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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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Isaacs on the Quay

New license application from Isaacs on the Quay will not mean late night disturbances

The manager of a popular waterfront bar has moved to allay fears a new licensing application could mean an increase in late night noise.

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Luke Hughes in the former Reflections night club in Duke Street, Ipswich which is set to be turned into a live music venue.

Boost for live music in Ipswich as 450-capacity venue The Music Room is launched

The live music scene in Ipswich is set to get a boost with the arrival of a new 450-capacity venue.

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The water unit from the Prince's Street fire station with Ipswich with officials from the Port of Ipswich and students from Suffolk New College at the water safety demostration hosted by the port.

Port of Ipswich backs fire chiefs’ water safety campaign

The Port of Ipswich teamed up with Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service to stage a rescue simulation off Orwell Quay.

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From left, Chris Chamberlain from HTK, Vicki Cole from Crafted and Helen Dodman from Ipswich Central, the three organisations behind the Destination Digital conference.

Ipswich to host Destination Digital tourism and hospitality conference

The company behind the delivery of the Ipswich town centre Business Improvement District project has teamed up with two local digital specialist to stage a conference on online marketing for the tourism and hospitality sectors.

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Isaacs on the Quay

New license application from Isaacs on the Quay will not mean late night disturbances

The manager of a popular waterfront bar has moved to allay fears a new licensing application could mean an increase in late night noise.

Read full story »

Luke Hughes in the former Reflections night club in Duke Street, Ipswich which is set to be turned into a live music venue.

Boost for live music in Ipswich as 450-capacity venue The Music Room is launched

The live music scene in Ipswich is set to get a boost with the arrival of a new 450-capacity venue.

Read full story »

The water unit from the Prince's Street fire station with Ipswich with officials from the Port of Ipswich and students from Suffolk New College at the water safety demostration hosted by the port.

Port of Ipswich backs fire chiefs’ water safety campaign

The Port of Ipswich teamed up with Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service to stage a rescue simulation off Orwell Quay.

Read full story »

From left, Chris Chamberlain from HTK, Vicki Cole from Crafted and Helen Dodman from Ipswich Central, the three organisations behind the Destination Digital conference.

Ipswich to host Destination Digital tourism and hospitality conference

The company behind the delivery of the Ipswich town centre Business Improvement District project has teamed up with two local digital specialist to stage a conference on online marketing for the tourism and hospitality sectors.

Read full story »

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