Folkestone & Hythe District Council urge people to ‘support local’ this festive season

News Posted 19/11/21
Folkestone & Hythe District Council has announced its Festive Programme for 2021, which includes a new artisan market and music performances in the heart of Folkestone town centre.

The Kentish Christmas market will be located outside the Folca building on Sandgate Road every Friday and Saturday from Friday 26 November to Saturday 18 December.

The market will have between 10 and 15 stalls each week featuring a range of products from local producers and makers, as well as street food options, and will be in place from 10am until 3pm.

The programme is in addition to Folkestone’s general market, which will continue to trade on Thursdays and Saturdays as usual.

To coincide with the market and to celebrate Folkestone’s status as the world’s first Music Town, visitors to the town centre will be able to enjoy a programme of live music on market days.

Performances from local musicians will take place from 11.45am - 12.45pm and 1.30pm - 2.30pm every Friday and Saturday.

The programme is being managed by local businesses Chambers Folkestone and the Sea View Studio under the Folkestone Music Town initiative.

The Festive Programme is being delivered as part of the Welcome Back campaign, a fund that is providing councils across England with a share of £56m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which supports the safe return to high streets and helps to build back better from the pandemic.

Cllr David Monk, leader of Folkestone & Hythe District Council, said: “Folkestone is the place to experience the festive season, with activities taking place right across the town, from the town centre’s markets, through our Creative Quarter and to the Harbour Arm and beyond.

“We’re excited to be able to bring this new market to the town centre and showcase local musical talent.

“We want to promote the value of shopping local this Christmas, bring footfall into businesses throughout the town and create the celebratory and festive atmosphere we all deserve.”

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