Posted 11th November
We’re pretty excited about Christmas here at J&C. After last year’s restrictions and the ups and downs of covid, it’s fair to say we’re all looking forward to doing some of those traditional things that get us in our own particular Christmas zone. We’ve put together a list of the lovely local events we’re planning to attend this year – and if drinking mulled wine and eating mince pies is what we have to do to support local businesses, then we’ll do it. For the greater good, you understand!
Norfolk Festive Gift & Food Show, 12-14 November, Norfolk Showground
This one’s nice and early for those of us who secretly wish the tree could go up the minute we first hear Slade… In particular we’re excited about pet gifts, all the delicious food and drink on offer, and the opportunity to warm our hands on a mug of something hot and spiced.
Christmas mornings at Blickling Hall
One of Norfolk’s most recognisable houses (we’re not sure if this is down to Anne Boleyn or Alan Partridge) is hosting an extremely cosy-sounding set of events over the festive period, but we’ve booked up for A Christmas Morning in the hall itself. It’s probably a bit grander than my lounge, but I’ll be looking for decoration inspiration in the beautifully bedecked rooms anyway! Food and shopping to round off the tour means that by the time you’ve made your way around, you’ll probably be feeling as festive as a red-nosed reindeer
I expect the Queen doesn’t really need to potter around stalls of gifts and food, as she has people for such things, but if she did I’m sure she’d enjoy popping into her back garden for this. It’s got stalls for every type of gift, and on our last visit we met real reindeer. Need I say more? This year there’s also a lovely-looking light trail called Luminate on the estate, as well as a vintage fairground.
Narnia-themed afternoon tea at the Assembly House, Norwich
I’ve already sampled this one and can confirm that yes, you do need to try a Turkish Delight macaron. The Assembly House is such a beautiful setting to eat your cake that it’s impossible not to emerge into the cold late afternoon feeling very festive indeed.
Cromer Pier’s Christmas Show
It’s a local institution, with good reason. A mulled wine on a cold pier is a real Norfolk pleasure, and the show is full of the sort of sparkly cheeriness we all need this Christmas. It’s an old-fashioned family performance with singing, dancing, and terrible jokes that you’d have to be Scrooge not to laugh at! There’s also the added bonus of walking out of the theatre onto the pier looking its most beautiful, as it’s lit up for winter.
Of course whilst we’re busy getting excited over all these lovely things, we do have to do a little work as, like everyone, Jones and Cane always have a busy Christmas. If you need us give us a call on 01603 722264 and like Father Christmas’ elves, we’ll do all we can to help you prepare for the holidays.