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Christmas Gift Guide

Spend a day Christmas shopping in Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding villages...

Home to unique attractions, fascinating museums, artisan food and drink, and talented artists and craftspeople, Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding villages are fabulous places to find Christmas gifts for the whole family.

For Suffolk Lovers

No visit to Bury St Edmunds is complete without a tour of magnificent St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Discover the history of the site, then take part in the cathedral’s fundraising Lego project by laying a Lego brick and helping to create a Lego scale model of the cathedral! Once you’ve got a taste for Lego construction, stop by the Cathedral shop, where you can buy a limited-edition St Edmundsbury Cathedral Lego Cathedral kit as well as a range of other charming gifts.

Afterwards, they can take a stroll through the Abbey of St Edmund Ruins or enjoy a tour of the town with Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides!

Situated in Langton Place in the heart of Bury St Edmunds, illustrator and artist Kim Whittingham has her own shop which showcases her beautiful watercolour paintings of architectural landmarks around the town. There's also a fantastic cards, coasters and calendars featuring her work; the perfect gift for someone who has fond memories of the town!

For the Foodie

Home to some of the county's top restaurants and food and drink producers, the foodie in your family will be delighted with a hamper or food and drink experience come Christmas morning. 

Greene King has been brewing beer in Bury St Edmunds for more than 200 years, and its Westgate Brewery, opened in 1938, is still in action today. Book a tour to see how the company continues to brew beer with traditional methods, then pick up a selection of your favourite Greene King beers, including Greene King IPA and St Edmunds Ale, from the onsite shop. The Old Cannon Brewery on Cannon Street also makes its own beer on the premises which can be purchased from their shop including their ever popular 8-pint mini casks.

For other East Anglian beers, head to Beautiful Beers on St John’s Street. Here you’ll find beers and ciders from independent brewers throughout the region, as well as Frank & Ernest Cold Brew Coffee, which is hand roasted and cold brewed here in Bury St Edmunds.

If gin is your tipple of choice, head to Gourmet Goods on St John’s Street, where the range of artisan spirits on offer includes Suffolk Dry Gin, craft distilled in town.

Budding chefs will love a place on one of the many exciting workshops at ICE Cook School. Classes include Dim Sum, Thai cooking, scientific cooking, macarons and many more. There's even a range of classes for children too including pizza making, doughnuts and baking!

Sunny Suffolk is also home to some outstanding vineyards, and a bottle of local wine is a delight. Head to Wyken Vineyard, Giffords Hall Vineyard or Lavenham Brook Vineyard to taste the region’s excellent award-winning wines.

Did you know that much of the sugar beet grown around Suffolk is processed in Bury St Edmunds for Silver Spoon? Unlike many other leading 'UK' brands, Silver Spoon sugar is actually produced in the UK. In fact all their White Granulated and baking sugars are supplied by East Anglian farmers and produced in Bury St Edmunds, and their sugar beet is grown an average of only 30 miles from Bury St Edmunds! Farmers markets offer further opportunities to pick up local goodies, and regular ones are held at Lavenham, as well as Bury St Edmunds, Long Melford, Sudbury, Risby and Thurston. The twice-weekly street markets are also the ideal place to pick up local baked goods, preserves, drinks, crafts and gifts for a delicious hamper.

For the Gardener

Green-fingered friends and family can enjoy the splendour of the Abbey Gardens or the National Trust’s Ickworth House, Park and Gardens with a plant from the onsite nursery shops, to nurture in their own gardens. For an extra special experience, buy them passes to the enchanting Fullers Mill Garden (open April – September), wonderful Nowton Park, Wyken Hall Gardens, and Helmingham Hall Gardens.

For the Crafter

Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding wool towns are treasure troves for arts and crafts gifts. Wander down to The Handmade Shop & Gallery St John’s Street, where you’ll find paintings and prints from East Anglian artists alongside pottery, jewellery, textiles, glass, and handmade greetings cards.

The Really Very Nice gallery in Churchgate Street showcases local as well as national and international artists including Mary Wyatt, Lucy Crick, and Tom Lund-Lack.

Local craftspeople also set up stalls downstairs in The Apex on various Saturdays throughout the year, selling handmade crafts and unique gifts. In Clare, a monthly craft market is held at the Town Hall with everything that is sold being handmade by the person who is selling it. 

