Somewhere special...

This iconic area is what makes Ipswich 'East Anglia's Waterfront Town'. This vibrant area of the town is alive with restaurants, cafes and bars; all perched on the waters edge. A great place day and night; watch world-class dance at DanceEast, hop on an Orwell River cruise or relax in the sumptuous Salthouse Harbour Hotel. 

WHAT'S HAPPENING?

Pin Mill Barge Race

27/07/2019 - 27/07/2019

Old Custom House

The highlight of the sailing season, watch as a dozen barges sail together in friendly but serious competition...

Orwell Lunch Sail - July

26/07/2019

From Old Custom House

Join the historic Sailing Barge Thistle for a trip down the River Orwell with a delicious lunch...

Suffolk Rivers Cruise - July

28/07/2019

From Old Custom House

A relaxing day exploring the Stour and the Orwell rivers aboard the historic Sailing Barge Thistle...

Ipswich Cycling Weekend 2019

10/08/2019

Starting from Cult Cafe

Cycle across beautiful Suffolk countryside in three challenging town, country and coastal routes...

ART EAT Festival 2019

21/09/2019 - 22/09/2019

DanceEast to Aurora, Ipswich Waterfront

Two days of urban art and street food along the waterfront, celebrating creativity and community...

Bank Holiday Picnic Cruise

26/08/2019

Sailing Barge Victor, Old Custom House

A relaxing sail from the Ipswich Waterfront and along the River Orwell, passing under the Orwell Bridge...

Suffolk Cream Tea Cruise

24/07/2019

Sailing Barge Victor, Old Custom House

Enjoy a relaxing river cruise on the historic Sailing Barge Victor with traditional Cream Tea. Set sail...

Suffolk Cream Tea Cruise

28/07/2019

Sailing Barge Victor, Old Custom House

Enjoy a relaxing river cruise on the historic Sailing Barge Victor with traditional Cream Tea. Set sail...

Suffolk Cream Tea Cruise

31/07/2019

Sailing Barge Victor, Old Custom House

Enjoy a relaxing river cruise on the historic Sailing Barge Victor with traditional Cream Tea. Set sail...

Suffolk Cream Tea Cruise

04/08/2019

Sailing Barge Victor, Old Custom House

Enjoy a relaxing river cruise on the historic Sailing Barge Victor with traditional Cream Tea. Set sail...

Suffolk Cream Tea Cruise

07/08/2019

Sailing Barge Victor, Old Custom House

Enjoy a relaxing river cruise on the historic Sailing Barge Victor with traditional Cream Tea. Set sail...

Suffolk Cream Tea Cruise

11/08/2019

Sailing Barge Victor, Old Custom House

Enjoy a relaxing river cruise on the historic Sailing Barge Victor with traditional Cream Tea. Set sail...

Suffolk Cream Tea Cruise

14/08/2019

Sailing Barge Victor, Old Custom House

Enjoy a relaxing river cruise on the historic Sailing Barge Victor with traditional Cream Tea. Set sail...

Suffolk Cream Tea Cruise

18/08/2019

Sailing Barge Victor, Old Custom House

Enjoy a relaxing river cruise on the historic Sailing Barge Victor with traditional Cream Tea. Set sail...

Suffolk Cream Tea Cruise

21/08/2019

Sailing Barge Victor, Old Custom House

Enjoy a relaxing river cruise on the historic Sailing Barge Victor with traditional Cream Tea. Set sail...

Suffolk Cream Tea Cruise

25/08/2019

Sailing Barge Victor, Old Custom House

Enjoy a relaxing river cruise on the historic Sailing Barge Victor with traditional Cream Tea. Set sail...

Suffolk Cream Tea Cruise

28/08/2019

Sailing Barge Victor, Old Custom House

Enjoy a relaxing river cruise on the historic Sailing Barge Victor with traditional Cream Tea. Set sail...

Suffolk Cream Tea Cruise

01/09/2019

Sailing Barge Victor, Old Custom House

Enjoy a relaxing river cruise on the historic Sailing Barge Victor with traditional Cream Tea. Set sail...

Suffolk Cream Tea Cruise

04/09/2019

Sailing Barge Victor, Old Custom House

Enjoy a relaxing river cruise on the historic Sailing Barge Victor with traditional Cream Tea. Set sail...

Suffolk Cream Tea Cruise

08/09/2019

Sailing Barge Victor, Old Custom House

Enjoy a relaxing river cruise on the historic Sailing Barge Victor with traditional Cream Tea. Set sail...

Suffolk Cream Tea Cruise

11/09/2019

Sailing Barge Victor, Old Custom House

Enjoy a relaxing river cruise on the historic Sailing Barge Victor with traditional Cream Tea. Set sail...

