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The best 2017 Christmas markets in East Anglia

PUBLISHED: 12:14 16 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:12 01 December 2017

Clare Wood with her Christmas wreaths at the Christmas Gift Fair at North Creake Abbey. Photo: Matthew Usher.

Clare Wood with her Christmas wreaths at the Christmas Gift Fair at North Creake Abbey. Photo: Matthew Usher.

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Inject some real festive spirit into your Christmas shopping with a whirl around the region’s wonderful seasonal markets. To get those special gifts, stock up on local seasonal produce and visit Father Christmas, here is out guide to the best places for festive cheer.

Getting into the festive spiriti at the popular Bungay Christmas Market. Photo: Nick Butcher Getting into the festive spiriti at the popular Bungay Christmas Market. Photo: Nick Butcher

Sandringham Christmas Fair

Sandringham Park, November 17-19, 10am-5pm, £7 (£6.50 cons), £2 children, under-5s free, 01283 820660, livingheritagecraftshows.co.uk

This popular Christmas show in Sandringham Park blends arts, crafts, regional food and drink and unusual gifts. Live music, craft demos, food halls and lots of potential Christmas presents. Scores of specialists will be offering a range of unique handmade gifts that’s bound to include something just right for someone you know. Santa’s Owl Show, unicorn carriage rides and the chainsaw carving elves.

Christmas Gift & Food Fair

Ely Cathedral, November 17-18, 10am-9pm/November 19, 9.30am-4.30pm, £4, under-16s free, 01353 660349, elycathedral.org/events/christmas-gift-food-fair

Special gift, distinctive accessories or unique decorations at this fair that includes hundreds of stalls and Festive Food Hall. On Saturday too there will be plenty of attractions for children including the ever popular traditional carousel plus the reindeer and some very special Christmas elves. An interesting programme of demonstrations will feature throughout the two days. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Cathedral Choristers and other local performers.

Seasonal Spectacular

St Margaret’s Church, Thorpe Market, November 17-18, 11am-4pm, admission free, thorpemarket.org.uk

Following previous success this Seasonal Spectacular returns again offering unique, handmade Christmas gifts, cards and decorations from three local artists, Rosalie Osborne Gibb, with original art, prints and cards, and glass artists Terrie and Ian Clifft. The artists will be on hand throughout the exhibition.

Christmas Craft Fair

Hunstanton Town Hall, November 18, 10am-4pm, admission free

The final HDFA Craft Fair of the Year goes festive with a chance to choose from a large selection of quality handmade goods on sale. These will include patchwork bags and quilts, handmade cards, original jewellery, wooden craftwork; cute felted animals, landscape paintings and stunning photographs. Stall holders are carefully selected for the quality of their products and they are suited to all age ranges and pockets.

White House Farm Christmas Market

White House Farm, Wroxham Road, Norwich, November 18-19, 9.30am-3.30pm, admission free, norwich-pyo.co.uk

White House Farm’s annual Christmas Market will showcase 70 food and craft producers. There’ll be 70 food and craft-related stalls across two marquees, bringing all you could need for Christmas in one place. Get there early for mulled wine and mince pies - plus tastings of the butcher’s Norfolk Bronze turkey, and prosecco.

Festive Fair

The Courtyard, Elveden Estate, November 18-19, 10am-5pm, admission free, elveden.com/events

Get festive shopping by browsing over 20 hand-picked stalls selling food, drink, arts and crafts and enjoy some delicious hot food and drink. Late night festive shopping also on November 30. Then on December 13 meet Father Christmas and his elves, listen to storytime and receive a traditional present, a Norway Spruce sapling!

Norfolk Christmas Fair

The Great Barn, Oxnead Hall, Oxnead, November 23, 9am-3pm, £5, thornagehall.co.uk

Thornage Hall’s largest annual festive fundraising event, in aid of building much-needed wheelchair accessible accommodation for adults with learning disabilities. Over 40 of the region’s best artisans, designers and tradesmen will be offering busy shoppers a huge range of brilliant Christmas present ideas from pottery, stationary, designer clothing, homeware, scarves and jewellery to kids clothes, specialist chutneys and chocolates. This year’s newcomers are Racalia Olive Oil from Sicily, which has passed a blind tasting to be stocked in Fortnum & Masons.

