The treats you can expect at Deepdale Christmas Market this year
The popular Deepdale Christmas Market returns on the first weekend of December and offers the perfect excuse to visit the beautiful north Norfolk coast.
This year, there will be some 90 stalls offering a fabulous selection of presents, decorations, food and drink.
In its sixth year, Deepdale Christmas Market has grown up around the shops and café of Dalegate Market in Burnham Deepdale, near Wells, drawing in visitors from far and wide.
In 2013, it was thought Japan was the furthest visitors came from, however, just after Christmas a New Zealander emailed to say how much they had enjoyed their visit.
The market wraps around the Dalegate Market site, housed in large marquees and St Mary’s Church across the road.
The organisers spend a lot of time getting the mix of stalls right, making sure there is very little duplication and that the quality is excellent.
Estelle Townshend, one of the organisers, said: “It’s wonderful reading through the applications and piecing the jigsaw together.
“The only bit I don’t enjoy is having to say no to those who haven’t been successful, but we only have 90 spaces and hundreds apply.”
She added: “We mix up the stalls a bit each year to keep the market fresh.”
Having completed the stall choices, the hunt is on for entertainment to add Christmas cheer to the event.
Some of the popular musicians from 2013 are returning, including The Quaysiders, Nelson’s Shantymen, the Adhoc Brass Band Collective and Claire Lawrence.
It’s not too late to apply, and acts like string quartets, carollers and others are welcome to apply on the website.
Fellow orgainser, Jason Borthwick, said: “It’s almost impossible to choose favourite stalls as we have a lovely bunch of stall- holders with fantastic products.
“I always look forward to the cheese, beer and salami stalls, but this year Norfolk Deli is bringing German Christmas market products to get the taste buds working. Martin at Bringing The Outside In always sources great Christmas decorations, the glass and jewellery stalls are superb, and we are really pleased with the selection of homewares.
“Hopefully, the smell of mulled wine, cider and the great food will help guide people to Burnham Deepdale.
The Deepdale Christmas Market is easy to find. Burnham Deepdale is approximately half-way between Hunstanton and Wells on the A149 coast road, just over the hill from Burnham Market and on the Coasthopper bus route.
Gates open at 10am on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7. Entry and car parking are free.
• For more about the event, including stall listings, entertainment and the chance to win one of two superb Christmas hampers visit www.deepdalechristmasmarket.co.uk
Eastern Daily Press