Suffolk Cream Tea Cruise

15/09/2019

Sailing Barge Victor, Old Custom House

Enjoy a relaxing river cruise on the historic Sailing Barge Victor with traditional Cream Tea. Set sail...

Suffolk Cream Tea Cruise

18/09/2019

Sailing Barge Victor, Old Custom House

Enjoy a relaxing river cruise on the historic Sailing Barge Victor with traditional Cream Tea. Set sail...

Suffolk Cream Tea Cruise

22/09/2019

Sailing Barge Victor, Old Custom House

Enjoy a relaxing river cruise on the historic Sailing Barge Victor with traditional Cream Tea. Set sail...

Suffolk Cream Tea Cruise

25/09/2019

Sailing Barge Victor, Old Custom House

Enjoy a relaxing river cruise on the historic Sailing Barge Victor with traditional Cream Tea. Set sail...

Suffolk Cream Tea Cruise

29/09/2019

Sailing Barge Victor, Old Custom House

Enjoy a relaxing river cruise on the historic Sailing Barge Victor with traditional Cream Tea. Set sail...

Suffolk Cream Tea Cruise

02/10/2019

Sailing Barge Victor, Old Custom House

Enjoy a relaxing river cruise on the historic Sailing Barge Victor with traditional Cream Tea. Set sail...

Suffolk Cream Tea Cruise

06/10/2019

Sailing Barge Victor, Old Custom House

Enjoy a relaxing river cruise on the historic Sailing Barge Victor with traditional Cream Tea. Set sail...

Pin Mill Barge Match 2019

27/07/2019

Sailing Barge Victor, Old Custom House

A great spectator day out! Watch historic Thames Barges race along the River Orwell to Harwich...

CAT End of Year Show

03/08/2019

DanceEast, Jerwood Dancehouse

Students from the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) perform a mix of original works...

Isaacs Oktoberfest

21/09/2019 - 22/09/2019

Isaacs on the Quay

Celebrate Oktoberfest with traditional German beer, a German themed BBQ and a live Oompah band...

Maritime Festival Craft & Gift Fair

17/08/2019 - 18/08/2019

St Peter's by the Waterfront

Browse a great selection of crafted goodness from local makers and explore the 800 year old church...

St Peter's Heritage Open Days

14/09/2019 - 15/09/2019

St Peter's by the Waterfront

Pop in and buy from a great selection of crafted goodness from our lovely crafters whilst checking out...

Ipswich Maritime Festival 2019

17/08/2019 - 18/08/2019

Ipswich Waterfront

A whole weekend of live entertainment on the live stages, plus performers displaying their amazing...

Sunday Buffet Lunch Cruise

28/07/2019

Orwell Lady, Orwell Quay

Take in the fantastic scenery, boats and wildlife whilst enjoying Orwell Lady's waitresses serving...

Sunday Buffet Lunch Cruise

25/08/2019

Orwell Lady, Orwell Quay

Take in the fantastic scenery, boats and wildlife whilst enjoying Orwell Lady's waitresses serving...

Sunday Buffet Lunch Cruise

01/09/2019

Orwell Lady, Orwell Quay

Take in the fantastic scenery, boats and wildlife whilst enjoying Orwell Lady's waitresses serving...

Afternoon Tea Cruise

01/08/2019

Orwell Lady, Orwell Quay

Join Orwell Lady River Cruises for their famously generous traditional treat of sandwiches...

Afternoon Tea Cruise

29/08/2019

Orwell Lady, Orwell Quay

Join Orwell Lady River Cruises for their famously generous traditional treat of sandwiches...

Afternoon Tea Cruise

12/09/2019

Orwell Lady, Orwell Quay

Join Orwell Lady River Cruises for their famously generous traditional treat of sandwiches...

Afternoon Tea Cruise

22/08/2019

Orwell Lady, Orwell Quay

Join Orwell Lady River Cruises for their famously generous traditional treat of sandwiches...

Afternoon Tea Cruise

05/09/2019

Orwell Lady, Orwell Quay

Join Orwell Lady River Cruises for their famously generous traditional treat of sandwiches...

Afternoon Tea Cruise

19/09/2019

Orwell Lady, Orwell Quay

Join Orwell Lady River Cruises for their famously generous traditional treat of sandwiches...

HMS Ganges Museum Cruise

07/08/2019

Orwell Lady, Orwell Quay

Sail to Shotley Marina, enjoy a two course lunch at the Shipwreck...

Sundowner Cruise

03/08/2019

Orwell Lady, Orwell Quay

Enjoy a night out with a real difference on Saturday 3 August...

Disco Party Cruise

24/08/2019

Orwell Lady, Orwell Quay

Ideal for small groups, couples or larger parties. Hot, cold and alcoholic drinks can be purchased...

