Christchurch Park extends over 33 hectares of picturesque grounds in the heart of Ipswich. It has a rich and fascinating history dating back beyond the 12th Century and provides the setting for Christchurch Mansion and the Wolsey Art Gallery with its internationally renowned collections of Gainsborough and Constables. The park is home to many listed structures including war memorials, drinking fountains, shelters and an icehouse. Christchurch Park is listed on the English Heritage register of historic parks and is a County Wildlife Site. It was the first public park in Ipswich, opening in 1895. The park boasts a children's play area, tennis courts, bowling greens, table tennis, public toilets and kiosks. The wildlife reserve in the heart of the park has a newly planted orchard. The Park is host to many events, including Ip - art's free music day, which attracts more than 30,000 people and Suffolk's largest fireworks display. There are many opportunities to get involved through the ‘Friends of Christchurch Park’ or volunteering with us directly. Christchurch Park completed a major restoration project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, in 2008. The project restored many heritage features around the park including the ponds and the Mansion Lawn. The project also included two new buildings, a pavilion in the Lower Arboretum and the Reg Driver Visitor Centre in the main park. The visitor centre, with a combined education / conference room, is open to the public seven days a week.