Your bumper guide to this Christmas
Christmas is fast approaching and so readers can make the most of the festive season this year we have put together a comprehensive guide to events in the Dereham and Fakenham areas.
Christmas is fast approaching and so readers can make the most of the festive
season this year we have put together a comprehensive guide to events in the
Dereham and Fakenham areas.
For everything from Santas grottos to Christmas craft fairs, see below.
• Friday, December 27
Christmas Bingo at Fakenham Community Centre, eyes down 7.30pm, proceeds to the
East Anglian Air Ambulance. Includes raffle, mince pies, tea and coffee.
• Saturday, November 28
Fakenham Christmas Lights switch-on runs from 2.30pm to 5.30pm, with the switch
on at 5pm. There will be fairground rides, DJ presenter, music, live performance
including pantomime, craft stalls, carol singing, fun and games, refreshments
and food available and grand prize raffle. Fakenham Market Place will be closed
to traffic between noon and about 6pm for the event.
Kings Park Pre-School is holding it's annual Christmas Fayre on Saturday 28th
November at Kings Park Infant School, off Kings Road, Dereham from 2pm until
4pm. There will be a variety of stalls including tombola, lucky crackers, cakes
& Father Christmas. Entrance is 50p for adults, children free.
Norfolk Christmas Trees shop opens in Reepham from today until December 23 daily
from 9am to 5pm and on December 24 from 9am to 1pm. It is on the B1145 between
Reepham and Cawston.
A Handel, Haydn Celebration by the Mid Norfolk Singers at St Nicholas Church,
Dereham, from 7.30pm, tickets £7.50 (£4 for under 16s). Programme will include
Handel, Dixit Dominus, and Haydn, Nelson Mass.
Fakenham Craft Market: A selection of locally made crafts and collectables.
Refreshments available. 10am to 3pm at Fakenham Parish Church.
Lighting-up party at North Elmham Memorial Hall at 3pm. Adults £1, children
free, there will be Father Christmas, refreshments and stalls.
Gift Fair and Santa's Grotto at Dereham Memorial Hall, 10am to 3pm.
•his annual event will be full of local crafts people and other gift stalls, all
selling ideal presents for Christmas. Let the children visit Santa in his Grotto
(which is run by The Dereham Lions Charity) and have their photo taken by local
photographer Haydn Rogers. Then pop into the tea room for a hot cuppa and mince
pie for only £1.
A Christmas Fayre is being held at Fred Nicholson School, Westfield Road,
Toftwood, Dereham, from 2pm to 4pm.
Scarning Village Hall is holding a grand Christmas fair from 10am to 4pm with
cakes, preserves, gifts, books, jewellery, pictures and more plus refreshments.
Proceeds to Scarning church.
• Sunday, November 29
Dereham Christmas lights switch on. There will be a skating rink, a fun fair and
Santa will be in Barclays Bank. There will also be charity stalls, stalls
selling Christmas wreaths, stalls selling cakes, biscuits and more. For those
wanting a bite to eat there will be a barbeque, hog roast, coffee and tea. Live
music is being provided by a number of local groups. Upstairs in the council
chamber at the Assembly Rooms there will be craft stalls. It all starts at 1pm
with Santa about from 2pm and the switch on at 4.30pm.
A party is being held to show appreciation for the volunteers who keep Bishop
Bonner's Cottage Museum open to visitors. Bishop Conner's Cottage Museum will
hold a special Christmas opening to coincide with the Christmas Lights switch on
event in Dereham. It will be open from 2pm to 4pm with a tour of the museum and
a warming glass of mulled wine and a mince pie for visitors. Admission is £2 per
adult, children free.
An advent carol service will be held at All Saints church, Litcham at 4pm.
•he Little Vintage Lover Fair is holding a special Christmas event in Burnham
Market with more than 40 stalls of vintage clothing, accessories, kitchenalia,
and textiles circa 1900's-1980's.There will also be vintage handmade stalls
selling beautiful handmade items using vintage fabric. Perfect gifts for
Christmas, not forgetting great music and festive refreshments. It is open
11am-5pm, £1 entry or 50p students with student card, free for children.
From Darkness to Light, a candlelit procession towards advent at Fakenham Parish
church from 6.30pm.
A new Christmas card depicting Fakenham Parish Church's 2008 Christmas Tree
festival will go on sale, produced by willow Tree Printing, at the church
bookshop. They will be on sale along with others at the church on Thursdays as
well as when there are church events. The bookshop is open every day of the week
from 10am to 3pm.
Reepham's St Michael's Church: Advent carol service from 4pm.
• Wednesday, December 2
•he annual Christmas in Reepham event will see Father Christmas and possibly
even his wife roll into town at 6pm to turn on the lights. Shops in the town
will be opening late, there will be charity stalls in the Market Place, a hog
roast, refreshments, silly hat competition and more.
