Invasions, wars, pirates on the waves – Felixstowe gets ready for history weekend

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

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

People can enjoy visiting some of the resort’s most historic buildings this weekend as they open their doors as part of the Heritage Open Days.

Landguard Fort will be taking part in the Heritage Open Days event Picture: HARMAN HOPKINS

Landguard Fort will be taking part in the Heritage Open Days event Picture: HARMAN HOPKINS - Credit: Harman Hopkins

Organised by the Felixstowe Society, working in partnership with Visit Felixstowe and the Landguard Partnership, the event features guided walks, talks, heritage displays and free access to historic venues.

A vintage bus and the FACTS bus will be providing access around the resort, running scheduled services with drop off and pick up times at various points.

The Heritage Information Hub is this year based at The Hut on the prom, near the ice cream kiosk at the bottom of Bath Hill, and this will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm.

People can find out details of everything taking place, all the bus times – and pick up a brochure of events, which is also available in advance at other outlets around the town.


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The hub wil also feature an exhibition to mark 40 years of The Felixstowe Society and Brian and Charles from the Felixstowe and Offshore Radio group will also be present.

Free visits to Bawdsey Manor, The Bartlet, Harvest House and the Spa Pavilion must be booked, and this can be done at the hub, too.

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Felixstowe Society chairman Jan Garfield said: “If you are new to Felixstowe or are just visiting, then the sites on offer will whet your appetite for other places to admire in our beautiful town.

“If you are longer term residents, then perhaps you will discover something that you haven’t seen before.”

Other buildings which can be visited are Martello Tower P, Landguard Fort, Felixstowe Museum, Felixstowe Town Hall, Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club, St Mary’s Church and Maidstone Road Baptist Church.

The Napoleonic Martello Tower is the one at the heart of Martello Park, one of a string of 103 built around the south and east coasts to ward off a feared French invasion in the late 1700s and early 1800s – Felixstowe had seven; four remain and the remnants of another can be seen in the Bartlet’s foundations.

It will open from 10am to 4pm on Sunday with tours every 30 minutes (except 1pm).

The town will also be open again on September 15-16 whe the 5th/60th Rifles Living History Group will be in occupation.

Landguard Fort will be open Sunday from 10am to 5pm, and Felixstowe Museum on Sunday from noon to 5pm.

St Mary’s Church will be open both days and feature an exhibition and guided tours; while Maidstone Baptist will be open 10am to 4pm Saturday and 2pm to 4pm Sunday, and will have a treasure quiz, display and music.

The golf club will be open Saturday 10am to 4pm, and Felixstowe Town Hall on Sunday 10am to 5pm.

There will be a guided walk around Edwardian Felixstowe on Saturday from 10.30am, starting from outside the railway station.

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