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Events Archive 2018

10 March Saturday 1.30 – 3.30
Teens: Young Wardens  (SWT)
Location: Holywells
Age: 11-16 year olds
Cost: £3 Please Book

14 February Wednesday 10.30 – 12.30 
Families: Wildlife homes and gardens (SWT) (FoHP)
Location: Holywells Park Orchard
Age: Families
Cost: Free, drop in
In Partnership with Greenways and Friends of Holywells Park

11 February Sunday 10.30 – 12.30 
Families: Create a wildflower meadow (SWT)
Location: Holywells Park
Age: Families
Cost: £4 child/£2 adult Please book
In partnership with The Urban Buzz Project

10 February Saturday 1.30 – 3.30
Teens: Young Wardens (SWT)
Location: Holywells park
Age: 11-16 year olds
Cost: £3 Please Book

5th January Friday 9.30 – 11am, 11.30 – 1pm
Join the Ipswich Ramblers for a Park Ranger Led Walk Round Holywells Park
(also Landseer Park on 6th Jan. 10am)
Take a tour of the park and find out about the history, recent refurbishment work and wildlife and conservation.
For more information on both these walks see the PDF Poster Here

13 January Saturday 1.30 – 3.30 (SWT)
Teens: Holywells Young Wardens
Location: Holywells Park
Age: 11 – 16 year olds
Cost: £3 Please book

Events Archive 2017

Breakfast with Santa – THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
9-9:45am or 10-10:45am, Saturday 9th December
At the Stables Cafe. Cooked Breakfast and stories with Santa plus a present. Children £9.99 & adults £6.95 – To book call 01476 433990. More details – Breakfast with Santa (PDF)

IBC Christmas Fayre
11am – 3pm, Saturday 9th December
The Fayre has Reindeers, snowy owl, a sleigh, art and crafts stalls, mulled wine, minced pies, a choir and of course Santa – More details – Community Christmas Fayre (PDF)

Young Wardens – Practical conservation (SWT)
10:30am-12:30pm Thursday 21 December
Age:    10-16 year olds
Cost:    Free. Please book via

Young Wardens – Practical conservation (SWT)
10:30am-12:30pm Sunday 26 November
Age:    10-16 year olds
Cost:    Free. Please book via

A Wild Christmas Party, with Suffolk Wildlife Trust
11am – 3pm, Saturday 2nd December
At Holywells Park Conservatory – Meet the Mayor, Free mince pies at 11am followed by festive family nature activities, crafts & quizzes – more details here (PDF).

Wild skills: Autumn wild foods (SWT)
10am-12.30pm Sunday 1 October
Learn what ingredients you can forage for, and cook a feast over the fire
Age:    10-16 year olds
Cost:    £2.50. Please book via

Apple Day (FoHP) – NEW DATE 
11 – 2pm Saturday November 4th
Meet in the orchard for our biggest event of the year celebrating Holywells Park Orchard.
Come and have a go at apple bobbing or pumpkin carving. Refreshments include soups, apple fritters and other apple products. See our Apple Day Poster PDF here

Holywells Park Magical History Tour
11 – 12:30 pm Saturday 9 September
As part of the National Heritage weekend join the parks resident historian for a stroll around the park learning about its history and heritage.

Eat the Beat
12 – 6 pm Sunday 10 September
A free event held at Holywells Park’s walled garden. A day of world music and food – See this PDF poster for more details.

Family Fun Days
26th July, 2, 9, 16, and 23 August (see event details below)
Blue Badge parking is available at the Cliff Lane entrance and public parking at Athena Hall off Duke Street, IP3 0DT. For event enquiries email: or call 01473 433990

Wildlife Family Fun Day (FoHP)
Wednesday 26 July 12 – 4 pm
A fun afternoon for the whole family, learning about the Park’s Wildlife. Have fun with bug hunts, pond dipping, bug and bird box building and crafts. Find us at Myrtle Meadow.

Movie Family Fun Day (FoHP)
Wednesday 2 August 12 – 4 pm
Join us at Myrtle Meadow in Holywells Park for a Family fun day complete with a family movie. We will be confirming the movie soon so keep checking this site.

