Summer Holiday iCard 2021

This year, those aged 5 – 16 years during the summer holidays, and either living in IP1 – IP4 OR attending one of our qualifying schools, can get a FREE Summer Holiday iCard* and enjoy our holiday events and activities across Ipswich. 

*This offer is subject to our eligibility criteria, please check if you are eligible BEFORE you apply.

If you don’t meet our eligibility criteria for the free Summer Holiday iCard you can still access the majority of our Summer Holiday programme for just £14.50 a month with our Young Person iCard. Find out more about our Young Person iCard here.

Signed up for the Summer Holiday iCard before?
If you still qualify you will automatically be signed up for the Summer Holiday iCard and we will contact you.

Never held an iCard? Sign up for a Summer Holiday iCard by clicking below

What’s on

Our Summer Holiday programme is accessible to everybody. Anyone with a Summer Holiday iCard can access the majority of our activities for FREE. The programme is jam-packed with exciting activities such as Xtreme Bubble Football, Sea Scooters, and Jumpers for Goalposts, as well as our more traditional sports. Plus plenty of Rollerskating throughout the summer!

Booking Your Activity

You can book your activities from Wednesday 14th July

All activities must be pre-booked online in advance of attending. You can book activities up to 7 days in advance using our online booking system myIpswichFit.

If you haven’t yet registered for online booking, just click the Register for Online Booking button below and create your account.


Contact form for enquiries and Online Booking information

Ipswich Fit is a service provided by Ipswich Borough Council. Your data will be used to contact you about this offer only. For information on how we use your data, please visit www.ipswich.gov.uk/privacy

Frequently Asked Questions


What is a Summer Holiday iCard?

A Summer Holiday iCard is an Ipswich Borough Council membership card for use at Crown Pools, Fore St Pool, Whitton Sports Centre, Gainsborough Sports Centre & Northgate Sports Centre, as well as our activities taking part in our parks and open spaces 

Misbehaviour / Misuse of Summer holiday iCard

Ipswich Borough Council reserves the right to ban any customer from our facilities if the customer is found to repeatedly misbehave or break the terms and conditions of the iCard. 


Who is eligible?

Anybody aged 5 – 16* years old during the Summer Holidays (your date of birth must fall between 1st September 2004 – 31st August 2016) 


 A resident OR in foster care within the borough of Ipswich in the postcode areas of IP1, IP2, IP3 or IP4  


Home educated/go to one of our eligible schools (See list below). 

Eligible Schools:
Alderwood Academy

Brittania Primary

Broke Hall Primary

Castle Hill Prim/Jnr

Chantry Academy

Cliff Lane Primary

Clifford Road

Copleston High

Dale Hall Primary

Gusford Primary

Halifax Primary

Handford Hall Primary

Hillside Primary

Ipswich Academy

Morland Primary

Murrayfield Primary

Northgate High

Ormiston Endeavour

Parkside PRU

Pipers Vale Primary

Ranelagh Primary

Ravenswood Primary

Rosehill Primary

Rushmere Hall Primary

Sidegate Lane Primary

Sir Bobby Robson School

Springfield Infant

Springfield Jnr

Sprites Primary

St Albans High

St Christophers

St Helens Primary

St Johns CEVAP

St Margarets Primary

St Marks Primary

St Marys Primary

St Matthews Primary

St Pancras Primary

Stoke High School

Stone Lodge Academy

The Bridge Primary

The Oaks Primary

The Willows Primary

Thomas Wolsey

Westbourne Academy

Westbridge Academy

Whitehouse Primary

Whitton Primary

Not Eligible?

Don’t worry you can still access our free-to-all sessions such as Jumpers 4 Goalposts, Tennis for Free and more, and our standard session fee for other activities is £3.00 per session on a pay as you go basis. Alternatively, you can purchase a Young Person iCard for £14.50 (without the gym) or £17.50 (with the gym) per month and get access to the majority of the full summer programme.  

Sign Up

How can I apply?

Existing iCard holders can apply for the Summer Holiday iCard via our online portal myIpswichFit.

Please note your details will need to match what we have on your iCard account – if you need to change any details before registering please contact us.

If you don’t have an iCard you can apply here.

Once you’ve created your account, go to ‘Purchase Membership’ and use the filters to find ‘Summer Holiday iCard’. Follow the process to purchase the membership. You will then be able to start booking your activities from Wednesday 14th July. 

On your first visit to our Centres you must bring proof of your address and an acceptable form of ID for the child. Under 13s should be accompanied by an adult when collecting their card. Photos will be taken of the children and stored securely on our system for security purposes. All iCard holders must have photos taken and refusal to have a photo taken will mean your child will be unable to access the Summer Holiday iCard. 

What if I already have a Young Person iCard?

If you already have an iCard you do not need to sign up for the Summer iCard, your existing iCard will still be valid and you can use the same card. 

All current monthly Young Person members will be emailed/written to with further details. If you are a pay monthly member and meet the eligibility criteria outlined in these FAQs then 6 weeks will be credited from the direct debit runs, with August being free and 2 weeks credited back to you in September. If you pay yearly, you will be credited with 6 weeks of free membership. You do not need to do anything more on this and it will be done automatically. An email/letter providing details of this will be sent to you prior to the holidays.   

