Come and enjoy a creative crafting day at our newest charity shop and café in Bury St Edmunds, with loads of things to do and make for adults and children of all ages!

Challenge yourself to make a bug hotel or bird feeder, a t-shirt dog toy, or a snuffle mat to help keep dogs entertained and mentally active. There’s even a snuffle mat kit to take home and make for your own dog. On the day and in the run up to One Fun Day, we’ll be handing out colouring sheets and will display the best pictures in our shop.

Our shop and café, which serves delicious hot and cold drinks and tasty cakes, buns and pastries, will be open and there will be a great raffle too.

Join us once again for our family orientated fun day with a host of interactive stalls and refreshments!

This fun day out for the whole family (including well behaved dogs) includes activities including inflatable fun, games, raffle and tombola, live music, food stalls and local small business stands.

You’ll also be able to look around the Centre and meet some of our current residents (but no dogs in the Centre please).

£1 minimum donation on the gate.

We hope to see you there!

Please note: Pre-booked disabled parking only. Main parking available at the Martlesham Community Centre.

We’re thrilled to be a charity partner for the Larking Gowen Ipswich Half Marathon in 2024!

We are offering limited free charity spaces if you’d like to run on behalf of RSPCA Suffolk Central – all we ask in return is that you fundraise a minimum of £250 on our behalf (that could be much easier than running a half marathon!)

To apply for one of our Charity places, sign up here.

Spaces will go fast, so sign up early!

Event details

Sunday 22 September 2024

Start 9.30am

The fantastic route starts at Portman Road stadium, takes you through Holywells Park before turning down to the Ipswich Waterfront, then following the River Orwell before heading back along the Wherstead Road, and Grafton Way before reaching the big finish at the stadium!

What’s included?

Full details about the event can be found on the event website here.

Please email if you have any questions. 

We are looking for 200 people to come together for a fun, but challenging yoga session including downward facing dog (or puppy) yoga poses and a deep relaxation crystal singing bowl sound bath to raise funds for RSPCA Suffolk Central and our much needed Dog Sensory Garden at our Martlesham Animal Centre.

The yoga session will be led by Kate Sheppard of Yoga Felixstowe and Katharine Lawrence of Ashtanga Yoga Ipswich – who have crafted a varied and engaging session that will include a variety of sequences designed to provide an engaging session for all experience levels! The Crystal Singing Bowl Sound Bath Therapy will be run via Emma Atkinson of Fitology Studio.

The event will last approx. three hours, including registration, a gentle warm up, the yoga challenge and your sound bath.

Attendees can arrive from 10am, with a session start time of 10.30am.

Date: Sunday 23 June 2024
Timings: 10am-1.30pm
Location: Corn Exchange, Ipswich

Ticket cost: £20
*Pre-booking essential*

Find out more or sign up here!

If you are up for an extra challenge we invite you to try to raise an additional £200 to help celebrate our anniversary year!

Can’t make the event day? Find out how you could take on a challenge of doing 200 Downward Dogs in your own time at home, work or school and help fundraise to support animal welfare across Suffolk.

A fantastic fun filled day celebrating 200 years of the RSPCA’s mission to change animals’ lives for the better – for every kind. Includes a fun dog show, refreshments and pizza van, raffle, games, crafts and animal related stalls.

Focused around a fun dog show – including a Dads ‘n’ Dogs class to celebrate Fathers’ Day – stalls include craft projects like make your own snuffle mat, guess the scent with a free prize draw, and a Wishing Tree to capture our hopes for the future of animals in our world. You can find out more about the Branch’s fundraising and education work including animal welfare talks to groups, how to volunteer with us and ways to support us such as donating to our shops or getting involved in other fundraising events like our Down Dog 200 yoga challenge and the Ipswich Half Marathon.

FREE entry and car parking on site.

Dog show registration from 12 noon, with judging from 1pm:

All proceeds will go to the RSPCA Suffolk Central Branch to help animals in need in the local area.

We have some spaces for stalls, in the village hall and outside. If you are interested, please contact Mary Taylor at for more information and latest stall availability.