What’s on in September – including Heritage Open Weekend

This year is the 80th anniversary of Edward VIII’s  abdication and to celebrate Black & White Productions and F-CAT  are presenting – Mrs Simpson in Felixstowe by Suzanne Hawkes from Tuesday 6th – Friday 9th at 7.30pm in The Orwell Hotel.

Based on Mrs Simpson’s letters to her husband Ernest, this play focuses on the six weeks that changed the course of history, the story of Mrs Simpson’s time in Felixstowe waiting for her divorce.

Tickets £12.00/£10.00. Pre-booking essential. Available from Abbeygate Lighting in Cobbold Road or on 01394 279613

Unfortunately this run has sold out – but there might be a couple of extra dates in October – watch this space!

From Friday 9th  to Sunday 11th  –  Heritage Open Days – Felixstowe is staging the bi annual event that opens up some of our historic buildings to the public. This year is in memory of ‘Mr Felixstowe’ Phil Hadwen who sadly passed away last year but was at the forefront of bringing this event to the town.

You can enjoy walks, talks, heritage displays and free access to historic venues.

Experience the heritage and history that Felixstowe and Walton has to offer. Buildings open include the newley refurbished Martello Tower ‘P’, Harvest House, The Bartlet and Landguard Fort.

At Martello P on the South Seafront on both Saturday and Sunday 11am and 1.30 pm each day you can experience a Living History Tour conducted by Samuel Leggett – foreman of the Martello Towers build. Specially commissioned and written by Suzanne Hawkes for the weekend – performances are free.

Key Facts: – No pre-booking is required, just turn up. You may have to join a queue, so please be patient, you won’t have to wait long. – There are information points available at Walton Community Hall and Felixstowe Library. – A free historic bus/coach will operate between some of the different venues, hop on and off when you like. – Heritage Hub with special exhibitions and displays at Walton Community Hall.

Go to http://www.visitfelixstowe.co.uk/what-s-on/heritage-open-days-felixstowe/ to download a guide or find them in the library, or at the tourist information huts on the sea front.

As part of HOD’s, Landguard Fort and Felixstowe Museum will be open free of charge on Sunday 11 September ONLY.

Learn about your local history and heritage, and how you can volunteer too.

– Landguard Fort open 10am-5pm (last admission 4pm). – Felixstowe Museum open 11am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm).

On Saturday 10th at 7.30pm The Spa presents Who’s Next – Europe’s Premier Who Tribute celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Who playing live in Felixstowe with the next best thing!

Who’s Next are Europe’s premier live tribute to The Who. They capture a magical point in time when many believe that The Who were the greatest rock and roll band on earth. The Who’s Next live show aims to recreate this period in the early 1970’s with the aid of authentic stage wear and instruments. The result is a time machine ride back to the days of Live at Leeds, The Isle of Wight Festival, Tanglewood and the Fillmore shows.

Adults £20.00-£22.00. Concessions £18.00-£20.00. Box Office: 01394 284962.

On Sunday 11th Jazz East at The Alex presents the Kristian Borring Group and also on  11th The Half Moon Folk Day is running from 12noon to 5pm  featuring an afternoon of live music and dancing from local artistes.

Morris dancing sides will be performing from 12noon – 1.30pm. Music from 1.30pm including The Felix Stowaways, Hadrian Waters, Celandine, Skedaddle and Honey & the Bear. Beer Festival and BBQ.

Admission free. Donations in aid of the Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service gratefully received.

On Tuesday 13th Felixstowe Library present a Roald Dahl Party from 4.30pm – 6pm celebrating  100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl.

There will be crafts, activities and prizes for fancy dress. Bring a packed tea.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets £2.00 per child. Pre-booking essential. 01394 694880.

On Thursday 15th – Friday 16th Circus Petite are at  Trimley Sports and Social Club, High Road, Trimley St. Martin

Enjoy a brand new touring circus from Ipswich.

Acts include the amazing Justo the Clown, jugglers, tight and slack rope walking, hula-hooping, unicycling, magic, diablo, acrobatics, poi artists and lots more. Throughout the tour they will be joined by a number of exceptional guest acts from Europe.

Great entertainment and fun for all the family.

Performances: Thursday at 5pm and 7.30pm. Friday at 6pm. Duration of 90 minutes plus an interval.

General admission £7.00. Pre-booking essential. 01473 737173.

On Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th from 10am – 4pm Pirate Weekend (‘International Talk like a Pirate Day’) is at the Landguard Fort

Come and 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, sea shanties, sword fighting, net making, games and treasure trail.

Normal admission charges for the Fort apply.

On Saturday 17th at 7.30pm Music in Felixstowe present String Orchestra Prom Concert at St. John’s Church, Orwell Road,

The Classic Strings Orchestra, with director/soloist Nicholas Ward will play Mozart Divertmento in F major, Barber Adagio, Elgar Serenade for Strings and Vivaldi The Four Seasons.

Tickets £16.00. Includes wine. Children free. Tickets available from Stillwater Books Limited (Hamilton Road) or on 01394 670633.

Also on Saturday 17th The Spa present The Simon & Garfunkel Story at 7.30pm

Direct from it’s success in London’s West End, The show tells the fascinating tale of how two young boys from Queens, New York went on to become the world’s most successful music duo of all time. Adults £22.00-£24.00. Concessions £20.00-£22.00.

Box Office: 01394 284962.

On Sunday 18th Jazz East at The Alex  celebrates The music of Sonny Rollins with Kevin Flanagan (saxophone), Rob Palmer (double bass) and Russ Morgan (drums).

Admission free.

On Saturday 24th Felixstowe Mayor’s – Felixstowe’s Answer to Last Night of the Proms is at 7pm  at  Felixstowe International College, Garrison Lane

Come and join the Mayor for this fantastic Last of the Night Proms event in aid of the Mayor’s charities – Level Two Youth Project and Guide Dogs.

Essential Sounds 18 piece big band, with the sounds of Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra and much more. Outside concert (weather permitting), or inside if not. Bring your own chairs.

£10.00 (without food); £15.00 (with curry/rice). Tea, coffee, cake and soft drinks available. Raffle. Pre-booking essential. 01394 282086/01394 272521/01394 275073

On Sunday 25th Jazz East at The Alex present Julian Stringle (clarinet and saxophone).

On Monday 26th at 7.30pm as part of a second run Black & White Productions and Quay Place present Changing Faces Hidden Lives by Suzanne Hawkes.

A journey through the past and present of St. Mary at The Quay and mental wellbeing.

Tickets £12.00/£10.00. Pre-booking essential. Available from Abbeygate Lighting in Cobbold Road or on 01394 279613

And finally on Wednesday 28th at 11.30am Music in Felixstowe present Wednesday Lunchtime Series: “Hymn”

A one act play with string quartet by Alan Bennett. Featuring The Ward Quartet with Brian Theodore Ralph.

Held in His Lordship’s Library. Admission £10.00. Advance booking recommended.

Tickets available from Stillwater Books Limited (Hamilton Road) or on 01394 670633





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