Reepham: Melton House Gallery in Market Place is re-opening after a refit. As
part of the town's traditional Christmas in Reepham event from 6pm, visitors are
invited to the stylish new gallery to enjoy regional and seasonal canapés with a
glass of festive cheer. There will be an exhibition of landscape photographs
from renowned local photographer, Ian Aitken.
• Thursday, December 3
Fakenham Parish Church will hold its ninth annual Christmas Tree Festival from
3-10 December, 10am-8pm. Last year the event attracted 20,000 people and raised
more than £21,000 for charities. This year, 74 organisations will be taking
part, decorating 80 trees to encourage donations from visitors. There will also
be a Christmas Bazaar and a seasonal prize draw and tombola. Entrance to the
Festival is free but please bring a bag of coins to place at the charity trees
of your choice. Inside there will be a Christmas Bazaar selling a wide range of
Christmas goods; also refreshments, a tombola and a grand draw. Prayers will be
said on the hour for the charities and there will be two Prayer Trees where you
can write a prayer of your own. More information at
www.fakenhamparishchurch.org.uk or 01328 862268.
Shipdham's third Christmas Tree Festival is being held from December 3 to 6 at
All Saints Church. Get into the Christmas spirit, enjoy the wonderfully
decorated trees and donate to help out many local charities. Open 12noon to 8pm
except Saturday 5, 2pm to 5pm, and Sunday 6, noon to 4pm with carols amongst the
Christmas trees at 4pm. Cafe Saints open noon to 2pm for hot rolls and soup and
from 5.30pm to 7.30pm for jacket potatoes. Tea and coffee available throughout.
For bookings and more information contact: Liz Ralph on 01362 821528
• Friday, December 4
Dereham Lions Club is holding a Christmas Party and high tea at Northgate High
School from 5.30pm. There will be entertainment, raffle, music, singing and
dancing. All senior citizens welcome. For more information call Vic on 01362
Christingle service at St Mary's Church, Tittleshall, 6.30pm.
Christmas Concert by Dereham Salvation Army Band at 7.30pm at East Tuddenham
Village hall. Admission £5 (includes refreshments) on the door. Raffle and
proceeds to the village hall. The event will also support the Salvation Army
Toys and Tins appeal - people are welcome to take donations.
Pottery maker Ruthanne Tudball is holding a Christmas Open Weekend on December
4, 5, 6, (Fri - Sun) from 10am to 6pm each day. There will be new work as well
as slight seconds/old stock at reduced prices. Mince pies and mulled wine will
also be available at the Temple Barn Pottery, Solomon's Temple, at Welborne,
near Mattishall. Telephone 01362 858770 or go to www.ruthannetudball.com.
• Saturday, December 5
Mid Norfolk Railway's Santa and Mince pie specials run from December 5 to
January 1. Santa Specials depart from Dereham from December 5 to December 24 and
from Wymondham from December 5 to December 20. Santa Special tickets are £10,
infants £3, which includes return trip, mince pie and refreshments and a trip to
Santa and a gift for children under 14 years old. Mince Pie specials run from
December 27 to January 1. Sherry and mince pies will be served along the return
trip with soft drinks and chocolate novelties for children. Adults £8, children
£4.50. Booking advisable on 01362 851723.
•ittleshall Village Hall Christmas Fair from 10am to noon with everything from
pick a peg to books, cakes, good as new and a raffle. Refreshments available.
Christmas bingo Bawdeswell Village Hall doors open 7pm. Light refreshments will
be available and raffle. All proceeds raised will be donated to the Bawdeswell
Badgers Pre-School Charity no: 1022356. Sorry no children under the age of nine.
Should anyone wish to donate a prize for this event then please contact Claire
Boer 01362 688415.
Christmas Wreaths and other Seasonal Goodies will be on sale in All Saints
Church, Bawdeswell. Refreshments, Art Exhibition and More. Orders are being
taken now for the wreaths - phone Sue Lilwall on 01362 688240 to avoid
Deepdale Christmas Market Saturday, December 5, to Sunday, December 6, 10am to
4pm. Stock up on all those Christmas decorations and presents at the Deepdale
Christmas Market, while enjoying plenty of festive cheer. Deepdale Christmas
Market takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm at Dalegate Market,
the busy shopping centre in Burnham Deepdale on the beautiful north Norfolk
coast. Come enjoy breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea at Deepdale Cafe and do your
Christmas shopping while you are there. The shops of Dalegate Market will be
open, including Little Giggles Traditional Toy and Gift Shop, BloominGorgeous
Florists, Fat Face Clothing and Leftleys Costcutter Supermarket. There will also
be stalls of all kinds offering Christmas goodies, presents and decorations.
