Hi everyone! If, like me, you have months off for summer, you will know that it can feel like you have nothing to do. Luckily, there are lots of exciting events happening in Ipswich to fill your time with, so here are the things I am looking forward to most!
Elmer's Big Parade
If you have lived in Ipswich for while, you will remember the fun and excitement of Pigs Gone Wild a few years ago, an art trail organised by St Elizabeth Hospice which ran for summer 2016. The popularity of the original trail has led to this year’s new art trail Elmer’s Big Parade, also organised by St Elizabeth Hospice featuring 55 large Elmer statues and 84 smaller Elmers painted by local schools and young people in and around Suffolk.
The trail encourages people of all ages to get out and about this summer and explore Ipswich. The trail is split into four main routes around the town, all within walking distance making the trail easily accessible to everyone. I have included photos of some of my favourite Elmers including the Welliephant located at the Waterfront and Poppy located at the train station.
The Ipswich Maritime Festival
The Ipswich Maritime Festival is an annual event held at the waterfront, featuring a variety of stalls from local businesses, live performances and fireworks. The Maritime Festival is always a success and showcases the Waterfront at its best. It is a great family friendly event as there is such a wide variety of stalls and talent on display!
Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk
Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk is a new exhibition opening in August at Christchurch Mansion, featuring new portraits of Ed and memorabilia from his tours collected by his dad. The exhibition is opening to coincide with the next event on my list, but will remain open for nine months, giving lots of visitors the chance to visit the exhibition.
Ed Sheeran at Chantry Park
We are very lucky as a town this year as Ed Sheeran is coming back to Ipswich for four tour dates at the end of August, performing in Chantry Park. He is bringing along special guests Passenger, the Darkness and Lewis Capaldi. I am attending the event on the Saturday and I am very excited to see Ed perform so close to home.
Ipswich Farmers Market
Now this event does happen every month, but I wanted to give it a mention. The Ipswich Farmers Market takes place on the first Sunday of every month on the Cornhill and features lots of local stalls catering to all dietary requirements. I always visit the Farmer’s Market before starting work to get my lunch!
So those are the events I am most looking forward to in Ipswich over the summer. What events are you looking forward to attending? Let us know in the comments and thank you for reading!