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Ten reasons to go out and about in Felixstowe this week

PUBLISHED: 14:50 05 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:50 05 October 2018

Bayonet charge - 95th Rifles are returning for a Living History weekend at Landguard Fort Picture: RUTH LEACH

Bayonet charge - 95th Rifles are returning for a Living History weekend at Landguard Fort Picture: RUTH LEACH

Ruth Leach

As always, Felixstowe’s events calendar is packed with things to do this week. Here are some to look out for:

Musket firing will be heard at Landguard this weekend Picture: MICK WEBBMusket firing will be heard at Landguard this weekend Picture: MICK WEBB

Saturday, October 6

There’s a great opportunity to see wildlife up close at a Migration Morning at Landguard Bird Observatory, View Point Road.

It’s an early start – 7.30am – and the event, run with the Felixstowe Branch of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, includes a guided walk around Landguard Nature Reserve and a time at the Bird Observatory with a chance to see a ringing demonstration.

If you are going alone be sure to take binoculars and wear suitable clothes and shoes.

The Felixstowe Festival of Fabric is on at the Orwell Hotel Picture: TIM BOWDENThe Felixstowe Festival of Fabric is on at the Orwell Hotel Picture: TIM BOWDEN

Meet in the car park outside Landguard Fort. Admission free – but donations welcome.

Saturday, October 6

Also at Landguard, if a 90-minute family autumn walk devoted to learning about fungi.

The Festival of Fabric will take place at The Orwell Hotel Picture: TIM BOWDENThe Festival of Fabric will take place at The Orwell Hotel Picture: TIM BOWDEN

What’s About with the Ranger takes place from 10.00am to 11.30am at Landguard Nature Reserve, starting from outside Landguard Visitor Centre and View Point Cafe.

Organisers say children 15 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. Again please wear suitable footwear and waterproofs – the forecast is not good for Saturday.

Admission free, but any donations will go towards the Landguard Bungalow bird feeding station.

Lots to explore at Landguard - port to watch, fort to visit and nature to admire Picture: ARCHANTLots to explore at Landguard - port to watch, fort to visit and nature to admire Picture: ARCHANT

Saturday, October 6 and Sunday, October 7

The ever-popular 95th Rifles return for a living history weekend at Landguard Fort.

The Rifles’ history dates back to Napoleonic times – in 1800 the Experimental Corp of Riflemen was formed, eventually becoming the 95th (Rifle) Regiment of Foot in 1803.

In a post on the Enjoy Felixstowe More! Facebook page, Philip Hills wrote: “The 95th (Rifle) Regiment of Foot served throughout the Peninsular War in Spain and Portugal, seeing action in many battles like Bussaco, Salamanca and Vittoria. They saw action in America during the War of 1812, and oversaw the downfall of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.”

Bird ringing at the Landguard Observatory Picture: LUCY TAYLORBird ringing at the Landguard Observatory Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

The re-enactment camp will be open both days from 10am to 4pm and there will be displays of drill and musket firing and the chance to learn about soldiers’ lives in the past.

Normal admission charges for the Landguard Fort apply.

Saturday, October 6

People will be able to get close up with the birds Picture: GREGG BROWNPeople will be able to get close up with the birds Picture: GREGG BROWN

The Festival of Fabric returns – this time being held at the Orwell Hotel, Hamilton Road – between 10am and 4pm for a superb day of everything vintage.

Organised by Felixstowe Sewing School, there will be stalls selling fabrics, patterns and other accessories, plus workshops with experts and lectures on vintage fashions, and a display of prams and fashion, swing music and refreshments.

Entry £5 for over 16s.

Tuesday, October 9

New members are always welcome at the Felixstowe Area Social Club for Retired Persons, which takes place at 2.15pm (doors open 2pm) at Old Felixstowe Community Centre, Ferry Road.

The club enjoys a variety of activities and today’s is the annual meeting followed by a quiz. For more details call 01394 809794.

Tuesday, October 9

Alan Smith, from Ipswich will demonstrate Aspects of Autumn at the Deben Flower Club.

The group meets monthly at Kirton Church Hall, Church Lane, Kirton, at 7.30pm. Visitors always welcome – admission £5.

Tuesday, October 9

Members of Felixstowe and District Horticultural Society will be holding an autumn mini show at their meeting at 7.30pm.

BBC Radio Suffolk gardening expert Matthew Tanton Brown will be the guest speaker. The event takes place at Old Felixstowe Community Centre, Ferry Road.

Admission for visitors is £3.

Wednesday, October 10 and Thursday October 11

Stamps, vinyl records, old postcards, coins, sporting items, magazines, comics, and die-cast models will be on sale as Nick Barber of Nick Barber Auctions stages a two-day Memorabilia and Collectables Auction.

The event takes place at the Orwell Hotel, Hamilton Road, Felixstowe.

Viewing of the lots is on Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm and Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 11.45am.

Nick will have his gavel ready noon both days. Thursday is vinyl records only.

Admission free.

For more details call 01394 549084 or 07876 757268.

Wednesday, October 10

Jim Cadbury will be speaking about The Quakers as members of Felixstowe Family History Society and Felixstowe History and Museum Society join together for one of their series of talks.

Broadway House, Orwell Road, is the venue for the event, which starts at 7.30pm. Entry free for society members and £1 for visitors.

Wednesday, October 10

Messy Church is one the growing churches in the UK and this week you can find out why when St John’s is the host for this event featuring crafts, stories and a shared meal for children and their families.

The event takes place at the church in Orwell Road from 3.30pm to 5.45pm.

All ages welcome but organisers stress that children must be accompanied by a parent/carer.

No need to book – just go along. Admission free (donations welcome).

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