The best Christmas food and gift markets taking place in Norfolk
PUBLISHED: 15:37 20 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:01 26 November 2018
Christmas is coming and there is no better way to get into the festive mood than visiting a market, with mulled wine in hand of course.
With lots of gift ideas, crafts and food and drink on offer, you are spoilt for choice with this year’s Christmas markets taking place in Norfolk.
Here are some of the best taking place in the county in the build up to the big day.
Deepdale Christmas Market
Dalegate Market Site, Burnham Deepdale, PE31 8FB
November 30 to December 2, 10am to 5pm
There can’t be a better reason to visit the North Norfolk Coast in the Winter, when over 120 local artisans and producers gather for one of East Anglia’s best seasonal markets.
There is something for every budget with tasty treats, wreaths, homewares, toys, beer, cheeses and more.
Make sure to arrive on an empty stomach as there will be plenty of food and drink this year including sloe gin, pizzas, pies, crepes, wine and duck wraps.
There is free entry and parking, in the farm yard and stubble field, at the event which takes place in large marquees around the Dalegate Market site, in the barn of Deepdale Backpackers and Camping and amongst the pews in St Mary’s Church.
Norwich Traditional Christmas Market
The Forum , NR2 1BH
December 7 to 23, 10am to 8pm weekdays/10am to 6pm weekends
There will be forty wooden chalets outside the Forum throughout December selling unique gifts and tasty festive food including hot ginger bread, roasting chesnuts and mulled wine. There will also be festive street entertainment and a tavern with a covered seating area for you to relax in. Whilst you’re there make sure to visit the stunning Tunnel of Light which runs from The Forum to Gentleman’s Walk.
Norfolk Christmas Fayre
Norwich Cathedral, NR1 4DH
December 1, 10am to 6pm
Everyone is invited to enjoy a free celebration of Christmas in Norfolk as the first ever Norfolk Christmas Fayre opens in the heart of Norwich.
Come and sample Christmas produce from around the county in the festive atmosphere of the Cathedral Cloisters.
The Cathedral Close will also be lit up and there will be entertainment including carol singers and vintage fairground rides.
Global Village Christmas Market
The Forum, NR2 1BH
November 29 to December 1, 10am to 5pm
An indoor market with beautiful handcrafted gifts and decorations from around the world. Head outside and there will also be mulled wine and festive food with a brass band and carol singers.
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The Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich, NR2 2PA
December 17, 4.30pm to 8.30pm
£2 includes entry to market and concert
A festive evening full of lovely local goodies, carol singing and everything that makes Christmas feel so magical. Inside there will be a Christmas market where you can pick up stocking fillers and last minute gifts, followed by the chance to sing carols at the concert in the main cathedral, with the City of Norwich Brass Band and Southrepps Chorale performing. Father Christmas will also be popping in to spread some Christmas cheer. The event is in aid of Break charity.
Indoor Christmas Market
Ormiston Victory Academy, Costessey, NR5 0PX
November 24, 10am to 3pm
Expect festive goodies galore with 70 stalls selling homemade crafts including decorations, candles, cosmetics, glass art and more. There will also be a cafe serving hot food, drinks and cakes and a face painter, art and craft table and Santa’s Grotto for children. There is also free parking at the event.
Blakeney Christmas Market
St Nicholas Church, NR25 7NJ
November 24, 10am to 4pm
Lots of stalls selling a wide range of gifts including knitwear, jewellery, plants and papercraft. There will also be a tombola and a guest the weight of the cake and number of sweets in the jar competition. At Blakeney Primary School there will be a cafe and games for children.
Great Yarmouth Christmas Fayre
Market Place, NR30 2AX
November 30 to December 2, 10am to 8pm/9am to 5pm/10am to 4pm
The Great Yarmouth Christmas Fair is part of the town’s winter festival and is a three-day extravaganza of crafts, over 30 food and gift stalls and festive entertainment, The opening ceremony will take place at 10am on Friday with a performance by the Norwegian Lardal Kantori choir, who are performing a full concert at the Minster on the Saturday evening.
King’s Lynn Christmas Market
King’s Lynn town Centre and Market Places
November 29, 12pm to 8pm
With over 60 stalls, the King’s Lynn Christmas Market is the perfect place to find a unique Christmas gift for a loved one, plus enjoy a host of street entertainment and activities, food and drink and more.
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Pensthorpe Christmas Market
Pensthorpe Natural Park, NR21 0LN
November 25, 10am to 4pm
£8 including entry into the park, under 3’s free
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the high street with pop-up food, drink and craft stalls. There will also be live music and bespoke creations from local craftsmen and plenty of mulled wine and mince pies.
Holkham Festive Food Fair
Lady Elizabeth Wing, Holkham Hall, NR23 1AB
December 15 to 16, 10am to 4pm
Feast your senses this festive season at the Holkham Festive Food Fair. There will be a delicious collection of food and drink from the best of local and regional producers. Stock up on ingredients for your Christmas dinner of find treats for the food lovers on your gift list, There will also be a live cookery theatre, hosted by Charlie Hodson of Charlie’s Norfolk Food Heroes, with demonstrations from local chefs.
Hickling House Christmas Bazaar
Norwich, NR12 0AY
December 9, from 2pm
Expect craft stalls, Christmas goodies, cakes, a tombola, a Santa’s Grotto and the chance to meet reindeer. There will also be a grand prize draw with luxury hampers to be won.
