Well in theory May should be nicer weather wise – although it doesn’t seem to be starting off that way. However – there are lots of good things planned during the month – including outside events – so let’s hope the weather bucks up a bit for them.
From Friday 4th – Saturday 5th Manning Amusements are holding the first ever BeachFest – a new two day family-friendly live music and food festival.
Including supporting and showcasing local bands and acts, fairground rides, South African BBQ Jabulela, Pete’s Pizzas and Juan Pablo Food, Station 119 Craft Brewery and children’s entertainment including Creative ‘n’ Craft, face-painting and balloon modelling.
Full programme of bands is as follows:
Friday 5.30pm Lightbody 6.15pm Castell 7.30pm Lizard in a Bottle 8.30pm Strike The Sun 10pm Silent Disco
Saturday 12 noon The Rock Project 2pm The Girl in The Hat 2.30pm Meg Hughes 3.15pm James Nunn 4pm Hurricane Wolves 5pm Saving Scarlett 6pm MotherFvnker 7pm Falling From Trees 8pm In My Disguise 10pm Silent Disco
Tickets Friday (5pm-10pm): Adults £5.00 in advance; £8.00 on the gate. Children free. Saturday (12noon-10pm): Adults £10.00 in advance; £13.00 on the gate. Children £5.00. Family weekend ticket (two adults and two children) (until 10pm) £25.00.
Admission free to Silent Discos (10pm-1am) – you just hire the headphones (£5.00) as required. Bring your ID for deposit. Over 18’s only.
Book tickets in person at Manning’s Amusements or online at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beachfest-1-tickets-44631010554
Before all that happens, on Wednesday 2nd The Spa present Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown – The Bad Boy of Comedy at 7.30pm
One of the icons of comedy with his often blue and irreverent brand of humour. All tickets £22.50. 18+ strongly recommended. Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Saturday 5th The Spa present You Win Again – A Celebration of the Bee Gees at 7.30pm
Immerse yourself in the brothers’ music through the sixties, seventies and eighties – including hits they wrote for artists such as Celine Dion, Diana Ross and Dolly Parton. This fabulously authentic production ensures the Gibb brothers’ incredible legacy of classic hit songs is well and truly stayin’ alive.
Adults £24.00. Concessions £22.00. Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Sunday 6th Music in Felixstowe presents Quartetto Familia and Friends at Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Old Felixstowe at 3pm featuring Schubert Octet and Mozart Clarinet Quintet.
With Nicholas Ward and Rebecca Scott (violins), Robert Smissen (viola), Harriet Bennett (cello), Tony Hougham (double bass), Cliff Wybrow (clarinet), David Miles (bassoon) and Nick Hougham (French horn).
Tickets £15.00, children free. Tickets available from Stillwater Books Limited (Hamilton Road) or on 01394 670633
On Tuesday 8th The Spa present Sincerely Yours – The Vera Lynn Story at 2.30pm
Lorrie Brown, officially recognised as the best Vera Lynn tribute, has put together the complete celebration of perhaps our most iconic entertainer. The show covers the full story of the making of the Forces Sweetheart, from her early days in dance bands, through radio show ‘Sincerely Yours’, hence the name of the show, to entertaining the troops and becoming a key part of the nation’s response to the horror of war. Also on the bill will be another wartime favourite, George Formby, performed by one of the country’s leading tribute acts.
All tickets £19.50. Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Sunday 12th the Cory Band in Concert is at St. John’s Church, Orwell Road at 7.30pm
Regarded as the world’s best brass band winning numerous awards,this concert is celebrating 130 years of the Felixstowe Salvation Army Band.
Tickets: Adults £15.00, Under 16’s £10.00. Pre-booking essential. 07799 908920 or 01394 276502.
On Saturday 12th The Spa present The Quo Experience at 7.30pm
This stunning show is led by Shaun Michaels as Francis Rossi and Dave Crawte as Rick Parfitt. Both have spent years studying every detail of Rossi and Parfitt’s looks, playing styles and stage performances to make sure they are both as close to the real thing on stage as possible. The group is going to be joined by legendary Quo drummer Matt Letley for this show!
Adults £22.50. Concessions £20.50. Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Tuesday 15th Eastern Angles Theatre Company present Guesthouse at Kirton Village Hall at 7.30pm
Written by Essex playwright Nicola Werenowska and directed by Tony Casement this is a story set in the seaside town of Clacton-on-Sea as three generations of women try to push back the tide.
Tickets: £10.00, concessions £9.00. Pre-booking essential. 01394 448238.
On Thursday 17th The Spa present Seriously Dead – a musical play by Leah Bell & Crissy Rock. Original music: Mike Redway at 7.30pm
The play tells the hilarious tale of Thelma Henderson deceased who cannot gain entry through The Pearly Gates as the system has been digitalised and she has the incorrect paperwork. Thelma is told to wait by the scrapyard gates until the issue can be resolved but she finds herself a rather reluctant Guardian Angel watching over her school friend and the one true love of her life, Billy Blenkinsopp.
