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The dusk walk on the 5th September led by the Suffolk Bat Group was a real success with over 100 people armed with bat detectors. The attached photo was sent in by Ann Richardson. If you have any others please do send them in!

Check out our Nature Report for a detailed review, including some audio files of two bats we heard!

Join the Junior Park Run

A free Ipswich junior parkrun will take place in Ipswich's Christchurch Park every Sunday from 14th September.

Christchurch Park

Remaining Friends of Christchurch Park events this year:

Autumn Bird Walk 24th October at 9.30 am

Two wonderful new park books -  launch date to be confirmed very soon

Queens Baton Relay comes to Christchurch Park

The Queens Baton Relay came to Christchurch Park after a 120 mile journey around Suffolk.  Ipswich athlete and swimmer 80 year old Ken Webb passed it over to Zoe Newton who won an Olympic Bronze in 2012.  

Gardening in the park

Join a group of volunteers for a mornings gardening in the park. Wage war on alkanet and bitter cress and help nurture the splendid iris beds that badly need weeding. 

Dawn chorus

Fifty people turned up to walk around Christchurch Park as the sun rose on Saturday morning, listening and watching the Park wake up.

They then went to the Woolpack pub for a delicious free breakfast.

Thank you very much to the Woolpack for their generosity and support of Friends of Christchurch Park

Open Air Cinema showing in Christchurch Park

Opportunity to buy tickets for half price to the Open Air Cinema showing of The Great Gatsby on 5th July. If the link doesnt work just retry via groupon.

Table tennis tables open for business!

Come and Play table tennis on our smart new tables adjacent to the upper bowling green just South of the Westerfield Rd entrance.

There is an honesty box with bats and balls or you can borrow them with a £5 deposit from the kiosk or of course bring your own and all your friends for a game of round the world.

Why not visit Christchurch Park this year?

Christchurch Park opens at 7.00am every day.

All other parks open at 7.30am Monday - Saturday and 9.00am on Sundays.

Closing times

Closing times vary according to the season.

The closing times in the table below apply only to Christchurch Park and Holywells Park. All other Parks and toilets are locked 45 minutes before sunset.

A whistle is blown when locking time commences so please make your way to the nearest exit.

Please note that the Arboretum gates at Christchurch Park are locked 15 minutes before all other gates.

B.S.T. Begins 30th March 2014
B.S.T. Ends 26th October 2014

Park events

The following dates for the main park events over the summer/Autumn 2014 have been announced:

Saturday 17th May 11:00-16:00 - Observing the sun safely by the Reg Driver Centre

Sunday 18th May 11:00-16:00 - Observing the sun safely  by the Reg Driver Centre

Wednesday 2nd July - Pantaloons 7.30pm History of Britain on Christchurch Mansion Lawn

Saturday 5th July - Open Air Cinema

Sunday 6th July - Music Day

Saturday 12th July - Global Rhythms

Sunday 13th July - Mela

Brass on the Grass Concerts

Sunday 20th July - Martlesham Brass

Sunday 27th July - Ipswich Community Wind Band

Sunday 3rd August - The Colchester Band

Sunday 10th August - Ipswich Hospital Band

The Rangers Wildlife Events in Christchurch Park ring 01473 433994 to book:

Friday 25th July - 10am-3pm Creature Feature - get up close to the snakes and lizards in the Park and learn to make your garden reptile friendly

Friday 29th August - 12am-4pm Gardens for Wildlife - discover our amazing wildlife and learn how your garden can be a valuable corridor for animals. Build a hog house, bug hotel or Stag Beetle pyramid. 

Sunday 21st September - Ipswich Half Marathon

Saturday 19th October - Big Fun Run

Saturday 1st November - Scouts Fireworks

Sunday 9th November - Remembrance Day.