With so much going on in Ipswich in 2019, the Suffolk Spy shares her event highlights for the year:
The Great British Gin Festival, 23 March
On 23 March, the UK’s biggest gin festival comes to Ipswich Town Hall & Corn Exchange. It is a great opportunity to taste some of the world’s finest gins (using a token system), watch cocktail demonstrations from industry experts and enjoy some live entertainment. Over 18s only.
Outdoor cinema experience, Christchurch Park, 12-13 April
What could be better than enjoying a picnic and a fantastic film at an outdoor cinema? Adventure Cinema presents two cinema experiences this year in Ipswich; Bohemian Rhapsody on 12 April and The Greatest Showman Sing-A-Long on 13 April, both at 6.30pm. Tickets are selling fast so get yours before they go! Book tickets here.
Kiss and Tell: Rodin and Suffolk Sculpture, Christchurch Mansion
Visit East Anglia’s once in a lifetime exhibition displaying several of Rodin’s sculptures including the iconic sculpture The Kiss. Also on display are several sculptures and life drawings from the Ipswich collection together with life drawings by John Constable. The exhibition runs until the 28 April.
St Elizabeth Hospice Charity Walk, 11 May
For those looking for their next charity challenge, the St Elizabeth Hospice’s midnight walk is a great one! Taking place on 11 May, walkers are encouraged to dress up in 1980s fancy dress and walk six or 10 miles to raise money for the hospice which provides phenomenal care for people with progressive or terminal illness. The event’s special atmosphere makes it a great occasion for people to undertake a challenge in memory of family or friends.
The Suffolk Show, Trinity Park, 30-31 May
One of the highlights of the Suffolk calendar is The Suffolk Show. It is a celebration of everything that makes Suffolk great and showcases the best of Suffolk’s food, farming and agricultural heritage. Held during half term on 30 and 31 May it is a fantastic event to attend with family and friends.
Live music at Chantry Park
Ipswich is showcasing a huge amount of musical talent this year. Ed Sheeran returns to the county in style with four dates at Chantry Park from 23-26 August. The concert is definitely not on to be missed and tickets are still available. If Rock legends are more your thing, Rod Stewart, returns to Portman Road on 7 June. His show promises to be filled with both classics and new hits. For the classical fans, Katherine Jenkins also performs at the Regent Theatre on 23 May.
All about Dogs, Trinity Park, 28-29 September
This two day event held on 28 and 29 September is a fantastic event for dogs of all shapes and sizes. There are plenty of activities for you to get involved in with your dog including a fun obstacles course, aqua sports and agility activities. There will also be exciting arena displays and the chance to receive expert advice. Click here to book tickets.