What’s On: Ten reasons to go out in Felixstowe this week

PUBLISHED: 10:34 30 August 2018

Art on the Prom takes place at Felixstowe this weekend Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Art on the Prom takes place at Felixstowe this weekend Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Top quality windsurfing action, Art on the Prom, walks, crafts and music – lots happening this week.

Kate Osborne of Beach Bonkers Picture: SIMON PARKERKate Osborne of Beach Bonkers Picture: SIMON PARKER

Friday, August 31

With the children heading back to school in a few days, Manning’s Amusements ends its summer season of Craft Sessions from Creative ‘N’ Craft with crafts, games and dancing.

The End of Summer Party runs from 1pm to 3pm at the park in Sea Road and is followed by a game of crazy golf or bowling. Cost £10 – book via the Manning’s Facebook or pop into the park.

Windsurfing is coming to Felixstowe! Picture: STEPHEN SQUIRRELLWindsurfing is coming to Felixstowe! Picture: STEPHEN SQUIRRELL

Saturday, September 1

Beachcomber and environmentalist Kate Osborne invites families to go Beach Bonkers twice this weekend.

Today her beachcombing walk is at Landguard Nature Reserve – meet at the black gates leading to the reserve just in front of Landguard Fort in View Point Road at 9.50am. The walk will take place from 10am to 11.30am. Cost is £4 and no need to book.

Kate said: “This is one of the few real treasure hunts you can still do. And even better the beach is refreshed twice a day, every day, with each high tide casting up treasures anew.” She will help identify people’s finds and look at how to protect the seashore and marine environment.

Manning's Amusements at Felixstowe is holding craft sessions Picture: LUCY TAYLORManning's Amusements at Felixstowe is holding craft sessions Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

The event is suitable for all ages but children must be accompanied by an adult. Those taking part should have footwear suitable for walking on shingle and dress warmly as Landguard can be chilly even on the best summer days.

Tomorrow (Sunday, September 2) the Beach Bonkers team will be at the Visit Felixstowe Tourist Information Centre beach hut, on the prom in Undercliff Road West, opposite Felixstowe Town Hall/Delphine’s Diner, from 11am to 3pm showing some of the finds from this summer.

Saturday, September 1 – Sunday, September 2

Lily: after Leonardo by Nigel Rea - one of the images from the recent Felixstowe Photographic Society exhibition Photo: NIGEL REALily: after Leonardo by Nigel Rea - one of the images from the recent Felixstowe Photographic Society exhibition Photo: NIGEL REA

Felixstowe regularly used to stage big windsurfing events back in the 1980s and 1990s – hands up if you remember the Surf Shack cafe on the beach? – and this weekend the resort returns to centre stage for this spectacular sport.

People will be able to see the action in the Quiver Windsurfing Slalom Championships between 10am and 6pm on the southern half of the seafront, from the pier to Martello Park.

Organisers said the Slalom is the main event, but there will also be youth, amateur, womens, pro fleet and master blaster races to enjoy.

The Master blaster can be entered by any racers able to use harness lines and footstraps and have experience of sea sailing and their equipment is safe enough to use on the sea.

Saturday, September 1

Darren Page and Marc Robinson recreate the music of two of the greatest and best-loved singers of all time with their Through the Decades with Roy and Buddy at the Spa Pavilion at 7.30pm.

This two-hour tribute to Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly is pure nostalgia, featuring a live band and is packed with massive hits.

For full details of ticket prices and availability, call the Spa box office on 01394 284962.

Sunday, September 2

Up to 20,000 people are expected to pack the prom during the day for one of Felixstowe’s most popular free annual events, Art on the Prom.

There will be more than 100 artists with stands on the prom between the pier and Spa Pavilion from 10am to 4.30pm, selling a wide variety of original work, including painting, ceramics, glass, photography and textiles.

Professional artists will lead activity sessions offering children and adults the opportunity to have-a-go at art with workshops including flags and banners, collage, willow weaving, postcards and print-making, lino cutting and drawing workshops.

There will also be music, art displays and refreshments.

Click here for our full Art on the Prom preview.

Sunday, September 2

The East and Mid Suffolk branch of the Guide Dogs charity is holding its annual Craft Fair from 10am to 4pm at Felixstowe Leisure Centre, Undercliff Road West.

There will be a wide variety of craft and gift stalls, a prize raffle and tombola, and a chance to meet Guide Dogs and pups in training. Entry to the event is by donation.

Monday, September 3

There is a choice of two walks today – a health walk and an event organised by the Felixstowe Walkers, part of the Felixstowe Society.

The health walk sets off at 10.45am from outside Felixstowe Leisure Centre and will be led by trained Stepping Out in Suffolk volunteer walk leaders. The walk will go along the prom and last up to an hour. Admission free.

Meanwhile, the Felixstowe Walkers will meet at 11am outside The Mariners pub in High Road, Trimley St Mary, for a 2.5-mile country walk. Regular walkers with this group are expected to join the Felixstowe Society.

Tuesday, September 4

Interested in writing? Then Felixstowe Scribblers could be the place for you – this long-running group is a chance for writers to meet, take part in writing tasks and receive valuable feedback. The group meets at 7.30pm at The Room at the Top in Felixstowe Library, Crescent Road.

Wednesday, September 5

Felixstowe Triangle Canopy and The Salvation Army, Cobbold Road, are the venues for a special Felixstowe Action Day being held by the Suffolk Coastal Disability Forum.

People are invited to volunteer to help take part in a survey to assess the access to shops and businesses and how it affects people with disabilities.

A similar survey was carried out two years ago and the aim is now to see what has changed – publicise where improvements have been made, look at where there are still problems and any work planned to resolve them.

People should meet at the Triangle Canopy between 1.30pm and 2pm and will be briefed on how to do the survey – just go along to take part. At 3.30pm those taking part will gather at the Salvation Army for refreshments and to look at the results.

Thursday, September 6

Hard on the heels of their highly-successful photo exhibition, members of Felixstowe Photographic Society launch their new season of meetings.

Photography Pictorialism by Tony Bramley is the first evening at 7.30pm at Broadway House, Orwell Road. Entries will be for the ‘Open’ competition.

The group meets twice a month and is open to anyone interested in photography – from beginners to the more experienced worker.

For more details call 01473 272272.

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