‘Unashamedly old-fashioned, yet unapologetically comical and entertaining, it would have been the staple diet of many a summer season show not so many years ago. Indeed several of its cast hail from those seemingly sunnier and maybe even funnier times. So forget any form of political correctness and think populist instead. If you enjoy the company of TV’s Mrs Brown and her Boys then you’ll lap up two hours with the Blenkinsopps and Blunderstones.’ David Upton – British Theatre Guide
Starring: Crissy Rock (Benidorm and I’m a Celebrity); Tommy Cannon (Cannon and Ball); Billy Pearce; Leah Bell and Paul Dunn.
Adults £23.50. Concessions £21.50.Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Friday 18th The Rotary Club of Felixstowe present the 5th Charity Boxing Dinner at Brackenbury Sports Centre, High Road East at 6.30pm
In conjunction with England Boxing, the national body, who recognise this as their premier Suffolk charity event in terms of entertainment and money raised which was in excess of 13k last year.
Includes a splendid three course meal and a minimum of ten quality amateur boxing bouts, featuring The Under 18 National Championship Belt.Fully licensed bar with waiter service.
Admission: £500 for a table of 10 persons. Individual seats are available at £50.00 per person. In support of community charities.To book, please contact Mandy Tyler on 01473 659777 or Andy Miller on 07736 564110.
Also on Friday 18th there is a Live Music Night with The Outlines at Felixstowe and Walton United Football Club, Dellwood Avenue at 7.pm
Playing hits from The Killers, Coldplay, Van Morrison, Razorlight, The Rolling Stones and The Kaiser Chiefs.
Tickets £10.00. Includes gourmet basket meal. Choose from scampi, BBQ pulled pork burger, seasoned chicken strips or homemade vegeburger. All served with triple cooked chips and extras.Pre-booking essential.07415 886803.
From Thursday 24th – Saturday 26th Young Dreamers Theatre Company present The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S.Lewis at 7.30pm with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30pm at The Salvation Army Hall Cobbold Rd
Tickets: Adults £10.00, concessions £8.00.Available from the Salvation Army in Cobbold Road or on 01394 276502.
On Thursday 24th The Spa presents Forbidden Nights at 7.30pm
World-renowned circus artists perform heart-racing tricks in an electric fusion of daring routines, acrobatics and provocative choreography with the ultimate Forbidden Tease and a few men in uniform thrown in for good measure.
Adults £27.50. Concessions £24.50.Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Saturday 26th there is Open Air Cinema with – Mamma Mia at 6.30pm at Felixstowe and Walton United Football Club, Dellwood Avenue
Hot food and drinks will be available.Picnics welcome. No reserved seating, bring a blanket/collapsible chairs.Live band performing before the film at 7pm. Film starts around 8pm.£12.00 per person. In aid of EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices).01473 917964.
Also On Saturday 26thThe Spa Pavilion presents Live Music Nights
Enjoy a night of delicious food, live music and dancing with Mother Fvnker (Suffolk-based four piece funk band). Classic, old school funk and disco music.
Reservations available from 7pm. Music from 9pm.Two courses £14.00 per person. Three courses £18.00 per person. Pre-booking essential.01394 336336.
And also on Saturday 26th Music in Felixstowe present The New Essex Bluegrass Band at 7.30pm at Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club, with amazing musicians Grahame, Greg, Paul, Richard and Terry..
Tickets £12.00, children free. Tickets available from Stillwater Books Limited (Hamilton Road) or on 01394 670633.
On Wednesday 30th Music in Felixstowe present Magical Mozart at 11.30am in The Orwell Hotel, Hamilton Road featuring Rob Rogers (oboe), Roland Roberts (violin), David Ogden (viola) and Harriet Bennett (cello).Mozart Oboe Quartet. Mozart Divertimento K 563.
Tickets £10.00, children free.Available from Stillwater Books Limited (Hamilton Road) or on 01394 670633.
Also on Wednesday 30th there is a Children’s Magic Show at Felixstowe Library at 1pm With Mr Bean Entertainments
Tickets £4.00 per child, including one accompanying adult.All children take home a balloon model.Pre-booking essential.01394 694880.
And lastly on Wednesday 30th The Spa presents Les Musicals – Live Concert Tour at 7.30pm
Musical theatre’s leading men and X Factor stars – Jonathan Ansell (G4 front man) and Rhydian Roberts join forces for the first time ever to create a dramatic and spine-tingling concert packed full of the biggest hits of the West End and Broadway.
All tickets £25.00.Box Office: 01394 284962.