Thousands flock to Waterfront to celebrate town’s Maritime history
Thousands of visitors buckled up their boots and found their sea legs for a weekend of fun on the Waterfront.
The Ipswich Maritime Festival, in association with Isaacs on the Quay, ran from 10am – 10pm Saturday and 10am – 6pm Sunday and saw approximately 65,000 visitors flock to the Waterfront to enjoy some family fun and celebrate the town’s maritime history.
Historical re-enactors took visitors back in time to show them what life was like over 200 years ago, with demonstrations, including fish net making and basket weaving, being held throughout the day.
The free event also featured live entertainment, fairground rides, historic vessels and a foot ferry and land train.
Matt Harris, Maritime’s own Capitan Jack Sparrow, kept everyone on their toes as he paraded along the Waterfront with the Mayor of Ipswich narrowly avoiding his pilfering ways.
And it wasn’t just the organised activities that kept everyone entertained, the colourful creatures that invaded the waterfront provided the perfect excuse for a silly selfie – or two!
There was an inflatable octopus that scaled the side of Old Custom House, an inflatable shark that reared its head outside Dance East and a balloon gantry welcoming visitors.
Rounding off day one of this two-day extravaganza was a dazzling fireworks display.
Commercial Manager for Ipswich Borough Council, Mark Whiting said: “This year we implemented a number of changes to the Ipswich Maritime Festival, including the introduction of a significant number of new attractions for our family audiences. The historical re-enactments and period children’s activities in particular were greatly received by the public with many people commenting on the increased maritime feel. We would like to thank all of our sponsors, performers, caterers, suppliers, market stall holders and staff for their hard work and support”.