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Heritage Ipswich

A great festival is taking place for two weeks in September. “Celebrate Ipswich Heritage” will run from Friday 12th until Friday 26th September and will champion all that is good about Suffolk’s historic, County Town.

To help bring the town’s heritage to life the Tourist Information Centre, and the town’s Tourist Guides, have put together a brilliant programme of “Guided Walks for a Foodie Heritage Forknight”. Many of the Walks end in some of the town’s many great café’s and restaurants so you can discover more about Ipswich’s fantastic history and heritage and indulge that other great passion – food! Walks will take place on various days at different times – including evenings – so there will be a convenient time for everyone to join in the fun.

Here is a taste of the walks on offer:
Friday 12th September 2014
Start: Tourist Information Centre 2.15 p.m.
End: Arlingtons Brasserie 3.45 p.m.
Cost £7.00 (including Tea/Coffee and a cake)
The story of our food and where we bought it. From Tudor butchers to refined Edwardian Tea Rooms, from Medieval Guild feasts to Victorian Grocers and Wartime rationing, Ipswich has seen – and eaten – it all!

Tuesday 16th September 2014
Start: Tourist Information Centre 11.00 a.m.
End: Saints Cafe 12.15 p.m.
Cost £10.00 (including a buffet lunch)
Intriguing tales of the great and good who left their mark on the town. Many are commemorated by plaques, inscriptions or statues whilst others left us other legacies still found in the streets of Ipswich.

Wednesday 17th September 2014
Start: Tourist Information Centre 5.30pm. Approx 1 ½ hours duration
Cost £3.00 (NB no refreshments on this walk).
An early evening walk discovering the history of Ipswich – with the gory bits left in! Hear of the plague, hangings, burnings at the stake, and – The worst job in town? – “The Night Soil Man”. Ideal for all ages (children must be accompanied by a responsible adult). No food included on this walk ……we thought the gruesome bits would put you off your supper!

Thursday 18th September 2014
Start: Old Customs House 6.30 pm
End: Lord Nelson 8.00 pm
Cost: £15.00 (including 2 Course Supper)
The Waterfront was once a mix of mills, maltings and industry. This walk will review the old, the new and how it has developed through to today. Who said it was like the south of France?

Tuesday 23rd September 2014
Start: Tourist Information Centre 6.00p.m.
End: Lord Nelson 8.00 pm
Cost: £15.00 (including 2 Course Supper)
Ipswich has been home to a number of important names in the brewing world. Explore the brewery sites, the history behind some of the public houses, and the reasons behind the town’s success in brewing fine ales.

Thursday 25th September 2014
Start: Tourist Information Centre 5.30 p.m.
End Arlingtons 6.45 p.m.
Cost £20.00 (including 3 Course Supper)
Discover some of the leading lights in the town’s history. Tudor merchants and adventurers, Victorian philanthropists and generous benefactors who gave generously for the benefit of the people and improvement of the town.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance. Bookings and information are available from Ipswich Tourist Information Centre, St Stephen’s Church, St Stephen’s Lane, Ipswich, Telephone 01473 258070, email tourist@ipswich.gov.uk
The walks including Supper will feature a set menu at a fixed price from which you may select at the time of booking.


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