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The Suffolk Coast Christmas Gift Guide

From the usual socks, slippers and perfume to more unusual gifts such as sailing days, theatre tickets and food hampers - the ideal Christmas present is available on The Suffolk Coast!

For the Foodie

The ideal present for a foodie, a Suffolk Coast Hamper is sure to put a smile on someone’s face this Christmas. Take a trip to the many delis, farm shops and food producers on The Suffolk Coast and treat your loved one to a basket crammed with smoked fish and oysters from Pinney’s of Orford, meats, breads and cheeses from Suffolk Food Hall, locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables from Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers and breads, jams, chutneys at Snape Maltings’s famous farmer’s market.

Of course no Suffolk Coast hamper would be complete without a bottle of Adnams! Whether the favourite tipple is gin, ale or wine, you can stock up on presents (and a bottle or two for yourself) at one of the many Adnams shops across The Suffolk Coast.

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For Fashion and Homewares

From stocking fillers such as socks, underwear, nightwear, perfume, bags and jewellery, to jumpers, coats, shoes and homewares, you will find a wide array of ideal Christmas gifts in the many boutiques and homeware shops dotted across The Suffolk Coast. 

Be sure to check out Inspirations in Wickham Market; selling a range of mens and ladies clothes, toys, shoes, bags and books plus candles, pictures, artwork and stationary. Whilst you’re in Wickham Market, check out the monthly market which takes place on a Wednesday for local produce and handmade crafts.

Situated in the coastal village of Pakefield, near Lowestoft, you will find Ferini Art Gallery. Here you can invest in beautiful water colours, oil paintings, sculptures and jewellery - an extra special present to go underneath your tree this Christmas.

For the baker or cook in your family, pop into Ruby & Scarlet in Felixstowe. The contemporary kitchen shops stocks a range of cookware from brands including KitchenAid and KitchenCraft.

If designer togs are what you desire, then a trip to Collen & Clare should be a part of your Christmas shopping; stocking designer brands including Mulberry, Barbour, Levis and Ugg. And for outdoor enthusiast amongst you, pop in to O&C Butcher in Aldeburgh, who stock a range of clothing from Barbour, Harris Tweed, Timberland and Gant – perfect for that Chrismas day dog walk!

Before setting off on your Christmas shopping trip, make sure you check out the Local Values website for exclusive Suffolk Coast shopping offers!

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For the Person who has Everything

There’s always one person that you struggle to buy for, so this year, why not treat them to a Suffolk Coast experience instead of the usual pair of socks or slippers!

For the creative, book them on to one of the many card-making workshops at Moth Crafts in Bungay, or perhaps they are handy with a sewing machine, in which case, joining a class at Fiona’s Fabrics in Woodbridge would be the ideal gift.

Keen photographers will love the photography days on offer from Wild Adventures Under Suffolk's Skies. Taking place on RSPB Havergate Island, the day and night workshops are run by experts who are on hand to help you capture the perfect wildlife snap.

For thrill seekers and outdoor enthusiasts, a gift voucher from Viking Mariners is sure to be a hit! The voucher can be redeemed against a full RYA course or a learn to sail experience day.

For an exhilarating high-speed trip out to sea and along The Suffolk Coast, then buy a voucher for the Coastal Voyager in Southwold and choose from the Sea Blast, River Blyth Cruise, Seal and Wind Farm Trip or take the wheel and skipper the boat on the Drive of Your Life experience!

Theatre lovers will be forever grateful with tickets to a show or concert at Felixstowe's Spa Pavilion, Marina Theatre in Lowestoft, The Cut in Halesworthor Aldeburgh Music at Snape Maltings

And of course if you are really stuck, what better gift to give the person who has everything than an annual pass to one of the many award-winning attractions on The Suffolk Coast. Choose from The Suffolk Punch Trust, Africa Alive!, Pleasurewood Hills, The Longshop Museum, Landguard Fort, RSPB Minsmere and Easton Farm Park to name but a few. 

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Things to see and do


Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings

Snape

Newson Garrett started malting at Snape in 1854 and the site grew to become Suffolk’s largest maltings complex. The striking complex of brick and slate buildings that he established is now Grade II listed and one of the few remaining Maltings complexes in Britain which has retained all of his buildings, spanning some 7 acres.

