East Anglia: the perfect place for Christmas Shopping

Christmas is on the horizon. Oxford Street, Lakeside and many other retail destinations will all be painfully busy in the next few weeks but East Anglia has a wonderful mix of mainstream shopping, festive markets and great little independents to choose from where a weekends shopping excursion can be an absolute pleasure.

Bury St Edmunds is our nearest town and its ever popular Christmas Fayre takes place on the last weekend in November (including the Friday). If you can’t visit that weekend then Bury still has lots to offer especially for those looking for inspiration and something special. The old town centre has many smaller shops in the side streets off the market square, where you’ll find specialists selling jewellery, clothing accessories and even gifts for cyclists and motorcyclists. Beer and Cider lovers are well catered for at both the Greene King shop (by the brewery) and the Adnams shop close to Marks and Spencers.

Although larger than Bury, Cambridge has its fair share of narrow lanes too, home to a great range of local retailers and mulitples too. We tend to ‘park and ride’ when we visit and then disembark at the modern Grafton Centre shopping mall before walking the short walk into the city centre, passing¬†(or diving into) the large John Lewis on the way.¬† Cambridge market is also of interest as there are invariably craft stalls at this time of year. Cambridge is also well endowed with bookshops and galleries.

Heading north from us, and just under an hour’s drive, you’ll find the city of Norwich, which boasts two large indoor malls, especially attractive if the weather’s not great. House of Fraser, Bonds of Norwich (a John Lewis store) and Jarrolds are three of the largest department stores in the region where you can tick off many a Christmas List item. On your way to Norwich you might also like to pop in at The English Whisky Company where you’ll find some gifts to warm the cockles of any mans heart. Their new cafe has also received some good reviews.

Needless to say, Bury, Cambridge and Norwich are well endowed with some great local cafes and restaurants to replenish your energy levels before returning to your lodge and the inviting hot tub where you can rest those Christmas shoppers legs.

Try these websites for further information on what East Anglia has to offer;