Beaches, kayaks, historic homes, gardens, playgrounds and ‘sacred’ places all get an airing from our tipsters’ treasured memories of recent day trips
You may not hear people saying “you really must get down to Folkestone” a lot, but after much investment and regeneration, this seaside town offers a great day out for all tastes and budgets. The harbour arm boasts an array of pop-up eateries with great views, music and a converted lighthouse that is now a champagne bar. For families, the water fountains, the beach with its funicular railway, and the Lower Leas coastal park are a must. Hidden among the Mediterranean gardens is a huge, well-maintained adventure play park with large slides, sand pits and diggers. The cultural quarter is bustling with restaurants, artists’ workshops and galleries and inviting independent coffee shops. A BBQ on the beach in the evening is a winner.