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Santa in Devon 2018

15th October-24th December 2018

Venue: Various Grottos, Cabins, Children's Attractions, Railways in Devon

Father Christmas will be visiting Devon very soon!  Read on or click here for more on Santa's grottos, Santa by Steam,  Santa's workshops and more... You can see...

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Arts Award Club

3rd November-8th December 2018

Time: 10.15am to 12.45pm

Venue: RAMM

Address: Queen Street, Exeter, EX4 3RX

Website: www.rammuseum.org.uk

On Saturdays 3, 10, 17 and 24 November, 1 and 8 December. A new weekly Saturday morning club for children aged 8 – 12. Explore different art activities, meet real artists and make creations using the...

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Exeter Christmas Market

15th November-16th December 2018

Venue: Exeter Cathedral Green

Address: Cathedral Close, Exeter, EX1 1HS

Website: www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk

This festive market returns for 2018. Featuring a varied mix of local and continental traders, showcasing a wide range of festive food and gifts. The west front bandstand will feature local bands, carol...

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Being Human Festival

17th November-18th December 2018

Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm

Venue: RAMM

Address: Queen Street, Exeter, EX4 3RX

Website: www.rammuseum.org.uk

Explore interactive archaeological activities on Saturday. Then discover the origins of animals that share our lives today and why others have become extinct on Sunday. A free event.

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Santa’s Christmas Grotto at the House of Marbles

17th November-23rd December 2018

Venue: House of Marbles

Address: Near Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9DS

Website: www.houseofmarbles.com

Also, 18, 24, 25 November; 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22 and 23 December.Santa's Grotto is returning for Christmas 2018! Grotto entry costs just £6.99 per child and includes a free balloon, badge and...

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Santa’s Grotto at Otter Nurseries

18th November-24th December 2018

Venue: Otter Nurseries

Address: Ottery St Mary, Devon, EX11 1LZ

Website: www.ottergardencentres.com

Other dates in November and December

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Exeter Christmas Market

19th November-16th December 2018

Venue: Exeter Cathedral Green

Address: Cathedral Close, Exeter, EX1 1HS

Website: www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk

This festive market returns for 2018. Featuring a varied mix of local and continental traders, showcasing a wide range of festive food and gifts. The west front bandstand will feature local bands, carol...

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Charity Christmas Light Switch On

22nd-22nd November 2018

Venue: Roman Walk

Address: Princesshay, Exeter, EX1 1QA

Website: www.princesshay.co.uk

If you’ve not seen this magical display before then make sure you take a stroll through this sparkling walkway of trees, each dedicated to and decorated by a charity. This kicks off the first Thursday...

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Crafty Nature

22nd-22nd November 2018

Time: 10am to 12pm

Venue: Seaton Jurassic

Address: Seaton, EX12 2WD

Website: www.seatonjurassic.org

Escape the Christmas excitement and pop along to this nature inspired craft session instead. Cost: £3 per child. Ring 01297 300390.

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Christmas Shopping Fayre

23rd-25th November 2018

Time: 9.30am to 5.30pm

Venue: Westpoint Arena

Address: Exeter, EX5 1DJ

Website: www.christmasshoppingfayre.com

Featuring a diverse range of exhibitors who come from near and far. Westpoint is transformed into an Aladdin’s cave of gift ideas and essential Christmas items – and there’s a Santa’s grotto too.

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Combe Christmas

23rd-25th November 2018

Venue: The Promenade and Harbour

Address: Ilfracombe, EX34 9EQ

Website: www.visitilfracombe.co.uk

The Light Switch on will start the festivities on the Friday followed by the lantern procession. Plus, there will be a Christmas market, a chance to see Santa, a Christmas party, a Carol service, festive...

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Christmas at Killerton: The Snow Queen

24th November-6th January 2019

Venue: Killerton

Address: Near Exeter, EX5 3LE

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

(Not 25, 26 December). Explore Killerton as it transformed into the icy world of the Snow Queen. Outside continue the story following the twinkling trail through the garden and parkland. For tickets or...

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Christmas Lantern Workshop

24th-24th November 2018

Venue: Thelma Hulbert Gallery

Address: Elmfield House, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LX

Website: www.thelmahulbert.com

Join an artist to design and create a laser cut lantern to decorate your home this Christmas. Suitable for ages 7+. Cost: £8 per participant. Limited places - call 01404 45006 to book your place.

