Maritime Festival 2018

Better prepared, more ‘Maritimey’ and zonal.  

Although still in the final planning stage, this year’s Maritime Festival is set to be the best yet, with Ipswich Borough Council (IBC) building on last year’s event and promising a more structured weekend.  As reported in this publication in the weeks following 2017’s Festival, residents & visitors were perplexed at the lack of pre-event publicity, the lack of any theming and the absence of a formal programme of events, over the eagerly anticipated, 3-day weekend.

This year however, the WL team has been privy to IBC’s event planning and whilst we will announce full details next month, 2018 attendees can expect the following:

  • A pirate/sailor theme

Specific zones to be mapped out and featuring:

  • beer festival
  • local market stalls
  • additional, independent traders & exhibitors
  • artists & performers
  • entertainment area
  • music stage
  • street food stalls
  • funfair

Add to this one of the main highlights – FIREWORKS – and IBC have pulled out the stops for 2018.  

Even the thought of transportation around the marinas has been turned into reality, with the proposed provision of a water taxi and a land-train.

So, whilst all of the above is subject to final confirmation & planning, I find it very satisfying to report that IBC seems to be all over 2018’s Maritime Festival.  Bring it on!