The fine and dry weather brought the crowds to Ipswich over the last few weekends. Our regular Farmers Market [first Sunday of the month] kicked off the busy month on the Cornhill. Then, a couple of weeks later, organisers Justine and Alex Paul, were awarded the Clarissa Dickson Wright prize at the Countryside Alliance Awards held at the Houses of Parliament – a very well deserved win.
Elmer’s Big Parade was unveiled on 15 June. A total of 139 highly decorated Elmer elephants are located all over Ipswich town centre. To immerse yourself in this truly unique collection, people can use trail maps which they can pick up from the Elmer HQ at the Town Hall on the Cornhill. The trail continues throughout the summer, finishing on 7 September. This fundraising initiative celebrates the 30th anniversary of Elmer and St Elizabeth Hospice. For more information, visit www.elmersbigparadesuffolk.co.uk
On Sunday 16 June the Saints Summer Street Market welcomed 30 bristling stalls to St Peter’s Street. A real celebration of community brought together several independent business, artisans and food producers, as well as hoards of visitors.
Ipswich celebrated Suffolk Day on Friday 21 June with a full day of children’s activities held on the Cornhill and hosted by the Suffolk Record Office. They also showcased their exciting new heritage centre project that they’re currently involved with, to be called The HOLD. Additionally, there was an opportunity to meet a land girl and listen to sea shanties.
National Windrush Day was celebrated on Saturday 22 June with crowds flocking to the Cornhill square to enjoy a full day brimming with music, food, poetry and community, bathed in blue-sky sunshine.
Meanwhile on the Waterfront, Suffolk Pride returned with a very colourful parade and a whole day of events around the University and the marina celebrating the LGBTQ+ equality and diversity.
During the same weekend the Ipswich Jazz Festival hosted their fourth celebration of music throughout the town with a diverse programme of gigs, films, lectures, courses, and art shows.
It really has been a full and varied programme, and there’s more to come! So for more information on what’s on in Ipswich in the coming weeks, visit www.allaboutipswich.com