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2012 I LOVE


2012 EDITION 1 FEBRUARY 2012 facebook/IpswichGov


This is a huge cultural year for Ipswich and here we are bringing you 20 fantastic events for 2012. The London Games just adds to the fun in Ipswich as we offer the award-winning Ipswich Arts Festival, the only Olympic Torch Relay stop-over in Suffolk, the return to the county of the Mildenhall Dish and another exhibition at the Art School from the Saatchi Gallery. We hope this inspires you to have a taste of what Ipswich has to offer. We are proud to be working with the Ipswich Star and other partners to bring you the very best of Ipswich in this dazzling year. For more information please go to

Councillor Bryony Rudkin Ipswich Borough Council



Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile

Saatchi at Ipswich Art School

Venue: Ipswich Waterfront

Venue: Art School, High Street

Sunday 25 March

Ipswich Borough Council invites you to take part in Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile along the Waterfront with hundreds of other like-minded milers. Do the mile around Ipswich's historic but chic Waterfront with its cafes, shops and restaurants, then kick back and enjoy all the entertainment on offer. Snap up your space at the Ipswich Mile now!

Friday 23 March to Sunday 30 September This year, from 23rd March to 30th September, Saatchi is bringing another exhibition to the Art School in High Street. This time it is working with University Campus Suffolk, colleges, schools and the new Atrium Studios to make this a must-see arts event in 2012.



Mildenhall Dish

Fallen In Love: the secret heart of Anne Boleyn

April to June

Venue: Christchurch Mansion

May & June

Venue: Gippeswyk Hall

This artefact from the 4th Century is a priceless Romano-British treasure that was unearthed on a Suffolk farm during the Second World War.

It is 1536. The woman who changed the world forever by capturing the heart of a king, faces trial with her brother George for adultery, incest and treason.

Seventy years on, it is coming back to Suffolk. This magnificent and finely decorated silver dish will be on view at Christchurch Mansion from April to June thanks to the British Museum. Come and see an important part of Suffolk’s history. Photo: The British Museum


“Theatre at its best and history transformed into drama with the highest integrity” - Alison Weir, author and historian. 01473 603388


Pulse Festival

Monday 25 May - Monday 9 June

Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee Saturday 2 - Tuesday 5 June

This year’s PULSE Fringe Festival programme will be announced on 13 April. PULSE is a multi-disciplinary festival focusing on new and innovative approaches to the arts. The Festival provides a platform for the development and presentation of new work by regional, British and international artists of vision, nurturing artistic ambition and excellence across a range of art forms including theatre, dance, comedy, music, event led visual arts, participatory theatre, physical theatre and, this year, will include children’s theatre.

Ipswich people will put on a right royal community celebration on the Diamond Jubilee weekend of 2nd to 5th June. We will have more details in our updated brochure in May.



Suffolk Show

Great East Swim

Venue: Trinity Park, Ipswich

Venue: Alton Water Park,

Thursday 7 - Friday 8 June

The Suffolk Show, held at Trinity Park, Ipswich is the county’s biggest day out, offering something for everyone. The show features thrilling ring displays, livestock and equine champions, finest food and drink produce, sporting heroes and stunning homes and gardens. There is plenty to do and families will love the wide range of action-packed and interactive exhibits such as the military display, Olympic sports, donkey rides, fun fair, children’s farm and radio presenting.

Saturday 16 June Suffolk

Admission: Entry prices ½ mile £26, 1 mile £32 and 2 mile £36 (includes event pack, medal and T-shirt)

A superb outdoor swim taking place in the beautiful clean waters of Alton Water reservoir, near Ipswich. Choose from 3 distances - 1 mile, 1/2 mile or 2 miles. A perfect challenge for all swimming abilities, from first timers to Olympic champions. Experience the thrill of open water swimming, safe in the knowledge that expert kayakers and safety boats are with you every stroke of the way. Soak up the festival atmosphere with an impressive local farmers' market.



Ipswich Arts Festival (Ip-art)

The Crash of the Elysium

Venue: Across Ipswich

Venue: Crown Car Park

Friday 15 June - Sunday 8 July

Admission: Various, many events FREE

Ip-art is Ipswich’s award-winning summer arts festival, with an exciting programme of visual arts, performing arts, literature, film and music. It includes events large and small, offering visitors free events in many cases.


Friday 15 June - Sunday 8 July A live Doctor Who adventure, unlike anything else you have ever experienced. This is your story, your mission - you are the hero and everything depends on you.


Trinity Park International Polo Tournament

Ipswich Music Day

Venue: Trinity Park, Ipswich

Venue: Christchurch Park

Saturday 30 June

Admission: From £10 per car

Sunday 1 July

Admission: FREE

The 21st Ipswich Music Day - it has come of age as one of Britain’s biggest and best free on-day music festivals. Seven stages of music covering rock, classical, folk and much more. Free entry. The cornerstone of Ip-art and entertainment plus!

Come and have a day out at Suffolk’s first international polo match. Fun for all ages.



Olympic Torch Relay

Indian Summer Mela

Venue: Christchurch Park

Venue: Christchurch Park

Thursday 5 July

Admission: FREE by ticket only

(limited tickets bookable in advance) The torch is coming to Ipswich for an overnight celebration on 5th July. Thousands of people from all over Suffolk are expected to come along to Christchurch Park to sing, cheer and dance at the county’s only overnight stop. Be dazzled by this once in a lifetime event - more details later in the year.

