Tips for shopping in Uckfield during November

Updated on Friday, November 9: Uckfield area shops are well into the swing of preparing to meet Christmas shopping needs and  festive windows are appearing.

Josefina reveals its Christmas look

Josefina has revealed its 2018 Christmas look.

Windows have been transformed with magical scenes and the shop is open seven days a week until Christmas.

Inside there are lots more gifts than in previous years but plenty of unusual decorations too, such as the already popular bouncy and portly Gonk.


Already popular at Josefina is this bouncy Gonk.

Look for different categories on shelves which range from silver and sparkly to pink and frilly.


Christmas puddings on mugs and jugs at Josefina.

Carvills windows transformed too

Carvills is ready for Christmas and has unveiled its festive windows.

Boxes and boxes of new stock are arriving daily and to keep you warm through November you will find new scarves, ponchos, gloves, and amazing hats to suit your own style with a fun animal range for toddlers too.

New jewellery has arrived too including earrings, necklaces and bracelets in a delicate ‘Star’ design.


Ponchos, hats and jewellery, new at Carvills.

Ask Superior Glass about bi-fold doors

Superior Glass which can be found on the Bellbrook Estate say they have installed a record number of bi-fold doors this year and are very proud of them.

If you would like to let more light into your home you can choose from a range of modern, energy efficient bi-fold doors there. And the Superior Glass team has lots of experience in fitting them.

See some of their latest installations below.


Some of the bi-fold doors installed by Superior Glass.

Specials on the menu at Hartfields

Hartfields Mulled Winter Punch is a tempting addition to the Hartfields lunch specials menu. There’s also a Forest Fruit and Banana Smoothie and both drinks can be made boozy with the addition of a shot of Brandy, Gin, or Vodka.

Lite bites include Salmon, Prawn and Dill Fishcakes with lemon mayo and Goats Cheese and Roasted Pepper Mushroom.

Mains include Welsh rarebit on Toasted Sourdough with roast cherry vine tomatoes, two free-range poached eggs and you have the option of addition streaky bacon too.

There’s also Bacon, Brie and Cranberry Ciabatta Melt with a side salad, and Warm Coronation Chicken Flatbread with herby salad, mango chutney and coronation sauce.

Plenty to keep you warm at Sew n Sew

Cosy socks, slippers, hats, and blankets have arrived at Sew n Sew in a variety of colours and styles – including some that will make perfect Christmas presents. There are Gentle Grip socks too without tight elastic at the top.


Cosy blankets, slippers, socks, and hats, at Sew n Sew.

Lots of gift ideas at Kamsons Pharmacy

There are lots of gift ideas at Kamsons Pharmacy in Uckfield High Street from sparkle pens and glittery handbags, to tree baubles, make-up, candle holders and even Paint Your Own Dinosaur kits.

The pharmacy is planning a Clarins Evening as a pre-Christmas get-together with a glass of bubbly on Thursday, November 15, at 6.30pm.

To book your place please call 01825 762959. A £10 booking fee will be redeemable against any Clarins product purchase.


Christmas gifts at Kamsons from door stops, to toys and sparkly pens, to Baylis and Harding bath and body products.

93-year-old delighted with new kitchen

SG Home Interiors have just completed fitting a kitchen for a 93-year-old Uckfield customer, Norman.

Debbie Reed from the shop in Bell Farm Road said they were impressed by Norman’s knowledge of products available and how he knew exactly what he wanted to change in the kitchen.

He now has a new Crown Imperial kitchen in white gloss, with Karndean flooring throughout.

Debbie said: “He wasn’t happy with his old kitchen and didn’t want to just make do. Originally he fancied a modern handle-less kitchen, then he thought further and decided if he developed arthritis he may find it tricky to open doors.”


Norman is very active and goes out on the bus every day to various local towns and he said he chose SG Home Interiors to supply his kitchen because he wanted to see a person if he needed to and not be ringing a call centre. He enjoys popping in for a chat and coffee.

Debbie added: “We made it as stress-free as we were able to as a new kitchen is a big purchase for most people, not something you do regularly and is often more stressful than you’d imaging.

She said: “Norman is thrilled with the kitchen and is enjoying cooking in it.”


Norman happy in his new kitchen.

Winter shrubs at Staverton Nursery

Winter shrubs have arrived at Staverton Nursery so if you want to create a ready-made garden do call in to look around. Bare root hedging should be arriving this month too.

Home grown Cyclamen are available too and there are still wallflowers too.