Family Fun Day  (FoHP)
Wednesday 9 August 12 – 4 pm ** CANCELLED ** due to warning of severe weather
Join us at Holywells Park, Myrtle Meadow for a fun day of donkey rides, fairground and bouncy castles, Punch and Judy shows and much much more.

Active Family Fun Day (FoHP)
Wednesday 16 August 12 – 4 pm
Get your sports shoes ready for a day of activities in Myrtle Meadow at Holywells Park at this active family fun day. Have a go at the climbing wall, wipe out, football, orienteering and many many more!

Tea dance
Thursday 17 August 2-4pm
A free event held in the Conservatory & Walled Garden – Tea and cake available to buy. More information call 01476 433990 or email: . View the poster (PDF) here and a short video of the July Tea Dance here

Bat Walk (FoHP)
7:45pm – 9.45pm approx. Saturday August 19th
Meet at the Stable Block at 8pm for a guided walk around the park to search for bats.

Petting Zoo Family Fun Day
Wednesday 23 August 12 – 4 pm
Come to Myrtle Meadow in Holywells Park for a Petting Zoo family fun day. Meet lots of different animals, from piglets and lambs to goats and chickens. With face painting and donkey rides.

Chopin in the Park
6:30 – 9 pm Saturday 2 September
A summer evening of Classical Music in the Walled Garden at Holywells Park
Bar and Polish refreshments available or bring a picnic.

Chopin in the Park
Sketch Book Strolls
Last Sunday of the month March to November
Develop a skill, guided by a local artist. Includes free sketchbook & pencils.
No previous experience required.
Meet 10am by the cafe, Holywells Park
See more details here (PDF)
Book your free place:

Tea dance
Thursday 27 July 2-4pm
A free event held at the Conservatory & Walled Garden – Tea and cake available to buy

Nearly Festival
Saturday/Sunday 24th & 25th June
Two days of live music in Myrtle Meadow. More details here.
Childrens Weaving Workshop
10.00am-12.00pm, Thursday 1st June
Location: The Conservatory, Holywells Park
For more details see the poster here (PDF)

Young wardens – Practical conservation activities (SWT)
10.30am-12.30pm, Friday 2nd June
Location: Holywells Park, Ipswich
Cost: Free, please book
Age: 10-16 year olds
Contact: 01473 890089

Connecting with your heart meditation – CANCELLED
2 – 3pm Saturday 27th May
Location: Holywells Park Conservatory
Connect with your power, strength and heart through sound healing and meditation – poster here

Wild parks: Pondemonium! (SWT)
10.30am-12.30pm, Tuesday 30th May
Location: Holywells Park, Ipswich
Cost: Free, please book
Age: 8-14 year olds
Contact: 01473 890089

Scarecrow Tea Party (FoHP)
2-4pm, Saturday May 13th
In the Orchard 2-4pm. Follow the signs from the Stable Block. Tea and homemade cakes, build a scarecrow and enjoy the blossom.
See the news section here for photos of the event.

Art Exhibition Holywells Park
11am – 3pm Saturday May 13th
Come and be inspired by the artists of Holywells Creatives. Become a part of a contemporary art project and join in creating a botanical watercolour painting – poster here

Cobbold History Charity Ride 2017
Sunday 30th April 2017
An invitation to ride 3 routes in Suffolk (70, 50 or 27 miles) in aid of the Cobbold Family History Trust Endowment Fund. Entrants are not required to raise money but the Trust will be delighted if you do!
Event type: Family and friends non competitive event under British cycling guidelines, no entrance fee. Roadworthy bikes required and approved helmets
Start & finish & event HQ: Holywells Park Stables and Conservatory, IP3, 0PG
Please collect an entrance form by visiting Holywells Park Stables Reception during working hours.

