Ipswich: Fortnight celebration of Ipswich history and culture set to begin next week

Heritage Open Days in Ipswich 2008; Pykenham Gatehouse;

Heritage Open Days in Ipswich 2008; Pykenham Gatehouse; - Credit: Archant

A new two-week celebration of Ipswich’s history and heritage is set to launch next week with a range of activities including guided walks, heritage trails and history lectures.

Paul Clement, chief executive, Ipswich Central

Paul Clement, chief executive, Ipswich Central - Credit: Archant

The start of the Heritage Fortnight will also coincide with the national Heritage Open Days between September 12-14, when more than 30 buildings in the area, including the Unitarian Meeting House, Pykenham Gatehouse and The Old Customs House will be open to the public.

During the weekend there will also be tours running with the Tourist Information Centre and the Preservation Trust.

Officials from Ipswich Central, which is organising the fortnight celebration, hopes it will capture the imagination of the public.

Paul Clement, chief executive of Ipswich Central, said: “Ipswich is a town steeped in history and it is important it is celebrated.

“We have coincided our historic showcase fortnight with the National celebrations during the Heritage Open Days to offer visitors an engaging experience when they visit East Anglia’s Waterfront Town.”

During the two-week festival there will also be ghost walks, horrible history tours and lectures at Universtiy Campus Suffolk, hosted by David Gill and Dr Geraint Coles, who are experts in Suffolk’s history.

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These lectures will focus on the heritage railways of East Anglia and the Anglo Saxon period in Suffolk.

There will also be restaurants in the town involved with the celebrations, with a range of offers on lunches and afternoon teas to keep people going on heritage tours and historic walks.

The Heritage Fortnight takes place between September 12-26.

For more information, visit www.allaboutipswich.com