End Of Season Disco Cruise

21/09/2019

Orwell Lady, Orwell Quay

Ideal for small groups, couples or larger parties. Hot, cold and alcoholic drinks can be purchased...

Elmer's Big Parade

15/06/2019 - 07/09/2019

Across Ipswich

The town's biggest ever art trail celebrating the 30th anniversary of Elmer the Patchwork Elephant and...

An Evening with Julie Cunningham

27/09/2019

DanceEast, Jerwood Dancehouse

The internationally renowned performer comes to Ipswich for an evening of talk and dance...

Joseph Toonga - Born to Manifest

04/10/2019

DanceEast, Jerwood Dancehouse

A powerful new hip hop dance double bill about the experiences of young black British men...

Jonathan Goddard | While you are here

11/10/2019

DanceEast, Jerwood Dancehouse

Dance and theatre meet to explore our relationship to our environment and examines legacies...

Shobana Jeyasingh | Staging Schiele

18/10/2019 - 19/10/2019

DanceEast, Jerwood Dancehouse

Dreamy dance piece inspired by the extraordinary work and life of Austrian artist Egon Schiele...

Alexander Whitley | Overflow

08/11/2019

DanceEast, Jerwood Dancehouse

A compelling exploration of the human condition in the era of big data, when personal information...

Ballo Arthur Pita | Ten Sorry Tales

13/12/2019 - 17/12/2019

DanceEast, Jerwood Dancehouse

A collection of modern-day fables. From the child who sleeps for fifteen years, to the sinister sisters...

St Peter's Craft & Gift Fair

12/10/2019

St Peter's by the Waterfront

Local crafts & gifts from Ipswich makers. Pop in to buy from a great selection of crafted goodness...

St Peter's Craft & Gift Fair

02/11/2019

St Peter's by the Waterfront

Local crafts & gifts from Ipswich makers. Pop in to buy from a great selection of crafted goodness...

St Peter's Craft & Gift Fair

07/12/2019

St Peter's by the Waterfront

Local crafts & gifts from Ipswich makers. Pop in to buy from a great selection of crafted goodness...

Heritage Open Days Weekend 2019

14/09/2019 - 15/09/2019

Throughout Ipswich

Discover the hidden secrets of Ipswich's historic buildings as over 30 properties open to the public...

Ipswich Maritime Gin Festival 2019

15/08/2019 - 17/08/2019

Across the Waterfront

Four unique gin sessions along the Ipswich waterfront to celebrate the Maritime weekend...

OFFERS AND TREATS

Escape & Pizza Deal

Escape Ipswich & Pizza Express

Get a live escape room experience and a two-course pizza meal for just £34pp!

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ABP

Associated British Ports (ABP) “handles 120 million tonnes of cargo each year - about a quarter of the county’s seaborne trade. With 21 ports around the UK, including the short sea ports of Ipswich...

Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant

Welcome to Allen Gardiner, the River Cruise Restaurant offering brunch, lunch, sunset and candlelit dinner cruises along the River Orwell from the historic Ipswich Waterfront. Sailing all year...

Anytime Fitness Ipswich

Anytime Fitness is the first 24hour, 7 day a week gym in Ipswich. We are part of a global franchise group of over 2700 gyms across the world - you can join one and be a member of them all. We are a...

Ashtons Legal

Businesses only survive and thrive if they deliver what their clients and customers want. At Ashtons Legal, our aim is to be a firm you are proud to call ‘your solicitors’ and are happy to recommend...

Aurora Bar and Restaurant

"With unparalleled views, modern British cuisine and a welcoming atmosphere, Aurora delivers an experience unlike any other." The bar is the perfect place for a coffee, cocktails or a glass of...

Autism & ADHD

Autism & ADHD are Suffolk’s leading holistic Autism and ADHD service based in Suffolk. As a social enterprise, we offer so much more than just 1:1 support. We’re a team of friendly professionals...

Bistro on the Quay

The Bistro is situated on the historic waterfront of Ipswich, Suffolk. The restaurant is housed in a former salt warehouse overlooking the new marina and is easily accessible by foot, car or sail....

Briarbank

TAP INTO A WARM WELCOME AT BRIARBANK When you’re looking for a great beer experience in Ipswich, look no further than the Briarbank Brewing Company. Set just moments from the historic waterfront...

CoffeeLink

Our first Espresso Bar started in 2006 at the Neptune Marina Building. We continue to enjoy welcoming people to the Ipswich Waterfront, which is a perfect location all year round to enjoy the...

DanceEast

Founded in 1983 and gaining National Dance Agency status in 1994, DanceEast has grown from strength to strength, maintaining its commitment to the rural communities of East Anglia whilst developing...