So its carnival month – but there’s a lot of other exciting event going on too – and some of them are free!
On Wednesday 5th at 11.30am Music in Felixstowe present An Indian Summer at the Orwell Hotel – Music and Words from India, with Brian Theodore Ralph and Emily Bennett, sitar and voice. Admission £10.00. Children free. Advance booking recommended. Tickets available from Stillwater Books Limited (Hamilton Road) or on 01394 670633.
Every Thursday in July (6, 13, 20 and 27), enjoy the sounds of the Ipswich Over 50’s Brass Band with Brass on the Grass from 2pm – 4pm – A concert on the lawns of The Orwell Hotel (weather permitting). Admission free. Voluntary donations shared between St. Elizabeth Hospice, East Anglian Childrens’ Hospice and the band.
On Saturday 8th is Trimley Carnival from 1pm – 6pm the theme for 2017 is “Country Fair”.
Procession with colourful floats starting at Faulkeners Way at 1pm, travelling along High Road, and ending at the Trimley Sports and Social Club where there will be various attractions and activities. Stalls, games, crafts, face-painting, pets corner, inflatables, rodeo bull, Punch and Judy. Variety of displays throughout the afternoon, including majorette troops and karate. Gates open at 1pm at the Trimley Sports and Social Club, then close at 6pm. £1.00 entry per person to the grounds.
Also starting on Saturday 8th Black & White Productions present Felixstory 2: An Historical Promenade written by Suzanne Hawkes
Enjoy a ride on a vintage bus and meet some famous characters associated with Felixstowe. Saturday 8th/Sunday 9th, Sat 15th/Sun 16th,Sat29th/Sun30th, Aug 5th/Aug 6th
Performances: Saturday at 10am and 2.15pm. Sunday at 2.15pm only. Meet at The Orwell Hotel at 9.45am or 2pm. Tickets: £15.00, concessions (students and over 60’s) £13.00, children (under 10) £8.00. Tickets available from Abbeygate Lighting in Cobbold Road, or on 01394 279613
Please note: the performance/tour will last approx three hours. There will be some walking and standing as well as sitting on the bus during the promenade. Sorry but this event is not suitable for wheelchairs.
.Also on Saturday 8th at 7.30pm The Spa presents The Magic of Motown featuring classic Motown hits of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, Jackson 5, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson and many more. Tickets £28.50. Concessions £27.50. Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Sunday 9th from 8pm Jazz East at The Alex present the Michael Spearman Trio featuring Michael on guitar, Rob Palmer (double bass and bass guitar) and Tom Jiggins (drums and percussion). The evening will comprise performances of Michael’s own compositions. Admission free.
On Tuesday 11th at 7pm Music in Felixstowe present Schools Sing Prom. Primary school children present a feast of Disney songs. Conducted by Geoff Lavery with music students from Felixstowe Academy. Admission £5.00. Children free. Advance booking recommended. Tickets available from Stillwater Books Limited (Hamilton Road) or on 01394 670633.
From Wednesday 12th at 12 noon in St Andrews Church Music in Felixstowe commence the Young Musicians’ Series. Every Wednesday until 23rd August enjoy a concert of live music featuring young musicians.
12 July: Brahms Trio. Harrison Cole (piano), William Emery (viola) and Eleanor Retey (cello). They will also play Bridge’s piano trio. 19 July: Georgia Cooke (flute) with marimba player. 26 July: George Ireland (piano).
Tea and coffee provided. Bring your own lunch! Admission free. Collection on door.
On Friday 14th at 7pm Felixstowe Library Presents: ‘Peter Grimes’ on Aldeburgh Beach
This unique production of Benjamin Britten’s opera was staged on the very place and beach that inspired it, with three extraordinary performances taking place on Aldeburgh Beach during the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival. With the North Sea and sky as a backdrop and a first rate cast and orchestra, the production was captured on film, directed by Margaret Williams. Doors open at 6.30pm. Tickets £7.50. Pre-booking essential.
On Saturday 15th at 7.30pm the Spa presents Stars In Your Eyes. Experience a unique mix of music greats with a host of award-winning tribute artists and finalists from some of the UK’s top television shows. This brand new production features: Tina Law as Barbra Streisand, Fisher Stevens as the gravel-voiced Neil Diamond, Steve Cherelle as John Denver and Marshall King as The Big “O” (Roy Orbison)! Adults £18.00-£20.00. Children (16 years and under) and Concessions (over 65, wheelchair user and their carer) £16.00-£18.00. Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Sunday 16th at 8pm Jazz East at The Alex presents Suffolk based jazz orchestra.The Horn Factory. Admission free.
On Thursday 20th from 4pm Orchestre de Cuivres d’Amiens Brass Band – English Summer Tour rocks up in the Spa Gardens with a variety of music to entertainConductor: Eric BRISSE. Deputy Conductor: Samuel CARO. Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Admission free.
From Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd Felixstowe Carnvial hits town with the theme for 2017 – “Seaside Traditions”.
Friday 21 July: 7pm – 10pm Carnival Proms Night, featuring the Essential Sounds Big Band. Held at the Felixstowe Beachside Events Area. Bring chairs, blankets and picnics!
