Christmas & New Year in Suffolk

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Christmas and New Year Events in Suffolk

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Christmas Craft Fairs and Events in Suffolk

Sunday 22 October - Giant Christmas Craft & Gift Fayre, Ipswich
10am - 4pm. Best Western Ipswich Hotel, (formally Cameo Hotel), Copdock Ipswich, IP8 3JD

Over 70 stalls selling locally handmade crafts and quality gifts. Refreshments available. Free car parking. Entry fee in aid of FIND - Ipswich Families in Need.
Ticket: £1 - free entry after 2pm

Friday 27 October - Clay Christmas Tree Decoration Making
10.30am - 11.30am
Starglazing Ceramics Studio, Suffolk Food Hall, Wherstead, IP9 2AB
A festive clay session, making decorations for your Christmas Tree!
Rolling out, cutting shapes and stamping decoration into clay for kids and adults alike.
See Starglazing Ceramics Studio for full information and pricing.

November 2017 Events

Saturday 4 November - Christmas Craft & Gift Fair in aid of St Elizabeth Hospice, Sproughton
10am - 4pm
Tithe Barn, Lower Street, Sproughton, IP8 3AA
Christmas craft & gift fair in aid of the St Elizabeth Hospice & Sproughton community shop.
Stalls will include: handbags, clothing, jewellery, shabby chic items, cakes, Candles, Childrens craft kits, sewing, tropic, bird houses and boxes, Usborne books, home ware, tombola, Prize draw and much more.
Refreshments and food will be available on the day.

Saturday 11 November - Christmas Ceramic Open Studio and Clay Workshops, Kenton
2pm - 6pm
The Old School House Studion, Church Lane, Kenton, IP14 6JH
Enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie while you browse Emma's ceramic studio.
Ceramic Art, Home and Giftware, Stationery and Christmas Decorations.
Watch demonstrations or have-a-go at the Mini Workshops taking place during the afternoon.
An ideal chance to purchase Christmas Gifts or make them yourself.
All ages welcome. See facebook or website for times of various workshops, but just come along on the day between 2pm and 6pm.

Saturday 18 November - The Grand Christmas Craft and Gift Fayre
10am - 4pm
The Grand Hall, Town Hall, Cornhill, Ipswich, IP1 1DH

Get away from the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and join us in the peaceful surroundings of the town hall where you can buy some truly unique handmade crafts and quality gifts. The tea room will also be open for that all important cuppa and a slice of cake!

Saturday 18 November - Christkindlmarkt Christmas Market
10.00am to 4.00pm
Preston Manor Barn, Lavenham Road, Preston St Mary, CO10 9LU
20th annual traditional German Christkindlmarkt, specialising in a diversity of high quality gifts, clothing, Gisela Graham decorations at sale prices and food and drink for the festive season. Refreshments available, including gluhwein, tea/coffee, cakes and hot bacon or sausage rolls. £150 cash prize draw. Preston Manor Barn is a wonderful setting for this event, creating an enchanting and welcoming Christmas atmosphere in which to select seasonal gifts for the whole family. It is located less than 2 miles from Suffolk's historic Lavenham. Free on-site parking. Entry £3. Admission on the door.

Saturday 18 November - Wetheringsett Victorian Christmas Fayre
11.00am - 3.00pm
Mid Suffolk Light Railway, Hall Lane, Wetheringsett, IP14 5PN
Fun for the whole family, steam train rides, drive for a tenner, and a variety of gift and refreshment stalls. Family ticket £8, Adults £3, concessions £1.50
Visit our Facebook page Wetheringsett Victorian Christmas Fayre and see Mid-Suffolk Light Railway for venue information.

Saturday 18 November - The Landseer Players Theatre Group Christmas Fayre
1.30pm - 4.30pm
All Hallows Church Hall, Landseer Road, Ipswich, IP3 0EB
Traditional Xmas fayre with stalls from a large Raffle, tombola, hook the duck and many more.
Joining us is a selection of local craft and businesses offering their amazing products. Tel: 07786733362

Saturday 18 November - Christmas Fair
10.30am to 2.00pm
Beyton Church, Church Road, Beyton, IP30 9AL
Sale of homemade foods - Christmas cakes, puddings, biscuits, sweets, preserves. Also for sale - gifts, decorations, cards, potted bulbs, books, toys. Wreaths to buy and order. Light lunches and refreshments - homemade soups, bread roll and cheese, plus teas, coffees and mince pies. Raffle and guessing games. Do come along. Proceeds for Beyton & Hessett Church Funds. Free entry

Saturday 18th November - We are Handmade Christmas Craft Fair
10am - 4pm
The Old School, Hall Road, Long Melford, Long Melford, Co0 9AA
With over 40 stalls, this event will offer shoppers a wonderful choice of beautifully designed and handcrafted gifts for Christmas. Makers will be showcasing the latest in contemporary and vintage inspired handmade items, including jewellery, clothes, bags, pottery, soaps, cards, soft furnishings, home & garden-wares and much more. A full list of makers will be on nearer the event. There will be some exciting textile demonstrations by Norah Stocker from Fantasia Textiles. Norah runs a range of workshops and classes from her Coggeshall studio, including City & Guilds courses. Visitors can sit down and enjoy some delicious homemade cakes with a cup of tea, all served in lovely vintage style crockery, courtesy of Plum Fairy who will be running the tearoom.

