Ipswich Borough Council Brings Back Free Summer Activities for Children and Young People in Ipswich

Children attending an ITFC Summer Camp as part of the Summer Holiday iCard programme in 2019 got a surprise visit from ITFC player Luke Woolfenden

The long school summer holiday is almost upon us and Ipswich Borough Council is making sure children and young people have plenty to keep them occupied.

This summer, between Wednesday 21 July – Sunday 29 August, five to 16 years olds living or attending school in Ipswich will once again get a free Summer Holiday iCard, giving them full access to the Council’s summer activity programme. 

Over 350 activities will take place in over 35 locations across the town – including wildlife and guided walks, dance, Xtreme Active, football and much more.

Swimming is not currently included in the programme but, subject to detailed guidance from government on the easing of restrictions, the Council hopes to add this over the course of the summer.

The majority of activities will take place outdoors in the Council’s parks, open spaces or outdoor sports facilities.

Booking is essential and all activities will be available to book up to seven days in advance from Wednesday 14 July. 

If your child is aged five to 16 and had a Summer Holiday iCard in 2019 we will contact you before the 14 July to explain how you can book onto this year’s activities.

If your child has not had an iCard before, you can check their eligibility and sign them up online from 12pm on Friday 9 July at www.ipswichfit.co.uk  

Councillor Bryony Rudkin, Ipswich Borough Council’s Communities and Sport portfolio holder, said: “We are thrilled to be able to offer Ipswich children a free and varied programme of activities again this summer. It provided a great outlet for young people in previous years, which is why we committed to continue funding it each year.

“Young people have missed out on so much over the course of the pandemic and this programme, which will provide over 600 hours’ worth of activity, will help bring back a bit of normality for them while reassuring parents that their children have safe activities to take part in during the summer holidays.”

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