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Christmas Special Food & Drink Products From Devon October 26, 2018 16:42

Devon is lucky enough to have lots of artisan food producers in the region, possibly more small-scale food producers than any other county. During Christmas months these brands often add seasonal specials to their range, many of which we stock in our Devon Christmas Hampers and some of which we only buy in for custom corporate orders. Below we've detailed our favourite festive food and drink products from the region.

Non-Alcoholic Festive Drinks From Devon

Mulled Berry JuiceMulled Berry Juice - BloomBerry from Clyst Hydon produce a mulled mixed fruit juice with honey and spices that tastes great served warm, perfect on a cold winter’s night.

Passionate Ginger Beer - produced by the well known Luscombe Drinks of Devon their passionate ginger beer brings together the spice of ginger with the sweetness of passion fruit to offer a luxurious twist on a classic. It's a popular drink all year round but particularly well suited to colder months.

Christmas Devonshire TeaTea - Devonshire Tea have a seasonal pack featuring a Christmas tree deign rather than the usual sail boat picture which can make for a nice little present. The seasonal pack contains their three blended teas (classic breakfast, earl grey and delightful afternoon tea).

Christmas Alcoholic Drinks From Devon

Mulled CiderMulled Cider - an alternative to mulled wine but with a more West Country feel Lyme Bay mulled cider comes in a tall 75cl wine bottle and combines their award-winning Jack Ratt Scrumpy Cider with festive spices.

Cream Liqueurs - Lyme Bay Winery produce salted caramel, butterscotch & brandy and chocolate orange flavour cream liqueurs making for an indulgently smooth and delicious drink, perfect over the Christmas period.

Christmas Real Ale - Hunters Brewery produce Dashers Dinkle using calypso hop to create a unique and delicious festive ale. We can include this ale in Christmas hampers on request and in custom corporate hampers.

Devonshire Fudge and Chocolate Christmas Specials

Christmas Pudding Fudge From DevonChristmas Pudding Fudge - produced by the Devon Fudge Company, Christmas pudding flavour fudge blends clotted cream fudge with cranberries, brandy, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Devon Heaven Christmas Chocolate TrufflesChocolate Truffles - we have our own Devon Heaven chocolate truffles sold in our Christmas hampers combining our classic chocolate truffles with a mulled wine flavour truffle and a Christmas pudding design truffle.

Christmas Special Devon Biscuits

Christmas Pudding Cookies - Teoni's of Cullompton produce a range of limited edition Christmas products, their Christmas pudding cookies are made by hand with oats, white chocolate flavour coating, mixed fruit and spice. They also make chocolate orange shortbread and dipped cranberry cookies.

Festive Cakes and Desserts From Devon

Devon Christmas PuddlingChristmas Puddings - based in Budleigh Salterton Georgie Porgie Puddings are market leader in artisan, flavoured Christmas puddings. Their newest edition is a delicious Baileys and chocolate orange flavoured pudding.

Mince Pie FlapjackMince Pie Flapjack - produced by Flapjackery of Devon mince pie flapjack is a delicious seasonal twist on traditional flapjack flavours. We include mince pie flapjack in our Devon Christmas Foodie Hamper.

Christmas Sauces and Chutneys From Devon

Cranberry Sauce with Port - this Christmas dinner essential is lovingly made in small batches using high fruit content and a large shot of port by North Devon producers Brendon Hill Crafts.

Cranberry and Whortleberry Christmas ChutneyCranberry & Whortleberry Chutney - Brendon Hill Crafts combine cranberry's with whortleberry's, a wild growing Devon blueberry found on Devon's moors, to produce an excellent Christmas chutney.


2018 Christmas Markets and Events in Devon October 04, 2017 17:00 6 Comments

Devon is bursting with Christmas events and activities, from meeting Santa, Christmas shopping or watching the magic of a Christmas light switch on. There is plenty going on in Devon to entertain the whole family. Christmas markets and late night shopping where you can enjoy an assortment of craft stalls, local food and drink and entertainment are becoming more and more popular each year. It shouldn’t be hard to find a Christmas market nearby and its bound to get you in the festive mood.

