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Art at the Beach

Visual art festival at Beach Street Felixstowe

A new art festival has arrived in Felixstowe this summer! With over 40 artists and creatives displaying their work, free art activities for visitors and a demonstration tent!

If you want to get involved in the newest art festival in Suffolk, keep reading and submit the payment of your application by clicking here


  • Art at The Beach aims to strengthen the local art community and make art accessible to everyone.
  • Art at the Beach – Visual art festival at Beach Street Felixstowe.
  • Saturday 10th September 2022, 10am – 4pm.
  • Beach Street Felixstowe, Manning’s Amusements, Micklegate Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 2GN.
  • Limited number of stands available. Applications accepted on a first come first served basis.
  • Pitch fee is £35 (one Heras fence at 3.5m in length). Only one fence per applicant.
  • Pitches must be paid for at time of booking. For refunds and cancellation, please see more details below. 
  • Traders are personally liable for their individual stalls. Art at the Beach organisers are not liable for any damage, loss, theft or injury incurred while participating at Art at the Beach.
  • Artists must obtain Public Liability Insurance & provide evidence of this during the application process. 

More details on sponsorship, partnerships and the poster will be announced next week!

We are moving!

Dear friends, colleagues and customers of The Gallery Box,

I want to let you know that this summer, The Gallery Box will be departing from Beach Street Felixstowe. I have enjoyed my time at this exciting location, but it’s time for me to embark on a new chapter in my art journey.

I am passionate about art (it’s my life!) and I will be continuing to teach art classes, work on commissions and organise exhibitions, festivals and other art related projects. The only difference, for now, is that The Gallery Box will not be a physical shop. However, I will be posting regularly on Instagram and Facebook to let you know what I’m working on and keep you updated with art classes and other art related projects.

Thank you all for your support – please stay in touch and I look forward to working with some of you in the very near future!


Our first Sketchbook Club for adults!

Last night we had our first Sketchbook Club for adults at The Waffle Shack!

It was a very productive evening and everyone enjoyed learning something new at the workshop. We focussed on ‘seeing skills’ during the session, based on the book by Betty Edwards, called ‘Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain’.

Victoria Petchey, led the class by demonstrating and handing out examples of her own artwork, to show the process of how she creates her building themed illustrations. 

After drawing, inking and painting with watercolours it was time for waffles! Tracy cooked up a selection of her scrumptious waffles and crepes for those in the workshop, ranging from, Oreo crumble, Eton mess, Canadian cinnamon, choc banoffee, berry delight, lotus biscoff, zesty lemon and Bueno surprise!

Tickets are on sale for more Sketchbook Club workshops, but spaces are limited! 

Local collage artist, Hannah Tooke, will be hosting the next class and will be focussing on collage using hand painted papers. Her work is stunning and you can see more of her work here.

The Sketchbook Club in July is now fully booked, but don’t worry, we have more coming up and Hannah is back in October, click here to book.

Thank you to everyone who attended the first workshop and we look forward to seeing you at the next one!

Victoria and Tracy

Sketchbook Club for Adults!

CLICK HERE to book!

Art for adults. All skill levels welcome! £18 each or two tickets for £30.

19:00 – 21:00. Ticket includes art class followed by a waffle and drink of your choice to eat in or takeaway.

Materials included but feel free to bring your own sketchbook if you prefer! Classes held at The Waffle Shack and taught by a different artist each month! Always something new to learn!

Lots of free parking in surrounding streets.

CLICK HERE to book your ticket!

Location: The Waffle Shack, Beach Street Felixstowe, IP11 2GN.

Classes for 2022:

Wednesday 15 June, 19:00 – 21:00.

Ink and Watercolour Illustration – Class led by Victoria Petchey.

Wednesday 13 July, 19:00 – 21:00.

Drawing and Collage‘ – Class led by Hannah Tooke.

Wednesday 10 Aug, 19:00 – 21:00.

Colour and Illustration‘ – Class led by Catalina Carvajal.

Wednesday 14 Sep, 19:00 – 21:00.

Drawing and Collage‘ – Class led by Hannah Tooke.

Wednesday 12 Oct, 19:00 – 21:00.

