Wrap up warm and feel the festive vibes at a Christmas market in Suffolk.
Christmas at Blackthorpe Barn, open until 22 December
Ipswich Rd Rougham, Bury St Edmunds IP30 9LZ
The Country Christmas shop is open every day until 22 December. There are decorations galore with amazing themes of all shapes, sizes and colours, not forgetting the gorgeous handmade items in both traditional and contemporary styles.
With the arrival of the Christmas British Crafts events eachweekend up to 16 December, visitorscan meander through the barn and enjoy hand-crafted goods from a variety of artists and skilled crafts makers. Packed with 100% British made items, there’ll be the chance to buy gifts including wooden creations, knitwear, artworks, ceramics, leather goods and much, much more.
For those wanting the best quality tree as their main attraction this Christmas, the 23 November sees the start of the famous Rougham Estate Christmas trees sales. www.Blackthorpebarn.com/Christmas
Christmas in the Maltings Gallery, 8 Nov – 25 Dec
The Quay Gallery, Next to the River Alde, Snape Maltings, Snape, IP17 1SP
A curated selection of works from local artist and makers – reflecting the winter season in paintings, ceramics, glass, wood and jewellery – and all eminently giftable. snapemaltings.co.uk
We Are Mademade Christmas Craft Fair, 17 November
The Old School, Long Melford, CO10 9AA
This event will offer shoppers a wonderful choice of beautifully designed and handcrafted gifts for Christmas. Makers will be showcasing the latest in contemporary and vintage inspired handmade items. www.wearehandmade.co.uk
Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre, 22-25 November
The fayre showcases a huge selection of traditional and contemporary arts and crafts and gifts as well as an inspired selection of food and drink from the region and around the world.
Browse and shop at around 300 stalls set out along the town’s medieval streets and gardens as well as within the historic and contemporary venues and attractions including St Edmundsbury Cathedral, The Athenaeum, historic Abbey Gate, medieval Moyse’s Hall, The Apex and the contemporary Arc shopping centre.
The Abbey Gardens provides a magical festive atmosphere with over 100 stalls, free children’s entertainment, real reindeer and Santa and his elves in their winter workshop. There’s also lots of delicious food and drink to sample including wine, waffles, cakes and cheeses. A World Market can be found on Angel Hill, with over 100 stalls, a traditional funfair and the Greene King stage with live music and entertainment throughout each day. At The Athenaeum, where Charles Dickens once gave readings of his work, there’s handmade gifts particularly fine art, jewellery and cards. Many stall holders will also be wearing period costume adding to the effect of this historic Georgian building.
Foodies will love the St Edmundsbury Cathedral Courtyard with stalls selling everything from fruit gin to local honey, artisan sauces to scrumptious Christmas puddings. This is where you will find the Infusions Cookery Theatre with cookery demonstrations to get some tasty Christmas food ideas. www.burystedmundschristmasfayre.co.uk
Sudbury Christmas Market and Light Switch on, 23 November, 5pm-9pm
Enjoy an evening of festive fun including craft and food stalls, Santa’s Grotto, fun fair rides, live music and an ice rink. The lights will be officially switched on at 6.30pm. www.sudburytowncouncil.co.uk/christmas-fair-light-switch-on
Christmas in Newmarket, 29 Nov – 2 Dec
A four day extravaganza of Christmas activities, including the light switch on, late night shopping, an audience with Father Christmas and panto performances and entertainment. On top of quality gifts and food, the Christmas Market will host free Christmas cookery demonstrations and a free children’s Christmas cookie decorating class.
Clare Christmas Fair, 30 Nov – 1 Dec
Town Centre, Clare, CO10 8PE
With over 60 exhibitors selling festive food, drinks and a great selection of gifts this is the Christmas event in Clare and not to be missed! www.clarechristmasfair.co.uk
Jimmy’s Farm Christmas Fayre, 1-2 December, 10am-4pm
Jimmy’s Farm, Pannington Hall Lane, IP9 2AR
Expect the very best of Christmas; mulled wine, festive food, Santa’s Grotto, donkey rides, live music, over 100 craft and food stalls, and much more! https://jimmysfarm.com/event/christmas-fayre/
Felixstowe Christmas Market & Light Switch on, 1 December
Christmas arrives in this Suffolk town with a day of festive fun. In the lead up to the light switch on at 5pm, there will be a Xmas market along Hamilton Road to the Triangle Canopy. Santa’s Grotto, carol singing and live entertainment takes place throughout the afternoon. A children’s candlelight parade (starting at 4.40pm) leads up to the Christmas Lights switch on. Admission is free. An ice rink will be open from 20-23 December! www.felixstowe.gov.uk/events-attractions/christmas-in-felixstowe
Christmas Market, Heveningham, 2 December
Heveningham Hall, IP19 0PN
With a Santa’s Grotto, festive stalls, crafts, Christmas trees and wreaths, live turkey’s and more, here you’ll find everything you need for the big day! www.heveninghamchristmasmarket.co.uk
Mammoth Christmas Street Fair, 2 December
Woodbridge Town Centre
This fair is packed with stalls full of gift ideas from local craftsmen and independent stores. To keep you going while searching for the perfect present,there are plenty of food stalls and cafes so you can shop until you drop!
Lavenham Christmas Market, 7-9 December
The Market Square is transformed into a winter wonderland with a funfair, big wheel and over 50 stalls; it’s truly a family affair. There’ll also be carol singers to get you in the mood and village shops will also be open for late night shopping during the event. www.lovelavenham.co.uk/christmas-lavenham-suffolk
Ipswich Christmas Craft Fair, 10-23 December
This year, the Cornhill will become the proud home of a Christmas craft fair. Run by Eden Crafts, shoppers will be met by asuperb selection of seasonal trinkets, all located on the stunning new Cornhill. Traders will be offering a wide variety of local arts, crafts, gifts and jewellery.
Stowmarket Christmas Market, 15 December
The busiest market of the year, popular with local traders and residents. www.stowmarket.org/shopping/markets/
Christmas Farmers’ Market, 22 December, 9.30am
Stock up on the finest regional produce for your Christmas dinner and parties! www.snapemaltings.co.uk/whats-on/christmas-farmers-market