Hockey fans can be sure that it will be smiles all the way when they watch a match at the Folkestone Optimist Hockey Club. This is one of Kent’s leading hockey clubs and was established around forty years ago. The club features a total of eleven teams for hockey players to choose from and in addition to the six men’s teams and three women’s teams there are also two mixed teams.
Located in the Shepway district of Kent, Folkestone is a coastal resort town with a history dating back to the 7th century, when it began as a Norman stronghold. The town’s history as a tourist destination, however, can be traced to the period from 1848 to 1868, when hotels such as ‘The Metropole’ and ‘The Grand’ sprang up to accommodate the influx of visitors arriving to pursue the pastime of sea bathing, which was then rapidly growing in popularity.
Just next to Folkestone at Hawkinge, visitors will find the Battle of Britain Museum, an impressive facility said to house the most important collection of Battle of Britain artefacts on show in the country. Among the many artefacts available for viewing are vehicles, aircraft, flying equipment, weapons, prints and relics. A greater insight into the area’s heritage can be gained by visiting the Martello towers at Folkestone and Dymchurch, the Memorial at Capel and the sound mirrors at Greatstone.
One of the greatest attractions of Folkestone is its location in relation to the North Downs and the views thus afforded to visitors to the area. The surrounding countryside and the distant but quite visible French coast provide photograph opportunities akin to picture postcards. The North Downs Way, which begins in Surrey and reaches Folkestone before continuing through Capel-Le-Ferne and on to Dover, provides a popular route for walkers and bird watchers.