Forthcoming Events

Scroll down for information about The Ipswich Society 2017 Events and Excursions.

Every Thursday - 10am to 4pm - May 4th until September 28th

St. Peter's Church, currently undergoing some restoration work, is open to the public with Ipswich Society members on duty every Thursday from 10am to 4pm starting on May 4th until September 28th this year.  Fabulous church interior with display boards depicting its history plus the Millennium wall hangings (The Ipswich Charter Hangings) and a rare Tournai marble font.


First Saturday of each month - June to October - 10.30 to 12.30
Pykenham’s Gatehouse is open again for the summer – on the first Saturday of each month starting this week on June 3rd. The gate is opposite the library on Northgate Street - and it will be open on Saturday. Go through it and enter a Medieval gem - carved beams, hidden staircase, jettied first floor. Ipswich Society members are on duty from 10.30-12.30 so there is an opportunity to chat, explore and learn more.




Tuesday August 8th
Eltham Palace - Excursion.
Eltham Palace was acquired by the future Edward II in 1305 and the Great Hall, added in the 1470s, is still visible today. In the 1930s a private house was built adjoining the Great Hall by Stephen and Virginia Courtauld and in 1935 Andrew Mawson and Partners designed the garden. The Courtaulds left Eltham in 1944 and it was occupied by Army educational units until 1992. English Heritage took over in 1995 and completed a major programme of restoration of the 1930s interiors and gardens. Lunch is at your own expense - the cafe is adequate size, but they do run out of certain foods when busy!
Depart Crown Street lay-by at 9.15am and then Ipswich Village car park (West End Road).
Depart Eltham Palace 4.30/5pm

Cost £28 per person or £17 per person for EH members. Reservation form can be found in the April NEWSLETTER.
Enquiries: email

Wednesday September 27th
Hampstead and Kenwood House
- Excursion.
Our guide will join us on our arrival at Hampstead and we shall have tea/coffee and biscuits (included) followed by a short walk through the attractive lanes of old Hampstead to the church where our Suffolk artist Constable is buried.  Clean air and cheap housing attracted artists and writers here to form the 'Montmartre' of London and the lanes are lined with beautiful old houses.  Following a roast lunch (included) at a local pub we make our way by coach to Kenwood House passing through the old embassy district of Bishops Avenue.  Kenwood House was built in the early 17th century on the edge of Hampstead Heath with wonderful views over London.  In the late 17th century Robert Adam transformed it into a neoclassical villa and the interiors include some of his finest surviving schemes.  Kenwood is now the home to the Earl of Iveagh's collection of Old Master and British paintings, which includes workls by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Gainsbororough.
Depart Crown Street lay-by at 7.30am and then Ipswich Village car park (West end Road).
Arrive Hampstead 10.30am - tea/coffee & biscuits.
Depart Hampstead 4.45pm 

Cost £45 - Reservation form can be found in your July NEWSLETTER
Enquiries: email

Details of these 2017 Summer Outings and more can be found in the Newsletter
For further details email


Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September.
The Ipswich Society will again be organising the Heritage Open Days weekend in Ipswich in 2017.  Details will be published in the NEWSLETTER and added to this page when finalised.


2017 ANNUAL AWARDS EVENING - 15th November
Details of the 2017 Annual Awards Evening  will be published in the NEWSLETTER and added to this page when finalised.




Details of the 2017/18 Winter Talks will be published in the NEWSLETTER and added to this page when finalised.
The talks are free and open to all and take place at the Museum Street Methodist Church which is equipped with comfortable seating and modern Audio/Visual facilities. Free tea/coffee and biscuits are served after the talks with a chance for members and guests to socialise.

20th September - to be arranged.
18th October - Lisa Wade - Sex in C18th Century London.
20th December - to be arranged - possibly Fire Service.
.... More talks and details to follow.


    Ipswich Society Members and Guests seated ready for a talk at the Museum Street Methodist Church.