Bury Christmas Fayre

Bury St Edmunds, November 23-26, free admission, 01284 764667, burystedmundschristmasfayre.co.uk

Over the past decade Bury St Edmunds’ Christmas Fayre has grown into one of the country’s biggest and this year has over 300 stalls located throughout the town centre and Abbey Gardens, plus live music, street entertainment, a fun fair and much more. It opens at 2pm on November 23 with a children’s lantern parade at 5.30pm and amazing firework display at 7.45pm. There is a free drop in lantern workshop from 3.15pm for children who would like to take part in the parade in the arc shopping centre.

Great Yarmouth Christmas Fayre

Great Yarmouth Market Place, November 24-26, 10am-5pm, admission free, gytcp.co.uk/events

Annual three-day Christmas extravaganza with craft, food and gifts stalls and festive entertainment on the Market Place and in the Priory Centre and Great Yarmouth Minster. The Christmas Fayre will no doubt get you into the Christmas spirit and it gives you a perfect chance to get your loved ones some fitting gifts. The fun starts on the Friday at 10am, with the official opening ceremony including a performance from the Norwegian Lardal Kantori choir, who are performing a full concert at the Minster on the Saturday evening. The town’s lights switch-on is on November 24 at 7pm followed by a rooftop firework display. And on Saturday and Sunday there will be a Santa’s Grotto, gift stalls, a Christmas ‘Comfort Kitchen’ and children’s activities and events.

Festive Fair

The Forum, Norwich, November 24-27, 10am-4pm, admission free, theforumnorwich.co.uk

Christmas market featuring a host of indoor and outdoor stalls selling East Anglian arts, crafts and produce, perfect for Christmas presents and stocking fillers. There will be over 50 indoor stalls and around 20 outdoor stalls selling everything from contemporary jewellery, pretty pottery, elegant glassware and wonderful woodwork to interesting prints, paintings and cards, colourful tins and textiles, some fabulous festive plants and much more. There will also be some wonderful winter produce such as home-made sweets, mince pies, cheese, preserves and so on. Over the four days there will be plenty of festive music from The Pavilion Quintet, a popular Norfolk-based brass band who’ll be playing Christmas carols, talented local singer Olivia Watson and Norwich School boy Perry Cooke, a semi-finalist on this year’s The Voice Kids.

Winter Gift Fair

Thornham Village Hall, November 25-26, 10am-4pm, admission free, 01485 512315, thornhamvillagehall.co.uk

Village fair of unique gifts and seasonal produce from selected makers with 25 stalls including Bag Ladies of Thornham, jewellers, potters, woodworkers, willow and textile weavers and glass makers.

Christmas Gift Fair

Creake Abbey, November 25, 10am-3pm, admission free, creakeabbey.co.uk

Over 50 stands offering superb Norfolk-made Christmas gifts, including festive decorations and wreaths, food and drink, local art including jewellery, paintings and some carefully selected local crafts. The Courtyard Shops will be full of stunning winter goodies too, while the food hall will be bursting with festive cheeses, hams and other foodie treats. There is also a Christmas farmers Market on December 2 (9.30am-1pm) with 50 of the region’s best food and drink producers offering fresh seasonal produce.

Vegan Christmas Market

Open, Bank Plain, Norwich, November 25, 10am-4pm, admission free, facebook.com/norwichvegans

After the huge successes of our first two Christmas Markets, and their successful first Summer Fayre, the Norwich Vegans Annual Christmas Market returns with over 50 stalls featuring local vegan businesses, delicious vegan food, free samples, face painting, the Norwich Vegans stall and more. An opportunity to stock up on compassionate, cruelty free holiday gifts, cards, crafts, and delicious treats.

Indoor Christmas Market

Ormiston Victory Academy, Middleton Crescent, Costessey, November 25, 10am-3pm, free admission, ormistonvictoryacademy.co.uk

Annual indoor Christmas Market that is a family day out with lots of activities for children, as well as some 50 stalls with a high calibre of crafters and artists. Kids face painting, interactive craft table, watch amazing magic tricks, carol singers and visit the Santa’s grotto.

