Goods Yard Trading Opportunity


Folkestone Harbour Arm has been key in transforming Folkestone into one of Kent’s top food and drink destinations, and in 2022, we have an exciting opportunity for new traders to be a part of this great success story.

We are looking for traders who are committed to the overall vision of creating a vibrant and family-friendly destination for visitors to enjoy fantastic food and drink. We want to find people who are dedicated and passionate about joining our thriving community of entrepreneurial foodies and producers in a truly unique setting with stunning coastal views in all directions; from the breath-taking White Cliffs of Dover along the coast to glimpses of France on the horizon.


The Goods Yard is Folkestone Harbour Arm’s most dynamic, fastest growing event space.

The Goods Yard is the Harbour Arm’s more sheltered space and is home to the Harbour Screen with its programme of film and sports, and an eclectic mix of Food and Drink businesses.

First launched in late 2020, the Goods Yard has gone from strength to strength. 2021 alone saw the opening of six new food and drink businesses, a significantly increased programme of sports to accompany our film programme on our outdoor LED screen, the introduction of 6 large, permanent parasols that provide shelter for over 150 people and the creation of a successful Festive Market.

The Goods Yard has rapidly become an incredibly popular centre for food, drink and entertainment on the Arm. Our intention for 2022 is to build on this success by bringing in more amazing traders. We are looking for 3 new businesses to join us in the Goods Yard. If you’ve got an innovative food and drink offer that is fresh and unique, we want to hear from you.


  • We have 3 units available; 1 single unit suitable for a coffee shop and 2 double units open to all applicants. Approximate internal floor space of single unit: 2.3m x 2.3m and double unit: 4.6m x 2.3m

  • 1st April to 18th April - Monday to Sunday - 11am to 6pm

    19th April to 29th May - Thursday to Monday - 11am to 6pm

    30th May to 5th June - Monday to Sunday - 11am to 6pm

    6th June to 24th July - Thursday to Monday - 11am to 6pm

    25th July to 4th September - Monday to Sunday - 11am to 6pm

    5th September to 26th September - Thursday to Monday - 11am to 6pm

    27th September to 13th November - Saturday & Sunday - 11am to 6pm

  • Rental is charged based on a percentage of business turnover.
    Traders benefit from minimal fixed start-up and ongoing costs.

  • Deadline for submission is midnight on the 31st Jan 2022.
    Shortlisted applicants will be notified on the 4th February 2022.
    Shortlisted applicant meetings and sample tasting from 9th February onwards.
    Successful applicant to be notified on the 15th February 2022.
    Business to be ready to trade 1st April 2022.

  • Please make sure you provide the following information:
    A short proposal of what you want to do which includes a clear description of the style of food and drink you want to offer.
    Tell us why you think you and your business is a good fit for Folkestone Harbour Arm.
    Your proposed menu.
    Indication of what drinks suppliers you intend to work with.
    A mood board to illustrate the look and feel of the space.
    A name for the business.
    Details about your previous experience in this area of work.

    If we like the look of your written proposal, we’ll ask to meet you, sample what you propose to offer and talk further about your proposal.

    If you are not successful this time round, but we like what you do, we will keep you in mind when new opportunities arise such as food festivals and market days, or when new spaces become available in the future.

  • We are very happy to answer any questions you may have and arrange a viewing of a Goods Yard hut before you submit your proposal. Please email to get in touch.