The hid­den trea­sures of Mid-Suf­folk

The towns and vil­lages of Mid-Suf­folk have lots to offer when it comes to search­ing for those in­ter­est­ing, spe­cial­ist Christmas gifts you’re unlikely to find on the high street

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The team at Lilac & Lily’s of Need­ham Mar­ket have worked hard to se­cure ex­clu­sive part­ner­ships with some of their sup­pli­ers, which means you re­ally won’t be able to find many of the items they stock anywhere else lo­cally. Stock changes reg­u­larly too, so ev­ery time you visit you’ll find some­thing new, be it hand­made 100% eth­i­cally sourced cot­ton cloth­ing from Saskia, soft, tactile Pow­der pash­mi­nas and socks, printed scarves, and in­tri­cate jewellery made in Scot­land.

Over in Bac­ton you’ll dis­cover Bac­ton Bears, which has de­lighted visi­tors for years with its enor­mous se­lec­tion of bears – from soft, plush play bears to col­lec­tors’ items. Brands sold range from Steiff to Mer­ry­thought, made in Iron­bridge. There are pup­pets and lots of other toys and gifts to browse too.

For cake dec­o­rat­ing or craft­ing, pay a visit to W&M Smith at Mid­dle­wood Green near Stow­mar­ket. At Christmas there is an as­tound­ing ar­ray of dec­o­ra­tions and DIY dé­cor to choose from, in­clud­ing ev­ery­thing you need to make your own door wreath. Want to buy a keep­sake with a dif­fer­ence? How about an iconic, hand­crafted teapot from Carters of Suf­folk, now based at the Ston­ham Barns com­plex? At the pot­tery you can see the prod­ucts be­ing made, and even have a go at paint­ing your own teapot.

If you head to Fram­ling­ham you’ll find lots of lovely lit­tle shops to ex­plore, and one that’s ideal for gifts is Ruby Tyger. No cor­ner has been left empty in this shop, found in a pe­tite court­yard. Whether you’re af­ter af­ford­able jewellery stock­ing fillers, bags, trin­kets or even a cowhide rug, they have it here.


In Stow­mar­ket find park­ing at Mil­ton Road or the Meadow Cen­tre. IP14 1EZ. In Need­ham Mar­ket there are around 30 spa­ces at Sta­tion Yard IP6 8AS – oth­er­wise park­ing is on-street. Park­ing’s free at Ston­ham Barns IP14 6AT. In Fram­ling­ham park­ing is 60p for up to two hours at Fore Street or £2 for two hours at Fram­ling­ham Cas­tle IP13 9BP.

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