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Festive Hampers – made on the Suffolk Coast

There’s no denying that the countdown to December 25th has begun…

Christmas TV adverts are in full flow, all of them enticing us to buy the latest ‘must have’ gadgets and celebrity perfumes for our nearest and dearest.

But, if you’re struggling with gift ideas this festive season and fancy giving the obligatory socks and slippers options a miss, why not try creating a rather special and very bespoke present in the form of a goodie filled hamper packed with local produce from The Suffolk Coast?!

Hampers are fun and simple to put together – we have put together a few ideas to whet your appetite…

Say it with fruit! When the stodge of Christmas pudds and mince pies are taking their toll, it’s refreshing to tuck into a fruity feast. Giddens and Thompson Greengrocers are purveyors of high quality fruit and vegetables located in the historic market town of Bungay. Here, you’ll find a wide selection of seasonal, fresh and locally sourced produce to make a super fruity hamper, bursting with colour and flavour!

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Smoked delicacies of meats and fish make a superb addition to any Christmas hamper and at Pinney’s of Orford, where they have been using the traditional oak smoking method since the 1940’s, you have the choice of creating your own hamper or selecting one from their wide range varying from under £15 up to £100. And. If you can’t get to the shop, then the shop will come to you in form of its online store!

Put together a gift hamper of Adnams fine beers, wine and handcrafted spirits and we’ll guarantee that you’ll win over even the grumpiest of relatives! With stores now located in Southwold, Aldeburgh, Woodbridge and Felixstowe shopping is made easy. They also have a delicious range of Adnams chutneys, marmalades and dips, plus lots of quirky little gifts too.

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The Suffolk Coast loves its delis, and there’s no shortage of them either! Take a trip over to The Suffolk Food Hall, just south of Ipswich. This place is sheer heaven for ‘foodies’ having not only a delicatessen, but a grocer, bakery, fishmonger and a chocolatier... Which means the only problem you may have is what to choose! Alternatively, they offer an array of beautifully packaged ready-made hampers to make your decision just that bit easier!

Now here’s something different – put together a delicious gift box of products by Munchy Seeds, the family run business based near Leiston which has been the highest profile brand in the UK's roasted, flavoured and coated seeds market for 16 years. And, the great thing is all seeds are suitable for Vegetarians and coeliacs, they are all free from gluten, wheat and yeast and have no artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives. Just naturally delicious and available in handy snack packs or tempting tubs in 8 tasty varieties.

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If you still can’t find the perfect filling for your gift hamper, take yourself off to one of the many local Christmas Markets taking place this December including, Woodbridge Street Fair, Wickham Market Christmas Market and Halesworth Christmas Markets to name but a few…

For more information on The Suffolk Coast's fantastic food producers, visit our Food and Drink section!

Things to see and do


Suffolk Food Hall and Cookhouse Restaurant

Suffolk Food Hall and Cookhouse Restaurant

Ipswich

Suffolk Food Hall has everything you’d expect from a large farm shop and more. It is the 10 year Champion of Champions for Local Food (Countryside Alliance rural oscars) and it’s also an ideal location to the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is a restaurant (booking advisable) which has been judged to be the Best On Farm Restaurant in Britain and separate café with a children’s playarea.


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Free wifi Dog friendly


Adnams Shops

Adnams Shops

Adnams shops are a top class tasting experience and a showcase of their innovative range of  quality beer, wonderful wines, handcrafted spirits and gifty bits.

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Dog friendly Wheelchair Accessible

events


Christmas at Africa Alive!

Christmas at Africa Alive!

Kessingland |

Enjoy some festive fun at Africa Alive!

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The Snow Queen - a frozen Christmas Spectacular

The Snow Queen - a frozen Christmas Spectacular

Snape | Fri 02nd - Sun 11th Dec 2016

Come and enjoy this years Co-op Juniors Christmas Spectacular at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, 2nd - 11th December 2016.

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Woodbridge's Mammoth Christmas Street Fair 2016

Woodbridge's Mammoth Christmas Street Fair 2016

Woodbridge | Sun 04th Dec 2016

This year’s Mammoth Christmas Street Fair is happening on Sunday 4th December from 10am-4pm. It’s become Woodbridge tradition to get ready for Christmas by visiting the Mammoth Christmas Street Fair! 

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Christmas Canapés

Christmas Canapés

Framlingham | Fri 02nd Dec 2016

An evening of delicious festive themed canapés with renowned Suffolk chef Peter Harrison at The Food Hub Cookery School. 

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Christmas Bread Workshop

Christmas Bread Workshop

Framlingham | Tue 20th Dec 2016

Join Sue Hudson on a wonderful Christmas bread-making workshop at The Food Hub Cookery School. She will teach you a range of Christmas baking treats for the festive season. Book early for this popular workshop!

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Christmas Flowers & Foodie Gifts

Christmas Flowers & Foodie Gifts

Framlingham | Sat 17th Dec 2016

The Food Hub Cookery School presents a day of Christmas flowers and foodie gifts with Naomi of Rose and Berry Flowers. This is the perfect course for anyone who wants to create something special for their festive celebrations. 

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Santa’s Burger Night

Santa’s Burger Night

Ipswich | Fri 23rd Dec 2016

Head to the Suffolk Food Hall for this fun seasonal event on 23rd December 2016.

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Christmas Craft parties at Suffolk Food Hall

Christmas Craft parties at Suffolk Food Hall

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Lots of festive fun has been arranged for your little ones at the Suffolk Food Hall.  

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Leiston Celebrates Christmas

Leiston Celebrates Christmas

Leiston | Sat 03rd Dec 2016

Wrap up in your winter woolies and head on over to Leiston on Saturday 3rd December for some festive fun throughout the town, and not least at the Long Shop Museum – recently voted Suffolk’s Family Friendly Museum of the Year! 

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Christmas at Landguard Fort

Christmas at Landguard Fort

Felixstowe | Sun 11th Dec 2016

Come and enjoy Christmas at Landguard Fort on Saturday 11th December.

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Sing Christmas with Aldeburgh Music

Sing Christmas with Aldeburgh Music

Snape | Sat 17th Dec 2016

Santa Claus is coming to town! Come and help us raise the roof as we sing a mix of carols and classic Christmas songs in the beautiful Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

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The Snowman

The Snowman

Snape | Sun 18th Dec 2016

With a double bill of films for children featuring composer Howard Blake’s evocative scores and live orchestral accompaniment, this is the perfect way to round off the Christmas Weekend at Aldeburgh Music. 

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Halesworth Christmas Market

Halesworth Christmas Market

Halesworth | Sat 10th Dec 2016

Head to the medieval Market Place in Halesworth for this new seasonal event on 10th December 2016.

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WHERE TO EAT


Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers

Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers

Bungay

Purveyors of high quality Fruit and Vegetables

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Free wifi


Pinney's of Orford

Pinney's of Orford

Established in 1959, Pinney's of Orford are a 3rd generation family run business that specialise in producing fine quality smoked products due to the experience and understanding that they have gained over the years in both fishing and smoking.

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Munchy Seeds

Munchy Seeds

Munchy Seeds is a family run business based in Suffolk and has been the highest profile brand in the UK's roasted, flavoured and coated seeds market for 16 years. 

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