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Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th August 2014       10am-6pm     Maritime Ipswich 



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Maritime Ipswich Festival!  Following on from the tremendous success of Maritime Ipswich where 55,000 people attended, an exciting programme of activities and Ipswich events are being put together by Ipswich Borough Council in partnership with a number of organisations for a fantastic programme of activities for 'Maritime Ipswich' 2012 Maritime Festival here on Ipswich Waterfront in Suffolk. Come and Visit Ipswich....Celebrate Ipswich through great events making it the region's premier Waterfront Town.

Maritime Ipswich will also include the

** Ipswich Food and Drink Event [Cromwell Square]   **

** Ipswich Waterfront Market Stalls / Trade Stands  **

** Ipswich Beer Festival [Orwell Quay] **


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Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August 2012


St Nicholas Street / St Peter’s Street / The Waterfront-Docks / Orwell Quay



Fireworks – Saturday @ 9.30pm        [Musket ‘Night’ Firing @ 9pm]

[Tip - best place to stand is between Old Custom House and UCS Plaza!]

Fireworks are kindly sponsored by Nicholas Estates Ipswich


 St Nicholas Street

The Comedy Chefs                         10.30am, 1pm, 3pm,

The Comedy Waiters                     12pm, 2pm & 4.15pm


Ipswich Food & Drink Event      (Cromwell Square Car Park, St Nicholas Street)

Saturday                                        10am-9pm

Sunday                                          10am-6pm

A variety of stalls showcasing foods from Ipswich, Suffolk and further afield


Craft Market                              [St Peter’s Street]

Saturday and Sunday                   10am-6pm


St Peter’s Church

Saturday and Sunday                   10am-3.30pm

Live music drop in                      6pm (Saturday) with St Peter’s Band

Craft Fair                                   10am (Sunday)

Look out for Cardinal Wolsey!



Waterfront Market                  [between Dance House & Pizza Express]

Saturday & Sunday                    10am-6pm

A selection of 50 stands providing a variety of information together with a range of Gifts, Vintage, Fashion, Jewellery and more.


The ‘Island’ Site

The Last Anchor 10th Birthday Celebrations and Activities - Sunday 12pm-10pm

Definitely worth going onto the Island to see the different things taking places…and the Old Gaffers


Jerwood Dance House

Taster Sessions and Dance Classes        10am-4pm

Salsa Party   - Saturday                          6pm (Beginners) 7.30pm (‘Main’ Party)


Georgian Activities                             [near the Old Custom House]

Children dressing up as Smugglers – 10.30am, 2.30pm & 4.45pm

Drill & Firing Display – 11.30am, 12.30pm, 3pm, 5.30pm (9pm on Saturday)

Cutlass Sword Fight – 1.45pm & 4.15pm

Naval Engagement on the Marina – 12pm & 3.45pm

Life in the Royal Navy – 11am & 2pm

Smugglers ‘Sing Song’ – 5.15pm

Smugglers Demonstrations – 10.30am, 11.30am, 12pm, 12.15pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2.15pm, 3.30pm, 3.45pm, 3.30pm


Isaacs Beer Festival                                 [Isaacs along the Waterfront]

Saturday – 12 Noon – 1am

Sunday – 12 Noon – 11pm


UCS Plaza

Yo Ho Ho Pirate Puppet Show – 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3pm & 4.30pm

Children’s Pottery Making Workshop from 10am-6pm


UCS – Waterfront Building

‘Airspace’ Art exhibition – Open all weekend

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Open Day (Saturday) 10am-3pm


Atrium Studios – UCS West Building (formerly Suffolk College)

‘Art Ahoy’ with 40 working artists (fine art / sculpture / film / graphic design)

11am – 3pm – Saturday – Meet the Artist / Chain Making Workshop / Films

11am – 3pm – Sunday – Meet the Artist / Boat Folding Workshop / Film


Fairground Rides                           [Orwell Quay]

A selection of rides and sideshows available


Visiting Vessels                             [Orwell Quay]

Lady of Avenel  /  Centaur  /  Thallatta  /  MT Kent  /  Old Gaffers  /  Thames Barges



