The seaside town of Folkestone is located on the southern coastal edge of the North Downs and was an important harbour and shipping port for most of the 19th and 20th century. It is most famous for The Folkestone Leas and Leas Cliff Hall. Here towering sea-facing Victorian terraces overlook the Leas promenade, a grand walkway along the clifftop several miles into the town.
Folkestone Adult Education Centre is one of the most distinctive centres in its appearance. As its name suggests, the cube shaped building is painted chalky pink making it an unmissable feature of Tontine Street in Folkestone’s Creative Quarter. Inside the building is modern, light and airy and its exposed pipes and timber beams give it a New York Loft feel. The building was originally used by antiques company Benham Stamps. However when this closed down works began on the disused building in 2007 and in 2008 The Cube opened to the public.
The facilities at many of our centres are state-of-the art, and The Cube is no exception. It has a dedicated jewellery-making room equipped with specialist tools and equipment including braziers and furnaces. There are art studios, for a variety of drawing and painting courses including oils and acrylics and life drawing. There is an ICT Suite where many of our photography and computing courses take place and a variety of comfortable classrooms for many other subjects including creative writing and Italian opera.
One of Folkestone’s most over-subscribed courses is pottery and ceramics which take place just down the road at Cube Ceramics, a dedicated pottery studio. Though The Cube is largely a creative courses venue, it does host a number of general studies courses. For instance, you can take a course in beekeeping, or even a course on assertiveness and confidence building! If it’s health and fitness you’re in to, how about sampling the delights of Iyengar yoga?
“As its name suggests, the cube shaped building is painted chalky pink making it an unmissable feature of Tontine Street in Folkestone’s Creative Quarter.”
Also famous at The Cube are language courses, particularly those held in the evenings, popular with commuters. Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, French, German, Spanish and Russian are all taught by experienced tutors for all levels of ability.
The Cube has a bustling and friendly atmosphere on all of its three floors. The Cube Café is run by duo Jenny and Tony Dowding and serves a selection of drinks and snacks including tea, coffee, cakes and sandwiches to be enjoyed by students between classes.
The Cube is proud to be part of the Creative Foundation family; an independent arts charity dedicated to the regeneration of Folkestone through creative activity. The foundation also owns the Quarterhouse; a brilliant arts venue which offers a year-round programme of live music, comedy, film, talks, theatre and children’s entertainment, as well as this it also owns a number of galleries and small art studios in Folkestone’s Creative Quarter.
There’s something for everyone – particularly if you’re a lover of the arts. For all you budding creative writers, Folkestone is the home of popular 1800s writers Wilkie Collins and H.G. Wells.
Could you follow in their footsteps? Discover Folkestone and be more with Kent Adult Education.
Courses in Folkestone