Christmas is fast approaching and with it the torrent of adverts, billboards and black Fridays. But instead of being drawn to the big superstores on the high street, why not buy something really special by supporting a local maker or business? These are just a small selection of the vast array of amazing companies and crafters in and around the Broads National Park. For more ideas and inspiration check out the Visit the Broads website:
Nothing says ‘special’ quite like a piece of jewellery for Christmas. Whether you’d like to wear a Norfolk hare around your neck created by Thurne-based Ann Lamb or fancy five gold rings by Alison Varley there are jewellers to suit every style in and around the brilliant Broads.
There is a great collection of clothing and accessories in Norfolk and Suffolk offering everything from carpet bags to smocks, so the people you love the most can look fabulous this bleak midwinter!
Show your home and garden some love this Christmas with everything from garden sculptures to fancy Indian curtains!
Ding dong merrily on high with a piece of art work created by a local Broads artist. Fall for Guy Allen’s animals in a chic black, white and gold or fill the festive season with colour by purchasing a Sarah Bay’s linocut.
Christmas is all about giving to others so why not share the love and gift a member of your family a charitable deed? For £48 you could fund enough pony rides for twenty disabled children living in the Yare Valley. Or make a family member ‘friends of the museum of the Broads’ for just £20 so that they can visit the museum any time they like and receive the museum magazine ‘Reedlighter’.
Tis the season to be jolly and nothing makes us feel more festive than some truly local and delicious bounty. Subscribe a local loved-one to veg boxes by local organic community-driven farm shop ‘farm share’ or get merry with some local fizz by Chet Valley Vineyard.
The Broads National Park is full of experiences. Whether you think your friends and family would like to be on the water or just nearby it, there’s everything to get involved in from leisurely strolls around Somerleyton Hall to stand up paddle boarding to a kayak about Norwich with a delicious pub lunch.