July is carnival month with both Trimley and Felixstowe pulling out all the stops to present weekends packed with entertainment and spectacle. And now the good weather is here – there are lots of other interesting productions to enjoy during the month as well.
On Wednesday 4th at 11:30am Music in Felixstowe present Cello and Piano Favourites at The Orwell Hotel, with Harriet Bennett (cello) and George Ireland (piano). Programme includes the Rachmaninov Cello Sonata.
Tickets £10.00, children free. Available from Stillwater Books Limited (Hamilton Road) or on 01394 670633.
Thursday 5th July between 2:00pm — 4:00pm Brass on the Grass have a free concert at on the lawns of The Orwell Hotel (weather permitting) and every Thursday in July (5, 12, 19 and 26), to enjoy the sounds of the Ipswich Over 50’s Brass Band.
Voluntary donations shared between St. Elizabeth Hospice, East Anglian Childrens’ Hospice and the band
Saturday 7th July at 7:30pm The Spa presents Fleetingwood Mac, a young and exciting new tribute to the legendary band Fleetwood Mac.
They put a modern twist on the unique sound of one of our most iconic groups. from the early rhythm and blues style right up to the arena rock and anthems which followed.
Adults £22.50. Concessions £20.50. Box Office: 01394 284962.
Sunday 8th July at 3:00pm Music in Felixstowe present The Grange Ensemble at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Old Felixstowe
With Kenneth Sillito (violin), Rebecca Scott-Smissen (violin), Robert Smissen (viola), Stephen Orton (cello) and Cliff Wybrow (clarinet).
Programme includes Bridge 3 Novelletten (1904); Baermann Adagio for Clarinet and Strings; Britten 3 Divertimenti (1936); and Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B minor Op. 115.
Tickets £15.00, children free. Available from Stillwater Books Limited (Hamilton Road) or on 01394 670633
From Monday 9th July – Tuesday 10th July, at 7:00pm Music in Felixstowe present “Felix the Cat”, a brand new musical by John and Kieran Chillingworth, at Causton Junior School, Maidstone Road
This production features Felixstowe school children and is conducted by Geoff Lavery.
Tickets £5.00, children free. Tickets available from Stillwater Books Limited (Hamilton Road) or on 01394 670633.
Then on Wednesday 11th July at 12:00pm and every Wednesday in July and August Music in Felixstowe present the Young Musicians’ Showcase At St. Andrew’s Church, featuring the best local young talent.
Tea and coffee provided. Bring your own lunch! Admission free. Collection on door.
On Friday 13th July at 7:30pm A Fawlty Towers Experience comes to The Orwell Hotel, Held in Westerfield’s Restaurant it includes a three course meal and a drink on arrival.
£46.00 per person. Pre-booking essential. 01394 285511.
On Friday 13th July at 7:30pm The Spa presents Kast Off Kinks
The Kast off Kinks are actual former members of the legendary band ‘The Kinks’, back together playing great music and re-living the good times whilst keeping the songs alive that made The Kinks a household name.
This great line-up features Mick Avory (the original drummer on all the classic hits from 1964-84), John Dalton (bass/vocals, Kinks 60’s and 70’s), Ian Gibbons (keyboards/vocals, Kinks 80’s and 90’s and still performing with Sir Ray Davies).
Expect all the hits including: You Really Got Me, Dedicated Follower of Fashion, Sunny Afternoon, Lola, Days, Waterloo Sunset, Come Dancing, All Day and All of the Night plus much more.
Adults £22.50. Concessions £20.50. Box Office: 01394 284962.
On Saturday 14th July from 1:00pm — 6:00pm is Trimley Carnival with the Theme for 2018 as “Musicals”.
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.
Disco, ‘Wild Things’ petting station, fairground, inflatables, magician, BBQ, face-painting and arena displays.
Gates open at 1pm at the Trimley Sports and Social Club, then close at 6pm.
£1.00 entry per person to the grounds.
Also On Saturday 14th July at 7:30pm The Spa presents The UK Pink Floyd Experience
Recreating the sights and sounds of the legendary Pink Floyd live in concert, this highly authentic show features over 50 years of hits by one of our most iconic bands.
.Adults £26.00. Concessions £24.00. Box Office: 01394 284962.
From Tuesday 17th – Wednesday 25th Black & White Productions present Unseen Enemy – Radar and The Cold War a new play by Suzanne Hawkes in association with Bawdsey RADAR Trust
Performances: Tuesday 17th Harvest House, 7.30pm, Wednesday 18th & Thursday 19th Landguard Fort 7.30pm
It’s 1952 – and the Superpowers of East and West are squaring up to each other again. After the failure of Yalta and Potsdam at the end of WW2 to reign in Russian territorial ambitions, and the division of Berlin, Stalin has his eye on the prize – the Communist takeover of the whole of Europe – and in the wake of Hiroshima the race is on to develop the ultimate weapon. Churchill warns of total destruction if there is another World War – while Truman looks to Great Britain to provide U.S nuclear bases in East Anglia from which to strike into the heart of Russia should the worst happen.
