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Park users have been delighted recently to see the return of Mabel the country's most famous owl.

Her return has even found its way into the pages of the East Anglian. Read their story here

SPILL Festival of Performance takes over Ipswich this October, with over 100 events spanning live performance, installation, gigs, film, discussions, parties and more. With all tickets £10 or £5, a range of amazing value passes and over a third of the festival completely free, it’s super easy to get involved.

Presenting at more locations across the town than ever before, we have exciting projects for Kids + Families and an expanded focus on Sound + Music. Our new Heritage + Place strand presents homegrown projects that celebrate Ipswich. We are excited to have three superb events taking place in Christchurch Park this year, with Soundhide, Kids in Charge: Messy Play for Toddlers and Disperse. Check out all of the events on our website for more details

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We are proposing to create an outdoor gym area in the Park in an area that is currently underused near the top entrance to Fonnereau Rd. Please can you fill in our survey attached so we can consider your views as park users.

Currently there is a lack of provision for those wishing to do sport and exercise in Christchurch Park. The proposal is to create an outdoor gym in a disused area as shown below, enabling new opportunities for people’s activities in Christchurch…

You can read Reg Snook's latest jottings here

The Ipswich Parkrun moves to Christchurch Park (from its usual Chantry home) this Saturday at 9am. The start is at the Mansion.


For more information visit the Parkrun website

20151114 10340620151114 122323The Friends volunteer work party last weekend was a great success.

10 people volunteered and were given a fascinating talk about traditional orchards and their management by Paul Read from  STOG, Suffolk Traditional Orchard Group. They also planted 20m of native hedge at the back of the orchard consisting of hawthorn, blackthorn and privet, which in a few years time will create a natural screen to the new 

Unfortunately, because of the exceptionally mild autumn  the orchard trees could not be pruned as they still had leaves on so were not fully dormant. The Friends will therefore be running a volunteer pruning  work party in January. Date to be confirmed.

As promised hereOutdoor classroom 1 is a link to Richard King's brilliant time lapse film of the construction of the outdoor classroom.


volunteer work party

Call for volunteers: pruning and planting work party Saturday 14th November. Call Emma Black on 01473 218071 for more info.

The summer 2015 newsletter is now available for download by clicking on this link. You can get the last six years' newsletters here. The Autumn 2015 newsletter will be posted/emailed to Friends members soon.