About St Peter's by the Waterfront
St Peter’s by the Waterfront opened as a centre for the arts and heritage in 2008 as a home for the Ipswich Hospital Band to provide them with a rehearsal and concert venue along with other local music groups and charities.
St Peter’s, one of Ipswich’s ancient mariners churches, has a very long and important history in the town being home to one of only a handful of Tournai Marble fonts in the country, not actually marble but carboniferous limestone quarried in Tournai, in modern Belgium.
The building also has strong links with Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, born just up the road from St Peter’s, and was once the chapel of his short-lived Cardinal’s College set up by Wolsey.
St Peter’s is open as a heritage centre throughout the year to allow visitors to read more about the history of the church, Wolsey and the local parish and area.
St Peter's is available to hire for musical and theatrical performances, courses and workshops and private parties, with a fully licensed bar available.