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Your guide to Christmas markets in Norfolk

Although snow in October is pretty unlikely, it’s always great to think ahead to the festive season. And our county really knows how to make Christmas extra-special, with a wealth of local events offering excellent shopping opportunities, as well as filling you with plenty of yuletide cheer! Love it or hate it, picking up perfect presents for your loved ones has to be done, so forget the high street and head to one of Norfolk’s festive markets for unique gifts that promise to put smiles on people’s faces on Christmas morning. Inject some real Christmas spirit into your shopping with a whirl around one of these seasonal markets. With time to spare before Christmas Day, there’ll be no last-minute fighting the crowds or praying that your online shopping arrives in time.

Deepdale Christmas Market
Get in the mood for Father Christmas’ arrival over the first weekend in December. The 9th annual Deepdale Christmas Market is happening on Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December, with over 120 local artisans and producers gathering on the North Norfolk coast to present their wares. Expect tasty treats, decorations, soaps, homewares, photography, jewellery and much more within the three large marquees. Plus, there will be lots of foodie stalls to refuel, so you won’t go hungry!

Sandringham Christmas Craft, Food and Gift Fair
Sandringham’s popular Christmas craft show is back from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th November, bringing the chance to shop in comfort for all your festive food and gifts. Be met at the gate with a warming glass of seasonal punch and take a stroll around the craft halls for inspiration. With live music, craft demos and children’s entertainment, it’s a great day-out for all the family. Father Christmas himself will be making an appearance with his amazing owls and reindeer, and don’t miss the chance to see the chainsaw-carving elves!

Christmas Farmers’ Markets at Creake Abbey
Creake Abbey’s popular farmers’ market takes place on the first Saturday of the month, with a special Christmas market on Saturday 23rd December, ensuring essential shopping trip for all your dinner table treats and festive goodies. Around 55 of the region’s best food and drink producers will be in attendance, supplying meat, fruit, vegetables, cakes, tarts, artisan beer, apple juice, breads, puddings, pies, and much more.

Farmer’s Market at Sandringham Visitor Centre
Where else to celebrate the spirit of the season than the royal family’s traditional Christmas residence? Sandringham Visitor Centre will be hosting its fantastic farmers’ market on the last Sunday of the month in the lead up to Noel, with a pre-Christmas December market on Sunday 17th. Pick up your locally-sourced delights, from scrumptious cakes to homemade jams, and why not pay a visit to the on-site gift shop for unique stocking fillers galore?

Norfolk’s unique galleries and antique shops

antique shopIf you’re the sort of person who likes to lose themselves in antique shops, discover local artists and pick up unique souvenirs, Norfolk is the perfect destination for your next getaway. To help you discover the very best that the county has to offer, we’ve put together our pick of the most interesting and unique galleries and shops just a stone’s throw from our doorstep.

Shirley Carnt. As many of Norfolk’s artists live and work in the local area, there are lots of opportunities to visit working studios and see where the artists produce their pieces. One such studio is that of Shirley Carnt. Located in Coastguard House in Thornham, just a few miles from the King William, this unique little gallery gives visitors the chance to meet the artist, discuss her works and even purchase original pieces.

Hector’s Barn. Specialising in quirky and original pieces, Hector’s Barn sells a mixture of antiques, retro items and specially selected contemporary works. Located in Ravens Yard, Nethergate Street in the village of Harpley on the edge of the spectacular Houghton Hall Estate, the shop makes a charming addition to a day out at the stately home. With many of the pieces in the shop customised and restored, it’s easy to find furnishings and accessories that are truly one of a kind. A second Hector’s Barn can be found at 2 Chapel Yard in Holt.

Ringstead Village Stores
On entering the shop you will discover Hidden Treasures, 9 rooms and 2 courtyards creating a Labyrinth for you to explore. Within you will find an eclectic collection of old and new items, including jewellery, books, glass, pottery, small silver items, pictures, prints, coal scuttles and companion sets, vintage tools, garden furniture including statues, obelisks, plant pots, bird tables, feeders, baths and much, much more.

Le Strange Old Barns. If you want to combine your love for art and antiques, a trip to Le Strange Old Barns in Old Hunstanton is a must. Located just 200 yards from the beach, in a rambling converted barn, this extensive art and antiques centre boasts a fantastic collection of local and historic pieces. The gallery at Le Strange Old Barns is the perfect place to pick up a unique and original piece for your walls. Alternatively, if you’re on the lookout for some original crockery, you can visit the resident potter at the site and watch as your plates, bowls and mugs magically appear out of a block of clay. As well as a fantastic selection of art and antiques, Le Strange Old Barns also run regular workshops and demonstrations.

If pottery is your passion we also recommend a visit to Dersingham Pottery on 48 Chapel Road, and Philippa Lee’s shop in Dalegate Market, Main Rd, Burnham Deepdale

antique collectionIf you like a full day antique shopping the country Town of Holt is your perfect place with numerous antique shops tucked away in every street and around every corner.

Exploring the art and antique shops around Norfolk is a fantastic way to get to know the county, its artists and its history. To find out more about attractions in the local area, or to book your stay, get in touch with the King William today http://www.thekingwilliamsedgeford.co.uk