Summer fun in the holidays 2018

Written by MiriamSpall on Monday, July 16, 2018 - 09:11

The long school summer holiday is about to begin and Ipswich Borough Council is making sure youngsters have plenty to enjoy.

The Council has offered free iCards for all five to 16 year olds either living in Ipswich or attending a state school in the town so they can take part in a range of sports activities – including roller-skating, swimming and racquet sports - all for FREE!

If parents or carers have not applied for one already they can do so now at

The Council is also extending the community summer holiday programme in local parks, so many activities will come to you! As well as the firm favorites of football and basketball we have added some fun on inflatables, a climbing wall, bubble football, battlezone archery, bazooka ball and xtreme dodgeball. Have a look at all the activities, when and where they are taking place

There is always lots to see at Ipswich Museum and Art Gallery and Christchurch Mansion. Entry is FREE (there is a charge for some events) and our variety of permanent displays means there is lots to discover, from Wool-I-Am and the Egyptian Gallery at Ipswich Museum, to the grand interior in Christchurch Mansion.

You can also explore and be inspired with a series of Around the World events this summer. For four weeks from Tuesday 31 July until Thursday 23 August there is lots for youngsters to discover. And there is the popular Ask the Expert day on 22nd August at Ipswich Museum – it’s free, just drop in between 10am and 3pm.

Bourne Beach in the town’s Bourne Park will be a big attraction over the summer, along with the fabulous water feature and play area in Holywells Park. In addition, the children’s play area in Christchurch Park is a great place to take the kids.

Holywells Park is again hosting a series of free summer family fun days – a wildlife fun day on Thursday 26th July, an outdoor cinema day on Wednesday 1st August, an active fun day on Wednesday 8th August and a vehicle fun day on Wednesday 29th August.

Over at Chantry Park there is a funfair and more at the annual summer fun day on Friday 31st August – again, it’s free!

Suffolk Wildlife Trust has a range of outdoor activities over the summer in Ipswich parks. If you fancy being a young warden or getting close to nature, go to

For a full round-up of events go to

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