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.

Summer Business Start-Up Bootcamp

Event in Ipswich

Summer Business Start-Up Bootcamp

Saturday 13th July 2024

University of Suffolk

13
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 […]

A Peep into the Past

Event in Ipswich

A Peep into the Past

Saturday 13th July 2024

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

13
Jul
Brick Wonders: Around the World with LEGO® Bricks

Event in Ipswich

Brick Wonders: Around the World with LEGO® Bricks

Saturday 13th July 2024

The Hold – Suffolk Archives Ipswich Fore St, Ipswich

13
Jul
Participate Kesgrave

Event in Ipswich

Participate Kesgrave

Saturday 13th July 2024

Britten Pears Arts at Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre Sports Centre, Twelve Acre Approach, Ipswich

13
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 […]

Summer Reading Quest 2024

Event in Ipswich

Summer Reading Quest 2024

Saturday 13th July 2024

Ipswich County Library Northgate St, Ipswich

13
Jul

Love Letter to Ipswich

For the love of jumping off the top board

Mark Ling at Broom Hill swimming pool

By Mark Ling

I can trace my family line back several centuries from East Suffolk. My great (x3) Grandfather was coxswain of the Thorpeness lifeboat.

For the love of jumping off the top board
John Ferguson – An Eye For Life

Event in Ipswich

John Ferguson – An Eye For Life

Saturday 13th July 2024

Christchurch Mansion Soane St, Ipswich

13
Jul
Sweet Charity

Event in Ipswich

Sweet Charity

Saturday 13th July 2024

The New Wolsey Theatre Civic Dr, Ipswich

13
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 […]

Linked Rings Necklace Workshop

Event in Ipswich

Linked Rings Necklace Workshop

Saturday 13th July 2024

Stoke Bridge Workshops Stoke St, Ipswich

13
Jul
Form – Art Exhibition

Event in Ipswich

Form – Art Exhibition

Saturday 13th July 2024

Frame Workshop & Gallery St Nicholas St, Ipswich

13
Jul
Sir Bobby Robson School Motor Show 2024

Event in Ipswich

Sir Bobby Robson School Motor Show 2024

Saturday 13th July 2024

Sir Bobby Robson School Lindbergh Rd, Ipswich

13
Jul
Community Champion Report: Stoke Park

From the Blog on 28 Jun 2024

Community Champion Report: Stoke Park

By Teresa Davidson

Hi, my name is Teresa, and I am the Community Champion at Asda Stoke Park, Ipswich.

Love Letter to Ipswich

For the love of being a Suffolk baby

Lily Hammond, UWU Studio

By Lily Hammond

Like most Suffolk babies, I was born in ipswich hospital in 1998, it’s where I started life. I grew up and lived between Suffolk and London

For the love of being a Suffolk baby
Glass Fusion Class

Event in Ipswich

Glass Fusion Class

Saturday 13th July 2024

Craftability St Lawrence St, Ipswich

13
Jul
Play Space – Make Play

Event in Ipswich

Play Space – Make Play

Saturday 13th July 2024

Make Play at Spill Think Tank High St, Ipswich

13
Jul
Happiness Club

Event in Ipswich

Happiness Club

Saturday 13th July 2024

The Coffee Cell Northgate St, Ipswich

13
Jul
What does promotion mean to the Official ITFC Supporters Club?

From the Blog on 28 May 2024

What does promotion mean to the Official ITFC Supporters Club?

By Baz Morgan-Smith

So, what does promotion to the Premier League mean to the Official Supporters Club? That’s my challenge and I’m struggling to give a definitive view.

The Clifford Road Tunnels

Event in Ipswich

The Clifford Road Tunnels

Saturday 13th July 2024

Clifford Road Tunnels Clifford Rd, Ipswich

13
Jul
BME Suffolk Summer Fair

Event in Ipswich

BME Suffolk Summer Fair

Saturday 13th July 2024

BME Suffolk Support Group (BSSG) at 24th Ipswich Scout Hall Bramford Rd, Ipswich

13
Jul

Love Letter to Ipswich

For the love of town life

For the love of town life - Ipswich.love

By Benjamin Frank Toth

I moved to Ipswich just over 3 years ago from The Midlands. Moving from a big city was an adjustment but I wouldn't change that decision for anything.

For the love of town life
Summer Family Fun Day at Stoke High School

Event in Ipswich

Summer Family Fun Day at Stoke High School

Saturday 13th July 2024

Stoke High School – Ormiston Academy Maidenhall Approach, , Ipswich

13
Jul
Promotion to the Premier League should inspire new love for the town.

From the Blog on 20 May 2024

Promotion to the Premier League should inspire new love for the town.

By Joe Thomson

May 4th 2024 is a date that will live forever in the memory of Town fans, but the party didn’t start there.

Summer Soul Vibes Festival

Event in Ipswich

Summer Soul Vibes Festival

Saturday 13th July 2024

Venue 16 Tuddenham Rd, Ipswich

13
Jul
Oasiz bottomless brunch at Bar 21

Event in Ipswich

Oasiz bottomless brunch at Bar 21

Saturday 13th July 2024

Bar 21 11 St Nicholas Street, Ipswich

13
Jul
Global Rhythm

Event in Ipswich

Global Rhythm

Saturday 13th July 2024

Ipswich Borough Council at Christchurch Park Bolton Ln, Ipswich

13
Jul
Come sailing with Ipswich Maritime Trust

From the Blog on 18 May 2024

Come sailing with Ipswich Maritime Trust

By Sam Sherman

This summer, Ipswich Maritime Trust (IMT) has teamed up with Sailing Barge Victor to offer a range of sailing trips from Ipswich.

Masquerade Ball – The Ipswich Children’s Deaf Society

Event in Ipswich

Masquerade Ball – The Ipswich Children’s Deaf Society

Saturday 13th July 2024

Ipswich Deaf Children’s Society at Trinity Park Conference & Events Centre Trinity Park, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich IP3 8UH, Ipswich

13
Jul

Love Letter to Ipswich

For the love of skating rinks and Ipswich Summers

For the love of skating rinks and Ipswich Summers - Ipswich.love

By Julie Oldring

I loved my Ipswich Summers, we used to cycle down to Broomhill Swimming Pool, have the morning in the water and have a picnic lunch in Broomhill Park after, pure magic!

For the love of skating rinks and Ipswich Summers

Meet the team

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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