower Theatre, located in Shorncliffe. The society also has a youth section, which puts on three performances a year at the Tower Theatre: the Brigadier Thomas Memorial Competition, a summer show and a Christmas revue.

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Folkestone hosted the 5th Chess Olympiad in 1933.[38] Among others, the artist Marcel Duchamp took part as a member of the French team.