Ipswich Borough Council is open for business (2016) to help you over the festive break.
The Ipswich HEARS and CCTV emergency centre staff are on duty 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, so no change for them over Christmas. It’s all part of the service.
Waste collections do change over Christmas – there will be no brown bin collections between 27th December and 6th January as the Council puts all its effort into collecting extra waste and recycling materials after Christmas. Brown bin collections will resume on Tuesday 10th January. Blue bin collections are changing over the festive period. A leaflet has been delivered to every household and you can find out more at www.ipswich.gov.uk/bins
The Customer Services Centre in the Town Hall (both face-to-face and phone staff) will be open in the run-up to Christmas to meet your needs but will be closed on 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th December and on 31st December, 1st and 2nd January, reopening on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.
Parks are also open every day of the year – unless an icy snap makes paths dangerous. However, the visitor centres in Christchurch and Holywells parks will be closed on 24th, 25th and 26th December as well as on 1st January.
Sports Centres: Crown Pools and Fore Street Pool and Profiles gyms offer a comprehensive service but all the sports centres and Fore Street Pool are closed on 25th, 26th and 27th December and on 1st and 2nd January. Crown Pools is open on 27th December and on 2nd January from 7.45am to 5pm, including the Profiles gym.
See www.ipswich.gov.uk/christmas for details about sports and other services.
Ipswich Museum, Christchurch Mansion and the Ipswich Art School Gallery are open apart from 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th December and New Year’s Day and 2nd January. Ipswich Museum will be open on Sundays from the New Year.
Ipswich Cemeteries remain open for visitors throughout the festive period but there will be no cremations on 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th December nor on 31st December, 1st and 2nd January.
The Town Hall & Corn Exchange complex is closed on 25th, 26th and 27th December and on 1st and 2nd January. The Ipswich Fim Theatre is closed from 24th December to 2nd January (inclusive).
The Regent Theatre is closed only on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day – it’s open at all other times for the Sleeping Beauty pantomime – oh yes it is!
The Council’s Tourist Information Centre will be closed on 25th, 26th and 27th December and on 1st January. There will be limited opening on 24th December (9am to 1pm), 31st December (9am to 1pm) and on 2nd January (10am to 2pm).
Market stallholders will be busy – there is an extra market on the Cornhill on Wednesday 28th December.
The public toilets at Major’s Corner will be closed on 24th and 25th December and on 1st January.
Ipswich Borough Council’s Shopmobility service will be open on Christmas Eve until 1pm but closed on 25th, 26th and 27th December. It will be open on 31st December until 1pm and closed on 1st and 2nd January.