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No need to be bored this week – here’s ten things happening in Felixstowe

PUBLISHED: 10:44 20 September 2018

Felixstowe Road Runners' Coastal 10M race is being staged on Sunday Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Felixstowe Road Runners' Coastal 10M race is being staged on Sunday Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

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From pirates to running, health and heritage walks to music, there’s plenty of reasons to get out and about over the next seven days.

John McCarthy, Malcolm Hodd, and Tim Curtis, the team behind the film, Life on the Deben Photo: JEMMA WATTSJohn McCarthy, Malcolm Hodd, and Tim Curtis, the team behind the film, Life on the Deben Photo: JEMMA WATTS

Friday, September 21

John McCarthy and Malcolm Hodd’s film of Life on the Deben is being screened twice at Felixstowe Library in Crescent Road – at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

The film, produced in association with the Woodbridge Riverside Trust, traces the river from Debenham, to the boatyards of Woodbridge and then on down to the sea at Bawdsey and Felixstowe Ferry, examining life past and present and looking at the many activities which take place on the water and along its shores, including boat building, sailing, farming, and fishing.

There will be refreshments and copies of the DVD on sale. Proceeds to Woodbridge Riverside Trust and Friends of Felixstowe Library.

A Thames barge entering the River Deben at Felixstowe Ferry in Life on the Deben Picture: JEMMA WATTSA Thames barge entering the River Deben at Felixstowe Ferry in Life on the Deben Picture: JEMMA WATTS

Tickets are £5 each and must be pre-booked on 01394 330850.

Saturday, September 22

Music enthusiasts can snap up a bargain at the monthly Record and CD Fair from 9am to 5pm at the Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Orwell Road, Felixstowe.

Pirates will beseige Felixstowe this weekend Picture: ARCHANT ARCHIVEPirates will beseige Felixstowe this weekend Picture: ARCHANT ARCHIVE

Entry is 50p with proceeds to Crohns and Colitis UK.

There will be a good assortment of stalls selling a wide variety of music, CDs and vinyl, modern and older.

Saturday, September 22 – Sunday, September 23

The Simon and Garfunkel Story Picture: JACQUI ELLIOT-WILLIAMSThe Simon and Garfunkel Story Picture: JACQUI ELLIOT-WILLIAMS

Ahoy me hearties! and Shiver Me Timbers!

It’s pirates weekend at Landguard Fort with four re-enactment societies coming together to raise money for East Anglia Children’s Hospice and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

The event –called the Peninsular Pyrates Family Festival – is on both Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm and includes lots of pirate-themed fun plus a children’s treasure trail, a chance to learn about life in the golden age of pirates, dress up as your favourite buccaneer, to watch military and pirate skirmishes, drill displays and musket firing.

More than 100 re-enactors will be taking part. Templar Taverns will be selling quality fruit wines, meads and ales.

Phil Hadwen's walks are still held in his memory Picture: ANDY ABBOTTPhil Hadwen's walks are still held in his memory Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Admission is £7.50 for adults, concessions £6.50, children £3.

Saturday, September 22

Direct from its success at London’s Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, a sold out worldwide tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon and Garfunkel Story is heading for Felixstowe’s Spa Pavilion.

The show, which is on at 7.30pm, is a 50th anniversary celebration of the singing duo and includes original film footage and a live band performing hits such as Mrs Robinson, Cecilia, Bridge Over Troubled Water, I am a Rock, The Boxer, Homeward Bound and more.

For ticket prices and availability call the Spa box office on 01394 284962.

Sunday, September 23

Five hundred runners will be pounding Felixstowe seafront as they take part in the Richard Bennett Felixstowe Coastal 10M – a 10-mile race starting at the bottom of Bent Hill on the prom at 9.15am.

The route of the event, organised by the Felixstowe Road Runners, will take the runners south past the pier towards Landguard before returning to the pier, then down to Felixstowe Ferry, before heading back to the finish line at Felixstowe Leisure Centre.

The race is already sold out. Admission free for spectators.

Sunday, September 23

Members of the Felixstowe Society will be leading walkers on a tour of the resort’s Victorian and Edwardian heritage at 2.30pm from Cliff House, Hamilton Gardens.

The walk is one of Phil’s Sunday Walks, which were originally started by the late Phil Hadwen, widely regarded as Mr Felixstowe.

Admission free.

Monday, September 24

Meet at the Landguard Visitor Centre and View Point Cafe (have you tried their fantastic Fisherman’s Breakfast? – great with a side portion of chips, too), View Point Road, for the latest Felixstowe Health Walk.

The walk at 10.30am is around the Landguard Peninsula and will last around 90 minutes and will be led by trained Stepping Out in Suffolk volunteer walk leaders. Everyone welcome. Admission free.

Tuesday, September 25

Jim Lait will give a demonstration of “getting to grips with perspective” at Felixstowe Art Group’s meeting at 7.30pm at Broadway House, Orwell Road.

The group is the town’s longest established art group, meeting to support each other and learn and share their skills, and holds an annual exhibition. Members free; visitors £2.

Thursday, September 27

Felixstowe Walkers will be exploring The Dip and clifftops on a 2.5-mile stroll, setting off from Brackenbury Sports Centre, High Road East, at 10.30am.

The group is part of the Felixstowe Society and while admission free, regular walkers will be expected to become members of the Felixstowe Society. Annual membership – £7 or £10 for two adults living together.

Thursday, September 27

Film/DVD will be the theme for the Felixstowe Photographic Society at 7.30pm at Broadway House, Orwell Road. IP11 7DD

The club caters for everyone from beginners in the craft to the more experienced worker and visitors are welcome. Admission free for a maximum of two visits.

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