Christmas markets in Devon 2015

If you want some Christmas fun, ideas for things to do with the whole family or inspiration on the best markets or last minute shopping locations, we’ve listed all the events taking place throughout Christmas 2018 in Devon. As we find out about more Christmas markets and events during the season, we’ll add to this list so please contact us if you’d like your event to be included.

And if you’re looking to send a loved one a true taste of Devon this year, don’t forget our delicious Christmas Devon food hampers

2018 Christmas lights switch on throughout Devon

  • 15 November - Plymouth Christmas lights switch-on (takes place on the Piazza from 4pm)
  • 15 November – Exeter Christmas lights switch-on (4pm - 8pm Princesshay)
  • tbc (19 November in 17) - Barnstaple Christmas lights switch on (lantern parade leaving the Pannier market at 5pm heading off to the square for the lights switch on)
  • 17 November - Torquay Christmas Carnival (usually from 4.30pm)
  • 24 November - Newton Abbot Christmas lights switch-on (usually 5.30pm Clock Tower)
  • 30 November - Dawlish Christmas Lights Switch on (4.30pm – 6.00pm)
  • 1 December - Light-up Tiverton (6pm for light switch on)
  • 2 December - Bideford Christmas lights switch-on
  • 7 December - Tavistock Christmas lights switch-on (5.45pm in 2017)
  • tbc December - usually 3pm - 6pm - Bovey Tracey’s Christmas Lights Switch on

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2018 Christmas markets, food and craft fairs in Devon

  • 3 November – Tavistock Warm up to Christmas market – Tavistock Town Hall 10am-4pm
  • 8 November - Powderham Michaelmas Fair - Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter 10am-3pm
  • tbs (10/11 November last year) - Hannahs Christmas Fayre – Seale Hayne, Newton Abbot
  • 15 November to 16 December – Exeter Christmas Market - Cathedral Green, Exeter
  • 16 & 18 November - Saltram Christmas Festival (Craft), Saltram Estate 10am-4pm
  • 23 - 25 November - RHS Rosemoor Christmas Craft and Design Fair
  • 25 November - Christmas in Langtree, North Devon - Gifts & Crafts (Parish Hall, 10-4pm)
  • 29 November to 16 December – Plymouth Christmas Market City Centre (all day)
  • 4, 11 and 18 December 15.30pm - 9.30pm - Totnes Night Market 2018 - Market Square, Totnes
  • 1-2 December - Dawlish Christmas Market & Festive Fun
  • 1-2 December - Dingles Fairground Christmas market and festive funfair
  • 1 December - Bovey Tracey Christmas Fayre (Bovey Tracey Methodist Church 10am-12noon)
  • 1 December - Kingsbridge Celebrates Christmas
  • 2 December - Harbertonford’s Craft and Art Fair - Village Hall (TQ9 7TR) 10.30am-4.30pm
  • 7 December - Dickensian Evening, Tavistock
  • 7 December 5-8pm - Sidmouth Shopping Evening and Christmas Fayre (2016 details)
  • 15 & 16 December - The Shops at Dartington Christmas Fair
  • 23 December 10am-1pm - Crediton Christmas Farmers Market -The Square, Crediton
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The below Christmas markets are for 2017 and are to be updated:

  • 30 November to 23 December - Exeter Christmas Market in Castle Street (Thursday's 9am-9pm, Friday/Saturday 9am-5pm )
  • tbc December - St Marychurch Christmas Street Party (Midday until 7.30pm, St Marychruch Precinct)

Devon Themed Gift Ideas For Christmas

Other Christmas events in Devon during winter 2018

Santa Grotto's In Devon

Late night shopping in Devon this season

  • Totnes late night shopping – Tuesday evenings until 9.30pm on 4, 11 & 18 December
  • Exeter late night shopping – Every Thursday evening from 24 November
  • Plymouth late night shopping - Every Thursday evening

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Previous Christmas Events that we can't find any details on and may not be on this year:

  • Plymouth Outside Ice Rink
  • Christmas Market at Royal William Yard, Plymouth
  • Teignmouth Christmas Market - Richard Newton Hall, Teignmouth

See Santa in Devon 2018 | Grotto's, Nativities, Polar Express & More October 03, 2017 09:51

For 2018 Christmas markets, events, lights switch-on's and late night shopping times click here.

