Located on the south coast, the Kent town of Folkestone hosts the Sandgate Sea & Food Festival every August bank holiday weekend, which brings together local eateries providing seafood, Mexican and Nepalese food as well as real ales and craft beers. The nearby town of Sandgate also hosts a twice monthly farmers’ market on the first and third Saturday of every month in Chichester Hall where meats, pies, cakes, vegetables and other local products are sold.
Folkestone boasts two beaches – Sunny Sands and Sandy Beach - and makes a good weekend break and is also a handy stopover for the Eurotunnel to France. The town is currently being regenerated and even boasts its own Banksy work of art, which appeared on foggy morning in September 2014.
Folkestone has been occupied since at least the Mesolithic area, followed by the Romans, and then the Normans when a knight held the Barony of Folkestone. The fishing village became part of the Cinque Ports in the thirteenth century and a wealthy trading port. By the Tudor period it had become a town and was an important site for defences during the wars with France. Now the two main tourist areas are Folkestone West and The Creative Quarter where galleries, arts and crafts, shopping, café and restaurants can be found.
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