Landscapes‘ – Class led by Louise Craigie.

Kid’s Art Classes!

Art classes have started at The Waffle Shack!

First Tuesday of every month, 4:30pm – 6:15pm. More details below…

An art class for ages 8-13 years. Each art class will run promptly from the set date and time advertised. The plan is to run a 1 hour art class, followed by 1/2 waffle and a drink for each participant.

Availability for the class is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance to secure a place. Tickets available to buy at The Waffle Shack, Beach Street Felixstowe, Micklegate Road, IP11 2GN.

The responsible adult/s for each child, are welcome to stay on site and enjoy a drink or bite to eat at Beach Street, from one of the surrounding cafes/eateries during the class.

During the class, each participant will get to use a variety of different art materials and will have a finished artwork to take home at the end of the class. Suitable for boys and girls. The class will vary each month, but promises to be fun, creative, imaginative and inspiring for those who attend!

The tutor of the class, Victoria Petchey, has had an enhanced DBS check and is about to renew her application, which can be produced upon request. A disclaimer form must be signed by the responsible adult of each child partaking in an art class. This form will be produced at the beginning of the class when each child arrives at The Waffle Shack. Any allergies or medical conditions of participants in the class must be made aware to the organisers of the class.

‘WAMFEST’ Art Competition – under 18s

WAMfest is soon approaching, with the aim of showcasing the work of talented women in the arts and music.

To celebrate this amazing event, The Gallery Box is holding an open call for creatives, of all ages and different abilities, to enter their work into the exhibition for the month of September. The theme is ‘Women’ and more details can be found by clicking here.

ALSO… We are holding an art competition for under 18s! It’s free to enter and you can download the entry form here. Simply print the page, enter a drawing or painting into the empty frame and drop it into ‘The Gallery Box’, ‘The Waffle Shack’ or ‘Shore Coffee’, at Beach Street Felixstowe. Address: Beach Street Felixstowe, Micklegate Road, Felixstowe, IP11 2GN.

We look forward to seeing what you create!

Download the entry form below:

Reopening in April 2021

It’s almost time to reopen the doors of The Gallery Box!

Beach Street Felixstowe is an exciting new destination in Suffolk for food and shopping.

The smell of freshly cooked pizza and waffles fill the air, the sun glistens off the large and inviting shop windows, the pavement is clean and welcoming, the environment feels safe and friendly, the list goes on…

Today, was just as I mentioned above and it was wonderful to be siting in the window of The Gallery Box, working on one of my latest commissions. Whilst the public are not allowed to enter the shop, a few people came to the door to discuss the painting.

Over the month of April, I will be at the shop working on an array of commissions and other outstanding artworks. Be sure to pop by once the shop is open to see what is being worked on that day!

Look forward to seeing you soon!


Livestream Painting Session!

Painting to be finished during livestream. 100x100cm

Live-streaming on Facebook from The Gallery Box between 11am-1pm on Saturday 6 February 2021.

Tune in to watch, Victoria Petchey, finish a large painting of Greta Thunberg in the shop window.

If you have any questions about painting, portraiture, art in general, feel free to get in touch during the livestream and Victoria will try to answer any questions that you may have.

Follow the link below to ensure you don’t miss out!

Open Call Postponed

It is with great sadness that I must announce the postponement of the open call ‘ My Window’.

The open call has been postponed due to Suffolk being placed into tier four.

The next review of the rules will take place on December 30, but with cases of Covid rising in every region of Suffolk and north Essex, is is unlikely the government would be willing to place Suffolk into a lower tier anytime soon.

BUT, keep painting! This exhibition will still go ahead in 2021, so watch this space for the new dates. I know how frustrating this is, but for now, keep painting, creating and making.


Click & Collect

As Suffolk is currently in tier four, The Gallery Box is closed to the public. However, a ‘click & collect’ service will be operating from 00:01 Monday 28 December 2020.

So don’t worry, that Christmas cash you got for crimbo can still be spent at The Gallery Box! 

Simply click on the tab above ‘Click & Collect’, shop, and collect your order on any Sunday or Wednesday between 11am-2pm!