Holi Festival of Colour
12pm – 4.30pm Sunday 2nd April
All communities are welcome to celebrate Holi. Come with your families and friends for lots of fun for all ages:

  • Playing Rangoli 1.30pm – 2.30pm
  • Bollywood entertainment
  • Enjoy the bonfire
  • Music, singing & dancing
  • Henna hand painting
  • Indian food stalls

See the Holi Flyer for more details (PDF)

Coloured powder will be provided. Please feel free to bring coconut, popcorn, grains, etc. to throw in the bonfire.
Please wear old clothing and bring a change of clothing if you are actively going to join in the spirit of Holi.
Entrance via Myrtle Road. Parking: Athena Hall covered car park, Wykes Bishop Street, Ipswich IP3 0DT and at Orwell Quay car park.
For further informationcontact: or mobile: 08448844845

Young wardens – Practical conservation activities (SWT)
10.30am-12.30pm, Friday 7th April
Location: Holywells Park, Ipswich
Cost: Free, please book
Age: 10-16 year olds
Contact: 01473 890089

Wild skills: Wild foods in Spring (SWT)
10am-12.30pm, Tuesday 11th April
Location: Holywells Park, Ipwich
Cost: £2.50
Age: 10-16 year olds
Contact: 01473 890089

Connecting With Your Heart Meditation WORKSHOP
1:00 – 2:30 pm Saturday 15th April 2017
Location: Conservatory, Holywells Park, Ipswich
Cost: Tickets £12 per adult, children – Free entry Buy tickets via
Connecting with your heart meditation (PDF)
Wassail Cold Fair 2017
11am – 2pm, Saturday 14 January 2017
Jacket potatoes, hot dogs, treasure hunt, mud faces and more. Come and make a Wassail stick – details here (PDF)

HIIT in Holywells Park – a short and effective workout
Every Tuesday & Thursday lunchtime starting 10 January, noon – 12.45pm
Bring water, a towel and your desire to work hard! details here (PDF)

Wild skills: Advanced bushcraft (SWT)
10.30am-12.30pm, Monday 13th February
Learn how to build platforms and ladders and improve your knife skills
Location: Holywells Park
Cost: £2.50
Age: 11-16 year olds
Contact: 01473 890089

Family activity: Bird box building (SWT)
10.30am-12.30pm, Thursday 16th February
Make a bird box and bird feeder to take home
Location: Holywells Park, Ipswich
Cost: £6 per box
Age: Families
Contact: 01473 890089

Young wardens – Practical conservation activities (SWT)
10.30am-12.30pm Friday 17th February
Location: Holywells Park, Ipswich
Cost: Free, please book
Age: 10-16 year olds
Contact: 01473 890089

Young wardens – Practical conservation activities (SWT)
10.30am-12.30pm, Sunday 19th March
Location: Holywells Park, Ipswich
Cost: Free, please book
Age: 10-16 year olds
Contact: 01473 890089

Events Archive 2016

Christmas Fayre in the Park
11 am – 3 pm Saturday 10th December
Ease in to the festive spirit at Ipswich’s beautiful Holywells Park on Saturday 10th December.

A special Christmas Fayre will see reindeer and a sleigh in front of the Stable Block visitor centre, a snowy owl, local art and craft stalls in the Conservatory and roasted chestnuts and mulled juice to enjoy. The Friends of Holywells Park will be serving tea and coffee with mince pies and cakes.

The Rabble Choir, East Anglia’s biggest Community Choir of around 270 singers, will be performing at noon and 2pm on the performance area in the Walled Garden.

Come along and join in the fun between 11am and 3pm. Entry is free. There is ample parking nearby on the Waterfront at Athena Hall (off Duke Street) for £2.50 all day at weekends – see

For further information: 01473 433990

Ipswich Wildlife Watch
10.00 am – 12.00pm, Saturday 10th of December
Meeting at The Stable Block, Holywells Park

‎September 7 2016
Ipswich Borough Council‎ to Eat the Beat in Holywells Park
We’ve got some fantastic entertainment lined up for Sunday including the following:
Ipswich Youth Steelband
Bollywood dance by Kerala Cultural Supplementary School
Sambooba samba band
Hawi School of Middle Eastern Belly Dance
Viva Flamenco
Mambo Chutney
The Downsetters

August 27 2016 – Chopin in the Park
Join us in Holywells Park on 27th August for a summer evening of classical music in Holywells Park. Award winning pianist, Paulo Lopes will be playing a broad repertoire of the finest piano classics in the serene backdrop of the beautiful Walled Garden.

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