Fort set to entertain visitors

VISITORS to Felixstowe seafront will find plenty to do this weekend.The resort is celebrating its unique place in English history with a two-day special event at Landguard Fort.

VISITORS to Felixstowe seafront will find plenty to do this weekend.

The resort is celebrating its unique place in English history with a two-day special event at Landguard Fort.

Darell's Weekend marks the 340th anniversary of the last opposed invasion of England - when the Dutch attacked the fort in 1667.

Some 2,000 Dutch soldiers, swords drawn, attempted to scale the walls of the fort but the garrison led by fort governor Captain Nathaniel Darell successfully repelled the attackers, though around 150 Dutch soldiers were killed during the battle.

On Saturday and Sunday this will be commemorated at the fort with a visit from The Sealed Knot historical re-enactment group with displays and a camp from 10am to 6pm both days.

On Sunday there will be Praise on the Prom in the Spa Gardens next to the old Long Shelter and The Hut.

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The event - organised by the Churches Together in Felixstowe Movement - will feature live music praise and worship from 3.30pm and guest speaker Simon Ladd, a senior leader at the West Road Church, Bury St Edmunds.

There will be a free bouncy castle from 2pm and people are invited to bring a picnic and join in the fun.

Just off the seafront, at Trinity Methodist Church at the junction of Hamilton Road and Orwell Road, flower lovers can enjoy Fuchsia Fantasia.

The festival, staged by the Felixstowe and District Fuchsia Society, is on Saturday from 10.30am to 5pm and from 12.30pm to 4.30pm on Sunday . Entrance fee is 50p.

As well as displays of the many varieties of the hobby plants, there will be trade stands, a members' show and a plant sale, and the chance to get some expert advice on growing fuchsias.

There will be more for gardening enthusiasts the following weekend when Felixstowe Horticultural Society holds its popular flower and produce show at Felixstowe Leisure Centre. It will take place on Saturday July 21 from 2pm to 5pm and Sunday July 22 from 11am to 5pm. Entrance fee is £1.

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