There are two big events in June that do not necessarily fit into the category of ‘what’s on stage’ – but nevertheless are so connected to the Arts that they must be mentioned.
The first is Suffolk Open Studios – Felixstowe Art Trail on two weekends in June – 2nd / 3rd and 9th/10th from 11am-5pm
As part of Suffolk Open Studios, four artists in Felixstowe will be opening their studios
Visitors will be able to explore the Art Trail – see work in progress, talk to the artists and perhaps purchase a unique item or two.
Artists taking part are: Naomi Brangwyn (glass artist) – 17 Cliff Road. Jim Nind (painter and photographer) – 99 Ranelagh Road. Mary Wyatt (ceramics) – 4 Tower Road. Helen Cassells (pine needle weaver/ceramics) – Felixstowe Ferry Boatyard.
You can get a Suffolk Open Studios – Felixstowe Art Trail 2018: map by clicking on the link
Printed copies are also available from the Library, shops and cafes around the town. Admission free.
And then from 27th June – Sunday 1st July, Felixstowe Book Festival returns for the 6th year with talks, readings, book signings and workshops to entertain adults and children.
This year the event is being held at a host of different venues including The Orwell Hotel, Felixstowe Library, Harvest House, a shipping container at the Felixstowe Beachside Events Area, the Visit Felixstowe Tourist Information Centre beach hut, Beach Hut 22, Town Hall Gardens, Felixstowe Museum and Felixstowe Pier.
Authors include Michael Arditti, Sir Vince Cable, Martin Kemp, Kate Hamer, Alex Hourston, Jenni Murray, Stephen McGann, Ruth Dugdall, Juliet Nicolson, Mark Billingham, Liz Trenow, Julie Welsh, Blake Morrison, Simon Scarrow and Elizabeth Chadwick.
Download the Felixstowe Book Festival 2018 programme here.
Tickets available online from the Festival website https://felixstowebookfestival.co.uk/
Felixstowe Library will be hosting a cash-only ticket desk every Tuesday from the 24 April. Box Office (Wolsey Theatre) 01473 295900.
On Fri 8th – Sat 9th The Ladybirds – International Drag Spectacular is at The Orwell Hotel at 7.30pm
Enjoy a fabulous night of entertainment and music with The Ladybirds. Including a two course meal. £37.00 per person. Pre-booking essential. 01394 285511.
On Saturday 9th June – Sunday 10th June Imagine Dance Company present J. M Barrie’s classic Peter Pan at Felixstowe Academy Performances on Saturday at 3pm, Sunday at 12 noon.
Tickets: £6.00-£8.00. Pre-booking essential. Book online at https://stagestubs.com/imagine-dance-jane-fulcher/peter-pan
Also On Saturday 9th June 2018 7:30pm The Spa presents Lipstick on your Collar
Step back in time to the golden era of pop music where the jukebox roared and feet didn’t touch the floor.
Running from the birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll through to the Beat Group sounds of the British Invasion and beyond, the evening is packed with over forty hits from the likes of Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, The Ronettes, Cliff Richard, Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield and many more.
Adults £22.50-£24.50. Concessions £20.50-£22.50. Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Sunday 10th June at 3:00pm The Orwell Connections Choir present An Afternoon at the Musicals at St. Martin’s Church, High Road, Trimley St. Mary
A concert with the Orwell Connection Choir and Felixstowe Children’s Choir. All welcome. Admission £5.00. 01394 670090
And on Tuesday 12th June at 7:30pm The Orwell Connection Choir present a Summer Concert at St. Mary’s Church, High Street, Walton
A varied programme of popular choral works, together with readings by Janet Dann. In aid of the Felixstowe Friends of St. Elizabeth Hospice. Refreshments available. Admission free – retiring collection.
From Wednesday 13th June – Saturday 16th June, at 7:30pm The Trimley Saints Players present Guys and Dolls at Memorial Hall, High Road, Trimley St. Martin
Tickets £9.00. Pre-booking essential. 01394 671119.
On Friday 15th June 2:15pm The Spa presents A History of Swing
Prepare to be taken on a nostalgic musical trip through the golden era and heyday of Big Band Swing. Includes favourites like Come Fly With Me, The Lady is a Tramp, Night and Day, Mack the Knife and Fever.
Adults £15.00. Concessions £12.50. Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Saturday 16th June at 7:30pm join the Ipswich Gilbert and Sullivan Singers in a Concert at St. John’s Church, Orwell Road
An evening of live music from musical theatre and light opera to folk and pop organised by the Rotary Club of Felixstowe in aid of worldwide polio eradication. Refreshments. Tickets £10.00.
