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Records broken as Ipswich enjoys bumper Easter holidays

PUBLISHED: 23:22 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 23:22 20 April 2017

Comedian, actor and author David Walliams' Gangsta Granny brought audiences flocking to the Regent Theatre. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Comedian, actor and author David Walliams' Gangsta Granny brought audiences flocking to the Regent Theatre. Picture: CONTRIBUTED


Record numbers of people attended activities and attractions in Ipswich over the Easter holidays.

Ipswich Museum - one of the top attractions in the town this Easter Ipswich Museum - one of the top attractions in the town this Easter

Families made the most of the school break with thousands of youngsters and grown ups having a cracking time, enjoying a wide range of events at the museums, sports centres, swimming pools and the Regent Theatre.

More than 11,600 people visited East Anglia’s biggest theatre to see Gangsta Granny, Robin Hood the Easter Panto, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom and other shows.

Ipswich Borough Council said nearly 7,000 visitors enjoyed trips to Ipswich Museum, Christchurch Mansion and the Ipswich Art Gallery over Easter – 3,600 in High Street and a further 3,350 at the Mansion.

Some 250 children and an equal number of parents and carers attended the Experimental Easter workshops.

There was also a packed house to the Museum’s Show and Tell Day. Museum staff were assisted by GeoSuffolk, Beach Bonkers and the Portable Antiquities Scheme, who managed to identify the many treasures brought in.

There is another Show and Tell at the Museum on May 31 when people are invited to bring in any natural objects found while out walking, working in their gardens or during other outdoor adventures – fossils, rocks, bones, teeth and small bugs – to show others and learn more about them from the expert team.

Another attraction was Open Call 2017 – an exhibition of work by local artists staged in partnership with Ipswich Art Society.

At Crown Pools a record number of people went swimming over the Easter break – 8,018, which is a 33% rise on the same period last year. Out of that total, there were more youngsters than adults having a splashing time.

Borough council-run sports centres were busy, too. Some 1,130 youngsters and families joined in a wide range of activities, including dance, roller-skating, gymnastics and football.

James Fairclough, responsible for cultural activities and sport at the council, said: “We are delighted at the record numbers attending so many activities at our museums, sports facilities and shows at the Regent Theatre.

“We are now planning our Whitsun half-term and summer programme to ensure we provide something for everybody to enjoy. Holidays are always fun in Ipswich!”

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