Lavenham Guildhall gift shop works with Lavenham Art Society to support local artists, making this another excellent place to buy Suffolk art (as well as local produce, gifts and local heritage books). Nearby, you’ll also find the Angel Gallery, a 15th century wool merchant’s residence with exhibitions by local and national artists, and the Wildlife Art Gallery, which specialises in 20th Century and contemporary wildlife art.

For the Clothes Lover

For stylish shirts pay a visit to Wolf in Sheep's Clothing in St John’s Street. All the shirts and coats are all designed and made in Suffolk, England – one of only a few English manufacturing companies left.

Dapper Fox, located in Abbeygate Street, is a new luxury menswear brand that offering a range of high quality men's tailoring and casual wear clothing. 

Selling a range of designer brands including Vivienne Westwood, Barbour, Ralph Lauren, Ted Baker and Scotch & Soda to name but a few Javelin offers a unique shopping experience for both men and women from their store on Abbeygate Street. 

For high street brands, you're spoilt for choice at The Arc Shopping Centre; home to River Island, Topshop, Joules, Monsoon, Next, Debenhams, Pandora and many more!

For the Bookworm

A fantastic collection of local history books written by local people can be found in the Tourist Information Centre at The Apex, the St Edmundsbury Cathedral Shop and Moyse’s Hall Museum. For the book work and history buff in your family, a copy of 'Edmund; England's Lost King by Francis Young' will be well received come Christmas morning.

For best-sellers, Waterstones is located in the Butter Market and The Arc Shopping Centre, whilst W.H.Smith is just a short walk away on Cornhill or for books written about the fascinating town of Bury St Edmunds, pick up a copy of 

For the person who has everything!

Everyone has one person that they struggle for what to buy; why not buy them a voucher from one of Bury St Edmund's many shops, hotels and attractions. Greene King Brewery not only sell gift vouchers for their shop where a range of the historic breweries' ales can be bought, vouchers for their brewery tours are also available too. 

If you're looking for a present for a couple, restaurant vouchers are a great gift for Christmas. Selling a delicious menu of tapas and meze alongside cocktails and wine, your family members will be thrilled with vouchers for CASA. The menu boasts a range of dishes including gluten free items and an exciting selection for vegetarians and vegans. 

The historic Angel Hotel has a range of voucher experiences for Christmas; The wine night gift card includes wine sourced from all around the globe, accompanied by a delicious dinner, designed to complement the wine, whilst the afternoon tea gift card includes a selection of savoury delights, freshly homemade scones with jam and Jersey cream and other exquisite sweet treats. 

For an extra special present, you could treat your loved one to the Angel Hotel's 'Decadent Getaway', package which includes an overnight stay with bottle of Champagne, an indulgent Temple Spa treat selection, and luxury hand-made Belgian chocolates in your room on arrival followed by a delicious Afternoon Tea. You will also enjoy a delicious dinner in the Eaterie before heading up to one of the Signature Suites, some with sumptuous copper baths, for the night. After a comfy night wake to a glorious Suffolk breakfast the following morning, and enjoy a late check out at 12pm.

Bury St Edmunds is home to the UKs only regency theatre in the country, the Theatre Royal! Not only is this historic building worth a tour for any theatre buff (tours can be booked online!) there's a jam-packed schedule of shows in 2019 including musicals, comedians, children's productions, plays and screenings to suit all tastes - so tickets or vouchers are ideal!

As one of the UK's top concert venues, The Apex also packs a punch with it's 2019 line up which includes The Ronnie Scott's All Stars, The Simon & Garfunkel Story, Fairport Convention and Martin Taylor to name but a few - why not treat friends and family to tickets to see their favourite act!

An experience is ideal for a family gift; a family ticket to Abbeygate Cinema would be perfect for a movie mad family or how about a family pass to CurveMotion - great fun for all ages!

For the history buff, 'The Heritage Ticket' is ideal! It provides free entry to both Moyse's Hall Museum and West Stow Anglo Saxon Village for a year; visit as many times as you like, take advantage of free entry to living history and event days and receive discounts on talks, walks and workshops.

For Kids

For the must-have toy this festive season check out Starlings Toymaster on Cornhill or if your house is bursting at the seams with toys already, take them along to the pantomime Sleeping Beauty at The Theatre Royal or buy tickets to one of the many visiting children's shows including The Gingerbread Man, Pinocchio and The Gruffalo.

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