Gold Buried on Folkestone Beach | Where it is and how to get there!
The Folkestone Triennial has outdone themselves this time and created a fascinating, fun and interactive artwork on Folkestone’s Sandy Beach.
What Kind of Gold is Buried in Folkestone?
There are thirty 10g and 20g 24 karat gold bars buried at the beach which are worth around £250 and £500 each with a value totalling £10,000 – all buried and ready for you rock up with your spade and find them. It’s yours to keep and you don’t even have to tell anyone that you’ve found one!
You might want to reconsider a metal detector though since the artist has also added thousands of decoy washers around the beach to throw you off the scent and even the playing field. Mwah ha ha…
Which Beach Is It?
Potential Gold Diggers will be relieved to know that the gold bars haven’t been hidden on our main Sandy Beach called Sunny Sands – that’s an enormous beach in comparison.. the bars are in the smaller harbour beach next to the gift shop. Just follow the procession of people with spades from the harbour fountain past ROCKSALT (our award winning Mark Sargent Restaurant) and up The Stade to the beach.
You’ll also need to consider the tide which at the time of writing is out from 6am to 11.30am and from 4pm to 9pm – unless of course you have scuba gear!!
How Do I Get There?
Simply put, by car you need to come down the M20 and exit at Junction 13. Follow the signs for the Sandy Beach and Harbour. By rail the fast train leaves for Folkestone Central from Kings Cross St Pancras and takes an hour. If you want to use google maps or a sat nav to get there then use the postcode CT19 6AB.
Walking from Folkestone Central is about 1.5km. If you zoom in on the map you’ll see walking directions. I recommend that you walk straight into town, through Bouverie Place Shopping Centre and down the Old High Street… you’ll enjoy the shops on the way down too!
Good luck! Take a picture and send it to me if you find one!