Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Inject some real festive spirit into your Christmas shopping with a whirl around the region’s wonderful seasonal markets. As part of day 4 of our daily guides to Christmas, SIMON PARKIN discovers 10 great places for gifts, decorations and plenty of Christmas cheer.
Craft Fair And Enchanted Evening
Norwich Castle, December 7, 5pm9pm, 3.40 (2.90 cons), 2.50 children, 01603 495897, wwwmuseums.norfolk.gov.uk
Accompanied by a programme of Baroque music from the Vivace Quartet, this unusual Christmas fair will have stalls with gifts in every price range. For the first time ever, youll also be able to see live owls in the Castle Keep, plus storytelling and magic.
Clutter City Yuletide Market
Norwich Arts Centre, December 8, 11am-4pm, free admission, 01603 660352, www.cluttercity.co.uk
Clutter City is back with a winter wonderland of another yuletide feast of crafts, festive workshops and winter food and drink to Norwich Arts Centre. This quirky handmade market is where you will find unusual and unique gifts and items. In total there will be over 30 stalls, live music, warm spicy cider and delicious festive treats.
Fairgreen Farms Christmas Market
The Barn, Fairgreen Farms, Hill Road, Fair Green/Middleton, December 8, 9am-5pm, 50p, children free, 07761 285864
This indoor Christmas market at Fairgreen Farms is back by popular demand with many art and craft stalls, artisan goods and local produce. There will be musical entertainment with harpist, piano and a choir singing carols. Stollen and mulled wine to get you into the festive spirit.
Traditional Spirit Of Christmas
Holkham Hall, December 8-9/15-16, 11am-5pm, 12, 8 children, 36 family, 01328 713111, www.holkham.co.uk
Christmas at Holkham includes magical weekends of traditional family entertainment complete with real reindeer to add that special festive feel. The magnificently decorated Hall will be open, meet Victorian characters dressed in splendid costumes, plus storytelling, dancing, carol singing, tales from Christmas past and seasonal gifts from Victorian traders stalls.
Blickling Hall, December 8-9/15-16, 11am-5pm, normal admission prices, 01263 738030, www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Be welcomed by characters from the past and enter the national Trust property beautifully decorated for the festive season. The Christmas Courtyard houses a marquee with crafts, seasonal snacks and drinks. Christmas trees, wreaths and greenery are for sale beside garden gifts, hot chestnuts and seasonal delights.
Christmas Workshops and Father Christmas
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham, December 9, 11am-5pm, 5.50 (5 cons), 5 children (includes present), pre-book on 01603 270449, www.fairhavengarden.co.uk. Follow the woodland trail and find Santa in his yurt with reindeer Comet and Blitzen, also enjoy childrens crafts in the elves workshop, live music and a Christmas mini-market selling gifts and food goodies.
Winter Street Fayre
Halesworth, December 9, free admission, 01986 782558
Huge variety of stall at the Halesworth Lions annual Winter Street Fayre. The Old Printworks will be bursting at the seams with art and craft stalls selling everything you can think of. The Throughfare will be lined with even more stalls and the majority of the shops open. In addition Father Christmas will be in his Grotto and there will be traditional Christmas entertainment.
Traditional European Food And Craft Fair
Fakenham, December 14-15, free admission, www.traditionalmarket.co.uk
Sample the festive delights of the continent. Fakenham will be transformed into a bustling market place with traders from France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Holland, Poland and many more countries will be wearing traditional costumes, selling high quality products including Brittany biscuits, olives, Italian nougat, delectable cheeses, sausages, charcuterie and much more.
Christmas Charity Craft Fair
Central Hall, Back Lane, Wymondham, December 15, 9.30am-1.30pm, free admission, www.sparklesevents.co.uk
Charity Craft Fair containing up to 40 craft stands. All the festive items on sale are made by the seller, plus there will be seasonal food and drink.
Wisbech Christmas Market
Wisbech Town Centre, December 17, free admission, www.fenland.gov.uk
One of the regions big Christmas markets. Last year there were more than 150 stalls in the attractive Georgian market town, selling everything from turkey to tinsel, from mistletoe to mince pies and from stuffing to Santa. There are also charity stalls and traditional traders, fairground rides, carol singers, people in Victorian period costume, street organs, holly wreaths, Christmas trees and more.