It’s time we give Ipswich the love it deserves.

Ipswich is a brilliant town. Sure, it has its challenges, but it can sometimes feel like it gets used as a political football, rather than getting the praise, support and celebration it deserves.

Ipswich.love is a not-for-profit CIC and will become the home of promoting events in Ipswich, engaging with communities and asking for guest writers to post their thoughts on how we can make positive changes for our town.

YOU Care Academy

Event in Ipswich

YOU Care Academy

Thursday 25th July 2024

Lofty Heights London Rd, Ipswich

25
Jul
Have you got an Open Heart?

From the Blog on 23 Jul 2024

Have you got an Open Heart?

By Sam Sherman

At Ipswich.love, we love our red heart logo and brand, putting the love back in to Ipswich,  and so when we saw new green hearts appearing in the Town, we were intrigued 💚. We popped in to ‘Fresh Start’ in Carr Street to chat to Angela Gregg, the Founder. Fresh Start Charity’s Ipswich programme works […]

Summer Trial activity devised by Ipswich shopmakers

Event in Ipswich

Summer Trial activity devised by Ipswich shopmakers

Thursday 25th July 2024

Buttermarket, Ipswich

25
Jul
Girls Squad Academy

Event in Ipswich

Girls Squad Academy

Thursday 25th July 2024

Lofty Heights London Rd, Ipswich

25
Jul
Woolly’s Summer Holiday Trail

Event in Ipswich

Woolly’s Summer Holiday Trail

Thursday 25th July 2024

Ipswich Museums at Christchurch Mansion Soane St, Ipswich

25
Jul
Holywells, Gainsborough and Cups of Tea

From the Blog on 23 Jul 2024

Holywells, Gainsborough and Cups of Tea

By Sam Sherman

World renowned 18th Century artist Thomas Gainsborough lived in Ipswich for nearly a decade, yet the only known work of the town is the iconic painting of Holywells Park. So what makes the park so special? Its charm lies in its serene ponds, ancient trees, and the remnants of its Victorian past. Running a café […]

DiGBY and Beattie’s Adventure

Event in Ipswich

DiGBY and Beattie’s Adventure

Thursday 25th July 2024

Ipswich Borough Council at The Cornhill The Cornhill, Ipswich

25
Jul

Love Letter to Ipswich

For the love of heart and soul

For the love of heart and soul - Ipswich.love

By Tash Acres

I’ve since moved away, and spent longer living out of it than I spent growing up there, and yet, Ipswich is, and always will be, my home town.

For the love of heart and soul
A Peep into the Past

Event in Ipswich

A Peep into the Past

Thursday 25th July 2024

Friends of Ipswich Museums (FoIM) at Christchurch Mansion Soane St, Ipswich

25
Jul
Form – Art Exhibition

Event in Ipswich

Form – Art Exhibition

Thursday 25th July 2024

Frame Workshop & Gallery St Nicholas St, Ipswich

25
Jul
How much do you know about the other Football Club in Ipswich?

From the Blog on 23 Jul 2024

How much do you know about the other Football Club in Ipswich?

By Sam Sherman

Ipswich Wanderers was formed under a different name in 1980. The Club started as an under 14’s boys’ team in 1980, and two years later they entered the lowest division of the Ipswich Sunday League before joining the newly formed Eastern Counties Division One as founder members in 1987. Home games were played at the […]

Summer Reading Quest 2024

Event in Ipswich

Summer Reading Quest 2024

Thursday 25th July 2024

Chantry Library Northgate St, Ipswich

25
Jul
Kids & Carers Club

Event in Ipswich

Kids & Carers Club

Thursday 25th July 2024

Emmaus Suffolk -The Royal Oak Felixstowe Rd, Ipswich

25
Jul
Brick Wonders: Around the World with LEGO® Bricks

Event in Ipswich

Brick Wonders: Around the World with LEGO® Bricks

Thursday 25th July 2024

The Hold – Suffolk Archives Ipswich Fore St, Ipswich

25
Jul
Ipswich Tourist Guides Love Ipswich!

From the Blog on 22 Jul 2024

Ipswich Tourist Guides Love Ipswich!

