The newly renovated Folkestone Harbour Arm opened for the first time in late 2015, followed by a full summer season in 2016. It proved to be a great success with residents and visitors to the town, with over 80,000 people visiting in just 12 weekends during 2015 and hundreds of thousands of visitors in 2016 and 2017. Thousands of people come regularly to enjoy a vibrant mix of live music and entertainment and distinctive places to eat and drink.
Following a £3.5m renovation, the Harbour Arm was opened as a public promenade with independent bars, restaurants and cafes.
Originally the railway terminal for the Folkestone-Boulogne Ferry and departure point for soldiers on their way to the Western Front, the Arm still embraces the town’s working fishing harbour and has become a pivotal point in the town’s future and its historic past. Small, independent businesses along this pier give it a unique flavour and its reputation continues to grow. Restoration is continuing along the railway bridge and beyond, with the addition of an onsite bakery and brewery, a regular farmer’s market and other seasonal events.
The Harbour Arm is an important step towards realising the rejuvenation of the wider harbour and seafront area.