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Lanterns, Lights and ‘Luminations

24th-24th November 2018

Time: 12pm to 7pm

Venue: The Quay

Address: Brixham, TQ5 8TA

Website: www.brixhamtowncouncil.gov.uk

A full day of festivities. With Christmas stalls, a free lantern making workshop, a lantern parade, a grand firework display, live music, entertainment and the Christmas Lights Switch on.

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Nativity Plays and Santa Visits at Pennywell

24th November-24th December 2018

Venue: Pennywell Farm

Address: Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0LT

Website: www.pennywellfarm.co.uk

Also, 25 November, 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December. Watch a magical Nativity performance featuring real animals before visiting Father Christmas in his festive grotto. Plus, options to...

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Newton Abbot’s Christmas Lights Switch On

24th-24th November 2018

Time: 5.30pm to 6.30pm

Venue: Courtenay Street

Address: Newton Abbot, TQ12 2DT

Website: www.newtonabbot-tc.gov.uk

With entertainment and a parade to St Leonard's Clock Tower for the Christmas Light Switch on at 5.30pm.

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Santa at the Donkey Sanctuary

24th-25th November 2018

Time: 10am to 4pm

Venue: The Donkey Sanctuary

Address: Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 0NU

Website: www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk

Santa and his reindeer (who look like donkeys) will pay a special visit to the sanctuary and take residence in his Grotto. Tickets will be available to purchase each day on a first come, first serve basis....

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Devon Day

25th-25th November 2018

Time: From 10am

Venue: Exeter Racecourse

Address: Kennford, Exeter, EX6 7XS

Website: http://exeter.thejockeyclub.co.uk

Devon Day is a great tradition celebrating the best of the locality. A perfect day for the family with a range of free Devon themed family entertainment on offer. Kids go free on Devon Day

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Exeter Chocolate Festival

25th-25th November 2018

Time: 11.30am to 6pm

Venue: Exeter Phoenix

Address: Gandy Street, Exeter, EX4 3LS

Website: www.exeterchocolatefestival.co.uk

Learn how chocolate is made, go to a chocolate tasting session and attend a make-your-own workshop. Free entry.

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Steam Day – Victorian Special

25th-25th November 2018

Time: 10.30am to 4pm

Venue: Coldharbour Mill

Address: Uffculme, Cullompton, EX15 3EE

Website: www.coldharbourmill.org.uk

See the industrial revolution brought to life at Coldharbour Mill at this special steam day. For more details ring 01884 840960.

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Late Night Shopping and Entertainment

29th-29th November 2018

Venue: Princesshay

Address: Exeter, EX1 1QA

Website: www.princesshay.co.uk

As Christmas approaches, Princesshay will be sparkling with lights, entertainment, live performances plus festive food and drink. Featuring Halo, a stunning visual act with super bright, glowing LEDs

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Candlelit Dartmouth

30th November-1st December 2018

Venue: Various venues

Address: Dartmouth, TQ6

Website: www.candlelitdartmouth.co.uk

With a festive Christmas market, a lantern procession, carol singing, entertainers, musicians, the official switch-on of the town's Christmas lights, Christmas shopping, craft workshops and more.

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Christmas Bazaar

30th-30th November 2018

Time: 3:15pm-5pm

Venue: Woodwater Academy

Address: Woodwater Lane, Exeter, EX2 5AW

Website: www.woodwater.devon.sch.uk

Go along to this very special Christmas Bazaar and have fun. There will be lots of Christmas themed stalls and games, and Father Christmas will be popping by too.

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Santa on the Train to Christmas Town

30th November-23rd December 2018

Venue: Dartmoor Railway

Address: Okehampton Station, Okehampton, Devon, EX20 1EJ

Website: www.dartmoorrailway.com/train-to-christmas-town

Also, 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 December. Along with storytelling, singing and dancing with the elves, passengers will meet a very special guest when the train stops...

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The Polar Express™ on Seaton Tramway

30th November-24th December 2018

Venue: Seaton Tramway

Address: Seaton, Devon, EX12 2NQ

Website: www.tram.co.uk

Also, 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 to 24 December. Journey to the North Pole on The Polar Express by tram. Sing along to the songs, drink hot chocolate and meet Santa and his happy bunch...

