All things Christmas in Suffolk: 9 places for you to shop, stay and visit

PUBLISHED: 12:10 20 November 2019 | UPDATED: 12:10 20 November 2019

All things Christmas in Suffolk

All things Christmas in Suffolk

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There’s nowhere quite like Suffolk during the festive period with so many different places putting you right in the Christmas spirit. Here are 9 great places for you to shop, stay and visit

1) Kentwell Hall

Long Melford, CO10 9BA | 01787 31020

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For a truly magical family festive day out.

* Visit Father Christmas

* Train to be an Elf at the Elf Training School, plus assault course

* Enter the magical world "Beyond the Wardrobe"

* Find out what happened to turn "Christmas upside Down"

* Enjoy the Music Hall & Magic Show

* Mr Dickens reads "A Christmas Carol" plus Victorian special effects

* The house is set in 1869 - meet the Victorian family and their staff

* Meet the Victorian Villagers

* Visit the Victorian Tavern

* All join in making traditional Christmas crafts

* The finale of the day is the Lantern Procession and Carols by Candlelight

The Tea Room and Grill will be open all day | Free on-site car parking | Children under 18 months are free

Kentwell HallKentwell Hall

2) Arc Shopping Centre

14 Prospect Row, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3DG | 01284 706037

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To say THANK YOU for shopping at arc shopping centre, they are giving you a chance to WIN up to £100 worth of prizes every Thursday. If you have you shopped in the centre and spent £20 or more then make sure to take your receipts to their Merry WINmas Desk, located on Charter Square to claim your CHRISTMAS SCRATCHCARD. There are all sorts of prizes up for grabs, including free Costa Coffees, free muffins from Muffin Break, £10 vouchers, £25 vouchers through to 'hot cards' worth £100. So, make sure you pop along to arc shopping centre on a Thursday before Christmas for your chance to win

The fun doesn't stop there… Father Christmas is due to fly into arc Shopping Centre for three days this November to meet children and their families ahead of his busy season. Children will be able to visit Father Christmas in his grotto, free of charge, from 21st -23rd November on Charter Square which coincides with The Christmas Fayre.

During his visit, Father Christmas will be accepting children's Christmas lists and wishes ready to take back to the North Pole with him. Each child will also receive a small treat and magical gift for the family. The visits are expected to be popular, so booking is highly recommended via the arc website

Sessions for Santa's Grotto are as follows: Thursday 21st November 4pm - 7pm; Friday 22nd November 4pm - 7pm; Saturday 23rd November 11am - 7pm

Arc Shopping CentreArc Shopping Centre

3) Alder Carr Farm

Creeting St. Mary, Ipswich, IP6 8LX | 01449 721220

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You can find everything you need for Christmas at Alder Carr Farm. From presents to trees, to all the trimmings you need for a delicious Christmas feast.

The farm shop brims with Christmas goodies, from beautiful biscuit tins and artisan chocolates, to truffle oil and gin. Choose from one of their brilliant ready-made hampers, or pick up a hamper kit and fill a basket full of your favourite goodies .

Visit the Barn Café & courtyard craft shops including Paddy Peter Ceramics - The Country Studio (jewellery, gifts) - Sugarcraft Studio (cake making supplies) - Halfpenny Home ( haberdashery) And the brand new: Stable by Ava Rose & Woodbee (interiors).

Visit the Christmas Craft & Food Fayre on Saturday 30th November 10am-4:00pm with Father Christmas, craft stalls, refreshments and food & drink sampling. Place your Christmas orders and choose your tree. Free parking & entry.

Alder Carr FarmAlder Carr Farm

4) Woolpit Nurseries Ltd

Old Stowmarket Road, Woolpit, Bury St Edmunds IP30 9QS | 01359240370

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Once again they will be selling over 400 of their fresh cut British Christmas trees from Norfolk and Lincolnshire. Every tree is individually priced and opened out in a lit dry greenhouse.

They provide a pick and collect service where you can come and pick your tree and they will look after it until you are ready to collect. Trees arrive on the 30th November.

They also hand make over 200 wreaths and have a vast selection of Christmas planters starting at £3.95. If you're looking for a gift they have a huge range of specimen plants from Italy including Olives, Bays, Topiary and much more.

Please visit them to see their full range.

Woolpit NurseriesWoolpit Nurseries

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5) Explore 4x4

The Courtyard, Elveden Estate, Elveden, Thetford, IP24 3TQ | 01787 320640

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Explore 4x4, multi award winning Outdoor Pursuits Specialists, offer a host of exhilarating activities. Specialising in 4x4 Off Road Driving, Skidpan Driving and driving for the visually impaired.

