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Gainsborough Community Library

Gainsborough Community Library

Manager: Mandy Grimwood

Clapgate Lane, Ipswich
IP3 0RL

Branch updates

Opening hours

Day Hours
Monday 0900 – 1800
Tuesday 0900 – 1700
Wednesday 0900 – 1700
Thursday 0900 – 1700
Friday 0900 – 1800
Saturday 0900 – 1700
Sunday 1100 – 1600

Room & venue hire

Room and space hire at Gainsborough Community Library →

Branch facilities

IT and printing facilities

Regular events and activities

Children's events

4YP Fridays: for years 7-9

Friday, 1600-1800

Activities, games and more. Free but limited spaces, so first come, first served. Email keyara.abdul@syphp.org.uk for more information.

Boys' group: for ages 8-11

Wednesday, 1530-1645

Children's activities

Saturday, 1400-1600

  • 29 February: Make a frog and lily pad
  • 7 March: Make a felt March hare
  • 14 March: Solar System rock painting
  • 21 March: Mother's Day crafts
  • 28 March: Make an apple spice cake

Craft activities: for primary school age children

Sunday, 1300-1500

  • 1 March: Flower felt keyrings
  • 8 March: Recycled CDs
  • 15 March: Egg carton cherry blossom
  • 22 March: Pop up Mother's Day cards
  • 29 March: Pretty pillow boxes

Creative Café: for ages 11+

Fridays from 28 February, 1800-1930

Explore creative activities, building your confidence and curiosity in a relaxed environment. A BLOC initiative.

Dance workshops: for 11+ year-olds

Tuesdays, 1600-1700

£1 a session. Book in advance by contacting the library. Term-time only.

Family colouring and Lego

Saturday, 1130-1230

Family craft

Friday, 1600-1800

Family film screening

last Sunday of the month, 1415

A different theme each month. Contact the library to find out what we're showing.

HIIT and boxing fitness with Suffolk Sport: for 14-19 year-olds

Wednesdays, 1700-1745

Free fitness satellite club

Girls' group: have fun and build your self-esteem

Monday, 1600-1800

Lego Animation Club

Monday, 1500-1745

Little Story Makers: for pre-school children and their parents and carers

Tuesday, 1030-1130

In association with the Tree House Children's Centre. Tree House garden available to use after the session. Term-time only.

Hama-beads

Wednesday, 1545-1645 (1430-1645 during summer holidays)

Stay & Play

Monday, 0930-1130

Social time for parents and small children. Toys and colouring, plus story and rhyme time from 11-11:30am.

Find out more about Wordplay

Street Dance with Just Jay: for children aged 8+

Thurday, 1600-1700

£1 a session, term-time only.

Older people's events

Top Time: events and activities for older people

Monday, 1400-1600

  • 9 December: Performance from the Co-op singers
  • 16 December: Christmas celebration
  • 23 December: No session
  • 6 January 2020: No session
  • 13 January: Hello 2020!
  • 20 January: Jo talks about the benefits of acupuncture
  • 27 January: Talk from Cllr Liz Harsant
  • 3 February: Performance from the Co-op singers
  • 10 February: Talk from the Friends of Holywells Park
  • 17 February: Quiz with Colin
  • 24 February: Performance from a ukulele band
  • 2 March: Talk about the Waterways of the Tsar by Mr Parfitt
  • 9 March: Talk on the Mayor and Regalia by Andrew Beal
  • 16 March: Songs and dance with Gina
  • 23 March: Lunch in our café (from 1pm)
  • 30 March: Chair-based yoga

IT help

Absolute Beginners: book in advance

Sessions arranged on a mutually convenient basis, N/a

Internet and mobile phone training sessions for beginners: drop-in

Monday every 2 weeks, 1030-1200

One-to-one IT sessions: contact the library to book a one-hour slot

Tuesday, 1000-1300

Arts, crafts & games

Adult social group

Wednesday, 1400-1530

Pool, table tennis, board games and more

Gainsborough Community Choir: for ages 18+

Thursday, 1845-2015

No auditions and no charge to take part - just come along and sing a wide range of pop songs, songs from musicals, and more.

Craft café

Tuesday, 1000-1200

Bring in your own craft, learn something new, or enjoy some colouring-in.

Family craft, games and singing

Friday, 1600-1800

Creative Café: for ages 11+

Fridays from 28 February, 1800-1930

Explore creative activities, building your confidence and curiosity in a relaxed environment. A BLOC initiative.

Family colouring and Lego

Saturday, 1130-1230

Scrabble club

Wednesday, 1400-1600

Health & wellbeing events

Bujinkan martial arts: beginners welcome

Wednesday, 1930-2130

16+ only, email bujinkanipswichenquiries@gmail.com for more information.

Dance workshops: for 11+ year-olds

Tuesdays, 1600-1700

£1 a session. Book in advance by contacting the library. Term-time only.

HIIT and boxing fitness with Suffolk Sport: for 14-19 year-olds

Wednesdays, 1700-1745

Free fitness satellite club

New Age Kurling & Boccia

Thursday, 1030-1200

£2 per session, includes hot drinks and biscuits.

Sharing stories: for adults with learning disabilities and their carers

Wednesday, 1030-1200

Singing for the soul

Friday, 1115-1200

The Reader: a shared reading experience

Thursday, 1400-1530

A friendly, social, informal and relaxing session to share your thoughts and feelings about life through reading. Enjoy listening to a poem and a short story, a chat and some free refreshments.

Fundraising, stalls & book sales

Coffee morning in the cafe

Tuesday, 1030-1200

Adult colouring available or bring your own craft.

Children's clothing swap shop

first Saturday of the month, 1100-1300

Bring good condition clothes and swap them for something else, or pick up some nearly-new clothes in return for a small donation.

Time 4 You: all welcome

first Tuesday of the month, 1700-1815

Relax, unwind and socialise while listening to a talk or having a chat. Free tea, coffee and cake. Hosted by members of the Methodist Church.

Upcoming special events