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What’s On: Ten great things to do in Felixstowe in the week ahead

PUBLISHED: 12:30 06 September 2018

Walkers will be out in force for Paws on the Prom Picture: PHIL MORLEY

Walkers will be out in force for Paws on the Prom Picture: PHIL MORLEY

It’s the Heritage Open Days this weekend, but there is also Ride and Stride, a beer festival, markets and Motown and more.

Visitors enjoying a tour of Martello Tower P at a previous Felixstowe Heritage Weekend Picture: SU ANDERSONVisitors enjoying a tour of Martello Tower P at a previous Felixstowe Heritage Weekend Picture: SU ANDERSON

Friday, September 7

Artist Caroline Wright is on the seafront as part of Pier Projects’ Thrive: Revive art programme in Felixstowe connecting wellbeing with the closeness of the sea.

She will be at Beach Hut no 14 and the shore in front of the Spa Pavilion until Sunday, September 16, daily from noon to 4pm using the hut and shore as a studio and stage for performances and events. On September 16 there will also be a swim and picnic at 4pm. Admission free.

Left to right: Rev Alan Perry, Piers Hart, Mary Lomas, Amanda Straderick, Suffolk Family History Society, Julie Straderick, Ian Lomas, event area organiser, and Patrick Grieve, chairman of Suffolk Churches Ride and Stride, launch this year's event Picture: SHCTLeft to right: Rev Alan Perry, Piers Hart, Mary Lomas, Amanda Straderick, Suffolk Family History Society, Julie Straderick, Ian Lomas, event area organiser, and Patrick Grieve, chairman of Suffolk Churches Ride and Stride, launch this year's event Picture: SHCT

Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 9

Sixteen real ales and four ciders can be sampled as the Half Moon pub in Walton High Street holds its seventh Beer Festival.

The festival starts at 5pm today (Friday), Fretz will be playing at 8pm. On Saturday from noon to 4pm there will be a Kid’s Charity Fun Day in aid of Felixstowe Nursery School. Music is from Ali Mack, playing songs from the 40s to the 80s from 3pm, and James Nunn ay 8pm. Sunday is folk day with colourful morris dancers, and music from Harbour Lights and Felix Stowaways. Admission free.

Felixstowe mayor Graham Newman with his wife Janet, the mayoress  - this week is the Mayor's Charity Night Picture: CHRIS CARNEFelixstowe mayor Graham Newman with his wife Janet, the mayoress - this week is the Mayor's Charity Night Picture: CHRIS CARNE

Friday, September 7

Mayor Graham Newman is hosting his Mayor’s Charity Night from 7pm at the Orwell Hotel, Hamilton Road. There wil be a selection of stalls selling a range of items, plus a raffle, a fashion show and music.

All money raised from the evening will go to the two charities chosen by Mr Newman to support during his year in office – The BASIC Life Charity and The Laydens Community Cafe.

Tickets are £5 and must be booked in advance from the BASIC Life shops 01394 272618 and 01394 279400; The Laydens 01394 270225; and Felixstowe Town Hall 01394 288193.

The Half Moon, High Street, Walton, Felixstowe Picture: ANDREW PARTRIDGEThe Half Moon, High Street, Walton, Felixstowe Picture: ANDREW PARTRIDGE

Saturday, September 8

Felixstowe’s churches will be open from 9am to 5pm to welcome cyclists and walkers on the annual Ride and Stride.

The idea – which now runs nationally – started in Suffolk more than 30 years ago, and consistently Suffolk has headed the table of funds raised. The Ride and Stride is the main source of income to Suffolk Historic Churches Trust to enable it to make grants to churches and chapels of all denominations towards repair and restoration costs.

Dog walkers will again enjoy a stroll on the prom en masse on Sunday Picture: PHIL MORLEYDog walkers will again enjoy a stroll on the prom en masse on Sunday Picture: PHIL MORLEY

Half of the money raised by those taking part goes to the Trust and the rest to a place of worship nominated by the walker or rider.

For full details visit the Suffolk Ride and Stride website.

Saturday, September 8 – Sunday, September 9

There’s a chance to immerse yourself in the history of Felixstowe this weekend by getting involved in the Heritage Open Days event. Activities to enjoy include guided walks, talks, heritage displays and free access to some of the resort’s most historic places. A brochure giving full details is available from various outlets around the town – see also our article here.

The event is organised by Felixstowe Society, working in partnership with Visit Felixstowe and the Landguard Partnership.

The Heritage Information Hub will be is based at The Hut on the prom, bottom of Bath Hill, which will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm.

Saturday, September 8

There will be plenty of bargains on a wide range of stalls, plus refreshments, at the monthly Old Felixstowe Community Market.

The event at the Old Felixstowe Community Centre, Ferry Road, runs from 10am to noon and is organised by the Old Felixstowe Community Association. Admission free.

Saturday, September 8

The timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Supremes, Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jackson 5, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson and many more will be recreated in The Magic of Motown at the Spa Pavilion at 8pm.

There will be 40 back-to-back classic Motown hits – including Ain’t No Mountain, Signed Sealed Delivered, Grapevine, Get Ready, Dancing In The Streets, My Girl, Blame It On The Boogie, Uptight, Endless Love, and Heatwave – with glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and outstanding musicianship in a night to remember.

For ticket details and availability call the Spa Box Office on 01394 284962.

Sunday, September 9

Paws on the Prom is a two mile ‘dog’ walk along the promenade in aid of Cancer Research UK’s Kids and Teens Campaign, which raises money for research to find new, better and kinder treatments for children and young people with cancer.

It starts and finishes at the South Kiosk in Martello Park – the route running to Jacob’s Ladder and back. Start is at 10am.

There will be goodie bags at the end of the walk for all entrants.

Entry is £5 per person if you register in advance, or £7 on the day – register at Paws on the Prom.

Tuesday, September 11

Carole Massey will give a demonstration of “landscape in pastels over acrylic” to Felixstowe Art Group at 7.30pm at Broadway House, Orwell Road.

The group recently held a highly-successful summer exhibition at Trinity Methodist Church Hall.

Members free; visitors £2.

Wednesday, September 12

Families are invited to join in some Messy Church activities –including crafts and stories and a shared meal – at St John’s Church, Orwell Road, from 3.30pm to 5.45pm.

Just turn up – all ages welcome but children must be accompanied by a parent or carer. Admission free (donations welcome). For more information call 07581 390224.

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