Christmas shopping in East Anglia

Find out what's on in East Anglia

East Anglia events have something for everyone - from carnivals, air displays and arts festivals to historical re-enactments, craft fairs, agricultural shows, and workshops and courses all held in the region throughout the year.

If you're a foody, we've plenty to get your teeth stuck into including food events and farmers markets and festivals in East Anglia. East Anglia is also home to a range of large scale festivals, not least the Maritime Festival in Great Yarmouth and Latitude Music Festival in Suffolk.

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Rembrandt, Lightening the Darkness, 21 October 2017 - 7 January 2018

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669) is one of the most revered artists of the European tradition. Rembrandt: Lightening the Darkness focuses specifically on one of the less well-known aspects of Rembrandt’s output, namely his fascination with print-making. Find out more

Thomas Wolsey: Ipswich's Greatest Son Exhibition - Until 11 March 2018

Thomas Wolsey was born into humble beginnings in Ipswich in the 1470s. Using his prodigious intellect, he excelled at university and rose to become Henry VIII’s chief advisor and one of the most influential men in Europe. Find out more

Enchanted Felbrigg - December

Follow a winter trail through the gardens and enchanted woodland. Enjoy the opportunity to unwind, surrounded by nature in all its winter glory. On your journey, you’ll be able to enjoy music, crafts, and tasty winter treats. Find out more

Christmas at Africa Alive - various dates

Children can enjoy the thrill of meeting Santa in his grotto whilst also receiving a fantastic gift* and join us in the Discovery Centre for Christmas Crafts* and Festive Face Painting! Find out more

Cromer Pier Christmas Show - Until 30 December

Enjoy the fabulous festive variety show at the world's only end-of-pier theatre - a truly unique experience! Find our more

Thursford Christmas Spectacular at Thursford Collection - Until 30 Dec

A fast-moving celebration of the festive season featuring an eclectic mix of both seasonal and year-round favourites, with famous and much-loved chart toppers being sung alongside traditional carols. Details

We Came Here To Conquer - Until 25 March 2018

Eleven locally-based artists have produced new work in response to the modern and contemporary print collection at Norwich Castle & Museum. Find out more

Only In England at Time & Tide - Until 15 April 2018

An exhibition from the Science Museum/National Media Museum of photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr featuring the eccentricities of English social life. Find out more

Family Christmas Sparkle at Ickworth House - 1 December

Create some magical memories with your family at Ickworth House this December with plenty of family events taking place – make Christmas decorations, crafts, crackers and sit next to the tree with stories and gifts from Santa. Don’t forget to follow the Christmas trail and discover what the cooks are stirring up in the basement kitchen. Find out more

Great Yarmouth Winter Beer & Cider Festival - 1 to 3 December

The festival will feature a selection of over 40 real ales, craft beers and ciders, with many coming from Norfolk & Suffolk’s growing number of micro brewers. Find out more

Christmas at the Suffolk Punch Trust - 2 and 3 December

Christmas Farmyard & Craft Fair at The Suffolk Punch Trust Find out more

Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show, The Hippodrome Circus - 7 to 9 December

The amazing Water Spectacle has all the Christmas spirit you need set in the unique atmosphere of the Edwardian Hippodrome. It’s a blockbuster show that's a great alternative to the traditional pant. Find out more

Snape Maltings Christmas Farmers' Market - 23 December

Snape Maltings hosts their Christmas Farmers Market where there will be lots of local produce, story telling and Christmas craft making. Find out more


Cromer New Year's Day Fireworks - 1 Jan 2018

Cromer Pier provides an unique setting for some spectacular fireworks to celebrate the New Year, which makes full use of the dark skies and water adjacent. Find out more

Norfolk & Norwich Festival - 11 to 27 May 2018

Each May the county and city hosts the oldest and one of the largest arts festivals in the UK. Find out more