The new main visitor season beckons at the Landguard Peninsula in Felixstowe.
It all starts with a bang at Landguard Fort on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 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 16 April. Search the fort for the colourful bonnets in the seasonal themed rooms and displays.
Felixstowe Museum reopens on Thursday 6 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 6 and Friday 7 April – make sure you book your tickets to join the Easter bunny for this fun event for children aged 3-10 years. The museum’s new opening days and times for 2023: Thursday to Sunday from 11am-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. Don’t miss the annual family-friendly Wildlife Discovery Day on Sunday 13 August to learn more.
You can download our nature reserve leaflet with information on what to see, including a walking route to explore: https://www.discoverlandguard.org.uk/landguard-nature-reserve/visitor-information
Enjoy stunning views of Landguard from the water, when the Harwich Harbour Ferry starts up for the 2023 season on Saturday 1 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 27 and Saturday 28 October, then in December, Christmas at Landguard Fort will be held for the first time over two weekends: Saturday 9 and Sunday 10, and Saturday 16 and Sunday 17.
Stephen Rampley, Landguard Marketing and Events Co-ordinator, says: “Bring your 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 – it’s a very special place.”