Along this stretch of Kent coastline there are free adventure playgrounds, soft play areas, museums, theatres, historic locations, a working steam railway, a canal, a creative quarter, a harbour arm and a zoo. For more active families, the area offers dry slope skiing, boat trips, canoeing and cycling. Kids can get involved in a range of sports and activities, from rugby to dance, climbing to tennis and everything in between. Folkestone and Hythe both have a family vibe, hosting many cultural, creative and fun family events all year round.
The main beach in Folkestone is called Sunny Sands (pictured) and, as the name suggests, is a beautiful sandy, south facing beach. Do remember to check the tide before you go, as high tide can sometimes cover all the sand. The figure sitting on the rocks is our tribute to The Little Mermaid, and is one of the many Folkestone Artworks on display around the town. The lighthouse in the distance is part of the Harbour Arm where you can promenade, dine and enjoy an afternoon / evening tipple.
Nearer the town centre, seek out the Zig Zag path on the Leas, which meanders down from the Band Stand to Mermaid Beach (a pleasant pebbly stretch) where you’ll find an amazing children’s play area which will keep them busy for hours.