Ipswich Events Calendar

Looking for something to do in Ipswich? Whether you're a local, new in town or just cruising through we've got loads of great tips and events to offer. Find out what’s on in Ipswich with our regularly updated events calendar featuring the best upcoming events in Ipswich and the area.

This guide lists events at a glance, showing what’s on each month. See the highlights of What’s On for Ipswich, featuring the best of things to do in Ipswich – Live Music and Gigs, Family Events, Art & Culture, Food & Drink and much more. Ipswich fundraisers and charity events.

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30th March @ 9:00 am - 3rd September @ 9:00 am

Ipswich County Library celebrates its centenary in 2024, with a series of events leading up to the anniversary of the library opening on 3 September.

Local people are being encouraged to share their memories and stories for an exhibition which will honour the library’s past, present, and future. With support from Suffolk Archives, Suffolk Libraries staff are curating a display in the library exhibiting historic books, objects, and memorabilia relating to the library building. The exhibition will commemorate the library’s spirit and its place in the town’s history, providing a safe space for transient communities for 100 years and beyond.

As well as showing objects and items for people to view, the library building will become an exhibition in and of itself, highlighting features such as the beautiful stone carvings above the arched entrance on Northgate Street and the grand ceilings and windows in the Northgate Reading Room. The exhibition will include other supporting elements such as an audio tour and a children’s treasure trail.

To help document the project and build a picture of the library’s enduring impact, Suffolk Libraries are calling out for stories from the community in relation to Ipswich County Library and also the historic role of libraries in the town.

The ‘Ipswich 100’ exhibition is due to launch on 30 April, coinciding with an author talk with journalist and novelist Mike Gayle on the same day. The library will host a series of author talks and workshops between spring and autumn 2024 culminating with a live celebration event in the library on Tuesday 3 September.

This project is part of Suffolk Libraries’ Community Arts Offer which is funded by Arts Council England.


Suffolk Libraries would love to hear from anyone with an anecdote or memory of Ipswich County Library. You can submit your memory via this online form, and you can do so anonymously if you prefer.

Stories can be shared in various formats and submissions can include uploads of appropriate documents, images, and audio/video files too.


Ipswich County Library was officially opened on 3 September 1924. When it opened it was described by the local press as a ‘mixture of Tudor and Gothic architectural influences.’ The architect was Munro Cautley, well known in Ipswich and Suffolk at the time.

The library is a grade 2 listed building. One of the most interesting historical features is the 100ft long Northgate Room which is the library’s reference and study room, with several coloured glass windows depicting famous historic literary figures, scientists, politicians, artists, soldiers and sailors.


30th March @ 9:00 am
3rd September @ 9:00 am


Ipswich County Library
North Gate Street IP1 3DE United Kingdom + Google Map

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