The Olympic Flame will come to Ipswich on the evening of Thursday 5th July and will form the centrepiece of an entertainment extravaganza set in Christchurch Park.
The flame will travel by river to Ipswich, pausing close to the Orwell Bridge for a brief photo opportunity. The convoy will then arrive at the Ipswich Waterfront shortly before 18:20pm close to UCS. It will then by carried by torch bearers along the Waterfront and up into the town centre via St Peters Street, St Nicholas Street and Princes Street, across the Cornhill onto Tavern Street, and then travelling to Christchurch Park via Northgate Street. The flame will enter the park through the Soane Street entrance, passing the mansion and through the park, where it will appear on stage at approximately 18:44pm.
Rolling road closures will be in place to manage traffic around the convoy, which will feature several vehicles from LOCOG and their Presenting Partners Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. These vehicles will be giving away souvenirs to the crowd.
The Ipswich evening torch route will feature five entertainment ‘hotspots’ including; The Old Customs House, Jerwood Dance House, Cromwell Square and the lower part of Christchurch Park, outside of the evening celebration site itself. These hotspots will feature local entertainment and will be visited by the Presenting Partners advance activation vehicles providing entertainment and giveaways. The lower half of Christchurch Park will also feature a ‘Sports Village’ with Sporting and voluntary organisations present.
You are advised to be sensible about where you choose to view the torch relay, especially if you are bringing young children with you. Narrow streets such as Northgate Street are unsuitable for large crowds. Please take extra caution along the waterfront when standing on the dockside of the road. We advise you select your viewing position up to one hour before the forecasted arrival of the torch. On the day we will be providing updates about the clearest viewing areas via Twitter and local radio. The Presenting Partners will be handing out their premium giveaways on the left hand side of the road in most areas. Please try and situate yourself sensibly and don’t try and cross the road when the convoy is passing your location.
Please note that it is not advised that people should move try to access Christchurch Park after the torch has passed their location as the torch arrival is the final moment of the Evening Celebration and all entertainment will have finished by the time you arrive.
At the evening celebration site LOCOG (the London Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games) and its Presenting Partners will stage a variety of entertainment shows, culminating in a cauldron being lit from the flame itself. The evening celebration will also incorporate a twenty minute community-led performance with Danceeast and Aldebrugh Music. This performance element will be designed and managed by Ipswich Borough Council and its partners, to demonstrate the spirit of Ipswich and its people. The evening celebration site will be a strictly ticketed event using wristbands. NO WRISTBANDS AVAILABLE ON THE DAY.
The Evening Celebration site will feature stands from each of the Presenting Partners with such opportunities as having your photo taken with a torch and free giveaways.
Approx. Time & Location
17:34 Fox’s Marina
18:09 Lock Gates
18:19 Ipswich Waterside Marina
18:23 Customs House
18:31 Cromwell Square
18:39 Christchurch Park gates
18:44 Flame arrives On-stage