Christmas in Suffolk: Gift ideas

Suffolk's festive treats (photo: RomoloTavani, Getty Images)

Suffolk's festive treats (photo: RomoloTavani, Getty Images) - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

We’ve gathered some great Suffolk businesses to visit this Christmas for gifts and festive cheer

Blackthorpe Barn

Blackthorpe Barn - Credit: Archant

Blackthorpe Barn

Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Bury St Edmunds IP30 9JG. Blackthorpe Barn – 01359 270880, Rougham Estate Office – 01359 270238

This year Blackthorpe Barn’s Country Christmas Shop, the British Crafts and Santa’s Grotto are all online, so you can still browse and shop the wonderful gifts, decorations and treats and meet Santa, all from the comfort of your own home… Shopping at the Country Christmas shop is still exciting and bursting with everything Christmassy, you can enjoy the full range of Christmas delights and gifts online. The British Crafts are also a new and exciting online experience, accessible via the same website. Website visitors can enjoy being inspired as they browse the amazing hand-crafted items all made by talented crafts people throughout Britain. Famous Rougham Estate Christmas Trees will be available at Blackthorpe Barn as usual. This year it is cashless payment with trees available until 22nd December, choose from freshly cut to pot grown in many shapes and sizes.

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The Gainsborough

The Gainsborough - Credit: Archant

The Gainsborough Health Club and Spa

Cavendish Rd, Sudbury CO10 8BW. 01787 279009

This health club and spa is at the heart of the local community offering members and guests state-of-the-art health, fitness and leisure facilities, along with a team that delivers personal, professional and friendly service to everyone. The gymnasium provides the very latest cardiovascular equipment including new bikes, treadmills and cross trainers, all of which include Freeview TV. The pool and gym are housed in a series of magnificently restored 15th century timber-framed barns, as beautiful inside as the rolling countryside that surrounds it. The spa, as well as benefiting from the health club facilities, includes beautifully appointed treatment rooms, mud serial chamber, luxurious relaxation room, wall panelled coffee and dining area and idyllic courtyard. They offer a wide variety of exceptional Spa and Beauty Treatments and their expert dedicated therapists will ensure that your day will leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and completely rejuvenated.

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Will Bishop

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Will Bishop Jewellery Design

22 Swan St, Boxford, Sudbury CO10 5NZ. 01787 210521

Will creates beautiful and unique contemporary jewellery from his studio in the picturesque village of Boxford in Suffolk and has been going for approximately 23 years. Will’s unique style of jewellery-making stems from his training as a sculptor and informed by his extensive travels in Africa and his life in rural Suffolk. His jewellery is made in silver, gold and platinum incorporating precious and semi-precious gems and is London hallmarked. In addition to this Will is adept at remodelling old, unworn, often inherited jewellery; transforming it into beautiful new pieces using the same materials and retaining the sentimental value. As well as creating his own jewellery collections, Will takes on a variety of bespoke commissions, please contact him by email or telephone if you would like to discuss your requirements.

Abbeygate Lighting

Abbeygate Lighting - Credit: Archant

Abbeygate Lighting

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Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 7BH. Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1UN. Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4TN. 0808 506 7473

Abbeygate Lighting has over 40 years of experience supplying decorative lighting through our 3 showrooms; Felixstowe, Bury St Edmunds and Norwich, always paying close attention to the needs of its customers. They have carefully selected their range of lighting to give Style, Elegance and Quality at competitive prices. Their aim is to offer all their customers Service, Satisfaction and Value. The selection of lighting they offer includes all the latest trends from contemporary to traditional lighting and is constantly changing to show the evolving fashions of home interiors. A wide range of items is available through their website, as well as many products that are only available instore. “Call and Collect” for any items – contact your local branch via phone or email.

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Explore 4x4

Explore 4x4 - Credit: Archant

Explore 4x4

The Courtyard Elveden Estate, Elveden, Theford IP24 3TQ. 01787 320640

When was the last time you tried something for the first time? Explore 4x4 are Outdoor Activity and Survival Adventure Specialists. With an exciting range of activities, from Clay Pigeon Shooting, 4x4 Off Road Driving to Skid Pan Control. Or maybe test your hand at Crossbows, Archery, Axe, Knife and Spear Throwing, to name but a few. There will certainly be something for you and our Gift Vouchers make a fabulous present for friends and family! Valid for a year, should lockdown surprise us again we will of course extend. Their enthusiastic and professional instructors will guide you through their exhilarating activities. They offer experiences that you will remember for a lifetime! Their exclusive location on the stunning Elveden Estate provides the perfect setting! With an award-winning restaurant, country inn, food-hall, home and garden shops you are guaranteed a very warm welcome from the Team at Explore 4x4. Pre-booking essential. For bookings, enquiries and Gift Vouchers please call 01787320640 or drop them an email at

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Woodbridge Antique Centre

Woodbridge Antique Centre - Credit: Archant

Woodbridge Antiques Centre

7 Quay St, Woodbridge IP12 1BX. 01394 387210


Woodbridge Antiques houses a number of quality antique and vintage pieces to suit all tastes and budgets.

There are over 20 display cabinets showcasing a variety of pieces, with a focus on antique silver including; vesta cases, stamp cases, desk items, tableware and novelty pieces. In addition, there is a good selection of fine jewellery, vintage costume jewellery, accessories, glassware, treen, coins, postcards, porcelain, pottery and plenty of pieces that are great for Christmas gifts. So, whether you are a dealer, collector or just looking for that special something, then you are bound to find items of interest. If you need any advice or help choosing something, then their friendly team are on hand to assist on the phone or by email.

Wheatacre Hall Farm Pantry

Wheatacre Hall Farm Pantry - Credit: Archant

Wheatacre Hall Farm Pantry

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Station Rd, Beccles NR34 0AS. 01502 677208.

The small shop on site selling local produce including their own eggs as well as fridge /freezer local products, along with their own milk/cream. Steaming coffee awaits you from local company Freshpac.

Visit the Pantry today for fresh, local produce on a family run and loved farm nestled in the Norfolk/Suffolk border.

Now stocking Noor candle products - perfect for gifts for Christmas, hampers that can be put together from a selection of locally sourced products.

Wreaths, flowers, candles and fresh produce awaits you.