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For schools

Educational Visits to Quay Place

St Mary at the Quay (Quay Place) has a rich and varied history spanning over 500 years. Explore the stories of the Grade II listed church, discover its hidden features and become acquainted with the people who have been part of the journey. Our leaflet with more information on school trips at Quay Place can be downloaded here.

Planning a visit

We can offer an exciting, authentic learning experience for Key Stage 1 children. Travel back in time and meet our soldier, Captain Douglas Nicholls. He will tell you his stories of life during the First World War and about the impact the war had on Ipswich. Find out more about Captain Nicholls’ significance to Quay Place.

During your trip, you will take part in three activities based around the history curriculum:

  1. Timeline Captain Douglas Nicholls’ life.
  2. Take part in our Poppy Project. Volunteers and visitors at Quay Place are making poppies to commemorate the lives that were lost in the First World War.
  3. Build a trench with your team. Your trench needs to be able to withstand different tasks.

Quay Place is open for educational visits all year round.  School trip for web 2

Booking a Visit

You can book your school trip in three ways: 

  • Book online: download the booking form here.
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  • Phone: 01473 569696

Max 30 Pupils

Cost = £5 per child.

Bookings need to be at least 2 weeks in advance and cancellations need to be made 48hrs before event or schools will still be charged.

Before you Visit

  • Risk Assessments – Quay Place provide a basic risk assessment. However we do recommend that teachers visit the site prior to their trip to carry out specific risk assessments. All sessions are risk assessed.
  • QP Safeguarding policy is available here.
  • Appropriate staff/pupil ratio(s), minimum 1 adult to 8 pupils; you may wish to adjust this according to the age/ability of your group.

Preliminary Visits

All schools that have made a booking are entitled to a free teacher’s pre-visit. Appointments can be made Tuesday or Friday where you can meet our Families and Education Coordinator. If a less formal visit is required – Quay Place is open Monday to Friday, 9am – 9pm.

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  • Cars: There are lots of pay and display car parks located outside and around Quay Place.
  • Coaches: Drop off outside Quay Place. There is no coach parking available. 

The location of Quay Place is suitable for local schools to walk to.

Food and Refreshments

Quay Place will provide water and biscuits during the trip. 

Children will need to bring their own packed lunches and must be supervised by teachers. We will provide seating. If the weather is nice children can eat outside in our enclosed garden (as long as available).

Tea and Coffee is available – Donations to Suffolk Mind are kindly received.

Coats and bags can be left in the Wherry Flint room at your own risk. 


Quay Place has a number of toilets in different areas of the site. Facilities are also provided for those with disabilities.