It’s here… this weekend sees Suffolk Armed Forces Weekend 2017 and there is lots happening on both Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June. The full line-up for both days can be found below.
A highlight will be the special seafront march on Sunday (25th June) starting from the Felixstowe Beachside Events Area (near the Pier). Colourful costumed re-enactors representing the Dutch invaders will march along the Prom at 11am, and pass through Martello Park and down the road to reach Landguard Fort – just as the Dutch forces did in 1667.
There will then be a re-enactment of The Battle of Landguard with up to 200 re-enactors, cannon, musket and sword.
Please Note that no vehicles will be allowed access to the Landguard Peninsula on the 25th June so joining in the march from the pier is an excellent way to make your journey to the re-enactment spectacular.
Line up for both days:
Saturday 24th June:
1000 Military displays, stalls and Kids Zone open
1000 Martello Tower ‘P’ and Landguard Fort (both garrisoned) open
1100 Official welcome at Beachside Events Area
1105 Wattisham Military Wives Choir
1145 The Dutch are coming!
1230 The Royal Hospital School Band
1315 Re-enactor displays – including Suffolk Regiment and 5th Bn. 60th Regt
1430 Cadet Competition prize-giving
1450 Air Display: Global Stars (team and solo displays); Dakota (RAF) ZA947
1530-1600 Dutch re-enactor display
1600 Re-enactors form up to march to Langer Park for an exciting battle! Everyone is welcome to follow and to watch the spectacle (1615-1730)
1800-1845 Silbury Hill
1900-1945 Rick Right
2000-2045 The Hot Red Chilli Peppers
2100-2200 The Los Palmas 6
2200 Fireworks – a spectacular display on the seafront
Sunday 25th June
1000 Martello Tower ‘P’ (garrisoned) open
1030 Join the march to Landguard! (see above)
1200 ‘The Battle of Landguard’ – A thrilling re-enactment between the Dutch and English.
1300-1700 An afternoon of exciting historic and military displays, including The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood
• Landguard Fort and Felixstowe Museum will open to the general public at 1300 on Sunday 25th June, and will be free of charge. Donations are very welcome.
The SAFW Official Event Guide can be found at www.visitfelixstowe.org.uk/suffolk-armed-forces-weekend It provides all the information you need to plan and enjoy the weekend, including the timetable for each day, useful travel information including additional buses and much more.
The Suffolk Armed Forces Weekend is a county event, which is being hosted by Suffolk Coastal District Council and being held in Felixstowe.
This is a community event, which is being supported by a variety of organisations such as the Suffolk Armed Forces Community Covenant, Royal British Legion, Felixstowe Town Council, Suffolk County Council, Landguard Fort Trust and the Royal Marines Association, as well as Suffolk Coastal District Council.