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Christmas Shopping Suffolk Style

Christmas Shopping time is upon us and in Suffolk it can be an absolutely pleasurable experience. Why trawl the internet when there are opportunities to see unique gift ideas which will appeal to more than just the eyes? Our lovely local town of Bury St Edmunds supports many independent shops.¬† You’ll find them offering all sorts from stylish clothing to niche cookware, to local foodstuffs and more. Also well worth the slightly longer journey, Cambridge and Norwich are welcoming cities with a lot of big name stores (House of Fraser, J.Lewis, Debenhams etc.). Additionally, you’ll find plenty of places for ‘fuel stops’ and entertainment venues too. But we’re also lucky to have some unusual outlets nearby too where you’ll certainly find something different.

Christmas comes to Blackthorpe Barn and Wyken Vineyards

At nearby Blackthorpe Barn (Rougham) they’ve been building a great reputation for hosting some of the country’s best craft producers in the lead-up to Christmas. Jewellery, ceramics and artworks are in plentiful supply at this fine example of a rural Suffolk building. These fairs run each weekend from 9th November to 15th December. Even closer to Upthorpe Lodges you’ll find a very special shopping experience at Wyken Vineyards (also home to the excellent Leaping Hare restaurant plus regular Saturday morning farmers market). The atmospheric setting (a converted timber framed barn) suits the wide variety of goods on display. Many items from small producers and makers not just in the UK but mainland Europe too – items which will be hard to find elsewhere. As well as Christmas decorations, these include hand-crafted rugs, tableware, clothing, and novelty items ideal as stocking fillers. It’s also home to a very well chosen and constantly changing range of books.

Norwich and Cambridge – Big Names and Small Independents

Less than an hour’s drive from us, Christmas shopping can be a pleasure in either of these two small East Anglian cities. Each boast some fascinating pedestrianised shopping streets lined with local independents and a less mainstream choice. Equally, these cities are large enough to be home to the bigger high street names as well. So visitors are really spoilt for choice. And of course there are indoor malls too where the weather outside cannot spoil your day.

Are you¬†thinking of staying with us in the lead-up to Christmas? Then we hope this article has given you some ideas for combining a luxury break with a shopping trip. You can shop ’til you drop if you want to, but there’s always a luxury hot tub to return to!

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