Ipswich is a modern town that has retained much of its old world charm in the architecture that is found there – especially above shops and businesses in the town centre. It is also Suffolk’s county town, and conveniently located within easy reach of Bury St Edmunds, Felixstowe, Woodbridge, Stowmarket, Sudbury, Lavenham, Lowestoft, Beccles, Diss and Aldeburgh – either by bus, rail or car. You can read our dedicated guide to Ipswich here.

If you are on a family day out with the kids at Jimmy’s Farm, Ipswich you can all meet the animals and learn all about farm-life. Children can go wild in the adventure playground while mum and dad browse in the farm shop. There’s plenty to explore at Jimmys Farm and they hold regular events and Festivals here too so there’s always lots to do – find out what’s on at Jimmys by clicking on the link above.

If you are seeking thrills then you can race around the indoor tracks at Anglia Indoor Karting, Ipswich! There is Kubz Karting for 5-7 year olds in addition to the full-size racing circuit.

Or take a trip to the friendly family orientated Foxhall Stadium in Ipswich where Spedeworth Motorsports promote spectacular short oval motorsport. The venue has a 5 star hygiene catering rating, modern facilities and some of the fastest, all – action Stadium Motorsport to be seen in the UK. Home of the annual National Hot Rod Championship of the World and National Unlimited Bangers Championship of the World.

Fans of golf can also visit Fynn Valley Golf Club and Restaurant, Ipswich, to play a round or two on their 18 and 9 hole golf courses, along with practice greens & bunker plus expert tuition, should you need it. The golf courses are open to members and visitors alike.

If you like the water and sailing or cruising then check out what’s going on at Alton Water Watersports Activity Centre.

If you fancy a more leisurely approach to enjoying the water then how about a cruise on a River Restaurant? The historic Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant based at Ipswich Marina, offers Brunch, Lunch, Supper or Dinner cruises including an interesting commentary about the sights and sounds of the River Orwell.

If you are looking for something a little less strenuous, then why not come and join Pennikkity Pots at our ceramics painting cafe in the heart of Ipswich. There is no need to book and our prices start from only £5.

Fans of the theatre and other performance entertainment will be spoilt for choice in Ipswich! You can take in some theatre in the heart of a magical forest with the Red Rose Chain, attend one of the on-going, ever-changing performances or events at The Ipswich Regent Theatre and The Corn Exchange, see what’s running this month at The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich.

Ipswich has a fantastic range of cafes and restaurants to choose from and you are sure to find something that suits all tastes and occasions. You can even dine aboard a French Brassierie on a 110 year old Dutch boat at Mariners Restaurant, Ipswich, just minutes away from Ipswich town centre in Neptune Quay at Ipswich Marina.

Or, try the super trendy Arbor House located a short walk from Ipswich town centre, which serves a selection of local, craft and world products including locally roasted coffee, a refreshing beer or something more substantial. The Arbor House has something for everyone from a selection of Small Plates as well as modern versions of traditional pub classics, while the Bar serves a selection of Beers, Wines and Spirits. The upstairs ‘Aviary’ also provides extra comfortable seating.

In need of some pampering after all that exploring? Then head to Image Beauty Salon – an award winning Salon in Ipswich town centre. Offering a huge range of treatments, they also provide pamper packages for hen do’s, birthday parties or just as a treat for a group of friends! Enjoy a fabulous day or evening out and spoil yourself rotten.

It’s quite possible that you will have so much fun while on your day out in Ipswich that you may decide to stay the night or return for a longer visit at a later date. Accommodation available includes everything from campsites to B&Bs, plus a wide range of hotels – such as the stunning Hintlesham Hall Hotel, Ipswich.