Friday, 14 April 2017

Folkestone Creative Quarter Steep Street Coffee House watercolour

I went Folkestone today and was pretty much amazed by the pace of transformation of the old High Street into a creative quarter. This is best expressed by wanting somewhere to sketch part of it from and Steep Street Coffee House being full at about 3.30.

I hung about until I was lucky enough get a widow seat, where I sat for about an hour sketching the buildings opposite, drinking tea eating chocolate cake and wondering about how the creative innovations were panning out in the Thanet towns and if a creative quarter somewhere in Ramsgate would be viable.

Margate Old Town is another example although it hasn’t got the density of galleries, studios and working artists and Ramsgate has got a fair few galleries but they are scattered around the town.

I suppose Harbour Street in Ramsgate would be the prime candidate and I suppose given our councils it is difficult to think that this would happen.
 For the dedicated followers of my bookshop here are the latest book acquisitions


  1. I do think the old Duke of Kent pub just near you would make an ideal community project for a coffee shop / book shop. I don't know if that would be viable or possible, and in anycase the current owner may already have their own plans. I am at least aware of Ramsgate having Heritage Action Zone Status to draw in funding


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