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What to do in Suffolk over Christmas*



Staying in Suffolk during the Christmas break? Whether you live at home in Suffolk or are choosing to stay in your accommodation over the winter break, there are plenty of things to do to keep yourself occupied over the festive period.

*no studying included.

Don’t be a stranger

Christmas can feel a tad on the lonely side if you’re on your own 24/7. Find out if your flatmates or course mates are staying in the area and plan some activities and catch ups. That way you’ll ensure you have some human contact and have some fun things to look forward to. Meet a friend for coffee, hit the shops (hello Boxing Day sales) or escape from the cold and have a movie marathon.

If you live in the area and you know one of your friends will be staying in their student accommodation, make sure to check in with them over the Christmas period or make plans to spend some time together.


Suffolk is teeming with charming historic towns, scenic walks and stunning countryside. How often do you get to explore the local area? Now is the time to take advantage of having a little more free time and see what’s around.

There are regular trains from Ipswich station to local towns such as Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket and Woodbridge. Or, if you’re willing to go a bit further and pay a little more, you can get to both Cambridge and London in around an hour from Ipswich.

The Suffolk coast is a great place to visit, even during winter. Just make sure you pick a sunny day! Adleburgh, Felixstowe and Southwold are all within driving distance and are perfect for chilly winter walks and a fish and chip lunch.


Ever tried your hand at skiing or snowboarding? Head to Suffolk Ski Centre for some lessons or have a go on the high ropes instead. For the faint-hearted, try the tobogganing! The Ski Centre is open every day over Christmas apart from Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Ipswich is also home to escape rooms, great if some of your flatmates or course mates are staying around over Christmas. Get a team of you together and see if you can solve the clues and make it out of the room in time!

The Buttermarket is home to plenty of shops and restaurants, as well as Empire cinema and Superbowl, both of which are great options when it’s a tad chilly outside. Superbowl is also open on New Year’s Eve and has party packages available for you and your friends.

Arts and Culture

Suffolk is definitely not short on art galleries and museums. Ipswich alone has the Ipswich Museum, Ipswich Art Gallery and Christchurch Mansion, the latter is located in the picturesque Christchurch Park and is home to a Suffolk-inspired art collection.

The Christmas break is a great time to explore the places you usually wouldn’t have time to look around, plus it can be fairly quiet over the winter months, so take advantage of the lack of tourists!

Fancy a trip to the theatre? There are plenty of pantos and plays happening over the Christmas period at both the Ipswich Regent Theatre and New Wolsey Theatre if you fancy an evening out.

Cost-effective ideas

As well as some of the ideas above, we've pulled together some more cost-effective ideas to keep you busy over the winter break.

  • Have a movie night in with your friends (or just with yourself!)
  • Learn some new dishes to cook or try some baking
  • Get creative! Make a Christmas wreath for your door or try your hand at creating your own Christmas cards. Pinterest has lots of ideas and inspiration
  • If your friends or flatmates are around, host a games night! Get everyone to bring a different game and some snacks for a fun night in
  • Volunteer – there are plenty of places that will appreciate an extra helping hand at this time of year, from homeless shelters to soup kitchens. It’s a great way to keep busy and give back to the community.


We hope this has given you some inspiration if you’re staying in Ipswich or Suffolk over the Christmas break. If you explore some more of Suffolk, tweet us or Instagram your photos using the hashtag #UniSuffolkPhoto!

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