Christmas comes to the county town with late night shopping and the big switch on
THE PLACE FOR GIFTS
How better to start the festive season than by getting ahead with all of your festive prep? Cards, presents, stockings, food and drink – there’s so much to think about! So why not get going early with some cracking Christmas shopping?
Along the main high street, you’ll find a few big name department stores including Debenhams and Marks & Spencer, as well as more specialist stores perfect for gift shopping such as Pandora, HMV and The Body Shop.
A walk along the streets of the Saints will introduce some fabulous independent boutiques. Explore these stand-out shops for everything from clothes, fabric and yarn, to antiques, beauty products and sports and leisure equipment.
Each year, the shops in Ipswich town centre also open their doors for late night shopping, providing residents and visitors with longer opening hours to get their all important Christmas gift shopping done. Many shops open on Thursday evenings until around 10pm. This year, late night shopping will begin on Thursday, November 16 and will be kicked off in style with the town centre’s Christmas lights switch on.
Central and easily accessible parking is essential when you’re carrying handfuls of bags of Christmas gifts. These town centre car parks are ideal. New Portman Road car park
Long stay - £1 per hour or £5 all day William Street car park Up to 5 hours (maximum stay) - £6 Cromwell Square car park Up to 3 hours (maximum stay) - £4.50 West End Road car park Long stay - £1 per hour or £5 all day
All pay and display car parks owned by Ipswich Borough Council are £2 after 2pm (Monday to Friday).
FIND YOUR FESTIVE SPIRIT
Ipswich Christmas Crafts and Food Fair Suffolk Showground, Trinity Park November 4-5. Tickets £4 adult, £3 concession, accompanied children 16 and under free. www.trinityparkevents.co.uk
WHERSTEAD PARK CHRISTMAS SHOW
Wherstead Park, Wherstead November 11-12, 10am to 4pm. Entry £3, children free. Proceeds to Children In Need. www.whersteadpark.co.uk