Exploring Ipswich

Exploring Ipswich

Harriet is twenty-one years old and has just completed her degree in BA (Hons) Digital Film Production. She will be graduating with a 2:1. Harriet got involved with Student Life because she enjoys writing and wants to continue this skill.

To people who are unfamiliar with Ipswich, it can seem anxious to find things to do in and around the town. However, do not fret, there are a wide range of activities and idyllic places which Ipswich offers. 

Firstly, there are several beautiful parks in Ipswich including Holywells Park, just a stone’s throw away from the iconic waterfront. Holywells Park offers events including an annual Holi Festival and outdoor cinemas. The Holi Festival occurs every April; there is live music, dance acts and food stalls. The Holi Festival is a true celebration of humanity coming together. I was lucky enough to photograph two of the Holi Festivals (commissioned by Ipswich Borough Council) so if you enjoy photography I’d recommend doing this as it is professional work to show on your CV and portfolio.                 

The events at Holywells Park are a great way to socialise and make new friends or to attend with current friends. If you are a student with young children, Holywells has a children’s play area where children can explore the spiderweb climbing frame and a giant wooden boat! 

Furthermore, Ipswich has a recently revamped shopping centre, the Buttermarket, in the heart of the town centre. It now features a cinema, bowling alley, ninja TAG active assault course as well as high-street fashion brands, so there is something to suit everyone. 

These activities are all reasonably priced to suit students. You can visit Empire cinema during weekdays for just five pounds per ticket, bowling and ninja TAG active costs just over five pounds (per person per game). At no cost you can sign up for a My Empire account and receive monthly freebies; including free popcorn or a free drink. In my opinion, these are very low-priced and allow students of any age and their children to have a great time, without the worry of spending a fortune.

Finally, I believe that Ipswich is an up and coming town in Suffolk with a wide range of activities and places to go to suit everyone – families, students and children! 

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