The seaside town of Felixstowe has long been a popular resort with visitors since Victorian times, especially for Londoners escaping The Big Smoke for a breath of exhilarating sea air!
As there are so many places to visit and things to do in Felixstowe, we have put together a few suggestions to help you plan your visit...
Day 1 – If the sun has got his hat on, take the family down to the lovely beach – buckets and spades are a must along with sun cream, towels and a tasty picnic.
Chill out in the evening with a show at The Spa Pavilion – there’s a great line up of productions in 2016 from kid’s shows to musicals, plays and comedy.
Day 2 – A relaxing day strolling around the great selection of shops. Be sure to stop by the Adnams store for beers, wines and spirits plus kitchenware and gifts.
Rest your wearing legs and treat the family to a tasty beach front lunch at Fludyers Hotel. The lunch menu here is served between 12 noon and 3pm and you can take in the ubiquitous sea views as you tuck into your meal.
Now that you’ve re-charged your batteries, take the afternoon to explore the newly restored Seafront Gardens which are located close to the beach, pier and leisure centre. The Gardens display a cross section of over 100 years of municipal and private gardening trends which illustrate Felixstowe’s history as a prime Suffolk Coast resort of late Victorian, Edwardian and inter-war character.
Day 3 – Discover Felixstowe's military history
Mix the old with the new by visiting the unique Landguard Peninsula with its 18th C. Fort, one of Britain’s best-preserved coastal defences, alongside the fascinating collections of the Felixstowe Museum. Stroll along the boardwalk at the Nature Reserve, home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna. And while you’re there you’ll have spectacular views of the giant ships arriving and departing at Britain’s busiest port.
A trip to Landguard is not complete without visiting the Landguard Visitor Centre and View Point Cafe, located at the John Bradfield Viewing Area. This warm and friendly building has fun hands-on displays, videos and exhibits on the attractions of the Peninsula, public toilets and a 60 seater cafe (with both indoor and outdoor seating) serving all day breakfasts, snacks, fresh fish and chips and ice cream. Relax and enjoy the spectacular views over Harwich Harbour and the busy Port of Felixstowe.
Day 4 – Enjoy a leisurely start to the day with breakfast and a freshly brewed coffee at Alex Café & Bar, which has a prime location across from the promenade.
Then hop on the Harwich Harbour Foot and Bicycle Ferry that runs from the John Bradfield Viewing Area at Felixstowe to Harwich and Shotley. This is the only public ferry service connecting Suffolk and Essex and runs from Easter to the end of October. Times and fares are available on the website: www.harwichharbourferry.com
Day 5 – A family fun day!
We challenge you to get a hole in one at the Adventure Golf, 9 hole mini golf course! Set in themed gardens of water and mystical statues, this attraction is great fun for all the family…
The fun continues at the amusement arcade where you’ll find small children's rides, video games, fruit machines and more. The popular Felixstowe Snooker Club is also housed here, as well as several small outlets where you can buy fast food and sweet treats to enjoy whilst you are soaking up the sun!