Summer holidays start with sun and sand-filled fun for families in Christchurch Park

Daniel, Preston, Oscar and Jayden Williamson relaxing in the deck chairs. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Daniel, Preston, Oscar and Jayden Williamson relaxing in the deck chairs. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

Families in Ipswich needn’t have ventured far to hit the beach – as a sandy retreat began its summer-long stint in Christchurch Park.

Becci Shopland with Theo Parsey. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Becci Shopland with Theo Parsey. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

A spot near the children’s play area is home to a funfair, encircling a pit filled with almost 100 tonnes of sand from a south London quarry, until September 3.

Regan Wells and Michelle Westcott meeting a fairytale princess. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Regan Wells and Michelle Westcott meeting a fairytale princess. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

Open every day between 11am and 7.30pm, the mini theme park also features Punch and Judy shows on August 2, 23 and 30, and appearances on Wednesdays and Fridays from storybook characters of the Dream Team and Co.

Luke Pope meets a member of The Dream Team and Co. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Luke Pope meets a member of The Dream Team and Co. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

The beach is part of a borough council programme of activities for the holidays.

Diena Collier and Lia Reynolds. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Diena Collier and Lia Reynolds. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

A spokesman said: “This is going to be a popular addition to one of our most beautiful parks and brings all the fun of the beach close to the centre of Ipswich.”

Michael Harland in Christchurch Park for the beach opening. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Michael Harland in Christchurch Park for the beach opening. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

James Cox, of Leisure Events, said: “It’s free to enter and comes at zero cost to the council. The sand will even be donated for reuse at parks in Ipswich.”

Thea LeGrice relaxing in Christchurch Park. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Thea LeGrice relaxing in Christchurch Park. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

Theo Parsey has fun on the rides at Christchurch Park beach. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Theo Parsey has fun on the rides at Christchurch Park beach. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

Liah Reynolds in Christchurch Park. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Liah Reynolds in Christchurch Park. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

Izzobel and Benjamin Hughes meet a member of the Dream Team at Christchurch Park. Picture: NIGE BROW

Izzobel and Benjamin Hughes meet a member of the Dream Team at Christchurch Park. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

Regan Hunwicks enjoying the day. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Regan Hunwicks enjoying the day. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant

Charlie Acott at the opening of a beach and funfair in Christchurch Park. Picture: NIGE BROWN

Charlie Acott at the opening of a beach and funfair in Christchurch Park. Picture: NIGE BROWN - Credit: Archant