Ipswich Haven Marina celebrates 20 year anniversary

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This month, ABP’s Ipswich Haven Marina celebrates 20 years since it first opened to the public, becoming a popular and well-known feature of the town’s historic waterfront.

Since it was unveiled on 6th July 2000 by sailing legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, renowned for being the first person to perform a single-handed non-stop circumnavigation of the globe, the marina has gone from strength to strength.

Situated at the head of the River Orwell, the marina is equipped with a host of facilities to service customers, including washing and laundry facilities, as well as a chandlery, boatyard and fuel supply services.

The River Orwell is lined by beautiful, scenic countryside and was voted by the Royal Yachting Association as one of the most picturesque rivers in the country. The cruising area includes the rivers Deben, Blackwater, Crouch, and Thames, making Ipswich Haven Marina the ideal base for cruises to destinations such as Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth, Woodbridge, and London.

“We’ve only been berth holders for 10% of the time the Ipswich Haven Marina has been open but we’ve enjoyed our stay 100% as I’m sure have many others!” Sue Higginson Ipswich Haven Marina customer

Over the past 20 years, ABP has continued to invest in marina improvements, increasing the number of new pontoon berths and enhancing security, allowing the marina to welcome over 5,000 visiting yachts, with some sailing from far away destinations such as Australia and America.

“We are delighted to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our Ipswich Haven Marina, which has been a favourite among locals and tourists alike." Andrew Harston ABP Regional Director for Wales & Short Sea Ports

“I would like to thank our marina colleagues for their hard work, as we have supported some fantastic events over the years. From hosting the bi-annual Ipswich Maritime Festival, which sees thousands of visitors flock to the waterfront to providing views of historic tall ships setting sail along the Orwell, the marina proudly supports local tourism.”