Ipswich Maritime Festival will be held this weekend on the town’s waterfront | Anglia

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Historic ships will line Ipswich docks this weekend as the Maritime Festival returns tomorrow (Saturday, August 17).

Organisers are hoping for a record number of visitors to the event that is one of Suffolk’s biggest summer attractions.

They have confirmed a programme of activities as well as food and drink market, tours of ships and other vessels, pirate workshops and naval skills workshops.

The festival, centred around the Ipswich Waterfront, celebrates the nautical heritage of the town.

It also boasts live music, fireworks, a fun fair and giant inflatables.

Councillor Sarah Barber, Ipswich Borough Council’s portfolio holder for events said:

We are really looking forward to another exciting summer weekend. With a wide range of activities, this will be a packed weekend of fun for all the family. Entry is completely free!”

– Councillor Sarah Barber, Ipswich Borough Council

Last year, more than 50,000 people attended the festival.

Local cruise liner company, Fred Olsen is sponsoring this years event.

Mike Rodwell, managing director at Fred Olsen said:

We are extremely proud of our rich maritime history and we are proud to have our head office here in Ipswich. The Maritime Festival is something we have attended for many years and our stall is always busy with people keen to meet our staff. This year, for the first time, we have an official association which makes it even more exciting for us. The event is always a huge success so to have our name linked to the Maritime Festival is a huge privilege for us.”

– Mike Rodwell, managing director at Fred Olsen

Visit www.ipswichentertains.co.uk to find out more.

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