Christmas Crafts 2017

St Catherine’s Church, Norwich Road, Ludham, November 25, 10am-4pm, admission free, 01692 678060

Starting as a small event in Ludham Church Room eight years ago, this popular annual event has grown into a Christmas fair with a difference taking place in the fine surroundings of the large medieval church of St Catherine’s. As well as many stalls selling a huge variety of crafts, ideal for unusual and inexpensive Christmas presents and a raffle, tombola, Christmas hamper, and well stocked plant and preserve stalls there will be live festive entertainment, music and singing and also demonstrations by the Norfolk Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers.

Holt Hall Christmas Fair

Holt Hall, November 25-26, 10am-4pm, £2.57 per person, under-5s free, holthallchristmasfair.co.uk

A 15 foot Christmas tree and log fire will greet visitors to Holt Hall. There will be over 50 stalls showcasing an inspiring array of innovative and quality Christmas gifts ranging from local food and drink, clothing, crafts, paintings, children’s books, Christmas wreaths, decorations, glassware, art, lampshades, prints, cushions, bunting, candles and much more. Refreshments are available from outdoor stalls. Advance tickets have sold out, but tickets on the gate may be available.

Pensthorpe Christmas Market

Pensthorpe Natural Park, Pensthorpe, Fakenham, November 26, 10am-4pm, admission free, pensthorpe.com

Pensthorpe Natural Park’s first-ever Christmas craft market. There will be an array of 35 craft and food stalls. Cawston Brass Band will be performing. Pensthorpe’s Gift Shop also offers a wide selection of unique gifts, including handmade craft items, jewellery, homewares, decorations and locally produced food and drink products. Entry to the one-day-only market is free and visitors can be admitted to the park itself for £8 (under-3s free).

Norwich Global Village Christmas Market

The Forum, Norwich, November 30-December 2, 10am-5pm, admission free, norwichglobalvillagemarket.co.uk/

The three-day global Christmas market returns with traders, illustrators and makers selling beautiful gifts from around the world. On the Saturday, outside, there will be: Mulled wine, German bratwurst BBQ and French crepes. Also Christmas carols and brass bands throughout the day to put you in the festive spirit! Father Christmas and a snowman character will be on walkabout and holding storytelling sessions in the Millennium Children’s Library at 11am and 3pm (advance tickets from the library).

Christmas Lights Switch On

Swaffham Town Centre, December 1, 2pm–8pm, free, swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk

Swaffham annual Christmas lights switch-on event. The Market Place will be set out with stalls selling a variety of festive treats and gifts from 2pm. There will also be plenty of refreshments available with hot food and sweet stalls. There will be entertainment from the Buttercross adding to the atmosphere with music from Fakenham Town Band, popular local musician and vocalist Senor Momento, the Thursford Steam Organ as well as local schools and choirs entertaining the crowds with festive music. The funfair will be in town too, with rides and games for all ages. Switch-on at 6pm.

Blickling Christmas

Blickling Hall, December 1-10, 11am-6pm, admission price details, at 01263 738030, nationaltrust.org.uk/blickling-estate/features/christmas-is-coming

Blickling will be celebrating Christmas throughout the estate to help kick-start the festive season. They will have 50 Christmas trees around the house and garden and 19,000 lights for you to enjoy. To make the most of the beautiful tree lined drive, they are also open late. Festive treats for foodies, gifts for garden lovers, and a whole range of toys, games and books, while there is also festive gifts local artists from Norfolk Craft Guild in the Loft Gallery (Fri-Sat), featuring a variety of pottery, sculptures, textiles, jewellery and stained glass, perfect for Christmas gifts.

Christmas Market

Burnham Deepdale, December 1-3, 10am-4pm, free admission, deepdalechristmasmarket.co.uk

The ninth annual massive festive market at Burnham Deepdale with over 120 stalls in three marquees offering presents, decorations, food and drink from artisans and producers, plus at nearby St Mary’s Church, with festive activities and entertainment throughout the weekend.