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Christmas Fayre

1st-1st December 2018

Time: 1pm to 4pm

Venue: St Peter’s Prep School

Address: Lympstone, Near Exeter, EX8 5AU

Featuring a festive Christmas market with local independent stalls selling gifts, music from the Lympstone Training band, games for young children and a popular Santa’s Grotto. Call 01395 272148

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Christmas in Dawlish

1st-2nd December 2018

Time: 11am to 4pm

Venue: The Strand

Address: Dawlish, EX7 9AP

Website: www.dawlish.gov.uk

Two festive days filled with live music, street entertainers, free face painting, balloon modelling and the Strand will have an array of stalls selling a variety of goods. All of the rides and the inflatable...

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Christmas Market

1st-22nd December 2018

Time: 9am to 4pm

Venue: The Big Sheep

Address: Abbotsham, Bideford, EX39 5AP

Website: www.thebigsheep.co.uk

Also 8, 15 and 22 December. Free entry to the market only. Enjoy the social buzz of a fantastic traditional country Food and Craft market in the Food Barn and Craft Marquee.

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Father Christmas at Killerton

1st-23rd December 2018

Venue: Killerton

Address: Near Exeter, Devon, EX5 3LE

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/killerton

Also, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 December. Tucked away within the stables find Father Christmas waiting in his magical grotto. Enter the festive grotto to meet him dressed in his traditional...

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Festive Event and Family Workshop

1st-1st December 2018

Time: 11am to 3pm

Venue: Thelma Hulbert Gallery

Address: Elmfield House, Dowell Street, Honiton, EX14 1LX

Website: www.thelmahulbert.com

Peruse the Christmas exhibition: Present Makers 2018 and then join the family workshop. An artist will be helping families create fabric tinsel to take home to decorate their tree/home this festive season.

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Hazledown School PTA Christmas Fayre

1st-1st December 2018

Time: 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Venue: Hazeldown School

Address: Maudlin Drive, Teignmouth, TQ14 8SE

A festive event with a Santa's Grotto, toys, a raffle, craft room, tombola, a lucky dip, games, face painting, glitter tattoos, a Christmas Hat competition, cakes and refreshments. Entry is free; everyone...

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Kingsbridge Celebrates Christmas

1st-1st December 2018

Venue: Various Venues

Address: Kingsbridge, TQ7 1HS

Website: www.kingsbridgecelebrateschristmas.com

With a farmer’s market in the Town Square and festive stalls in Fore Street. Father Christmas will arrive into the Farmers’ Market in his usual style. Plus, there will be street entertainers, local...

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North Devon Christmas Market

1st-1st December 2018

Time: 12pm to 8pm

Venue: Caen Street Car Park

Address: Braunton, EX33 1AA

A big outdoor Christmas market with over 150 stalls, arts and crafts, festive food and drink, fun games and rides. There will be late night shopping in the village and plenty of live entertainment. For...

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Santa at the Crealy Christmas Spectacular

1st-22nd December 2018

Venue: Crealy Great Adventure Park

Address: Clyst St Mary, Near Exeter, Devon, EX5 1DR

Website: www.crealy.co.uk

Also, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 December. With 9 new Christmas attractions featuring the South West’s first ever Christmas Ice Show, Mary Christmas’ Bakery, reindeer food making station,...

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Santa by Steam

1st-24th December 2018

Venue: South Devon Railway

Address: Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0DZ

Website: www.southdevonrailway.co.uk/santa-by-steam

Also, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December. Refreshments will be served by Santa’s helpers onboard Santa's special grotto train. Each child will meet Father Christmas in his wonderful...

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Santa's Magical Christmas

1st-23rd December 2018

Time: 10am to 5pm

Venue: Crealy Great Adventure Park

Address: Clyst St Mary, Near Exeter, EX5 1DR

Website: www.crealy.co.uk/events/crealy-christmas-spectacular

Tickets to the Crealy Christmas Spectacular include the sensational Christmas Ice Show, entry to Santa’s Magical Toy Store, Mary Christmas’ bakery, Rudy’s Reindeer Food Making Station, Santa’s...

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Santa’s Grotto at Woodlands

1st-23rd December 2018

Venue: Woodlands Leisure Park

Address: Blackawton, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 7DQ

Website: www.woodlandspark.com/event/christmas-at-woodlands

And 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 December. A visit to see Santa includes a mesmerising walk through Santa’s Workshop before meeting Santa and receiving a very special gift. Includes free reindeer food,...

