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February 2017
Free

Twists and Turn Exhibition

25 February - 08:00 - 25 September - 17:00
Christchurch Mansion,

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. An important ‘hair story’ in the collection is represented by the portrait of Mrs. Kilderbee (1723-1811) by Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88). This painting was thought to have been altered by Gainsborough years after its completion to update…

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June 2017
Free

Clangers, Bagpuss & Co Exhibition

17 June - 10:00 - 29 October - 17:00
Ipswich Art Gallery, 1 Upper High Street
Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 3NE United Kingdom
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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, these original TV characters will take you back to your childhood and inspire the maker within us all. This exhibition is on tour from the V&A Museum of Childhood. See the exhibition before anyone else at the Curator's…

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July 2017
Open Air Cinema
£5.50

Open Air Cinema

1 July - 10:00 - 19:30
Christchurch Park, Christchurch Park
Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom
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Experience the magic of your favourite films in the open air! This summer we’ll be hosting three fantastic open air cinema screenings in Ipswich’s Christchurch Park. Dust off your deck chairs and roll out the picnic rugs for our morning and afternoon family films or our evening comedy – don’t forget your popcorn! Early bird ticket offers are available: Adults £5.00 – 2 Film deal £9.50 Concessions / Children £3.50 – 2 Film deal £6.50 Family (2 Adults & 2 children) £16.00…

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Ipswich Music Day
Free

Ipswich Music Day 2017

2 July - 12:00 - 19:00
Christchurch Park, Christchurch Park
Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom
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Ipswich Music Day is back! Enjoy six stages of live music from local unsigned artists, fairground rides, a craft market, a range of caterers, an inflatable obstacle course for children and more! From punk to pop, world music to rock, there’s something for all music tastes at this family friendly music festival! Parking is available at various locations throughout the town. Visit our website for more information.

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£2.20

Mini Mammoths: Ice Age

4 July - 10:15 - 11:15
Ipswich Museum, High Street
Ipswich, IP1 3QH United Kingdom
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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 years.

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£6.60

Culture and Cake for Clangers, Bagpuss & Co

5 July - 15:00 - 16:00
Christchurch Mansion,

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 now and places are limited. £6.60 in advance £7.50 on the door

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Open Air Theatre
£8.00

Open Air Theatre – Pantaloons’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream

5 July - 19:30 - 22:00
Christchurch Park, Christchurch Park
Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom
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A Midsummer night. An enchanted forest. Puck and his magical fairy band tell a tale of lovers, mechanicals, and magical mayhem at this Open Air Theatre. The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons present their innovative and hilarious open-air version of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy – told, as ever, in their own distinctive and anarchic style. Doors open at 7pm for a 7:30pm performance. This performance is in the open-air and will continue in all conditions bar a full-blown tempest. Please bring a picnic and…

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Free

Global Rhythm

8 July - 13:00 - 19:00
Christchurch Park, Christchurch Park
Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom
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Global Rhythm

Global Rhythm is a colourful celebration of worldwide music and culture. Enjoy three stages offering something for everyone; live music and performances from the Martin Burley Peppery Stage, the Missile Sound Stage and the Global Village Stage.” This event always promises to be entertaining with fairground rides, cultural catering, a craft market and more. You’re invited to enjoy a wide array of live music, art and food from across the globe as Ipswich’s annual free festival returns to Christchurch Park…

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Free

Indian Summer Mela 2017

9 July - 12:00 - 18:00
Christchurch Park, Christchurch Park
Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom
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Indian Summer Mela

In partnership with Ipswich Borough Council, the Ipswich and Suffolk Indian Association presents a rich and colourful celebration of Asian culture at Indian Summer Mela. Spend the day exploring and enjoying this exciting expression of Asian culture at this family friendly event. Highlights include Bollywood dances, Indian cooking demonstrations, sari & turban demonstrations, Mela’s Got Talent, a vibrant market and not forgetting the food village featuring delicious cuisine from across the Indian subcontinent. Spend the day exploring and enjoying this…

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Free

Museum Secrets: Out of the Toy box

11 July - 14:00 - 16:00
Ipswich Art Gallery, 1 Upper High Street
Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 3NE United Kingdom
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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 your childhood. Free entry and no booking is required.

