What are your plans for December and the festive season? There is so much happening in Norfolk over the next month, this is just a taster! Perhaps the first thing to tempt you with is our December promotion? All our remaining dates before Christmas are now discounted, so you can have a mini break and do some Christmas shopping at the same time!
There are lots of shopping opportunities, shows to see, Historic Houses with special Christmas activities, steam train rides and more! Here’s some ideas:
Norwich Global Village Christmas Market 5th & 6th December at The Forum, Norwich 9am to 5pm. A wide variety of gifts will be on offer, from different corners of the world, and outside warming global cuisine, mulled wine and sweet treats will be on offer! hear the Norwich Community Choir at 3pm on Saturday.
Deepdale Christmas Market Dec 6th and 7th. I visited the pop up shops during October half term, so this will be well worth the drive to do some special Christmas shopping. I shall do a separate blog about the pop up shops in due course.
Blickling has lots of Christmas Activities. Christmas Craft Weekends, 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th 11am to 5pm. Blickling by candelight on the evenings of the 11th and 18th. Christmas family weekend on the 20th and 21st. Read about all the Blickling Christmas Events here. A gorgeous National Trust property that looks beautiful in it’s Christmas finery. 🙂
1940s Felbrigg 12th/13th/14th 11am – 2.30pm. See the ground floor rooms of the hall decorated to celebrate a 1940s Christmas. A bygone era brought to life with the help of costumed volunteers and the Civil Defenders re-enactment group. Don’t forget to join us for carols in the courtyard on Sunday 14th at 3pm.
Santa Specials on the Poppy Line, North Norfolk railway. Sat 6th to Wednesday 24th December.
Holkham Deer Discovery walks 12 noon 7th and 14th December. Dogs on leads welcome.
How about going to the races? Fakenham Race Meeting Sunday 21st December.
Fairhaven Gardens have lots going on through December. Ghost evening, see Father Christmas, make door swags and wreaths and a Boxing Day walk.
Christmas Tree Festivals are taking place at Great Yarmouth, Sheringham, Wroxham and Fakenham. Lots of gorgeous trees all raising money for the churches they stand in and the charities supported.
Going to the Panto? Oh no you aren’t , oh yes you are? 🙂 Here’s a few of the Christmas shows.
My favourite theatre, Pavilion Theatre, on Cromer Pier has the Christmas Special from 29th November to 27th December, as well as Meet Father Christmas for your little ones, every December weekend.
Up the coast to Sheringham Little Theatre and you will find Robin Hood from December 12th until January 3rd.
Inland to the Thursford Christmas Spectacular is a very popular show, from December 8th until Dec 23rd.
Into the big city, Norwich Theatre Royal – go and see Peter Pan, from Thurs 18th Dec until Sun 18th Jan. A swash-buckling Christmas treat in the magical kingdom of Neverland!
Christmas and New Year
Bure Valley Railway Christmas – Mince Pie Specials – Dec 27 to Jan 4, booking essential. Well behaved dogs allowed.
Christmas Church Services
St Andrews Church, Bacton:
Crib Service, Everyone welcome!
Wednesday 24th December 2014 at 4:00 PM for 50 minutes
St Mary the Virgin,Happisburgh:
Christmas Eve Crib Service 5:00pm
Midnight Mass 11:30pm
Christmas Day Family Service 10:30am
Cromer Boxing Day run and dip – simply turn up and watch or join in and get sponsored! Run starts at 10am, the dip into the sea at 11am.
Fairhaven Gardens Boxing Day walk 11am, dogs welcome.
Sheringham Park events include a Post Christmas walk, Dec 27th, dogs on leads welcome
New Year Fireworks – in Cromer at 5pm. Well worth finding a viewing spot to see these on and around the pier.
There are lots of pubs and restaurants with festive menus, but make sure you book during the main holiday period and weekends as they are sure to be popular!
If you’ve picked an event and want to visit Norfolk for that date, check availability across all three properties here:
Blickling Hall and Cromer Pier photos courtesy of Mark Spurgeon.
Poppy Line photo courtesy of the North Norfolk railway.