27th October 2019

Must visit North Devon Christmas Markets

Christmas spirit is filling the air and with a growing urge to shop, shop and shop some more, it’s time to consider which Christmas markets in North Devon we’ll be visiting.

North Devon Christmas markets and fayres are a delight to attend, not just for unique gifts and festive treats, but because of the community spirit involved.

Visit these markets and events to support local and independent traders. Buy gifts made in homes across the region and taste foods from newly started businesses. All whilst seeing unique places and chatting with locals about everything Christmas!

If these North Devon Christmas markets won’t get you in the festive spirit, then nothing will...

Arlington Court - Christmas Craft Fair

Near Barnstaple - 16th - 17th November 

20 minute drive from The Imperial Hotel 

Start your Christmas shopping at Arlington's annual Christmas fair, with everything from local jams to home furnishings, toys to decorations, jewellery to woodwork and more.

Entry is just £5 which covers entry to the house, carriage museum, gardens and grounds as well as the craft fair. 

Experience the magic of Christmas and take park in the victorian festivities at Arlington. 

RHS Gardens Rosemoor - Christmas Food and Craft Fair

Near Great Torrington - 14th-15th November

25 minute drive from The Imperial Hotel

Visit RHS Garden Rosemoor for a magical fair full of temptation and delights. This is a special place to come and buy those unique and wonderful gifts from a mixture of food and craft stalls in the Garden Room. With carefully selected artisan traders from around the West Country, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Make the most of your day as you amble around their beautiful gardens. Stay on a bit later and experience the true magic of our Glow illuminations (Thurs - Sat only, until 4 January) and enjoy a meal in the award-winning Garden Kitchen Restaurant - evening restaurant booking advisable (Friday and Saturday only). A full day of magical Christmas fun for everyone. 

Imperial Hotel guests receive a discount on entry to RHS Rosemoor

North Devon Christmas Market

Braunton Village - 7th December 

15 Drive from The Imperial Hotel 

Held in Braunton, the North Devon Christmas Market is one of the biggest and best outdoor festive markets in North Devon. 

There will be over 150 stalls; combining arts and crafts, food and drink, games and rides. There will also be entertainment so Christmas cheer will certainly be in the air.

Big Sheep Christmas Markets

The Big Sheep Family Attraction - 7th, 14th & 21st December 

18 minute drive from The Imperial Hotel 

The markets will be held at The Big Sheep in Bideford on Saturdays 7th, 12th and 21st December. 

Come and enjoy the social buzz of a fantastic country food market in their indoor barn. Free-range turkeys, handmade gifts, organic meats, sea glass gifts, sprouts on stalks, cheeses, cakes, fudge, handmade jewellery and Christmas trees are just some of the delights which will be on offer at one of the South West’s Biggest indoor Food Markets. 

Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market

Exeter Cathedral - 16th - 19th December

1 Hour drive or train from The Imperial Hotel 

The market, which attracted over 600,000 visitors last year will once again be bringing back a selection of crafts, fresh food, Bavarian-style bars and live music.

Recognised as being one of the best in the UK, the Christmas Market is inspired by German Christmas Markets. The combination of its unique location with the stunning backdrop of Exeter Cathedral, alongside the high-quality exhibitors, has established the event as an integral part of the city centre festive celebrations and shopping experience.


Would you like some accommodation to turn a visit to these festive markets and fayres into a North Devon break?

Here at The Imperial Hotel, we're ideally located in the heart of the region, meaning all the North Devon Christmas markets and seasonal events are never far away. 

Discover our Offers Page for the latest low prices! Check out our Christmas Shoppers Card too for more shopping options in Barnstaple.