From concerts and films to classic cars and monster trucks, there’s plenty to do in Ipswich this summer

Ipswich Wheels Festival, part of this year's packed Ipswich Summertime programme

Ipswich Wheels Festival, part of this year's packed Ipswich Summertime programme - Credit: Archant

Open-air concerts, theatre, films, classic cars and monster trucks – there’s plenty for families to enjoy in Ipswich this year.

The Ipswich Indian Mela returns this summer

The Ipswich Indian Mela returns this summer - Credit: Archant

The borough council’s event team is busy putting the finishing touches to this year’s Ipswich Summertime programme, much of which will be free.

Last year saw tens of thousands of people enjoy a variety of events throughout the town.

This year’s programme includes old favourites like the 25th Ipswich Music Day in Christchurch Park on July 3, the Indian Mela, The Pantaloons in the park, fun days, an open-air film day, Global Rhythms and a Waterfront celebration.

There are plenty of new additions too, such as the Ipswich Wheels Festival in Chantry Park on July 17 featuring classic cars, monster trucks and stunt performances.

Last year's open-air cinema was a hit with all ages

Last year's open-air cinema was a hit with all ages - Credit: Archant

You can also enjoy a picnic concert in Christchurch Park celebrating the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen.

There will be events marking the 25th anniversary of the Regent Theatre, which was reopened by Ipswich Borough Council in 1991.

The council will also be organising special events at Ipswich Museum and Christchurch Mansion.

For sporting fans there is the Great Cycling Weekend with the Crafted Classic rides and the family Sky Ride event.

Ipswich Music Day celebrates its 25th anniversary this year

Ipswich Music Day celebrates its 25th anniversary this year - Credit: Archant

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Bryony Rudkin, culture and leisure portfolio-holder at Ipswich Borough Council, said: “There is so much going on this spring and summer and we hope to cater for all ages and all tastes.

“Our programme includes many big free events and some special surprises, such as Wheels in Chantry Park and a new-look event celebrating the Waterfront.

“We want to attract people not only from around Ipswich but from across Suffolk and beyond and show them that Ipswich has an incredible entertainments offer, so don’t miss out.”

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