The Harbour Grotto
The Harbour Grotto

The Harbour Grotto
Folkestone Harbour is exceptionally excited to welcome you to the Harbour Grotto, an entirely new Festive experience we’ve created for 2023.
A brand new magical experience

The Harbour Grotto will be quite unlike any other Grottos in Kent. The bespoke, beautifully designed space will take over The Customs House; a stunning heritage space just next door to our Festive Marketplace. Dating back to 1859 and once part of a much larger building, Customs House would have acted as a gateway to Britain and a centre of activity in our bustling Harbour. The Harbour Grotto will playfully pay homage to the historical significance of this space, whilst also delighting visitors with a maritime themed, Grotto experience.

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  • How much are tickets?

    Tickets are priced at £4 per child. Parents or guardians accompanying the child are included at no additional cost. Each bookable slot can include up to 4 children with up to 4 parents or guardians. Please ensure you include how many parents or guardians so our elves are ready to welcome you.

    How do I get tickets?

    Tickets will be available very soon. Keep an eye on our social media or sign up to our newsletter by clicking here to get early access!

    Can I buy tickets on the door?

    No. Tickets are only available online.

    What does the time on my ticket mean?

    This is your arrival time at the entry queue. You will gain entry to The Harbour Grotto soon after.

    Can I transfer my ticket to friends or family?

    Yes. Just ensure they have the full email, including all the QR codes.

    Are refunds available?

    No, sorry.

  • Tickets for dates in December will become available on Thursday 29th November at 6pm.
  • No, but the big man does have something very important to give you when you arrive.
  • The Harbour Grotto is open in line with our Festive Marketplace, Fridays (4pm - 8pm) Saturdays and Sundays (11am - 6pm) 18th November - 24th December. The Grotto will not be open on 1st and 23rd of December; the big man needs a break!
  • Approximately 5 minutes.
  • Yes, the space is fully wheelchair accessible.