In less than ten days, Ipswich will be celebrating its intriguing history and heritage in the county town’s first Heritage Fortnight. Running from 12th to the 26th September, there will be a range of historic guided walks, heritage trails, history lectures and so much more for all to enjoy to celebrate the county town’s heritage.
The fortnight kicks off with the Heritage Open Days, a National event that celebrates the Heritage of many towns and cities in the UK. Over 30 buildings will be open to the public from 12th to 14th September offering visitors the opportunity to explore many of the county town’s remarkable and notorious buildings that are not usually open. These buildings include Unitarian Meeting House, Pykenham Gatehouse, Ipswich School, The Old Customs House and many more.
There will be a number of tours running during the weekend with the Tourist Information Centre and with the Preservation Trust. But, if you fancy walking the tour on your own, you can follow the All About Ipswich Heritage Trail using their new interactive map-planning tool.
Other events during the fortnight include ghost walks, horrible history tours and lectures at University Campus Suffolk. Professor David Gill and Dr Geraint Coles, both experts in the history of our County, will host the lectures. They will be exploring the heritage railways of East Anglia and the Anglo Saxon period in Suffolk.
The restaurants will be taking part in the Historic celebrations too with a range of offers on lunches and afternoon teas to keep you going on the heritage tours and historic walks.
Paul Clement, Chief Executive of Ipswich Central, the company responsible for organising the Heritage Fortnight promotion commented: “Ipswich is a town steeped in history and it is important it is celebrated. We have coincided our historic showcase fortnight with the National celebrations during the Heritage Open Days to offer visitors an engaging experience when they visit East Anglia’s Waterfront Town.”
For more information on the Heritage Fortnight visit www.allaboutipswich.com