New event Ipswich Waterfront Celebration to be held in alternate years with Ipswich Maritime Festival

Fireworks at Ipswich Waterfront. Copyright Jen O'Neill 2011

Fireworks at Ipswich Waterfront. Copyright Jen O'Neill 2011 - Credit: Archant

A new event will be held on Ipswich quayside this August in a bid to revamp the town’s summer social calendar.

Ipswich Waterfront Celebration will now be held in alternate years with the Ipswich Maritime Festival.

The fresh event is free to attend and will include chef demonstrations, live music, fun fair rides, street entertainment, a mobile farm, circus skills workshops and three markets - all ending with a finale fireworks display.

Ipswich Borough Council has also launched a new website called Ipswich Entertains, which lists all the events run by the council or its partners during the summer months.

Bryony Rudkin, the council’s portfolio holder for culture and leisure, said: “We are looking to bringing Ipswich people and visitors from all over Suffolk and beyond the very best in entertainment this summer.

“Ipswich Entertains is a new and exciting brand bringing together well loved events such as Music Day and the Summer Mela and mixing them with new events such as the Waterfront Celebration and Nearly Festival, and more open air cinema and theatre.

“Many of the events are free and we hope many thousands of people will come along throughout the summer and celebrate all that’s good in Ipswich.”

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Also on offer in the town this summer will be: Ipswich Wheels Festival in Chantry Park on July 17; The Nearly Festival in Holywells Park on June 18 and 19; children’s workshops at Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich Museum and the Art School; open air film days at Ipswich Town Football Club on July 2 and Holywells Park on August 4, 5 and 6; and the new Waterfront Celebration on August 6 and 7.

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