32 seasonal markets to get you into the Christmas spirit
14:11 21 November 2014
Injest some real festive spirit into your Christmas shopping with a whirl around the region’s wonderful seasonal markets. SIMON PARKIN has a guide to the best places for gifts and plenty of Christmas cheer!
Sandringham Christmas Extravaganza
Sandringham Park, November 21-23, 10am-6pm, £6.50 (£6 cons), 01283 820660, ivingheritagecraftshows.co.uk
This popular favourite blends arts and crafts, regional food and drink, unusual gifts and demonstrations. Scores of specialists, from artists and designers, plus the Fine Food Hall. Festive dog show, Fiery Jack and his amazing circus skills, living history, Santa’s Owl Show and the Chainsaw Carving Elves.
Christmas Fayre Great Yarmouth, November 21-23, 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm, free admission, 01493 745828, www.great-yarmouth.co.uk Traditional festive entertainment will include school choirs, bell ringers and local performers, plus a Santa’s grotto and funfair. Unique hand-made and specialist craft and food stalls. School choirs will be delivering festive songs in the Minster on Friday and the Norwegian Choir join us on Saturday evening.
Christmas Market Burnham Market, November 22, from 12pm, free admission, www.burnhammarket.co.uk Burnham Market Christmas lights switch-on includes 40 craft, art and gift stalls, festive food delicacies, plus outdoor mulled and wine and beer bar. Entertainment from the Hunstanton Concert Band, Nelson’s Shantymen and carols with local choirs, plus funfair rides and Santa.
Christmas Craft Market St Catherine’s Church, Ludham, November 22, 10am-1pm, free admission, 01692 678060
Buy hand crafted items as inexpensive Christmas presents. For sale will be many handcrafted goods, jewellery, cards, pottery, paintings and more. Music played by St Edmund Youth Orchestra.
Christmas Fayre Park Farm, Swanton Morley, Dereham, November 22, 10am-4pm, free admission, 01362 637457, www.huntershall.co.uk Over 20 stalls selling jewellery, gifts, wreaths, food, beauty products, clothing and more. Bring in your letters to give to Father Christmas and enter our prize draw to win tickets to the Christmas Concert.
Christmas Fayre 2014 The Atrium, North Walsham, November 22, 10am-3pm, free admission, 01692 400080, www.theatrium.org.uk The Christmas fayre at the Atrium has been part of the North Walsham’s diary for the last few years. This year will focus on local arts and crafts from hand-made Christmas cards, paintings, candles and glass work. Festive food, drink and crafts with live entertainment to get you in the festive mood! Father Christmas and screenings of two Christmas films: The Grinch (11am) and Miracle on 34th Street (2pm).
Festive Fair Elveden Estate, November 22-23, 10am–5pm, free admission, 01842 890223, elveden.com Indulge your senses with the hand-picked food stalls, offering local food from a variety of artisan producers. Entertainment will see the return of the popular singing elves and donkey rides. Bury Christmas Fayre Bury St Edmunds, November 27-30, Thurs 4pm-8pm/Fri-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-5pm, free admission, 01284 764667, www.burystedmundschristmasfayre.co.uk Over the past decade Bury St Edmunds’ Christmas Fayre has grown into one of the country’s biggest festive events and draws visitors from across the region. Over 300 festive stalls in eight different locations, plus live entertainment, funfair and a huge range of Christmas treats. Santa’s Grotto with reindeer on Friday afternoon and Saturday and Sunday 11am–5pm and free children’s entertainment in Abbey Gardens.
Christmas Fayre Bawburgh School, Bawburgh, November 29, 12pm-2pm, free admisison Lots of stalls plus games galore for families, children can buy their presents in the Secret Parent Present Room, and Father Christmas and his Elf in the Grotto. Christmas Fair Assembly House, Norwich, November 29-30, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm , free admission, 01603 626402, assemblyhousenorwich.co.uk This popular Christmas Fair returns twith all sorts of lovely-looking stalls. There’ll be jewellery, pottery, glassware, knitwear, festive food, decorations, plants and more. Listen to the brass band playing carols then take a look at the Christmas goods – from wreaths to Christmas cakes, vintage clothes, toys and old-fashioned sweets.
Hingham Christmas Fair The Fairlands, Hingham, November 30, 10am-3pm, 50p, children free A traditional Christmas fair now in its ninth year with local crafters, trades-people and producers selling gifts, locally produced food and drink. The Silver Band will be playing carols from 1pm and a children’s choir providing entertainment during the afternoon.
Clutter City Yuletide Market
Norwich Arts Centre, December 6, 11am-4pm, free admission, 01603 660352, www.cluttercity.co.uk The Christmas market with a difference. A yuletide feast of crafts, festive workshops and winter food and drink. Over 30 DIY art, print and craft stalls, live music. The focus is on original and unique items including clothes, jewellery, prints and more.
Global Village Christmas Market The Forum, Norwich, December 5-6, 10am-5pm, free admission, email firstname.lastname@example.org Crafts and gifts all with an international design and flavour. Plus there will be global cuisine, sweet treats and mulled wine!
Dickensian Steampunk Fayre Market Place, Wymondham, December 6, 2pm-6pm, free admission, facebook.com/WymondhamLions An unusual twist on the traditional festive fayre as Wymondham Lions host this steampunk event with dozens of quirky craft and art seasonal stalls, live music from the Rock Choir, local bands and the City of Norwich Pipe Band, and lots of wacky entertainment from Charlie Cheeseman the ‘bubbleologist’ to fire eating. And expect a novel take on Father Christmas too!