WWII & 1940’s Home Front Programme [Orwell Quay]

Royal Navy Signal School for Children - 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3.30pm & 5pm

Presentations – 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm 2.30pm, 3.30pm & 4pm

WWII Mk * Canoe on the Marina – 1pm & 4pm


RNLI                                 [Orwell Quay]

10am & 2pm                       Lifejacket Demos

11am & 3pm                       Confused by – Tether Lines / Buddy Lines / Lifting Strops

12 Noon & 4pm                  Methods of ‘Man Overboard recovery’

Opportunity to chat about any safety topic at any time    


Ipswich Beer Festival      [Orwell Quay near UCS James Hehir Building]

180+ Beers 80+ Ciders

Saturday                              12 Noon to 11pm

Sunday                                12 Noon to 8pm


Boat Cruises

Viking Mariners                  Afternoon Cruise (Saturday), Day Sailing (Sunday), Stay & Sail Packages (01473 281961)

SB Victor Barge                  Cream Tea Cruises 2pm on Saturday & Sunday (01473 258070)

Orwell Lady                        Saturday Wet Dock Trips – 10.30am then from 2.30pm-5pm, Saturday Trips under Orwell Bridge – 11am,    12.20pm         & 1.20pm. Saturday Live Music Evening Cruise – 7.30pm, Sunday Wet Dock Trips – 10.30am-12 Noon. (01473 258070)


Saturday Evening

Live Music                            6pm @ St Peter’s by the Waterfront

Salsa Party                           8pm @ Jerwood Dance House

Ghost Walk                          8pm @ Old Custom House

Musket ‘Night’ Firing           9pm @ Old Custom House

Fireworks                             9.30pm @ Waterfront


Old Gaffers Association Regatta [Sunday]

11am                                   Dinghy Sailing Races

12.30pm                              Rubber Flubber Sailing Race

2pm                                     Sculling Races

2.30pm                                Doubles Rowing Races

3pm                                     Children’s Rowing and Blindfold Races

3.30pm                                 Hunt the Ducks

4pm                                     Rubber Flubber Football

5pm                                      Dog Show for Sea Dogs Only

Head for the Island Site (Haven Marina) to see these water activities and events at the Last Anchor


The Steamboat Tavern (Sunday) New Cut West

‘Shanties and Shandies’ Modern & Traditional Seafaring Songs with Jed & Des [Shadows in the Shade]  from 2.30pm


Information Point / Tourist Information

For more information about Maritime Ipswich, Events in Ipswich, Places to Visit in and around Ipswich visit the Maritime Tourist Information point on the ground floor of Ashton KCJ Solicitors (next to Old Custom House).


Charity Collection

Representatives from the Rotary Clubs will be at the event collecting for the Rotary Club and the Maritime Festival.



Maritime Ipswich is organised and managed by Ipswich Borough Council in partnership with Ipswich Central, ABP, Ipswich Waterfront Action, Ipswich CAMRA, Old Gaffers Association and Ipswich Maritime Trust



Lost Children Point

On Orwell Quay by the UCS James Hehir Building



Available at

Cromwell Square  /  Old Custom House  /  UCS Plaza  /  Orwell Quay


First Aid

Main point on Orwell Quay


Refreshments & Catering

There are a number of outlets around the site including; Waterfront Bar Bistro, Quayside, Isaacs, the Food & Drink Event, Beer Festival as well as local restaurants, cafes and mobile catering units. 


Road Closures

The following roads will be closed for vehicles between

12 Noon on Friday 17th until 8pm on Sunday 19th.

-         St Peter’s Street

-         Waterfront Northern Quay Road

(between Jerwood Dance House and Patterson Road)

 Download the programme

For more details of Maritime Ipswich visit the Maritime Ipswich Website


Principle Sponsor

HTK Sponsors Maritime Ipswich

Eastern Enterprise Hub     Nicholas Estates



This leaflet is produced as a general guide for information purposes only and is subject to change.


Coming Soon!


Summer Mela (ip-Art) – Bank Holiday Monday (27th) from 11am

A great FREE event for the whole family


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