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The Crealy Christmas Spectacular

1st-23rd December 2018

Venue: Crealy Adventure Park and Resort, Near Exeter, EX5 1DR

Website: https://www.crealy.co.uk/events/crealy-christmas-spectacular

This Christmas is going to be truly magical at Crealy Adventure Park & Resort; join Crealy this December and don’t miss out on the South West’s biggest and best festive experience! With...

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Woollys Christmas Wonderland

1st-24th December 2018

Venue: The Big Sheep, Abbotsham, Bideford, EX39 5AP

Website: www.thebigsheep.co.uk

Children will have a truly magical Christmas experience at The Big Sheep and can meet Santa in his wonderland at weekends and during the school holiday. Meet Santa in his Grotto, see Santa’s Magical...

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Christmas Festivities and Santa Visit

2nd-3rd December 2018

Venue: Quince Honey Farm

Address: South Molton, Devon, EX36 3AZ

Website: www.quincehoneyfarm.co.uk

Also 3 December. Make the Santa visit extra special with a donkey ride to the Grotto. Be ready with your Christmas present list to give to Santa. Christmas fun at the farm includes a festive Play Hive...

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Clovelly’s Christmas Lights in aid of RNLI

2nd-2nd December 2018

Time: 3.30pm to 7pm

Venue: Clovelly

Address: EX39 5TA

Website: www.clovelly.co.uk

Christmas is a magical time at Clovelly. Follow the procession down to the harbour at 3.30pm. The local brass band will lead the procession to the harbour.

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Harbertonford’s Christmas Fair

2nd-2nd December 2018

Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm

Venue: Village Hall

Address: Woodleigh Road, Harbertonford, Totnes, TQ9 7TQ

A Christmas craft and art fair. There will be a free children's craft table where youngsters can make seasonal crafts. Plus, face painting. The profits from the cafe will go to supporting the local school....

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Santa in the Caves

2nd-24th December 2018

Venue: Kents Cavern

Address: Torquay, Devon, TQ1 2JF

Website: www.kents-cavern.co.uk

Also, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23 and 24 December. Join Santa in this Panto style adventure around the caves. Includes an hour-long promenade performance, a visit with Santa, and a Christmas present for all...

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Santa Visits Dawlish Christmas Market

2nd-2nd December 2018

Venue: The Strand, Dawlish, EX7 9PS

Website: www.dawlish.gov.uk

Santa will be paying the children at Dawlish Christmas Market a very special visit at 12.30pm. Don’t miss him!

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Christmas Toddler Takeover Days

3rd-7th December 2018

Time: 9am to 4pm

Venue: The Big Sheep

Address: Abbotsham, Bideford, EX39 5AP

Website: www.thebigsheep.co.uk

A Christmas themed Toddler Takeover Day with a Jiggy Wrigglers interactive music show, Christmas themed parent-led crafts and lots more wonderland fun. There will be musical instruments, action songs,...

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Santa’s Grotto in Totnes

4th-18th December 2018

Venue: Civic Hall

Address: Market Square, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5SG

Website: www.totnesnightmarket.co.uk

Also, 11 and 18 December. Visit Father Christmas in his splendid festive grotto as part of the town’s Christmas market. For details ring 01803 863168.

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Totnes Christmas Market

4th-18th December 2018

Time: 3.30pm to 9.30pm

Venue: Market Square, Civic Hall, Totnes, TQ9 5SG

Website: www.totnesnightmarket.co.uk

Also 11 and 18 December. Featuring a diverse and eclectic mix of Christmas stalls. With performances from local schools, community choirs, local bands, drummers, lantern parades and a Santa's grotto. For...

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Victorian Evening

5th-5th December 2018

Time: 6pm to 8pm

Venue: Market Square

Address: Newton Abbot, TQ12 2QZ

Website: www.newtonabbot-tc.gov.uk

Stallholders will be dressed in traditional Victorian costume in Market Square and Market Walk. Plus, there will be street food and entertainment and late-night Christmas shopping.

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Late Night Shopping and Entertainment

6th-6th December 2018

Venue: Princesshay

Address: Exeter, EX1 1QA

Website: www.princesshay.co.uk

With special entertainment from Spark, incredible light up drummers, who are back for a second year.

