Ring in the Christmas season in style by spending time in Devon – the people of the West Country are some of the friendliest in the country, so be sure to attend one of the events taking place in Devon to be injected with some home grown Christmas cheer!
Have you ever sung carols in a cave? Now you can! Join in the annual underground concert at Kents Cavern, or attend a nativity at Pennywell Farm and spot some of the farm’s animals taking part in the traditional Christmas story.
If you’re into something brighter, Wonderland, a carnival like event is taking place in Dartington and of course, there are plenty of opportunities to bump into Father Christmas at locations all over Devon. Why not board a steam train and ride through the beautiful countryside with Santa? If you’re lucky, you could even have a pot of breakfast with him!
We know that Christmas is a busy time, but you needn’t sacrifice fun to get all the shopping done, Devon is home to some of the country’s most varied and exciting Christmas markets and late night shopping experiences, from handmade and unique gifts, to scrumptious locally prepared treats, there is something for everyone at one of the region’s seasonal markets. If you want to create your own gifts and decorations then Devon is definitely the place to be – there are workshops and family friendly craft activities going on all through the winter season using the knowledge of local crafters and home grown produce.
If that wasn’t enough, you can even catch a pantomime or two in the area! The region’s theatres are welcoming big name stars and amateur performers to entertain you with shows such as Jack and the Beanstalk and more! If you don’t celebrate Christmas, but you want to join in the festive fun anyway, there are plenty of events for you to join in with too, from parties to activities at some of the region’s best loved attractions.
The fun doesn’t stop with Christmas, ring in the New Year with some fire work displays in some of Britain’s most spectacular locations!
Take a look at at our top picks close to Otter Valley Park below:
Butchers Hall Christmas Markets
Tavistock Town Council bring you their Christmas Markets, to be held in the fabulous Butchers’ Hall. With a large selection of artisan gifts, food and drink you are sure to find plenty of beautiful gift ideas to make your Christmas extra special and a chance to meet the people who made them!
Christmas Racing at Exeter Racecourse
Exeter Racecourse knows how to put the sparkle into festive celebrations and its two December race dates are perfect for treating colleagues to a day out of the office.
On Thursday, December 19 spirits will be high as friends of the racecourse break free from their desks and head to the top of the hill for an afternoon of fun.
Feeling shy? The racecard is the perfect ice-breaker as you ponder the participants and strike up conversations about the horses you fancy and an exhilarating afternoon is guaranteed when you’re sure to bond with your colleagues while you discover the magic of an industry with horses at its heart.
Knightshayes by Night in Tiverton
From twinkling fairy lights to dancing lasers; discover a hidden world swathed in colour as we bring to life one of the finest garden in the south west, with a bit of festive magic. Enjoy a warm welcome at the house, glowing from within under the cloak of darkness, and explore the house decorated for a traditional family Christmas, with the Heatcoat Amory’s, with presents, toys and greenery galore. Opening late every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in December.
Sidmouth Late Night Shopping
Support your local traders and buy your Christmas presents with Sidmouth’s many Independent Traders. The Regency town of Sidmouth offers a great choice of independent shops, cafés and restaurants so visitors will be spoiled for choice!
Santa by Steam at South Devon Railway at Buckfastleigh
Come and see Santa in his special, unique Grotto on the train, with singing, magic, festive cheer and a present for all the children. Pre-booking essential!
We hope reading our top picks of local events in Devon this Christmas has given you some inspiration for a festive day out! We currently have one brand new park home for sale here at Otter Valley, get in touch with us today and begin your quality lifestyle in the peaceful Devonshire countryside…