The new main visitor season beckons at the Landguard Peninsula in Felixstowe, Suffolk.
It all starts with a bang at Landguard Fort on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April as The 1st 95th Rifles will be in residence practicing the drills and tactics that were refined on battlefields over 200 years ago. Also, on the Saturday, The Big Easter Bonnet Trail will be launching and running throughout the Easter Holidays until Sunday 16th April. Search the Fort for the colourful bonnets in the seasonal themed rooms and displays.
Neighbouring Felixstowe Museum reopens on Thursday 6th April when they will unveil their new “Beehive” Cafe and shop area, plus new exhibitions on the 1953 Felixstowe Flood, the Port of Felixstowe and the Coronation. The hugely popular Easter Egg Hunt will be running on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th April… make sure you book your tickets to join the Easter Bunny for this fun event for children aged three to 10 years. Note, the Museum’s new opening days and times for 2023: Thursday to Sunday from 11am until 5pm (last entry at 4pm).
On the Landguard Nature Reserve, the annual post and rope cordons will be put in place at the end of March to help protect shingle nesting birds, such as Ringed Plover. Please stay outside of these areas and keep dogs on short leads when visiting this important habitat. You can download the Reserve leaflet with information on what to see, including a walking route to explore at www.discoverlandguard.org.uk/landguard-nature-reserve/visitor-information Don’t miss the annual family-friendly Wildlife Discovery Day on Sunday 13th August to learn more.
Enjoy stunning views of Landguard from the water, when the Harwich Harbour Ferry starts up for the 2023 season on Saturday 1st April. Take a trip aboard to get up close to the giant container ships at the Port of Felixstowe on the only ferry service connecting Suffolk and Essex.
Once again, a year-round programme of events and activities are planned for 2023, including ‘Jurassic Fort’, open air theatre featuring Peter Rabbit, pirates and a Pink Floyd tribute concert. The Little Fort of Horrors will be back with a scary ‘circus’ theme on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October, then in December, Christmas at Landguard Fort will be held for the first time over two weekends – Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th.
Stephen Rampley, Landguard Marketing and Events Co-ordinator said, “Bring your whole family and friends to the Peninsula in 2023 for a host of great days out by the sea. Discover our amazing heritage, nature and maritime connections, and enjoy special events for all ages and interests. We look forward to welcoming you to Landguard – a very special place.”
For more information, visit the website at www.discoverlandguard.org.uk or contact the Landguard Trust on 01394 444458.