Days Out in Ipswich
Despite being a modern town in the UK, Ipswich, Suffolk, maintains a lot of the old-world charm in its architecture—especially in the downtown area. In addition to being the county seat of Suffolk, Ipswich is conveniently situated close to Bury St Edmunds, Woodbridge, Felixstowe, Stowmarket, Lavenham, Sudbury, Lowestoft, Diss, Beccles, and Aldeburgh – whether by bus, train, or automobile.
The River Orwell and Alton Water lake are both nearby and offer wonderful opportunities to enjoy some waterside fun during the summer months in England. From theme parks, museums, and bars to charming restaurants and fascinating historical sites, Ipswich, Suffolk, boasts a wide range of exciting attractions to keep the whole family intrigued.
For more information on the town, please see our guide to Ipswich. Explore all of the attractions and fun things you can do in Ipswich, England, below, and make your trip to this charming town in the Suffolk countryside worthwhile.
Ipswich Days Out
Spend an enjoyable day with the kids at Jimmy’s Farm, Ipswich and meet all the animals. The farm shop is where mum and dad can browse for items while the children enjoy the adventure playground. There’s always something to do at Jimmy’s Farm, and they regularly hold events and festivals here as well. Click on the link above to see what’s on.
Anglia Indoor Karting, Ipswich, offers indoor karting for those looking for a thrill. In addition to the full-sized racing track, Kubz Karting caters to children of ages 5 to 7, so the whole family will have a blast. Beacon Rally Karts offers competitive prices and a seven-day-a-week operation in addition to off-road karting near Ipswich.
Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm is a great place to visit with children and was voted Suffolk’s Best Visitor Experience for three consecutive years! They have both indoor and outdoor activities for all age groups, so it’s a great choice for an all-day outing. The goal of the farm is to assist in preserving the indigenous livestock by breeding them and providing all animals with optimal welfare in a peaceful environment. Walk the grounds and feed the friendly farm animals with the provided food as you go. Baylham House Farm is the perfect location to have a picnic, meet all kinds of animals, walk along the lakeside and riverside pathways, and spend the day in the fresh air of the Suffolk Countryside.
Those who love golf may also check out Fynn Valley Golf Club and Restaurant, Ipswich, for an 18- or 9-hole round, practice greens and bunkers, and expert coaching, if desired. Members and visitors alike are welcome on the golf courses, which are some of the finest in the country of the UK.
Alton Water lake and the meandering River Orwell are two nearby bodies of water that provide an array of activities and water sports. If you fancy water sports or sailing, you should look into what Alton Water Watersports Activity Centre has to offer.
An eclectic range of displays is now housed in Christchurch Mansion, a 16th-century gentleman’s town residence. Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable are among the artists whose work is displayed there in a wonderful collection sure to captivate any beholder. Constable’s paint brushes and palette are among the items on display in the Wolsey Art Gallery, a large room within the Christchurch mansion. There are many different rooms and collections inside Christchurch Mansion, in addition to a striking glass and china gallery and an intriguing collection of Victorian games and toys in the museum. Many events occur in the grounds of the museum throughout the year, and entry is free, so everyone can explore the enticing history of East Anglia here.
Children’s play areas are well provided at Christchurch Park; there are also tennis courts, bowling greens, and croquet lawns, as well as space for traditional play. It’s been holding the Green Flag Award for seven years and counting, so it must be pretty good! Throughout the year, many events and activities take place at Christchurch Park. Look to their Online Events Calendar to see what the Wildlife and Education Rangers have in store for children of all ages, including nature walks, storytelling, arts and crafts activities, and trails.
Why not come and join Pennikkity Pots, the Ipswich ceramic painting café, if you are seeking a more relaxing activity? We offer a variety of options at competitive prices, and you don’t need to make a reservation. For more details, see: Pennikkity Pots Ceramics Cafe, Ipswich.
If you plan to spend your day out shopping in Ipswich, the Suffolk Craft Society, Ipswich, offers contemporary designer crafts for sale and has an ongoing display of members’ artwork.
If you’re a fan of performance entertainment, you will be thrilled to discover that Ipswich has a lot to offer! From theatre entertainment to live music with your friends and family, everyone will find something to their liking in Ipswich, Suffolk. The Red Rose Chain can take you on a journey through a magical forest where you can experience quality theatre. There are always new performances and events at The Ipswich Regent Theatre and The Corn Exchange. The New Wolsey Theatre offers programmes for this month and guarantees an unforgettable experience.
Wild Raspberry Ceramic Cafe is a great place to sit and paint textiles or ceramics, with plenty of guidance. This activity is suitable for children and adults, males and females! It’s enjoyable, imaginative, and relaxing. Visit their website to find out how both adults and little ones can have a great day here, or contact their company number to reserve your spot in their unmissable workshop at 07776 062872.
There’s lots of fun to be had at Suffolk Ski Centre, where you can experience a challenging yet rewarding activity that strengthens both your body and mind. Children also benefit from taking part in skiing, as it is a satisfying and developmentally advantageous activity and makes for the perfect adventure for birthday parties. Through race training, kindergarten ski play, snowboard parties, and ski toboggan, as well as a Saturday workshop to build skill levels, skiing is made accessible to visitors of all ages.
The local community in Ipswich, Suffolk, is fanatical about good food, so you’ll be spoilt for a choice of places to eat when you visit. There are a great number of cafés and restaurants in Ipswich, and everything from burgers and hot drinks to fine dining is on the menu. There is even a waterfront dining experience aboard a century-old Dutch boat at Mariners Restaurant in Ipswich Marina, a short distance from Ipswich Town Centre.
Please see Eating Out in Ipswich for more information.
Spending the day in Ipswich might be so enjoyable that you wish to return for a longer stay later or stay the night. There are campsites and B&Bs among other hotels to choose from, including the beautiful Hintlesham Hall Hotel in Ipswich, pictured above.
Please see Accommodation in Ipswich for more information.