Bircham Christmas Fair
Bircham Social Club, PE31 6XS
November 24, 2pm to 4pm
There will be gifts and games, tombola, cake stall with homemade treats and a raffle. All the proceeds raised will be donated to St Mary’s Church in Burcham. There will also be wreaths made out of biscuit bones to buy for your dog.
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Hockwold Christmas Fayre
Hockwold Hall, Brandon, IP26 4HZ
December 2, 10am to 4pm
The historic estate will host some of finest vendors in the county, including talented chefs, local artists and craftspeople, luxury spa owners, florists and much more. You will have the chance to sample tasty food, buy an array of handcrafted gifts and explore the historic estate. Visit www.hockwoldchristmasfayre.co.uk to buy tickets.
NCT Christmas Craft and Gift Evening
Weybourne Village Hall, NR25 7AH
December 1, 7pm to 9pm
This festive fair will feature stalls from local artists and makers, as well as a stand providing more information about the NCT (National Childirth Trust) which is the UK’s largest parent charity. Hot drinks, cakes and mince pies will be provided.
Thornham Village Hall Winter Gift Fair
High Street, PE36 6LX
November 24 to 25, 10am to 4pm
More than 20 stallholders will be joining the BagLadies of Thornham at the annual fair, selling seasonal gifts and produce giving you the perfect opportunity to do your Christmas shopping under one roof. There will be something for everyone including jewellery, Christmas wreaths, household gifts, gin and much more. There is also free parking.
NNCLT Christmas Fayre
Sheringham St Andrews Methodist Church Hall, NR26 8SA
December 8, 10am to 3pm
A Christmas fair taking place in the church, located next to Tesco, in aid of the North Norfolk Cats Lifeline Trust. Expect plenty of great gift ideas and refreshments.
Christmas Craft Fair
Foulsham Village Hall, NR20 5RW
November 25, 11am to 3pm
There will be over 20 craft tables with a variety of handmade items for sale. There will also be refreshments available and a raffle with proceeds going to the hall funds. Photographer Eloise Pitcher will also be running a pop-up studio for you to get a family photo for your Christmas gifts and cards and there will be a special postbox to send your letter to Father Christmas and get a personalised letter sent back.
Falcon Junior School, NR7 8NT
December 8, 10am to 1pm
The PTA has organised a Christmas market to raise money for the school with plenty of handmade goodies on offer.
Heartease Primary Academy Christmas Market
Rider Haggard Road, NR7 9UEA
November 24, 11am to 2pm
Come along and find your perfect gift made by local craftspeople. There will also be family and children’s games, a tombola, face painting and the chance to meet Father Christmas in his grotto. Refreshments, including homemade cakes and hot chocolate, will be on offer and new for kids this year is Elfridges which gives children the chance to pick their own gifts for their loved ones.
Swanton Morley Christmas Market
Village Hall, NR20 4NP
December 9, 10.30am to 4pm
Come along and support local businesses with over 80 stalls selling a range of lifestyle and craft products. There will also be fun activities for children and the Fine City Chorus, based in Norwich, will be singing Christmas carols from 11pm. There is also a magical Santa’s grotto running from 1pm and each child will receive a present. Food on offer includes cakes and hog roast and there is free parking.
Attleborough Makers Market
Town Hall, NR17 2AF
November 22, 29, December 6, 13 10am to 1pm
There will be a large selection of crafts on offer and refreshments from the Attleborough WI.
Seething and Mundham Primary School, NR15 1DJ
December 1, 10.30am to 2pm
Expect craft stalls, a cafe, games, raffle and a visit from Father Christmas.
The Peter Beales Christmas Experience
Peter Beales Roses Ltd, Attleborough, NR17 1AY
December 8, 11am to 3pm
Visit Father Christmas in his grotto and explore the beautiful winter gardens. With craft and food stalls, face painting, donkeys, mince pies, mulled wine and more. Attleborough Church Choir will be singing carols from 1pm to 2pm and there is also free parking.
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Christmas Fete and Fun Day
Hellesdon High School, NR6 5SB
December 1, 11am to 1pm
Lots of Christmas gifts, clothes, plants and toys on sale and the cafe is open from 10am selling homemade cakes. There will also be a visit from some of the animals at the Hallswood Animal Sanctuary.
Watton Festive Christmas Market
High Street, IP25 6AE
November 25, 1pm to 5pm
Watton Town Council have organised a Festive Christmas Market which includes live band, funfair rides, Santa’s grotto, carol singing and entertainment. The Christmas lights will be switch on at 4pm and there will be a festive fun run at 1pm.
Christmas Craft Market
Aylsham Parish Church, NR11 6EL
The market features a range of stalls offering gifts, cards, jewellery and more. There will also be a community cafe area with warm refreshments and mince pies and enjoy the many trees decorated for our Christmas Tree Festival.
German Christmas Fair
St Edmunds Church, Taverham, NR8 6SY
December 1, 3pm to 7pm
Expect lots of craft stalls, German sausages and mulled wine.
Creake Abbey Christmas Gift Fair
North Creake, Fakenham, NR21 9LF
November 24, 10am to 3pm
Over 70 stalls bringing you Christmas gifts, including decorations and wreaths, food and drink, local art and jewellery and local crafts. Don’t miss The Norfolk Oystermen who will have an oyster and champagne bar at the event. The Courtyard Shops will also be selling a range of winter goodies. There is free parking at the event.