Ipswich: Maritime and beer festival set for Waterfront this weekend

Maritime Ipswich

Maritime Ipswich - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Waterfront will host two of the town’s most popular annual events this weekend.

The town’s annual beer festival, organised by Ipswich and East Suffolk branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale), opened yesterday afternoon on Orwell Quay.

Featuring a wide range of real ales, traditionally created ciders and perrys from East Anglian producers and many other products sourced from across the the country, it runs noon-11pm today and Saturday, noon-10pm Sunday and noon-3pm Monday.

This year’s Maritime Ipswich Festival drops anchor at the town’s quayside, Waterfront, docks and Marina Port tomorrow and Sunday.

Attractions include the Art A’Hoy exhibition at University Campus Suffolk, pop-up museums showcasing some of Ipswich’s hidden historic gems, fun activities at town centre shops, street entertainers, river cruises, markets, tall ships, live music, and a firework display.

There are still plenty of town centre activities to enjoy too as part of the Celebrate Ipswich Festival. For more information about what’s on where, visit www.allaboutipswich.comBryony Rudkin, Ipswich Borough Council’s culture portfolio holder, said: “We are all looking forward to celebrating everything that is good about Ipswich. We have had a week of activities for all the family and then the fabulous Maritime Festival to round off all the fun on the Waterfront.”

Beer festival organisers Camra have banned football shirts from the event on Saturday, acting on police advice. Camra spokesman Nigel Smith said: “Football fans can still come along, but we’re asking them to either take your football shirt off or cover it up.” Police advise opposing fans are separated in pubs.