Sunday 8 July

Admission: FREE The Ipswich and Suffolk Indian Association holds its sixth Indian Summer Mela, a rich and colourful celebration of South Asian culture.

Highlights are set to include stunning and vibrant performances of Indian dance, songs, music and poetry, as well as Yoga and Bollywood workshops, a vibrant market and an Indian food village. Spend the day exploring and enjoying this exciting expression of Asian culture at this family-friendly festival.



Harvest at Jimmy's

The Larking Gowen Ipswich Half-Marathon

Venue: Jimmy’s Farm, Wherstead

Venue: Start Northgate Sport Centre

Friday 7 until Sunday 9 September TV farmer and celebrity Jimmy Doherty once again hosts Harvest at Jimmy's as a four-day event, from Friday 7th until Sunday 9th September at his farm just outside Ipswich.

Sunday 23 September

Are you up to the challenge of this 13.1-mile course in and around Ipswich to help raise money for charities? A partnership between Larking Gowen Chartered Accountants, Ipswich JAFFA running club and Ipswich Borough Council, the Larking Gowen Ipswich Half-Marathon is ideal for club runners, individuals and novices. Also, a fun run.

The big-name acts are still under wraps but Harvest at Jimmy's is a fantastic attraction for all the family. In fact, a visit to the Wherstead farm is a great experience any day of the year! Everyone has fun at Harvest so there will be lots of new and improved children's activities. Set on a real working farm, the festival has an adventure play area and a dedicated programme of kids' entertainment, including den building, face painting, animal tours, cooking lessons, craft workshops and a buttery house. The festival will also include a series of master class cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs.



Diwali Celebrations

Ipswich Fireworks Display

Venue: Ipswich Cornhill 10am - 4pm

Venue: Christchurch Park

Sunday 4 November

Saturday 3 November

Admission: FREE

Admission: tbc

East Anglia’s biggest fireworks display and musical feast of fun. It’s the biggest and the best.... Run by the 11th Ipswich Scout Group.

Ipswich and Suffolk Indian Association, in partnership with Ipswich Borough Council, hosts the Diwali celebrations on the Ipswich Town Hall forecourt The event will include Indian dance, music food and market stalls and is open for all to come and enjoy. Diwali, meaning Festival of Light, is an annual Hindu celebration that promises to be a colourful and vibrant event.



European Cyclo-Cross Championships

Ipswich Santa Run

Venue: Chantry Park

Venue: Ipswich Town Centre 11am

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 November Admission: FREE

Sunday 9 December

Starting and finishing at The Waterfront, Ipswich, approx 3km, the route is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Register early as places are limited! Sign up and receive your free Santa outfit together with fund-raising pack. For more information contact the fundraising office on 01473 237243

In November 2012, Chantry Park, Ipswich will be transformed into a sea of colour and excitement as competitors and fans from over 25 different countries will travel to contest the UEC European Cyclo-Cross Championships. This will be the first ever time the UK has hosted this event, one of the most prestigious in the cyclo-cross calendar.



Places to stay

Check out the following venues to see an exciting array of events all year round, from ballet and West End productions to concerts and comedy Regent Theatre

3 St. Helen’s Street, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 1HE 01473 433555 Ipswich Regent first opened its doors in 1929 and has since played host to thousands of musicians, comedians and entertainers, from the Beatles and Rolling Stones to the Royal Ballet and National Theatre. Highlights in 2012 include


Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 1DW 01473 295230

DanceEast brings world class dance to the East of England, presenting a diverse programme of performances to widen audience experience. As well working with established choreographers/companies, DanceEast encourages emerging artists by providing training, support and performance opportunities.

To find the best places to stay go to or call the Tourist Information Centre on 01473 258070

New Wolsey Theatre

New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 2AS 01473 295900

A 400-seat theatre presenting high quality, diverse and accessible work. The New Wolsey Theatre has emerged as a national leader recognised for the diversity of its audiences and engaging with a broad cross-section of theatre-going and non-theatre-going communities.

Sir John Mills Theatre

Sir John Mills Theatre, Gatacre Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 2LQ 01473 211498

The home of the Eastern Angles regional touring company in Gatacre Road, Ipswich. Eastern Angles has become a national model of excellence in the theatre. Private Resistance throughout Suffolk and beyond February to May.

I love Ipswich is a spin-off from the I Love Ipswich campaign begun last year by the Ipswich Star and backed by Ipswich Borough Council.

We are using the brand to attract visitors to the town in this special year of 2012. Here we have highlighted just a few of the many events that make Ipswich the cultural capital of the East - to find out more go to

We shall be updating this booklet in time for the festival season. Look out for your copy now in the Tourist Information Centre, in hotels and leisure centres. Ipswich - it's the only place to be in 2012! Brochure produced by iprint & design



Volunteers Suffolk 2012 Volunteering Legacy Project/County Events Team The Suffolk 2012 Volunteering legacy project is designed to maximise the benefit for Suffolk, of the increased interest in volunteering within sport and cultural activities as a result of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and to further advocate the benefits of volunteering. For more details contact: Mike McCarthy, Suffolk 2012 Volunteering Legacy Officer on 01473 275196 or visit the website at

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