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The area below the famous Leas at Folkestone was created in 1784 when a landslip produced a new strip of land between the beach and the new cliff line. The park has been awarded a Green Flag, meaning it has been recognised as one of the best green spaces in the country.
The fun zone is situated in the centre of the park, and in addition to the largest free play area in the south east, this zone also contains the zig-zag path and the ever-popular Amphitheatre. The play area is designed specifically for inclusive play – it is wheelchair accessible, with low level play panels.
The remainder of the park is the wild zone where sensitive habitat management ensures that wildlife can enjoy the park as much as we do.
For catering and refreshments, the Mermaid Cafe is situated close to the promenade, below the play area. Entertainment is provided throughout the summer across the park – and it’s all free! The programme of events really does provide something for everyone with storytelling, participative art, live music, guided walks and much, much more.
The park is open at all times. For site security and your safety the site is well lit, has CCTV coverage and Wardens patrolling during office hours.
National Cycle Route 2 runs along the Lower Sandgate Road and cyclists are asked to dismount through the play area during busy periods.
If you would like to book the amphitheatre for your own production or event, contact the park manager for details.
Further information on the history and natural heritage can be found on interpretation panels throughout the park or by picking up a leaflet available onsite from the Wardens Hut and the Mermaid Café. Or you can download the Lower Lees Coastal Park leaflet.
Easy access information
This park and open space has at least one accessible route but otherwise is considered to be less suitable for visitors with pushchairs and/or wheelchairs.