Ipswich’s Cultural Renaissance

As the summer begins and we can enjoy longer days and warmer temperatures, it’s the perfect time of year to plan all the great events that are happening all over Ipswich this summer. The town is really becoming a regional centre for some amazing productions, some returning favourites and lots of new events.



The summer kicks off on Sunday 1st July with Ipswich Music Day: one of the UK’s largest free music festivals and a showcase for great music, with 6 stages covering all ages and genres. This is followed the week after by Global Rhythms and the Indian Summer Mela. An amazing weekend celebrating our rich cultural diversity through music, dance and food. All based in Christchurch Park.

If Shakespeare’s more your thing; head to Jimmy’s Farm and the Red Rose Theatre in the Forest. This year the production is ‘Much Ado About Nothing’; a hilarious comedy of chivalry and courtship, brought to you in the woods.

Ipswich’s history is intrinsically linked to the river and its Maritime Heritage. On 18th and 19th August the Maritime Festival returns for a weekend of nautical celebration. There will be historical re-enactments, music, food and drink, and a fireworks display. Showcasing the Ipswich Waterfront and the Marina, Ipswich is home to a number of nationally and internationally recognised arts organisations, including Dance East, New Wolsey Theatre, Red Rose Chain and Pacitti Company. We have much to shout about and be proud of: Ipswich is home to ground-breaking and exciting arts and culture, for more information 


The key to unlocking all these events is to check online at www.ipswichentertains.co.uk and www.allaboutipswich.com.

There is plenty to do across town this summer - in its parks, along its Waterfront and in its theatres as a start - but don’t forget Christchurch Mansion and Ipswich Museum, especially when the weather is a little damp. There is so much more to discover this summer in town and a lot of these events are free - so no excuse not to try something new!