Enjoy a seasonal walk in and around Felixstowe - across rare coastal habitats, beside the crashing winter surf or under the branches of frosty trees. Then relax and warm yourself up with a delicious lunch of local produce.
Big Ships and Surf
Discover the vegetated shingle of the Landguard Nature Reserve, with its unusual and rare plants, migrating birds, military history and huge ships arriving and departing at Britain's busiest container port. Climb up the man-made 'Butts' for superb views, then take a stroll to Suffolk’s most southernly point. End your amble at the Landguard - View Point Cafe for a hot chocolate and hearty 'Tug Driver’s Breakfast' with fried egg, bacon, sausage and beans.
An Edwardian Escape
Stroll along the prom from the Town Hall to Cobbold’s Point to admire the wonderful array of Edwardian seaside architecture. You certainly can’t miss the splendid Harvest House on the cliff tops or South Beach Mansion where members of the German Royal Family stayed for their holidays in 1891. Along the way stop off to explore the award-winning Seafront Gardens, then continue to the stylish beachfront Fludyers Hotel for a succulent steak with chips.
Enjoy a winter wander at The Grove, one of the few remaining areas of mature woodland on the Felixstowe peninsula. It was planted around the early 1800's. Explore the winding paths of frost covered trees, crunching leaves and frozen pools of water; then take a short hop to visit the charming village atmosphere of Old Felixstowe with its 14th C. church. Eat, drink and be merry at The White Horse... with a plate of lamb rump infused with garlic and thyme.
Bargains and Bites
Bring your shopping bags for a retail and foodie lovers treat in Felixstowe. Start by raising your energy levels with a cuppa and yummy home-made cake at the Blue & Berry Cafè, then check out the winter sales along Hamilton Road, home to boutiques, independent shops and high street brands. Rest your feet (and bags) at the wonderful Orwell Hotel - have a bite or two with their special lunch offers available in The Buttery with its real warming log fire.
Watch the Birdie!
Don't forget your binoculars for this one... explore the wonderful wetland paradise of Trimley Marshes Nature Reserve with its superb views of the Orwell Estuary, and sheer number/species of birds - from wigeon to avocet and curlew. Then back up to the village of Trimley St. Mary and a stop at the friendly Mariners Freehouse for a hearty serving of sausages (from The Sausage Shop just up the road), accompanied with mash and onion gravy.
Defence of the Realm
From ‘U’ to ‘T’... follow in the footsteps of history along the Martello Coast Path at the idyllic hamlet of Felixstowe Ferry See how many towers built to defend against Napoleon you can spot. Just across the river Deben is the imposing Bawdsey Manor, a secret WWII facility and home to the development of Radar. Cosy up in the historic timber-framed Ferry Boat Inn with a plate of local cod deep fried in Adnams beer batter and served with chips and mushy peas.