By Sam Sherman

Did you know there have been regular guided walks of Ipswich every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon through the summer months for over 40 years?! Back in the 1980’s the local tourist board persuaded some enthusiastic local historians to undertake the study and training needed to qualify as registered tourist guides. Since then much has changed […]

Love Letter to Ipswich

For the love of Charlie’s Hat

Samantha Sherman - Ipswich.love

By Miranda Acres

Wherever you look in our town there are things going on; things to join; things to do; things to experience, things to learn, or there are places of calm.

For the love of Charlie’s Hat
Make Suffolk out of LEGO® Bricks

Event in Ipswich

Make Suffolk out of LEGO® Bricks

Thursday 25th July 2024

The Hold – Suffolk Archives Ipswich Fore St, Ipswich

25
Jul
Arrivals Stories

Event in Ipswich

Arrivals Stories

Thursday 25th July 2024

The Hold – Suffolk Archives Ipswich Fore St, Ipswich

25
Jul
John Ferguson – An Eye For Life

Event in Ipswich

John Ferguson – An Eye For Life

Thursday 25th July 2024

Christchurch Mansion Soane St, Ipswich

25
Jul
Have you ever been inside the Unitarian Meeting House? 

From the Blog on 12 Jul 2024

Have you ever been inside the Unitarian Meeting House? 

By Sam Sherman

Have you ever been inside the Unitarian Meeting House, or even wondered what it is?  We have so many heritage gems in Ipswich that many of us have never really thought about or visited. The Ipswich Unitarian Meeting House was built in 1699 and is a Grade One listed building. It is beautifully reflected in […]

Free visit to the Unitarian Meeting House

Event in Ipswich

Free visit to the Unitarian Meeting House

Thursday 25th July 2024

Unitarian Meeting House Friars St, Ipswich

25
Jul
Friends & Fables Hub

Event in Ipswich

Friends & Fables Hub

Thursday 25th July 2024

Emmaus Suffolk -The Royal Oak Felixstowe Rd, Ipswich

25
Jul

Love Letter to Ipswich

For the love of visiting from Seattle

For the love of visiting from Seattle - Ipswich.love

By Erin Kleiss-Acres

Bringing friends to visit Ipswich over the years is something that fills me with pride. I love Ipswich for the new and old sights and the hugs that I know are waiting for me when I arrive.

For the love of visiting from Seattle
Ipswich Beer & Cider Festival 2024

Event in Ipswich

Ipswich Beer & Cider Festival 2024

Thursday 25th July 2024

Briarbank Brewery at St Clements Arts Centre Fore St, Ipswich

25
Jul
Reading Quest – Where will reading take you this summer?

From the Blog on 10 Jul 2024

Reading Quest – Where will reading take you this summer?

By Sam Sherman

Ipswich.love is very pleased to announce that Suffolk Libraries is launching an exciting new summer reading programme for primary school children next week. Reading Quest will run over the summer holiday across the county, offering an exciting opportunity to get the whole family involved in reading and making memories this summer. Reading Quest across Suffolk […]

Gainsborough Community Choir

Event in Ipswich

Gainsborough Community Choir

Thursday 25th July 2024

Landseer Road Methodist Church

25
Jul
B*tch & Stitch

Event in Ipswich

B*tch & Stitch

Thursday 25th July 2024

Suffolk Pride at Geek Retreat Upper Brook St, Ipswich

25
Jul
Feel Good Friday

Event in Ipswich

Feel Good Friday

Friday 26th July 2024

Murrayside Community Centre Nacton Rd, Ipswich

26
Jul
Summer Trail activity devised by Ipswich shopmakers

From the Blog on 8 Jul 2024

Summer Trail activity devised by Ipswich shopmakers

By Sam Sherman

Are you looking for something to do in the summer holidays in Ipswich? Many of the independent shops within and around the Buttermarket area have joined together to devise a fun activity for all ages! Hunt for the hidden letters in the various participating shops.  You are then challenged to make as many words and […]

Blank Page – Clay character story pot workshop with Emma Jayne Robertson

Event in Ipswich

Blank Page – Clay character story pot workshop with Emma Jayne Robertson

Friday 26th July 2024

Chantry Library Hawthorn Dr, Ipswich

26
Jul

Love Letter to Ipswich

For the love of Ipswich Parks

Anne Harvard - Ipswich

By Ann Havard

I would like to say how very lucky we are to have so many beautiful and different parks in Ipswich.

