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.

Arrivals: Celebrating Migration to Suffolk

Event in Ipswich

Arrivals: Celebrating Migration to Suffolk

Saturday 2nd March 2024

Suffolk Archives Fore St, Ipswich

02
Mar
Venues in Ipswich – Brighten the Corners

From the Blog on 28 Feb 2024

Venues in Ipswich – Brighten the Corners

By James Kindred

The team running the Brighten the Corners venues in Ipswich have created a resurgence in quality live music venues.

Photography Evening Class with Gillian Allard

Event in Ipswich

Photography Evening Class with Gillian Allard

Saturday 2nd March 2024

Stoke Bridge Workshops Stoke St, Ipswich

02
Mar
Animals in the Art Gallery

Event in Ipswich

Animals in the Art Gallery

Saturday 2nd March 2024

Christchurch Mansion Soane St, Ipswich

02
Mar
Beat The Street

Event in Ipswich

Beat The Street

Saturday 2nd March 2024

Ipswich Borough Council Russell Rd, Ipswich

02
Mar
Ipswich’s Rubbish

From the Blog on 12 Feb 2024

Ipswich’s Rubbish

By Cordelle Sheldon

Ipswich.love are delighted to announce our first community partnership. Hopefully many more to follow across every neighbourhood in Ipswich.

Lego Fun

Event in Ipswich

Lego Fun

Saturday 2nd March 2024

Broomhill Library Sherrington Rd, Ipswich

02
Mar

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
Wolsey Writers

Event in Ipswich

Wolsey Writers

Saturday 2nd March 2024

The New Wolsey Theatre Civic Dr, Ipswich

02
Mar
Jesmonite Planter Workshop

Event in Ipswich

Jesmonite Planter Workshop

Sunday 3rd March 2024

Stoke Bridge Workshops Stoke St, Ipswich

03
Mar
A Whistlestop Guide to Parks in Ipswich

From the Blog on 29 Jan 2024

A Whistlestop Guide to Parks in Ipswich

By James Kindred

From the serene charm of Christchurch Park to the lively happenings in Holywells Park, there’s a place for all.

The Settlers

Event in Ipswich

The Settlers

Sunday 3rd March 2024

King Street Cinema King St, Ipswich

03
Mar
Meet Up Mondays

Event in Ipswich

Meet Up Mondays

Monday 4th March 2024

The Greyhound Henley Rd, Ipswich

04
Mar
Climate Café

Event in Ipswich

Climate Café

Monday 4th March 2024

CHIp Community Hub Ipswich CIC 47 St Nicholas St, Ipswich

04
Mar
Norwich and Norfolk are better at this than Ipswich and Suffolk.

From the Blog on 15 Jan 2024

Norwich and Norfolk are better at this than Ipswich and Suffolk.

By Mark Ling

Greater Ipswich needs a Greater Ipswich unitary authority voted for, and accountable to all the shared stakeholders that share our conurbation.

Love Letter to Ipswich

For the love of the alternative scene.

James Kindred - Ipswich.love

By James Kindred

Ipswich is more than its town centre, more than its Waterfront, more than its football club, more than its University, more than its parks.

For the love of the alternative scene.
The Woman in Black

Event in Ipswich

The Woman in Black

Monday 4th March 2024

The Regent Theatre St. Helen's St, Ipswich

04
Mar
Adult Craft Cafe

Event in Ipswich

Adult Craft Cafe

Tuesday 5th March 2024

Gainsborough Library Clapgate Ln, Ipswich

05
Mar
Mini Mansions

Event in Ipswich

Mini Mansions

Tuesday 5th March 2024

Christchurch Mansion Soane St, Ipswich

05
Mar
Otter spotted in Holywells Park

From the Blog on 10 Jan 2024

Otter spotted in Holywells Park

By Melissa Harrison

It’s been a good week for Ipswich’s animal lovers as an otter was spotted hunting amid the duckweed-covered water in Holywells Park

Greek Wine Night

Event in Ipswich

Greek Wine Night

Tuesday 5th March 2024

The Salthouse Harbour Hotel Neptune Quay, Ipswich

05
Mar
Open Studio

Event in Ipswich

Open Studio

Wednesday 6th March 2024

Rock Paper Scissors Dove St, Ipswich

06
Mar

Love Letter to Ipswich

For the love of a place to geek-out

For the love of a place to geek-out - Ipswich.love

By Sharon Lockhart

I love Ipswich and really hope this helps people see and be proud of what really goes on in our town every day.

For the love of a place to geek-out
Lino Print Workshop

Event in Ipswich

Lino Print Workshop

Wednesday 6th March 2024

White Rabbit Black Cat at Crafty Baba St Peter's St, Ipswich

06
Mar
A little donation still means some big love.

From the Blog on 9 Jan 2024

A little donation still means some big love.

By James Kindred

Now we're a registered CIC with a proper grown-up bank account, we're accepting donations through Paypal.

Knit & Natter

Event in Ipswich

Knit & Natter

Wednesday 6th March 2024

Broomhill Library Sherrington Rd, Ipswich

06
Mar
Words & Verses

Event in Ipswich

Words & Verses

Thursday 7th March 2024

Get On The Soapbox at The Steamboat 78-80 New Cut West, Ipswich

07
Mar
Singing for the Soul

Event in Ipswich

Singing for the Soul

Friday 8th March 2024

Suffolk Soul Singers at Emmaus Suffolk -The Royal Oak Felixstowe Rd, Ipswich

08
Mar
How to Manage Events on Ipswich.love

From the Blog on 9 Jan 2024

How to Manage Events on Ipswich.love

By James Kindred

You may have seen recently that we've started testing out the event listings on the Ipswich.love website. Here's a guide on how to add events.

Book Launch – Inspirational Women Vol. 3

Event in Ipswich

Book Launch – Inspirational Women Vol. 3

Friday 8th March 2024

UWU Studio at Puzzle Boutique 15 St Peter's St, Ipswich

08
Mar

Love Letter to Ipswich

For the love of finding connections

For the love of finding connections - Ipswich.love

By Polly Rodwell

Our parks are amazing: a family could spend several days in Christchurch Park and still not experience all it has to offer, and all free!

For the love of finding connections

Meet the team

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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