Maritime Woodbridge is a celebration of Woodbridge’s heritage, both nautical and ashore.
The event, which takes place every two years, is part of the national Heritage Open Days. It is organised by volunteers and supported by local businesses for the local community. All events are free and there are lots of fun things to see and do for visitors of all ages. Over the weekend visitors can access sites which are either not normally open to the public or would normally charge admission.
The marine element is centred on the waterfront, particularly in and around Whisstocks and the Tide Mill. On display will be Thames Barges, bawlies and various traditional and classic boats, including the three boats originally owned by Arthur Ransome (of ‘Swallows and Amazons’ fame). Whisstocks will house a large number of stalls and activities including the famous Maritime Woodbridge coracle pond giving youngsters their first taste of being on the water!
The sailing Clubs and boatyards along the riverfront will be open, providing refreshments alongside refreshment stalls.
The Town part will have self-guided tours round heritage buildings including the Shire Hall and Churches.
Bands will play along the river front and a lecture on ‘Woodbridge as a Port – 1000 years of history’ will be given in the Community Hall.
Further details can be found on the Maritime Woodbridge website: www.maritimewoodbridge.org
Maritime Woodbridge takes place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September.