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Discover the varied wildlife in the park
A wide range of wildlife visit Christchurch Park throughout the year - who will you spot next time you visit?
Discover the varied wildlife in the park
A wide range of wildlife visit Christchurch Park throughout the year - who will you spot next time you visit?
Visit Christchurch Mansion for a glimpse back in time
The Mansion welcomes visitors free of charge, six days a week (Tuesday to Sunday) from 10am - 5pm and is available to hire for events and functions.
Drop into the Reg Driver Visitors Centre
With exhibitions of relevance to the park and staff on hand to answer questions from 10am-4pm (7pm in the summer), the centre also has toilets and baby-changing facilities.
Fancy a game?
The tennis courts have recently been refurbished thanks to a £142,500 grant from the Lawn Tennis Association. There are at least two courts available for public use at all times and it's free to play!
There's always time for playtime!
Our playground provides a clean, bright and safe area for children up to the age of 14. You can find the Playground more or less in the centre of the Park, at the top of the hill above the Reg Driver Visitor Centre.
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What's On in Christchurch Park

The Annual General Meeting of the Friends will occur on 27th March at 7 pm

The Annual General Meeting of the Friends will occur on 27th March at 7 pm at the Reg Driver Visitor Centre in Christchurch Park. All are welcome to come along; drinks and nibbles will be provided. Come and hear updates and summaries of the work of the Friends.

We are delighted and privileged to have as our guest speaker for the evening Reg Snook, that veteran observer of wildlife in the park and elsewhere over many years as well as a skillful illustrator, artist and author of several books specially those relating to birds in Christchurch Park. Reg will be talking about his favorite subject – wildlife. Unmissable!

Dates for your Diary

Bird Walks By Philip Murphy

Bird Walks to be led by Philip Murphy.

  • Saturday, March 23rd meet at the top of the Bridleway by the Park Road exit at 8.30 a.m.  
  • Saturday, May 4th (Dawn Chorus Walk) meet at the top of the Bridleway by the Park Road exit at 4.30 a.m.
  • October 26th meet at the top of the Bridleway by the Park Road exit at 8.30 a.m.

To book a place on any of the walks please register interest at the Reg Centre in Christchurch Park or email John Woodcock at JWoodcock@woodcockandson.co.uk

Brass on the GRASS

Brass on the Grass-2024

To view the latest FOCP Newsletter please click here.

The Friends

The Friends of Christchurch Park is a voluntary organisation with about 500 members. We believe that this Grade II listed park is special and try to support it in as many ways as we can.

Every year we run a series of free events, for members of the public. Our bird and bat walks in the spring and autumn are led by experts and have proved extremely popular. We also put on a series of Brass on the Grass concerts every summer, making use of the magnificent band stand in the Arboretum. Local brass bands play in front of audiences numbering several hundred people.

We lobby on behalf of the park and try to ensure that the Park’s best interest are considered in planning and other matters.

In addition, we help fund various initiatives throughout the park. Last year we bought a piece of equipment for the new outdoor gym, bat boxes and wildflower seeds for the recently created meadows. We aim to publish a newsletter three times a year.

A small committee makes decisions about what we do with our funds and how we can best help, and we are always on the lookout for more committee members for more information please click here.

We hope that because of our work, the Park flourishes and continues to be one of the town’s treasures.

You will find details of how to become a member of the Friends of Christchurch Park by clicking here.

Russell Reeve Memorial Tree Dedication

On 19th February the family of the late Russell Reeve gathered with Members of the Friends of Christchurch Park and 2 members of the IBC Parks team for the planting of a White Flowering Cherry Tree to commemorate recognition of Russell’s loyal and unstinting support towards the work of the FoCP especially his sponsorship over the years of bands for the Brass on The Grass concerts. Appropriately the tree was planted near the Shelter, also known as the Bandstand. The FoCP donated the full cost of the tree and its memorial plaque as a “thank you” in recognition of Russell’s generosity to the Friends.

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The Friends were recently approached by the Ipswich Star to contribute to an article about fascinating features in the Park.  If you would like to find out more about the buildings, monuments and places mentioned in the article do have a look at the more to see page by clicking here. If you’d like to join the Friends and support the Park, you can do so here. It only cost £10 a year.

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