CRESS Pavilion

Community Resource, Education and Skills Space

Become part of our thriving community hub

CRESS is a thriving community hub and informal learning centre, where we hold severasl of our sessions, including the Men’s Breakfast Hub and the Elderflower Hub as well as training courses, workshops and other events. The CRESS Pavilion is available for hire by business and the local community.

To Hire the Cress Pavilion

The Cress Pavilion is available to hire for meetings, workshops and as a training space. It has a kitchen, mains power, toilets and heating, the venue is a great space for any local companies, community groups or other organisations looking for a spacious and accessible area accessible area for their event. To hire the Pavilion, get in touch with Susannah Robirosa on 07530 407302 or email or you can also call the ActivLives Office on 01472 345350. Click the button below to find out about the hiring rates.



CRESS serves as a “field classroom” for schools and colleges. A day can combine hands-on gardening with creative/ arts/ environmental education/ science activities in the CRESS Pavilion. 


Growing, cooking and healthy eating – we run day and half-day events for schools and colleges, community and other groups, by arrangement. A typical programme would involve garden activities alongside learning how to cook with fresh vegetables and fruit.


We can design a day for your group. For example – greenfingers activity day for young families, team-building day for young people, beekeeping safari.


We run a wide variety of activities at the CRESS Pavilion, for example, cooking, honey-harvesting, pickling and jam-making; clubs and crafts. It is also a venue for staff and volunteer training. CRESS has hosted print workshops by a local artist, a community recycling course and Eden Project Big Lunch Extras event. Get in touch if you’d like to hold an activity or run a course at CRESS.

Men’s Breakfast Hub

Meeting at the Cress Pavilion every Wednesday 10am-12:30pm this hub is aimed at men 45 years and over. Activities in the past have included metal detecting, classic cars and a visit from the fire brigade. The cost includes a cup of tea and a bacon or egg roll.


Elderflower Hub

The Elderflower Hub takes place every Thursday at the Cress Pavilion between 10am-12:30pm. It’s a hub where carers and former carers can meet in a relaxed environment, with a cup of coffee, a piece of cake, and a fun activity! You’re also welcome to bring along the person you care for.

Where is the cress pavilion?

The Pavilion is right next door to our People’s Community Garden on Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE.  Please see the map below.

CRESS Pavilion

Venue Hire

The CRESS Pavilion is available for hire for events, training and parties.


CRESS was kindly funded by the East of England Co-op and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation Suffolk Fund.

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