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Things to do when it's raining

Ipswich – What to do when it’s raining

One of the advantages of being a large town is that there is plenty to do even when it’s raining, and in fact may be a good excuse to do some things you might have missed if the weather was sunny!

There are museums and galleries:

Opened in 1881, the Ipswich Museum is still free to the public and suitable for all ages.  The Museum holds outstanding prehistoric and Anglo-Saxon collections, among others, and also houses several galleries. 

Next to the Ipswich Museum is the Ipswich Art Gallery which was built in the 1930’s in Art Deco style.  Mainly focused on contemporary art, artwork on display comes from Ipswich’s own art and museum collections, as well as touring exhibitions and work from local artists.

Gifted to the town of Ipswich in 1894, Christchurch Mansion is open to the public all year long, with no entry fee.  With over 500 years of history, view period rooms including the Tudor kitchen, Georgian saloon, and Victorian wing.  The Wolsey Art Gallery displays an art collection from Suffolk artists including the biggest collection of Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable paintings found outside of London.

The Ipswich Transport Museum is a collection of vehicles and related objects which were made or used in the Ipswich area.  The museum is also home to the Ipswich Engineering Collection which includes many items from well-known companies and displays include cranes, fork lift trucks, lawnmowers and intricate models.

Discovered in 1989, hidden beneath a school playground, the Clifford Road Air Raid Shelter Museum is a unique example of public shelters which were once common place in towns during the second world war. Hundreds of feet of substantial concrete tunnels were linked by 13 stairways to the classrooms of the school.  The shelter has now been equipped as a 2nd World War museum.

Established in 2008, the Suffolk Aviation Heritage Display Centre aims to provide and promote Suffolk’s considerable aviation history.  Situated on the site of a former military communications base in Kesgrave, the centre brings together collections of aviation equipment, clothing and artefacts arranged into informative displays and exhibitions which tell a story of the history of aviation as it evolved across Suffolk.  Exhibitions are regularly updated and while donations are gratefully received, admission is free.

Great Theatres:

The Regent Theatre is a great place to watch a show. From pantomime, dance, or theatre, there is always a variety of performances on stage throughout the year for all the family to enjoy. To see what’s on visit the Regent Theatre’s website

The New Wolsey is a producing theatre whose mission is, “is to create, develop and produce a vital and dynamic programme of theatre, and other live performances and projects, for all the people of Suffolk and surrounding areas.”  See what’s on here.  

The Easter Angles Theatre Company “Eastern Angles Theatre Company combines heritage with theatre to make regional stories and hidden histories come to life on stage.” Visit their website to see what’s on.

Multiple cinemas:

Ipswich Film Theatre is Ipswich’s only independent cinema and specialises in independent and world cinema. It presents films for people who are looking for something different from the mainstream Hollywood/multiplex experience.

Cineworld Ipswich has 12 fully digital screens and offers IMAX, IMAX 3D, 3D, 4DX, and standard 2D.

Empire Cinemas Ipswich has 14 screens featuring luxury seating as standard in all, along with the option to 'upgrade' to individual luxury recliners or sharing a double sofa. There are two IMPACT® screens plus two D-Box suites.  

And for the more active:

Anglia Indoor Karting provides high-speed entertainment for adults and children aged 5 and over. 

Superbowl UK offers a range of family friendly activities: 10 pin bowling, ninja tag, soft play and a wide variety of arcade and video games.

Ipswich Escape Rooms and Escape Ipswich each offer puzzling experiences to test your brain power and team work.

Crown Pools is the biggest leisure facility in Ipswich, and offers a variety of indoor amenities including: a gym; sauna; eight lane 25 metre competition pool; leisure pool with a wave machine, fountain shower, inflatable slide, and a number of children’s activities; and the teaching pool, which is suitable for babies and parents.

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