The Ipswich Institute provides lending library facilities and an extensive programme of leisure learning courses, talks and trips to over 2,000 members.


Ipswich Institute offers a wide range of courses in a variety of subjects.

There are daytime courses for members only and evening courses open to all, with a discount for Institute members.


We offer a wide range of events including talks and trips, many of which are open to the public.

Due to Covid-19 we currently do not have any events but from the end of June 2021 there will be a selection of one-off talks, workshops and activities taking place, more information will be made available shortly.


Our library collection consists of over 8,000 items available for members to loan.

There is a strong emphasis on modern fiction, biography, literature and local history. New publications are added constantly and members’ requests are considered for purchase.

Room Hire

There are a number of rooms available for hire when not in use for the Institute’s own purposes.

In addition, our in-house team can provide catering tailored to any requirement.

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New Evening Learning Programme has just landed! 🥳 ALL WELCOME - non-members, members and concessions accepted. Pick up your paper copy at the Institute or

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We still have a few spaces left for our Christmas wreath workshops on Fri 3rd Dec & Sat 4th Dec. Just £35 for members and

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**Update** The heating and hot water is now working again, thank you to all our members for their patience We are having our own unlucky

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Get into the festive spirit this year by taking part in our Christmas Wreath Making Workshop 🎄 Open to all, with materials included in the

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