Fes­tive Ip­swich

Christmas comes to the county town with late night shop­ping and the big switch on

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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.

PARK­ING

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

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