Special travel arrangements are being put in place for the upcoming Suffolk Armed Forces Weekend, which is expected to draw increased numbers of visitors to the town.
Hosted by Suffolk Coastal District Council on Saturday and Sunday, 24 and 25 June, the
action-packed weekend will recognise the huge contribution made by our servicemen and women from the past until the present day – it will also mark the 350th anniversary of the Dutch attack on Landguard Fort.
Visitors are encouraged to use public transport via Ipswich, with a regular hourly train service (Greater Anglia); or the FirstGroup ’77’ bus route which runs between Ipswich and Felixstowe.
On arrival, a special free bus service operated by Felixstowe Travel (M & A Dabbs) will run continuously on both days on a loop starting from Great Eastern Square, near the railway station (postcode: IP11 7DT), then stopping at other locations, car parks and main event
venues – the Felixstowe Beachside Events Area, Landguard Fort, Langer Park and Martello Tower ‘P’. You will be able to park at other car parks along the route to join the service too, just look for the boards which indicate a stop. These are all listed/marked on the event travel map attached. The bus will operate on Saturday from 0900-2300 and on Sunday from 0900-1830.
If you are planning to come by car, then please follow the yellow AA road signs for Suffolk Armed Forces Weekend – which will take you the most direct and convenient way into the town. As parking will be very limited on the seafront, it is recommended you park in the town centre car parks and walk the short distance to the seafront.
Please remember that View Point Road will be closed on Sunday 25 June to all traffic. Access to the Landguard Peninsula is by foot, cycle or via the special free bus service as above.
The event travel map is below, with full details available online at www.visitfelixstowe.org.uk/suffolk-armed-forces-weekend/useful-travel-information
Paul Grant, organiser of Suffolk Armed Forces Weekend in Felixstowe said: “Our special free bus service is a great way to get around over the weekend. Arrive by train or park up in a town centre car park, then let the hop on, hop off bus take you to all the main event venues.”
The Suffolk Armed Forces Weekend is a community event, which is being supported by a variety of organisations such as the Suffolk Armed Forces Community Covenant, Royal British Legion, Felixstowe Town Council, Suffolk County Council, Landguard Fort Trust and the Royal Marines Association, as well as Suffolk Coastal District Council.