Sunday 19 November - Mendlesham Christmas Gift and Craft Fayre in aid of Cancer Research UK
11.00am - 4.30pm
Mendlesham Community Centre, Old Station Road, Mendlesham, IP14 5RT
Avoid the hassle of town and come along and shop in peace. Choose from a huge variety of original gift ideas to delight family and friends. Delicious refreshments available all day. A lovely way to spend a Sunday. If you would like a stall for £10 please email at the address below. Free entry
Tel: 01449 766006, email:

Thursday 23 November
Ladies Festive Shopping Night at Ufford Park

6:30pm until 9:00pm
Ufford Park Christmas
Ufford Park
Hotel, Golf & Spa, Woodbridge, IP12 1QW
Keep our Ladies' Festive Shopping Evening as a date in your diary as we have a fantastic shopping evening planned with festive stalls including: purses and scarves, Christmas gifts, jewellery, cakes and much, much more.......The perfect chance to buy those last minute stocking fillers!

Friday 24 November - Beccles Christmas Lights Switch On
Beccles Town Centre, Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 9HA

Join us for the Beccles Christmas Light Switch On. This event is one of the best in the area, and it's going to be another fantastic year. The fun begins with the lights being switched on at 6pm by the cast from Beccles Panto Robin Hood, along with The Mayor and Heart Radio. There will be live entertainment acts on the main stage along with street entertainment provided by the ever popular Suffolk School of Samba plus a few surprises! There is always a great variety of stalls selling festive gifts, crafts, toys and decorations alongside wonderful street food and drink including of course mulled wine! Our fantastic range of independent shops, which is our pride and joy, will be open late on the night too. There is even live Reindeer and Father Christmas will be taking up his usual residence in his grotto. And as if this isn't enough the popular Beccles Christmas Tree Trail will be launched on the night (running through until December 23rd) and Hungate Church will be staging its ever popular three day Christmas Tree Festival. FREE ENTRY.

Friday 24 November to Saturday 25 November - Clare Christmas Fair
5-8pm, 10am-4pm.
St Peter and St Paul’s Church, High Street, Clare, CO10 8NY
Clare Christmas Fair, St Peters & St Paul

The Clare Christmas Fair presents the perfect opportunity for you to do some of your Xmas shopping in the centre of town without having to travel elsewhere.
Brought to you by the Clare Community Association, this quality event was a great success last year and this year will again showcase a selection of gifts, decorations, crafts and Christmas produce all in the atmospheric candlelit surroundings of the church.
You will be welcomed with a complimentary glass of something warming to enjoy while you browse the stalls, which will offer a variety of lovely goods including jewellery, chocolates, cheeses, dolls, collectable teddies, ceramics, turned wooden items, artwork, Christmas wreaths, candles, felted gifts, toys, cards, decorative and stained glass and much, much more. PLUS the chance to buy one or two! items from the delicious Clare festive pudding range which now includes luxury chocolate and sticky toffee sauces.
Other refreshments will be available and you will be able to sit, relax and listen to some carols.
There will also be the opportunity to buy some raffle tickets: great prizes and all proceeds will go to help maintain our lovely church.
The fair will be open from 5-8pm on Friday 24th November and from 10am-4pm on Saturday 25th and admission is free this truly is a wonderful start to the holiday season!
There will be more exciting news to follow shortly make sure you don't miss it!
Tel: 01787 277100, Email:, Web:

Saturday 25 November - Chelsworth Christmas Fair
10.00am - 3.00pm
All Saints Church, The Street, Chelsworth, IP7 7HU
Chelsworth Christmas Craft & Gift Fair

Gifts, Produce and Bric-a-brac. Raffle for hampers & prizes. Cards, Candles, Wreaths, Jewellery, Ceramics and Crafts. Good used Books, DVDs, Jigsaws and Games. Tombola, Refeshments and Carols from Serendipity Choir. Entry £3 (Children Free) Proceeds to maintaining All Saints Church.

