Suffolk Open Studios
to Jun 24

Suffolk Open Studios

Suffolk Open Studios returns in June.

The 2018 Artists Directory has just been launched and contains details of the 100+ artists and galleries taking part in this year’s programme.

Artists’ studios across Suffolk are open Saturday and Sunday, 11am – 5pm, over the first 4 weekends in June, but not all artists are open every weekend, so check dates before you plan a visit.

For further information visit or Facebook @suffolkopenstudios

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Festival of Fabric
10:00 AM10:00

Festival of Fabric

The Festival of Fabric returns to the Orwell Hotel on Saturday 3rd March to celebrate vintage fashion and sewing.  This one-day event is bursting with inspiring lectures, traders and workshops.

Organised by Felixstowe Sewing School visit website to book tickets and workshops - under 16s go free

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New Beach Huts for the town!
5:30 PM17:30

New Beach Huts for the town!

News in from Suffolk Coastal ....


Plans to give more people the unique Suffolk Coastal ‘beach hut experience’ have taken a step forward, with the potential sites for 23 new beach huts being identified in Felixstowe.

In the long term, Suffolk Coastal District Council, which is the landowner and runs the beach hut and chalet service, hopes to create 100 new sites across the District.

The first planning applications have been submitted for the consideration of the Planning Committee for 23 new sites in Felixstowe, split between two sites – 17 in The Dip, Cliff Road, and 6 on South Beach.

“Suffolk Coastal is committed to making beach huts more accessible to a wider range of people,” explained Suffolk Coastal’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Customers, Communities and Leisure, Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf.

“We are looking to create up to 100 new beach hut sites by 2019. These will then be leased or rented out, so many more people will be able to enjoy the beach hut experience, even if it is just for a day, week or a year!”

“The two main drivers of the beach hut review were to improve equality by increasing the opportunities for residents to have access to a beach hut, while also maximising the income generated from this resource to invest in core services.”

“The creation of new sites will provide additional funds to the council, thus reducing the burden on the Suffolk Coastal tax payer.”

Suffolk Coastal owns 918 beach hut sites in Felixstowe and Sizewell, with the vast majority (906) being in Felixstowe and 12 at Sizewell Beach.

During 2016 and 2017, a review was carried out of the service in support of the East Suffolk Business Plan aim to ‘Increase the number of beach huts provided in the District by at least 10% by 2019’.

The beach hut programme aims to deliver new huts in a number of locations in Suffolk Coastal. Phase 1 of this programme is the identification of the 23 new hut sites in two locations in Felixstowe which are subject to the current planning applications:

The Dip, Cliff Road, Felixstowe: This application is for permission to site 17 new huts on the concrete platform, historically known as the Brackenbury Dip or the DIP Boatyard.

This is area was previously given planning permission for new beach huts in 2005 but the work was never carried out (so the planning permission has lapsed).

There is a good access to this area from the public highway and the huts will be sited close to the sea front promenade. The huts would be of the same standard size, design and construction as existing huts in the area.

South Beach, Felixstowe: This application is for permission to site 6 new beach huts, next to an existing row of beach huts, known as Pier South.

The site is approximately 150 metres south of the Pier, where there is an existing area of raised beach platform, contained by retaining walls abutting the promenade.

 The application also covers the repair and extension of the existing platform to accommodate the new huts, as well as enhancing and maintaining this area of the resort.

There is good access from the seafront promenade to the wall and hut location. The new huts will be of the same standard size, design and construction as existing huts in this area.

Full details of the applications are on the Public Access planning portal on Suffolk Coastal’s website and open for consultation ahead of being considered by the Planning Committee, see:

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Ahoy there, me hearties!
to Sep 17

Ahoy there, me hearties!

A weekend of pirate-related activities and fun is coming to Landguard Fort.

Every year, the 19th September is 'International Talk like a Pirate Day'.

At Landguard you can meet a motley band of pirates, smugglers, cutthroats and wenches, having made landfall at Felixstowe to carouse and celebrate their success on the high seas.

Learn to talk like a pirate, sing sea shanties, sword fighting, net making, games and treasure trail.

Normal admission charges for the Fort apply, plus donations requested for activities.

Find out more:

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Beach Bonkers on Felixstowe Beach
2:30 PM14:30

Beach Bonkers on Felixstowe Beach

Find out all about the treasures of Felixstowe Beach.  Join the hour long walk starting at 2.30pm and 3.30pm.  No need to book, just turn up 10 minutes before the beachcombing begins.  Great fun for adults and kids.  £3 per person per walk.  Meet at the Visit Felixstowe Tourist Information Centre beach hut - located on the promenade opposite the Town Hall,

07512 557200

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