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By Courtney Knowles
Happy Easter weekend Folkestone, here's what’s happening in Folkestone and the surrounding areas.
It's the thirteenth Cider and Ale festival for Chambers happening all weekend with fantastic selection of ales & ciders from Kent plus live music, read more about it here
Firstly for Good Friday, the Community Network along Cheriton High Street will be hosting a fun day for everyone. From 11am-3pm there’ll be Family fun with the Easter Bunny who’s doing an Easter Egg Hunt (50p per child) - weather permitting, also a tombola, colouring completion, Face painting, music, lot’s more fun and of course refreshments!
Back to Friday and to set off your dancing vibes into the bank holiday weekend head down to the Harbour Arm for all day live music. Starting with Kotchin & the Kings Evil at 2pm, followed by Green Diesel, then from 7pm until 10pm will be the Cuban Russ DJ Set. For more music, head to the Lime Bar Café on Tontine Street for live acoustic session with Steven Munar. If you prefer a more refined evening out then the Folkestone choral society present the Amberly Symphony Orchestra production of Mendelssohns Elijah at the Leas Cliff Hall at 7.30pm. For anight out in Hawkinge; ‘Heroes Band’ will be playing at the Hawkinge cricket and Social club from 7.30pm. Or maybe you'd prefer Funky drummers and hot horns...Bollywood Brass Band are performing at half 7 down the Quarterhouse. Perfect selection to begin your bank holiday weekend.
A set of early films on at the Silver Screen Cinema, both on at 12.20pm are Kung Fu Panda 3 and Batman V Superman. If you can’t make these showings, do not worry as Batman V Superman will be showing again later on in the evening at half 7 and Kung Fu Panda will be showing Saturday along with Alvin and the Chipmunks and Goosbumps. Not able to watch them Saturday? There are showings on Sunday too including Zootropolis, which you can check out on our calendar on our events page.
The Easter Bunny is going to be up nice and early Saturday morning in Bouverie Place at 10.30am but make sure you see him (or is it a her?) before he/she disappears again at 3.30pm. Maybe after meeting the bunny you might want to take the little ones along to the Leas Lift Tours to join in a Treasure Hunt, tour times are 11am, 12pm, 1pm... Other days and times are available, head over to their facebook page
At Strange Cargo there is a free bunny twirling workshop from 10.30 - 12.30 and at Westenhanger Castle there is a Easter Wonderland Fair on all day. From 10am - 4pm there will be a funfair, sensory soft play, entertainment for all the family, Easter Egg hunt, plus they will have the Alice in Wonderland experience.
There’s another lovely day planned down the Harbour Arm for you with music from ‘Glasshouse’ at 1pm and other sets, not forgetting the wonderful food and drinks on offer too.
The Folkestone’s fishing and heritage museum is also opening at half 10 at the Old Booking hall. Centuries ago it was very dangerous for fishermen, and still is today, and the museum displays photos, nets, knots, fishing equipment and artefacts in the room. If you have the chance, just pop in and learn something new. Brew is showcasing a selection of prints by five printmakers: Vic Nelson, Sahra Carter, Tania McCormack, Louise Hubbard and Jane Spencer. The artists either live or work in Folkestone and the exhibition celebrates women printmakers to coincide with the WOW festival. This is on until 5pm
Moving onto Saturday evening, ‘The Tomcats’ will be playing at The Harp Restrung from 7pm. Or have a boogie at ‘Saturday Nights Shakedown’ at the Office Bar starting at 9pm.
Not feeling that? Perhaps you’d like to see “ELO Again - One Night of ELO” at the Leas Cliff Hall starting at half 7. All the big hits are performed – Livin' Thing, Sweet Talkin' Woman, 10538 #overture, Wild West Hero, The Diary of Horace Wimp, Telephone Line, Turn to Stone plus many, many more.
The traditional lambing day at Brockhill is on again this Easter Sunday, starting at 10am. Expect sweet little fluffy lambs, stalls and much more at the farm. Go along and see all the wonderful animals at Brockhill farm.
"There's not really much to say about Kipps, apart from every time we play here it can only be described as energetic/ outrageous/ fun.. you would be a fool to miss this, what a way to celebrate Easter". Don’t miss out on Ab and the Underclass performing between 3 and 5pm at Kipps’ on Easter Sunday!
If you’re young (but not too young) and have a lot of energy (because you’ll need it) Source Bar are coming to Folkestone at the Leas Cliff Hall for ‘Source by the Sea’. This DJ event will be joined by many well known DJs including Shadow Child and Friend Within. Starting at 9pm and finishing bank holiday Monday morning at 6am you’re lucky you’ll have Monday to recover. Find Tickets HERE
Easter Bunny Twirling @ Strange Cargo
After a night like that you might want to consider chilling along the Harbour Arm listening to Magga Tiempo from 2pm. Or step back to the 80s with the A Tees at the Golden Arrow from 4pm. Maybe even enjoy a glass of prosecco and some delicious pizza at Follies whilst listening to a live performance from 'The Mercurials'
Happy Easter Folkestone and enjoy your holidays!
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