Celebrate Ipswich and Maritime Festival

PUBLISHED: 01:27 19 July 2012 | UPDATED: 21:38 20 February 2013

Celebrate Ipswich and Maritime Festival

Celebrate Ipswich and Maritime Festival

Join us in celebrating what makes Ipswich waterfront and town centre special this summer

Join us in celebrating what makes Ipswich waterfront and town centre special this summer

The celebration begins on Monday August 13, straight after the Olympics, and runs until Friday August 24. Its main focus is the fantastic Ipswich Maritime Festival - Saturday and Sunday August 18-19 the hugely successful event from last year which drew crowds of more than 55,000 people.

Throughout the two weeks shop windows throughout the town will be dressed to impress and you can vote for your favourite in a competition. Special Maritime offers and treats will be available to VIPs with maritime cocktails, marine manicures, sailors lunches and much, much more.

On-street entertainment and live music is also planned to keep you entertained.

Whats On?

Amongst other things you will be able to experience:

Food and Drink Festival Chow down the Town! Expect to experience something different from Suffolks best producers and the county towns favourite restaurants.

Beer Festival Campaign for Real Ale. Celebrating the 30th Beer festival, offering a wide range of beers, with up to 180 to try.

Vintage and Craft Market an eclectic selection of vintage and craft stalls celebrating local art and design.

Fairground rides a wide variety of funfair ground rides and games.

Orwell River Cruises All aboard for a trip on the Orwell Lady. A magnificent local experience.

Ghost walk Join in if you dare! For a guided walk looking into the darker side of Ipswichs history.

Maritime market a mixture of market stalls including crafts, gifts, books, vintage items together with information stands.

4YO HO HO Pirate show An original happy tale of adventure on the seven seas told by beautifully crafted glove puppets.

Georgian Ipswich See how working boats were transported and crews were transferred.

Cardinal Wolsey Come and meet Cardinal Wolsey. Find out about his life, and in particular his role as one of the most influential Tudor figures in the Royal Court of King Henry VIII.

Comedy waiters and chefs . A cascade of stupidity whilst the chefs pretending to serve the audience.

Regatta - Old GAFFERS Association. A series of water based activities to watch including rowing and sailing races.

UCS art exhibition featuring pieces drawn from a national call for entries.

Fireworks display a spectacular fireworks display. Be dazzled with the display of colour and sound.

For more information visit: www.allaboutipswich.com

WW2 and 1940s Home Front see Royal Navy Commandos and encampments formed during the war to perform the My Raid duties necessary in facilitating the successful landing on enemy held shores.

Win a weekend at Ipswich Maritime Festival - you and your guest can win a weekend at the festival including luxury accomodation, sailing on a yacht and fine dining

Sit back and relax or get involved, the choice is yours! Your fully qualified Viking Mariners skipper and hostess will ensure your sail along the River Orwell is truly memorable.

Afternoon tea for two at Arlingtons brassiere style restaurant and cafe bar.

Innovative French bistro cooking, traditional English catering, quick bites and daily specials catering for everyone in an eye-catching central Ipswich restaurant. With seating for 140 upstairs, a French-themed caf downstairs, and the well stocked deli for your take home treats, Arlingtons Brasserie is Ipswichs most interesting restaurant by far.

Stay at The Salthouse Harbour Hotel, an artfully designed boutique hotel and restaurant which reflects luxury and dazzles on Ipswichs vibrant waterfront.

The Salthouse Harbour Hotel Suffolk exceeds expectations, exuding four-star luxury in every curious corner, eccentric sofa and unstuffy cushion. The sea-salted brickwork exterior has been restored and rejuvenated into a ship shape contemporary warehouse of rich modern interiors and rooms adorned with vintage furniture, sculptures and eclectic art. Within its comfy chic dcor although the mood is friendly and relaxed, the staff are professionally attentive to your every need. The cuisine is exciting and this popular waterfront eaterie fills up as soon as the tables are laid.

Enjoy a fantastic dinner for two at The Townhouse in the heart of Ipswich. The Townhouse offers an intimate ambience, with a relaxed and unhurried approach to dining and service. They have a variety of English and European cuisine courtesy of an experienced kitchen team. All food is prepared fresh in situ; produce is sourced locally wherever possible.

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