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Busy Christmas & Happy New Year 2017 January 13, 2017 10:27 1 Comment

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!

2016 Christmas Markets and Events in Devon October 01, 2016 11:04 4 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 2016 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

2016 Christmas lights switch on throughout Devon

Torquay Christmas lights have been cancelled this year - the Winter carnival on 19 Nov is still going ahead
17 November - Plymouth Christmas lights switch-on (usually takes place on the Piazza from 4pm)
17 November – Exeter Christmas lights switch-on (4pm - 8pm Princesshay)
2 December - 4.30pm – 6.00pm - Dawlish Christmas Lights Switch on
3 December - 3pm - 6pm - Bovey Tracey’s Christmas Lights Switch on

2016 Christmas markets, food and craft fairs in Devon

  • 3 November - Powderham Michaelmas Fair - Powderham Castle, Kenton, Exeter 10am-3pm
  • 5 November – Tavistock Warm up to Christmas market – Tavistock Town Hall 10am-4pm
  • 13 November - Grosvenor Christmas Craft Fair - Grosvenor Hotel, Torquay 11am-4pm
  • 18/19 November - Hannahs Christmas Fayre – Seale Hayne, Newton Abbot
  • 19 November to 18 December – Exeter Christmas Market - Cathedral Green, Exeter (it is going ahead as normal despite the Royal Clarence Hotel fire)
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  • 19 November 10am-4pm - Totnes Christmas Market 2016 - Totnes Civic Hall, Market Square, High Street, TQ9 5SG
  • 25 November - Dickensian Evening, Tavistock
  • 26 & 27 November - Saltram Christmas Festival (Craft), Saltram Estate 10am-4pm
  • 26 Nov to 21 Dec - Exeter Christmas Market in Fore Street (26 November and 3, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 20 & 21 December)
  • 1 to 18 December – Plymouth Christmas Market City Centre
  • 1 to 21 December - Exeter Christmas Market in Castle Street (1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 & 21 December)
  • 2 December 5-8pm - Sidmouth Shopping Evening and Christmas Fayre
  • 2 to 4 December - Dawlish Christmas Lights Switch on (Fri), Family Day (Sat) and Christmas Market (Sun) - see comments below for more info
  • 3 December - Kingsbridge Celebrates Christmas
  • 3 December 11am-4pm - A Dickens Of A Christmas Fair, Sherwell Valley Primary School Grounds, Hawkins Avenue, Torquay
  • 3 December - 3pm - 6pm - Bovey Tracey’s Christmas Lights Switch on and Street Fayre - see comments below for more info
  • 7 December - St Marychurch Christmas Street Party (Midday until 7.30pm, St Marychruch Precinct)
  • 10 & 11 December - Christmas Market at Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre, West Devon
  • 18 December 10am-1pm - Crediton Christmas Farmers Market -The Square, Crediton

Devon Themed Gift Ideas For Christmas

Other Christmas events in Devon during winter 2016

Santa Grotto's In Devon

Late night shopping in Devon this season

Totnes late night shopping – Tuesday evenings until 9.30pm on 6, 13 & 20 December
Exeter late night shopping – Every Thursday evening from 24 November
Plymouth late night shopping - Every Thursday evening
Trago Mills Newton Abbot - Every Thursday until 8pm

Christmas Food Hampers From Devon

Christmas Events from last year 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
  • RHS Rosemoor Christmas Food Fair
  • RHS Rosemoor Christmas Craft and Design Fair

See Santa in Devon 2016 | Grotto's, Nativities, Polar Express & More November 09, 2015 09:51

For 2016 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 2016

Otter Nurseries, Ottery St Mary, Devon, EX11 1LZ
http://www.otternurseries.co.uk/christmas-otter-nurseries/

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 £8.99 per child, including a gift and magical reindeer food.

Jack’s Patch, Newton Rd, Bishopsteignton, Teignmouth, Devon, TQ14 9PN.
https://wgc.digitickets.co.uk/category/807?branches.branchID=218

Enjoy breakfast or tea with Father Christmas at Jack’s Patch Wyevale Garden Centre. Pop in and enjoy a festive meal with Father Christmas, including a present for each child and you can have a go at decorating your own cookies. Prices are £9.99 per child with different meal options available and a variety of food options for adults at an additional charge. Discount when booked early.

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 Wizard of Oz theme this year. Child entry costs £6.50 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.

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Morwellham Quay, Nr Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8JL.
http://www.morwellham-quay.co.uk/index.php?route=information/news/news&news_id=1

At Morwellham Quay visitors can take a special 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.
http://www.visitplymouth.co.uk/events/drake-circus-santas-grotto-p1957373

Santa’s Grotto will be open daily from 17 November 2016, 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.
http://www.tram.co.uk/the-polar-express-tram-ride

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/
25th to 27th November 2016.

The Christmas Shopping Fayre at Westpoint boasts 3 days of festive shopping, all under one roof. Admission costs £3.50 for adults (16 and under are free) and includes the free Santa’s grotto.

Endsleigh Garden Centre, Ivybridge, Devon, PL21 9JL.
http://www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk/breakfast-or-tea-with-father-christmas

Wander through the enchanting winter wonderland where you will find the delightful elf workshop where children can create a beautiful craft to take home before visiting Santa in his grotto where every child can choose a gift to take home.

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/

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.
http://www.crealy.co.uk/Devon/What's-On-Live

Join Father Christmas in his grotto for Santa’s Interactive Story Time. Santa will tell stories of how he gets ready for the big day, his great adventures and how he works out who is naughty or nice! Children can meet Santa and receive a gift to take home.

Hannah’s at Seale-Hayne, Howton Lane, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 6NQ.
http://www.discoverhannahs.org/events/

2016 details TBC. Children can hunt down the 12 doors of Christmas before climbing onto the giant storytelling bed to hear a magical Christmas tale told by elves, before Santa visits with a special Christmas gift.

Occombe Farm, Preston Down Rd, Paignton, TQ3 1RN.
https://www.countryside-trust.org.uk/events/

2016 details TBC. Occombe Farm are hosting their Find Santa & Christmas Activity Day. You can bring the whole family for a day of festive cheer, Christmas crafts, treats and carols as well as a Finding Santa event for the children. A Christmas fairy will greet you and guide you on a magical trail to solve clues and find Santa in his grotto. Children will receive a festive treat as well as entry into the Christmas arts and crafts area.

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 £3 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-2016

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.
http://www.paigntonzoo.org.uk/

Go on a festive adventure at Paignton Zoo. Meet Santa in his grotto and receive a present, then ride the jungle polar express! Spot all of Santa’s friends to receive a festive goody bag. Booking is essential.

Living Coasts, Torquay Harbourside, Beacon Quay, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2BG.
http://www.livingcoasts.org.uk/

Visit Living Coasts this Christmas to visit Santa in his grotto and experience the Magical Mini Penguin Trail. Tickets cost £5 and include a present, and entry to Living Coasts must also be purchased.


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