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.
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
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.
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.
Christchurch Park opens at 7.00am every day.
All other parks open at 7.30am Monday - Saturday and 9.00am on Sundays.
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
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 www.oasi.org.uk by the Reg Driver Centre
Sunday 18th May 11:00-16:00 - Observing the sun safely www.oasi.org.uk 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.
Reg Snook's latest book, "Portrait of an Owl: My tales of Mabel
and other owls" was launched at a well-attended meeting of The Friends of Christchurch Park at the Reg Driver Centre on 22nd November. The book is the second in what many of us hope will be a long series of books about the wildlife of our favourite park. Reg's first book, Portrait of a Park: A year with the wildlife of Christchurch Park, was published in time for Christmas 2011 and is now in its third edition, and Reg's latest book is similarly enhanced by his paintings and illustrations.
You can buy the book locally, from Waterstones, WH Smiths, the Tourist Information Office and the Reg Driver Centre (price: £7.50). The book is also available from Amazon, with order fulfilment being provided by Landers Bookshop, Long Melford.
On Thursday 6 September the Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Mary Blake opened the new butterfly garden in Christchurch Park.
This garden is a real example of teamwork. The Friends have long promoted the idea of a butterfly garden in the Park but it only became reality through partnership with members of the "Green Team" from Ipswich School who designed the garden and carried out much of the building work (under the watchful eyes of the Park's gardeners) and the Papworth Trust who do so much for the Park.
The result is a stunning sensory garden that looked spectacular in the blazing sunshine at the opening.
The Park was graced not only with the presence of the Mayor, the Headmaster of Ipswich School and many representatives of the Green Team, the Papworth Trust and Park staff but also no fewer than six species of butterfly.
Pictured here is a comma feasting on one of the newly-planted buddleias. Do take a chance to view the garden which can be found at the north end of the Wilderness Pond.