Nine fun half-term activities, including colouring on the Cornhill
PUBLISHED: 19:00 22 May 2019 | UPDATED: 10:45 25 May 2019
Are you looking for fun things to do around the Ipswich area over half term? Here are nine family events and activities to choose from.
Community Colouring Project
Ipswich Cornhill, Monday, May 27, 11am to 3pm
Now's your chance to get creative and join in a major colouring project in Ipswich town centre. There will be 10 metres of original hand-drawn cartoons by Scott Walker decorating the Colouring Pentagon.
People of all ages can join in and colour in the cube, illustrated with black and white cartoons featuring some amazing creatures. It is hoped that the artwork will be displayed in the Tourist Information Centre and then tour other venues across town.
RSPCA Family Fun Day
RSPCA Animal Centre, Mill Lane, Martlesham, Sunday, May 26, from 11.30am to 3.30pm
If your family loves animals, this event is ideal for you. There will be a dog agility course and a lot of fun and games, including inflatables, music, arts and crafts and local charity stalls.
A special mystery guest is also promised. Refreshments will be available, including vegan and gluten-free food and ice cream. There will be parking at Martlesham Community Centre. Entry is by donation (minimum £1) with all proceeds going towards animal welfare work at the centre.
Art Eat Community Mural with Zoe Power
Various locations in Ipswich, May 27-31, times vary
Now's your chance to help create a large-scale community mural for Ipswich, with a choice of six free workshop sessions. There will be sessions at Quay Place on May 27 and 28, 4YP (ages 12-25 only) on May 28 and 29, Emmaus at The Dales on May 29 and The Avenue Theatre on May 31.
It's part of the run-up to the Art Eat festival of visual art and street food, which is due to be held in September. For more details and to book, search for Art Eat on Facebook.
Trinity Park, Wednesday, May 29, from 7am to 7pm, and Thursday, May 30, 7am to 5.30pm
The biggest event of half term week is definitely the Suffolk Show, which will have masses of entertainment for all the family. There will be loads of livestock to see and activities to try, as well as all kinds of displays in the Grand Ring, a flower and garden marquee, trade stands, and much more.
In the Night Garden Live
Ipswich Regent Theatre, Wednesday, May 29 1pm and 4pm and Thursday, May 30, 10am and 1pm.
The favourite TV characters are coming to the stage in this show, featuring full-size costumes, magical puppets and music. The show is just under an hour long, with no interval, featuring much-loved characters Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends. It's a brand new show for this year. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Susan Hughes Memorial Day
Bourne Vale Social Club, Halifax Road, Sunday, May 26, noon to 6pm
This family-friendly event is being held in memory of Susan Hughes, a much-loved wife, mother and friend, to mark what would have been her 70th birthday, and raise money for Somersham Ward Cancer Unit Support Group. It will include live music by Suffolk Party Nights, a dog show organised by the Blue Cross, a martial arts display, dancing and a majorette competition, bouncy castles, children's rides, donkey rides, archery and games, food and drink and a big raffle.
There will also be a car boot sale and trade and craft stalls. Entry is free, but with a suggested donation of £1. For more details, search for Susan Hughes Memorial Day on Facebook.
Ask the Expert
Ipswich Museum, May 29, 10am-3pm
Have you found any weird and wonderful items where you just aren't sure whaat they are? Whether they're mystery antiques or natural items, you can find out the answers at this free session, which is suitable for all ages. Bring in your items, share your stories about them and ask questions to a range of specialists. There is no need to book as this is a drop-in session.
Bugs and Beasties Family Afternoon
Foxburrow Farm Nature Reserve, Saddlemakers Lane, Melton, Woodbridge, Friday, May 31, 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
This event is aimed at children aged five and over, who will be able to search for tiny animals and discover how they live. They can also make ugly bug hats to take home with them. Younger siblings are welcome to come along, but please book a place for them. Booking via the Suffolk Wildlife Trust website is essential, and will close at 8am on the day of the event.
Spring Half-Term Trail
Landguard Fort, View Point Road, Felixstowe, May 25-June 2, 10am to 4pm
Join in a quiz trail around Landguard Fort over the half-term week. There will be a charge of £1.50 for a quiz trail sheet, and normal admission charges for the fort also apply.