Ipswich is celebrating today, following a weekend full of festivities, fun and plenty of beer! Huge crowds attended the week and weekend spectacular that was Celebrate Ipswich, that culminated in the Maritime weekend.
Stretching the length and breadth of the waterfront and up into the town, via St Nicholas and St Peter’s Streets, the celebrations were well received by all. Young and old came together to experience the delights on offer. From the new Beer and Beverage Festival and the Regatta programme to the impressive fireworks display, there was something for everyone to enjoy.
The town centre was a hive of activity throughout the week, with an exciting car show on Monday right through to fantastic Fancy Dress day on the Friday. The Beer and Beverage Festival was also in full swing from Wednesday afternoon right through until Sunday evening. Live music and food stalls all added to the sense of occasion.
The festival this year included Viking re-enactments, a St Tropez car exhibition and a Suffolk Farmers Market which brought the hive of activity from the waterfront, into the town. The Saints area of town, St Peters Street and St Nicholas Street, organised the local Suffolk Farmers Market with Suffolk Market Events. The market featured a number of the regions very best, small-scale producers.
Cathy Frost, owner of LoveOne and organiser of the market, said: “It is great to have a new event on the street celebrating our local food producers – the street was buzzing”
As always, no Maritime festival would be the same without the acclaimed resident boats that included the historic Sailing Barge Victor and Orwell Lady. The weekend tours offered visitors a chance to learn more about Ipswich’s maritime history and to view the historical ports of Ipswich from the water.
Paul Clement, Chief Executive of Ipswich Central, said: “Celebrate Ipswich is about showcasing our county town to visitors. A huge number of businesses engaged with the campaign to give East Anglia’s Waterfront Town a fantastic festival feel throughout the last week. The week was a success with thousands of people enjoying the hive of activity in the town and on the waterfront.”
Cllr Bryony Rudkin said:”The Maritime Festival has been a great success, bringing to an end the Celebrate Ipswich event. We have seen tens of thousands of people down here, enjoying the music, special markets, re-enactments and other entertainment and it shows that Ipswich knows how to put on a great summer party.”
The festival is run in conjunction with Ipswich Borough Council and Ipswich Central, and would not be possible without the associated partners and sponsors which include; Associated British Ports, Easton and Otley College, First Bus Group, Gallagher Car and Van Rental, Donalds Volvo, Heart FM, Eastern Enterprise Hub, Seven Refrigeration, R G Carter and UCS.