8 things to do in Ipswich on a rainy day

POSTED ON: 08/05/2019

Don't let a rainy day ruin your plans; there are plenty of things to do in Ipswich to help brighten up a miserable day!

Rainy, windy, thundery - not words you usually want to hear when you're planning a day out; but there's no need to let bad weather stop you having a great time in Ipswich. With plenty of theatres, cinemas and indoor activities available, we've picked our 8 favourite things to do in Ipswich on a rainy day...


See a movie at the Cinema

See a movie at the Cinema

Stay in the dry and enjoy one the latest movie releases, live streaming of Westend shows or alternative indie films. There are three cinemas in Ipswich to visit:

CINEWORLD, Cardinal Park
12 screen cinema with IMAX 3D showings and 4DX screens

EMPIRE CINEMA, Buttermarket Shopping Centre
14 screen cinema with wall-to-wall IMPACT screens and sofa seats

IPSWICH FILM THEATRE, Corn Exchange, King Street
Independent cinema specialising in world cinema, indie films and artsy releases

...and why not go out for food before or after your movie!


Get racing at Anglia Karting

Get racing at Anglia Karting

Forget the weather and get the adrenaline pumping at Anglia Karting, the East of England's biggest indoor karting centre.

With an awesome indoor track featuring tight corners, tunnels and super-fast straights across two levels, challenge your friends and family to a thrilling race and become a go-kart champion!

Preview the track on Youtube.


See a theatre, dance or comedy show

See a theatre, dance or comedy show

As the culture capital of Suffolk, Ipswich is alive with theatre, dance, music, drama and comedy; most of which is indoors, so a rainy day is the perfect excuse for a last-minute theatre trip!

DANCEEAST, Ipswich Waterfront
Contemporary dance house performing urban, world and ballet styles

EASTERN ANGLES, Sir John Mills Theatre
Community theatre company telling regional stories, myths and tales

NEW WOLSEY THEATRE, Civic Drive
Home-grown musicals, comedy and drama plus touring fringe shows

RED ROSE CHAIN, Avenue Theatre
Grass roots theatre company; comedy, drama and Shakespeare

REGENT THEATRE, St Helens Street
Big-name touring shows, musicians, comedians and speakers

...browse our ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT page to see what shows are on in Ipswich.


Relax in a cosy pub or cafe

Relax in a cosy pub or cafe

Grab your favourite magazine, or that book you've been wanting to read, and chill-out in a cosy spot in Ipswich with a warming cuppa and some homemade food.

Here are some of our favourite cosy places in Ipswich for some time-out:

APPLAUD COFFEE, St Peters Street
Independent coffee house with homemade breakfast and lunch

ARCADE TAVERN, Arcade Street
Popular pub/bar; relaxed by day, lively by night

COSY CLUB, Buttermarket Shopping Centre
Eccentric restaurant/lounge

CULT CAFE, Ipswich Waterfront
Homely waterfront cafe with amazing marina views

FISHFACE, THE WALK
Rustic cafe with vegan and gluten-free menus

THE GREYHOUND, Henley Road
Friendly Suffolk pub located by Christchurch park


Bowling, Ninja Tag and Arcades at Superbowl UK

Bowling, Ninja Tag and Arcades at Superbowl UK

Perfect if you're in the mood for something active; visit Superbowl UK in the Buttermarket Centre for a range of family-friendly a:

  • Ten Pin Bowling
  • Ninja TAG Active
  • Classic Arcade Games


Test your nerve in an escape room

Test your nerve in an escape room

Escape the weather and get yourself trapped in one of Ipswich's many escape room or puzzle room experiences.

Test your mental agility and problem-solving skills as you race against the clock to free yourself and your team!

ESCAPE IPSWICH, The Old Unicorn
Six themed escape rooms, either up to 5 or up to 6 people

IPSWICH ESCAPE ROOMS, White House Road
For 2-6 people, 60mins

SUFFOLK FOOD HALL, Wherstead
Two themed puzzle rooms, up to 8 people


Go swimming at Crown Pools

Go swimming at Crown Pools

Fun for the kids, exercise for you. Visit Crown Pools and enjoy the lane pool, leisure pool, wave machine and the other facilities including a gym and sauna.

Perfect indoor activity for a grey day!

Visit a Museum

Visit a Museum

Visit one of the wonderful museums in and around Ipswich. Many are free to enter and house fascinating and surprising collections of local, world and ancient history artefacts; perfect for kids!

IPSWICH MUSEUM, High Street
Exhibits of Ancient Egyptian, Natural History and World Heritage collections

IPSWICH TRANSPORT MUSEUM, Cobham Road
Old bus depot with historic and restored buses, trams, fire engines and more

HMS GANGES MUSEUM, Shotley Gate
Local Royal Navy memorabilia and WW2 exhibits

SUTTON HOO, Woodbridge
Anglo Saxon artefacts and burial ground treasure



POPULAR POSTS

Pete Townshend has written two new songs for the touring production of Tommy.

READ MORE

New Year, new start on yoga and pilates

READ MORE

Escape to the Algarve!

READ MORE