For the love of Ipswich Parks

Meet the team

Andrew Laws - Ipswich.love

Andrew Laws

Andrew has been playing in bands and organising live music events in Ipswich for around 30 years. Andrew also runs Yeseo; an SEO Marketing Agency based in Ipswich. He also works on a pro-bono basis with local charities and not-for-profit through the Suffolk Pro Help scheme.

Cordelle Sheldon - Ipswich.love

Cordelle Sheldon

Following a career which took her to one of the big 4 Consultancy firms working with a variety of global clients and then the University of Suffolk, Cordelle is now a freelance business advisor. Cordelle has held voluntary postions with the social mobility charity, Career Ready. She has lived in Ipswich for over 20 years and has a long affinity with the town.

Samantha Sherman - Ipswich.love

Samantha Sherman

Sam has more time to spend on interests following a 33-year Board-level career in Container Shipping and International Logistics. Passionate about Ipswich, Sam looks to see how we might jointly reverse some negativity and bring some deserved positivity back to our beloved Town.

Lily Hammond, UWU Studio

Lily Hammond

Lily Hammond is the founder of Uwu Studio in Ipswich, where she combines her talents as an artist and designer to focus on community-based initiatives. Through workshops, public art, and collaborations, Lily aims to make the arts approachable and meaningful for all. She’s not just creating art; she’s building a community where everyone feels welcome.

Samantha Sherman - Ipswich.love

Miranda Acres

Miranda has been a Freelance Marketing and Design Consultant for more years than she cares to remember. Co-founder of the Ancient House project – breathing life back into one of Ipswich’s most iconic, heritage buildings and supporting small businesses. A passionate member of Ipswich.love. Born, bred and choosing Ipswich.

Joe Bailey - Ipswich.love

Joe Bailey

Joe is the founder and driving force behind Brighten The Corners, The Smokehouse, The Baths, Out Loud Music CIC, Punch Studios, Sounds East CIC and the St Stephen’s Church venue. Joe brings a wealth of experience from the live music industry to the organisation.

Beren Reid

Beren Reid

Beren is a relative newcomer (est. 2021), drawn to Ipswich because of its history, connectivity and variety. He is an active supporter of the local community, and works in Digital Marketing and PR for Suffolk Mind, Suffolk’s independent mental health charity.

Marcus Harris Noble - Ipswich.love

Marcus Harris Noble

Recently returned Ipswich native Marcus has nurtured a career in both independent media, project development and programme delivery in local government and the social and charitable sectors. Alongside this, he maintains an active presence in the creative industries through numerous roles in film, television, music, radio and online production.

Helen Oldfield - Ipswich.love

Helen Oldfield

Helen Oldfield is Director of a PR & communications consultancy called Affinity PR & PR Coaching. She’s been self employed for 20 years. A former Citizens Advice CEO, now she’s Co-Director of the neurodiversity movement, Neurodelicious CIC. Helen’s PR business focuses on not-for-profits, state education, travel & tourism, arts & culture, community health & wellbeing.

James Kindred - Ipswich.love

James Kindred

James lives in Ipswich and has been a graphic designer and founder for the last 25 years. He specialises in branding, startups, guerilla marketing and effectively frustrating authority figures to deliver results. James is also co-chair of the Suffolk Autism Strategy board and a board advisor to R;ipple, a suicide prevention charity.

Ben Driver - Ipswich.love

Ben Driver

Ben is an artist, curator and hairdresser with a background in delivering creative community projects across Ipswich. They are the Founder of Guy Cry Club CIC, an organisation using art to diversify the dialogue on masculinity and mental health. Ben is also an ambassador for MANUP? a local charity breaking down the stigma surrounding men’s mental health.

Our Mission

We are Inclusive

We value diversity and strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all community members of Ipswich, not just the centre.

We are Collaborative

We believe in the power of collaboration and seek to work closely with other organisations and individuals who share our vision.

We are Innovative

We are committed to finding new and innovative ways to support Ipswich's growth and cultural importance.

We are Responsive

We are responsive to the community's changing needs and are committed to adapting our approach as needed.

We are Accountable

We are accountable to our donors, partners and the community and strive to maintain the highest standards of transparency, integrity and ethical conduct..

We are Proactive

We proactively seek opportunities to contribute to Ipswich's growth and cultural importance.

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