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Inspirations

Inspirations

Located in the heart of Wickham Market on the charming village square lies 'Inspirations' - a brand new shop providing a wide selection of inspiring gift ideas for the family and home

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Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge Tide Mill

Woodbridge

The Tide Mill has stood on the banks of the River Deben for over 800 years. The earliest record of a tide mill on this site by the River Deben is in 1170.

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Easton Farm Park

Easton Farm Park

Woodbridge

Home to plenty of animals, including a new contingent of ducklings, lambs, foals, chicks, piglets and calves every spring, Easton Farm Park never ceases to be a popular day out for families and school trips.

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Dog friendly


Woodbridge Golf Club

Woodbridge Golf Club

Woodbridge

Two beautiful heathland golf courses in an Area of Outsanding Natural Beauty.

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Moth Crafts

Moth Crafts

Bungay

Moth is a charming shop full to the brim of handmade articles from makers across Suffolk and Norfolk.

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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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Marina Theatre

Marina Theatre

It plays host to major West End productions, top comedy, orchestral concerts, touring drama and musical productions, opera, ballet, music, dance and celebrity concerts as well as operating a successful cinema operation - boasting the largest screen and cinema auditoria in the town. 

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Wheelchair Accessible


Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours

Fancy doing something a little bit different? Situated in the heart of Southwold is the Adnams Sole Bay Brewery and Copper House Distillery, where Adnams have been brewing since 1872.  

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Wheelchair Accessible


Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club

Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club

Felixstowe

Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club is the 5th oldest club in England and the only true links course in Suffolk. There are 27 holes of golf - 18 hole Martello links and the 9 hole Kingsfleet course.

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Sailing Barge Victor

Sailing Barge Victor

Sailing Barge Victor is a perfect marriage of a majestic and traditionally rigged 19th century sailing vessel with comfortable, modern facilities for guests.

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Beacon Rally Karts

Beacon Rally Karts

Woodbridge

Beacon Rally Karts is a great place to enjoy fast, furious, four-wheeled fun. Head out to Beacon Farm in Martlesham, close to the Suffolk market town of Woodbridge and you’ll be warmly greeted by Phil and Louise Abbott; owners of the farm and the karting circuit. They moved to the farm in 1992, started the racing business and have never looked back since.

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Africa Alive!

Africa Alive!

Kessingland

At Africa Alive!, explore the sights and sounds of Africa and discover lions, giraffes, meerkats, hunting dogs and many more animals from the African continent.

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Viking Mariners

Viking Mariners

Ipswich

Viking Mariners offer Luxury sailing experiences on the River Orwell and beyond on either one of their sailing yachts, power craft or barges. Relax and take in the beautiful sights during the cruise or for the more energetic let your skipper show you the ropes, set and trim the sails, and take the helm.

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O&C Butcher

O&C Butcher

Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh has changed in many ways over the last hundred years, but one business has been an ever present in the town.

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The Cut - Halesworth

The Cut - Halesworth

Halesworth

The Cut Arts Centre offers Halesworth and the surrounding countryside an extensive range of arts, music, theatre, dance, comedy, cinema, workshops and art exhibitions. 

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Wild Adventures under Suffolk's Skies

Wild Adventures under Suffolk's Skies

The Wild Adventures under Suffolk's Skies team is a group of friendly and communicative, open minded people, which includes the very best guides and photography tutors on the Suffolk coast. They like to share their deep love for everything wild on the Suffolk Sandlings and around the tidal estuaries, and their extensive knowledge and infectious enthusiasm will certainly draw your heart closer to this windswept part of the county too. 

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National Trust Sutton Hoo

National Trust Sutton Hoo

Woodbridge

Discover the story of the Anglo-Saxons at the burial ground of kings

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Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Felixstowe

Nature Reserves

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Collen & Clare

Collen & Clare

The beautiful multi-brand stores in Southwold and Burnham Market offer Womenswear, Menswear, Beauty, Lingerie and Accessories and there is also a contemporary Womenswear and Accessories store in Aldeburgh.

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Landguard Fort

Landguard Fort

Felixstowe

In 1667, it successfully repelled an invasion of Dutch soldiers, who came ashore near the Fludyer Arms Hotel. Today, it still stands proudly overlooking the mile-wide Harwich Harbour, at the mouth of the Rivers Orwell and Stour.