Deepdale Christmas Market Burnham Deepdale, December 6-7, 10am-4pm, free admission, www.deepdalefarm.co.uk/christmasmarket Over 90 stalls in three marquees, plus at nearby St Mary’s Church, with festive activities and entertainment.
Christmas Street Fair Town Centre, Bungay, December 7, 9am-3.30pm, free admission Popular annual Christmas market in the streets. Up to 80 traders will be selling a wide selection of goods. Father Christmas will be meeting his young friends in his grotto at the Fisher Theatre. The South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band will be performing. Food and drink, for all tastes.
Christmas Carnival Attleborough, December 7, 1pm-6pm, free admission, ww.attleboroughtc.org.uk Attleborough will get into the festive spirit with its now annual lights switch-on and Christmas Carnival. There will be craft stalls, music and fun fair rides with children’s entertainers and, or course, Santa. Light switch-on at 4.15pm.
Medieval Christmas Market Dragon Hall, King Street, Norwich, December 6-7, 10am-4pm, £2.50, £1 under-16s, under-5s free, 01603 663922, www.dragonhall.org This is now an eagerly anticipated annual event with the ancient hall (built in 1430) tastefully decorated in traditional seasonal splendour. Traders will be in period costume selling original and unusual gifts, from historical reproductions in wood, iron and glass to Christmas decorations, candles, cards, wreathes and cakes, wines and ales. Mulled wine, gingerbread and plates of hearty stew.
Christmas Craft Weekends
Blickling Hall, December 6-7/13-14, 11am-5pm, normal admission prices, 01263 738030, nationaltrust.org.uk Blickling’s traditional Christmas market in the courtyard over two weekends and be tempted by an array of exclusive gifts from jewellery and ceramics to cards and liqueurs. Wander around the beautifully decorated house and meet characters from the past.
Christmas Celebrations Holkham Hall, December 6-7/13-14, 11am-5pm (last entry 4pm), £15, £10 children, £45 family on day, reductions in advance, 01328 713111, holkham.co.uk See the hall magnificently decorated with Christmas trees galore, real greenery from the park, decorations, scents and candlelight producers and traders with unique gifts, handmade crafts and delicious food and drink. Meet costumed characters from Christmas past and cheeky elves who love to sing and play their ukuleles! Listen to magical music and choirs or the storyteller.
Christmas Fayre Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, December 11, 4pm-8pm, free admission, free parking, www.nnuh.nhs.uk Wide variety of stalls, purchase anything from toys and gifts, to clothes and jewellery. Norfolk chef Richard Hughes will be holding a Christmas demo. Entertainment from Busybodies Stage School, the NNUH choir, Scunsulata, Little Red Shoes and a performance of bell ringing by the Belfok Ringers.
Lions Winter Street Fayre Halesworth, December 14, free admission, www.halesworth.net Many of the town shops will be open for Christmas shopping. The Thoroughfare will be lined with stalls of all descriptions plus crafts in the Old Printworks. Father Christmas will be in his grotto.
Wisbech Christmas Extravaganza Wisbech, December 15, 3pm-6pm, free admission The town’s Christmas lights switch-on features live music, dancers, entertainment and a special Disney Frozen finale, plus also lots of Christmas stalls. Then on December 15 there is the Victorian Christmas market with over 100 stalls and attractions. Street entertainers including strollers, bands, stilt walkers, reindeer and Santa’s Grotto.
Longham Village Hall, near Gressenhall, November 22, 11am-3pm, free admission, www.dereham.cats.org.uk
Many stalls from craft, bric-a-brac, jewellery and many other things we all like for Christmas.
Octagon Chapel, Colegate, Norwich, November 22, 11am–2pm, admission free, www.ukunitarians.org.uk/norwich
Numerous craft and food stalls including raffle where the prizes will be a hand stitched wall hanging, children’s games, hand-made Jewellery and more.
Mulbarton Village Hall, November 23, 2pm-4pm, free admission
Mulbarton Children’s Centre holds festive fair with Christmas activities, games, gift and cake stall and more.
Christmas Craft & Gift Fayre
Saxlingham Nethergate Village Hall, November 28, 6.30pm-9.30pm, £2 per person
There will be 20 fabulous stalls selling gifts, crafts, Christmas decorations and local produce. Admission includes a glass of mulled wine or soft drink and a mince pie.
Winter Gift Fair
Thornham Village Hall, November 29-30, 10am-4pm, free admission, 01485 512315
This local village fair offers the opportunity to meet and buy from 22 selected Norfolk artisan makers unique gifts and seasonal produce for those special Christmas gifts.
Heartsease Primary Academy School, November 29, 11am-3pm, free admission
Lots of stalls, including clothing, toys, jewellery, beauty products, handmade crafts and festive wreaths. Santa’s Grotto, fun and games.
Christmas Craft Fair
Castle Mall, Norwich, December 1-21, free admission, 01603 766430, www.castlemallnorwich.co.uk
Annual fair is back for another year with an array of locally crafted gifts, from handmade jewellery and gifts to locally produced beers. Open daily 9am outside Boots on Level 1.
Hellesdon High School, December 6, 10am-2pm, free admission, www.hellesdon.net
Hellesdon again hosts its Christmas fair. Many stalls and this year Santa is going to be making an appearance.
St William’s Primary School, Thorpe St Andrew, December 6, 11am-2pm, free admisison
Over 30 craft and gift stalls, Santa’s grotto, school choir, hot turkey rolls and fun for all the family.