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After Christmas, January feels like the longest month to exist so for many students the relief of February means that a break is fast approaching. Reading weeks are beneficial for studying and completing assignments however they also can be good for having a well-deserved break after a tough first half of the semester. If you are new to Ipswich or just want some advice, here are some ideas for fun things to do in and around Ipswich (and Suffolk!)

The Museum, the Mansion and the Art Gallery

All three places are fantastic for those who like a bit of culture especially for free! Only a 5 minute walk from the town centre the Museum and the Art Gallery are located on High Street and are open all year round. The Museum contains a wide range of exhibits from traditional Victorian taxidermy to ancient Egypt while the art gallery features a wide range of changing exhibits all year round. The Mansion is located in Christchurch Park and also houses the Wolsey Art Gallery home to works of Gainsborough, Constable and currently Rodin's the Kiss.

Empire Cinema

If you are in need for a cinema trip but do not want to spend a fortune then Empire is the place to go. For students tickets start from £5 and they have a wide variety of seating to choose from!


Another new addition to the town centre is the new Superbowl bowling centre located on the upper floor of the Buttermarket next to Empire Cinemas. They too offer student rates and cheaper prices in the evenings. They also house a wide range of arcade style games to appeal to a wide range of people.

Pennikitty Pots

If you are looking for something more creative to do then go to Pennikitty Pots where you can choose from a wide selection of plates, bowls, or different ornaments to paint in their small studio located next to their café. After painting you can collect your item a week later as they will glaze it for free. This is a fun relaxing activity to do and the painted items can also make great personalised presents!

Wolsey Theatre

The Wolsey Theatre is another great place to spend an evening as they offer a wide range of shows throughout the year that will appeal to all different kinds of people. Again younger people get discounted tickets and this makes for a fun night out with your course mates after a long exam or a busy deadline!

Here are some more fun options to try that are slightly further out of Ipswich but can be reached easily by car or bus:

Alton Water

A fun day out for all types of people whether you are adventurous and want to go out on the boats or would rather sit and watch from the shore!

Sutton Hoo

Why not spend the day visiting Suffolk’s own Anglo Saxon Burial Ground!


Suffolk is also renowned for being Constable Country and if you want to experience this first-hand then a trip to Flatford is the way to go as you literally step into the surroundings of one of his paintings!

Jimmy Farm

Another famous landmark in Suffolk is Jimmy’s Farm owned by TV chef Jimmy Doherty the farm is home to a variety of animals to see, a butterfly house and a café and shop selling their world famous sausages!


Hopefully these ideas are useful for finding your way around the town centre and wider afield in Suffolk. Let me know in the comments other places in Suffolk that you love and anywhere you have visited off my list!

Thanks for reading :)

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