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Long Shop Museum

Long Shop Museum

Leiston

Located at the heart of the original Richard Garrett and Sons Town Works, The Long Shop museum tells an inspiring story of enterprise and endeavor through its stunning collections, hands-on displays and the remarkable family behind the factory.

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Wheelchair Accessible


East Anglia Transport Museum

East Anglia Transport Museum

Lowestoft

The only museum in East Anglia where you can ride on working trams, trolley buses and narrow gauge railway!

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Dog friendly


Thorpeness Golf Club

Thorpeness Golf Club

Thorpeness

Thorpeness Golf Club is a coastal heathland course designed by famous Scottish architect James Braid and opened in 1922. It winds its way through silver birch, pine trees, gorse and purple heather. The course is 6,421 yards long and plays to a par of 70.

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Pleasurewood Hills

Pleasurewood Hills

Lowestoft

The brain child of a local entrepreneur, Pleasurewood Hills has grown every single year, making it one of the most popular attractions in the East.

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Wheelchair Accessible


Fiona's Fabrics

Fiona's Fabrics

Woodbridge

Fabulous selection of fabrics, yarns and haberdashery - based in the market town of Woodbridge

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Sailing Barge Cruises

Sailing Barge Cruises

Ipswich

Relaxing Orwell River Cruises on board the vintage sailing barges, Thistle, Hydrogen and Kitty.

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RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve

Westleton

Discover nature together on the beautiful Suffolk coast. Wander among the wetlands and woods, potter along the beach, and pause to watch some amazing wildlife. Explore the Wild Zone with the family, then sample some delicious home-cooked, locally-sourced food in the cafe.

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Aldeburgh Music

Aldeburgh Music

Snape

Aldeburgh Music is one of the leading year-round performance centres founded by British composer Benjamin Britten set in a stunning landscape on the Suffolk coast

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Wheelchair Accessible


Felixstowe Spa Pavilion Theatre

Felixstowe Spa Pavilion Theatre

A glorious seafront theatre and restaurant complex, with stunning views, an art deco auditorium for up to 900 people and a fabulous Mediterranean-style pizza, pasta & grill menu. Food served all day includes home-made cakes and pastries, lunch and dinner menus, with tapas, sandwiches and takeaway also available. 


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Pakefield Riding School

Pakefield Riding School

One of the oldest and best-known horse riding centres and stables in East Anglia.

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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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The Riverside

The Riverside

The Riverside Cinema may be 101 years old but the films and live broadcast events that are on screen are totally up to date. 

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Ferini Art Gallery

Ferini Art Gallery

The Ferini Art Gallery is set before the beautiful and ever-changing skies an seascapes of Pakefield. It's art mirrors the light and vibrance of the coastline, fishing beach and sandy cliffs.

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Suffolk Craft Society

Suffolk Craft Society

The Suffolk Craft Society was formed in 1970 to promote the value and importance of contemporary crafts and currently supports around 110 individual craftspeople in the creation of their work across a wide range of craft skills. 

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Ruby & Scarlet

Ruby & Scarlet

Ruby & Scarlet is an independent cookware store based in the centre of town at Hamilton Road in Felixstowe.


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Local Values

Local Values

Local Values are passionate about preserving diversity in local independent high streets and towns by rewarding and incentivising consumers to spend money locally with their reward voucher scheme. It's simple to take part, there's no catch, no fee and no membership.


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Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh Cinema

Aldeburgh

Aldeburgh Cinema: the very best of world cinema at the heart of the local community since 1919. Providing a programme of film screenings, live shows and special event;  independent, inspirational, meaningful, fun.

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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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events


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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Woodbridge Vintage and Modern Market

Woodbridge Vintage and Modern Market

Woodbridge | Sat 10th Dec 2016

Promising some seasonal shopping with a difference, the last Woodbridge Vintage & Modern Market of 2016 takes place on Saturday 10th December from 9.30am to 4pm.

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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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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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WHERE TO EAT


farm cafe + shop

farm cafe + shop

The farm cafe + shop, Marlesford is an oasis on the A12 a few miles from Woodbridge.

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Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers

Giddens & Thompson Greengrocers

Bungay

Purveyors of high quality Fruit and Vegetables

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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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