3 FREE Summer Holiday Activities in Suffolk

Written by MiriamSpall on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 22:26


Did you know that if you live in Ipswich, and your children are 5-16 years old, they can apply for a FREE Summer Holiday iCard? Local parents and community leaders agree that if we can get our children and teens involved in sports, it can make a real difference to our local communities.

The free activities include swimming, inflatables, racquet sports, and everything from football to battlezone archery. Joining in the efforts are Inspire Suffolk who are also offering FREE Turn up and play sessions for sports like Hockey, Football, Rugby as well as Holiday clubs starting from only £12. You will find links about eligibility, their full program, Jumpers for Goalposts is also running FREE activities in parks across Ipswich! 

iCard Information:

There are more than 20 000 junior iCards available and children will now be able to join loads of activities at the council’s sports centres and parks

  • Enjoy over 500 holiday events and activities for FREE across the whole six week break
  • Valid from Wednesday 25th July 2018 until Wednesday 5th September 2018
  • Find out if you’re eligible before you apply here
  • Call them 01473 433655 or Book online
  • To view the full program click here
  • Ipswich Fit website
  • Young people aged 5-16

Inspire Suffolk information - TURN UP & PLAY SESSIONS FOR 5-16 YEAR-OLDS

  • Starting from Wednesday 25th July
  • For Inspire Suffolk Turn up and play FREE summer holiday activities click here  01473 353 194 info@inspiresuffolk.org.uk
  • Lindbergh Road,Ipswich, IP3 9QX
  • For information about their summer 2018 holiday clubs click here
Jumpers for Goalposts is a free community sports programme funded by Ipswich Borough Council’s Area Committees, aimed at bringing free sport closer to where people live. Four weeks of free fun in the sun this summer holidays in parks all across Ipswich!
Weekly Sessions Monday 30th July – Friday 24th August, Find their full program here 
Park Activities Schedule for ages 8+
Date                1:00 - 2:30               3:00 - 4.30
30/07/2018      Newbury Rd Rec    Murray Rd Park
31/07/2018      Jubilee Park           Bramford Ln
01/08/2018      Alexandra Park      Bourne Park
02/08/2018      Gippeswyk Park     Landseer Park
03/08/2018      Castle Hill               Dumbarton Rd Rec
06/08/2018      Newbury Rd Rec    Murray Rd Park
07/08/2018      Jubilee Park           Bramford Ln
08/08/2018      Alexandra Park      Bourne Park
09/08/2018      Gippeswyk Park     Cobham Rd Rec
10/08/2018      Whitehouse Park    Dumbarton Rd Rec
13/08/2018      Newbury Rd Rec    Cobham Rd Rec
14/08/2018      Jubilee Park           Bramford Ln
15/08/2018      Alexandra Park      Bourne Park
16/08/2018      Gippeswyk Park     Landseer Park
17/08/2018      Castle Hill               Dumbarton Rd Rec
20/08/2018       Newbury Rd Rec   Murray Rd Park
21/08/2018      Jubilee Park           Bramford Ln
22/08/2018      Alexandra Park      Bourne Park
23/08/2018      Gippeswyk Park     Cobham Rd Rec
24/08/2018      Whitehouse Park   Dumbarton Rd Rec

One Life Suffolk

You might have heard of OneLife Suffolk, the free healthy lifestyle service funded by Suffolk County Council. One of their services include, programmes tailored to support families, children and teens to fulfil a healthy lifestyle. This summer the team will be delivering FREE summer holiday clubs during dates in August at various locations across the county from 9am-3pm

When I first heard about their programmes i struggled to understand how they would manage to teach young children healthy eating habits without them getting incredibly bored!

Well the answer is very simple, they make it fun! The kids join a group of other similar aged children and they do games, sports, crafts and many more fun activities specially designed for their age group.

To qualify children have to be 2-18 years old and with a BMI (body mass index)  above the 91st centile on the growth charts and their siblings can also attend, even if just one child is eligible. You can check your child’s BMI(body mass index)  on the OneLife Suffolk website, you will need your child’s weight and height, so make sure to have them ready! And remember, you have to book at least 1 week before the club starts.

More information

  • Find BMI charts here or use the NHS health BMI weight calculation here. If your child qualifies, fill out their referral form here

  • OneLife Suffolk Holiday Clubs in Ipswich and East Suffolk, West Suffolk and Lowestoft & Waveney

  • To book your child’s place onto one of the free holiday clubs, call OneLife Suffolk on 01473 718193. Booking is essential.

And finally Holywells park popular FREE events are coming back this summer.

On the 26th of july there is a wildlife fun day

On august the 1st  bring your picnic blankets and watch Moana and the secret life of pets on their outdoor cinema

On the 8th of august join a Dance Workshop, or try soccer, box fit or badminton in their Active fun day

On the 29th of August they are having a vehicle fun day! There'll be Fire Engines including vintage ones from Ipswich Transport Museum, fairground rides, face painting and alot more.

Over at Chantry Park there is a funfair and more at the annual summer fun day on Friday 31st August – again, it’s FREE

Amazing deals exclusive to Suffolk Kids

We are also partnering with local businesses to bring you some great deals, that you will only find with us. If you are heading to Felixstowe beach this summer, take the children to play mini golf, bowling and enjoy the fairground rides with our amazing Mannings Amusements offer or take the family to see Just Jay’s fabulous Pop Does Decades on The 15th of september.

POP GOES DECADES 15% OFF a Family Ticket

Mini Golf, Bowling and Fair Rides for One, Two and Four at Mannings Amusements (Up to 47% Off)



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