What's open and what's shut

PUBLISHED: 12:48 22 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:04 03 March 2010

THE Christmas and new year period is usually a period of uncertainty as to what's on, what's running and what's open in and around our area.

This festive season, there remains plenty to see and do in Suffolk, and local transport is endeavouring to provide as best a service they can, while themselves enjoying a holiday this Christmas.


Those travelling to see friends and family by train, Anglia Railways and First Great Eastern are operating a seasonal timetable.

Anglia services on Christmas Eve from London Liverpool Street will run as normal up until 17.30, when the last train will leave at 20.30, arriving at Ipswich at 21.36.

Christmas Eve services from Norwich to London via Ipswich will run normally until 13.00, the last train south to London departing at 18.00, arriving at Ipswich at 18.41.

The last First Great Eastern service from Ipswich to London Liverpool Street departs at 19.55.

No Anglia or First Great Eastern services will run on Christmas and Boxing Day.

Normal services will operate with some small exceptions until New Years Day, when a limited service will operate. Normal services resume properly on the 2nd

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Ipswich Buses have announced the following changes to their services.

A normal service will run on Christmas Eve until 19.00, when the all-night bus service begins on services 5, 10, 15 and 33.

A Saturday service will operate on the 27th and 28th, a normal service will operate on the 29th and a Sunday service will run the next day.

There will be no service New Years Day and normal services resume on the 2nd. Full details of services can be obtained from Ipswich buses on 01473 232600.

First Eastern Counties Buses will run a normal service on Christmas Eve, and no services will run on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Years Day. The 27th, 28th and 29th will see Saturday services operating, the 30th will be a Sunday service while New Years Eve will operate to normal Saturday timetables.

Services return to normal on January 2nd.


Local service stations are set to remain fairly operational throughout the Christmas period. The (BP) Meredith filling station on Norwich Road is to close only on 7am Christmas morning, and open again Christmas night.

Shell Ranelagh on London Road however is to remain open throughout Christmas, 24 hours a day seven days a week.


Those fed up with the choice of movies on television this season can catch the latest releases at local cinemas. The Odeon in St Margarets Street and the UGC at Cardinal Park in Ipswich will close on Christmas Day, but will be open as normal on Boxing Day and New Years Eve.

The Ipswich Film Theatre at the Corn Exchange will be open, for a limited time, between Christmas and the New Year. The 27th, 28th, and 29th will be days given over to matinees for children, with the Disney film "Atlantis" the attraction.

New films released over Christmas include the first in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, while Harry Potter is sure to hold firm at the box office, its popularity certain to attract crowds well into the New Year.


It's a scenario destined to be played out in many houses up and down the country this Christmas - Youngsters get the latest battery operated electronic game in their stocking – minus the batteries! To combat this, several high street stores assure us that they will do their best to accommodate Christmas shoppers.

Debenhams will close on Christmas Eve at 5.00pm and re-open on the 27th at 8.30am. The store will also be trading as normal over new years eve and new years day.

HMV will close its doors at 5.00pm on Christmas Eve, and re-open on the 27th

The sho[ will open from 9-5 on New Years Eve and operate Sunday hours on New Years Day.

Virgin Megastores closes on Christmas Eve at 6.00pm and re-open as normal on Boxing Day. The store operates Sunday hours on New Years Day but is open as normal on New Years Eve.

Dixons will close on Christmas Day but open on Boxing Day from 10-4pm. New Years Eve will be a normal trading day, while New Years Day sees the store open from 10-4pm.

Christmas Eve will see normal shopping hours for the store.


Some supermarkets in Ipswich will be temporarily stopping their 24-Hour opening for the Christmas period. Asda on Goddard Road is closed on the 25th and 26th, and New Years Day, and resumes its normal hours on January 3rd with staggered hours in between those dates.

Sainsbury's in Hadleigh Road opens from 6am – 6pm on Christmas Eve, and re-opens on the 27th. Shoppers can shop from 7am – 6pm on New Years Eve, and although closed on New Years Day, normal opening hours resume on the 2nd.

Tesco on the Copdock interchange will open from 6am – 5pm on Christmas Eve, and will reopen on the 27th at 8am through until 10pm on the 29th.

New Years Eve will see the store open from 8am – 6pm, but close on New Years Day. Normal service will resume on the 2nd, when the store opens at 8am.


The Rainbow Pharmacy in Norwich Road has announced its own opening times for the holiday period. It closes its doors on Christmas Eve at 6.30pm, and will open between 12-2pm on Christmas and Boxing Day. The 29th December sees it open from 9am until only 1pm.

It will be closed on New Years Day but all other days will see normal trading


Traditionally a time of excess, those looking for some much needed exercise over Christmas can look to Crown Pools in Ipswich. Although closed on Christmas and Boxing Day, it will open again on the 27th from 7.15 – 4.45pm and will also remain open on New Years Eve and New Years Day.

Landseer Play Centre will have a Christmas Open House on Christmas Eve, and close on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Finally don't forget, many local newsagents will be open on Boxing Day, and New Years Day, which gives you a perfect opportunity to pick up a copy of the Evening Star, which will be keeping you up to date with what's happening over the festive period.


Social Care Services:

Customer First (covers Ipswich, Felixstowe, Hadleigh, Eye, Stowmarket, Saxmundham and Woodbridge) will close 24, 25, 26 December 2001 and 1 January 2002.

Social Care Services emergency duty service will operate when Customer First, local offices and switchboards are closed - tel: 01473 715111

Libraries, Record Offices and information centres will close 24, 25, 26 December 2001 and 1 January 2002.

Country Parks

Countryside parks are open during Christmas and New Year period.

Household and recycling sites are closed 25 and 26 December 2001 and 1 January. At other times the sites will open from 8am-4pm.

Civic Centre in Ipswich will be closed from Christmas Eve until January 2, but the emergency centre will be manned at all times on 01473-433444.

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