Enchanted Felbrigg

Felbrigg Estate, Norfolk, December 1-3/8-10, 12.30pm-5pm, £6, £3 children, under-5s free, 01263 837444, nationaltrust.org.uk

An outdoor seasonal experience for all the family at Felbrigg. Follow a winter trail through the gardens and enchanted woodland. Enjoy the opportunity to unwind, surrounded by nature in all its winter glory. On your journey, you’ll be able to enjoy music, crafts, and tasty winter treats.

Christmas Craft Fayre

Lighthouse, Cromer Road, Sheringham, December 2, 10am-1.30pm, admission free, lighthousesheringham.org

Christmas fair full of festive activities and stalls including hand-crafted gifts and jewellery, seasonal sweets and treats, Christmas cakes and puddings as well as Christmas floristry and wreaths. You can also see Father Christmas.

Wynterfest

Wymondham, December 2, from 10am, admission free, facebook.com/WymondhamTownTeam

This year Wymondham’s seasonal event is again named Wynterfest. Loads to see and do with street fairs, carols, a candle-lit procession, reindeer, music, entertainment and of course Father Christmas will be making a guest appearance!

Magical Christmas Market

Woodforde’s, Woodbastwick, December 2, 9am-5pm/December 3, 10am-4pm, admission free, 01603 720353, woodfordes.co.uk

Christmas cheer as Woodforde’s Norfolk Ales opens its doors on for a weekend of beer and wine tastings, brewery tours and Christmas gift inspiration. Sample the festive brew Tinsel Toes and its famous NOG Christmas puddings. In addition, the Christmas market stalls will also showcase some of the region’s finest produce from cured meats to wines, chutneys to cheeses and a variety of different foods from an abundance of local producers. Local choirs will be carol singing to get everyone in the festive mood.

Christmas Craft Market

Hindolveston Village Hall, December 2-3, until 6.30pm Sat/4pm Sun, admission free, facebook.com/hindolvestoncraftsinaction

Hindolveston Village Hall will be transformed into a Christmas Craft Market full of irresistible gifts. All the beautiful crafts are hand made in Hindolveston, or nearby, by a very talented group of people. The work for sale will include modern textiles, pottery, leatherwork, rope work, knitwear, willow work, stained glass and wood turning. Refreshments, including delicious home made cakes and Brays award winning pork pies, will be for sale on Sunday. Mince pies, mulled wine and live music will help create a lovely festive atmosphere on Saturday evening.

Bungay Christmas Street Fair

Town Centre, Bungay, December 3, 9am-4pm, admission free, mybungay.co.uk

Popular annual Christmas market in the streets of Bungay. Over 100 stalls will be selling a wide selection of goods making this a great place to pick up gifts. Father Christmas will be in his grotto, seasonal music, entertainment and food and drink for all tastes. Christmas trees, festival wreaths, gifts and festive food, as well as being a great place to just soak up the Yuletide atmosphere. Loads of Christmas entertainment for kids and hot mulled wine for the grown ups.

Norwich Makers Christmas Market

Assembly House, Norwich, December 3, 11am-3pm, admission free, assemblyhousetrust.org.uk/events

Norwich Makers Market team up with Etsy for this special Christmas event at the Assembly House. Illustration, homewares, jewellery, ceramics, clothing, art, design, stationery and vegan delights too. A host of talented designers, makers and bakers will surely make for perfect for Christmas shopping.

Christmas Extravaganza

Wisbech, December 10, 10am-3pm, admission free, fenland.gov.uk

Wisbech Christmas Fayre attracts thousands with all things festive; from roasted chestnuts to real reindeer and live music from a live brass band. There are a wide range of stalls offering quality gifts and plenty of seasonal food to tempt your taste buds; you might also spot Santa and his reindeers.

Lions Winter Street Fayre

Halesworth, December 10, 10am-4pm, free admission, halesworthlions.org.uk

Hugely popular town event when many of the town shops will be open for Christmas shopping, plus various outdoor stalls, Christmas lights, live music, entertainment and much more. Stalls both in The Thoroughfare and the Old Print Works. Father Christmas will be in Santa’s Grotto in the Old Print Works. Lions BBQ and Gluhwein (mulled wine) on sale.