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Okehampton Edwardian Evening

6th-6th December 2018

Time: 6pm to 9pm

Venue: Fore Street

Address: Okehampton, EX20

Website: www.everythingokehampton.co.uk

Soak up the traditional sights, sounds and smells of Christmas at this annual Edwardian Evening where traders dress in authentic costume. With a Mayor’s Carol service, reindeer, Father Christmas, live...

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Tavistock Dickensian Evening

7th-7th December 2018

Time: 5.30pm

Venue: Tavistock

Address: PL19

Website: www.tavistock.gov.uk

This traditional Dickensian evening starts with the official light switch on and then there will be a festive mix of stalls, amusements and an opportunity to indulge in some late-night Christmas shopping....

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Aladdin

8th December-1st January 2019

Venue: Exeter Corn Exchange, Market St, Exeter EX1 1BW

Website: www.exetercornexchange.co.uk

Now in its 9th year, the Corn Exchange panto is an Exeter Christmas institution and this year Aladdin will soar to new heights with an eye-popping magic carpet ride. Packed with great songs, stunning...

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Christmas at Cricklepit

8th-8th December 2018

Time: 10.30am to 4pm

Venue: Cricklepit Mill

Address: Exeter, EX2 4AB

Website: www.devonwildlifetrust.org

Devon Wildlife Trust’s annual Christmas celebration. With plenty of fantastic children’s activities on offer. Make natural Christmas decorations, bird feeders, wreaths and much more. Plus, pay Father...

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Christmas at the Model Village

8th December-1st January 2019

Venue: Babbacombe Model Village

Address: Hampton Avenue, Torquay, TQ1 3LA

Website: https://www.model-village.co.uk/christmas-at-the-model-village

Enjoy some magical miniature Christmas scenes, a Christmas Labyrinth Trail, find the hidden mini Santa figures, see A Dream of Christmas' in the 4D Theatre, marvel at the magical Christmas Lights, look...

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Dartmouth Steam Railway’s Santa Express featuring Snow White

8th-24th December 2018

Venue: Queen’s Park Station

Address: Paignton, Devon, TQ4 6AF

Website: www.dsrrbchristmas.co.uk/santa-express

Also 9, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December. Be entertained by close-up magic and a two-part mini pantomime Snow White, before getting a visit from Father Christmas. All children will receive a gift....

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Drogo Christmas Market

8th-9th December 2018

Time: 11am to 4pm

Venue: Castle Drogo

Address: Near Drewsteignton, near Exeter, EX6 6PB

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Get away from the crowds and hustle and bustle of town to experience Christmas at Castle Drogo. There will be a variety of local specialist crafts and unique gifts on sale. For details call 01647 433306.

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Father Christmas visits Greenway

8th-22nd December 2018

Venue: Greenway

Address: Galmpton, near Brixham, Devon, TQ5 0ES

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway

Also, 15 and 22 December. Father Christmas and his helpers will be meeting children and sharing out keepsake gifts. Santa’s helpers will be there to tell some festive stories and help children to write...

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Father Christmas visits Knighthayes

8th-23rd December 2018

Venue: Knighthayes

Address: Bolham, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 7RQ

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knightshayes

Also, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 December. Father Christmas will be visiting Knightshayes in the run up to the big day and will be handing out keepsakes in his workshop. Learn about Christmas traditions and...

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Lantern Parade Puppet Making Workshop

8th-8th December 2018

Time: 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm

Venue: Hannah’s at Seale Hayne

Address: Newton Abbot, TQ12 6NQ

Website: www.newtonannot-tc.gov.uk

Make a lantern for Newton Abbot’s parade at this workshop. Tickets cost £5 each. Call 01626 201120

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Roaming Santa at Babbacombe Model Village

8th-24th December 2018

Venue: Babbacombe Model Village

Address: Hampton Avenue, Babbacombe, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 3LA

Website: https://www.model-village.co.uk/christmas-at-the-model-village

Also 9, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December. See what magical delights you will find on the Christmas Labyrinth Trail and have fun finding Santa as you explore the Model Village. You may need to go around...

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Santa at Bernaville Nurseries

8th-16th December 2018

Venue: Bernaville Nurseries

Address: Cowley, Near Exeter, Devon, EX5 5EU

Website: www.bernaville.co.uk

And 9, 15 and 16 December. Experience the festive magic at Bernaville Nurseries by visiting Santa’s grotto and receive a gift. Don’t forget to take your letter for Santa. this December. Booking essential...

