Christmas shopping in East Anglia

Christmas Shopping in East Anglia

Norwich Lanes

Norwich Market

Norwich is one of the top shopping cities in the UK, discover for yourself why.

The City has two shopping malls and a colourful six-day open-air market all within easy walking distance. It’s a real pleasure to shop in this city, which has a vibrant and lively atmosphere and a good mix of independent and high street names plus plenty of cafes and restaurants to have a relaxing drink and meal in.

The medieval lanes and alleyways of Norwich is a well-known area to find a range of individual and quirky shops. 

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Snape Maltings, Suffolk

Snape Maltings, Suffolk

Shopping at Snape Maltings is a rare and rewarding treat. The collection of award-winning independent shops at Snape is dedicated to providing a thoroughly different experience to shopping on the high street.

From the eclectic interiors of House & Garden to the old-world toys of Little Rascals and Samphire’s wide range of boutique clothing, you’ll find carefully curated offers at every turn.

Shops open Monday–Saturday 10am–5.30pm • Sunday 10.30am–4.30pm

Why not visit during their Christmas Weekend from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 December, A fun-filled weekend of festive concerts and activities for the whole family. 

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Ipswich Saints and Waterfront

Ipswich Waterfront and Quay

While shopping for the perfect gift for friends and family, why not treat yourself too. Head to historic Ipswich to browse around the shops in both the high street and down cobbled streets.

Ipswich boasts a rich maritime history and has an amazing continental style waterfront with cafes and restaurants. Enjoy a warming drink and soak up the atmosphere watching the yachts in the marina. A short stroll from the waterfront takes you to The Saints shopping area, one of the town’s oldest and most historical areas. The Saints - St Peters and St Nicholas Street has a cluster of interior design stores, fragrant flower stores, exquisite eateries and watering holes as well as tea rooms and designer boutiques.

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Play Pooh Sticks in East Anglia

A shopper’s delight. If you enjoy shopping, you will love Cambridge. The city boasts a wide choice of shops from daily markets to an abundance of boutiques, independent shops, high street brands and designer labels. Cambridge has all the range of shops you would expect from a world-famous city but what sets it apart from many is that it is all within easy reach by foot, punt or bus.

Potter through the markets and then visit the Grand Arcade, Cambridge’s newest shopping centre with a range of top quality brands all under one sky lit roof.

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Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Shopping

Wander through the medieval streets of Bury St Edmunds and discover for yourself the diverse range of shops within this market town located within the Suffolk countryside. You will find a range of independent and high street names in both the old town and the new arc Shopping centre.

Overlooked by the Cathedral this friendly town has some wonderful restaurants and coffee shops to allow you to take a break and relax for a while.

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Colchester, Essex

Southend Christmas Lights Switch-on

Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, welcomes shoppers to browse along narrow streets and bustling lanes with several speciality shops and plenty of big names too.

There are also regular markets held in and out of town, including the Colchester Market held weekly on Fridays & Saturdays on the High Street. Keep the children happy and combine your shopping trip with a visit to Colchester Castle. Situated in the centre of this historic town, the Castle is one of the largest Norman Keeps in Europe and has plenty to occupy both children and adults alike.

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