Your council open over Christmas

Published20th December 2021

Ipswich Borough Council is open for business to help you over the festive break.

HEARS and emergencies

The Ipswich HEARS and CCTV emergency centre staff are on duty 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, so it is no change for them over Christmas.

Bin collections

There will be no changes to black and blue bin collections over Christmas and New Year. However, as usual, we will be pausing the brown bin service for 2 weeks after Christmas as the Council puts all its effort into collecting extra waste and recycling materials

The last brown bin collections for 2021 will take place between 14 and 24 December. There will be no brown bin collections on or between 28 December 2021 and 10 January 2022. Collections will resume on 11 January - don't forget to leave your real Christmas tree by your brown bin as the Council will collect it for free.

View bin collection changes here.

Customer Services

Customer Services will be open in the run-up to Christmas but will be closed from 25 to 28 December, as well as from 1 to 3 January. 

Crown car park

The town centre multi-storey car park is open every day except 25 December. There are reduced opening hours on 24 and 31 December, and 1 January (8am – 6:30pm), as well as on 27 and 28 December, and 3 January (8:30am - 6pm). There are extended opening hours on 23 December (8am - 9:30pm) for late night shopping and 29 December (8am - 10pm) for the ITFC home match.

Parks

Parks are open every day of the year - unless an icy snap makes paths dangerous. However, the Reg Driver Centre in Christchurch Park will be closed on 25 and 26 December, and the visitor centre in Holywells Park will be closed from 25 to 28 December, as well as from 1 to 7 January.

Sport

Crown Pools will have reduced opening hours on 24 and 31 December (7:30am – 4pm), as well as 2 and 3 January (7:30am - 5:30pm). It will be closed on 25 and 26 December, as well as 1 January.

Fore Street Pool has reduced opening hours on 24 December (7:30am - 4:30pm), and will be closed from 25 December to 3 January.

Gainsborough Sports Centre has reduced opening hours on 24 and 31 December (8am - 4pm), and will be closed from 25 to 28 December, as well as from 1 to 3 January.

Whitton Sports Centre has reduced opening hours on 24 December (8am - 4pm), and will be closed from 25 to 28 December, as well as from 31 December to 3 January.

Nortgate Sport Centre has reduced opening hours on 24 December (8am - 4pm), and will be closed from 25 December to 3 January.

Museums

Ipswich Museum and Christchurch Mansion will be closed from 24 to 29 December, as well as 1 January. They are also closed (as usual) on Monday 20 and Monday 27 December, as well as Monday 3 January.

Ipswich Art Gallery is currently closed until 9 April.

Cemeteries and Crematorium

Ipswich Cemeteries remain open for visitors throughout the festive period, but the Cemetery Office will be closed from 25 to 28 December, as well as from 1 to 4 January.

Ipswich Market

Ipswich Market will be open daily from 20 to 24 December (8am - 5pm) and then return to trading on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. It will be closed on 25 and 28 December.

Town Hall

The Town Hall will be closed from 25 December to 3 January.

Ipswich Theatres

The Regent Theatre is closed only on 25 December, as well as 1 and 3 January – it’s open at all other times for Aladdin. Book your tickets now.

The Corn Exchange is closed from 25 to 28 December, as well as 1 and 3 January. See what's on at the Corn Exchange.

King Street Cinema (formerly Ipswich Film Theatre) located within the Corn Exchange is closed on 20 and 21 December, and from 25 to 28 December, as well as from 1 to 4 January. See what's on at the cinema.

Shopmobility

Ipswich Borough Council’s Shopmobility service will be closed from 25 to 28 December, as well as 2 and 3 January.

Find further details of Christmas and New Year opening times here.