Meanwhile in a pub in rural Suffolk, as the politicians play a dangerous game of brinkmanship, landlord Carl is more concerned about his step daughter Betty’s latest fads for dressing as a Teddy Girl and chasing Americans – and among his regulars Connie is worried about her son Martin’s interest in joining the RAF as a RADAR operator while getting heartily fed up with her brother in law Maurice’s obsession with the new government instructions for ‘Protect and Survive’ – while her father Pops takes the pessimistic view that if the Bomb drops we’ll all be goners anyway so why bother!
And in the corner of the pub sits journalist Chapman Pincher – always first to a good espionage story, be it Russian spies or weapons of mass destruction.
Is it true that they’ve started nuclear testing on the Ness? And if so is bar maid Gwen a source of useful information? And if the balloon does go up – or there’s a catastrophic accident – will anybody in East Anglia survive the radiation fallout?
Harvest House: Note: this venue has no parking. This is available at Ranelagh Road, two minutes walk away.
Landguard Fort: No access for wheelchairs
Tickets £14.00/£12.00. Pre-booking essential.
Available from Abbeygate Lighting in Cobbold Road or on 01394 279613.
Book online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/black-white-productions
For other dates see www.blackandwhiteproductions.org.uk
Friday 20th July – Saturday 21st July, Felixstowe Musical Theatre present Mini Musicality at Trimley Memorial Hall, High Road
A new juniors production from Felixstowe Musical Theatre.
The show is being staged mainly by 20 very talented youngsters with ages ranging from 5-13 years, featuring musical numbers from Bugsy Malone, Barnum, Blitz, Les Miserables and the King and I. Hans Christian Anderson selection. Summer Holiday, Reach and Yellow Submarine.
Performances: Friday at 7.30pm. Saturday at 2.30pm (matinee) and 7.30pm.
Tickets £8.50. Pre-booking essential. 01394 273274/07881 820923.
On Tuesday 24th July at 7:30pm The Spa presents Navi – The King of Pop
Returning to The Spa by popular demand! This incredible production stars the world’s leading Michael Jackson tribute artist Navi who is joined by a live band led by Jackson’s original lead guitarist – Jennifer Batten.
An unforgettable experience with all the greatest hits – taking fans closer than ever dreamed to an original MJ concert. Navi is regarded as the world’s No.1 MJ tribute artist and was hand-picked by Michael himself as his official body double.
Adults £25.50. Concessions £20.50. Box Office: 01394 284962.
From Friday 27th July – Sunday 29th July, Felixstowe Carnival struts its stuff with a weekend of entertainment for all the family with the theme for 2018 as “Pantomime”.
Friday 27 July (evening): Proms Concert with the Essential Sounds Big Band and The Three Chordettes. Held at the Felixstowe Beachside Events Area. 7pm – 10pm.
Saturday 28 July: Procession through the town with floats, majorettes and bands starting from Colneis Road at 1pm. Route is Beatrice Avenue, Hamilton Road, Orwell Road, Garrison Lane, Undercliff Road West and Sea Road.
Sunday 29 July: Spectacular Firework Display from Felixstowe Pier at 10pm.
Both Saturday and Sunday Main Stage (Felixstowe Beachside Events Area – see below) 12 noon-10pm. Family Area (Trim Trail Field – see below) 12noon -6pm. Craft Fair (Felixstowe Leisure Centre) 10am – 5pm. Donkey Rides (Volleyball Field) 12 noon-4pm.
Activities at Trim Trail Field: Kinetic Science (experiments), Brickologists (Lego), Trampolines (Saturday only), Laser Tag Fun (Sunday only, small charge), Felixstowe Finds, Fun and Faith (Messy Church), Dino Hire (sit on Triceratops, fossils, teeth, eggs and artifacts, Dino Dig Excavation, games and quiz).
Main Stage (Saturday) 12 noon Cowling Dance Academy 12.15pm Hoaxx 1.30pm Dennis Masey 3pm Roma 3.45pm Britannia Pipe Band 4pm Suffolk School of Samba 4.30pm The Preservatives 6pm Cu’ Da Groove 7.30pm Steve Foley interviews the Carnival Court 8pm All Glammed Up
Family Area (Saturday) 11.55am Kuk Sol Won 12.20pm, 1.40pm and 3.20pm Punch and Judy 3pm Chris the Clown 12.55pm, 2.15pm, 4pm and 5.10pm Dinosaur Appearances 4.45pm Team Spirit
Main Stage (Sunday) 12 noon A Certain Trio 12.45pm Sarah Probert 2pm Chart Attack 3.15pm Sammi J 4.45pm Shane and The Korrados 6.15pm Hurricane Alley 7.30pm Steve Foley and guests 8pm Ska’d 4 Life
Family Area (Sunday) 12.30pm Felixstowe Martial Arts 11.55am, 1.40pm, 3.20pm and 4.45pm Punch and Judy 3pm Chris the Clown 12.55pm, 2.15pm, 4pm and 6.20pm Dinosaur Appearances 3pm Diddy Long Legs and Co Stilt Walkers
And last but not least on Friday 27th July at 7:30pm Felixstowe Lawn Tennis Club present Music Nights At Felixstowe Lawn Tennis Club, Bath Road
Doors open at 7.30pm. Music till 11.pm. Featuring Words and Music by Lennon and McCartney Duo..
£5.00 entry – For tickets, please call Bill Cunnew on 07921 567021.