Do you currently let your home in Thanet or the Folkestone & Hythe area to short-stay visitors in? Or have you ever considered it?

England’s Creative Coast is a new cultural tourism project led by Turner Contemporary and Visit Kent to create an innovative travel experience for visitors to the South East coast.

Visit Kent are commissioning a piece of market research to help them understand the needs of current and potential homestay hosts for a new initiative being trialled as part of the project, Art Homes and there is an opportunity for you to get involved.

If you currently let your home in Thanet or the Folkestone & Hythe area out to short-stay visitors (via AirBnB or any other channel), or if you have considered letting your home in Thanet or the Folkestone & Hythe area to short-stay visitors then Visit Kent would be very interested to hear your views.

You are invited to take part in this research as your views are very important to Visit Kent.

The research will comprise of an informal group discussion amongst eight people in similar circumstances to one another, conducted by research agency Muse. There are no right or wrong answers, and no specialist knowledge is required to take part. The focus groups will take place in the afternoon of Wednesday 17th July at Turner Contemporary. This research is entirely confidential and abides by the MRS code of conduct and the strictest data protection protocol.

If you are selected to take part, Muse will give you £25 to say ‘thank you’ for your time and contribution.

If you are interested in participating, please complete one of the very short online surveys below. The purpose of the survey is to help us in the selection process, so the discussions reflect as broad a range of participants as possible.

If you currently provide a homestay experience, please complete this form -

If you do not currently provide a homestay experience but are interested in doing so, please complete this form -

The deadline for completing the survey is 6pm on Monday 15th July.

Please note that Visit Kent are inviting a number of people to take part and you may not be selected to take part on this occasion. This is simply because we have had a large number of volunteers. Please accept our thanks for offering to be involved.

Visit Kent are most grateful for your time and look forward to hearing your views.


About England’s Creative Coast

In 2020, England’s Creative Coast will launch a new cultural adventure to attract visitors to the region: seven new site-specific artworks by leading contemporary artists and the world’s first ever art digital geocaching tour, to connect the creative places along this distinct coastline.

Turner Contemporary in Margate, Creative Folkestone, Cement Fields (Whitstable Biennale) in Gravesend, Bexhill-on-Sea’s De La Warr Pavilion, Hastings Contemporary, Metal in Southend-on-Sea and Eastbourne’s Towner Art Gallery are joining forces for the first time to create this new cultural travel experience. Visitors can curate their visit using the England’s Creative Coast self-build itineraries featuring art, events, food, drink and accommodation at, for the ultimate stay.

England’s Creative Coast is led by Turner Contemporary and Visit Kent and is principally funded by Arts Council England and Visit England / Visit Britain through the Discover England Fund.

Art Homes

In response to the current tourism trend for experiential holidays staying in people’s homes (e.g. Air BnB, Homestay) and the strength of the creative industries in the region, England’s Creative Coast is trialling Art Homes – an initiative where local artists open their homes as places for people to stay and current homestay hosts work with artists in new ways -  to provide visitors with a unique overnight stay experience and an additional income stream for artists. The pilot will take place during the momentous event in Margate, Turner Prize 2019 at Turner Contemporary, in autumn 2019. The pilot will include the development of a best practice toolkit developed for existing and future homestay hosts.

To find out more, contact Louisa Mungall