1. EXPLORE IPSWICH ON FOOT
The best way to get a feel for a place is to take a guided walk with a qualified guide. Learn about the history of the town and hear about some of the characters who have made their mark over the centuries. Don’t miss the statue of ‘Grandma’ which is based on the character created by cartoonist Ronald “Carl” Giles. Rather touchingly, ‘Grandma’ looks up at the office window where Giles worked for many years, as if waiting for him to peer out and wave! Regular walks take place from May to September.
2. SAIL DOWN THE RIVER ORWELL AND SAVOUR THE VIEWS
3. EXPLORE THE ARTWORKS AT CHRISTCHURCH MANSION
Built in the 16th century as a gentleman’s town residence, Christchurch Mansion now houses an eclectic range of displays, including a wonderful collection of work by artists Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable. The Wolsey Art Gallery, a large room within the mansion, also has a display of Constable’s possessions, including his wife Maria’s wedding band and his paint brushes and palette. Christchurch Mansion feels huge inside with layers of different rooms and collections, a striking china and glass gallery and a fascinating collection of Victorian toys and games. Entry to the museum is free and many events take place in the grounds throughout the year.