Festive Food Market

Holkham Hall, December 16-17, 10am-5pm, free admisison, 01328 713111, holkham.co.uk

A delicious collection of food and drink from the best of local and regional producers offering a truly magical Christmas food event. Stock up on ingredients for your own Christmas feast, or find plenty of treats for the food lovers on your gift list. ‘It’s Not All About Turkey’ – a cookery theatre with a difference, hosted by Charlie’s Norfolk Food Heroes, will be featuring demos from local chefs. Plus Yuletide musical entertainment to get truly festive.

MORE MARKETS

Christmas Bazaar

White Horse, Parish Hall and Methodist Church, Overstrand, November 18, 10am-4pm, admission free

Organised by Overstrand Together the Xmas bazaar has over 30 stalls selling a wide range of arts and crafts, festive gifts and cards, knitted items, Poppyland Brewery, woodturning, glass, quilting, confectionery and more.

Christmas Craft Fayre

Oddfellows Hall, Sheringham, November 18-19, 10am-4pm, admission free

Christmas crafts at the Oddfellows Hall (behind The Crown pub) in Sheringham with some two floors of handmade crafts promising gifts for all your friends and family. Festive food on sale.

Christmas Fayre

Memorial Hall, Dereham, November 18, 10am-2.30pm, admission free, 01362 638398, derehammemorialhall.co.uk

1st Dereham Scout Group host this Christmas fair. Stalls with a Christmas flavour, a tombola, games and activities for children, refreshments.

Christmas Fair

Hickling Methodist Church, November 25, 10am-4pm, eangliamethodist.org.uk

Christmas tree festival and festive craft fair including stalls with cards, gifts, jewellery, wreaths, plants, display of decorated trees, light refreshments all day.

A Village Christmas

Skeyton Village Hall, November 25, 10am-4pm, skeyton.org.uk

A village Christmas offering the chance to guy gifts from a variety of stalls showing the works of local crafters and artists. There will also be homemade cakes, turkey rolls and hot chocolate. Father Christmas will be in his Winter Grotto.

Christmas Market

St Nicholas Church, Blakeney, November 25, 10am-4pm, admission free

Christmas market with local stalls selling a range of products. Also raffle, tombola, stalls, teas, coffees and refreshments. Lots of lovely stalls and hot food to be purchased. Raising money for Blakeney Scout Group and the local Primary School.

Christmas Craft Fayre

Tivetshall Village Hall, Green Lane, Tivetshall St Margaret, November 26, 11am-3pm, admission free, 07923 563881

Tivetshall Families and Friends hosts their second festive fayre. Meet talented crafters selling beautiful gifts and tasty treats. We will have a range of other stalls/games, a raffle and refreshments for you to enjoy, including mulled wine.

Christmas Craft Fayre

Sheringham Woodfields School, December 2, 10am-2pm, admission free, sheringhamwoodfields.co.uk

Some 30 stalls of Christmas crafts, cake stall, raffle, tombola, Santa’s grotto, games and much more. Happisburgh Owls will also be attending, plus hot refreshments throughout the event.

Christmas Craft Market

Weybourne Station, Weybourne, December 2-3/9-10/16-017 and 20-23, 10am-6pm, admission free

Quality crafts available in the Marquee at Weybourne Station to coincide with the Santa Special.

Stalham Yuleide Market

High Street, Stalham, December 3, 2pm-7pm, admission free

Free festive event featuring over 40 stalls, inside and out, in venues along Stalham High Street. Food, drink, crafts, decorations and gifts. Live festive music. As don’t miss the community Christmas Tree Festival in St Mary’s Church.

NNUH Festive Fayre

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, December 7, 4pm-8pm, free admission, free parking, nnuh.nhs.uk

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital as it opens its doors for the annual festive fayre. Christmas treats, plus stalls to purchase books, toys, gifts, clothes and jewellery. Also live entertainment.

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