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Alton Water

alton water

Address: Holbrook Road, Stutton, IP9 2RY

Telephone: 01473 328408

Description: Set in 400 acres of beautiful countryside, Alton Waters is the perfect location for walks, cycle rides, wildlife spotting and family picnics. It’s just a short drive out of Ipswich and you will find Alton Water. Offering day access to visitors, you can experience sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and a range of water sports. Don’t worry about having your own equipment, you can hire a dinghy, windsurfing board, canoe and even hire wetsuits. And after spending time out on the waters you can enjoy something warming in the Servery. Alton Water’s also hosts events throughout the year, it is also home of the Great East Swim!

Additional Information: Alton Water operates at differing times according to the season/weather. Please check the website for up to date information on current opening times before planning your visit.

Area 25 Skate Park

ipswich skatepark

Address: 25 Betts Avenue, Martlesham, Ipswich, IP5 3RN

Telephone: 01473 806119

Description: Ipswich’s indoor skate park you can enjoy skateboarding, inlining, as well as utilising facilities for BMX and Scooters. Open to adults and children who are looking to experience these exciting sports – for younger children and the less experienced there are shallow ramp areas, and for spectators there is a viewing area and a refreshments area. Area 25 first opened its doors to the public in February 2013. A completely professionally built indoor skate park that offers facilities for BMX, Scooters, Skateboarding and inlining. Area 25 is a safe, secure and fun environment for all ages wanting to experience these exciting extreme sports. Upstairs there is a comfortable viewing area where refreshments can also be purchased also.

Additional Information: Open Tuesday to Friday 2pm to 9pm (10pm on Friday), Saturday and Sunday 10am to 10pm. Check website for current pricing.

Crown Pools

crown pools

Address: Crown Street, Ipswich, IP1 3JA

Telephone: 01473 433655

Description: Crown Pools can be found in the heart of Ipswich town centre. It has three pools: the eight lane 25 metre competition pool; leisure pool complete with wave machine, fountain shower and inflatable slide; and the teaching pool, which is suitable for babies and parents. Crown Pools is the perfect venue to visit for anyone interested in sports and leisure. Crown Pools is also home to one of four Profiles Gyms in Ipswich. So if you’re into fitness, what better way to combine a workout at the gym and then finish off your visit with a relaxing dip in the pool? And if after all the activity in the pool or in the gym why not stop off at our cafe and enjoy a drink and a light bite. Visit Crown Pools and enjoy a great day out in Ipswich.

Additional Information: There is a car park close by. Onsite there is a café where food and drinks may be purchased as well as a number of vending machines. Check website for prices.

East Anglian Sailing Trust

east anglian sailing trust

Address: Suffolk Yacht Harbour Ltd, Levington, IP10 0LN

Telephone: 01728 747057

Description: Operating as a registered charity, East Anglian Sailing Trust provides people with disabilities opportunities to enjoy sailing. Specialist equipment is used, where necessary, to meet the needs of each person, and sailing trips can be enjoyed by family and friends too.

Additional Information: Sailing trips are seasonal and weather dependent. Please contact East Anglian Sailing Trust directly if you are interested in finding out more information about what is available.

Fynn Valley Golf Club

fynn valley golf club

Address: Struggler’s Lane, Witnesham, Ipswich, IP6 9JA

Telephone: 01473 785267

Description: Fynn Valley Golf Club is only a short drive out of Ipswich town. It has a 9 hole and 18 hole course, which is open to non-members for a small fee. There are even family bookings available so everyone take part in a game of golf. Fynn Valley also has a great shop on site which is run by experienced and knowledgeable staff, it also has a licensed bar which serves great food and drink. The golf course and venue is set in the perfect rural Suffolk location yet is only a 5 minute drive from the county town of Ipswich! Fynn Valley is also licensed to host Wedding Civil Ceremonies and also has a glorious space for Wedding Breakfasts, Wedding Evening Receptions, School Proms, Charity events, Conferences, Christmas parties and Private parties.

