We played holiday roulette this summer – with travel still limited to the UK, booking somewhere to stay has been competitive to say the least. In the title of this blog post I promised to share all the things to do in Felixstowe, but honestly the most important for my friend and I was switching off our busy brains and revel in the sound of the ocean. (All those negative ions; I’ll explain shortly.)
When we fancied a breach staycation at the fairly last minute, we decided to simply book an apartment with a sea view, and just see how we got on.
It turns out that much of the UK knows about this sandy haven on the east coast (according to my Instagram direct messages anyway)… but Felixstowe was a completely new place to us antipodeans. We had a look at the Google pics of the area, confirmed that we both just wanted to relax and booked with abandon.
Honestly, it was simply what the doctor ordered. 3 nights, 2 full days, lucking in with the sunshine and setting our speed to wander.
One of the main attractions of Felixstowe is the 4-mile stretch of sheltered sand and shingle beach, backed by a promenade and the lovely sea front gardens which you can almost see Victorians promenading along. To one side of the pier there’s the beginning of a coastal walk (leading to a private castle and then the port) and to the other side there are beach huts as far as the eye can see, arrayed along the coast.
The Port of Felixstowe is one of the busiest ports in the UK, but unless you go looking for it, bar a few cranes on the horizon it’s not that noticeable from the sea front. Oh, and there are ships dotted on the ocean horizon cruising in and out – but they’re just intriguing to work out what they are named.
We did head for the port almost by accident, discovering a nature reserve, the Landguard Fort, Felixstowe Museum and the Harwich foot ferry in an afternoon of walking and sun basking.
Something I learned on our trip, was why we love water so much. Everyone loves being near cascading water, but not everyone knows why. It’s more than the sound of rushing water or the beauty of it bouncing off the rocks. It’s actually influencing your health in a measurably positive way. It’s the plethora of negative oxygen ions generated by the crashing water that produces the positive effect. Invisible and unnoticeable as they’re tossed into the air, the negative ions are incredibly powerful. Breathe ‘em in and it’s like recharging your personal batteries. You feel immediately refreshed—you may even feel euphoric. The higher the concentration of negative ions, the better you feel.
Knowlege rewarded with an ice cream obviously – butterscotch pecan for me.
Sunsets with a book in hand were just delicious. In Felixstowe there are also your typical British seaside attractions: mini-golf, arcade amusements etc. and we were really intrigued by some of the old craft fair shops that look like they were busy long ago.
We were on holiday – all rules are off. Including the ‘don’t eat cheese as your dinner rule – we enjoyed a sundowner or two accompanied by a slab of Brie and a scatter of strawberries in our apartment.
I quite wanted to move in here, a castle on the beach is a dream.
But, are you wondering where to eat in Felixstowe? In our limited time, we we enjoyed;
Coffee & Ice Cream
Shore Coffee is strong, scrumptious & female founded. I didn’t love their flat white as it was too intense for me, but as an iced latte it was perfection.
The Little Ice Cream Company had our favourite scoops by a country mile; strawberry cheesecake, cherry – it’s hand made using the milk from Felixstowe’s own local Holstein dairy herd just three miles down the road. Using natural ingredients, they have a fantastic recipe selection of over 80+ different flavours to suit every taste (and they change often.)
The View at Smoke House was brand new when we visited, but their hand smoked salmon on the eggs royale was scrumptious.
We also popped into Ruby’s Kitchen which had generous portions & cheery staff – the cake counter looked amazing.
The Fludyers Hotel is a vibrant pub, restaurant and hotel in Felixstowe Suffolk, set in a beautifully restored Edwardian building – with a delicious menu and good cocktail selection.
The Regal Fish Bar & Restaurant has some of the haddock I’ve had in the UK.
With unparalleled sea-views and a relaxed atmosphere, the Boardwalk Café Bar fajitas and salad bowls were delicious.
Oh, I also have to enthuse about the bric a brac/antiques shops and the warren of a second hand bookshop that my friend discovered. It was sheer ambling joy (and I may have come out with a couple of sneaky purchases – don’t tell the husband. He’ll glare towards my Kindle again.)
Would I visit Felixstowe again? Well, in 3 days I picked up my laptop for a total of 25-minutes, so yes. There was enough to keep us amused without trying and if we got bored we could have found activities or day trips to do I’m sure. Instead, we just recharged our weary batteries with all those negative ions.
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