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

Tuesday 27th February 2024

Suffolk Archives Fore St, Ipswich

27
Feb
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.

Animals in the Art Gallery

Event in Ipswich

Animals in the Art Gallery

Tuesday 27th February 2024

Christchurch Mansion Soane St, Ipswich

27
Feb
Beat The Street

Event in Ipswich

Beat The Street

Tuesday 27th February 2024

Ipswich Borough Council Russell Rd, Ipswich

27
Feb
Adult Craft Cafe

Event in Ipswich

Adult Craft Cafe

Tuesday 27th February 2024

Gainsborough Library Clapgate Ln, Ipswich

27
Feb
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.

Talk Club – How Are You? Out of 10?

Event in Ipswich

Talk Club – How Are You? Out of 10?

Tuesday 27th February 2024

Ipswich Town Football Club Portman Rd, Ipswich

27
Feb

Love Letter to Ipswich

For the love of an underdog

For the love of an underdog - Ipswich.love

By Hannah Page

Ipswich has always been buzzing with positive energy and community vibes, a town that never stands still and empowers its waterside town location and qualities

For the love of an underdog
Open Studio

Event in Ipswich

Open Studio

Wednesday 28th February 2024

Rock Paper Scissors Dove St, Ipswich

28
Feb
Knit & Natter

Event in Ipswich

Knit & Natter

Wednesday 28th February 2024

Broomhill Library Sherrington Rd, Ipswich

28
Feb
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.

Photography Evening Class with Gillian Allard

Event in Ipswich

Photography Evening Class with Gillian Allard

Wednesday 28th February 2024

Stoke Bridge Workshops Stoke St, Ipswich

28
Feb
Singing for the Soul

Event in Ipswich

Singing for the Soul

Friday 1st March 2024

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

01
Mar
Zumba Ipswich with Gabriella Reeve

Event in Ipswich

Zumba Ipswich with Gabriella Reeve

Friday 1st March 2024

Zumba Ipswich – With Gabriella Reeve at St Albans High School Digby Rd, Ipswich

01
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

Love Letter to Ipswich

For the love of a grown-up bus trip to Ipswich

Jenna Ackerley - Events under Canvas

By Jenna Ackerley

Ipswich you will survive and thrive as you always have, because hope, love and light always overcome fear and darkness eventually.

For the love of a grown-up bus trip to Ipswich
Collage Club

Event in Ipswich

Collage Club

Friday 1st March 2024

Rock Paper Scissors Dove St, Ipswich

01
Mar
Fault Lines | Lila Dance

Event in Ipswich

Fault Lines | Lila Dance

Friday 1st March 2024

DanceEast Foundry Ln, Ipswich

01
Mar
Lego Fun

Event in Ipswich

Lego Fun

Saturday 2nd March 2024

Broomhill Library Sherrington Rd, Ipswich

02
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.

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

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
Meet Up Mondays

Event in Ipswich

Meet Up Mondays

Monday 4th March 2024

The Greyhound Henley Rd, Ipswich

04
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.

Climate Café

Event in Ipswich

Climate Café

Monday 4th March 2024

CHIp Community Hub Ipswich CIC 47 St Nicholas St, Ipswich

04
Mar
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
Mini Mansions

Event in Ipswich

Mini Mansions

Tuesday 5th March 2024

Christchurch Mansion Soane St, Ipswich

05
Mar
Register your venue for our Events listings

From the Blog on 21 Dec 2023

Register your venue for our Events listings

By James Kindred

Registrations are now officially open for businesses and venues to be a part of our upcoming event listings on Ipswich.love.

Greek Wine Night

Event in Ipswich

Greek Wine Night

Tuesday 5th March 2024

The Salthouse Harbour Hotel Neptune Quay, Ipswich

05
Mar

Love Letter to Ipswich

For the love of a captivated soul

Carl Day

By Carl Day

Ipswich, you are the very essence of my being, a town that holds not only a cherished family connection but also the potential to rise from the ashes and reclaim your glory.

For the love of a captivated soul

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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