England's Creative Coast
Immerse yourself in the cultural and scenic wonders of the Kent and East Sussex coast.
The South East coast is full of cultural adventures, all easy to reach via our train services with many just a short walk from the train station.
England’s Creative Coast is the perfect escape for mind, body and soul, with world-class art, galleries, outdoor artworks, theatre, music and a stunning scenic coastline.
Creative Coast Inspiration ...
Spend time on Margate’s golden beaches with winter walks or swimming when the weather is warmer, then venture to the Old Town where you’ll find vintage shops, cafes, restaurants and historic buildings.Take a stroll along the seafront to Cliftonville, a bustling creative area full of artists’ studios, gallery spaces and independent shops.
Frequent high speed trains from London take around 1 hour and 30 minutes from St Pancras International, with other services from London Victoria or Charing Cross.
Folkestone’s Creative Quarter
The Quarterhouse showcases the best in contemporary performance, theatre, dance and music all year round, and in 2020 the town turns into a living canvas, as artists from across the world create artworks for Folkestone Triennial – one of the UK’s biggest outdoor visual arts exhibitions.
Folkestone Central and Folkestone West stations are just under 1 hour 50 minutes away from London Cannon Street. Or you can take our high speed services to St Pancras International in just under an hour.
Jerwood Gallery, Hastings
Be amazed by great British modern artists in the Jerwood Collection such as Sir Stanley Spencer, LS Lowry, Barbara Hepworth, Paul Nash and Walter Sickert, before seeing a range of contemporary artists on display in the temporary exhibitions. Wander through the passageways of Hastings’ Old Town, where you’ll find artists’ studios, galleries, antiques and charming half-timber houses at every turn, explore bohemian St Leonards just along the sea front, and breathe in the sea air with a wander along the pier. Grab a bike and continue your cultural adventure by visiting De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea just a 30-minute ride away.
Our trains run from from Charing Cross or Victoria to Hastings in just two hours.
Image Credits in order of appearance
Image: Another Time XXI, 2013 © Anthony Gormley. On Fulsham Rock on the Margate foreshore. Photogrpahy by Thierry Bol.
Image: Cornelia Parker, The Folkestone Mermaid 2011. Image courtesy of The Creative Foundation
Image: © Jerwood Gallery