13 of the best Christmas markets in Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 17:38 17 September 2019 | UPDATED: 09:57 18 June 2020

Suffolk's best Christmas markets

Suffolk's best Christmas markets


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 21 - 24 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) Christmas Farmers' Market at Trinity Park, Ipswich

On December 14 the popular Trinity Park will be filled with around 50 different stalls selling a wonderful array of festive produce sourced from the local area.

Run by Suffolk Market Events, the market will be hosted in the Cattlesheds part of the park from 10am to 2pm. Entry is free.

3) Jimmy's Farm Christmas Fayre

On December 7 - 8 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 16 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 November 30.

6) Heveningham Hall Christmas Market

The festive period will be perfectly encapsulated on December 2 at this majestic listed property that's just a short drive inland from our county's coast.

From 10am to 2pm see live turkeys, browse the large variety of craft stalls, eat handmade mince pies, meet Holly and Ivy the reindeer or sip on a delicious mulled wine.

7) Suffolk Christmas Fair at Trinity Park

The second festive fair taking place at Trinity Park on this list, you'll be able to enjoy the usual combination of stalls selling crafts, food, design items and much more.

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The fair takes place on October 26 and 27 between 10am and 4pm.

8) Christmas Bonanza Weekend in Old Newton

Head to the countryside near Stowmarket to get involved in this festival that's organised to raise funds for a variety of local causes.

The combination of the stalls, raffle, food, dancing and more will be held in the village hall on November 29 and 30.

9) Christmas Craft & Gift Fair at Sproughton Tithe Barn

Taking place in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice & Sproughton Community shop on November 2, 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 and much more.

The fair is on November 29 between 5pm and 9pm.

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 29 and 30.

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

2019 is just the second time that Helmingham Hall has opened up for Christmas events so don't miss the opportunity to see this gorgeous location between November 23 and December 8.

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

13) Christmas Fair at the Sparrows Nest, Lowestoft

Hosted by The Ness and OMG Fayres, you'll be able to get right into the Christmas spirit with family and friends by the coast.

The fair takes place on November 24 between 12pm and 4pm.


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