If you’ve not booked online since January 2021 you will need to register for our new online portal myIpswichFit here.

with your iCard Number, D.O.B and email address. Please note, these must match the details on your iCard – if you need to change any details such as your email address, please contact us here.

What if I had a Summer Holiday iCard in 2019?

Anyone that received a Summer Holiday iCard in 2019 and meets the eligibility criteria will automatically be enrolled in the scheme. You will receive an email or letter regarding this.  If you have lost your card from 2019, we will issue you with a new one. You just need to collect this from a centre of your choice.  

Additionally, if you currently have an iCard and meet the eligibility criteria, you will automatically be issued a Summer Holiday iCard membership and will receive an email or letter confirming this. 

If you’ve not booked online since January 2021 you will need to register for our new online portal myIpswichFit here with your iCard Number, D.O.B and email address. Please note, these must match the details on your iCard – if you need to change any details such as your email address, please contact us here.


What if I'm unable to register for myIpswichFit?

The most common reasons for this are:

  • You’re applying using an existing iCard holder but your details don’t match your iCard account – if you believe this is the case then please contact us here and we can update your details.
  • You’re applying as ‘new to Ipswich Fit’ but you already have an iCard – if you don’t know your iCard details please contact us here and a member of our team can provide these for you.
  • Your email address is already in use. Please note each email address can only be associated with one myIpswichFit account. For multiple accounts you will need a different email address for each.

If you have tried all of the above and you’re still unable to register, please contact us here.



Does my iCard guarantee that I can take part in an activity?

No, all activities will be on a first come, first served basis. All activities can be booked seven days in advance to avoid disappointment, please check www.ipswichfit.co.uk/summerholidayicard for further details. 

All activities must be booked online prior to arrival, bookings can be made over on myIpswichFit.

Book ahead policy

All sessions are bookable up to seven days in advance. You can book your place online on myIpswichFit.

Non-attendance at pre-booked activities

If you fail to attend an activity on more than one occaision for which you have made a booking with us and not notified us, your membership will be immediately cancelled. You can cancel a booking for an activity at any time by contacting one of the Centres, we ask that you provide as much notice as possible to allow us enough time to re-let the space.

Do you ever ask for ID?

We have the right to ask for ID. The iCard entitles only the person named when it was activated to participate in the appropriate activities at Ipswich Borough Council facilities. 


Activities can be cancelled online via myIpswichFit – just go to ‘Manage my Bookings’. If you have paid for your activity, please complete a ‘Cancellation and Refund Request form’ which can be found at https://www.ipswichfit.co.uk/manage-your-booking/

Intensive Swimming Lessons

To book any of our intensive swimming lessons, please fill out our online contact form here.

A member of our Swimming Lessons team will then be in contact with you to book your sessions.

Sing and Splash

When booking a Sing and Splash session, please ensure that you book the session using your child’s iCard. The child should then be accompanied by one adult who does not need to book a space.

Using My iCard

What can I use it for?

The Summer Holiday iCard can be used for free entry and participation in the activities specified at Ipswich Borough Council facilities and parks detailed at www.ipswichfit.co.uk/summerholidayicard. You can also find our full summer holiday programme there as well.

When can I use my Summer Holiday iCard

You can apply for your Free Summer Holiday iCard* from Friday 9th July 2021. Your card will become active on Wednesday 14th July, which is when our bookings go live, and you can start booking on activities. You will be able to access all or our summer holiday activities from Wednesday 21st July. The Summer Holiday iCard will expire on Tuesday 31st August. 

*Eligibility criteria applies 

What do I do if I lose my iCard?

If you lose your iCard during the holidays you can get a replacement for £3 at any of our centres.

Can I get in without my iCard?

To gain entry to our sites you need to have your iCard with you.  

If you arrive and find that you have forgotten your iCard, please make your way to the reception desk where they will be able to issue you a ticket that will be valid for an individual activity. At park activities please give your child’s name as that can be matched on the register. 

You will be required to verify certain account details and asked to provide appropriate ID. You will be required to sign the temporary ticket. If we notice that a number of these tickets are issued against your account, then we will be in touch. 


What activities will be available on the Summer Holiday iCard?

The Summer Holiday iCard provides access to our full Summer programme, with free access to the majority of activities. You will also be able to book badminton courts between 9-5pm Monday-Sunday and 12+ year olds can book Gym slots at Crown Pools. 

Public swimming will not be free as part of this year’s Summer Holiday iCard, but, subject to detailed guidence from government on the easing of restrictions, we hope to add this over the course of the summer. Swim sessions will still be available at the normal rate which you can book on your iCard. 

Park Activities

What do I need to bring?

Please bring your iCard, a drink, and appropriate clothing for the weather. Under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

Whereabouts in each park will the activities be taking place?

You can find all of our park locations hereKeep an eye out for our Ipswich Fit/Jumpers 4 Goalposts flags and signs to direct you to the activity. 

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