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Seaside Christmas Charm: Festive Markets and Fairs in North Devon

A large christmas tree lit up in a market

North Devon, famous for its stunning coastline and surf-worthy waves. But there’s more to this delightful corner of England than just sun and sand. The winter season transforms North Devon into a magical wonderland with Christmas fairs and markets ! So don your coziest scarf and let’s dive into the festive treasure troves that North Devon has to offer.

11-12 November, 2023

Kicking off the festive season early, the Affinity Devon Outlet Shopping Christmas Market in Bideford is a two-day extravaganza that’s all about merriment. With over 60 stall offering an array of festive treats, including the obligatory mulled wine, and tantalizing street food to tantalize your taste buds, you’ll be in gastronomic heaven. Oh, and did we mention Juduy & Punch entertainment for the whole family? It’s practically Christmas wrapped up in one event ! Learn more

2 December, 2023

Located in the coastal town of Braunton, this market is a must visit for Christmas fans. With over 100 traders showcasing the finest crafts and gifts from the West Country, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Live entertainment? Check. Delicious street food? Double-check. Unqiue Christmas gifts? Triple-check. Plus, it’s perfectly situated for a winter walk on the beach – could it get any better. Learn more

photo credit: from left to right - Annie Spratt, Sabri Tuzcu and Jason King on Unsplash

24-26 November, 2023

Prepare for a weekend of epic celebrations in Ilfracombe with Combe Christmas. The festivities kick off with a lantern parade, stall, street food, and live music that will get your feet tapping. Friday night at 6:30pm on the High Street? Sorted ! Learn more

2 December, 2023

Lynton, with its picturesque charm is the perfect setting for a Christmas market. Local craft, including Dizzy leggings, jewelry, and pottery, await your perusal. And if that’s not enough to get you in the Christmas spirit, there’s even line dancing and carols. It’s the epitome of festive fun ! And when you’re here why not take the opportunity to take the water tram down to Lynmouth and have a lovely stroll in this charming harbor village. Learn more

16-18, 23-25 November 2023 and 2-3 December, 2023

Get ready for the enchantment at RHS Rosemoor. This event offers a double delight – during the day, entry is included with garden admission, and in the evening, you get in with your RHS Glow Illumination event tickets. Craft and food galore awaits you in this truly magical setting! Learn more

2, 9, 16 and 23 December, 2023

For those looking to stock up on holiday goodies, The Big Sheep Christmas Market has got you covered. It’s the biggest indoor market in the South West, featuring everything from free-range turkey to sprouts on stalk, and organic meat to delectable cheeses. Plus, there’s a chance to win a £200 hamper – now that’s and offer you cant refuse ! Learn more

17 November – 17 December, 2023

And if you’re up for a day trip from HARTA retreat, make your way to the Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market, Devon’s largest Christmas market. With over 100 stalls nestled in festive chalets, you’ll be surrounded by a winter wonderland for an entire month. It’s got excellent street food, and don’t forget to visit the Exeter Cathedral, featuring the Light of Hope Star installation by artist Peter Walker. Learn More

So North Devon, known for its summery coastal vibes and moorland walks, has a delightful secret: its winter wonderland of Christmas markets. Embrace the holiday spirit, indulge in delicious treats, and discover unique gits in this enchanting region. It’s time to unwrap the gift of Christmas in North Devon.

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