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Gallery: Maritime Ipswich Festival arrives on the Waterfront

16:12 15 August 2014

Crowds fill up the Ipswich Waterfront for the Ipswich Maritime Festival on last year

Crowds fill up the Ipswich Waterfront for the Ipswich Maritime Festival on last year


The Maritime Weekend is here and fancy dress is the order of the day.

The whole of the town centre is taking part in the maritime fancy dress day and restaurants and retailers are joining in the fun too with special menus, events and offers throughout the weekend.

And tonight celebrations will shift to the Waterfront. There will be intriguing performances and acts including fire-juggling duos, operatic performances and sculptural entertainment to be revealed tonight.

Tomorrow is first full day of the Maritime weekend fand to make the event a number of historic sailing barges and yachts will be in Ipswich. There will be sailing opportunities and historical entertainment to fit with the Saxon and Viking theme.

New this year is the Beer and Beverage Festival, found in its old position on Orwell Quay. Featuring a range of local and national brewers like Greene King, Woodfords, Colchester Brewery, The Dove Street Inn, Mauldons, Wibblers, the beer festival got udnerway on Wednesday and runs until Sunday.

On Sunday you’ll find more than 20 of the region’s very best, small scale producers at the new Saints Farmers Market in St Peters Street and there will also be a World Village Market on Orwell Quay and the traditional Waterfront market on Regatta Quay during the weekend.

University Campus Suffolk hosts its annual open day tomorrow from 10am-2pm and on Sunday the Regatta programme returns with more than 60 classic yachts, smacks and working boats on Haven Marina. Activities will include a range of sculling and rowing races and the renowned Rubber Flubber football match.

Finishing the celebrations off will be firework display from the Waterfront from 9.30pm.

The Maritime Festical is part of Celebrate Ipswich, which kicked-off on Monday with a St Tropez car exhibition on the Cornhill featuring a Ferrari F1 Replica, 1973 Jaguar E-Type, a James Bond Aston Martin DB5, an Aston Martin V8 Vantage, an umber of vintage sports cars and some celebrity faces.

Other attractions have included street entertainers, circus performers and buskers; an Urban Free Style Show featuring some of the country’s leading parkour and free-running performance teams, a BMX flatlander and a breakdancer.

See photos from last year’s event in our gallery, and if you are going along this weekend, share your photos at


  • Lol. They're back to saying a Ferrari f1 replica again. Its a bright yellow Jordan F1 car. It really appauls me how bad the "journalism" is on this publication. As for the festival, well it certainly seems to be more noisey and they're playing loud music quite late. A real pain when some of who unfortunately overlook the site are trying to sleep. Definitely not as popular as last year. And the there's the ice cream fiasco. Four vans, all seemingly from the same company. The two on Orwell Quay are charging 50p more than the two around the corner on Regatta Quay!

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    Chris Church

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • Have been told attendance poor Sat. 14.00 hrs, not a camra member but camra do know how to put on a beer festival. I felt yesterday like a dropout alci having a pint of real ale on some waste ground. There were 6 people in the big tent with the chairs when I was there. Come back Camra please and get rid of these morons down there.

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    a west

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • @ Cortez Maynard: from what people who've been down there have told me, it seems that showing photos from this year would reveal embarrassingly how thin the crowds are. One friend went to the "beer festival" on Thursday night and reported hardly anybody there. In contrast to the Camra beer festival the council could have had if they'd bothered to consult Camra before changing the date.

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    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • I don't see relevance of showing last year's photos. Bad journalism!!!

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    Cortez Maynard

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

  • How about a photo of it now rather than last year, so we can get a proper impression of how successful it REALLY is?

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    Friday, August 15, 2014

  • Went down to the Beer and Beverage Festival 12.30 Friday (today) what a tip it is with five food stalls still setting up there is no Food, after paying the pound to get in I asked if I could pop outside to the food stalls on the docks as there was no food inside and got refused. if I did I would have to pay 1 Pound to get back in, what muppets those 3 blokes are, they know who they are, where is the spirit of drinking fine ale. Take my tip try somewhere else, the beer is also expensive down there compared to some pubs in the town.

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    a west

    Friday, August 15, 2014

  • Looks good, will be going down. How can the Beer and Beverage Festival be new this year, but found in its old position?

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    R2 D2

    Friday, August 15, 2014

  • Looking forward to it, see you there

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    Friday, August 15, 2014

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