Or, if shooting is more your scene they offer Clay Pigeon Shooting, Air Rifles, Archery, Crossbows, Knife Throwing, Axe Throwing and more. Their activities are tailor-made to suit individuals, couples, families, corporate and all other groups.

Enjoy the great outdoors and reap the rewards of being surrounded by nature, you can even make a day of it with the family too. Their exclusive location on the stunning Elveden Estate provides the perfect setting for your day. With an award-winning restaurant, tearoom, country inn, food-hall and home and garden shops you are guaranteed a very warm welcome from the Team at Explore 4x4.

Purchase one of their Christmas Gift Voucher and give your friends and family an experience they'll remember for a lifetime.

Explore 4x4Explore 4x4

6) Blackthorpe Barn

Rougham, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 9HZ | 01359 270880


Each year the Christmas festival at Blackthorpe Barn gets more exciting, full of festivities and everything you could wish for this Christmas, it really does get the Christmas tingles started.

Hidden down a beautiful tree-lined avenue in Rougham just outside Bury St Edmunds, Blackthorpe Barn is open everyday until 23 December and is a Christmas delight not to be missed.

Blackthorpe Barn is an unassuming medieval barn, yet when you enter, you are transported into a truly magical Christmas event with a large Country Christmas Shop, Best of British crafts weekends, famous Rougham Estate Christmas trees, creative workshops, a country café and food stalls, and the most talked about Santa's grotto.

Blackthorpe Barn is just three miles east of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, off the A14 at junction 45 (Sat Nav IP30 9HZ).

Blackthorpe BarnBlackthorpe Barn

7) Christchurch Mansion

Soane Street, Ipswich IP4 2BE | 01473 433554

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The Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk exhibition at Christchurch Mansion is the perfect place to visit on a wintery day. Discover Ed's journey from growing up in Suffolk to being one of our country's biggest music stars. The exhibition includes portraits by Colin Davidson, photographs by Mark Surridge, family photographs, unseen personal items, awards and memorabilia.

The exhibition shop is the perfect place to look for a unique Christmas gift. You'll find bags, jewellery, wristbands, t-shirts, stationary and more designed exclusively for the exhibition.

Christchurch Mansion will also be holding a Christmas Tree Festival, so you can explore the historic Tudor building and discover trees decorated by the community.

Christchurch Mansion, and the exhibition, will be closed for Christmas from 24th-27th December and on 1st January. There's plenty of time to make a visit over the Christmas period!

Made in Suffolk Exhibition at the Ipswich Mansion 
Photos by Lucy Taylor Photography 
All copyright remains with the photographer 
Please credit Lucy Taylor Photography when publishingMade in Suffolk Exhibition at the Ipswich Mansion Photos by Lucy Taylor Photography All copyright remains with the photographer Please credit Lucy Taylor Photography when publishing

8) Mill Tye Gallery and Arts Centre

3 Cornard Mills, Mill Tye, Great Cornard, Sudbury CO10 0GW (The old Baker's Mill Building) | 01787 376 796

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Christmas is a time to open your heart and home to your family and friends and no one brings home the holiday spirit better than the Mill Tye Gallery.

With a wide range of Ceramics, Sculptures, Books, Christmas Cards and Home Accessories, there is something for everyone. They have Christmas all wrapped up.

Their Christmas Printworks Exhibition, which runs from Saturday 23rd November until Tuesday 24th December, showcases a range of works from local Contemporary Printmakers, Potters and Sculptors. Open to the public at weekends from 11am-4pm and Fridays from 2.30pm until 6pm. Christmas Eve opening from 10am to 5pm.

Free parking and free entry - everyone welcome.

Mill Tye Gallery and Arts CentreMill Tye Gallery and Arts Centre

9) Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa

Keepers Lane, Leavenheath, CO6 4PZ | 01206 262836

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Celebrate the festive season with party nights and New Year celebrations in their Winter Wonderland.

Purchase bespoke gifts and food, presented in hand-packed hampers for any budget, from £10. Present the gift of time and relaxation with a Spa gift, treatment, Spa Break or Spa Day.

Give the perfect gift, a voucher to use for golf, restaurant, hotel and spa experiences across the resort.

For all your gift requirements, speak to a member of the team on 01206 262836.

Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and SpaStoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa

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