It is all change for the Ipswich Beer Festival this year – which is moving out of the Corn Exchange and into marquees down on Ipswich Dockside to be a part of the Maritime Ipswich Festival 2011.
This new event will be celebrating all things nautical and will bring together Ipswich’s Waterfront Maritime past, present and future at the Ipswich Waterfront, Quayside and Docks. Maritime Ipswich will take place at Ipswich Quayside with free admission to all events being arranged from Stoke Bridge to the lock gates – starting at 10am until 6pm on both Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August 2011.
Ipswich Beer Festival 2011 will be located close to the new UCS buildings and very close to the moorings of various tall ships and old gaffers that will be visiting as a central part of the festival and the bar will be open from noon till 11pm on Thursday 18th August, noon till 11pm on Friday 19th August, noon till 11pm on Saturday 20th August and from noon till 6pm on Sun 21st August. The Beer Festival will be offering a wide range of local beers and also some selected beers and ciders with a nautical theme. Close to the beer tent will also be a variety of food vendors and some open and covered seating.
A spokesperson from the Ipswich Beer Festival said, “We hope that it will be a very exciting chance to organise a very different type of Beer Festival whilst working with various other organisations as part of this extraordinary new major summer festival and event for the town.”
Maritime Ipswich will offer all visitors a wide range of activities to enjoy right along Ipswich Waterfront with opportunities to visit some of the vessels, period and modern re-enactments, dance performances, displays and stalls, live traditional music, fireworks and much more. As much of the major reconstruction of the historic docks is now essentially complete this festival is also a new opportunity for many local key-side businesses, including the various restaurants and established bars such as the Waterfront, Isaacs, Kai bar and the Brewery Tap, to showcase their businesses too.
Maritime Ipswich 2011 is a partnership between Ipswich Borough Council – Ipswich Waterfront Action – Associated British Ports (ABP) – The Old Gaffers Association – Ipswich Maritime Trust and Ipswich CAMRA. Visitors can join the celebrations of some of the town’s maritime traditions, with open-air performances and entertainment set against a backdrop of traditional, classic and working vessels. For out-of-town visitors, Maritime Ipswich 2011 is only about a 10 minutes walk from Ipswich mainline railway station – turn left out of station into Burrell Rd – after about 700m turn left to cross Stoke Bridge and also cross to RH side of bridge at traffic lights – the Maritime Festival begins near here – follow the Dockside to find the Beer Festival. Some car parking is available close to the event (in Duke St) and “overspill moorings” for yachts and private boats may available at Levington Marina.