Festive Fairs

Head to a fab festive fair to fill loved ones’ stockings and foodie goodies for you too!

2 December Mill Road Winter Fair

Surely Cambridge’s favourite winter event, the Mill Road Winter Fair is a joyful celebration of both the buzzy Mill Road neighbourhood and the whole Cambridge community. Eat, drink, shop, dance and make merry with thousands of others on Saturday 2 December, when the whole of Mill Road comes alive with live music, scrumptious food from all corners of the globe and stalls selling everything from crafts and gifts to books and clothing. Grab a mulled wine and enjoy the party! 

25 November Histon Handmade Christmas

Pop along to Histon Handmade on 25 November and browse a plethora of stalls from 23 artists and designers all under one roof. Exhibitors include Emma Bennett, a professional collage artist based in Cambridge who’s well known locally for her bright, eye-catching depictions of the city’s sights and landmarks made using only recycled papers. She’ll be selling home giftware, textiles, prints and more.

Elsewhere, peruse unique jewellery by Abi Cochran, adorable children’s books by Nicola Killen, ceramics from Katharina Klug, quirky millinery by Sally Wilding and metal clocks by Rebecca Stark. There will also be tasty treats and drinks on offer from Cambridge Street Bakes.

Open Now Christmas at Blackthorpe Barn

Located just outside Bury St Edmunds, Blackthorpe Barn is a lovely place to visit at any time of year, but come winter it’s transformed into a festive wonderland. From now until 22 December, the medieval barn will be brimming with Christmassy treasures and treats.

Pick up handmade gifts and decorations at the Country Christmas Shop, indulge in mulled wines and tasty homemade food at the Little House of Cooking pop-up café, and get crafty in a range of workshops. For kids, there’s the chance to meet the big beardy one himself at Santa’s Grotto, plus Blackthorpe Barn will be showcasing a line-up of British crafts which changes weekly and will feature glasswork, ceramics, jewellery and more. 

17, 18 November Ely Cathedral Christmas Gift & Food Fair

Ely Cathedral will once again host its gift and food fair this November, an event which affords Christmas shoppers the chance to browse stalls and pick up gifts in a unique and beautiful setting.

Taking place 17 to 18 November, the fair is now in its sixth year, and is often praised as being one of East Anglia’s best festive shopping experiences. Stalls will be selling gifts, distinctive homewares and accessories, seasonal produce and more, plus there will be a range of inspiring demonstrations including festive cake decorating and floral arranging.

On Saturday there will attractions for families including a traditional carousel and some rather special Christmas guests, plus the heated Café Marquee will serve as the perfect spot to relax and enjoy some delicious festive fare. 

23-26 November Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fair

Bury St Edmunds, around 45 minutes away from Cambridge, will be welcoming back its huge annual Christmas Fayre this month, serving up stalls, entertainment and festive cheer from 23 to 26 November. Extending from the historic Angel Hill and adjoining Abbey Gardens to The Arc and throughout the town centre, this huge event sees the whole of Bury getting well and truly into the Christmas spirit.

Pick up gifts from hundreds of traders, selling everything from traditional toys to handmade soaps and beautiful arts and crafts, enjoy lively entertainment across three stages, meet real life reindeer and say hello to Santa in the grotto. Over in the food marquee, meanwhile, chomp your way around stalls selling treats including fudge, bacon jam, roasted nuts, artisan pork pies and lots more. We’d suggest hopping on the train from Cambridge to eliminate the stress of parking
and busy roads.