Ipswich May Day Festival 2016 at Alexandra Park this Sunday

Volunteers and participants from Headway dress up at the Ipswich May Day Festival in Alexandra Park

Volunteers and participants from Headway dress up at the Ipswich May Day Festival in Alexandra Park last year. - Credit: Su Anderson

Organisers have promised to deliver a day of fun for the whole family at this year’s Ipswich May Day Festival.

Katie Nicholas, 8, dances at last year's Ipswich May Day Festival in Alexandra Park.

Katie Nicholas, 8, dances at last year's Ipswich May Day Festival in Alexandra Park. - Credit: Su Anderson

Ipswich & District Trade Union Council has been holding the event on International Workers Day since 1978.

The festival has expanded from a small fun day, to an event boasting three main stages and attracting thousands of people each year. The most recent addition is the Global Village stage run by Ipswich Community Media.

Event organiser, Teresa MacKay, said: “We are hoping for it to be successful, the weather doesn’t look brilliant but we’ve got our fingers crossed that we get a good attendance.

“All in all it’s an ideal family day and hopefully through Global Village we will encourage more young people to the event, which has happened over recent years.”


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The festival will feature talks by political figures and social campaigners, including Phyllis Opoku-Gyimah, who is the co-founder, trustee and executive director of UK Black Pride.

There will also be plenty of live music, a penalty shoot-out competition for eight to 16 years olds, rides, face painting, children’s stalls, a beer tent, food outlets, as well as trade union, political parties and charity stalls.

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The event is free to attend and will take place in Alexandra Park on Sunday from noon to 6pm. There will be free parking at the University Campus Suffolk car park off Back Hamlet.

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