Additional Information: On Saturday afternoons there are children’s coaching sessions – excellent value for money. Check website for current pricing.

Ipswich Town Football Club Tours

ipswich town football club

Address: Portman Road, Ipswich, IP1 2DA

Telephone: 01473 400500

Description: Ipswich Town Football Club Stadium Tours give you an insight into what goes on behind the scenes and allows you to access areas that are normally off limits to the general public. . Experience life of the players in the dressing rooms, before walking down the tunnel to the main pitch. Your tour will also include a visit to the Board Room and the Champions Lounge where you can admire the trophies; and for the best view of the house take your place in the directors’ box. Explore the media suite where the manager gives his post-game press conferences and take a walk down millennium walkway to find the name of your favourite player.

Additional Information: Tours take place on a Monday evening, excellent value for money!

Ipswich Witches Speedway

ipswich witches speedway

Address: Foxhall Stadium, Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP4 5QW

Telephone: 01473 623640

Description: Foxhall Stadium is home to Ipswich Witches. Ipswich is very proud of its speedways team. Established in 1950, the Ipswich Witches soon became favourites with the people of Ipswich. The roar of engines on a Thursday evening is a welcome and familiar sound for many locals. Whether you are a speedway fan, or whether you’ve never been to a meeting before we recommend you go along and support our team for an evening. At the venue there is a diner, refreshment stalls which sell hot and cold drinks and snacks. There is also a merchandise store where you can purchase clothing and souvenirs.

Additional Information: Season meetings run between March and October, usually on a Thursday evening. Tickets may be booked online via the link to the website.

Northgate Sports Centre

northgate sports centre

Address: Sidegate Lane West, Ipswich, IP4 3DJ

Telephone: 01473 433611

Description: Northgate Sports Centre is a fantastic facility for people interested in sports and being active. They offer a range of activities including: Racquet Sports, Athletics, Junior Activities, Fitness Classes, Profiles Gym, Personal Trainers and School Holidays Activities. The sports centre boasts a range of facilities: A gym, 4-court sports hall, 2 practice gymnasiums, 8-lane athletics tracks with grandstands, all weather area, tennis courts and football pitches. There is certainly something for everyone, of any age. Pay a visit, check out their events online, book and get active. Located on the outskirts of Ipswich town, only a short drive from the town centre.

Additional Information: Ample parking available on site. Advanced booking is required.

Suffolk Leisure Park

suffolk leisure park

Address: Bourne Hill, Ipswich, IP2 8NQ

Telephone: 01473 602347

Description: At Suffolk Leisure Park in Ipswich, there is lots of fun and excitement to be had with great confidence building activities for children and adults alike. Suffolk Leisure Park offers lots of outdoor experiences such as ski, snowboarding, and tobogganing, as well as a climbing wall and high ropes, Suffolk Leisure Park is a popular venue for those who like to be active. There is also a mini golf course, driving range and putting green. Ski hire and equipment hire is available. As well as the above activities Suffolk Leisure Park offer a range of lessons, instruction and coaching for skiing, snowboarding and golf for all levels.

Additional Information: Parking is available, and there is also an onsite shop and restaurant. Opening times vary across the year so check the website for current openings.

Viking Mariners Sea School

viking mariners

Address: Ipswich Haven Marina, New Cut West, Ipswich, IP3 0EA

Telephone: 01394 421209

Description: Viking Mariners has a really strong team of experienced trainers in leadership, management and team building who are keen to offer a programme of courses and learning to deliver qualifications and training. They offer practical training in all forms of sailing as well as the theory side to their clients who wish to progress from recreational and leisure sailing to have an RYA qualification. They offer courses on all types of sailing and for any ability, from complete beginner to more experienced sailors. Learn how to sail yachts and motorised boats, you can even get tuition for our own boat if you own one.

Additional Information: They have events throughout the year, check out their website for more details.

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