Touching the Tide at Ipswich Art Gallery

Working with artists Jen and Heather, just drop in and discover more about coastal debris and create a masterpiece with mixed media. This is a free event and is funded by Touching the Tide. There are two sessions available: 10:30am to 12:30pm 1:30pm to 3:30pm This is...

A Cut and Colour at Christchurch Mansion

Have fun re-designing the portraits at Christchurch Mansion. Create new cut and colour styles and then model them for your own masterpiece. Led by artist Ky Rice. Why not have a look around our Twists and Turns exhibition too! 10.30am, 1pm or 2.30pm Children must have...

Pop-up Puppets at Ipswich Art Gallery

Be inspired by the Clangers, Bagpuss and Co exhibition and build pop-up puppets with the help of our friendly artist. Sessions running at 10:30am, 1pm and 2:30pm. Sessions will run for approximately 60 minutes. Book in advance to avoid disappointment, only 15 spaces...

Summer of Sound: Make your own Musical Instruments

Be inspired by musical instruments in the museum, and then work with artist Nicola Burrell to create your own cardboard musical instruments to take home with you! Workshops at 10:30am, 11:30am and 2pm. 15 places per session so booking is recommended....

Pop up Salon at Christchurch Mansion

Join Betty’s Rock and Rollers at the vintage salon and find out how to create the perfect pin curl, or what style might suit you? Find out how people styled their hair in the 1920’s and 1940’s. Why not have a look around our Twists and Turns...

Summer of Sound: Incredible Instruments

Join our friendly artist to create ginormous 3D collages inspired by fantastical instruments. Workshops are at 10:30am, 1pm and 2:30pm. Only 15 places per session so booking is recommended. Tickets will be available soon £3.30 in advance, £3.50 on the door, per...

Summer of Sound: Show and Tell

Have you found something interesting and wondered what it might be? Whatever your treasures, bring them along to Ipswich Museums’ Show and Tell day to discover more! This is a free drop in session for all the...

Summer of Sound: Steel Band Drumming

Join local members of the Ipswich Youth Steel band for a fun drumming lesson using traditional Chinese drums. Have a chance to perform your music in the Museum galleries at the end of the session. There will also be a free demonstration of the music on the day....

Moving Pictures – Ipswich Art Gallery

Be inspired by the lunar landscapes of Clangers and the rolling Welsh countryside of Ivor the Engine to design your own cartoon set and characters to create moving pictures. Sessions are at 10:30am, 1pm and 2:30pm and will last approx 60 minutes. £3.30 per child in...

Summer of Sound: Meet the Storyteller

Have fun listening to stories from storyteller, the Music Man…he comes from far away with tall tales of triangles, trumpets and terrible tunes! Join the Music Man at 10:30am, 11:30am or 1:30pm. Tickets will be available soon. Only 15 spaces per session so...

Summer of Sound: Percussion and Drumming

Join local musicians George and Tim from Musica for a fun lesson using a variety of drums and percussion instruments. Have a chance to perform your music in the Museum galleries at the end of the session. All children must have a responsible adult with them. This is a...

Summer of Sound at Ipswich Museum

Sing, dance, play or just make a noise at Ipswich Museum, Art Gallery and Christchurch Mansion this year with the ‘Summer of Sound’. Percussion and Drumming – Tuesday 25 July Meet the Storyteller – Tuesday 1 August Steel Band Drumming –...

Museum Secrets: Out of the Toy box

Discover the secrets of the Museums toy collections with Collections and Learning Curator, Melanie Hollis. See the very special Victorian sound book, hear some of the stories behind the artefacts and explore toys which perhaps remind you of your own childhood. Drop in...

Museum Secrets: Out of the Toy box

A chance to take a look at some of the Museum’s Toy box collections not usually on display with curator, Melanie Hollis. See the very special Victorian sound book, hear some of the stories behind the artefacts, and explore toys which perhaps may remind you of...

Culture and Cake for Clangers, Bagpuss & Co

Join our Collections and Learning Team, for an afternoon of culture and cake, as they discuss children’s toys through the ages using Ipswich Collections. This is not to be missed and you may even remember a toy or two from your childhood. Tickets are available...

Mini Mammoths: Ice Age

Discover the ice age through play, stories and activities designed to encourage development and curiosity about the world around us. Tickets are available now! £2.20 in advance and £2.50 on the door per child Mini mammoths aged 2-4...

Clangers, Bagpuss & Co: Launch Lunch

Celebrate the arrival of the Clangers, Bagpuss & Co exhibition with a family friendly picnic! Bring your own lunch and join us in the museum garden for free summertime refreshments before heading into the Gallery to see some of the nation’s beloved TV...

Clangers, Bagpuss & Co Exhibition

Clangers, Bagpuss & Co are coming to Ipswich Art Gallery! Entertain your inner child and celebrate your imagination with family favourites such as the Clangers, Bagpuss and Ivor the Engine. Winning the hearts of children from the 1950’s to the present day,...

Twists and Turn Exhibition

How we style our hair reflects current fashions, ideas of beauty and reveals who we are. The Ipswich portrait collection records centuries of elaborate hairstyles, from the full curled powdered wigs sported by men in the 1700s to women’s bob-cuts of the early 1900s....