Lower Leas Coastal Park Review, Folkestone

November 2020

Lower Leas Coastal Park is a fantastic outdoor play area, in the seaside town of Folkestone.  Just a stone’s throw from the beach itself, it’s a great destination for a cheap day out.

What’s there for the kids to do?

The Lower Leas Coastal Park is the largest free adventure playground in the South East – and it’s one of the best free places to visit in Kent! It’s a fantastic playground with slides, nets, sand pits and zip lines, and the main play area is a huge wooden structure – plenty to keep the kids entertained!

It’s also right on the beach, so on a warm day you can head down the steps and play in the sea or take a stroll along the sand too. It makes a good base for day out – you can do the park, the beach and head into town which is nearby.

The Coastal Park is great place to watch the planes zoom over during Folkestone Airshow too, and we love combining the two for a really great day out.  Finn loves aeroplanes – so when the park, planes and ice-cream are all in one place, he’s in his element!

 

What facilities are there?

There are toilets on site, as well as grassy areas for picnics and BBQs.  There’s a cafe nearby, but I have to be honest and say we’ve never used it – we are definitely picnic people as we like to have our days out on a budget.

The car park is close by and reasonably priced out of season, but it has become dearer during the summer months. In peak season, parking is £3 an hour which can quickly add up if you’re there all afternoon.

I tend to park further down in the free parking by the road (you get 2 hours free) and then move the car to the car park if we want to stay any longer. Having said that, considering that the park is brilliant and free, even with paid parking it’s still a cheap day out.

 

Useful information for your visit…

Website: https://www.folkestone-hythe.gov.uk/community/parks-and-open-spaces/lower-leas-coastal-park

Cost:  Free

Opening Times:  Year Round

Pets:  Dogs welcome

Parking:  Pay and display

Facilities:  Restaurant, parking, toilets, picnic areas on site.  Pushchair and wheelchair friendly.

Address:  Lower Sandgate Road, Lower Leas, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2JP, England

 

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