Saturday 19-Sunday 20 August

Ipswich Waterfront


Ipswich Maritime Festival 2017

The Ipswich Maritime Festival returns to the Waterfront this August to bring two days filled with music, historical re-enactments, a variety of vessels, street food, fairground rides and a range of stalls and children’s activities.

If that’s not enough we also have a fully programmed stage of live music performances, a bar area, fire performers and a firework finale on the Sunday night!

The 2017 event will take on a Viking theme based on the recapture of Ipswich from the Vikings 1100 years ago in 917AD.

Please be aware that we are no longer able to take applications for stall holders this year.

Award-winning Market

Experience flavours of the world with a mouth-watering and diverse selection of over 50 different continental stalls!

Photograph: © Jennifer O'Neill

Fireworks Display

Our fireworks display is sure to dazzle! We’ll be lighting up the sky on Sunday from 9:30pm approx. to an accompaniment of music!

Photograph: © Jennifer O'Neill

Fully Licensed Bar

We’ll be serving a quality selection of real ales as well as all the traditional beers, wines, spirits, ciders and soft drinks. Cheers!

Photograph: © Funky Voices

Funky Voices

The award-winning Funky Voices are returning! A high energy choir, who create a “wall of sound” with their performances!

Photograph: © Dance East

Dance East

You can find Dance East’s jam packed programme here! They are ready to entertain you all the way through Saturday!

Photograph: © Jennifer O'Neill

Bigger Funfair

The Maritime fun fair is back: bigger and better than last year and packed full of rides and games for endless entertainment!

Photograph: © Jennifer O'Neill

Historic Ships

Ipswich plays host to a fleet historic ships from all over the world, including the stunning Earl of Pembroke, at 44m long!

Photograph: © Jennifer O'Neill

Boat Stage Entertainment

A full 2-days of brilliant musical entertainment, brought to you by the Blue Bus Tour Company. Get ready to sing and dance!

Photograph: © Harvey Salmon

Harvey Salmon

The brilliant and multi-talented Harvey Salmon will be leaving you in stiches with his comedic storytelling, fun for all the family!

Photograph: © Jennifer O'Neill

Bigger Entertainment Area

You’ll be spolit for choice for entertainment! Ipswich certainly does entertain at this years Maritime Festival!

Barnet Hill Lifeboat Crew

Yo-ho-ho! Get ready to join in and experience the magic of a traditional sea shanty with the Barnet Hill Lifeboat Crew!

Irie J and Josh Locke

Waterfront Bistro Stage

Enjoy the soulful sounds of Irie J on Saturday and bop to some rockabilly with Josh Locke on Sunday, with paella and hog roast on offer too!

Fire Performers

So amazing, it’ll take your breath away! See fire-breathing artists perform their magic along the waterfront this year!

Ipswich Waterfront


There are several Ipswich Borough Council car parks available throughout the town centre. You can find a full list here.