Folkestone Pride to celebrate with town-wide festival and rooftop party!

The new Folkestone Pride Team has just announced that this year’s Pride will be a town-wide festival, kicking off with a parade along The Leas to a rooftop party on top of the iconic Leas Cliff Hall, which has stunning views across the channel above the famous stoney beaches.

As someone who grew up in Folkestone, this is very exciting and I’m delighted my home town is coming back with a bang to deliver what looks to be a great community event that showcases this beautiful seaside town.

Folkestone has a lot of LGBT people, and is a great place to visit. As well as both sandy and stone beaches (yes they have both!) there is a beautiful harbour arm that hosts all sorts of events.

They have so much art, both scattered around the town, and also in the many independent shops up the cobbled old high street in the creative quarter that leads from the seaside to the town.

Taking place on Saturday 20th July, the daytime Folkestone Pride event will be centred around the Leas Cliff Hall’s chequer board, with DJs, singalongs and live entertainment, as well as family events – including two drag story time sessions.

The Blue Martini Bar and Skuba Bar, both situated on The Leas, will be flying the rainbow flag for the festival, with further DJs and special Pride cocktails.

The revelries will move on to Folkestone’s Creative Quarter for the second part of the day, with free live music at Kipps Alehouse from 3:30pm and Tom Marshman’s show “A Haunted Existence” at The Quarterhouse at 7pm (tickets are pay what you can). Bacchus will be serving Camp Cocktails as the official warm up bar, ahead of official after parties at Space and Eleto, open until 2am. A host of official food and drinks venues across the town will be running food and drinks promotions to show their support, including The Chambers, Planet Earth Kitchen, Carte D’or and Yo Yo Street Food, with many more still to be announced – dress up in your best Pride Party wear to receive hefty discounts across the town!

Recently under new management, The Pride Team has been working hard to raise funds for this year’s festival, with recent events such as Fight for Pride, Backyard Auction and Pride’s Got Talent, plus donations and support have been received from many local businesses, Folkestone Council, Creative Folkestone and South Eastern Trains. Other events such as Dance with Pride and Pride in Football will take place over the coming weeks, ahead of the festival, plus there will be Pride bunting down The Old High Street to raise awareness of this important cause.

To keep in the loop with this year’s Folkestone Pride Festival and associated fundraisers, or to support our LGBTQI community, follow us on Facebook @FolkestonePride.

Visiting Folkestone from out of town

Trains run from London down to Folkestone fairly regularly. There is a high speed rail link from St Pancras, or you can also get a slower and slightly cheaper train from London Victoria or London Bridge. The local station is Folkestone Central and is a 10 minute walk from the town centre. Advance tickets are available from as little as £10.90 and group saver tickets are also available.

The Folkestone Pride team are very aware that Folkestone is a big draw from the wider Kent region, and also London due to the gorgeous beaches and seaside location. As such, to make things as easy as possible to greet these visitors, they have arranged a special Folkestone Pride rate at local hotel, The Grand Burstin.

One of Folkestone’s most famous hotels, situated right on the seafront a mere 5 minute walk from the Creative Quarter and a short walk from the famous Folkestone Water Lift and 5 minutes from the Harbour Inn – this offer is hard to miss!

By quoting Folkestone Pride you can stay for just £25 per night (based on two people sharing). 

Address: The Harbour, Marine Parade, Folkestone CT20 1TX

The full programme for Folkestone Pride Festival to be announced soon!