Saturday evening, 4pm to 6pm, there will be Christmas Carols featuring
Hunstanton Concert Band and other festive activities. Deepdale Backpackers and
Camping will be hosting Father Christmas and his elves in their grotto, for both
little and the not so little children!
Dickensian Christmas Fayre at Gressenhall Reading Room 11am to 3pm with Father
Christmas arriving by horse and carriage at about 1pm. Carols around the
Christmas tree, roast chestnuts, soup, tea, coffee, mince pies and mulled wine.
There will also be traditional crafts, homemade Christmas fare, sweets, toffee
apples and sugar mice. In aid of Action for Children.
Christmas Festive Quiz, Honingham Village Hall, 7.30pm. Teams of up to four
invited to buffet supper with soft drinks, bonus points for best festively
dressed teams. Tickets £4, children £2 available from village hall committee
members or at the Buck pub.
• Sunday, December 6
Children's Christmas Event, Bawdeswell Village Hall. Making Christmas Cards 2pm
to 3pm. Party Games and Refreshments 3.30pm - 5.30pm. Santa has promised to drop
in to see us. Book in advance. Admission is free but we must know who is coming
so that we can tell Santa who will be at the party. Call Janet on 01362 688749
by November 27.
A Christmas Experience: Past and Present at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
Enjoy a day of Festive Fun at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse. Visit Santa in his
1950s Grotto, sing your heart out with Victorian carol singers in the Workhouse
Chapel, listen to hand bell ringers, shop for Christmas, watch a Magic Lantern
show, get creative in Art Attack and find out about Christmas past. Down on the
farm there's a Living Crib with donkeys from Litcham Hall, a shepherd and his
sheep, cooking of Christmas fare on the Farmhouse range, traditional fair ground
rides (weather permitting) and a steam engine.
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol at Holkham Hall at 6.30pm. SOLD OUT. Be
swept away in this magical tale and travel with Ebeneezer Scrooge through his
adventures with the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future. In the
interval take the opportunity to ascend the grand staircase to The Saloon to
enjoy a glass of mulled wine and mince pies. Adults £15.50/conc £10. Family
ticket £46 (2 adults 2 children). Call Holkham ticket office on 01328 713111.
•averham Band will perform a Christmas Concert at St Mary's Church in North
Elmham starting at 6pm. Tickets £7 (children under 14 free).
Christmas with Cats is an open day at Venture Farm Cat Rescue at Thuxton Road,
Mattishall, from 11am to 3pm. There will be lots of stalls and games, raffle,
tombola, gifts and books for sale. Refreshments available all day. Feed the cats
a Christmas treat. £2 entrance fee, which includes a present. All proceeds to
help animals in the care of the centre.
Westfield Christmas Cracker is at Yaxham Village hall from 10.30am to 1pm.
Cards, pictures, jewellery, cakes, decorations, plants, mulled wine and mince
pies. Free entry
• Tuesday, December 8
Fakenham and District Light Operatic Society's panto Snow White will run at
Fakenham Community Centre from December 8 until 12. Tickets are on sale at
Evolve in Norwich Street, Fakenham, open from 10am to 4pm, or on 01328 862622.
• Thursday, December 10
Crystal Dyball is wishing people a Merry Christmas with a special seasonal
flower demonstration of ideas for the festive season from 7.30pm at North
tuddenham Village Hall. Tickets £5 (Friends £4) available from The Lodge public
house or Daphne Blyth on 01362 850446. Refreshments and raffle available.
• Friday, December 11
Christmas Tree Festival at Trinity Methodist Church, Theatre Street, Dereham,
from December 11 to 13, open Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 6pm and Sunday
1pm to 5pm. There will be more than 28 Christmas Trees decorated by local
charities including Cancer Care, Mencap, Salvation Army, Children's Society and
Friends of Dereham Hospital, who will all keep the cash they make from the
event. Refreshments available including homemade soup, ploughman's, rolls, cakes
and mince pies. Admission is free.
• Saturday, December 12
Wells Christmas Tide is this year running from - Friday, December 11, to Sunday,
December 13. Christmas family fun and festivities including Santa arriving from
the North Sea escorted by the inshore lifeboat (if available) as well as music,
food and fireworks. For more information, see Christmas Tide website.
Fakenham Craft Market: A selection of locally made crafts and collectables.
Refreshments available. Open 10am to 3pm at Fakenham Parish Church.
Enjoy a live concert surrounded by decorated and lit Christmas trees in Trinity
Methodist Church, Theatre Street, Dereham at 7.30pm. The Livewire concert
tickets are £5 available from Just Kitchenware or telephone Peter on 01362
Colkirk Community Carols on the Campyng Land from 3pm to 4pm. Gather around a
Christmas tree under the night sky to sing all your favourite carols and
Christmas songs then enjoy free refreshments and a visit by Father Christmas.
