Summer Holiday iCard 2022


Monday 25 July – Wednesday 31 August


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Summer Holiday iCard 2022

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 Summer Active Membership, or pay as you go with our Young Person Booking card.

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!

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 Street 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. Upon signing up for the free summer holiday iCard you agree to the iCard Terms and Conditions which can be found here.


Who is eligible?

Anybody aged 5 – 16* years old during the Summer Holidays (Are in Reception – Yr 11 in the 2021/2022 academic year). Your date of birth must fall between 1st September 2005 – 31st August 2017.


 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 full Summer Holiday programme from just £14.50 with our Summer Active Membership or pay as you go with our Young Person Booking card.

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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 Monday 18th 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. We will automatically convert it to a Summer Holiday iCard.

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 we will not be taking a Direct Debit payment from you in August and the remaining Summer Holiday icard entitlement will be deducted from your September Direct Debit payment.  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.

Booking Online

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, that these must match the details on your iCard – if you need to change any details such as your email address, please contact us here. 

If you are already registered you can start booking your activities online from Monday 18 July here.

Full instructions on linking your Childs account to your account can be found here.

What if I had a Summer Holiday iCard in 2021?

Anyone that received a Summer Holiday iCard in 2021 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 2021, 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.


How do I receive my physical iCard?

iCards can be collected from any of our centres. These will not be posted out. If you had an iCard last summer and lost it you can collect a replacement for free. If you lose your iCard during the summer a replacement will cost £3.


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 (except swimming) 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 two occaisions for which you have made a booking with us and not notified us, your membership will be immediately suspended. 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 Monday 20 2022. Your card will become active on Monday 18 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 Monday 25 July. The Summer Holiday iCard will expire on Thursday 1 September. 

*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 and in the junior gym sessions at Whitton, Northgate and Gainsborough Sports Centres.  

Public swimming will be free as part of this year’s Summer Holiday iCard on a first come first served basis and on a band system. Please note we are expecting high demand this year so please be expecting a wait time for entry. 

Why is free swimming limited this year?

The free swimming is accessible to those on Summer Holiday iCards from 9am – 6pm Monday to Friday throughout the summer to enable time and space for our regular customers and adult swimmers to be able to swim in our public swim spaces. It also provides space at weekends for our younger swimmers, families and swimming lesson customers to swim without the higher crowd numbers we experience with free swimming. Summer Holiday iCard holders can still access swimming outside these hours but the standard junior swim rate will apply. 

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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