Eight things to do around Ipswich over the bank holiday weekend
PUBLISHED: 13:24 22 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:41 22 May 2018
Choose from all kinds of events this bank holiday weekend, including the chance to see the Dunkirk Little Ships, a sheep-shearing festival and an open-air film.
Circus Wonderland, Chantry Park, Ipswich
Roll up, roll up! This new show celebrates the 250th anniversary of the birth of modern circus in London, in 1768.
The circus features a blend of comedy and thrills. There will be lots of participation with clowns Kakehole and Mr Popol, interspersed with performances from jugglers, acrobats, whirlwind roller skaters, bouncing bungee jumpers and trapeze artistes in the intimate setting of the 400-seat Big Top.
For more details, visit the website.
Dunkirk Little Ships, Haven Marina, Ipswich
The Dunkirk Little Ships sail into Ipswich this weekend, and you are invited to join them for a close look and a special service.
The ships are all veterans of the heroic Dunkirk flotilla in May 1940. They arrive on Saturday and the public will be able to inspect them on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
The visit to Ipswich, organised by the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships and the borough council, will include a thanksgiving and memorial service, with wreath-laying, at the Ipswich Haven Marina at 11am on Sunday. For more details, see the website.
Open Air Cinema, Felixstowe & Walton Football Club
Enjoy the smash hit musical in the open air, and help a good cause at the same time. The film, starring Meryl Streep, is being screened on Saturday in aid of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.
Doors open at 6.30pm, with a live band performing at 7pm and the film starting at sunset, around 8pm.
Hot food and drinks will be available, or you can bring a picnic. For details, see the website.
Elmer Day Celebration, Libraries in Ipswich
Saturday has been declared Elmer Day, in honour of the colourful patchwork elephant, who will be the star of a special sculpture trail in Ipswich next year.
To mark the occasion, special events are being organised in Ipswich Central, Broomhill, Stoke and Chantry libraries. Young children and their parents and carers are invited to go along dressed in their most colourful clothes.
Timings for events at the different libraries vary, and there will be a range of different activities. For details, visit the libraries website.
PhotoEast Festival, Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich
Dance and photography will come together this weekend in this unusual free festival. Choreographer Tim Casson and a team of Canadian dancers will perform a “dancing postcard”, based on the memories of members of the community, at 11am, 2pm and 4pm on Saturday.
There will also be a photographic installation by artist Bill Jackson on display from 10am to 5pm on both days, and Nina Mangalanayagam’s Tangled Web of Belonging will be on show upstairs in the Whistler Gallery.
For more details of the festival, visit the PhotoEast website.
Funpark, Ipswich, Alderman Road
A large mobile theme park is in Ipswich over the holiday weekend and during half term, with a wide range of entertainment on offer.
The park has a wide range of attractions, including two big new rides for this year, a waltzer, dodgems and children’s rides. Admission is by wristband.
Other attractions include waterballs, inflatables, stalls and games and a food court. It will be in Ipswich until Sunday, June 3.
For more details, visit Funpark’s Facebook page.
Festival of the Naked Sheep, Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm
The annual sheep shearing festival at Baylham will be staged on bank holiday Monday.
The day includes live sheep shearing demonstrations, the chance to take part in preparing and rolling fleeces, demonstrations from spinners, dyers and felters, craft activities, face painting and a lot more.
There will also be a barbecue and a bar. For more details, visit the website.
Cha Cha and Chinwag, Ipswich School of Dancing
If you fancy taking part in an afternoon tea dance, you can join in the fun on bank holiday Monday.
Open dance sessions are being held from 4to 6.30pm at the dance school in Bond Street, in aid of Age UK Suffolk. There will be tuition, a dance display, a charity raffle and teas and cakes.
Beginners are welcome, and no partners are necessary. To find out more and book tickets, see the website.
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