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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

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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

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
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    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


    Exeter Food and Drink Festival 2015 April 30, 2015 16:15

    Last weekend we visited the Exeter Food & Drink Festival featuring top-notch produce from around the South West - what could be a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon! This is the 12th year that the festival has run and the organisers have made a real effort to make it a great day out for the whole family. Cooking classes, arts & craft tents and a miniature farmyard proved a hit with children, while adults were able to indulge in some of the best food and drink in the country and enjoy cooking demonstrations from top chefs.

    Pork Pie Cake Exeter food and drink festival 2015

    We made a special effort to try as many of the food and drink samples from the two large food pavilions as possible – it would have been rude not to! We particularly enjoyed the new Devon Roast Beef flavour crisps from Burts, in partnership with The Well Hung Meat Company. We will be looking to get some of these in stock soon as a great addition to some of our food hampers. We are also excited to be adding Georgie Porgie puddings to some of our hampers. Based in Budleigh Salterton, Georgie Porgie produce hand-made puddings with a delightful ‘melt in the mouth’ texture. The cider and apple pudding is one of our favourite desserts. We were also pleased to find that South Devon Chilli Farm were generous with their chocolate samples. They make for a refreshingly different (and somewhat spicy!) chocolate treat. 

    Giant Pasty Exeter Food and Drink Festival

    It was great to meet so many local food and drink producers and we are excited to be making some new additions to our hampers. We are already looking forward to next year’s festival!


    2015 Devonshire Food Festivals and Events December 29, 2014 11:16

    For 2016 farmers markets and events in Devon click here.

    2015 Devonshire Food Festivals, Country Fayres and Music Events:

    If you’re organising an event not listed here, just let us know.

    13 - 15 March 2015
    Chagword Festival, Chagford
    http://www.chagword.com/
    Chagword aims to establish Chagford as a focus of literary excellence by attracting high quality speakers, and providing new opportunities for local people to experience literature in direct, accessible and dynamic ways.

    16 - 18 April 2015
    Tuckers Maltings Beer Festival, Newton Abbot
    http://edwintucker.co.uk/beer-festival/2015-23rd/#.VJqXdsgA
    Showcasing the finest ales of the Southwest’s SIBA members.

    24 - 26 April 2015
    Exeter Food & Drink Festival, Exeter
    http://www.exeterfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk/
    The festival is an annual event held in the courtyard of Exeter Castle and the surrounding Northernhay Gardens, right in the centre of Exeter. Taking place over three days, the festival also includes two evening 'Festival After Dark' events featuring live music, chef demos and a great atmosphere.

    1 - 4 May 2015
    Landmark Beer and Music Festival, The Landmark Theatre, Nr Ilfracombe
    Real ales and free live music on the North Devon Coast.

    21 - 23 May 2015
    Devon County Show, Westpoint Exeter
    http://www.devoncountyshow.co.uk/
    The Devon County Show is the biggest (and best!) event in the county calendar and is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing day out sampling the many wonders of the local countryside.

    29 - 30 May 2015
    Honiton Sausage & Cider Festival, Honiton
    http://www.honitonfestival.org/
    Two staples in a true Devonian’s diet: you can’t go wrong, really. And all from local sausage and cider producers.

    13 - 14 June 2015
    Crediton Food Festival, Crediton
    http://www.creditonfoodfestival.co.uk/
    Crediton has history of good, locally produced food and boasts a butcher, greengrocer, bakers, delicatessens, wine shop, cafes, restaurants and other independent outlets.

    19 - 21 June 2015
    Teignmouth Folk Festival
    http://www.teignmouthfolk.co.uk/
    Teignmouth is one of Devon's oldest seaside resorts and is located below the Haldon Hills and on the estuary of the River Teign. Festival details tbc.

    4 July 2015
    Let's Rock Exeter, Powderham Castle
    http://www.letsrockexeter.com/
    The ultimate 80s festival in the beautiful grounds of Powderham Castle.

    10 - 12 July 2015
    Tiverton Balloon Festival, Tiverton
    http://www.tivertonballoonfestival.co.uk/
    An exciting ballooning, music and aerial extravaganza taking place at the combined Tiverton High School and Petroc campus on Bolham Road, Tiverton.

    10 - 18 July 2015
    Budleigh Music Festival, Budleigh
    http://www.budleighmusicfestival.co.uk/
    The concerts cover a wide range of classical musical styles and are set in this beautiful East Devon seaside town with its own special atmosphere.

    17 & 18 July 2015
    Exeter Craft Festival, Cathedral Green, Exeter
    http://www.exetercraftfestival.co.uk/
    A celebration of the very best artists & makers based in the South West in the historic setting of Exeter’s Cathedral Green.

    25 July 2015
    Mid Devon Show, Tiverton
    http://www.middevonshow.co.uk/
    The best one day agricultural show in the west! The Mid Devon Show offers a fun day out for all the family.

    31 July - 7 August 2015
    Sidmouth Folk Week
    http://www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk/
    Sidmouth FolkWeek is a unique week-long seaside celebration of music, dance and song taking place in the charming East Devon regency coastal resort.

    4 August 2015
    Crab Day Street Party, Dartmouth
    Taking place alongside the River Dart, on the Quay in Dartmouth, this fantastic Street Party sees South Devon Crab on the menu, as well as music and entertainment for all.

    14 - 16 August 2015
    Flavour Fest 2015, Plymouth
    Smell the most delicious aromas in Plymouth City Centre at Flavour Fest, the South West’s largest free food and drink festival (according to www.visitplymouth.co.uk).

    21 - 23 August 2015
    Beautiful Days Festival, Escot Park
    http://www.beautifuldays.org/
    Beautiful Days started in 2003 and is a family-friendly music festival which takes place in Devon.

    21 - 22 August 2015
    Dawlish Air Show, Dawlish
    http://www.dawlishairshow.co.uk/
    The seaside town of Dawlish is a premier resort on the south coast of Devon and, with its glorious bay and dramatic coastline, it’s the perfect setting for the spectacle that is ‘Dawlish Air Show’. Each year this event attracts over 80,000 people to watch an array of aircraft take to the sky at this award winning air show.

    21 - 22 August 2015
    Sunwest Beer and Music Festival, The Landmark Theatre, Nr Ilfracombe
    Real ales and free live music on the North Devon Coast.

    6 September 2015
    Lobster and Crab Feast, Clovelly
    Clovelly celebrates its famous lobsters and crabs sustainably caught by its fishermen with a great day out for all the family.

    8 September 2015
    Widecombe Fair, Dartmoor
    http://www.widecombefair.com/
    Once a market for local farmers to sell their surplus stock, now a showcase for all that is wonderful about this part of the country.

    17 - 20 September 2015 (tbc)
    Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival
    http://www.budlitfest.org.uk/
    Inspiring talks, readings and workshops with prize-winning authors in the seaside town of Budleigh Salterton.

    24 October 2015
    Dartmouth Food Festival, Dartmouth
    http://www.dartmouthfoodfestival.com/
    The Dartmouth Food Festival is an annual festival celebrating all things food and wine. Now in its 11th year, the festival has developed into a major food event or, as The Daily Telegraph put it , a ‘heady mix of celebrity chefs, parties, food markets, tasting shacks and demonstrations’.

    25 October 2015
    Foodfest, Barnstable Pannier Market
    Foodfest features over 100 local food and drink exhibitors, six top chefs, numerous tastings including chocolate, breads, local fish dishes, a wide variety of street food, and plenty of homemade cakes and bakes.