Welcome to the Ipswich Piping Society, lovers of bagpipes of all sorts, who gather every Monday evening from the farthest corners of East Anglia to chat about bagpipe music, play some tunes and learn some new tricks. Sometimes we can even be persuaded to venture out in public!

We are not a pipe band but simply love the music and the chance to learn from anyone of like mind. When we come out to play it’s to pass on our enthusiasm. We hope that you’ll experience and enjoy a little of this amazing music.

Enjoy our website and please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

St Andrews Day Gala Dinner


To celebrate St Andrew’s Day in style, Ipswich Piping Society are sponsoring a gala dinner on November 30, 2019 at Arlingtons Restaurant in Ipswich (13 Museum Street, Ipswich IP1 1HE). We would be delighted if you could join us to celebrate the Patron Saint of Scotland in the traditional way – fine food, a wee dram perhaps and a lot of piping.

The evening will consist of some superb piping and a 3 course dinner consisting of;

•Scottish smoked salmon with rocket, capers and parmigiano (Vegetarian/vegan option available)


•Scottish Roast striploin of beef with roast potatoes, roasted root vegetables and horseradish gravy

•Vegetarian haggis risotto with broccoli and blue cheese (Vegan option available)


•Scottish raspberry, apple and pear crumble with creme écossais (Vegan option available)

The cost of this wonderful evening of piping and piping hot food is £ 35 plus £ 1.75 booking fee. Please follow the link below to make your booking;

Non IPS Members –

or alternatively, please visit for further details.

We look forward to welcoming you to our St Andrew’s Day Dinner.  Any questions please contact

28 Tunes for Macmillan!

A great turnout of pipers raised £395 for Macmillan in Woodbridge on Saturday August 24 – 28 Tunes played in a great cause….

You can see video clips here:

and here:

Deben Macmillan Challenge

The Society is supporting Macmillan on the opening day of the Challenge by playing 28 Tunes from 11.00am on August 24 outside Whisstocks Boatyard in Woodbridge – come along and join us!

Recital Videos on YouTube

You can now watch (and listen to!) great videos of the 2019 Piping Society recital onYouTube, courtesy of Bob Ash and signed off by our pipers Alastair and Margaret Dunn.

Just go to YouTube and search for piperbob2 – all the videos are there:


Ipswich Library

Society pipers put on a great show at the Library’s Community Day on June 15 – all the Monday evenings hard work paying off with a good sound….

2019 IPS Recital – a huge hit!

A fantastic night of piping by Alastair and Margaret Dunn packed the room at the Holiday Inn in Ipswich on March 29 – huge thanks to our wonderful pipers and to all who supported the evening by attending.  Very nice review by Roger Huth in Piping Press

Red Nose Day in Ipswich

Well done to all of those who played despite the blustery conditions and occasional showers. The generous people of Ipswich donated a total of £208.43 towards the Red Nose Appeal.

The Piping Society Burns Night at The Bull in Bacton!

The Battle’s O’er



Society pipers from all over the east of England turned out at 6.00am on Sunday November 11 to join the international project which galvanised pipers everywhere to play the tune by a war memorial at the very time the Armistice was being signed in 1918.

Big Music Night

Ipswich pipers played a 15 minute set at Suffolk’s annual Big Music Night in Henley Community Centre on Friday October 12 – thanks are due to BMN for inviting us, to all the pipers who turned out to play, and especially to Alex Carruthers for putting the set together and cajoling a very respectable performance out of us!

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