The Christmas (outdoor) Market will be open every Saturday & Sunday during November and every Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday in December
The (indoor) Christmas gift shop is open every Thursday to Sunday from 2nd November to 23rd December.
This year on the market we have some old favourites and the some new exciting tastes, which will liven up your Christmas table or will be a beautiful gift for a special person.
Food and drink is always a great present when you are not sure what to give someone. From Essex we have the wonderful TIPTREE offerings of spreads, salted caramel, banoffee and chocolate. The mayonnaise was very popular last year so we have bought it back this year; sriracha, herb, roasted garlic and truffle. Lovely blossom honey and some superb jellies, crab apple cranberry, medlar and quince.
From Wales we have 2 different companies which we came across at a food market. One is CRADOC’S CRACKERS. They bake the most delicious snappy crackers using loads of vegetables and no palm oil, no eggs and no nuts. T
hey are so delicious and the packaging is really fun and funky so they make a great present, with our wonderful new cheese shop in Downham, THE NORFOLK CHEESE CO they make a perfect pairing.
The other welsh offering is WELSHHOMESTEAD SMOKERY. Really good hot fiery chilli jams and some amazing bacon and chorizo jams. I know, I thought it was very odd, a meat jam, until I tasted it. Use it with cheese, in sandwiches, pork pies, cold turkey – scrummy!
From Norfolk we are stocking some of the renowned and delicious GNAW chocolate. Their flavours are so inventive and a wonderful mix of dark, milk and oat milk chocolate. We have the ever popular hot chocolate shots and this year hot chocolate bombs are added to the list of Christmas favourites.
We have also found a wonder place in Northern Ireland, Armagh which craft their own balsamic infusions. BURREN BALSAMICS. They import the best balsamic from Moderna and then infuse it with flavours, fruits, garlic & chilli etc. These vinegars can be used to flavour any stew, stir fries & pies etc or just simply in salad. They also produce the most wonderful little pearls bursts of flavour, which pop open as you put them in your mouth and wow – just wait until you try them, amazing!
There is also a new range of jams from THE CHERRY TREE CO, who have been
working in collaboration with the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. Not only are these preserves delicious and labelled quite beautifully but all the profits from their sales go to helping Kew Gardens continue their vital work to protect plants and fungi.
BEEBLE drinks are back, always so popular. These are spirits infused with honey from the makers own hives in the cotswolds. They are produced by happy bees with happy people and will give you the warm glow that we all need in winter. We have got a little trio of miniatures so you can try them all.
Another new company we are stocking this year is called STILL SISTERS and FRIARY VINTNERS. it has been set up by two sisters from Somerset who distil their own spirits in 50 Litre copper pot stills. They use local botanics and locally grown watercress. They also make delicious flavoured gins and vodka liqueurs. There are Christmas ones with real gold flakes and a plethora of flavours including watermelon, clementine and sloe. Again they make lovely gift and are really good value.
We have gone to the NEW ENGLISH TEA company this year and got hold of some of their really beautiful enormous tea caddies filled with good old English Breakfast Tea. They look beautiful in a kitchen so don’t hide them away, they make a perfect gift for anyone.
We have got the very popular HOWDAH SNACKS again this year. Made by the MUMBAI CO who had the wonderful idea that for every pack we sell they provide a school meal for a child in India. What could be better, a delicious snacks with an
Our shop is transformed into a sparkling festive welcoming experience. There are decorations galore, ranging from sweet little felt mice dressed in all sorts of outfits to gingerbread decorations, including houses, mini and large. There are lots of little light up houses which look so sweet with the candle light filtering through the windows. We have lovely lanterns, to hang outside your house or inside next to your fireplace. There are also beautiful decorations from GISELA GRAHAM and SHOELESS JOE so don’t forget to add to your collections.
As well as all our wonderful Christmassy things we have gifts for everyone. There are lots of good value little stocking fillers to keep your children happy on Christmas morning. Beautiful wooden sets of food including cakes, vegetables and picnic tea sets, along with super tactile sensory shapes for toddlers to discover.
Making a reappearance this year are the ethical fair-trade brand PACHAMAMA. Their wooly creations are all handmade in Nepal and they donate 10% of their profits to Nepalese children’s charities. Therefore every time you buy one of these warm wooly hats, gloves, headbands or bobbly sheep you are helping the Nepalese families. They are such wonderful colours and patterns and of course some feature sheep, pigs and bees. Something for everyone.
We also have a few pieces from local designers Rebecca and Mark at RASPBERRY BLOSSOM. If you haven’t come across them yet they produce happy colourful cards, stationery and now Christmas products. We have some cushions, stockings, candles, mugs and glasses, they are all as colourful as their stationery, (which we stock) but we only have a small amount, so catch it while its here.
Back this year by popular demand are SWOLE PANDA SOCKS. Beautifully designed, soft bamboo socks for men and women. This is definitely a “treat yourself” present. Replace that old pair in the drawer and enjoy slipping these on, on Christmas
There are some lovely Christmas books, colouring and sticker books too. We have some new children’s fun head torches coming in and some torch projectors. There are some fun finger fidget games for all the family as well as some lovely ink pens in boxes in stock which are a perfect present for all.
As ever we have got a large selection of tractors from special JOHN DEERE to hand sized push-a-longs, every child’s dream for Christmas morning.
New this year we have some very stylish CANDLES, similar to the White Company, in glass jars and beautifully packed boxes. They really do smell so good and the scent lasts throughout the candle, not just the top bit!
There is so much more than this, but I can’t carry on listing all the exciting things there are in our Christmas shop, so the best thing is to come along, entrance to shop and market and FREE, bring your friends and soak up the Christmas atmosphere with a piece of Christmas cake, a cappuccino and maybe a tot of mulled wine.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS from us all x