|Christmas is coming and there’s a chance to soak up the festive atmosphere and shop for some unique home crafted gifts at the West Suffolk’s Winter Makers Markets.|
|There is a tempting range of locally produced gifts, crafts, food and drink, as well as seasonal music and entertainment taking place across the markets in Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill and Newmarket.
Award-winning Sophie Clarke, of Sophie Clarke Designs, will be at Bury St Edmunds this Sunday, December 5, with her hand-woven homeware for sale. Earlier this year Sophie won the Arts and Crafts category at the National Market Traders Federation Young Trader of the Year.
“This is the first year I will be taking part in a Christmas market as a trader, I am excited to wrap up warm and get into the festive spirit. I will have a range of woven products for sale, including Christmas stockings as a seasonal special.”
Susan Glossop, Cabinet Member for Growth at West Suffolk Council, said: “It is the time to shop for gifts and we have some very talented arts and crafters selling some beautiful hand made products. Whether it is something for a loved one or to liven up your home, come along, enjoy the festive atmosphere and support our local town centre businesses and our market traders.”
The markets start on the first weekend of December and run each weekend, finishing with a traditional Christmas Eve market in Bury St Edmunds on December 24.
Haverhill, Market Square – December 4, 10am– 3pm
The Makers Market and street market will be trading, while there will be street entertainment organised by Haverhill Town Council and Christmas music from the Salvation Army band from 10.30am.
Bury St Edmunds, Cornhill and Butter Market – December 5, 12 and 19, 10am – 6pm
Come to the Makers Market where there will be over 40 craft stalls alongside some of our street market stallholders – lots of food, drink, gifts and clothes on sale plus live festive music from midday.
On the December 12 there will be a farmers’ market instead, also with a children’s funfair to entertain little ones and mulled wine for the adults.
Newmarket, Market Square – December 11, 10am – 3pm
There will be 15 craft stalls selling unique gifts and treats plus the regular street market and entertainment and live music throughout the day.
Clare, Market Hill – December 18, 8.30am – 1.30pm
The last Clare monthly market before Christmas is a great opportunity to grab those last few gifts. Stalls will be selling gifts, food and drinks while there will also be live seasonal music.
Mildenhall, Market Cross – December 19, 10am – 3pm
Find enchanting gifts at the craft and gift stalls or indulge at the food and drink stalls and there will also be live music to put you in the festive spirit.
Bury St Edmunds, Cornhill – December 24
Whether it’s making sure that you have carrots for Santa’s reindeer, or sprouts for Christmas dinner, our traditional Christmas Eve market will ensure you’re not missing any of the essentials.
If you are visiting Bury St Edmunds on a weekend in the run up to Christmas, there are also opportunities to park and walk at no cost. The car parks are located at Olding Road and Greene King’s car park in Cullum Road, the latter of which is available from 8am to 5pm.