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Everything you need to know about Woodbridge Maritime

PUBLISHED: 08:13 07 September 2018

Three sailing ships were in a race to the finish at a previous Maritime Woodbridge Picture: CITIZENSIDE/ JANICE POULSON

Three sailing ships were in a race to the finish at a previous Maritime Woodbridge Picture: CITIZENSIDE/ JANICE POULSON

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Woodbridge’s Maritime event will be returning this weekend after a number of years away from the town.

The marina decorated for Maritime Woodbridge Picture: CITIZENSIDE.COM/ JANICE POULSONThe marina decorated for Maritime Woodbridge Picture: CITIZENSIDE.COM/ JANICE POULSON

The event wasn’t held in 2016/7 while the Whisstocks site was being redeveloped.

This year however, it will be returning with the developed site, now known as Whisstocks Place, at the heart of celebrations.

This year the biennial festival will be celebrating it’s seventh edition as it marks the town’s sailing and boatbuilding heritage during the weekend long festival.

Organisers said: “So in place of the rusting industrial units we now have a splendid new plaza, together with the amazing new Longshed, in which to centre our activities.

Anglo Saxons at a previous Maritime Woodbridge Picture: RICHARD EVANS/ CITIZENSIDE.COMAnglo Saxons at a previous Maritime Woodbridge Picture: RICHARD EVANS/ CITIZENSIDE.COM

“But Maritime Woodbridge means more than Whisstock’s.

“It’s a linear festival for all the family.”

The event will be stretching over a quarter of a mile along the riverside walk from the Tide Mill down to the Tea Hut.

Two sailing clubs and a rowing club will be taking to the water offering boat trips, sculling and sailing racing.

They will also be offering entertainment and refreshments.

The Deben Yacht Club will be celebrating their 180th Anniversary.

Many areas of Woodbridge’s water history will be represented at the event.

Viking re-enactors will be encamped at boat pond field where storytelling sessions will be held.

Youngsters will also be able to experience Saxon life in Woodbridge with youngsters able to learn how to fight in the Saxon army against the Viking invaders.

Moving forward in time Woodbridge’s historic Tide Mill will also be open all weekend for free.

A number of other activities will be taking place including live music with acts such as the Felix Stowaways, the Excelsior Band and the Strumalong Ukelele Group all performing during the event.

Films such as Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Lifeboat’ will also be shown during the weekend to help spread the watery theme.

“There’s a lot more than that, too,” said the event’s organisers.

“Best of all, it’s free; there is no charge for entry, or most of the attractions.”

More information about Maritime Woodbridge can be found online on the event’s website: www.maritimewoodbridge.org.

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