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A steel band will herald the official unveiling of the new-look Holywells Park on Saturday, July 18

PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 July 2015

Holywells Park set for official reopening

Holywells Park set for official reopening

Sarah Lucy brown

Holywells Park in Ipswich will officially ‘re-open’ next week following a £3.5million refurbishment.

A celebration will take place at the green space on July 18 from noon with mayor, Glen Chisholm cutting the ribbon.

Entertainment will include a steel drum band, a bouncy castle, donkey rides, heritage walks and story-telling.

The park has been revamped with a new visitor centre and café in the old Stable Block among many improvements.

The project has been made possible by a grant of more than £2.8m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund. Further contributions came from Ipswich Borough Council and the Friends of Holywells Park.

The former Orangery has been transformed into a meeting place and there is a new outdoor theatre space, toilets and a high-tech iplay facility for teenagers at the playarea.

Inga Grimsey, chairwoman of the committee for the HLF East of England, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, Holywells Park can now be firmly at the heart of the life in Ipswich – as a place to work, perform, play and enhance our wellbeing – for generations to come.”


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