Grab yourself a festive bargain on Norwich market

Norwich Market: As it is today. The market has a history going back centuries.

Norwich Market: As it is today. The market has a history going back centuries. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

It has been a shopping destination in the city centre for centuries, and residents have flocked to it to buy all their Christmas wares.

Market Christmas feature. Sixth Scents

Market Christmas feature. Sixth Scents - Credit: Geraldine Scott

And still today, time spent on Norwich market will see any seasonal shopper come away with gifts and treats for the festive period.

Reporter Geraldine Scott took a walk around the historic stalls, to see what she could find.

Market Christmas feature. Olivia's

Market Christmas feature. Olivia's - Credit: Geraldine Scott

1. From incense to dreamcatchers, one of the market's newcomers Sixth Scents has a range of gifts.

Owner Ron Fyfe recommended salt lamps as the perfect Christmas gift. Starting at £15 and going up to £30, depending on size, he said: 'They're really unique, everyone likes them and every one of them is different - they have a lot of health benefits.

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'Every house should have at least one.'

Market Christmas feature. Mare's Nest Music

Market Christmas feature. Mare's Nest Music - Credit: Geraldine Scott

2. For that special someone Chris Pierce, who owns Olivia's silver stall, said the baltic amber they stocked was ideal.

'It's a unique item,' he said. 'That's the thing about amber, it's especially popular with the Chinese students from UEA who will take it home for relatives.'

The piece pictured cost £115, with the sterling silver chain at £38.

Market Christmas feature. Harvey's Cards.

Market Christmas feature. Harvey's Cards. - Credit: Geraldine Scott

3. For the music lover Ian Goldsmith of Mare's Nest Music said Northern Soul albums were particularly popular. At £8, he said the first volume was at a good price for a present.

'It's perfect for people who like soul and want to remember the good old days,' he said.

'Could even use it as background music - get granny up dancing!'

Market Christmas feature. P.J. Bakers

Market Christmas feature. P.J. Bakers - Credit: Geraldine Scott

4. As well as gifts, the market has got shoppers covered for cards and wrapping, as Harvey's Cards has everything you might need.

But Ray Harvey, stallholder, said he also sells a lot of tea towels in the run up to Christmas, with a Norfolk dialect one - at £3.99 - proving particularly popular.

'It's something different and just for Norfolk,' he said. 'It's unusual and a bit of a conversation piece.'

Market Christmas feature. The Cheeseman

Market Christmas feature. The Cheeseman - Credit: Geraldine Scott

5. The market is also the perfect destination for all your Christmas produce. Andy Barton, of P J Baker's butchers stall, said they saw a rise in turkey, chicken and beef in the festive season.

'Chicken can be a nice alternative if people don't like turkey,' he said.

6. Or, for the after-dinner cheeseboard, The Cheeseman stall offered up a Camembert at £2.68 each.

Market Christmas feature. Mr Bags

Market Christmas feature. Mr Bags - Credit: Geraldine Scott

Gemma Whitham who works on the stall said: 'It's quite reasonable and it's very nice, you can have it hot or cold and it gets everyone around the table dipping in together.'

7. Ramon Swinger, who Mr Bags stall has been in his family for three generations, said he had people come back year after year to buy traditional gifts of bags, wallets and purses. He picked out at £26.99 bag which would be a much-loved gift.

'It's a bit like flowers, everyone buys their mother, father, son daughter something like a bag or a wallet. It's a traditional Christmas gift,' he said.

Market Christmas feature. The Yarn and Craft Store

Market Christmas feature. The Yarn and Craft Store - Credit: Geraldine Scott

8. To keep the little ones warm, the Yarn and Craft store had a whole range of handmade cardigans, at a range of prices. The pink cardigan pictured was £6.99.

Stallowner Christine Haw said: 'They're sparkly and good for party time around Christmas as well as keeping babies snugly and warm. They're well made, unique and cosy.'

Market Christmas feature. Joe's Pets.

Market Christmas feature. Joe's Pets. - Credit: Geraldine Scott

9. And our pooch pals need not miss out of the festive fun, as Joe's Pets had doggy stockings and toys on offer.

For £2.99 you could give your pet a treat on Christmas day with a new toy.

Kellie Hilton, whose family own the stall, said: 'I think people like to involve their pets and they like to give them something so they don't feel left out.'

Market Christmas feature. Walker's Toys.

Market Christmas feature. Walker's Toys. - Credit: Geraldine Scott

10. Finally, as Christmas really is a nice for children, they won't be disappointed with the gifts Santa could find on Norwich market.

Simon Walker's stall Walker's Toys is bursting with fun and games for all ages, but he said particularly popular this year were Bunchems, colourful little balls that stick to each other to make 3D creations.

'They're a big seller, the kids love them,' he said, showing off the £7.99 set.

Many of the stalls on Norwich market will be operating later opening hours for late night shopping and the Christmas lights switch on.

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