 Meet father christmas in devon 2015

Where to see Father Christmas in Devon 2018

Otter Nurseries, Ottery St Mary, Devon, EX11 1LZ
http://www.ottergardencentres.com/santas-grotto-ottery-st-mary/

Visit Santa’s magical kingdom at Otter Nurseries for a special Christmas experience. Take a journey through Santa’s Winter Wonderland and meet his friendly elves. Tickets can only be bought in advance and are £14.99 per child, including a gift and magical reindeer food. Sign up to their newsletter to hear first when tickets are released.

Jack’s Patch, Newton Rd, Bishopsteignton, Teignmouth, Devon, TQ14 9PN.
https://www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk/events-santas-grottos/

Wyevale Garden Centre's do a traditional Santa's Grotto or breakfast / afternoon tea with Santa. The grotto is £6 per child.

House of Marbles, Pottery Rd, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9DS.
http://www.houseofmarbles.com/about/family-fun-devon/latest-event-news/9/

Santa’s Grotto at the House of Marbles is an excellent choice if you don’t want to book in advance. The Grotto is open 10am – 3pm on the dates above and has a tbc theme. Child entry costs £6.99 and includes a gift, a balloon and a badge.

Pennywell Farm, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0LT
http://www.pennywellfarm.co.uk/buy-christmas-nativity-tickets

Treat your children to a nativity play at Pennywell followed by a visit to Santa’s Grotto where they will receive a special Christmas gift. They can also meet Santa’s reindeer and enjoy homemade Christmas biscuits and squash in the café (there will be mulled wine, tea, coffee and mince pies for the adults!) On selected dates, visitors can enjoy breakfast with Father Christmas followed by the nativity play.

Devon Christmas Gifts

Morwellham Quay, Nr Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8JL.
https://www.morwellham-quay.co.uk/index.php?route=information/faq

At Morwellham Quay visitors can take a special mine train journey to visit Santa in his underground Grotto, then warm up in front of the fire with some mince pies and a warm drink.

Drakes Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2AA.

2018 details tbs. Last years details: Santa’s Grotto will be open daily from 17 November 2017, but times vary, so check www.drakecircus.com for details and to book. The grotto costs £5 per child and includes a gift to take home.

Bygones, Fore Street, St Marychurch, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 4PR.
http://bygones.co.uk/pages/whats-on

Bygones are offering visitors the chance to have breakfast or lunch with Santa. Both options include entrance into Bygones, visiting Santa in his workshop and a traditional present for children. Booking is essential.

Kents Cavern, Ilsham Rd, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2JF.
http://www.kents-cavern.co.uk/events/detail/santa-in-the-caves

Meet Santa in his underground grotto at Kents Cavern. Guests can enjoy an hour-long show, a personal visit with Santa, a Christmas present, mulled wine and mince pies!

Seaton Tramway, Harbour Rd, Seaton, Devon, EX12 2NQ.
https://www.tram.co.uk/ThePolarExpressSeaton

Join Seaton Tramway for a special Polar Express Tram Ride! Based on the book and Christmas movie, this trip to the ‘North Pole’ invites you to take part in the Polar Express experience by tram. Listen to and sing along with all the songs, enjoy hot chocolate and cookies served by dancing chefs and meet Santa and his elves. Each child receives a gift from Santa and you are welcome to wear your pyjamas onboard, just like in the film!

Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, EX5 1DJ.
http://www.christmasshoppingfayre.com/
23rd to 25th November 2018.

The Christmas Shopping Fayre at Westpoint boasts 3 days of festive shopping, all under one roof. Admission costs £4 for adults (16 and under are free) and includes the free Santa’s grotto.

Endsleigh Garden Centre, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 9JL.
Book tickets

Meet Santa, receive a present, tuck into a delicious meal, decorate your own Gingerbread and enjoy festive fun activities.

South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0DZ.
http://www.southdevonrailway.co.uk/santa-by-steam

Join South Devon Railway for Santa by Steam! Father Christmas will be back on his decorated grotto train during December. Trains leave Buckfastleigh Station and the journey takes about one and a half hours. Booking is essential.

Escot Estate, Ottery St Mary, Devon, EX11 1LU.
http://www.escot-devon.co.uk/

2018 tbc, here's last years details: Father Christmas will be at Escot in his Christmas Grotto with presents for visiting children. There will be activity stalls with things for children to make and decorate. In the park you can see the otters receive their Christmas presents and enjoy traditional Yuletide fare in the outdoor Christmas Kitchen and Coach House Restaurant.

Crealy Adventure Park, Sidmouth Rd, Exeter, Devon, EX5 1DR.
https://www.crealy.co.uk/events/crealy-christmas-spectacular

Crealy has loads going on during thier Christmas spectacular event: Christmas On Ice, Mary Christmas' Bakery, Santa's Magical Toy Store, The Elf Academy, Rudy's Reindeer Food Making Station, Santa's Post Office, The Singing Snowmen, Buddy & Blossom's 'Jingle Bell Rock' and Christmas Craft Creators. Children can meet Santa and receive a gift to take home.

Arlington Court, Arlington, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4LP.
https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/arlington-court-and-the-national-trust-carriage-museum/whats-on

Visit the festive grotto in the stables at the carriage museum and meet the traditional green Father Christmas. Tickets cost £5 per child and include a present. Booking is essential and provides you with a 30 minute time slot.

Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, Woody Bay Station, Martinhoe Cross, Parracombe, Barnstaple, EX31 4RA.
http://www.lynton-rail.co.uk/page/santa-specials-2018

Enjoy an exciting two-mile return journey from Woody Bay Station to Killington Lane and back by steam train. Children can experience the magic of Christmas by meeting Santa and receiving an individually named present. Booking essential.

Paignton Zoo, Totnes Rd, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 7EU.
https://www.paigntonzoo.org.uk/plan-your-visit/whats-on/events/detail/christmas-at-paignton-zoo-2

Go on a festive adventure at Paignton Zoo. Meet Santa in his grotto and receive a present, then ride the jungle polar express! Follow the gingerbread trail and pick up a special gift from the elves as you leave.

Living Coasts, Torquay Harbourside, Beacon Quay, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2BG.
https://www.livingcoasts.org.uk/plan-your-visit/whats-on/events

2018 tbc, here's last years details: Meet Anna and Elsa from Frozen and watch Santa’s elves feed the penguins at Living coasts Christmas weekend on 9 and 10 December 17.


Busy Christmas & Happy New Year 2017 January 13, 2017 10:27

We’re just getting back into the swing of things here at Devon Heaven Hampers following a busy Christmas period which saw us flat out through December so thought it was time to update our blog and look ahead to 2017.

Christmas 2016 was a big success for us with many returning customer reordering at Christmas as well as lots of new customers choosing to buy our Devon food hampers.

Our cream and afternoon tea hampers were particularly popular, helped by a great reputation our cream tea hampers have earned. With Christmas falling on a Sunday in 2016 it also meant that we could send cream and scones Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday and Christmas day would still fall within the 5 days that they’re best consumed within. Christmas 2017 falling on a Monday also won’t be too bad in that respect.

Most of the food we stock is produced on a small scale without preservatives so best before dates often only last a few months past Christmas, hence balancing stock levels was one of the biggest challenges this year.

