Impossible as it seems, February half term is already approaching, and many parents will be planning fun activities to keep the kids occupied while they’re off school. Here, we’ve put together a list of places to visit in Ipswich if you’re living in the area, so that you can get organised in time for the break.
Give the kids a pre-half term treat
For young children in particular, the school term can seem endless. For those struggling to hang on to the end of February for some excitement, why not treat them to a theatre trip a couple of weeks early? Dinosaur World Live is playing at the New Wolsey Theatre from 13-14 February, and is the perfect excuse for a trip out ahead of the break. Introducing kids to both famous and lesser-known dinosaurs, it’ll prove educational, and with stunning puppetry and plenty of action, it’s entertaining for the whole family. Don’t forget to bring your loudest roar along!
Visit Christchurch Mansion
Located just outside the town centre, Christchurch Mansion invites you to step back in time to discover what life was like through the ages, from the Tudors to the Victorians. Explore the State Bedroom, Queen Anne Room and Butler’s Room, and view the collection of instruments, toys and ceramics. The museum is also home to the Suffolk Artists Gallery, where you can see works by Gainsborough and Constable. Finish your visit with a hot drink or some lunch at the Tea Room.
Get out in the fresh air
If you’re looking for outdoor activities in Ipswich, few places are as attractive as Holywells Park. Dating back to medieval times, it has something for all ages to enjoy, including plenty of open space for ball games, a walled garden with a maze, a Victorian conservatory, a teen area with an outdoor gym and table tennis, and a children’s play area. If you work up an appetite, simply stop at the café for refreshments.
Head onto the river
If the weather permits, why not take the opportunity to explore the River Orwell, during half term? If you’re interested in the history of the river, or want to discover its wildlife, hop aboard a river cruise with one of the operators that run from the waterfront. The tour guides will provide an entertaining and informative trip, and some companies even offer food and drink while you’re aboard. For those who have canoeing or kayaking experience, the river’s tidal nature and comparatively exposed waters make it a great place to hone your skills.
Finding things to do in Ipswich this February half term needn’t be a chore. And thanks to the arrival of Dinosaur World Live on 13-14 February, you can treat the kids early. At just 50 minutes long with no interval, the show is perfect for shorter attention spans, and kids will get the chance to meet some of the stars after the performance. Don’t miss out - book your tickets today!