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CHRISTMAS GUIDE 2022

Here are our top picks of things to do in our neck of the woods this Christmas time.


SUFFOLK


For festive fun this December Suffolk has something for everyone - pop up cinemas, places to meet Father Christmas and some fantastic local markets.


CHESTNUT PUBS IN SUFFOLK - The Ship, The Westleton Crown, The Northgate, The Packhorse Inn,

FESTIVE MAGIC

  • Meet the reindeers, Dolf, Mistletoe and Rowan at Jimmy's Farm and wildlife park in Ipswich.

  • Immerse yourself in a Dickensian Christmas at Kentwell Hall between the 10th and 18th December

  • Step into the Victorian era at Ickworth as the house prepares for Christmas



STAGE & SCREEN

  • Where's Santa? A Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds performance set in a magical Christmas cabin - perfect for the smalls.

  • Take in a special screening of The Snowman accompanied by a live orchestra at Snape Maltings on the 18th December.

  • Watch a festive film in The Crown's Winter Garden Tipi this December, limited numbers.



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CAMBRIDGESHIRE


Cambridgeshire is a hive of festive activity in December, drawing big names to the stage and hosting popular markets and fairs.


CHESTNUT PUBS IN CAMBRIDGESHIRE - The Rupert Brooke, The Carpenters Arms, The Three Blackbirds

FESTIVE MAGIC

  • An enchanting celebration of the natural world, Anglesey Abbey Winter Lights are not to be missed!

  • The annual Christmas illuminations at Wimpole Hall begin on 25th November - over a million twinkling lights and seasonal sounds filling the air.

  • Enjoy the sound of Christmas at the Movies at Ely Cathedral on the 17th December.



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ESSEX


From family days out to classical concerts, Essex has a lot to offer this Festive season.


CHESTNUT PUBS IN ESSEX - The Crown Inn (on the Essex border), The Cricketers, The Eight Bells

FESTIVE MAGIC

  • Try your hand at falconry at Hedingham Castle at the magical Owls by Candlelight evenings.

  • Castle Park in Colchester will be transformed by a light trail, Enlightened, this December.

  • Audley End Railway is a festive favourite where visitors board the Santa Express and embark on a magical journey meeting elves and fairies along the way.


CRAFTS & SHOPPING

  • The popular Saffron Walden Christmas Fair lines King Street and fills the Market Square with stalls, seasonal street food and festive fun on the 20th of November.

  • Join talented floral artist Amelia Cornish at our Wreath Making Workshop at The Cricketers, on 16th December - all material are provided with festive treats from the kitchen.



CHRISTMAS NIGHTS OUT

  • Saxophonist Jess & Ensemble perform a lively Christmas programme at Saffron Hall on the 16th December

  • Dance the night away at The Eight Bells Party Nights starlit marque this December; Festive set menu, welcome drink and live music, groups large and small welcome.

  • Robin Hood - The greatest pantomime adventure comes to Saffron Hall this December.


 

NORFOLK


North Norfolk is home to popular Christmas attractions that draw visitors from far and wide.


CHESTNUT PUBS IN NORFOLK - The Globe Inn, The Feathers, and The Wiveton Bell

FESTIVE MAGIC

  • Take a look around Holkham Hall by Candlelight and take in the state rooms in all their finery, with a festive drink and mince pie in hand.

  • Walk the captivating illuminated Winter Light Trail through Royal Parkland at Sandringham. For every booking they plant a tree.




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STAGE & SCREEN

  • Thursford Christmas Spectacular is an extravaganza of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety. Dates throughout November and December.

  • Fun and festive variety entertainment can be found at Cromer Pier Christmas Show from the 26th of November and into December.

  • Hi-Ho! Hi-Ho! The Little Sheringham Theatre's Pantomime this December is Snow White.



Are you looking for things to do with the your dog this Christmas? Check out our 6 Dog Friendly Things To Do This Christmas blog post.

To read more about things to do around each of our pubs, choose your destination by clicking here to visit their website and their Explore page.


Image credits - The National Trust and UK Trails, Britten Pear Arts and Cambridge Corn Exchange.

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