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For centuries, the Ipswich Dock has played a vital role in the town’s economic success.

The docks sit on a bend in the River Orwell and have been in operation since at least the 8th century, in fact, when the wet dock area was constructed in 1842 it was the biggest enclosed dock in the UK.

The vision of the Victorian town fathers has produced a facility that is still important for commerce and now as an attraction for local people and tourists.

In 1997 the port was sold by Ipswich Ports Ltd to Associated British Ports and soon after new facilities were built, bringing about the first wave of the Waterfront regeneration.

The next wave came in 2000, when a £1.9m agribulk storage facility opened, new automated lock gates were installed and the 180-berth Ipswich Haven Marina opened – bringing the yachting fraternity to Ipswich.

The Old Custom House was refurbished and restored and new buildings began springing up along the quaysides and beyond, including The Salthouse Hotel – Ipswich’s only 4-star hotel, University Campus Suffolk, which opened in 2008, and controversial development The Mill, which is East Anglia’s tallest building.

The Jerwood DanceHouse brings an artistic touch to the Waterfront while Isaacs, The Waterfront Bistro, Aurora, The Last Anchor and Coffee Link all offer food, drink and entertainment.

There are regular events celebrating the past, present and future including the summer Maritime Festival.

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Julia Norman from The Ipswich Hospital Band teaches Lauren Straw, 8, from Cliff Lane Primary School how to play the clarinet.

Music concert helps raise for Ipswich mother’s heartfelt pursuit

A determined mother has raised just under £20,000 for St Elizabeth Hospice in the year since her husband’s death.

Read full story »

Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin visited Andrew Harston, Director Shortsea of ABP, during a tour of Ipswich Haven Marina.

Transport Secretary hopes Ipswich could look to Derby for regeneration inspiration as election campaign hots up

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has visited Ipswich to formally launch the £2 million design scheme for a new Wet Dock crossing.

Read full story »

The visit of minister Brandon Lewis, with Ben Gummer MP, to meet John Howard owner of 'the Winerack'. Left to right, Ben Gummer, Vicky Ford MEP, Brandon Lewis, John Howard.

From concrete jungle to hi-tech haven - how Ipswich eyesore, the ‘Winerack’, could be transformed with £5m government cash

Sensational plans to transform one of Ipswich’s most notorious eyesores into hi-tech flats fit for the next century could take a leap forward after the developer revealed he has bid for £5million of government cash to make the project a reality.

Read full story »

Orwell Astronomical Society Ipswich's Martin Richmond-Hardy shows Mikki Hart and Rowan Hart, 5, where the eclipse would be if the clouds weren't covering it at the OASI's Solar Eclipse Observing party at Isaacs on Ipswich Waterfront.

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