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Stellar line up at this year's Felixstowe Book Festival!

Now in its sixth year the Felixstowe Book Festival is known as one of the friendliest book festivals. Attracting big names such as Dame Jenni Murray (sold out!), Sir Vince Cable and Damian Le Bas, whose book 'The Stopping Places' is the current BBC Book of the Week.

This hand-picked festival of fantastic writers, and their writing is hosted in the seaside town of Felixstowe, on the Suffolk coast.

The Festival covers all genres, from the dangers of the air war in 1940, to the magic of King Lear, via several page-turning thrillers, and two literary novels from Faber & Faber – a publishing house that has been nurturing the best writing talent since 1929!

On 1st July, Louis de Bernieres will be reading his book 'Six Weeks of Blenheim Summer', this ‘totally gripping account of the air war of May and June 1940’ (Andrew Roberts) is being called ‘the great aerial memoir of the Second World War’ (James Holland). Victoria Panton Bacon, who edited her grandfather’s book, talks with Louis de Bernieres about this inspiring time in British history. Click here to buy tickets.

TTDE - Felixstowe Book Festival - Louis de Bernieres (c) Ivon Bartholemew

This year the Felixstowe Book Festival offers super satisfying thrillers and crime novels. Sir Vince Cable talks about his closely observed political thriller, 'Open Arms', on Saturday 30th June from 11.30am–12.30pm. (This event is very popular, click here to snap up one of the few remaining tickets!

Staying with thrillers, Mark Billingham will be presenting his multi-million-selling, page-turning Tom Thorne detective novels. Mark talks about his latest, The Killing Habit, chillingly inspired by real events, on Sunday 1st July, click here for tickets. 

And on Humphrey Hawksley with local author Iain Maitland, will be discussing their page-tuners 'Man on Ice' and 'Sweet William', In 'Sweet William' an aggrieved father separated from his precious child will do anything to get him back. 'In Man on Ice' an incident in the snows of Alaska could trigger the outbreak of World War III and a small island community is suddenly caught between sabre-rattling big powers. Click here for tickets.

Festival Director, Meg Reid, was impressed by the ingenuity and breadth of two Faber novelists – Kate Hamer and Alex Hourston – who discuss their novels at a joint event on Saturday 30th June. In 'The Doll Funeral', Kate Hamer takes us on an enigmatic journey of discovery through the eyes of a child searching for her real parents, which fans of Jeanette Winterson and Ian McEwan will love. 'Love After Love' by Alex Hourston, is “beautifully written and quietly devastating in its exposure of middle-aged folly, to which even therapists are not immune” (Kate Saunders The Times). Click for more information and tickets.

We hear ‘the power of Shakespeare to make visions out of pure language’, with great Shakespearian actors, and co-founder of the English Shakespeare Company, Michael Pennington. This actor and author, whose King Lear was described as being ‘close to perfection’, throws new light onto that most enigmatic of Shakespearian characters, King Lear on Sunday 1st July. Click here to buy tickets for an enthralling hour with Shakespeare.

TTDA - Felixstowe Book Festival - Michael Pennington

Tickets for many events are selling fast as the Festival weekend draws closer – book early to avoid disappointment! Full programme details are available at www.felixstowebookfestival.co.uk/


If you travel by train you can take advantage of the 2 for 1 offer with Greater Anglia. Just use code GREATFBF241 when buying your tickets and show a valid train ticket on the door. The main festival is held in the elegant Orwell Hotel, just across the road from the town’s station.

Things to see and do

Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

The newly restored Felixstowe Seafront Gardens sit on cliffs between the town centre and beach.

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Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House

Aldeburgh

Isolated yet at the heart of cultural innovation, it is a magical and stimulating setting for artists to respond each in their own fascinating way.

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Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh Cinema: the very best of world cinema at the heart of the local community since 1919. Providing a programme of film screenings, live shows and special event;  independent, inspirational, meaningful, fun.

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Free wifi

Easton Farm Park

Easton Farm Park

Woodbridge

Home to plenty of animals, including a new contingent of ducklings, lambs, foals, chicks, piglets and calves every spring, Easton Farm Park never ceases to be a popular day out for families and school trips.

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Dog friendly

Felixstowe Museum

Felixstowe Museum

Explore the fascinating artefacts and collections of Felixstowe Museum, which brings alive the military and social history of this seaside town.

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

Discover Landguard

Discover Landguard

The Landguard Peninsula is located at the southerly most point of the town of Felixstowe. 

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Easton Grange

Easton Grange

Once a working farm, Easton Grange has been transformed into one of Suffolk's most exclusive wedding venues.

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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible

Felixstowe Sewing School

Felixstowe Sewing School

A small, professional and very friendly sewing school in the quaint seaside town of Felixstowe. Both 6 week, one day and half day workshops offered for a range of abilities. Dressmaking, pattern cutting and craft/soft furnishings lessons available.

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Felixstowe Spa Pavilion Theatre

Felixstowe Spa Pavilion Theatre

A glorious seafront theatre and restaurant complex, with stunning views, an art deco auditorium for up to 900 people and a fabulous Mediterranean-style pizza, pasta & grill menu. Food served all day includes home-made cakes and pastries, lunch and dinner menus, with tapas, sandwiches and takeaway also available. 


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Events

8th Pakefield Ale Festival

8th Pakefield Ale Festival

Lowestoft | Sat 01st - Sun 02nd Sep 2018

The 8th pakefield real ale festival September 2018

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Felixstowe Book Festival 2018

Felixstowe Book Festival 2018

Felixstowe | Wed 27th Jun - Sun 01st Jul 2018

Felixstowe Book Festival has become one of the highlights of the East Anglian arts calendar and returns for another exciting programme of events from 27th June to 1st July 2018. 

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Festival of Fabric IV

Festival of Fabric IV

Felixstowe | Sat 06th Oct 2018

Join Felixstowe Sewing School for a day all about making frocks and fabulous finery. This one day event celebrates vintage inspired dressmaking with a great specialist market, lectures, workshops, swing music and an exhibition.

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WHERE TO EAT

Felixstowe Spa - The Lounge  & The Terrace

Felixstowe Spa - The Lounge & The Terrace

Two fabulous seaview venues in one stunning location! The Lounge is a first floor carpeted space with panoramic views of the sea, Felixstowe Pier and the maritime traffic to Harwich & Felixstowe Ports.

At promenade level there is also The Terrace; a cosy beachside venue with plentiful outdoor seating and a Mediterranean ambience with the sea views framed by palm trees.

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where to stay

The Orwell Hotel

The Orwell Hotel

The Orwell is centrally located in Felixstowe, within easy walking distance of the railway station, town centre and seafront. 

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