We all love a great Christmas Market, and Norwich has not one but five key markets that we think are well worth a visit – and they’re the ideal opportunity to pick up some gorgeous items which would make perfect Christmas presents.
Image: The Assembly House's Christmas Fair, photo by Beth Moseley
New for 2016, this Scandi-style market will be brimming with unique hand-crafted items and trinkets you won’t find these elsewhere in the city. The handcrafters have come to Norwich with their wares all the way from the Trondheim region of Norway!
Taking over Millennium Plain (the space outside The Forum) for two weeks, the festive market will feature traditional wooden chalets which will house a variety of produce including jewellery, clothing, ceramics and pottery, photography and deli goods – plus much more. There’ll also be delicious hot food and drinks to enjoy whilst you’re there – just try to resist a warming glass of Glogg and a Norwegian Waffle! It’s the perfect combination to warm you up as you wander around the winter chalets.
The Norwegian Christmas Market will be free to enter and open daily from 19 November – 24 November, 10am - 6pm (except late night shopping on Thursday when it will be open 10am - 8pm and on Sundays when opening hours will be 10am - 4pm.
The Enterprise Christmas Market, showcasing products from young entrepreneurs, will then take over the wooden chalets for four days (Saturday 26 November - Tuesday 29 November) and is a first for East Anglia. Plus, you might end up with a piece of work by a famous artist or designer of the future! See more details on the Enterprise Christmas Market here.
The Assembly House’s Christmas Fair is an annual event that we look forward to every year. The beautiful Grade I listed Georgian building is bustling with over 50 stalls selling woodcraft, jewellery, decorations and toys – and everything in between. Plus there’ll be live carols from The Pavilion Brass Band to entertain you as you shop, and their lovely restaurant will be open all weekend from breakfast to bedtime, so you can take a break from shopping with a spot of lunch and one (or more!) of their delicious cakes.
The Assembly House Christmas Fair is open on Saturday 26 November from 10am - 5pm and on Sunday 27 November from 11am - 4pm, and entry is free on both days.
This weekend of festive cheer incorporates not only plenty of tasty local produce for sale, but various other fun activities – and it’s not just for beer-lovers (although they’ll no doubt be in their element!).
Local award-winning brewery Woodforde’s Norfolk Ales will be throwing open their (brewery) doors this weekend for a truly behind-the-scenes experience. Enjoy beer tastings (try their festive brew, Tinsel Toes and their NOG Christmas puddings – not beer as such, but beer-flavoured!) and brewery tours, plus check out their Christmas market which will showcase some of the region’s finest produce from a range of local food, drink and craft producers. Pick up wines, cured meats, chutneys, cheeses and much more from other favoured local producers, including Winbirri Wines, Marsh Pig, the Norfolk Sloe Gin Company, Yare Valley Oils and Jubberwacky. For foodie friends, this is THE place to pick up their perfect present!
Woodforde’s brewery tap, The Fur and Feather, will be offering tasty meals and a hog roast to satiate your appetite, and carols to ensure you’re in the festive mood.
Both days (Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 December) are free entry and will be open from 9am – 4pm.
Here’s a Christmas market with a twist: OPEN are hosting a Victorian-themed market this year where stallholders will be dressed in Victorian attire as they sell their quality (not-on-the-high-street) goods. Look out for speciality food, handmade goods and other festive produce, all in the market’s glittering Yuletide setting. Enjoy hot food and drinks as well as carols from traditional choirs as you browse.
The Victorian-themed Christmas Market will be at OPEN Norwich on Saturday 17 December (9am – 5pm) & Sunday 18 December (10am – 4pm), and will be free entry on both days.
The brilliant exhibition space inside The Forum plays host to numerous markets and fairs this December, all of which are free to enter and offer a contrasting selection of goods to complete (or, depending how relaxed you are, start!) your Christmas shopping.
The Antiques and Vintage Fair, on Saturday 3 December, is the perfect place to hunt for bargain antiques and collectables for your own home or someone else’s. There’ll be ceramics, glass, silver, jewellery, second-hand books and much more to browse through, and the fair will be open from 9am – 5pm.
The UNIKDesign market, from Thursday 8 – Saturday 10 December, offers a wide array of stunning craft collections for sale – all locally produced and sold straight from the designer / maker. There’ll be various different materials and styles used, including pottery and ceramics, textiles, glass, wood, photography and plenty more. The UNIKDesign market will be open from 9am – 5pm.
Modern Country Crafts, on Thursday 15 December, regularly exhibit at The Forum throughout the year, so they really know what shoppers are looking for! Their festive market will have a range of hand-made crafts, from beauty and health products to handmade jewellery and clothes.
For the finer details on Christmas in Norwich visit our dedicated Christmas section on VisitNorwich.co.uk. There's info on where to stay, eat, shop and explore as well as lots of additional information - it's all here!
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