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Tens of thousands of music lovers flocked to Christchurch Park, today, for the 20th annual Music Day - part of Ipswich's immensely successful Ip-Art programme of events.  With six sound stages, there was something for everyone over the eight hours of the musical day.

Estimated attendance last year was 40,000 and, given th density of the crowds throughout the afternoon, there seems every chance that there may have been even more there today, enjoying this magnificent free show.

The Friends of Christchurch Park would like to announce the launch of their new website

Our goal has been to create a site which is both an invaluable source of information about the Park, and also gives details of and links to all the events (organised by the FoCP, Ip-art, the Mansion, the Council team and many other external bodies) that attract visitors to the Park throughout the year.

We hope the site is attractive as well as useful, and invite visitors to contribute to our expanding photo-gallery.  For up-to-date news or information, why not also pay a visit to our dedicated Facebook page?

We are indebted to Ruth Cheesley of Virya Technologies ( for her significant donation to the Friends in building the site at a cost that the Friends could afford.

Ipswich provided a great welcome home for 4 Regiment Army Air Corps at a march-past and ceremony in the Town centre and then in Christchurch Park.

The Wattisham-based regiment, which has the Freedom of the Borough of Ipswich, has recently returned from a one-year tour of duty in Afghanistan, where its Apache helicopters formed a vital part of the allied forces.

On Landguard Point is a major project, funded by Arts Council England as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, and was launched in front of Christchurch Mansion this morning. OLP is a project about "Home", and explores how we construct our diverse notions of home, what home means to each of us, and what it means to host others in our home.

Coins arrive at Christchurch Mansion

A hoard of Iron Age coins found in a pot in a field in Suffolk is to go on display at Christchurch Mansion from tomorrow (22nd June 2011) until October. 

Cobbold Exhibition at the Reg Driver Visitor Centre
An exhibition at the Reg Driver Visitor Center, looking at the history of the Cobbold family in Ipswich, and the enduring story of Margaret Catchpole, was inaugurated on the 8th April, and will continue until the 10th April 2012.  The driving force behind the exhibition is the Cobbold Family History Trust, and its Keeper, Anthonty Cobbold, gave a fascinating introduction to the event.