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Murder mystery and mammal detectives among half term fun in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 October 2017 | UPDATED: 08:43 20 October 2017

Archery is one of the sports on offer this half term.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Archery is one of the sports on offer this half term. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

From murder mystery events and storytelling to sports and bug hunting – half term in Ipswich is set to be alive with activity whether it rains or shines.

Christchurch Mansion will be hosting a trio of spooky murder mystery events for children this half term Christchurch Mansion will be hosting a trio of spooky murder mystery events for children this half term

On Thursday, Christchurch Mansion will be transformed into the spooky setting of a gruesome murder mystery event for children, where the young detectives will have to put their deduction skills to the test and find out who murdered Lady Catherine Killigrew.

For those looking for an outdoors event, Chantry Park will be hosting a free mammal detectives morning from 10am where Ipswich’s hedgehog officer Ali North will be helping youngsters spot the trails of hedgehogs, voles and mice, as well as trace their footprints and find out about their food stores.

The mobile skatepark at Cedarwood Primary School returns following its success over the summer. 
Picture:SARAH LUCY BROWN The mobile skatepark at Cedarwood Primary School returns following its success over the summer. Picture:SARAH LUCY BROWN

History buffs can enjoy the Walking with Angels tour around town where town guides will be educating families on the sites linked to Thomas Wolsey and the Tudors, setting off from 10am on Wednesday.

Two drop-in events have been lined up during the week at the museums.

Roller skating at Gainsborough Sports Centre in Ipswich. Pictured is Rhys Marshall. Picture: ARCHANT Roller skating at Gainsborough Sports Centre in Ipswich. Pictured is Rhys Marshall. Picture: ARCHANT

Ipswich Museum has joined up with the Teapot Project for the Mammoth Eco Event between 11am and 3pm on Tuesday, where children can make a home for mini-beasts and find out about 2,000-year-old bread.

Then on Wednesday, Ipswich Art Gallery has laid on an Upcycle! event where you can turn rubbish to riches by creating toys, plant pots and rugs among other items from 11am to 3pm.

Mobile skatepark at Cedarwood Primary School was popular over the summer.
Picture:SARAH LUCY BROWN Mobile skatepark at Cedarwood Primary School was popular over the summer. Picture:SARAH LUCY BROWN

As usual, Whitton, Northgate and Gainsborough sports centres have activities including squash, rollerskating and bouncy play.

Bryony Rudkin, deputy leader of Ipswich Borough Council, said: “This half-term holiday sees a big range of activities on offer for everyone – so children can’t complain about being bored! We hope to welcome youngsters – and their families - from all over the town and county to our sports facilities, museums and parks.”

In Kesgrave, the mobile skatepark will return to Cedarwood Primary School on Friday across three sessions – 10am-12pm and 1-3pm for primary school children and 4-6pm for secondary school youngsters.

The free sessions will be run by trained volunteers, with children able to bring their own helmets and boards or use those from the town council. Email the town council here to book a place.

Half term events in Suffolk and north Essex.

KFC branches in Suffolk and Essex were among hundreds in the country forced to close over the weekend – due to a chicken shortage.

Many of you will remember the café in Fore Street, on the corner of the passageway alongside Mellonie & Goulder’s Coal Yard. Number 92 Fore Street was for a while known as Fore Snax.

A runner has been attacked as he was out in a wooded area on the fringe of Ipswich.

Norfolk police has thanked both Ipswich Town and Norwich City supporters for their behaviour at today’s East Anglian derby at Carrow Road.

A disabled Hadleigh resident has hit out at the closure of the town’s Barclays Bank saying she has been “let down” by the business.

Could you offer a home to one of these cats and dogs at the Blue Cross centre in Wherstead?

Musical theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber has revealed how the Suffolk countryside may have saved his life.

Culture secretary and Suffolk MP Matt Hancock has announced that church spires will be used to boost broadband and mobile connectivity in rural areas.

A regional search and rescue organisation dedicated to finding missing people now has three new dogs in its team.

SPOILER ALERT: Did Ipswich man James Scharmann whisk a date off to the isle of Fernando’s? Find out here.

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