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Open Air Cinema showing in Christchurch Park

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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 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.

Portrait of an owl - Reg Snook's latest book on our resident owl, Mabel

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.

The Tour of Britain speeds through Christchurch Park
Christchurch Park couldn't have looked more beautiful this morning for the hundred or so cyclists who sped through the Park during the first few minutes of this year's Tour of Britain. Leaving the Waterfront at 10am, Olympic and Tour de France stars including Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish were out of the Park Road gates by 10.10am, but just had time to appreciate the glories of the Park and the Mansion. The thousands who turned out to cheer on their heroes will also have marvelled at the size of the accompanying entourage, with numerous police outriders and as many bicycles on the tops of team cars as being pedalled by the competitors themselves. The riders will complete the 126 mile first stage of the Tour to the Norfolk Showground in about 5 hours.
Portrait of an owl - Meet our resident owl, Mabel
After the stunning success last year of our first book, Portrait of a Park by Reg Snook, we are delighted to announce that a second volume, Portrait of an Owl, is currently in preparation. Using Mabel, the Park's famous tawny owl as a catalyst for the book, Reg takes us into the world of these magical nocturnal creatures. With his trademark mix of beautiful illustrations, cartoons and sketches he tells us all about Mabel and her life in the Park and recounts his experiences caring for owls over more than fifty years. The book (RRP £7.50) will be available well in time for Christmas and more information will be available on these pages soon.
Our new butterfly garden is now open to the public

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.

Crack down on dog fouling

Dog fouling crack down – Council patrols will target offenders!

Ipswich Borough Council  recently released this press release which followed on from meetings with FoCP representatives and others:

"Every month approximately 5 tonnes of dog waste is collected from dog waste bins. That’s really good and we thank all those good people who are doing the right thing and clearing up after their dogs. Sadly not everyone is clearing up after their dog and there are still too many piles of dog mess left on the parks and streets. This is so lazy and irresponsible. Little children can accidentally step into it or even worse fall onto it. It can also get stuck into tyres on bicycles, baby buggies and wheelchairs and is very difficult and unpleasant to clean up. Dog waste can transmit bacteria and viruses including, tapeworm, roundworm, E. Coli, Parvo and more.

Highly trained staff within IBC which include Park Patrol Officers, Litter Enforcement Officer and Community Caretakers have joined forces and will be taking a tough line on those not clearing up dog fouling and dropping litter. The team are patrolling the parks, streets and Highways of Ipswich and will issue offenders with a fixed penalty notice for £50. There are very few permissible excuses for not clearing up after your dog and the team operate a zero tolerance policy, no messing!

We need your help too, if you spot an offender in your street [or in the Park], let us know and give us a description of the offender, both owner and dog, the times the route is walked and we will arrange a patrol. See it, report it to Park and Open Spaces tel 01473 432132 or online through the IBC website under "report it".

Bag it, tie it and bin it - this may mean taking it home to your domestic bin and not throwing it on the ground or up a tree when you leave the Park if no bins on your chosen route. Don’t leave it behind for others to tread in or it will cost you!"

Jubilee celebrations at Christchurch Mansion

This picture (courtesy of Pat Grimwade) shows people enjoying the Ipswich Hospital Band celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee on 4 June 2012. Why not come along to the Park for "The Last Night of the Jubilee Proms" on June 30th? Join the Heart of England Orchestra for an evening of Proms classics and flag-waving favourites, with an explosive firework finale. Ticket information for this and all Ip-art events can be found at www.ip-art.com.