If its September it must be Art on The Prom – the yearly extravaganza of all things arty – but with the nights drawing in – there’s plenty to keep you entertained on the Felixstowe peninsula
On Sat 2nd The Spa presents The Searchers in Concert at 7.30pm
The Searchers are John McNally, Frank Allen, Spencer James and Scott Ottaway, and with such classic hits as Sweets For My Sweet; Needles and Pins; Don’t Throw Your Love Away; Sugar and Spice and When You Walk In The Room, they have contributed enormously in establishing the UK as the world’s leading nation in the music industry. With total record sales well in excess of 50 million, The Searchers still have great appeal to audiences of all ages.
Adults £22.00-£24.00. Concessions £20.00-£22.00. Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Sunday 3rd Art on the Prom returns from 10am – 4.30pm. This contemporary art fair offers something for all the family, held along Felixstowe’s beautiful seafront – from the Pier to the Spa Pavilion theatre. Over 100 artists from East Anglia and beyond will be displaying and selling original artwork in a wide variety of media, including painting, ceramics, glass, photography and textiles.
Free art activity tents, led by friendly professional artists, offering children and adults the opportunity to have-a-go at making art. This year: ‘Seascape Collage’ with paper, tissue, paints and sand; ‘Corn Dollies’ with traditional straw weaving; ‘Jitterbug Tiles’ using clay, mini-beast casts and metallic paints; ‘Paint-a-Picnic’ using fabric and dyes; and ‘Weaving’ using ribbons, string, sticks and thread.
There will also be live music and entertainment, including Ipswich Hospital Band, J.S. and the Lockerbillies, Felixstowe Harmonies, Skedaddle Ceilidh Band, Danegeld Morris Dancers and Bridie the stiltwalking tea lady. Admission free.
On Thurs 7th The Spa presents The Spirit of the Blitz at 2.30pm celebrating the best of British wartime entertainment. A tribute to the legendary stars who kept us smiling through our darkest days. Adults £15.00. Concessions £12.50. Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Sat 9th also at the Spa – Simply the Best – The Tina Turner Experience at 7.30pm – Julie Nevada’s stunning live Tina Turner Experience is returning to Felixstowe!
This fully live energetic show charts the life and career of one of the worlds iconic performers. Full of hits like “Private Dancer”, “Nutbush City Limits”, “Proud Mary”, “River Deep Mountain High” and “Lets Stay Together” to name but a few, this show is the ultimate night out. Adults £24.50. Concessions £22.50. Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Sun 10th The Third Half Moon Folk Day is on from 12 noon – 5pm
An afternoon of folk music and Morris dance by local artistes and sides hosted by The Felixstowe Stowaways, Felixstowe’s very own ‘buoy’ band! Admission free. Donations in aid of the Felixstowe Volunteer Coast Patrol Rescue Service gratefully received.
On Wed 13th Music in Felixstowe presents The VIP Jazz Trio in The Orwell Hotel at 11.30am
Top well-known local jazz musicians John Parker (guitar), Emma Vineyard (bass) and Nigel Virley (piano).play jazz standards. Admission £10.00. Children free. Advance booking recommended. Tickets available from Stillwater Books Limited (Hamilton Road) or on 01394 670633.
From Thurs 14th – Sat 16th CBM Theatre present an amateur youth version of Rock of Ages – The Musical at 7.30pm each evening at The Spa Pavilion
The definitive, hilarious 80’s Rock Musical featuring a host of legendary songs including Don’t Stop Believin’; We Built This City; The Final Countdown; Wanted Dead or Alive; Here I Go Again; Can’t Fight this Feeling and I Want To Know What Love Is. Adults £17.50-£19.50. Concessions £15.50-£17.50. Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Sat 16th – Sun 17th from 10am – 4pm at Landguard Fort – Pirate Weekend (‘International Talk like a Pirate Day’) – A weekend of pirate-related activities and fun. 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, plus donations requested for activities.
Also on Sun 16th Live Music at The Fludyers Hotel: vocalist Annika Rands from 8pm. Admission free.
From Fri 22nd from 6pm and Sat 23rd/ Sun 24th from 12 noon there is an RNLI Music and Beer Festival at Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club Entertainment, BBQ, stalls and tours of the lifeboat. Admission free. Fundraising in aid of the RNLI.
On Sun 23rd Music in Felixstowe present Last Night of the Proms at 7.30pm in St Johns Church with The Festival Orchestra (leader Nicholas Ward) and the Felixstowe Community Choir. Admission £15.00 (including wine). Children free. Advance booking recommended. Tickets available from Stillwater Books Limited (Hamilton Road) or on 01394 670633.
Also on Sun 23rd The Spa Pavilion presents Buddy Holly’s Winter Dance Party at 7.30pm.
In January 1959 Buddy Holly began a string of dates across the American mid-west. ‘The Winter Dance Party Tour’ included Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, Dion and the Belmonts and of course Buddy himself. 58 years on from what was to prove to be Buddy, Ritchie and the Boppers’ final concerts we are delighted to present a celebration of their music which brings all of those unforgettable stars back together. Adults £21.50-£23.50. Concessions £19.50-£21.50. Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Thurs 28th The Spa Pavilion presents A Night of Dirty Dancing at 7.30pm
Back by popular demand! No film has captured the hearts of a generation like Dirty Dancing. Relive the passion, indulge in the romance and celebrate the greatest movie soundtrack of all time. Adults £24.50. Concessions £22.50. Box Office: 01394 284962.
From Thurs 28th – Sun 1st Oct Woven Theatre presents – Philip Thicknesse: Friend or Foe? at Landguard Fort each evening at 6pm with 2pm performance Sun 1st
An intriguing all-new open air theatre production about the life and very lively times of Philip Thicknesse, Governor of Landguard Fort from 1753 to 1766. Hated by his enemies. Loved by his wives. Much respected by his men. A champion of the underdog. A man you will never forget. A play by Peppy Barlow and Sally Wilden to be enjoyed by all ages. Led by four professional actors, with contemporary 18th C. music, puppets and community participation. Directed by Anna Birch.
Seating for Act 1, promenade with some seating for Act 2. Refreshments available. Tickets: Adults £12.00, Concessiions £6.00. Box Office: Eastern Angles 01473 211498
On Sat 30th the Spa presents The Pasadena Roof Orchestra at 7.30pm
Since 1969 the Pasadena Roof Orchestra has been faithfully re-creating the glories of popular music from the 1920’s and 1930’s. Presenting the show, and putting on the top hat white tie and tails, is the suave singer and band leader Duncan Galloway. Adults £23.00. Concessions £21.00. Box Office: 01394 284962.