The Ipswich Maritime Festival returns to the Ipswich Waterfront on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th August and promises to be one of the biggest weekends in the Town’s calendar.
A real summer treat with a nautical flavour and a fireworks finale the waterfront will be buzzing with wartime re-enactments, historic vessels of different sizes, fabulous food, a special market along with musical entertainment and river trips to keep everyone ship-shape.
This free event has something for everyone with World War re-enactments and displays, Children’s wartime workshops toy soldier pewter casting and painting, school life and period games. The military theme continues with Rifle firing displays, Cannon firing and a military parade and an original World War One Royal Navy boat on display demonstrating ferrying soldiers and supplies around the marina.
The East Coast Gaffer Regatta will take place with a display of more than 50 vessels and there will be music on an historic sailing barge.
There will be plenty of opportunities to shop and, for the foodies, some fantastic places to eat and drink, with Craft and food markets and the Waterfront Spitfire Bar and Mess area (temporary pub and vintage beers) as well as all of the usual eateries on the Waterfront.
A Vintage funfair with Big Wheel will provide aerial views of the Waterfront and Ipswich and there will be River trips and cruises on the Orwell Lady, the Victor and other vessels.
Or you will be able to go onboard and explore some of the vessels with the likes of MT Kent, Vic 96, Thalatta and Touchstone Tugs all visiting the town.
With Musical entertainment and street theatre, Morris Dancers (by the Bo Diddler’s company) and a Maritime Dance Day and family fun day at DanceEast, plus a grand Firework finale this fabulous event is a must this August.
Bryony Rudkin, culture portfolio-holder at Ipswich Borough Council, organisers of Maritime Ipswich, said, “This is a great attraction for residents and visitors alike and thousands will flock to the Waterfront for a weekend spectacle of entertainment. There is so much to see for people of all ages. It promises to be a lot of fun and I want to thank everyone involved.”