Ipswich is getting ready to host the return of the Weekender events, with the first 2024 event set to happen next week.

Coinciding with the official start of spring, the Ipswich Weekender brings together a range of events around the town.

The weekend events fall into three main themes, music and entertainment, climate change awareness and arts and crafts.

On Saturday, March 23, the busking showcase will feature musicians who were invited to apply for busking spots across the town centre, hoping to follow in the footsteps of Ed Sheeran.

Performances will also take place in Sailmakers between 12 and 3pm.

Pubs in the town centre will also take part, including The Black Horse, Three Wise Monkeys and The Spread Eagle.

Eko the Sea Giant, a 13-feet puppet, will be on display on the Cornhill, performing as part of Austin Dance Theatre's outdoor show Out of the Deep Blue on March 23.

The Deben Climate Centre will be moving into Ancient House during the Ipswich Weekender.

On March 24, children can party with princesses on the Cornhill from 11am to 3pm.

The Buttermarket will be hosting a craft event with Butterbear on March 23, and Pennikkity Pots are running a free family ceramic egg cup painting event on March 22.

On March 24, Community Hub Ipswich (CHIp) will be celebrating its second birthday with an all-day craft and art drop-in event from 11am to 4pm.

Councillor Neil MacDonald, Ipswich Borough Council leader, said: "We're looking forward to another year of new and exciting events happening in Ipswich for our Ipswich Weekenders.

"We received fantastic feedback from events last year, so we're looking forward to our first Weekender of 2024, which includes a diverse range of events for everyone as well as celebrating the variety of music, entertainment, and talent right here in Ipswich.

"We're proud to be offering this collection of events for free with the aim of encouraging more people into the town and helping to enhance the visitor and community experience for everyone."

For full information of the weekend, click here.