by James Lightfoot, Chairman of Choose Woodbridge, featured in the East Anglian Daily Times 16/12/20
Father Christmas is coming.
He has been given special quarantine dispensation .
Children can therefore enjoy Christmas “as usual”.
That includes receiving presents. You can also still enjoy giving them.
Which means you need to buy them but please do so in local, independent shops. They need you more than ever this year.
Choose Woodbridge. It has an extraordinary range of quality, independent shops
The Town has a Christmas Window display competition (run for the 20th year by Scott of G & K Estates) that is being judged from 3:45 pm on Thursday (the 17th ) and has resulted in wonderful Woodbridge windows.
We are ready to welcome you at all the entrances to the Town.
If you come in from Ipswich you will see Notcutts on your left and be greeted by a warm welcome of Christmas lights, garlands, trees and wreathes decorating the original Notcutts family home. On the lawn a family of deer and sheep illuminate the garden.
Step into their garden centre and stroll through fragrant, freshly cut Christmas trees before entering the magical Christmas shop filled with baubles, decorations and gifts for all. You can also pop into the restaurant for a delicious festive treat.
If you then park in the extended Car Park by the Station and walk into Town up Quay Street the first shop on the left, greeting you with its twinkling lights and wonderful windows, is Woodbridge Antiques.
If you are looking for festive inspiration call in and enjoy browsing in the gorgeous shop.
Christmas may feel very different this year but it will give you more time to enjoy dressing up your Christmas table beautifully, adding, from there, some stunning silver candlesticks, a lovely cream jug or pretty bon bon dishes. Maybe you are looking for a little extra sparkle with a vintage brooch or earrings to brighten up your festive outfit.
Woodbridge Antiques have a wonderful array of items from the unusual to the traditional and plenty of interesting pieces that are perfect for presents.
If you enter Town from the Melton end virtually the first shop you will come to on the right is Attic and Wardrobe , at 57 Thoroughfare.
You should venture in and get lost in the eclectic display of furniture, homeware and gifts. You will be captivated with the individuality and appeal of a shop which offers charm and diversity behind Santa’s sleigh and reindeer in the window, bringing the warmth of Christmas which radiates out into the Thoroughfare, a destination well worth a visit.
If you enter Woodbridge at its 4th corner, into the beautiful Market Hill, you can immediately appreciate the stunning backdrop of the St Mary’s Church Tower.
You can also enjoy Christmas shopping in the Church’s lovely shop at 11 Market Hill. They have an extensive range of Fairtrade items. Not just coffee beans but also jewellery, cosy bamboo socks and rice husk go cups for that warming coffee on a cold and frosty day. Books are a firm favourite from Bible stories to nursery tales.
My Grandchildren, Eliza and Ava, said it is a lovely window (for a wonderful shop).
Therefore, you are greeted with appealing sights wherever you enter the Town.
The shops in this article will be open every day up to Christmas and if you would like the experience of shopping in the evening, they (and many more in Woodbridge) are open tomorrow evening.
Long, weary and full of uncertainty, was Joseph’s journey but at the end there was a miracle. This is the theme of a carol service celebrating the painstaking and brilliant work of Oxford University’s vaccine scientists.
At the end of your journey there is light in Wonderful Woodbridge Windows.
Keep your distance but step inside and enjoy.