Yes, Christmas is really happening, and there is no excuse for not finding the perfect Christmas present for your nearest and dearest as Norfolk embraces the festive season with seasonal markets, fairs, or even fayres all over the county. Here are ten of the best :
Norwich Castle Curious Christmas Evening and Craft Fair – Friday, 6th December
Norwich’s Norman Castle is a stunning setting for a Christmas venue and with over 30 craft stalls, live music from the wonderful Vivace Quartet, taxidermy display, storytelling, craft activities, DJ Jazzlord and museum trail there is plenty to enjoy.
The cafe is open all evening selling festive fair including turkey baguettes, mince pies and mulled wine.
5pm-9pm Adult £5, Concession £4, Child £2.90,
Deepdale Christmas Market, Burnham Deepdale - Saturday, 7th to Sunday, 8th December
This is the 5th annual Christmas Market at Deepdale, with over 70 stalls in 3 large marquees and St Mary’s Church, entertainment and activities. The shops at Dalegate Market will also be open all weekend with the stalls selling Christmas presents, decorations and all the best from the beautiful North Norfolk Coast.
Dragon Hall Medieval Christmas Market, Norwich - Saturday, 7th to Sunday, 8th December
This wonderful Great Hall is traditionally decorated with a magnificent Christmas tree, holly and ivy, with a bar and seasonal food and drink (plus Norfolk ale)in a marquee in the garden. Traders in medieval costume sell a variety of wares, from handcrafted wooden toys and ceramics to original jewellery and even bows and arrows. Something for everyone!
10am to 4pm. Admission £2.50
Holkham Hall Christmas Weekends Saturday, 7th to Sunday, 8th December and 14th-15th December
As well as being able to admire the magnificent decorations throughout Holkham Hall on the North Norfolk coast, the central Marble Hall is the perfect setting for a programme of music, bell-ringing and carol singing, while characters from Christmas past will entertain you with stories of the hall and its residents. Meanwhile, in the Old Kitchen, the bustling cooks prepare the Christmas feast.
In the courtyard, be tempted by producers and traders with unique gifts, handmade crafts and delicious food and drink and there will be a chance to get festive with face painting, or take a ride through the park in a horse-drawn carriage. The price of a child’s ticket also includes a trip to see Father Christmas in his grotto.
Adult: £15, Child: (2-16yrs) £10, Family: (2 adults and 2 children) £45
Christmas Craft and Produce Market, The Forum, Norwich – Thursday, 5th to Saturday, 7th December
The Atrium will be filled with the scent of freshly ground coffee and sweet treats as the Craft and Produce Fair comes to The Forum for three days of seasonal shopping.
Explore handmade crafts, produce and gifts – all of which have been locally sourced and created with a distinct Norfolk style. From unique pieces of jewellery to books and puzzles for children, there are gift ideas to indulge all tastes.
Of course, no Christmas shopping experience would be complete without the opportunity to treat yourself as well. There’s no harm in paying a visit to The Little Fudge Stall when the sweet smell of creamy, home-made fudge starts to make your mouth water.
Creake Abbey Farmer’s Market, North Creake – Saturday, 7th December and extra Christmas Market on 21st December
On 21st December there will be an extra Christmas Farmer’s market at North Creake Abbey, where the Food Hall will be taking orders for turkeys and you can pick up your pre-ordered Christmas turkey, duck or goose that day. You will find vegetables and fruit, Christmas cakes, other cakes, tray bakes, cupcakes, dairy produce, artisan beer, apple juice, artisan breads, morning goods, puddings, pies, tarts (sweet and savoury), olives and prepared meals made with the finest local ingredients. The Café and Food Hall will be open with bookings for lunch taken from 1.30pm. Outside the Food Hall the Café team will be serving hot food to keep you warm.
Cromer Christmas Festival, Saturday, 7th December
A double celebration with the switching on of the Cromer Christmas lights at 5.30pm, with a Christmas fair and Christmas Tree festival during the day, together with Christmas activities and high street entertainment.
Norwich Fleamarket – Saturday, 14th December
Perhaps not strictly speaking a Christmas Fair, but an ideal opportunity to buy some unique, vintage Christmas presents at this market held in the beautiful Grade I listed St. Andrew’s Halls. It has grown to become the biggest and best regular Fair in the city, with well over 1,000 buyers, including many from Europe.
The Norfolk Diet Farmer’s Market at the Forum, Norwich – Saturday, 14th December
The Norfolk Diet is about celebrating and sharing all that’s great about Norfolk food and drink. This vibrant, outdoor farmers’ market has grown to be a regular feature outside The Forum with a wide selection of hot and cold treats to taste and buy. This Christmas come and smell the hot pork pies as you get closer to The Forum – great Christmas food! Warm your hands on a freshly baked sausage roll and sample meats and cheeses made in our county. There’s also fruit, fresh bread, vegetables, beers & cider and some very tempting sweet treats! Wonderful, full of flavour, local produce to make a hearty delicious Christmas meal.
Fairhaven Woodland & Garden Christmas Market, South Walsham – Saturday, 14th to Sunday,15th December
Follow the woodland trail to discover Father Christmas in a traditional yurt tucked away among the trees, before returning to the tearoom for hot chestnuts and a mince pie or two. There will be live music and an elves workshop to keep the children busy. Stuck for a present? There will also be a Christmas market with gifts and food goodies. As dusk descends the lights in the garden will be twinkling in the Broadland sky. Don’t miss Father Christmas arriving at 11am on his lawnmower!