With the end of 2017 now within touching distance, we are all set for a busy Christmas in Lynmouth, followed by New Year's Eve and a lively start to 2018. We do hope you can come and join us for some good cheer before the final countdown. However, even if you have to leave it until thew New Year, here are just some of the reasons we love North Devon at this time of year:
Christmas Shopping & Festive Events in Lynton, Lynmouth & Barnstaple
Even in North Devon, things are feeling decidedly frosty now and there is even talk of a rare white Christmas. We'll believe it when we see it, but one thing you can depend on are all the colourful local markets and traders to provide good cheer, and good value, this December If you're quick, there are still some Christmas markets to head for, including our own Lynmouth Christmas Fair (10th Dec).
Failing that, you'll also find plenty from our local retailers, while larger regional gatherings, such as Barnstaple Pannier Market (open right through December) offer late night shopping and lots of gifts at only a short drive. Or, lastly, for those looking to shop and also keep kids happy, The Big Sheep near Bideford has Christmas Market Days on 16th & 23rd December and is a great place to take younger family members.
For those who love a taste of traditional cheer, there are also some wonderfully authentic carol services to attend locally around North Devon. The Carol Service at St. Bartholemews Church (Dec 19th) in Barbrook (EX35 6PG) is an atmospheric service to attend, not to mention a beautiful setting for Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.
New Year's Eve Parties in Lynmouth & North Devon 2017
Whether it has been a vintage year for you, or one you'll be glad to see the back of, the one guarantee on Dec 31st is a great party in Lynton and Lynmouth as we celebrate New Year's Eve and welcome in 2018. You could hop between some of the town's lovely pubs and venues, but with a lot of venues all ticket and likely to be busy, you may want to pick a winner and get a comfortable spot early!
As usual we will have our very own New Year's Eve celebrations at The Rising Sun, with excellent food, a few extra bottles of bubbly and some live music into the bargain. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for further details!
Mini Breaks & Events in North Devon for early 2018
If you can't escape the rush this Christmas, never fear, because there are some tasty events and offers on the way for the New Year. In fact, the late winter to early spring period is a great time to enjoy short breaks in Devon, with some cracking hotel deals and plenty to look forward to in 2018.
Exmoor Food Fest 2018 (February), looks especially tasty. An invitation to "eat your way across Exmoor" this year sees a lot of North Devon restaurants involved, with various special offers all February if you miss the main course itself (a two day special of cooking, presentations, workshops and tons to taste at Keep an eye on the Exmoor Food Fest Facebook page and official website for further details.
Last but not least, we also have plenty of availability for late winter and low season escapes here in North Devon, with our excellent Harbourside Breaks offer continuing into 2018. For just £240 per person, this deal includes breakfast and three nights in one of our delightful character hotel rooms, right beside the sea here in Lynmouth. The perfect way to treat someone you love for 2018, see our current offers page for further details and options.