Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Get into the Festive Spirit this Season and Visit Suffolk’s Best Christmas Fayres

With the festive season already here, now is the perfect time to combine your short breaks in log cabins with a spot of Christmas shopping. Suffolk has some wonderful festive markets and independent shops, where you can find the ideal gifts for friends and family. This article puts the spotlight on Christmas Craft Fayres in Suffolk at just some of the county’s top shopping destinations. And, why not combine retail therapy with some sight-seeing, for the perfect break away?

Windmill Lodges offers idyllic log cabin breaks where you can relax in luxurious surroundings on a small, exclusive complex in the heart of the countryside. Here, you can enjoy the luxury of four or five-star accommodation with all the facilities you need to create the perfect home from home, including log effect coal fires, Wi-Fi, a fully fitted kitchen, soft leather sofas, en-suite facilities, sumptuous beds, and all the benefits of your own private hot tub, so you can completely unwind. And the good news is, Windmill Lodges is offering discounts over the festive period.

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Festive Fayres in Suffolk – Our Pick of the Best


Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 – Minsmere
Why not combine a visit to the RSPB Centre at Minsmere with some festive delights? From 11 am until 4pm, you can sample some festive treats, enjoy product demonstrations and catch up on your shopping. If you are visiting Minsmere with the youngest members of the family, they will have the chance to take part in craft activities. A memorable experience for all ages!

Sunday 17 – St Peter’s by the Waterfront
If you are combining a trip to Suffolk’s country town with a hot tub break away, don’t miss out on the annual Christmas Craft Fayre, held in the beautiful surroundings of St Peter’s Church by the Waterfront. This 15th century church, now a concert venue and heritage site, is hosting a craft fair selling locally made goods. The event takes place from 10 am until 4 pm, and can also make a day of it by enjoying a sumptuous meal in one of the restaurants overlooking Ipswich’s marina. There are a number of independent shops around the Waterfront area, or you can head into town for some shopping delights.

Sunday 17 – The Athenaeum Bury St Edmunds
If you want to combine Christmas shopping on your short breaks in log cabins with a visit to the historic town of Bury St Edmunds, head to the November Christmas Craft Fayre. The Athenaeum is open from 10 am until 4.30 pm, and you can browse more than 60 stalls for Christmas gift ideas.

Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 – Ipswich Christmas Market
Right in the heart of Ipswich town centre, and open until late, this colourful Christmas market is well worth a visit. It’s your chance to stock up on some Christmas gift ideas and sample some delicious food and drink.  Browse the 50 or so stores, and sample some cider, mulled wine, or local brews at the beer festival. There’s also a host of entertainment laid on including rides, family activities, live music, and a chance to meet Santa. Don’t eat before you go, as there will be food and drink galore.


Sunday 1 – Framlingham Charity Christmas Fayre
You’ll be spoiled for choice as the Market Hill Christmas Fayre is one of three local celebrations on the same day. From 11 am to 3 pm Framlingham will play host to a wide range of stalls selling a host of festive delights from roasted chestnuts to floral arrangements, Christmas gifts and cakes. To add to the Christmas spirit, Leiston’s Royal British Legion band will play carols from the afternoon. The event will round off with a ‘Light up a Light’ carol service at St Michael’s church, organised by St Elizabeth’s Hospice.

Sunday 1 - Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre
Here’s another chance to combine Christmas shopping with a visit to the medieval market town of Bury St Edmunds. Some 100,000 visitors are expected during this spectacular three-day event, which combines stalls with some fantastic entertainment. The Fayre is being held all along the Butter Market, where you will find a Farmer’s Market and browse more than 30 artisan stalls.

Sunday 1 – Woodbridge Christmas Fayre
Promising to be THE Christmas Fayre in East Anglia, the picturesque town of Woodbridge is hosting a grand event along the Thoroughfare and Cumberland Street. From 10 – 5 pm you can browse some fantastic, locally made gifts and sample delicious, regional produce to take back home. Suffolk is full of shopping gems, and if you love independent stores, Woodbridge is an amazing shopping destination with a wide range of fascinating stores from arts and crafts to delicatessens and jewellery stores. So, why not combine your short breaks in log cabins, with a visit to this historic town?

Friday 13 – Framlingham Christmas Festival
Framlingham will be brought to life again at a magical Christmas festival, followed by late night shopping from 6 pm until 9 pm. The town will be lit up with festive lights and trees, and there is chance to soak in the atmosphere with a snow machine, and an array of entertainment such as table top games, a raffle with big prizes and a mass balloon release. You can enjoy delicious Christmas treats such as roast chestnuts, mulled wine, and a hog roast, and there’s plenty of opportunity to stock up on stocking fillers and gifts. The highlight of the event is the arrival of Santa by horse and cart!

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