Throughout the year the Spa Pavilion Theatre shows a wide variety of shows with the annual Drama Festival being held in the month of May. A Leisure Centre is located right on the seafront with a swimming pool.
Felixstowe has all the traditional seaside amusements that one would expect, including amusement parks with rides and slides, a bowling green, indoor golf and many other sporting opportunities. There are lots of places to stay and eat with a large range of cafes, inns, restaurants and also traditional ice cream parlours.Felixstowe is very popular in main season but its attractive frontage and indoor attractions means that it also enjoys the reputation of a holiday destination out of season.
The Port of Felixstowe is Britain's most important shipping and container port and its dock view point attracts many a shipping enthusiast. The shipping port does not intrude upon the main resort area because it lies along the river estuary with its own road and is far away from the tourist centre. The John Bradfield viewing area allows a full view of both Felixstowe and Harwich shipping at close quarters and there is normally a mobile cafe unit for snacks and drinks.
When the Angliacoast team visited the spot, we were surprised how popular it was, it was teaming with shipping enthusiasts armed with binoculars early on a weekday morning, but we must agree that armed with a hot cup of tea and a bacon roll from the cafe, it was indeed an interesting way to spend a few hours.
Landguard Fort was the scene of the last invasion of England in 1667 built in 1540 to guard the entrance to Harwich harbour and the only fort in England to have repelled a full scale invasion attempt. The fort is maintained by English Heritage as a museum and consists of a warren of tunnels which show the many alterations made during the past 100 years.There are small displays, barrack room, replica 12.5" RML gun, audio tours and also guided tours available. Also at the Fort is a museum housed in the Ravelin block, the only Submarine Mine Storage Depot still standing. They feature local history from Felixstowe and its surrounding area, including St. Audry's Hospital, Melton, RAF Flying Boats at Felixstowe, a Victorian Submarine Mining exhibit, Edwardian memorabilia and Pleasure Steamers. Outside is the Landguard Nature Reserve where you can watch the container ships as they make their way out to sea.
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