FREE family days out in Ipswich

POSTED ON: 18/07/2019

It's the Summer Holidays and there are plenty of things to do in Ipswich!

Finding things to do keep the kids entertain over the summer holidays can be a challenge, and expensive! But don't fear, there are some great family days out in Ipswich that won't break the bank; from outdoor events, family-friendly festivals to exhibitions and indoor activities.

To help you make the most of the summer with your family whilst sticking to a budget; we've pulled together 4 of the best FREE family days out in Ipswich...

1. Hunt for the Elmer Sculptures

1. Hunt for the Elmer Sculptures

This Summer in Ipswich St Elizabeth Hospice has brought an exciting new art trail to Ipswich; Elmer's Big Parade!

You can spend the day exploring Ipswich as you hunt for the 55 individually-designed 'Elmer the Elephant' sculptures scattered throughout Ipswich from the train station to the waterfront and Christchurch Mansion and across the heart of the town. And look out for the Mini Elmers in shop windows!

TOP TIP: the best place to start your Elmer adventure is at Elmer HQ located in Ipswich Town Hall.

Find out more about Elmer's Big Parade...

2. Spend the day in one of Ipswich's beautiful parks

2. Spend the day in one of Ipswich's beautiful parks

Ipswich is lucky to have some of UK's best town parks, with Christchurch Park and Holywells Park each winning a 2019 Green Flag Award!

Whether you want to take the little ones to a playground, out from a picnic or simply kick a ball around for the afternoon; Christchurch Park, Holywells Park and Chantry Park each have great playgrounds and plenty of open green spaces with mature trees for shade if it gets too warm.

TOP TIP: the Water Park in Holywells is perfect for the kids to cool-off on a hot summers day and the Mansion in Christchurch Park is FREE to enter and a great historic attraction for the family.

Discover Ipswich's parks...

3. Explore the collections at Ipswich Museum

3. Explore the collections at Ipswich Museum

One of Ipswich's favourite attractions, a wonderful traditional Victorian museum.

Ipswich Museum is filled with natural history collections, incredible Ancient Egyptian artefacts (including a real mummy!) plus displays of Anglo Saxon history, ancient fossils and world cultures. And entry to the museum is FREE!

TOP TIP: throughout the summer, the museum have a programme of events and activities for kids to get up-close-and-personal with artefacts from the Museum's collections!

See what's on at Ipswich Museum...

4. Visit Ipswich Art Gallery's latest exhibition

4. Visit Ipswich Art Gallery's latest exhibition

The home of quirky, contemporary and interactive art in Ipswich!

Throughout the summer at Ipswich Art Gallery, the space is home to Marvellous Machines; a hands-on exhibition of quirky automated contraptions.

The exhibition is FREE to enter and provides plenty of interactive displays for children to plat with; blending art and engineering through fun stories and characters.

TOP TIP: throughout the summer, the gallery is holding a series of workshops for kids to get involved and create their own contraptions!

Find out more about the exhibition...

A few extra ideas...

  • FREE FESTIVALS: such as Ipswich Maritime Festival and the Suffolk Food Hall Tractor Fair. Visit our WHAT'S ON page to see what's coming up.
  • CORNHILL: free outdoor events in the town centre; or simply relax in the deckchairs and enjoy the water fountains. Visit our CORNHILL page to see the latest events.
  • BOUNCY PILLOW: park for FREE at Suffolk Food Hall and let the kids go wild on the giant 'bouncy pillow' and climbing frames.
  • ARTS & CRAFTS: FREE craft groups, colouring classes and loads more at Quay Place.
  • BOOK SIGNINGS: meet your favourite authors at Waterstones Ipswich.


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