Running from 19th until 26th August ‘Celebrate Ipswich’ will include a range of exciting town centre activities and culminates in the annual Maritime Festival. Following on from the success of the past two years, Ipswich Central and Ipswich Borough Council will again be working in partnership to deliver an event and promotion worthy of East Anglia’s premier waterfront town centre.
The weeklong celebration will be ‘All About Ipswich’ and the best it has to offer with a series of events in the town centre including the open air showing of ‘Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs’, the return of the Coca Cola lorry and the ever-popular ‘Titan the Robot’.
This is then followed by the annual Maritime Ipswich Festival, which takes place over the August bank holiday weekend (23rd – 26th August). The waterfront will be a hive of activity as Ipswich celebrates its rich and colourful maritime history.
Maritime weekend is set to be jam packed with things to do to keep the whole family entertained. Make time to check out the pop-up maritime museums – featuring Broke and the Shannon. Head to the waterfront to see the ASTO sailing yachts arrival and mooring; they’ll be located near UCS, so don’t miss out on your chance to climb aboard on Saturday and over the weekend on the water. You can also check out a range of stunning art available at the UCS Art Ahoy exhibition in the UCS foyer. Enjoy a great selection of food, gifts and goodies at the Continental Market on the waterfront near Orwell Quay or wander along the waterfront towards DanceEast where there will be a Maritime themed market throughout the weekend.
The festival also sees the return of the annual Ipswich Beer Festival which will be in full flow from the Thursday afternoon right through until Monday, serving a range or beers, ciders and food, again down on Orwell Quay. There will also be live music, food stalls, a craft market and much more, all adding to the sense of occasion.
There will also be a chance for visitors to learn more about Ipswich’s maritime history with historical re-enactments happening across the weekend. This year’s line up also includes historic vessels, beautiful yachts, continental markets, Georgian re-enactments, popular music and entertainment.
The Orwell Lady, Victor and Viking Blue will all be offering short cruises and daytime sails throughout the weekend.
Business along the waterfront will all be taking part providing special offers and events especially for the weekend and there will be entertainment for all the family during the weekend, for full details visit www.allaboutipswich.com
With so much going on, Ipswich is sure to impress for another year.