Lots of Christmas decorations are now on display and real Christmas trees should be arriving in the last week of this month.


Staverton Nursery – lots of winter shrubs, colourful home-grown Cyclamen and Christmas decorations too.

Come to see ice sculpture at W E Clark and Son

W E Clark and Son jewellers are taking part in the national Black Friday event on November 23.

They will be working in association with one of their leading watch brands, Bering, a Danish brand inspired by the arctic.

Ice sculpture

During the day they will have a huge ice sculpture on display with two Bering watches frozen inside.

A competition of ‘Guess how long the ice will take to melt’ will take place with the prizes being the two watches.


There will also be a 15% discount offered on everything except Georg Jensen, and services.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day along with an opportunity to meet the Bering sales representative and have a look at their entire range which also includes jewellery.



New artists and works feature at Diane Hutt Gallery

New artists featuring at the Diane Hutt Gallery at the moment include Danny Abrahams, Carolyn Pavey, and Mani Parkes.

New works are arriving all the time including those in our collage below, which are What’s Going On ‘Ere, and What’s the Weather Like Up there by Aamina Snowden; Secret Garden and Evening Solitude by Dylan Lloyd and flamingos, ostriches, and hare by Amy Louise.


New works at the Diane Hutt Gallery.

Coloured carpets make a comeback at Fluffy Side Up

Coloured carpets are making a comeback at Fluffy Side Up.

Business owner Sebastian Bishop says that for the most of the 28 years he has been selling carpets those in greatest demand have been neutral colours, such as greys and beiges and the shop currently reflects that trend.

But, out of the blue, in one week two people have asked for red carpets and another has asked for apricot and so he is bringing colour back into the showroom and you should be able to see the new choices this month.

Leaf blowers and vacuums at PP Estates

If you are battling to pick up leaves as autumn progresses it is worth calling in at PP Estates on the Bellbrook Estate because they have a choice of leaf blowers and vacuums available.

Mitox blowers start at £99 and Stihl ones are available too.

You will also find chain saws at PP Estates too, with petrol ones available from £139.


Leaf blowers and chain saws at PP Estates.

Find Christmas gifts and autumn/winter stock at Cole’s

Cole’s Menswear is ready for cooler weather with autumn and winter stock now in.

And there are plenty of Christmas gifts to choose from.


Christmas gift ideas at Cole’s Menswear.


Barbour shirts, hats and even a dog bed at Cole’s.

Snow stock takes over at Pipedreams

Pipedreams is ready for the ski season with 90% of its winter stock having arrived.

There’s a sale of stock from last year for men, women, and children, including jackets, pants, and helmets.

Good quality Stance socks are now available, suitable for walking and skiing and there are lots of beanies, gloves, and snow boots.

Ski clothing can be hired too, as can snow chains and roof boxes.


All set for the ski season at Pipedreams – including leopard print designs.

Ideas for gifts at Kilnwood Studio

Hand decorated mugs, plates and Christmas figures all make popular gifts and there’s plenty of time to paint them yourself if you pop into Kilnwood Studio at the top of Uckfield High Street.

See examples of pottery you can paint below.


Some of the pottery you can paint at Kilnwood Studio.

Special offer on Adidas running shoes

Final Score sports shop has a special offer on a high mileage supportive Adidas running shoe for men at the moment. They are available for £50, reduced from £79.99.

An Adidas ‘sock boot’ ideal for the 3G pitch surface is reduced to £45 from £64.99.

There’s still stock of both left in most popular sizes so do call in to try them.

Also available now at Final Score are new soccer souvenirs, such as calendars, mugs, and hats.


Special offers on Adidas running shoes and ‘sock boots’ at Final Score sports shop.

Don’t forget Premier Collection at Chestnut Tree charity shop

Don’t forget there’s a Premier Collection rail at the Chestnut Tree children’s hospice charity shop in Uckfield High Street.

Manager Fizz Dean aims to make designer clothes stand out there. Look out too for bric-a-brac, books, and music.


Inside the Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice charity shop.

Christmas shop to open in Barcombe barn

A Christmas shop is due to open in a barn at Gipps Farm, Barcombe, on Saturday. There will be Christmas decorations at the Sussex Christmas Barn, and, from November 24, freshly cut Christmas trees will be for sale. You’ll find the opening hours on the Uckfield Events website here.


See also:

Dog day care plan withdrawn after landowners ‘harassed’

Uckfield beacon to be lit on Remembrance Sunday

Care home supports family’s fund-raising

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