Saturday 25 November - Weybread Craft Fair
10am - 4pm
Weybread Hall Farm Barn & St Andrew’s Church, Church Road, Weybread, IP21 5TR
Come and shop for Christmas. Cards, decorations, cushions, knitwear, wood crafts, barge craft, jewellery, pocket money items, preserves, gifts for babies; Alpaca wool and knitwear. Teas, coffee, cake, homemade soup served with bread. Free admission and free parking.
Tel: Sue Webster 01379 586434 or email

Saturday 25 November to Sunday 26 November - Christmas Tree Festival and Bazaar at Somersham
CHURCH Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm, VILLAGE HALL Sat 2pm-4pm,
St Mary’s Church and The Village Hall, Main Road and Church Lane, Lower Somersham, Near Ipswich, Suffolk, IP8
CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL held in the Church on Saturday and Sunday. A very festive occasion! Also - CHRISTMAS BAZAAR at the Village Hall with FATHER CHRISTMAS and lots of fun, games, cakes, crafts to be held Saturday afternoon. Refreshments available at both venues. Times above. Parking for both at the Village Hall car park. Christine Jarrold 01473 830710 and Pat Woolhouse 01473 831080

December 2017 Events

Saturday 2nd December - Long Shop Museum Christmas Fair
Long Shop Christmas
Long Shop Museum, Main Street, Leiston, IP16 4ES
Mr S Claus will be in town and the grotto will be open to all well-behaved children.

Saturday 2 December to Sunday 3 December - Santa's Grotto, Christmas Farmyard & Craft Fair
10.30am - 4.00pm
Suffolk Punch Trust, Woodbridge Walk, Hollesley, Woodbridge, IP12 3JR
Santa's Grand Arrival - An event certainly not to be missed! Santa will be arriving on our festive Suffolk Punch drawn cart at 10:55am on both days. Booking for Santa’s Grotto highly advisable.
Christmas Farmyard - Meet our beautiful farm animals and endangered Suffolk Punch horses in our magical Christmas Farmyard. Craft Fair - The perfect opportunity to pick up quality crafts and gifts ready for the Christmas season from our trusted local traders. See Suffolk Punch Trust for full details.

Highlands Care Home Christmas Coffee Morning

Christmas and New Year Events in Suffolk

Sunday 3rd December - Christmas Fair, Halesworth
10am-3pm. Chinny's Sports Bar Function Room, Norwich Road, Halesworth FREE ENTRY
The Halesworth Women in Business Group present their first Christmas Fair. All stallholders are members of the group, live in Halesworth or the surrounding area and run their own businesses. The bar will be open from 10am and food is served all day. We have over 25 stalls, a raffle with all proceeds going to a local charity, a kiddies craft table, large free car park. Stallholders include; Woottens of Wenhaston (Plants & wreaths), Marmalade Children's Clothing, Neal's Yard Organic skincare and MUCH more. For more information, find them on Facebook or email

Sunday 3rd December - Gippeswyk Singers Celebrate Christmas
St Mary’s Church, Hall Farm Road, Great Bealings, IP13 6NY
Gippeswyk Singers present an evening of uplifting music to celebrate Christmas, including beautiful anthems and carols, a superb organist and special performances from Nightingale Wind Quintet. Conducted by Geoff Lavery.
See Music Concerts In Suffolk for full details including ticket information.

Wednesday 6 December
Christmas Craft & Gift Fayre at Fynn Valley Golf Club

Fynn Valley Golf Club & Restaurant, Witnesham, Ipswich, IP6 9JA. 6-9pm. All you need for Christmas, from cakes to cards, decorations to presents. £2.50 entry includes a goody bag and a glass of mulled wine. Supporting EACH

Thursday 7 December - Canine Partners East of England Carol Service
Holy Trinity Church, Church Walk, Long Melford , CO10 9DJ

A traditional carol service in beautiful Holy Trinity Church with the presence of Clare, Lady Euston, Lord Lieutenant for Suffolk and readings from Roy Hudd, comedian and carols performed by Sudbury Choral Society and Barnardiston-Hall and Stour Valley Community Schools and finishing with a glass of mulled wine and mince pies. £18 (£7.50 for children under 12)
Email: or tel: 01530 225939 (Helen Watkinson)

Saturday 9 December - Christmas Wreath Making Workshop
10.30am - 4.00pm
Suffolk Punch Trust, Woodbridge Walk, Hollesley, Woodbridge, IP12 3JR
Learn how to make a beautiful Christmas wreath for you to take home in our annual Wreath Making Workshop.
See Suffolk Punch Trust for full details.

Thursday 14th December - Otley Hall Christmas Tour
Otley Hall Ipswich
Our popular Christmas Tour is a wonderful way to start the festive celebrations! We tour the Hall in all its candlelit glory, then join the owner in the Great Hall with it's roaring log fires and beautifully decorated tree for mulled wine and Christmas nibbles. A perfect festive treat!

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