From Baggy Trousers to an uplifting ladies choir… From Californication to drums and bugles… this year’s Suffolk Armed Forces Weekend 2017 offers a two day mini music festival beside the seaside for all ages and tastes - and best of all it is free.
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.
During the day on Saturday, enjoy the Wattisham Military Wives Choir and The Royal Hospital School Band; then in the evening the main stage (sponsored by Felixstowe Town Council) at the Beachside Events Area plays host to Silbury Hill, Rick Wright, plus two of the UK’s top tribute acts - The Hot Red Chilli Peppers and The Los Palmas 6 (Madness) all leading up to a spectacular firework display on the seafront at around 2200. On Sunday, Landguard Fort will welcome the renowned Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood. They will perform during the afternoon, including an atmospheric Sunset Parade to bring Suffolk Armed Forces Weekend 2017 to a fitting end.
Paul Grant, organiser of Suffolk Armed Forces Weekend in Felixstowe says “Our entertainment line-up is packed with musical treats for everyone. Bring a picnic, get some fish and chips or tuck into an ice cream as you enjoy a fab summer’s weekend of great music by the sea”.
The SAFW Official Event Guide is also now live and provides all the information you need to play and enjoy the weekend, including the timetable for each day, useful travel information and much more.
The Suffolk Armed Forces Weekend is a county event, which is being hosted by Suffolk Coastal District Council and being held in Felixstowe. This 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.