What is there to do in Felixstowe on a rainy day or a sun-soaked afternoon?
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The summer holidays are all but upon us, and Suffolk mums are busy scratching their heads trying to think of different ways to entertain the children over the long school break.
In the first of our summer fun guides, we have two different itineraries for days out in Felixstowe.
The coastal gem has a wealth of options for sunny seaside days.
Pack a picnic and head to the coast, starting your day at the Landguard peninsular.
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The area is home to Landguard Nature Reserve, Felixstowe Museum and Landguard Fort.
There are lots of places to explore at the fort, which was built in the 18th century.
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The fort is on the site of the last opposed seaborne invasion of England in 1667, so there’s lots of history to discover.
This summer, families can find the clues and follow the holiday trail around the fort, which is open daily over the summer.
At lunchtime, enjoy your picnic on the beach by the John Bradfield Viewing Area. From here, you can enjoy views over the water to Harwich and Dovercourt and watch the ships coming into the Port of Felixstowe.
Or you can head down to the seafront, and have your sandwiches before an afternoon of fun and maybe an ice cream! If you’ve forgotten to make your sandwiches, visit the South Kiosk in Martello Park, where there are home-made sausage rolls, cakes and more on offer.
For an afternoon of traditional British seaside fun, head to Felixstowe seafront.
On Sea Road, you’ll find Adventure Golf – a family friendly nine-hole miniature golf course, with mystical statues and water features. See if you can get a hole in one! After all that excitement, cool down with an ice cream topped with a Flake, and take a walk along the prom, go for a dip in the sea or visit the amusements along Sea Road.
Finish your day with proper fish and chips from popular restaurant Fish Dish and enjoy them on the beach.
But if the sun fails to shine, Felixstowe is still the ideal place. When the seas turn stormy, opt for indoor fun.
If it’s a grey start to the day, pay a visit to Felixstowe Leisure Centre, where there is a main pool, fun pool and baby pool.
The centre is also home to a soft play area for accompanied children up to 130cm tall.
After working up an appetite in the pool, pop into one of Felixstowe’s many cafes. Head to the Landguard area and you can visit the View Point Café, which offers sandwiches, fish and chips, ice creams, cakes and more. It is housed in the same building as the Landguard Visitor Centre, where you can find out more about the area.
Just across the car park from the café is Felixstowe Museum, which is open during afternoons on Wednesdays and Sundays in July, plus Thursdays and bank holiday Monday during August.
Special events at the museum this summer include puppet days, on August 5 to 19, which will include Punch and Judy shows, workshop and lots of other activities.
Eat in at Fish Dish and enjoy some traditional fish and chips or wander up to town and enjoy dinner at one of the town’s many restaurants and hotels.
What is your favourite thing to do in Felixstowe? Share you days out ideas, and photos of you and your family, using #SuffolkSummerFun