About Folkestone Harbour Arm

THE PLACE TO BE

Originally the railway terminal for the Folkestone-Boulogne Ferry and departure point for soldiers on their way to the Western Front, The Harbour Arm still embraces the town’s working fishing harbour, becoming a pivotal point in the town’s future and its historical past.

Since opening in 2014, Folkestone Harbour Arm has cemented itself as a major destination on the Kent coast. Reaching into the English Channel, offering views of the White Cliffs and glimpses of France, the Harbour Arm is a unique cultural attraction; a place to meet friends, see live music and sample the goods from nearly 30 independent food, drink and retail vendors.

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A unique day out in east Kent

The respectfully renovated architecture of Folkestone Harbour Arm provides a unique backdrop for a day out in East Kent. Radiating from the Harbour Arm are splendid walkways in all directions. Take the boardwalk across the beach, the viaduct towards the Old Town or through the beautifully restored Harbour Station. Look out for Folkestone’s myriad of public artworks – and enjoy a truly unique reimagining of the classic British seaside experience.

Folkestone Harbour Arm has quickly become celebrated as a food, drink and entertainment destination...
Championing Independents

Small, independent businesses along the Arm give it its unique flavour, and its reputation is growing as restoration continues along the platform and across the railway bridge and beyond, with the addition of the Goods Yard in 2020, Beachside in 2021 and Harbourside in 2023 as three new, stand-alone areas with very unique offers.

Folkestone’s Harbour Arm has swiftly become the beacon for the regeneration of Folkestone as a destination town.

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Sat 20 Jul 24, 12:00 - 14:00 + more dates
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Join us for all the live action from the Tour de France.
Sat 20 Jul 24, 14:00 - 16:00 + more dates
Free
Fun, post-rock and ominous Americana that's both nostalgic and deeply modern. Bamboozle combines…
Sat 20 Jul 24, 15:00 - 17:00
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Live Music @ The Tasting Rooms Enjoy an afternoon with Gavin Alexander and his guitar. His songwriting has been…
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Sat 20 Jul 24, 16:00 - 18:00 + more dates
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Mampama play a mixed bag of African pop songs and fusion music.
Beachside
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Sat 20 Jul 24, 20:00 - 22:00
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Spainish Food & Drink Special Marking 3 months of Hulas & celebrating Spanish food & drink with friends, we bring a…
Sun 21 Jul 24, 13:30 - 14:00
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Local Rock Choir singing your favourite pop and rock tunes! Rock Choir is the UK's leading contemporary, award-winning…
Sun 21 Jul 24, 14:00 - 15:30
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Sun 21 Jul 24, 14:00 - 16:00
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A hugely versatile act; these guys will amaze you with their recrafed versions of classics from the 1950s to current…
Sun 21 Jul 24, 15:00 - 17:00
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After many years of working closely on various projects ranging from Pop and Blues, to Yacht Rock and Jazz, Simon and …
Sun 21 Jul 24, 16:00 - 18:00
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Acoustic music accompanied by dynamic and soulful harmonies. Sand and Stone, a sibling duo from Folkestone in Kent,…
Fri 26 Jul 24, 19:00 - 23:00
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Live at The Tasting Rooms This Friday's Sunset Session at The Tasting Rooms features jazz violinist and singer Adrian…
Fri 26 Jul 24, 20:00 - 23:00
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We'll be showing the Paris 2024 Olympics opening ceremony on the Big Screen in The Goods Yard. Come and join us for …
Sat 27 Jul 24, 15:00 - 17:00
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Live Music @ The Tasting Rooms Brilliant duo Sam Dunn & Nina Clark join us once again to give another vivacious and…
Sat 27 Jul 24, 16:00 - 18:00 + more dates
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Sophisticated Sista Show Funk and Soul Sophisticated Sista Show has an emphasis on the female vocalist playing funk,…
Sat 27 Jul 24, 19:00 - 21:00
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Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) is beautiful, smart and quite abrasive to most of her fellow teens, meaning that she …
Sun 28 Jul 24, 12:30 - 14:30
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Classic Kate Bush songs performed live by members of her original band! The KT Bush Band were formed in 1977 and…
Sun 28 Jul 24, 15:00 - 17:00
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Live at The Tasting Rooms Catch the talented Scottish, Americana singer-songwriter, Lorraine Lucas live on our Tasting…
Sun 28 Jul 24, 16:00 - 18:00
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White Island is the local name for the beautiful island of Ibiza. The band is inspired by Ibiza's chilled sunset vibe, …
Sun 28 Jul 24, 10:00 - 18:15
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Red dresses at the ready... Full programme below!

