Waterfront Events | May & June 2018

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Accompanying the Dragon Boat Race on 2nd June is the now annual Classic Mini Run, organised by the Ipswich and Suffolk Mini Owners Club. Up to 100 Classic Minis will arrive on the Waterfront around 2pm, and will leave at 5pm. This event is free to attend and all donations from both this and the Dragon Boat Race support Fresh Start – New Beginnings.


Come along on 24 May – 24 June or visit www.photoeast.co.uk to join in.Suffolk’s very own photography festival returns to the Ipswich Waterfront this summer.  From 24 May to 24 June, the familiar architecture of the dockside will become a gallery for photography, a showcase for world class imagery, from big names in the industry to photographs contributed by the public through an Instagram competition  #ibelong18.  

From Jerwood DanceHouse, where photography and dance collide in a series of events over the festival opening weekend  (26-27 May) through to Cult Café where PhotoCopy Club is running a workshop for those wanting to produce their own exhibition, there is something for everyone with a camera or a phone.

PhotoEast is the brainchild of Jo Bexley and Adrian Evans who moved with their family to Framlingham in 2009 with an ambition to bring their experience of producing photography with them to Suffolk.  ‘When the doors opened to launch the inaugural festival in May 2016, we knew we weren’t to be disappointed, ‘ says Jo.  ‘ Someone said they thought they were at Cannes.  And it wasn’t just the boats!  Our hope is that PhotoEast puts Ipswich on the map for photography in the way film does for Cannes.’

Ipswich Waterfront Food & Drink Festival

We are thrilled that the Food & Drink Festival is returning to the Waterfront this summer. Showcasing local culinary and thirst-quenching delights over three days (22nd – 24th June), we will see some of our favourite stalls return, along with some newcomers! 

There will also be children’s activities, home and craft wares, and plenty of bars, live music and entertainment into the evening. 

Times (as advertised by Market Square Group):

Friday 22nd – 11am to 9pm
Saturday 23rd – 9am to 9pm
Sunday 24th – 10am to 6pm

Photo Credit : Race the Dragon Ltd

Photo Credit : Race the Dragon Ltd

Day Out with the Dragons!

Saturday 2nd June, Orwell Quay - 10am to 4pm

Local charity, Fresh Start - new beginnings, which supports children and young people who have disclosed being sexually abused,  is bringing its first ever Dragon Boat Festival to Ipswich Waterfront in June. Teams of up to 15, from local groups and companies, will compete to become Dragon Boat Champion on Saturday 2nd June, in what promises to be a fantastic family day out.