Sunday, 6 September 2015

Felixstowe, Suffolk, UK

Yesterday we visited the Suffolk holiday resort of Felixstowe.  It is said that Felixstowe is an extension of the village of Walton which has been around since before the Norman Conquest of England and was mentioned in the Doomsday book.  The name Felixstowe was given retrospectively during the 13th Century.  Felixstowe became a popular seaside resort during the Edwardian period.

The day started off with some very heavy cloud looming over head.  As we looked along the beach, with its fairly new sea defences you could see the cranes towering over the Port of Felixstowe, which is the largest container port in the UK.

Looking along the beach in the other direction, we could see the clouds starting to break up and blue sky hiding above.

We had gone to Felixstowe with Mother-In-Law and a group from her sheltered housing scheme who hire 'The Hut' for the day.  It is run by Felixstowe Old Peoples Welfare Association and is available to rent for the day to groups of elderly people.  It is very light and airy inside with all modern facilities and is a lovely location right on the promenade facing the sea.

It was still looking quite stormy out to sea, but the sun still managed to shine on the water.

Next door to The Hut and running along the promenade was the lovely Felixstowe Gardens with this water feature.

The gardens were very well maintained and although most of the flowers were finished there was still much to see.  There were lots of little pathways and terraces for you to explore.

And as you can see in the pictures, the heavy clouds had finally given way to the blue sky, for the moment at least.

Came across this jolly looking Pirate enjoying a day at the beach with his family, he was more than happy to pose for a photo.

As with many of the seaside resorts along this coast you will come across rows of beach huts lining the beach, unusually these ones were very colour coordinated.

As we made our way along the promenade you could start to make out the supports of the Pier in the centre of the photo.

The Spa Pavilion was originally opened in 1909 and was given its name due to the fact there was natural spring water pouring down the cliffs behind the pavilion which at the time the developers hoped would make Felixstowe an upmarket place to visit.  However it is said that they did no more with the spring water other than sell it bottled from a small booth. Over the years the Pavilion has held many concerts and events.

Here we had started to climb one of the many sets of stairs to the top of the cliff, where you can then find the town centre and shops and restaurants.

Here you can see one of the ornate lamps that were dotted about.

I took this photo of a Wimpy Restaurant as a few weeks ago we were having a conversation with some of our friends and we were all saying that we used to have these restaurants near to where we all lived but did not know whether they still existed as none of the ones we knew were still open.

The Grand Hotel was constructed in 1877 and extended and renovated in the early 1900's.  Today it has been converted to a pub and restaurant.  There are still some original features of its early days such as this part of the roof line with this lovely sign reflecting its grander days.

Felixstowe's Pier can only be seen to its full extent if you view it from this far back.  Completed in 1905 it was the longest pier in the country, with a train taking visitors to the end, where they could then board the paddle steamer 'Belle' which operated between London and Great Yarmouth.

Most of the pier was demolished during the Second World War as it was feared it would be used as a landing stage for enemy troops.  Unfortunately it was never restored to its full length.

The Seagulls were enjoying there day on the beach soaking up the sunshine.

There were several young gulls as well which as with most youngsters, were not content with just sitting around.

This one was being very verbal.

On the horizon you could see many of the large container ships heading to and from the very busy port.  The water along much of the UK coast is quite brown in colour, due to the tides and stirring up of the sands.

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