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The Suffolk area has loads of fun ways for you to enjoy your free time and weekends. Whether you like active sports, or just relaxing in the cinema, there’s always going to be something for you to do, especially as a treat after hand-ins!

Cardinal Park

Cardinal Park is a leisure park in Ipswich and 10 minutes’ walk from the Ipswich campus. Enjoy a movie at special student rates, then have lunch at one of the many restaurants nearby. Later on, you might like to go to Unit 17, the popular nightclub hosting regular student nights. Cardinal Park has everything to suit your needs, and Ipswich town centre is very close by, offering a wide range of independent as well as popular shops for you to explore.

Suffolk Ski Centre

If you’re more of an active person, Suffolk Ski Centre is the place for you! The outdoor centre not only offers ski lessons, it also gives you the opportunity to do high ropes, golf, tobogganing, and much more! You might find a new hobby there, or an activity that you never knew existed like ringos! They offer special group rates, so enjoy a group trip out with your friends; great as an ice breaker when you first start uni!

Days out

Another great way to get to know your flatmates and fellow students is at one of Suffolk’s many escape rooms. There are various places across the region where you can do this activity, so enjoy a day out to another town and combine it with an hour at an escape room. There are lots of activities around Suffolk that are perfect for a free weekend; trampoline parks make for a fun couple of hours with your friends, while getting some great exercise, or you can try go-karting at one of the indoor and outdoor sites in the area.

Festivals and events

Throughout the year, Suffolk hosts many unique events and exciting festivals. Music lovers, food lovers, and arts lovers will all have something to enjoy during the year.

Latitude is an annual music festival based in Suffolk, with plenty for everyone to enjoy, including music (obviously!), comedy, and activities. Held at Henham Park, Southwold the festival is set in beautiful surroundings and attracts many major well-known artists. Aldeburgh and LeeStock are just a couple more of the music festivals Suffolk hosts. These are great ways to wind down after final exams at uni, and a good time to spend with friends before you go home for the summer. If you're looking for a free festival, Ipswich Music Day is the largest free one day music festival in the UK.

Honorary Doctorate Jimmy Doherty also hosts his annual Jimmy’s Festival at his farm, just outside Ipswich. Combining good food and live music acts, featuring the BBC Introducing stage, it’s the perfect highlight of the summer.

Local arts festivals include Pulse, SPILL and Bury Festival, which are fast becoming renowned highlights in the UK festival calendar.

More information on festivals across the county can be found at