Your guide to this year’s North Devon Christmas markets

North Devon Christmas markets

Christmas is fast-approaching – and thankfully there are PLENTY of North Devon Christmas markets for you to enjoy.

Whether you want to get your gift-buying sorted there and then, fancy trying some local delicacies or want to listen to some of the area’s most talented musicians, there’s an event for everyone this winter.

Here are the best North Devon Christmas markets for 2017:

Christmas Farmers Markets at The Big Sheep:

Free range turkeys, organic meats, cheeses, cakes, fudge, chocolate, bread, fish and Christmas trees are just some of the delights which will be on offer at the South West’s biggest indoor Farmers’ Markets – every Saturday in December up to Christmas Day, 9am-1pm, free entry.

North Devon Christmas Market:

North Devon Christmas markets

North Devon Christmas Market returns to Braunton’s Caen Street car park on Saturday, December 2nd (3pm-10.30pm) with more than 130 stalls – perfect for a spot of Christmas shopping!

There will be a range of world foods from local traders, craft ales and music to keep you entertained, while revellers will also be able to bring the kids as there will be plenty to keep them entertained.

Two fairs at RHS Rosemoor:

There’s a Christmas Craft and Design Fair from 24th to 26th November and a Christmas Food Fair on 3rd December.

Ilfracombe’s Combe Christmas:

Following last year’s successful day event, the Ilfracombe Christmas Market will this year be held on both the Saturday and Sunday. There will be a whole host of artisan stalls, gift ideas and yummy food, while Santa will also make an appearance both days.

Saturday will also see some of Ilfracombe’s finest acoustic musicians take the stage as they entertain you whilst you wander around the market.

South Molton Winter Wonderland/Fatstock:

South Molton Fatstock - North Devon Christmas markets

South Molton’s famous Fatstock market returns just in time for Christmas. On Sunday, December 3rd, the town’s Pannier Market will host more 50 Christmas stalls with gift ideas, produce and products to really get your Christmas shopping off to a great start.

Taking place as part of the town’s Winter Wonderland weekend, which kicks off with the lights switch on on the Friday, all the shops in the town will be open offering their fine range of quality goods.

Bideford’s Christmas light switch-on:

Bideford promises a fantastic day full of Christmas cheer at their Christmas lights switch on event on Sunday, December 3rd (midday-7pm). Santa and his reindeer will be there, while a winter market will offer titbits and gift ideas for all. There will also be a Santa Fun Run for the Children’s Hospice South West, street entertainment, live music, Christmas carols, children’s fairground rides and much more!

The event will be held on Bideford Quay. The light switch on is at 5pm. A reindeer parade will be shortly after the lights are switched on.

South Molton’s Festive Flea Market:

There will be more than 80 stalls in South Molton Pannier Market on Sunday, December 10th (10am-3pm) at the town’s festive flea market. Antiques, vintage and retro items, handmade and homemade items, wonderful gift ideas, local food and produce and a hog roast will all be there, plus mulled wine, mince pies and mistletoe!

The market will be home to Buzzlewick in his amazing Elf Emporium and Polar Post Office, plus vintage fair rides, horse and carriage rides, with a performance by South Molton Town Band.

Connect and Create Fest:

Back for its third year on December 3rd, Connect and Create takes place in Barnstaple Pannier Market, showcasing North Devon artists, crafters, musicians, charities and businesses.

Chivenor Military Wives craft fair:

St Michael’s & All Angel’s Church, Chivenor is the location for the Chivenor Military Wives craft fair, on Sunday, December 10th from 10am to 4pm.

READ MORE: Have we whet your whistle for North Devon Christmas fun?! Read up on all the other fantastic events going on in and around the area, here.

Broomhill National Sculpture Prize winners announced

Broomhill Sculpture Prize winners

An air of excitement and anticipation was cast over Broomhill Art Hotel & Sculpture Gardens this week as the prestigious judges of the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize (artists Lucy Glendinnings, Anthony Garratt and Dominic Welch along with Broomhill owners Rinus and Aniet van de Sande) gathered to decide on the winners of the annual prize.

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What to look forward to in North Devon this winter


Christmas lights switch-on events, Santa’s Grotto, festive markets – there are so many North Devon events to look forward to this winter.

That’s not to mention the various celebrations of the area’s blossoming arts scene, including showcases of some of the best local bands and makers in Barnstaple.

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Bonfire Night in North Devon: The firework displays you won’t want to miss

North Devon Bonfire Night events

Remember, remember, the 5th of November… but don’t forget the 4th, the 10th or October 27th, as that’s when the biggest North Devon Bonfire Night events are taking place!

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Spook-tacular Halloween events in North Devon this year

Halloween in North Devon

We’re almost spoilt for choice for things to do during this half term and Halloween in North Devon.

Whether you’re on a holiday to the area and staying in some amazing accommodation, or are a resident here and wondering what the local attractions are up to, there is plenty happening to keep us all busy and suitably spooked.

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These are the North Devon businesses up for the Devon Tourism Awards 2017

A whole host of leading North Devon businesses have been put up for Visit Devon’s Devon Tourism Awards 2017, which are due to be presented at a prestigious ceremony on November 23rd.

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The best places to see the autumn leaves in North Devon

Autumn Leaves North Devon

We love autumn in North Devon. The region still gets enough sunshine and heat to make it a pleasure to enjoy the area. Plus, North Devon is a nature and wildlife paradise with Exmoor, beaches, lots of fields, and areas of outstanding natural beauty that only become more enchanting in autumn. During September, October and November the area comes alive with reds and browns mixed in with the summer greens, the ideal time to get the camera out. Discover the best places to see autumn leaves in North Devon, as we highlight some of the areas we should all be enjoying.

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North Devon Accommodation this winter

Longlands North Devon

Winter is a brilliant time to visit North Devon – with Christmas fairs and magical lighting displays shining out around the area alongside family-friendly attractions hosting events that will fill you with joy. Locals and visitors alike will always admit that North Devon always feels special over winter. Especially if there’s snow!

As we move through autumn and into winter we’ll keep you up to date on what’s going on in the region through blogs and on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. But before actually having a holiday, we need to make sure your accommodation is just as special for a winter break.

So for now, check out this selection of North Devon accommodation…

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