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Cranberries Hideaway Christmas Fair

9th-9th December 2018

Time: 11am to 8pm

Venue: Hills Farm

Address: Kilmington, Near Axminster, EX13 7NS

A charity Christmas Fair with all donations going to Hospice care. Includes craft stalls, Santa visit, a horse jumping competition, children's fair ride, guess the donkey’s name, a bouncy castle and...

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Lantern Parade and Christmas Street Fayre

12th-12th December 2018

Time: From 6pm

Venue: St Leonard’s Tower

Address: Newton Abbot, TQ12 2QZ

Website: www.newtonabbot-tc.gov.uk

See the lantern parade illuminate the streets of Newton Abbot and soak up the festivities at the Christmas street fayre.

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Late Night Shopping and Entertainment

13th-13th December 2018

Venue: Princesshay

Address: Exeter, EX1 1QA

Website: www.princesshay.co.uk

With special entertainment from light walkers and a magical living snow globe

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Father Christmas visits Arlington Court

15th-23rd December 2018

Venue: Arlington Court

Address: Near Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4LP

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/arlington-court-and-the-national-trust-carriage-museum

Also, 16, 22 and 23 December. Visit the festive grotto in the stables at the carriage museum and meet the traditional green Father Christmas. All good girls and boys will receive a present. Booking essential....

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Father Christmas visits Castle Drogo

15th-20th December 2018

Venue: Castle Drogo

Address: Near Drewsteignton, near Exeter, Devon, EX6 6PB

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/castle-drogo

Also, 16, 22 and 20 December. Father Christmas will be making a very special visit to Castle Drogo. Follow the trail through the garden to find him and receive a special present. Cost: £3.50 to see Father...

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Meet Santa at Paignton Zoo

15th-24th December 2018

Venue: Paignton Zoo

Address: Paignton, Devon, TQ4 7EU

Website: www.paigntonzoo.org.uk

Meet Santa in his magical grotto and receive a fantastic present. Hop aboard the Christmas train and follow the gingerbread trail. Children who have booked to meet Santa will pick up a special gift from...

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Reindeer Trail and Christmas Crafts

15th-15th December 2018

Time: 10.30pm to 3pm

Venue: Reed Base at Seaton Wetlands

Address: Colyford Road, Seaton, EX12 2SP

Follow the clues around the wetlands to help track down Father Christmas' missing reindeer. Once you've completed the trail join the Education rangers in the Reed Base for Christmas crafts. Cost: £3....

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Santa Specials at Pecorama

15th-20th December 2018

Venue: Pecorama

Address: Underleys, Beer, Devon, EX12 3NA

Website: www.pecorama.co.uk

Also, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 December. Ride on the Pecorama Santa Special before meeting Santa in a winter wonderland and receive a special Christmas treat. Afterwards children can use the indoor soft...

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Santa visits Bygones

15th-16th December 2018

Venue: Bygones

Address: Fore Street, St Marychurch, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 4PR

Website: www.bygones.co.uk

And 16 December. Santa will be paying a very special visit to Bygones from 11am to 2pm and will be handing out early Christmas presents! Plus, there will be fun Gingerbread decorating at no extra cost....

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Breakfast with Santa at Woollys Christmas Wonderland

16th-16th December 2018

Venue: The Big Sheep, Abbotsham, Bideford, EX39 5AP

Website: www.thebigsheep.co.uk

Children will have a truly magical Christmas experience at The Big Sheep and can have a very tasty breakfast with the great man in red at this special event. Plus, see Santa’s Magical Light Show...

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Stories by Mr and Mrs Sparkle

16th-16th December 2018

Time: 3pm to 5pm

Venue: Hannah’s at Seale Hayne

Address: Newton Abbot, TQ12 6NQ

Website: www.discoverhannahs.org

Join Mr and Mrs Sparkle, some very jolly storytellers, for some festive stories, songs and crafting this December. Booking highly recommended.

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Santa by Steam in the Dark

18th-18th December 2018

Venue: South Devon Railway

Address: Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0DZ

Website: www.southdevonrailway.co.uk/santa-by-steam

A special evening train, leaving Buckfastleigh at 5.45pm, will be running for those who would like to experience the magic of travelling by steam train in the dark! Advanced booking is essential. Ring...

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Late Night Shopping and Entertainment

20th-20th December 2018

Venue: Princesshay

Address: Exeter, EX1 1QA

Website: www.princesshay.co.uk

With special entertainment from giant, roller-skating illuminated presents!

