Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Wroxham Barns – out of town Christmas Shopping and Eating on a Plate

Forget the annual Christmas struggle on the high street and head to Wroxham Barns and tick off your shopping list in one go.

Browse through the craft studios and discover unique handmade items – freshwater pearl and gemstone necklaces at Capricorn Minerals and Jewellery, Norfolk themed mirrors, windows, roundels and fire screens from Coastal Stained Glass, Rachel Hutchins countryside inspired prints in The Norfolk Art Gallery and domestic ware and house nameplates at Tricia Francis pottery.

Visit resident sculptor, Sue Windley for art and sculpture materials, or even that special commission, and Pat Trett woodturner for beautiful ornamental bowls.

Sew Creative is a must for patchwork and quilting fans with everything from Christmas Tree kits to the new ruler cutter – just arrived in the UK.

Babies and small children are well catered for at Lads & Lasses with their own Sugar and Spice clothing range and Hooligans, ethically made in South Africa.

Pick up a pack of Uncle Stuart’s Christmas beers, bottles of Burgoyne’s Spiced Norfolk Cider from The Apple Shop or 52 North, Norfolk wine from Spooner Row at the Country Food Store, which is full of delectable goodies. Pop into The Fudge Shop for delicious Christmas fudge and traditional sweets and there’s also Bill LeGrice Roses’ with presents for gardeners in the family.

The Gallery has a vast array of gifts, toys, jewellery, accessories, ladies clothes and new this year – menswear from Kartel and Seasalt. From colourful cup cake containers and cup cake recipe books to gorgeous Cath Kidston mugs, beautiful glove puppets, along with Jellycat cuddly toys and a great selection of fun books like Father’s Wit and Suddenly Senile, there is something to satisfy even the most jaded Christmas shopping palate.

Finally with all the shopping done, the restaurant café is the perfect place to take a break. It serves breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea using the best of local produce, with coffee and cake at any time!

Wroxham Barns, http://www.wroxhambarns.co.uk, tel. 01603 783762, winner Taste of England, East of England Tourism Awards 2010, is open daily 10am to 5pm
(closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day), 10 miles from Norwich, take A1151 to Wroxham then follow brown and white tourist signs for 1.5miles on the Tunstead road. Free parking.
Picture - Uncle Stuart's Brewery Christmas beers pack.