‘Extra special’ festivals season ahead for Hythe, Folkestone & Romney


PREPARATIONS for 2014 festivals, events and entertainment season are well under way – and the forecast is that it will be the best in south east England, attract hundreds of thousands of visitors and contribute millions of pounds to the local economy. Features include top-line events as well as traditional carnivals and the return of the acclaimed three-month Triennial exhibition of outdoor art.

“No other area in south east England will be able to match Folkestone, Hythe & Romney Marsh for fun, thrills and spectacle this year”, claims Chris Kirkham, manager of the Discover Folkestone, Hythe & Romney Marsh tourism marketing organisation (DFHRM).

“From early summer right through to autumn, in the air, on land and by the sea, there will be events everyone can enjoy. The two May Bank Holidays are packed with family-fun events and will give a great start to the season. All these plus live shows, concerts, exhibitions, events and activities at Port LympneWild Animal Park and the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway, sporting events and country fairs will make 2014 an extra special year.

“There will be solemn occasions, too. Folkestone will host the biggest commemoration of the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War outside London and also events to mark the town’s role in WW2”.

Adds Mr Kirkham: “Events are an important reason why people come to Shepway.

What’s more, the spending they generate accounts for a substantial part of the district’s visitor economy, worth more than £200 million a year at the most recent count.”

Some dates to note:

MAY: 11. Sandling Park Open Garden for Pilgrims Hospices. MAY 18 – Sociable Cycling Ride for Pilgrims Hospices. MAY 24 – Charity Zumbathon Norton Kntachbull Shool. MAY 24 – Sociable Walk Sweet Willow Wood for Pilgrims Hospices. MAY 24 & 25 Canterbury Cathedral Open GardensWeekend (Pilgrims). MAY 25 – Open Garden – Primrose Cottage, Rose Hill, Wittersham for Pilgrims Hospices.

JUNE: 7, 8 – Folkestone Airshow; JUNE 11 – Pamper Day at the Granary Spa Great Chart. JUNE 13-15 – Folkestone Multi-Cultural Festival; JUNE 21 – Lydd Club Day Carnival; JUNE 21-30 Hythe Festival; JUNE 22 – Rotary Club of the Weald of Kent – North Downs Walk Starts and finished Harrietsham Village Hall; JUNE 22 Sociable Walk Ulley Farm. Kennington Recreation Ground; JUNE 25 – Jazz Evening at Godinton House JUNE 28 – Pyjama Walk Ashford;

JULY 1- Battle of Britain Memorial Day; JULY 1-6, Hythe Festival continues; JULY 16-20 – War and Peace Revival; JULY 19-20 – Folkestone Mermaid Festival; JULY 20 – Hawkinge Summer Spectacular; JULY 25-28 – VW Festival and Scooter Rally; JULY 26 – New Romney Country Fayre; JULY 26 – Folkestone Trawler Race.

AUGUST 4 – WW1 Centenary March and Unveiling of Memorial Arch; AUGUST 8-10 – Folkestone Ska Fest; AUGUST 9,10 – Folkestone Donkey Derby; AUGUST 16-17, Folkestone Harbour Festival and RYA National Powerboat Championships; AUGUST 23-25 – Open Air Show; AUGUST 30 / November 2 – Folkestone Triennial; AUGUST 23-24 – Sandgate Sea and Food Festival; AUGUST 23-25 – Dymchurch Day of Syn Festival;

SEPTEMBER 1/30 – Folkestone Triennial continues; 20-21 – Euromilitaire Military Model Exhibition.

OCTOBER:1/31 – Folkestone Triennial continues; AUGUST 4-5, Folkestone Model Railway Show.

NOVEMBER: 1-6 – Folkestone Triennial; NOVEMBER ?date to be announced – Folkestone Book Festival.

Rye’s Own May 2014

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