Back in 2014 Folkestone had a Gold Rush. No, they didn't suddenly find a seam in them thar hills, this was an art project installed on the Little Sands . This is the way the Folkestone Triennial organisers describe it:
Folkestone Digs is Berlin-based artist Michael Sailstorfer’s contribution to Folkestone Triennial 2014 commissioned by Bristol-based art producers Situations. The project was developed in secrecy until the opening day, when it was announced that 30 individual pieces of 24-carat gold had been buried under the sand of the Outer Harbour beach.
The beach, which is mostly under water at high tide, is open to the public. The pieces of gold are dispersed across a wide expanse of beach, which is revealed and accessible daily as the tide allows. Sailstorfer’s sculpture is made and re-made daily by people digging on the beach. Since no-one knows how many of the gold pieces have been found, the goal of hidden treasure waiting to be discovered may be a permanent addition to the beach.
Another annual event is the Sandcastle Competition. This is fun for all ages, and you don't have to get wet if you don't want to. I think this one is from 2017.
Folkestone sees a lot of events throughout the year, and it is difficult for me to get there at the right time, but thankfully I have a lot of friends in Folkestone who help me out by taking lots of pictures. This will not be a 'Then and Now' page because these fun activities have only come about in the last few years.
So let us now begin with the annual Boxing Day Dip - this is the day when the hardiest of people run down the Sunny Sands dressed in the strangest of costumes and plunge headlong into the freezing cold water. Why? I have no idea, but it looks like a lot of fun! Here are a few photos from various years supplied to me by Corinne Cavalier:
If you would like to read more about this project, and watch a video of it at the height of the excitement, please check out the website of the Folkestone Trienniel. You will also see many of the other pieces of art that have been installed around Folkestone over the years.
Although a lot of fun, unfortunately the Folkestone Pram Race is no more. The above video, supplied by Jan Pedersen, who was responsible for the coffin pram, said they took place in the 1970's.
This is the way Jan explains the rules: "You had to race round loads of pubs/hotels, drink a half pint in each, throw 3 darts to get your best score - and try not to throw up! Only took part a couple of times. Never won the race, but we did win on this occasion for the best pram. Took me a while to make the coffin. The pram ended up in the inner harbour while we were enjoying our post-race pint in the Jubilee."
So there you have it, maybe there is a good reason why it is no longer done! LOL