Folkestone Garden Centre opened in 2016 as sister site to Tenterden Garden Centre and Canterbury Garden Centre, Herne Common. As family run, independent garden centres, community and knowledge are at the very heart of what we do and we hope to become an integral part of the local community in Swingfield, Folkestone as we are in Tenterden and Herne.

Previously the home of McFarlane’s World of Butterflies & Garden Nursery, our team battled to bring the expansive site back to life just in time for the May Bank Holiday. Many of the sites original features have been retained and when combined with our dedication, product quality and customer care we hope to be a popular addition to the local area.

As you would expect from any reputable garden centre we stock a vast array of specially selected, quality plants as well as a huge range of garden sundries, gardening tools and gifts. Our comprehensive range of imported garden furniture and quality cane furniture offers value for money and the opportunity to try before you buy – after all purchasing furniture is a tangible experience. You can even enjoy a slice of homemade cake, cooked english breakfast or light lunch at Folkestone Garden Centre’s Groves Coffee Shop & Restaurant.

Should you have any questions or require further information about our centre please do not hesitate to contact us on 01303 844033.

Folkestone Garden Centre Swingfield Plant Area

Here at Groves Coffee Shop & Restaurant we believe in creating tasty, wholesome meals that are reasonably priced. We pride ourselves upon our homemade, creative approach to our dishes, and lovingly bake a wide selection of cakes and sweet treats so that every time you visit you can expect the same quality and high standard we have become renowned for.

Our dishes are freshly prepared to order so please do let us know should you have any specific dietary requirements.

Working Time

Monday – Friday 9.00 – 17.30
Saturday 9.00 – 17.30
Sunday 10.00 – 15.30


Only at Tenterden & Canterbury Garden Centres

We have teamed up with many of the UK’s leading suppliers and manufacturers for aquatic, reptile and pet supplies including Oase, Hozelock, Blagdon, Tetra, Aqua One, Interpet & Juwel, so that we can guarantee both quality and value whatever the product. Our strong working relationships allow us a greater scope of products, the best prices and latest deals available.

As standard we offer a 3-day guarantee on fish livestock and a free water testing service. We can provide RO water as well as maintenance and treatment advice alongside expert aquatic & reptile knowledge. We even offer timed delivery of our fish throughout England for just £20 per box and we are happy to provide a quote for post codes elsewhere within the UK.

If you would like to find our more about Living World Pet & Aquatics Centres please contact:

Tenterden Living World – 01233 758422,

Canterbury Living World – 01227 376963,

We pride ourselves upon our excellent customer service, extensive range and value and above all our expertise and genuine care for our livestock. At Living World Aquatic & Pet Centre we hand-pick all our livestock from reputable breeders and licensed importers, enabling you to buy from us with confidence and all our fish come with a 3-day guarantee!

Aquariums, Equipment & Accessories
Aquariums, Equipment & Accessories
Liners and Preformed Ponds, Equipment, Accessories & Plants
Grooming Accessories, Beds, Cages, Toys & Christmas Gifts
State-of-the-Art Vivariums, Plants, Live Food and Livestock


We understand as a family run business, the cost of running a family and that is why we aim to make our events as affordable as possible. Where an activity is not free we try to keep charges to an absolute minimum. That way the whole family can enjoy a day out.

2017 dates for your diaries

So the time has come to announce our line up for 2017. We have some fantastic events planned, so quick get these dates in your diary. Event running details will be released closer to the date.

Thursday 29th June, 5pm – 9pm, Summer Open Evening
Folkestone Garden Centre Summer Open EveningSummer Open Evening Folkestone Menu

Thursday 27th July, 10.30am – 4pm, Family Fun Day
Affordable family fun with lots of activities to do!

Thursday 31st August, 10.30am – 4pm, Family Fun Day
Affordable family fun with lots of activities to do

Thursday 26th October, 10.30am – 4pm, October Half Term Fun Day
Spooky themed family fun day with plenty of fun to be had!

Thursday 23rd November, 10.30am – 4pm, Christmas Open Evening
An evening of festive entertainment for the whole family

Folkestone’s Local, Family Run, Independent Garden Centre

Opening Times

Monday – Friday 9.00 – 18.00
Saturday 9.00 – 18.00
Sunday 10.00 – 16.00


Canterbury Road (A260), Swingfield,

Nr Folkestone, Dover, Kent, CT15 7HX

Tel: 01303 844033

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