Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Sample Home-Grown Suffolk Produce in the Region’s Christmas Markets

As Christmas is fast approaching, a stay in Windmill Lodges’ luxury self-catering log cabins in Suffolk wouldn’t be complete without visiting one of the festive markets. Winter is a magical time of year in the UK, made even more enchanting with a cosy cabin break in the midst of the East Anglian countryside. At Windmill Lodges, we believe in giving you all your home comforts and more…so after a brisk walk, or a day’s sightseeing, you can unwind in your own private hot tub, then relax in front of the coal effect fire after cooking up a treat in our fully equipped kitchens.

Meanwhile, if you want to sample some of the county’s specialities, or stock up on handcrafted goods, it’s worthwhile heading to one of the local seasonal markets, where you can get into Christmas spirit. Here are some of our favourite Christmas markets within easy driving distance of Windmill Lodges.

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Suffolk’s Christmas Markets

Ipswich Christmas Market – Under the glitz of the Christmas lights, right in the heart of Ipswich town centre, is the annual market from November 21-23. Highlights include stalls selling unique gifts such as handmade decorations, toys, crafts, and local food. It promises to be fun for all, as local entertainment and music will bring the spirit of Christmas to adults and children alike. The market is spread out over the Cornhill, Buttermarket, Giles Street and Queen Street areas. Hot food, including roast chestnuts, will also be available for sale. The market takes place Friday to Sunday 10 am to 6 pm.

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Market – Now in its tenth year, the historic town of Bury St Edmunds will once again be brought alive with the annual Christmas Fayre which is expected to be a huge hit with locals and visitors. Children and adults can browse the 300 plus stalls, enjoy a ride on the funfair, or watch the entertainment on one of the two separate stages, from November 27-30.  The dates also tie in with the Christmas Fayre at the Cathedral and the Medieval Fayre at the Moyse’s Hall Museum and there will be street entertainment aplenty. Opening times for the fayre are Thursday 4-8 pm, Friday and Saturday 10-8 pm, and 10-5 pm Sunday.

Felixstowe Christmas Craft Market – Browse the stalls and watch the Christmas light switch-on by Felixstowe’s Mayor on Saturday November 29. Here, you can browse the stalls of traditional crafts in Hamilton Road, listen to carol singing, and take your little ones to see Santa in the Christmas grotto.  The market opens from 10-6 pm, and highlights of the occasion will be a children’s candlelight procession at 4.40 pm, followed by the light switch on at 5 pm.

Woodbridge Christmas Street Fair – Head to Woodbridge town centre on Sunday December 7 to buy some scrumptious Christmas delights. The fair will held on the town’s main street, The Thoroughfare, and it promises to be a bright and colourful event with well over 100 gift stalls selling a range of tempting items from delicious food to beautiful jewellery and handmade Christmas decorations. A brass band will entertain you during the event, from 10 am until 5 pm, and you can stock up on treats to fill up the fridge in your self-catering log cabin.

Snape Maltings Vintage Market – The Vintage Market takes place on Sunday November 30, where you can find some great gifts to spoil friends or family members. It comes hot on the heels of the regular Saturday market, where you can buy fresh food direct from the producers. Browse the 50 plus stalls for antiques and vintage fabrics.

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