Free but donations invited to East Anglian Air Ambulance. Please bring a torch
Reepham Library, Christmas crafts, 2-4pm.
• Sunday December 13
A Christmas Fair is being held at St Swithin's Church Bintree on December 12
from 10am until 12 noon. There will be the usual range of activities including
tombola and stalls
A traditional concert for all the family lasting an hour with mulled wine and
mince pies and plenty of opportunities to join in, featuring the Iceni Choir
with a selection of carols and other music directed by James Lilwall, Annette
Jude - Piano, Roger Rayner - Organ, Susie Turner soprano, direct from the
Westend and Broadway and June Harrison - soprano. In aid of The Friends of
Bawdeswell Church. All Saints Church, Bawdeswell, at 4pm. Tickets (including
wine & mince pies) are £6 and can be obtained from James Lilwall on 01362
688499. For More details contact; James Lilwall or email firstname.lastname@example.org
• Wednesday, December 16
Gonville and Caius College Choir performing a live choral evensong at Swanton
Morley's All Saints Church. The performance is to be played on Radio 3. Starts
Bawdeswell Christmas Carols. Father Christmsa flanked by carollers will depart
from the village hall at 6pm stopping off in 12 places around the village to
sing carols followed by mince pies, mulled wine and hot chocolate in the village
Christmas coffee morning at Foxley Village Hall at 10.30am. Goodies, toddy,
mardle and bumper raffle.
• Thursday, December 17
A Christingle service will be held at St Mary's Church in Beeston at 4pm.
• Saturday, December 19
Fakenham Choral Society's Christmas Concert at Fakenham Parish Church from
For one weekend the Whitwell and Reepham Railway is offering a magical train
ride for families to find Father Christmas and his grotto in the woods along the
train line. Families will have their own compartment with mince pies, sherry,
mulled wine and soft drinks and a visit from Father Christmas with presents for
children under 15 years of age. There will also be festivities in the station.
Tickets are £10 per person, children under two £3, from 01603 871694 or
• Sunday, December 20
Christmas Carols at Wells Boathouse. Join us at the Boathouse on Sunday 20
December for our second Christmas Carol Service with Fakenham Town Band and
Wells Churches Together. 6.30pm, Lifeboat House
Christmas carol service at St Mary's Church, Beeston, 6pm. It is the first time
in several years that the carol service is being held in the church after the
renovation of the roof. It will be illuminated with new lighting.
Carols by candlelight at St Margaret's Church, Worthing, 6pm.
Christmas Carol Service at St Withburga's Church, Holkham, at 11.30am. Includes
nine lessons and carols, mulled wine, soft drinks and mince pies.
Candlelit Carol Service at Fakenham Parish Church from 6.30pm.
• Monday, December 21
Reepham library Christmas Storytime for the Under 8's, 2pm to 2.3opm. Please
contact the Library to book your place on 01603 870474. All children must be
accompanied by and adult
Dereham library Christmas Storytime for the Under 8's, 10am to 10.30am. Please
contact the Library to book your place on 01362693184. All children must be
accompanied by and adult
• Christmas Eve
Christingle services at Fakenham Parish Church at 4pm and 6pm. First service for
Christmas, 11.30pm, midnight parish communion
• Christmas Day
Christmas Dinner. Delectable Delights at Deepdale this Christmas! Join us for a
festive Feast, full of merriment and cheer. We are looking forward to opening
the stove this year to a wonderfully cooked Turkey dinner with all the trimmings
at just £20.00 per head!
We will aim to be serving dinner at 3pm and party games and quizes will follow
afterwards for those who wish to join in. Deepdale Secret Santa. For everyone
coming for Christmas dinner please bring a £5.00 gift to be placed under the
tree and unwrapped after dinner. Children £10.00. No alcohol provided as we are
an unlicensed venue, but please feel free to bring what ever you would like for
yourself. Price: £20.00 per Adult, £10.00 per Child. Location: Deepdale
Backpackers and Camping, North Norfolk coast, Burnham Deepdale
Roundtable Christmas Day Swim. Hunstanton Round Table Christmas Day Swim
attracts thousands of spectators each year from near and far and has enjoyed
fantastic support for 50 years. The event plays a crucial part in many a family
Christmas in these parts for both residents and visitors alike and it raises
huge sums of money for many charitable causes. Swimmers assemble around 10.30am
and the swim commences at 11am from the Central Promenade. If you wish to take
part in the sponsored swim please contact: Hunstanton Round Table, c/o Witley
Press Ltd, 24 Greevegate, Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 6AD Tel: 01485 532543.
Price: Contributions to charity always welcome Location: Hunstanton, north
• Monday, December 28
Christmas Family Gathering at Foxley Village Hall from 8pm. Live music with
Peter J, licensed bar and raffle, call 01362 688768 for more information.
Tickets £6, children 6-14 £3, under 6 free.
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