What’s on


Fantabulous Felixstowe Museum has opened

its doors again


Felixstowe Museum welcomes you back with some new features and a COVID secure route – follow the coloured floor stickers to maintain space and stay safe.


Opened on 30th May, ‘Last Stop Felixstowe Pier’: The advent of the railway in Felixstowe.  This is our new display on the coming of the railway to Felixstowe. Did you know that when the Town station opened on the 1st  July 1898 the Third class fare to Pier Station was 4d (about 2p)! Come and see our genuine ticket from that day alongside many other fascinating facts.


We are also pleased to announce our new learning trail suitable for children aged 8 years and above in conjunction with the Children’s University. Why do you think Felixstowe telephone numbers only used to have had three digits?


Our evening talks (held in conjunction with the Felixstowe Family History Society) continued through the earlier part of the year via Zoom.  From September onwards, we’ll return to our normal venue, Broadway House in Orwell Rd, Felixstowe, meeting on the second Wednesday of the month.  All welcome.  Find details of these great talks below.

(to be reviewed 30th September 2021)


Fantastic Brick Olympic Trail @ Felixstowe Museum @ FELIXSTOWE MUSEUM
Jul 28 @ 12:00 pm – Oct 27 @ 12:00 pm


Join in the fun, with the quiz trail around Felixstowe Museum.

Search for the brick athletes inside the museum, solve the clues and get a yummy reward.

NO NEED TO BOOK – just turn up.

Runs from 28 July to the end of October and on August Bank Holiday Monday.

Children £2.00 (includes admission)  Adults £3.00.

Great fun on a wet day . . .  or even a baking hot day!



EVENING TALKS PROGRAMME @ Broadway House, Orwell Road, Felixstowe
Sep 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Mark Mitchels will speak on ‘The Lost City of Dunwich’


No one can stand on the cliffs of Dunwich and not wonder about the city which is now more than a mile out below the North Sea. At the time of Domesday Book Dunwich was spoken of as the tenth largest city in England. Since it began to crumble and fall into the waves, the Lost City has engrossed both historians and visitors. This talk describes the story of a city as fascinating and elusive as El Dorado – and just as exciting. The rise and fall of any human creation speaks to all of us in a common language, because it calls upon our shared fears, but the decline of Dunwich assumes an almost Biblical dimension in that it truly demonstrates that Pride does indeed come before a Fall. And still the North Sea advances, grasping the retreating land.   


All welcome.  Doors open at 7pm



Heritage Open Day event – guided tour around the Submarine Mining Establishment @ Felixstowe Museum
Sep 11 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Free guided tour of the Ravelin Block (which now houses Felixstowe Museum) which was completed by the Royal Engineers in 1878 as part of the Submarine Mining Establishment (SME) at Felixstowe. Starting outside, the tour will follow the route of the narrow gauge trolleyway through the building where mines were prepared and tested including a behind the scenes look at the rooms such as the Smith’s Shop not normally open to museum visitors. We will then trace the track to the remains of the riverside mining jetty where the mines would be loaded onto the steam launch ‘Nellie’ to be laid across the river mouth, exploring the various surviving features as we go.

The Shop and Café will be open, but only the museum exhibition rooms required for the tour will be open to facilitate access to behind-the-scenes areas.

Duration of tour:  30-45 mins


Oct 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

John Field will speak on ‘The Treasures of Ipswich’


This is a new talk which illustrates Ipswich’s wide range of buildings and features of great architectural and historic importance.  These include the town’s Mediaeval Churches, Mansions and Halls, its important legacy of Victorian buildings, Nationally and Locally Listed Buildings and the many features and artefacts of local, national (and some of International) importance.   The talk explores the breadth of Ipswich’s rich history over many centuries through its architectural heritage and aims to create greater public awareness of this legacy in the local area and elsewhere.


All welcome.  Doors open at 7pm

Nov 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Mark Bathurst will speak on ‘The Medway Queen – the heroine of Dunkirk’

Paddle Steamer Medway Queen was built in Scotland in 1924, for the New Medway Steam Packet Company of Rochester. The Medway Queen is the last of the estuary paddle steamers that were built to take passengers on day trips on the Thames and Medway Estuaries, calling at locations such as Southend, Herne Bay and Margate.  At the outbreak of the Second World War she was commissioned into the Royal Navy and became a minesweeper, joining the 10th minesweeping flotilla, but she was so much more . . .


All welcome.  Doors open at 7pm

Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Charlie Haylock will give us Part 2 of his ‘The History of Spoken Language’

This is not a talk on split infinitives, and what the differences are between the past participle and the past tense. Definitely not! Charlie shows how the seeds of spoken English were first sown, and how each invading force affected the English language with the different sounds they brought. Charlie includes a dialect tour of the British Isles.


All welcome.  Doors open at 7pm.  Come early as Mr Haylock is a very popular speaker.