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13 of the best Christmas markets in Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 10:01 20 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:43 20 November 2018

Christmas markets in Suffolk

Christmas markets in Suffolk

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Come and take a stroll around some of Suffolk’s great Christmas markets and fayres over the festive period and see if you can find that perfect gift. Here are 13 amazing festive fairs in Suffolk

1) Bury St Edmunds Craft and Gift Fair

Get your hands on a great selection of handmade decorations and unique gifts for your loved ones this Christmas. Take a trip into town and you’ll see this free market right next to the historic Abbey Gardens.

Taking place on November 22 - 25 from 12pm on Thursday, 9am on Friday and Saturday and 10am on Sunday, you’ll be sure to find the perfect Christmas gift while shopping around the 300+ stalls. There will also be delicious street food and mulled as well as the quaint cafes and teashops in the area.

2) Clare Christmas Craft Market

Come to Clare Town Hall for a market that will offer a fantastic selection of handmade craft gifts including candles, ceramics, artwork, and much more.

A pop-up cafe will be available on-site serving seasonal fare and mulled wine to keep you warm as you seek out a beautifully personal present. The market is on December 1 and starts at 10am. Entry is free.

3) Jimmy’s Farm Christmas Fayre

On December 1 - 2 come to this farm park on the outskirts of Ipswich for lots of market stalls, a brass band supported by a choir, reindeer, hot chestnuts and, of course, a glass of something warm to keep you refreshed.

Entry and parking is free but usual charges apply for the farm park.

4) We Are Handmade Contemporary Christmas Craft and Design Fair - The Old School, Long Melford

With over 40 stalls, this event offers shoppers an amazing choice of unique, beautifully designed and handcrafted gifts such as jewellery, pottery, soaps, cards and much more. There will be some exciting textile demonstrations by Norah Stocker from Fantasia Textiles.

Norah runs a range of workshops and classes from her Coggeshall studio, including City & Guilds courses. There will be delicious homemade cakes served with tea in lovely vintage style crockery, courtesy of Plum Fairy who will be running the tearoom. The market takes place on November 17 and is free entry.

5) Felixstowe Christmas Craft Market and Light Switch On

The coastal town of Felixstowe offers a traditional craft fayre and Christmas market for all ages. With Father Christmas to entertain the kids, enjoy a day out by the sea with a fantastic selection of food and craft stalls to choose from, you will definitely get into the festive spirit!

There will also be a children’s candlelit parade leading up to the switch on at 5pm. It’s free admission, so why not stop by on December 1.

6) Christkindlmarkt

Two villages, Lavenham and Preston, have joined to offer festive shopping for the family, where you can spend a chilly day sipping on mulled wine with loved ones while you shop for unique and locally made gifts.

Refreshments are served throughout the day in the beautiful, Christmassy atmosphere of Preston Manor Barn. The market opens on November 17.

7) Copdock Giant Christmas Craft and Gift Fayre

Have you visited the Copdock Christmas fayre before? If not, we suggest you spend a winter’s day strolling around the 60 stalls of the inside fayre, where you will find locally made crafted gifts, and refreshments that are served all day - and even Sunday lunch!

Open Ocotber 28 from 10:00am - 4:00pm, there is a £1 admission fee before 2pm.

8) Ipswich Christmas Craft & Foods Fair

Get out to Ipswich’s Suffolk Showground to meet the reindeer and pick up some craft gifts or a unique piece of artwork. Of course there is the opportunity to treat yourself as well, with items for the home and garden readily available.

The fair runs from October 27 - 28 and admission is £4 for adults, £3 for concessions and under-18s are free.

9) Christmas Craft & Gift Fair at Sproughton Tithe Barn

Taking place in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice & Sproughton Community shop on November 3, this fair is completely free to enter.

Between 10am and 4pm there will be over 20 different stalls including handbags, jewellery, glass items, home gifts, sewing, draw, tombola and much more.

10) Sudbury Christmas Fair & Light Switch On

Located on Sudbury’s North Street, East Street and Market Hill, there will be funfair rides, a grotto, a craft fair, an ice skating rink and much more.

The fair is on November 23 with the lights switch on happening at 6.30pm.

11) Clare Christmas Fair

Residents of Clare will be spoilt for choice when it comes to Christmas markets this year as this one sets up camp in St Peter and St Paul’s Church and now also in the Old School Community Centre on November 30 and December 1.

The candlelit church will provide the perfect atmosphere to browse the stalls and munch a mince pie between 5pm and 8pm on Friday and 10am and 7pm on Saturday.

12) Christmas at Helmingham with Illuminated Garden Trail

2018 is the first time that Helmingham Hall has ever opened up for Christmas events so don’t miss the opportunity to see this gorgeous location between December 1 and 9.

Entry to the market is free but admission to the illuminated trail is £10 for adults and £5 for children.

13) Ipswich High School Christmas Fayre

Designed to keep visitors of all ages entertained, Ipswich High School’s fayre will feature craft stalls to buy gifts from, games, carol singing and even Father Christmas’ grotto.

It takes place on December 7 between 12pm and 3.30pm.

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