Kentwell Halls Dickensian Christmas

Festive Highlights in Suffolk

Kentwell Hall’s Dickensian Christmas returns on 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 December 2013 and takes visitors back to the charming world of Charles Dickens. Visitors will see the house set-up for Christmas, meet Santa, get insights into a Victorian Christmas, learn how to make Victorian-style Christmas decorations and wreaths, plus be entertained in the Victorian music hall.

On Thursday 21st November 2013 at 4.45pm, Santa is replacing his sleigh in favour of a barge when he sails into town to arrive in Ipswich on historic boat SB Victor! From the quayside Santa will then board a Fire Engine to drive him to his grotto on Princes Street. Visit him in his grotto and browse stalls and watch the light show at Ipswich Christmas Market on Cromwell Square from Thursday 21stto Sunday 24th November 2013.


Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre between 28th November and 1st December 2013 includes over 300 stall holders, plus festive performances from street entertainers. The Cathedral will offer ‘Shopper’s Carol Services’ on Friday and Saturday at noon, 1.30pm and 3pm and a ‘Living Nativity’ can be found in the Cathedral Courtyard. Visit Santa in his grotto in the Abbey Gardens and stock up on Christmas treats, gifts, cakes and even plants and paintings. Free entry. CLICK FOR PDF BROCHURE


Food Safari is holding a Christmas Breads one day course on 7th December 2013 for £160 pp at its converted barn at Saxmundham.A hands-on course, learn how to bake mini Christmas puddings, stolen and baked festive goods from all around the world. The course includes lunch with wine.

Snape Maltings offers a range of shops, galleries, farmers’ markets, holiday homes and eateries all set by the River Alde.  Look out for the Vintage ‘Cool Yule’ Market on Sunday 24th November 2013 which will bring together a collection of stalls stacked with unusual Christmas gift ideas, high-end crafts and unique pieces, a little bit of vintage and a taste of tempting seasonal foods to buy. Free entry.


A real yuletide treat awaits at Ickworth House at Bury St Edmunds with its Ickworth Christmas Sparkle event on 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th December 2013. Make decorations, crackers and treats, hear fireside stories, share gifts with Father Christmas and listen to heavenly choirs lifting the roof of the Rotunda. Plus, on 8th December there is a special Christmas Wreath workshop taking place.11am to 4pm.

Open House Christmas Party Night

Step inside a building decked in social, equestrian and racing history dating back 250 years as, for the first time ever, the Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket hosts a festive Open House Christmas Party Night on Friday 6th December 2013. Guests can take this rare opportunity to enjoy a work, family or private party surrounded in a collection of British racing memorabilia. £55 per person includes reception drinks, a hot fork buffet and disco.

Join the Turkey Buster Guided Walk to walk off the Christmas excesses on Saturday 28th December 2013 starting from Ipswich Tourist Information Centre at St. Stephens Church at 10.30am. A popular Suffolk tradition, there will be a choice of walks including the Ipswich Waterfront and the historic town centre. £3.00 per person. Telephone the Tourist Information Centre 01473 258070 for further information.

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