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Ilfracombe christmas markets 2018

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November 9, 2018

Get in the festive spirit with the many Christmas markets available in and around Ilfracombe, North Devon, take a look at our top picks below…


Our own Beach Cove Coastal Retreat is perfectly placed to explore North Devon and all it has to offer this festive season, with a number of Christmas markets to discover in the region you will be able to find the ideal handmade Christmas present from a wide range of local makers in the area. Below are our top picks of the Christmas markets not to miss in and around Ilfracombe…


Combe christmas

Where: Ilfracombe Pier, EX34 9EQ / When: 23rd – 25th Nov

The Combe Christmas event is a popular annual event, which begins with the lantern parade through the high street leading to the War Memorial twinkly tree, that will be blessed by Father John Roles, then the fabulous light switch on will happen, showering the streets with festive cheer. The high street shops will be open for late night shopping, and the artisan stalls will be popping up on Saturday 24th and lasting until Sunday 25th, where you can meander through a wide range of offerings, including local produce, wonderful gift ideas and delicious food on offer, Santa will also be making appearance on both Saturday and Sunday. There will be live music from local acoustic artists and the local choir, as well as children’s entertainments and activities to enjoy throughout the weekend. The fireworks finale will take place down on the pier.


christmas shopping fayre

Where: Westpoint Arena, EX5 1DJ / When: 23rd – 25th Nov / Times: 9am – 5pm / Times: Adults £4, Over 65’s £3, Under 16’s Free

Enjoy 3 fun festive days at the Westpoint Arena, which turns into a winter wonderland for a fabulous Christmas Shopping Fayre that has been running for 23 years, the arena is filled with a wide range of goodies from over 300 stalls, you can browse everything from handmade gifts and beautiful handblown glassware, to Christmas decorations and jewellery. There will be a diverse mix of crafts and local makers, as well as traders, importers, wholesalers and manufacturers, there is sure to be something for everyone at this Christmas extravaganza, there will also be a mouth-watering food and drink area where you can try before you buy on local produce and enjoy delicious puddings and confectionery. The children will love the wonderful Santa’s Grotto, which is free to enter for all, as well as ongoing entertainment and demonstrations for the whole family to enjoy.


christmas at the court

Where: Arlington Court, EX31 4LP / When: 17th & 18th Nov / Times: 10:30am – 4pm / Prices: £3 per person

Enjoy a beautiful Victorian Christmas in the picturesque Arlington Court, where you can start your Christmas shopping early at the Christmas Fair. The fair will be hosting a range of local makers and talented craftspeople who will be showcasing everything from beautifully crafted home furnishings, handmade jewellery and woodwork pieces, to wonderful toys, festive decorations and delicious homemade jam. Enjoy a couple of hours out, meander through the court and see the Victorian decorations around, while enjoying a wonderful Christmas Fair.


Exmoor christmas fair

Where: Porlock Village Hall, TA24 8QD / When: 24th & 25th Nov / Times: 12(noon) – 4pm / Prices: Free

The Exmoor Christmas Fair will get you in the festive spirit with a wide range of local crafts available, there will also be a number of demonstrations and displays. Meet the local makers who will be wowing you with their offerings, including gifts and crafts made from wood, wax, paper, card, beads, wool and jewels, there will also be refreshments available all weekend.


Why not book your holiday at Beach Cove Coastal Retreat today and start getting in the festive spirit while exploring all that the Christmas markets in North Devon have to offer.

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