Things to do with the kids
Felixstowe is a place with plenty to offer! From the beach, historical fort, pier and a number of family amusements, there’s enough to keep everyone entertained.
Landguard Fort has a history stretching back nearly 450 years and is one of England’s best preserved coastal defences. There are also a number of special events held during the open season, from April till October. For opening time and prices check the Landguard Fort’s website.
The Felixstowe Museum is housed within the Landguard Fort and follows the military life of Landguard from Henry VII to the 1950’s along with the social history of Felixstowe. Spread through fourteen different rooms and with new themed exhibitions each season, special events and learning activities there is a lot to discover! To see what’s on visit their website here.
Also on the Landguard peninsula is the Landguard Nature Reserve and Landguard Bird Observatory. Home to unusual and rare plants and a variety of migrating and nesting birds, there are ample opportunities for little explorers! For more information and special events see the Discover Landguard website.
You can spot great ships coming in to the Port of Felixstowe from all over the world from the John Bradfield Viewing Area. Plus, stop in at the Landguard Visitor Centre and View Point Cafe where you can check out the 'ship tracker' and enjoy fish and chips or an ice cream. For more information visit the Discover Landguard website.
Originally built in 1905, the Felixstowe Pier has recently been redeveloped. The Family Entertainment Centre hosts mini tenpin bowling and the latest arcade games. Lorenzo’s Ice Cream Parlour serves up ice cream and traditional sweets along with great Italian coffee. For another sea-side favourite, fish and chips, there is The Pier Fish Co. For more details and to learn more about the Pier’s history take a look at the Felixstowe Pier’s website.
The Pier isn’t host to the only family amusements in Felixstowe, there’s also Family Amusements, Forum Amusements and Mannings Amusements. Perhaps most well-known is Mannings Amusements which was built by Sir Billy Butlin in 1933. Owned and managed by the Mannings family since 1946, Mannings Amusements has all the traditional family amusements – including classics on display and some that can still be played, indoor crazy golf, ten-pin bowling, the fun fair and they even host a popular Sunday market!
Of course, one of the greatest attractions of the seaside is the beach! Consistently rated with 'excellent' bathing water quality from the Environment Agency, the sand and shingle beach has perfect spots for building sandcastles. With a wide promenade that stretches almost the entire length from Landguard Point to Felixstowe Ferry, the Felixstowe seafront is over four miles long.