From Christmas shopping to family events and entertainment, we are all set for a buoyant and busy festive season in North Devon for 2016! Whether you are looking for seasonal food and drink, or places to buy gifts for friends and loved ones, there promises to be something for everyone as we head closer to the big day. Below are just some of the highlights we're looking forward to this December. We hope to see you at the Rising Sun Inn for excellent food, a warm fireplace and plenty of good cheer.
Light Up Lynton (Thurs 1st Dec, 5pm) & Late Night Christmas Shopping (Sat 3rd Dec, from 5:30pm)
A great way to start the countdown to Christmas, these two community events are an annual favourite in the town, with something for all ages. On Thursday, the fun begins at 5pm around the Town Hall, when Lynton will get a new lease of light, along with mulled wine, carols and other festivities. Meanwhile, the weekend is the time to come and shop at your leisure, as local retailers stay open late to offer lantern-lit Christmas shopping.
Christmas Fayre (11th Dec), Craft Workshops & Winter Events at Exmoor National Park Centre, Lynmouth
Lynmouth’s Exmoor Park Centre (EX35 6EQ) is the setting for this gathering of local craft and gift stalls (11 Dec 11:00-4pm), which is well worth a look if you’re in town. Especially so if you have children with you, as there are free crafts and activities for young ones on the day. For older guests there are also special talks and guided walks from the experts throughout the colder months, as well as some terrific one day workshops and mini crafting events, including Stained Glass and Art Workshops. Many events are free to enter too, although donations to local charities are always very welcome. See the official site for further listings and events HERE.
Christmas Concerts, Shopping and Santa Festival at Porlock (Various dates in December)
Crafty goings on and an idyllic festive setting await in Porlock (Above: Handiwork by Little Lane Pottery)
The pretty small town of Porlock offers an idyllic detour at any time of year, but is especially nostalgic at Christmas, offering a taste of the festive season with a more traditional feel in place of huge retailers and the usual shopping rush. A lively little program of events includes some delightful variety too, with a Christmas Gift Fair and Concerts, Late Night Shopping and the towns own “Santa Festival” all to look forward to. Click here for full listings.
Santa Special Trains with Lynton & Barnstaple Railway
(throughout December 2016)
A festive treat for any railway fan (image: Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Official Site)
For train lovers of any age, these special Christmas train rides in North Devon are a wonderful way to enjoy fine views and living history. Youngsters are in for a special treat too, as every junior passenger receives a gift direct from Santa. An ideal festive day out for the family we think. Find out more, including ticket prices, times and routes here: www.lynton-rail.co.uk
Antiques at South Molton Pannier Market (18 Dec 2016/ Every 3rd Sunday Monthly)
For any compulsive magpie or gift buyer, South Molton’s monthly antiques gathering has plenty of vintage treasure to browse through, whether clocks, candle holders or retro toys are your thing. The festive gathering should be a busy one with local dealers; well worth a day excursion, or a detour for those en route to Exmoor. Click here for further information.
Fireside Dining & Excellent Festive Food & Drink at The Rising Sun
Why not take time out to enjoy the finer things in life this Christmas? A warm welcome and seasonal treats awaits at The Rising Sun, where we pride ourselves in serving the best food in Lynton and Lynmouth all year round. Keep an eye on our site and Facebook page for further news, offers and highlights.
Don't forget, we can also offer private dining and group functions on request; just get in touch with us on 01598 753223 to discuss your requirements, whatever the occasion.