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Festive Winter Workshops

"Deck the halls with boughs of holly…"

Whatever Christmas means to you it’s always a great time to bestow your home with lovely decorations and indulge in extra special festive fodder.

The Suffolk Coast has a whole host of seasonal workshops happening this year whether you fancy making your own Christmas wreath or rustling up some yuletide cuisine in the kitchen…

Christmas Wreath Making with the Suffolk Punch Trust – Friday 9th December

Head to Hollesley for a creative wreath making day.

Enjoy making and designing your own Christmas wreath at this creative Christmas event at Hollesley.  The day will start with coffee, pastries and a demonstration, then a delicious lunch and in the afternoon, you get to make your own Christmas wreath followed with afternoon tea and cake.

Pre-booking is essential for this very popular event and you’ll need to bring along your own gardening gloves and secateurs.

Event commences: 10.00am - 3.00pm.

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Christmas Craft Parties at Suffolk Food Hall

Here’s one for your little angels, at Wherstead near Ipswich...

A variety of festive activities have been devised especially for children at Suffolk Food Hall’s Christmas Craft Parties. Write a letter to Father Christmas, decorate a Christmas Tree decoration with Starglazing ceramics, then warm up with a lovely hot chocolate (complete with marshmallows and cream) and a cookie, and finally visit the big man himself, Father Christmas in his grotto!

This fantastic children’s activity takes place on:

Sat 17th, Sun 18th, Wed 21st and Thu 22nd Dec 2016

Time slots available although advisable to book early.

9.45-11am / 11.00-12.15pm / 12.15-1.30pm / 1.30 – 2.45pm / 2.45-4.00pm.


Christmas Flowers and Foodie Gifts – Saturday 17th December

The Food Hub Cookery School on the Kenton Hall Estate, Debenham 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. 

The day starts with tea, coffee and mince pies before a hands-on Christmas cookery course followed by a light lunch and then an afternoon of flower arranging, creating a wonderfully festive table centrepiece with natural and fresh foliage, cones and berries. 


Christmas Bread Workshop – Tuesday 20th December

Yet another fabulous activity day at The Food Hub Cookery School! This time join Sue Hudson on a wonderful Christmas bread-making workshop.

Sue will teach you a range of Christmas baking treats for the festive season, starting by making your own Marzipan from scratch, the essential ingredient for Stollen, which you will tackle later! Other delicious loaves include Cranberry and Toasted Walnut Loaf, Olive Oil Crackers for Cheese, Parmesan and Poppy Seed Crisp breads.

The course runs from 10.30am until 3pm and includes a light lunch and tea/coffee refreshments.

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Winter and Christmas Singing Workshop – Saturday 10th December

By this time, you’ll feel so immersed in the spirit of Christmas that you’ll want to sing about it!

Why not join choir leader and singing for well-being practitioner Stephen Amer for this informative workshop, teaching traditional and modern festive and Christmas songs as well as ethnic deep midwinter folk songs and melodies. 

This one-off workshop takes place at The Old School, Raveningham (run by the Raveningham Community Group) and is a fun and friendly musical experience suitable for anybody. 

All ages and any ability welcome - no experience is necessary.

A veritable Winter Wonderland of Workshops here on The Suffolk Coast!

"…Fa la la la la, la la la la"

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


The Suffolk Punch Trust

The Suffolk Punch Trust

Woodbridge

The Suffolk Punch Trust is an educational and environmental charity dedicated to breeding and preserving the Suffolk Punch horse. Our home, the Hollesley Bay Colony Stud, is the world’s oldest and largest Suffolk Punch stud farm. It is the perfect place to meet out magnificent horses, to find out how they shaped the landscape of East Anglia and helped to develop farming throughout the Eastern Counties.

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Dog friendly

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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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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The Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza starring The Osmonds

The Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza starring The Osmonds

Felixstowe | Fri 16th Dec 2016

Come and enjoy an evening of  seasonal entertainment at The Felixstowe Spa Pavilion on 16th December 2016.

