A day trip to... Ipswich
01:16 18 July 2012
With an amazing number of festivities and events lined up, Ipswich is
the place to be this month. With so much to do, Nicola Vinyard runs you through the summers top attractions
Free music for all
Ipswich Music Day, part of Ip-Arts season of summer events, returns on July 3, with an amazing line-up of both new and established local talent. Held as usual in the beautiful surroundings of Christchurch Park, the one-day festival kicks off a busy month for the town. Music starts at noon and continues until 8pm with musicians to cater for all musical tastes performing on a variety of stages studded around the park. For further information visit www.ip-art.com/news
A stroll along the revitalised Waterfront area of the town is a perfect way to spend a summers day or indeed evening. enjoy a drink at one of the many bustling bars or sample fine local food in some of the towns best restaurants, many of which offer breathtaking views over the marina. This up-and-coming area of Ipswich plays host to a range of events and on July 5 you will be able to witness the Olympic torch relay begin its journey through the town from here.
If you are one of the lucky 10,000 to get a ticket, your next stop will once again be Christchurch Park. Ipswich is celebrating the torchs arrival in style with a variety of entertainment and there is even the opportunity for sports fans to have their picture taken with the torch itself! DanceEast and Aldeburgh Music will also feature in the celebrations.
MESSING ABOUT ON THE RIVER
If exploring the streets and some of the exceptional buildings of Ipswich isnt enough, Orwell River Cruises offer a cruise from the Quay along the River Orwell into Harwich Harbour. There are various dates for cruises and some even include a theme night; perfect to end a busy day. Or why not book a cream tea afternoon to relax after a morning stroll. For more information and dates of upcoming events visit: http://www.orwellrivercruises.com/
Next month at Maritime Ipswich
With 55,000 visitors last year, Maritime Ipswich is set to be the biggest event at the Waterfront this year. Celebrating all things nautical, visitors can look forward to boat trips, naval battle re-enactments, music, market stalls and of course, the best in food and drink. Come down to The Waterfront on the weekend of August 18 and 19 its a diary must-do!
Win a weekend at the Ipswich and Maritime Festival see p80-81 for details
If you fancy a spot of shopping, Ipswich has a great range of high street stores, while on the outskirts are some elegant boutiques selling intricate and stylish pieces. With all the events mentioned here to attend, you may just be swayed into buying a few more pieces to your busy summer wardrobe.
Grab a bite to eat
Whether youre after a light snack or ready for a three course meal, Ipswich has some great restaurants on offer. Here are a few local favourites to try.
The Townhouse, 4a Orwell Place, Ipswich IP4 1BB
Always extremely welcome, The Townhouse offers an intimate dining experience. With English and European inspired cuisine on the menu, the food is always freshly prepared and sourced locally. Served to perfection, you wont just stop at one course.
Arlingtons, 14 Museum Street,
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An innovative French bistro with a traditional English feel, Arlingtons is one of Ipswichs most interesting places to dine. The restaurant/caf bar is set in a unique historic museum that has been elegantly renovated. With food to impress your taste buds, a return visit will always be on your list of things to do. Arlingtons also put on events with local music and a glass of Pimms is never far from reach.
Quayside, 12 Regatta Quay, Key Street, Ipswich IP4 1FF
Located on the waterfront, this beautiful restaurant incorporates nautical with modern styling. Offering both a lunch and evening menu, the specials board changes everyday, and usually includes freshly-caught fish. The proof is in the taste!
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