Back and revamped for the 21st Century, Maritime Ipswich will be once again be gracing the shores of the Ipswich Waterfront for the weekend of the 20th and 21st August 2011.
It has been 14 years since the last Maritime Festival and Ipswich Borough Council and Ipswich Central are working hard to deliver a memorable weekend; in association with Ipswich Waterfront Action, ABP, Old Gaffers Association, Ipswich Maritime Trust and CAMRA.
This major two-day summer festival will be a celebration of all things nautical, and will for the first time incorporate the Ipswich Beer Festival which presents an exciting opportunity for both Maritime Ipswich and the Beer Festival to evolve into one entity, and become a permanent vibrant, dynamic fixture on the Ipswich events calendar.
Over the course of the weekend there will be period re-enactments, dance performances, displays and stalls, live traditional music, open-air performances, fireworks and much more.
The Old Gaffers will be bringing over 50 classic historical vessels into the Waterfront marina and will feature a variety of water activities over the course of the weekend; including blindfolded water racing, and rowing, sculling and sailing dinghies.
There will be a food and drink court with more than 20 stalls full of local Suffolk produce and opportunities to create your own picnic to sit and enjoy whilst watching the sights and sounds of the Maritime entertainment, which will include a musket firing zone, static Spitfire displays, World War Two enactments and displays and children’s entertainment in the form of fairground rides and Popblast – the UK’s number one band for kids.
Maritime Ipswich will also be a great opportunity for local quayside entities such as Issacs, the Waterfront, the Brewery Tap and Kai Bar to showcase their businesses – alongside a backdrop of impressive traditional, classic and working vessels.
Councillor Bryony Rudkin, Portfolio Holder for Ipswich Borough Council, said, “The change seen at the Waterfront is remarkable from when the last Maritime festival was held and we’re hoping to channel the now vibrant atmosphere into creating a unique and special event.”
Paul Clement, Executive Director of Ipswich Central, also commented, “We’re delighted to join together with Ipswich Borough Council for the delivery of a fantastic Maritime Ipswich – the celebration of Ipswich: A Waterfront Town. We hope it will be the first of many as it is wonderful that as a town we recognise and embrace our history and heritage to take us into the future.”