10am – 11am: The Goods Yard opens up early for a revolving,…

Sun 28 Jul 24, 16:30 - 18:30
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DJ Dolly Doowop will be keeping the good vibes going on Kate Bush Day, with a full Kate Bush inspired set.
Fri 02 Aug 24, 19:00 - 20:50
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The Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School is where the best of the best train to refine their elite flying skills. When …
Sat 03 Aug 24, 15:00 - 17:00
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Live and Alfresco! Project F are so happy to be bringing the full Funk and Soul outfit to the Harbour Arm for some…
Sun 04 Aug 24, 15:00 - 17:00
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Miss Holiday and the Swingtones are a 5 piece band with female vocals, sax, piano, double bass and drums. Their mix of…
Fri 09 Aug 24, 19:00 - 20:50
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Barbie and Ken are having the time of their lives in the colorful and seemingly perfect world of Barbie Land. However, …
Sat 10 Aug 24, 14:00 - 16:00
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Big Orange Head are a 4 piece band that regularly expands to 6 or 7 piece and plays a rocking mix of classics and …
Sun 11 Aug 24, 14:00 - 16:00 + more dates
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Euphoric tunes that elevate the soul using live loops, synths, vocals and a signature Latin guitar style. is a unique…
Fri 26 Jul - Sun 11 Aug 24, 20:00 - 20:00
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Coverage of the Paris 2024 Olympics will be shown on the Big Screen in The Goods Yard. There's lots of sport on this …
Fri 16 Aug 24, 19:00 - 20:50
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Although NASA scientists are claiming the unexpected eclipse and strange hot hail are nothing to worry about, Dr. Hans …
Sat 17 Aug 24, 15:00 - 17:00
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Guitar and organ led 4piece with a funky, soulfu,l retro feel. Guitar and Organ 4 piece with Funky retro feel
Sun 18 Aug 24, 15:00 - 17:00
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Rudy Warman and The Heavy Weather are bringing back that old school Rock n Roll we all love and know. Described as the …
Fri 23 Aug 24, 19:00 - 20:50
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When a terrorist threatens to bomb the Miss United States pageant, the FBI rushes to find a female agent to go under …
Sat 24 Aug 24, 14:00 - 16:00
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Shake, Rattle & Roll! Enjoy The Harbour Arm in style & step back in time to 1940's England with a very special set from…
Sun 25 Aug 24, 14:00 - 16:00
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a big brass occasion in the harbour station Get ready for a big brass spectacular. 35 musicians from all over Kent and…
Mon 26 Aug 24, 15:00 - 17:00
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Northern Soul classics laid over old-school Jamaican Ska/Reggae Grooves The Altones bring you some unique soul/reggae…
Fri 30 Aug 24, 19:00 - 20:50
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After more than 30 years of service as one of the Navy's top aviators, Pete Maverick Mitchell is where he belongs, …
Sat 31 Aug 24, 14:00 - 16:00
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Katie has been recognised nationally in the British Blues Awards for multiple nominations for songwriting and female …
Sat 31 Aug 24, 16:00 - 18:00
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Super soulful jazzy performance from these three who love to chat in between. THREE! presents songs in homage to Aretha…
Fri 06 Sep 24, 19:00 - 21:00
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Troubled that he has little access to his children, divorced Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) hatches an elaborate plan. …
Sat 07 Sep 24, 14:00 - 16:00
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Soul/Blues at its finest as Samuel Ashton and the Instincts return to Folkestone Harbour. Samuel Ashton's music has…
Sat 07 Sep 24, 16:00 - 18:00
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Gypsy Swing, pop, classical music. The Beard Conspiracy are a three-piece ensemble based in the south east of England….
Sun 08 Sep 24, 15:00 - 17:00
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Jazzy, upbeat versions of classic hits. The Diane Dunn Trio play up-tempo jazzy mashups of classic songs.
Fri 13 Sep 24, 19:00 - 21:00
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College student Beca (Anna Kendrick) knows she does not want to be part of a clique, but that's exactly where she finds …
Sat 21 Sep 24, 14:00 - 16:00
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Full blown, joyous, brass-heavy, Phatt New Orleans vibes. The Native Oysters Band are a funky, New Orleans style,…
Sat 21 Sep 24, 16:00 - 18:00
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Soul/Blues at its finest as Samuel Ashton returns to Folkestone Harbour. Samuel Ashton's music has been described as…
Sun 22 Sep 24, 15:00 - 17:00
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Energetic, fun and interactive performance. High Tide are a Kent based trio, spreading music, humour and undeniable joy…
Wed 04 Dec 24, 14:00 - 16:00
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The Premier League is back for 2024 on the Harbour Screen.
Fri 15 Nov - Tue 24 Dec 24, 16:00 - 16:00
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Our hugely popular Festive Marketplace opens again on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays running up to Christmas Eve. …
Discover a range of food & drink
From fresh seafood served from a railway carriage, live music in the converted waiting rooms, to Champagnes in a bar tucked into the Lighthouse at the end of the Arm.

Along the Arm, there are venues serving street food: gourmet hot-dogs, deliciously filled bao buns, polenta encrusted fish, and so much more, all with a choice of beers and soft drinks. Venture further and you’ll discover Platform 4; a deeply historic indoor space that’s home to a dessert parlor, Frenglish (French/English) Bistro and handmade wooden gifts and workshop.

Then at the very end sits the Lighthouse Champagne Bar; the jewel in The Harbour Arm’s crown. This historic, fully functioning Lighthouse was faithfully restored as part of our reopening in 2014 and now served a wide variety of quality fizz, English Wines and many other drinks to serve all tastes.

FAQS

  • The Harbour Arm is open for promenading everyday, dawn - dusk.

    Street food kioks on the Harbour Arm are currently open Wednesday - Sunday, 12 - 6.
    From 29th March the site will be open 7 days a week from 12 to 6pm, for the Easter Holidays.

  • Yes, there is a large carpark on site. Find out more about tariffs and online pay-as-you-go here.
  • We will occasionally do callouts for new traders when a new opportunity or space becomes available.

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