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Explore England’s Creative Coast - 1,400km of outstanding coastline and cultural adventures.

From May to November 2021, seven new ‘Waterfronts’ outdoor art commissions by internationally-acclaimed artists and the world’s first art GeoTour will be launched across the beautiful and dramatic coastline of Essex, Kent and East Sussex for you to discover.

Explore the South East

These south east counties of England are packed with cultural attractions including internationally acclaimed contemporary art galleries, exhilarating arts events, historic dockyards, intriguing coastal history and creative quarters, perfect for people who want to experience more on their trip away.

The seven new artworks will join up the coastline set in the landscape of Margate, Folkestone, Hastings, Bexhill-on-Sea, Eastbourne, Gravesend and Southend-on-Sea and created by leading contemporary artists Andreas Angelidakis, Mariana Castillo Deball, Holly Hendry, Jasleen Kaur, Katrina Palmer, Pilar Quinteros and Michael Rakowitz. 

Why not travel to and between these coastal towns, taking in the impressive  cultural adventures, huge choice of accommodation, and local food and drink? Make sure you don't miss out on on seeing these artworks, only on show for a limited time, by booking your trip today. To make it easy, visit England’s Creative Coast to view  a series of inspirational itineraries.  

If you’re sailing to Dover in Kent, take a cycling trip from the port, visiting Folkestone’s Creative Quarter where you’ll find a trail of outdoor Artworks to follow and Folkestone Triennial, one of the biggest outdoor visual art exhibitions in the UK.

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Embrace England's Cultural Coast

Ideas and inspiration for your itinerary!

For vintage shops and seaside charm, head to Margate and make it your base to explore this arty stretch of coast. With a backdrop of golden sands and 'Turner skies', visit the world-class Turner Contemporary gallery - its rolling programme of exhibitions makes it one of most exciting galleries outside London. 

In Medway, the Historic Dockyard Chatham celebrates 400 years of maritime heritage as one of the most important places for ship-building during the ‘age of sail’.

Along the Thames Estuary in North Kent and in Essex’s Southend-on-Sea, enjoy outstanding art festivals and events by Cement Fields and Metal, including Estuary 2020 festival -  art, music, literature and film across 60 miles of coastline, from September to October.

Or head to the East Sussex coastline to see more thought-provoking contemporary art, the dramatic South Downs National Park and explore the 1066 trail. Towner Eastbourne has three floors of galleries showcasing modern and contemporary art, including a wide range of works from its own Collection; in tranquil Bexhill-on-Sea, the iconic De La Warr Pavilion, presents exhibitions of contemporary and 20th century British art, live performances, film and outdoor events; and a  trip further east will take you to Hastings Contemporary, a gallery of modern and contemporary art nestled in the cosmopolitan coastal town steeped in 1066 history. 

Wherever you explore, we look forward to seeing you on the Cultural Coast!

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