Luckily for us we didn’t have a white Christmas or any other weather issues in the run up to Christmas so both deliveries via Royal Mail and our courier all ran on time.

It was great to see a number of small and medium sized Devon based businesses sending our Devon food hampers to clients, as well as a number of non-local companies, including 26 hampers we sent to Denmark.

In 2017 we’ll soon be looking add more afternoon tea hampers and a number of larger hampers. We won’t be adding too many though as we don’t want to overwhelm users with a range that takes too long to look through, so aim to keep our product ranges to only the very best products!

2015 Christmas markets and events in Devon October 01, 2015 08:55 5 Comments

Devon is bursting with Christmas events and activities, from meeting Santa, Christmas shopping or watching the magic of a Christmas light switch on. There is plenty going on in Devon to entertain the whole family. Christmas markets and late night shopping where you can enjoy an assortment of craft stalls, local food and drink and entertainment are becoming more and more popular each year. It shouldn’t be hard to find a Christmas market nearby and its bound to get you in the festive mood.

Christmas markets in Devon 2015

If you want some Christmas fun, ideas for things to do with the whole family or inspiration on the best markets or last minute shopping locations, we’ve listed all the events taking place throughout Christmas 2015 in Devon. As we find out about more Christmas markets and events during the season, we’ll add to this list so please contact us if you’d like your event to be included.

Christmas Food Hampers From DevonAnd if you’re looking to send a loved one a true taste of Devon this year, don’t forget our delicious Christmas Devon food hampers.

2015 Christmas lights switch on throughout Devon

12 November - Plymouth Christmas lights switch-on (taking place on the Piazza from 4pm)
14 November - Torquay Christmas lights switch-on (Fleet Street)
19 November – Exeter Christmas lights switch-on 

2015 Christmas markets, food and craft fairs in Devon

  • 31 October – Tavistock Warm up to Christmas market – Tavistock Town Hall
  • 5 November - Powderham Michaelmas Fair - Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter
  • 14 November - Teignmouth Christmas Market - Richard Newton Hall, Teignmouth
  • 13/14 November - Hannahs Christmas Fayre – Seale Hayne, Newton Abbot
  • 20 November to 19 December – Exeter Christmas Market - Cathedral Green, Exeter
  • 21 November 10am-4pm - Totnes Christmas Market 2015 - Totnes Civic Hall, Market Square, High Street, TQ9 5SG
  • 21 & 22 November - RHS Rosemoor Christmas Craft and Design Fair
  • 26 November to 6 December – Plymouth Christmas Market
  • 27 November - Dickensian Evening, Tavistock
  • 28 & 29 November - Saltram Christmas Festival (Craft), Saltram Estate
  • 28 November, 5/11/18 December - Exeter Christmas Market in Castle Street
  • 28 November, 3 & 10 December - Exeter Christmas Market in Fore Street
  • 5 December - Kingsbridge Celebrates Christmas
  • 6 December -  RHS Rosemoor Christmas Food Fair
  • 6 December - Christmas Market at Royal William Yard, Plymouth
  • 20 December 10am-1pm - Crediton Christmas Farmers Market -The Square, Crediton
Christmas Afternoon Tea Vouchers in Devon

    Other Christmas events in Devon during winter 2015

    • 1 November to end of December - Yuletide Steam Train Services, Paignton
    • 19 November to late January – Plymouth Ice Rink
    • 27/28 November - Candlelit Dartmouth
    • 28 November - Lanterns, Lights and luminations, Brixham
    • 1 December to 24 December - Christmas at Pennywell Farm
    • 8 December - Powderham Christmas Wreath Making, Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter

    Late night shopping in Devon this season

    Totnes late night shopping – Tuesday evenings until 9.30am on 8, 15 & 22 December
    Exeter late night shopping – Every Thursday evening from 19 November
    Plymouth late night shopping - Every Thursday evening
    Trago Mills Newton Abbot - Every Thursday until 8pm