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Free

Brass on the Grass

16 July - 14:30 - 16:30
Christchurch Park, Christchurch Park
Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom
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The Brass on the Grass series takes place on the Upper Arboretum Lawn of Christchurch park, on Sunday afternoons. Bring your deck chair, enjoy the atmosphere and relax, while listening to some great musical talent from across East Anglia. Ipswich Community Wind Ensemble kick off the first of four concerts brought to you by the Friends of Christchurch Park.

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Free

Museum Secrets: Out of the Toy box

18 July - 14:00 - 16:00
Christchurch Mansion,

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 to Christchurch Mansion between 2pm and 4pm to find out more.

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£10.00

Fake Festival

22 July - 12:30 - 23:00
Christchurch Park, Christchurch Park
Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom
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Fake Festival

Ipswich - are you ready?! Fake Festivals are so excited about this new tour location. A superb Fake Festival line-up - the ‘fake-bands’ for Queen, Oasis and The Jam - professionals so good you won’t believe it, plus 5 local supports. Book now, get your singing voice ready and join this massive party inside our famous giant marquee. This will be big! Fake Festivals are bringing 3 of our ‘fake bands’ to Ipswich – professional ‘touring-grade’ tribute bands putting on a superb…

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Free

Brass on the Grass

23 July - 14:30 - 16:30
Christchurch Park, Christchurch Park
Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom
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Boxted Silver Band play in the second installment of Brass on the Grass, this summer's series of concerts, presented by Friends of Christchurch Park. The Brass on the Grass series takes place on the Upper Arboretum Lawn of Christchurch park, on Sunday afternoons. Bring your deck chair, enjoy the atmosphere and relax, while listening to some great musical talent from across East Anglia.

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Summer of Sound at Ipswich Museum

24 July - 08:00 - 31 August - 17:00
Ipswich Museum, High Street
Ipswich, IP1 3QH United Kingdom
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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 - Tuesday 8 August Show and Tell - Wednesday 9 August Incredible Instruments - Wednesday 9 August Make your own Musical Instrument - Tuesday 15 August  

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£3.30

Summer of Sound: Percussion and Drumming

25 July - 11:00 - 15:30
Ipswich Museum, High Street
Ipswich, IP1 3QH United Kingdom
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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 fun session for all ages, but most suited for 4+. Lessons run at 11am, 12:30pm and 2pm There are limited spaces available so booking is essential. Tickets will be available soon.…

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Free

Wildlife Family Fun Day

26 July - 12:00 - 16:00
Holywells Park, Myrtle Road, Ipswich
Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 0PG United Kingdom
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Join us at Holywells Park for a day of wildlife family fun and discover all the wildlife of Holywells Park. Have fun with bug hunts, pond dipping, bug and bird box building and crafts. Find us at Myrtle Meadow.

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£2.50

Ipswich Wheels 2017

30 July - 10:00 - 17:00
Chantry Park, London Road
Ipswich, IP2 0LB United Kingdom
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Ipswich Wheels

In the beautiful setting of Chantry Park, Ipswich Wheels 2017 celebrates all wheeled motion through the ages from the classics to modern vehicles. Ipswich Wheels is a show for all ages with fantastic displays, top class stunt acts in the main arena (sponsored by Basepoint Business Centre, Ipswich), fun fair and stalls, the emphasis is on public interaction to enjoy the vehicles and make some memories on a wonderful day out.

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Free

Brass on the Grass

30 July - 14:30 - 16:30
Christchurch Park, Christchurch Park
Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom
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The third part of this summer's Sunday afternoon concerts in association with Friends of Christchurch Park features Colchester band. The Brass on the Grass series takes place on the Upper Arboretum Lawn of Christchurch park, on Sunday afternoons. Bring your deck chair, enjoy the atmosphere and relax, while listening to some great musical talent from across East Anglia.

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August 2017
£3.30

Summer of Sound: Meet the Storyteller

1 August - 10:30 - 14:30
Ipswich Museum, High Street
Ipswich, IP1 3QH United Kingdom
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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 booking is recommended. £3.30 in advance or £3.50 on the door, per child. All ages welcome but most suited for children ages 4+, all children must have a responsible adult with them.

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