Available on the door, or in advance from Russell Smith in Hamilton Road, or telephone 01394 670367
On Saturday 16th June at 7:30pm The Spa present Marc Anthony as Prince
Come and join Marc and his live band as they take you through the hits of one of music’s iconic stars. All the songs played live and include: Kiss, Purple Rain, 1999, Raspberry Beret, Little Red Corvette, When Doves Cry and many more, this is the show that all Prince fans don’t want to miss!
Adults £23.50. Concessions £22.00. Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Sunday 17th June at 7:00pm Music in Felixstowe present Old Time Music Hall at Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club
With Chairman Peter Phillips. Paul Stone and Emily Bennett (singers), Martin Waddington and Hattie Bennett (musicians), Phil Cory and Mike Henderson (comedy act).
Tickets £12.00, children free. Tickets available from Stillwater Books Limited (Hamilton Road) or on 01394 670633
On Wednesday 20th June at 11:30am Music in Felixstowe present Baroque around the Clock at Orwell Hotel, Hamilton Road – A fresh take on the music of the 17th C.
With Fiona Jessica Wilson (chart-topping crossover soprano) and Christine Whiffen (harpischord).
Tickets £10.00, children free. Available from Stillwater Books Limited (Hamilton Road) or on 01394 670633.
On Wednesday 20th June at 7:30pm The Spa presents Giovanni Pernice – Born to Win
After the huge success of ‘Dance is Life’ in 2017, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ finalist Giovanni. Pernice returns to the stage with a bang in his brand new UK and Ireland tour ‘Born to Win showcasing a story of love and passion, with even more heat, even more energy, and even more drama than ever before! Returning to join Giovanni are Luba Mushtuk, dancer and assistant choreographer on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, as his gorgeous leading lady, along with ‘Dancing with the Stars Ireland’ professionals Giulia Dotta, Kai Widdrington, Emily Barker and Curtis Pritchard. The show also welcomes the fantastic Stephen Vincent and Kylee Brown from the international ‘Burn the Floor’ tour.
Adults £28.50- £32.50. Concessions £26.50- £30.50. Box Office: 01394 284962
On Friday 22nd June at 7:30pm Felixstowe Lawn Tennis Club present Music Nights with Curtis Culley and James Nunn. Young local singers and songwriters. £5.00.
On Saturday 23rd June at 7:30pm The Dorian Singers and Stowmarket Chorale present Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo by Michael Flanders and Joseph Horovitz and Songs of the Fleet by Charles Villiers Stanford.
At Trinity Methodist Church, Hamilton Road in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Refreshments included. Tickets £12.00, under 18’s free. Available from The Card Centre in Hamilton Road, or telephone 01394 283170. Also available on the door on the night.
From Thursday 28th June – Saturday 30th June, local youth theatre company CBM return to The Spa with Footloose – The Musical
Footloose is the story of Ren McCormack, a teenage boy from Chicago. He and his mother move to the small town of Bomont after his father abandons them. Upon arriving, Ren finds himself at odds with most of the town, including the Reverend Bomont. The Reverend has convinced the town to outlaw dancing, which Ren finds unbelievable.
With the help of Ariel (the Reverend’s daughter) and Willard (a country hick who becomes his best friend), Ren convinces the Reverend to let the teenagers dance, and in the process helps the town to heal from a tragedy that affected them all. With powerful songs and a hugely talented cast this fabulous production is a must for all lovers of musical theatre and live music.
Performances: Thursday and Friday at 7.30pm. Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
Adults £17.50-£19.50. Concessions £11.50-£13.50. Family (two adults and two children) £50.00-£58.00. Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Sat 30th Felixstowe Lawn Tennis Club present Music Nights
With Rachel Foskett. £8.00 or £10.00 (including supper).
Also on Saturday 30th June at 7:30pm Felixstowe Harmonies present Absolute Abba at Trimley Sports and Social Club, High Road, Trimley
Choral highlights from the movie Mamma Mia! plus other ABBA hit songs. In aid of Waves, Suffolk Mind.
Tickets £10.00. Pre-booking essential. 07954 465430.
Also on Saturday 30th June at 7:30pm ‘Rev’ Elvis Charity Concert at Trinity Methodist Church, Hamilton Road
A fun evening with Elvis tribute act Andy Kelso who sings the best of Elvis and weaves in stories of Elvis’ life along with his own.
Refreshments provided. Adults £7.00, children £3.00. Raising funds for the building project at Kirton Methodist Church. Tickets from Jean and John Clarke on 01394 284107.