Set at Suffolk’s most southerly point, the Landguard Peninsula at Felixstowe is making final preparations for the start of the main 2017 visitor opening season.
Landguard Fort will be reopening from Saturday 1 April, then daily until Sunday 29 October, 1000-1700. Felixstowe Museum reopens on Wednesday 12 April, then Sunday 16 April to Sunday 29 October, every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, plus Wednesday 31 May, then every Wednesday from June to the end of September, and every Thursday during August. 1200-1700. As usual the Landguard Nature Reserve (where a new boardwalk has been installed) and Landguard Visitor Centre and View Point Cafe are open daily all year round.
2017 will see another full calendar of events at Landguard, from Photography Workshops and historical re-enactments, to puppet shows, classic cars and pirates! The hugely popular Spooky Day and Christmas at Landguard Fort events are also back. There are two special walks linked to the Suffolk Walking Festival, an intriguing new open air theatre production ‘Thicknesse: Friend or Foe?’, new exhibitions to enjoy at the Felixstowe Museum, and the popular Photography Competition is open to both amateur and professional photographers to take their favourite shots of the Peninsula.
2017 is a special year for Landguard Fort, with the 350th anniversary of the Dutch attack in 1667, the last opposed seaborne invasion of England. This will be marked as part of Suffolk Armed Forces Weekend in Felixstowe on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June, with spectacular events, live music, family activities and fireworks.
To start off the new season, Easter fun includes The 95th Rifles in residence at Landguard Fort (Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 April) and The Great Felixstowe Museum Easter Egg Hunt (Wednesday 12 April), complete with a giant rabbit and lots of chocolate!
Stephen Rampley, Landguard Marketing and Events Co-ordinator said “The Landguard Peninsula and its attractions are getting more and more popular every year. Once again, we have put together a fun-packed events programme full of old favourites and some new ones too.
Landguard offers something for all ages and interests, from wonderful beaches and amazing history, to giant ships and unique flora and fauna. We look forward to welcoming our visitors throughout 2017”.