Saturday 22 July: 1pm: Procession through the town with floats, majorettes and bands starting from Colneis Road Route is Beatrice Avenue, Hamilton Road, Orwell Road, Garrison Lane, Undercliff Road West and Sea Road.
Sunday 23 July: 10pm: Spectacular Firework Display on the Seafront.
Both days: – Stalls and refreshments along the Promenade from 10am. – Craft Fair at Felixstowe Leisure Centre from 11am. – Donkey rides at the Volleyball Field (opposite the Marlborough Hotel).
Main stage (Felixstowe Beachside Events Area): Saturday – 12noon Livia & the Elementals; 1.15pm Shane & The Korrados; 3pm Roma Nicholson; 3.30pm Colchester Pipe Band; 4.15pm Blonde Beryl; 6pm Naked Apes; 7.30pm Steve Foley interviews the Carnival Court; 8pm Soul Kitchen. Sunday – 12noon Skittlez; 1.15pm Haiden Grigor Band; 2.30pm Ipswich Youth Steel Band; 3.45pm Hurricane Alley; 5pm Carry on ROD; 6.30pm J.S. and the Lockerbillies; 7.30pm Samboomba; 8pm Ska’d 4 Life.
Family entertainment (Trim Trail field): Saturday – 12.30 SD Marital Arts; 1.30pm and 3.30pm Bury Fair; 4.30pm Suffolk Samba; 5.15pm Fit Fusion; 6pm Sarah Probert. Sunday – 12.30pm Ipswich Hospital St. Peters Band; 2.30pm Kuk Sool Won demo; 3pm Cowling Dance Academy; 3.30pm Belly Dancers; 4.30pm Roma Nicholson; 5pm Stacey Ellis; 6pm Mad March Hare Band.
Saturday: Chris the Clown (walkabout circus skills). Sunday: Splat Entertainment (circus skills 12.30-5.30pm); Level 2 crafts (from 10am). Both days: The Dream Team (story time with your favourite characters); Punch and Judy (performances at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm); Steff and Nonsense (bubble demonstrations); Beach Bonkers.
On Sunday 23rd at 7.30pm Music in Felixstowe present Carnival String Prom at St Johns Church featuring Mendelssohn Octet, Grieg 2 Elegiac Melodies, Brian Latchem – Suffolk Variations for Viola and Strings (first performance).
Nicholas Ward, Rebecca Scott, Jim O Toole and Emma Penfold (violins), Robert Smissen and Wendy Poulston (violas), John Chillingworth and Harriet Bennett (cellos). Admission £15.00 (including wine). Children free. Advance booking recommended. Tickets available from Stillwater Books Limited (Hamilton Road) or on 01394 670633
Also on Sunday 23rd from 11am – 7pm Screen-on-Sea: Felixstowe will be located on the beach opposite The Alex, Undercliff Road West. Come and see local archive film in a special pop up ‘cinema’ on Felixstowe beach. Footage of seaside fun and frolics caught on camera in resorts through the decades. Brought to you by The Cambridge Film Trust – and part of the British Film Institute’s national Britain on Film Coast and Sea season.Admission free. Just turn up and enjoy.
From Monday 24th – Friday 28th there’s West End Week from 10am at Felixstowe International College, Garrison Lane. Enjoy four full days participating in Musical Theatre workshops led by top West End stars and industry professionals. Day five will see you perform in a showcase alongside some very special guests in one of London’s top West End theatres. Previous workshops have included Chicago, Matilda, We Will Rock You, Wicked and Les Miserables! For ages 6 to 21 years. £160.00 per person. Pre-booking essential.
On Wednesday 26th at 7.30pm Variations Choir present: ‘We Love to Sing’ at Felixstowe Conservative Club – A concert in aid of the Felixstowe Dementia Association. Enjoy a range of musical treats. Tickets £7.00, including refreshments. Available from J. & C. Webb in Orwell Road, or at the door on the night
On Friday 28th and Saturday 29th at 7.30pm Inkwell Productions present No Man’s Land by Harold Pinter at The Orwell Hotel. Tickets £7.00 per person, or three tickets for £20.00. Pre-booking essential. Available from Abbeygate Lighting in Cobbold Road, or on 07748 908856
Also on Friday 28th at 8pm Felixstowe Lawn Tennis Club present Friday Night Music Featuring Words & Music. Tickets £5.00. Pre-book in advance, or available on the door. 07921 567021.
On Saturday 29th from 1pm to 11.30pm The Royal British Legion Felixstowe present Music Open Day. Enjoy a whole day of live music and fun at The Royal British Legion, Mill Lane.
1pm House Shakers. 2.15pm Pete Long. 3,15pm Sebandem (duo). 4.15pm Curtis. 5.15pm Stacey Ellis. 6pm Harley Cotton. Raffle at 7.30pm. The Martells from 8.30pm. Face-painting, bouncy castle, various stalls and BBQ. Admission free. In aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance
Also on Saturday 29th Felixstowe Outdoor Cinema will be at the Felixstowe Beachside Events Area with showings from 11am. A special outdoor cinema event with three films shown throughout the day aimed at children, families and young adults.
Films: 11am Finding Nemo 2pm The Goonies 7pm Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Bring a picnic, seats and blankets. Hot and cold drinks available. Admission free.