Felixstowe is a very nice little town and makes a good base...
Felixstowe is a very nice little town and makes a good base for trips out around Suffolk and rural Essex. There is a cinema in the town centre. The shops in the town centre are good and there are plenty of places to eat. Try The Alex on the seafront (the upstairs ladies loo is a sight to behold!). Fish and chips at the Regal are really good.
A stroll along the seafront is nice, maybe with an ice cream from the little shop near the pier which has some interesting flavours. Good to see the Spa Pavilion theatre has reopened. You can eat there before the performances too.
Languard Point, a drive away from the town centre, is not a beauty spot but is very good indeed for watching the coming and going of the big cargo ships and the Harwich ferry and you can also catch a foot ferry over to the Essex side of the river Orwell. Take binoculars. It is a good area for taking those quirky holiday snaps, with all the boats and the cranes at the docks, especially at twilight or when theres a sunset. There is a reasonable beach there too. The cafeteria at Languard Point is super and has inside and outside seating, both with a view of the water. Their Crocque Monsieur is just perfect! Parking is usually fairly easy and, unusually, is free of charge. You might be lucky and find the museum at the old Languard Fort open.
The area of Old Felixstowe (a short drive away from the town), although quite small, is quaint, with a really nice pub, the olde-worlde Ferry Boat Inn, great for a pint or three, or a really nice and reasonably priced meal. Best to book in advance at peak times though. There is also a shop which sells locally caught fresh fish for those DIY meals. Have seen children gillying for little crabs off the little jetty here. Can catch a foot ferry across the river Deben.
A good all round holiday resort, for a day or a week.