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Handel's Messiah at Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Handel's Messiah at Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Snape | Fri 16th Dec 2016

Aldeburgh Music opens its' Christmas Weekend with Handel’s rousing oratorio, a cornerstone of the festive season.

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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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Santa Saves Christmas

Santa Saves Christmas

Felixstowe | Wed 21st Dec 2016

Join Fairy Flossy and Pompom the Penguin as they meet Father Christmas himself at his home in the North Pole and help Santa Save Christmas! On stage at The Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe.

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Free wifi Wheelchair Accessible


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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Father Christmas arrives by Thames Barge!

Father Christmas arrives by Thames Barge!

Snape | Sat 17th Dec 2016

Bring the whole family to Snape for this wonderful festive spectacle as Father Christmas arrives at Snape Maltings by historic Thames sailing barge.


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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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Snape Maltings Christmas Farmers' Market

Snape Maltings Christmas Farmers' Market

Snape | Fri 23rd Dec 2016

Head to Snape and come and enjoy one of Suffolk’s finest Christmas food markets, a wonderful array of fresh produce and delicious artisan products.

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Christmas Late Night Shopping - Felixstowe Unwrapped!

Christmas Late Night Shopping - Felixstowe Unwrapped!

Felixstowe |

Bring the whole family along to Felixstowe and enjoy the festive late night shopping atmosphere.

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New Years Eve at the Ivy House Country Hotel

New Years Eve at the Ivy House Country Hotel

Oulton Broad | Sat 31st Dec 2016

Come to Oulton Broad and celebrate the New Year with a delicious dinner and entertainment.

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WaW Christmas Special - The Aquarium

WaW Christmas Special - The Aquarium

Lowestoft | Sun 18th Dec 2016

Head to Lowestoft for this Christmas WaW Wrestling Event.

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The Churchfitters Christmas Cracker - The Cut

The Churchfitters Christmas Cracker - The Cut

Halesworth | Sun 11th Dec 2016

Head to Halesworth for some lively festive entertainment.

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Christmas Wreath Making - The Suffolk Punch Trust

Christmas Wreath Making - The Suffolk Punch Trust

Woodbridge | Fri 09th Dec 2016

Head to Hollesley for a creative wreath making day.

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New Years Eve Casino Night at The Waveney House Hotel

New Years Eve Casino Night at The Waveney House Hotel

Beccles | Sat 31st Dec 2016

Head to Beccles for a thrilling Casino evening for New Years Eve.

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Carols around the Fireplace

Carols around the Fireplace

Woodbridge |

Bring the whole family to Tranmere House at The National Trust Sutton Hoo site for a vintage Christmas experience. 

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Christmas Pop-Up Shop in Wickham Market

Christmas Pop-Up Shop in Wickham Market

Wickham Market | Thu 08th - Sat 17th Dec 2016

Head to Wickham Market for some festive Christmas shopping.

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Christmas Street Food Sunday at The Table

Christmas Street Food Sunday at The Table

Woodbridge | Sun 18th Dec 2016

Head to The Table in Woodbridge for this special Christmas Street Food Sunday on 18th December.

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Winter and Christmas Singing Workshop

Winter and Christmas Singing Workshop

Beccles | Sat 10th Dec 2016

This informative workshop teaches traditional and modern festive and Christmas songs as well as ethnic deep midwinter folk songs and melodies. 

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Wheelchair Accessible


Christmas at Henham

Christmas at Henham

Southwold | Fri 16th - Sun 18th Dec 2016

Head to Henham Barns for a perfect opportunity to grab those last minute presents on the weekend 17th - 18th December 2016.

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WHERE TO EAT


Cookhouse Restaurant at Suffolk Food Hall

Cookhouse Restaurant at Suffolk Food Hall

Ipswich

The Cookhouse Restaurant is a unique place to eat or have a drink whilst enjoying stunning views down the river.

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Free wifi Dog friendly


The Food Hub Cookery School

The Food Hub Cookery School

Framlingham

Whether you are an amateur cook or a food enthusiast let these courses inspire you.

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Free wifi