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What’s that Bird?

20th-20th December 2018

Time: 11am to 1pm

Venue: Tower Hide at Seaton Wetlands

Address: Colyford Road, Seaton, EX12 2SP

An informal drop-in session to improve your bird identification skills. Whatever your level of knowledge, enjoy an afternoon’s birdwatching with the help of a knowledgeable and experienced volunteer...

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Breakfast and Lunch/Brunch with Santa at Bygones

22nd-24th December 2018

Venue: Bygones

Address: Fore Street, St Marychurch, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 4PR

Website: www.bygones.co.uk

And 23 and 24 December. Breakfast and lunch will be served on 22 and 23 December; breakfast and brunch will be served on 24 December. Booking is essential. It includes entry to Bygones, a breakfast, brunch...

Christmas

Christmas Day Swim

25th-25th December 2018

Venue: Exmouth Beach, EX8

Website: www.exmouthchristmasdayswim.co.uk

This event attracts thousands of people. Watch or join in with the brave swimmers taking a dip on the most festive day of the year. Head to the beach and into the sea for this traditional Christmas Day...

Christmas

Boxing Day Dip

26th-26th December 2018

Time: 10.30am

Venue: Corbyn Head

Address: Torbay Road, Torquay, TQ2 6RH

The Dip will take place from Torre Abbey Sands, when participants and supporters should aim to arrive for 10.30am ready to enter the sea at 11am. Tasteful fancy dress is encouraged! For details ring 07795...

Christmas

Boxing Day Swim

26th-26th December 2018

Venue: The Esplanade

Address: Sidmouth, EX10

Website: www.visitsidmouth.co.uk

Another chance to swim in the cold waters of the English Channel in December. Watch the brave swimmers take to the chilly waters on Boxing Day.

Arts & Crafts

Holiday Drop-In Crafting

29th-29th December 2018

Time: 10.30am to 3.30pm

Venue: Coastal Craft Collective

Address: Marine Place, Seaton, EX12 2QL

Drop in and have a go at one of the many crafts, including silk painting, decopatch, ceramic painting, block printing, wet felting, sand art, pebble painting and sewing. Prices from £3. Call 01297 691362

Indoor activities

Sleeping With Sharks

30th-31st December 2018

Time: From 6.30pm

Venue: National Marine Aquarium

Address: Rope Walk, Coxside, Plymouth, PL4 0LF

Website: www.national-aquarium.co.uk

See what happens in the underwater world around us at night. Includes a Twilight Tour, arts and crafts, game sin the exhibits, a big screen movie, a midnight snack and breakfast. Booking essential. Call...

Outdoor events

Seaton Wetlands Snowman Trail

1st-6th January 2019

Time: 9am to 4pm

Venue: the Lookout

Address: Seaton Wetlands, Colyford Road, Seaton, EX12 2SP

Start the New Year by seeing how many wooden snowmen you can find hiding around Seaton Wetlands nature reserves. A self-guided trail starting from the Lookout at Seaton Wetlands. Cost: £1 per trail. Call...

Indoor activities

Dolls House and Miniature Fair

6th-6th January 2019

Venue: Westpoint

Address: Clyst St Mary, Exeter, EX5 1DJ

Website: www.wendysworldfairs.co.uk

Experience the exquisite world of Dolls House Miniatures at this public fair. Find exhibits, displays and demonstrations by some of the leading craftspeople in this field. Cost: £3 per adult; £1.50...

Sports

Adventure League Schools Climbing Competition

18th-18th January 2019

Venue: Clip n Climb Exeter, Quay Climbing Centre, Haven Rd, Exeter EX2 8AX

Website: www.southwestyouthgames.org.uk

Brought to you by the South West Youth Games, the region’s first series for street sports, including scootering, skateboarding and BMX freestyle. All abilities. School teams only, years 5 & 6....

Outdoor events

RSPB Avocet Cruises on the Exe Estuary

19th-19th January 2019

Time: 10.45am

Venue: Topsham

Address: Near Exeter, EX3 0JJ

Website: www.rspb.org.uk

A popular RSPB birdwatching cruise along the stunning Exe Estuary. See the wildlife on the Exe foraging for food. Booking essential. Call: 01392 432691

Indoor activities

Stone Age School: Fire Maker

19th-19th January 2019

Venue: Kents Cavern

Address: Ilsham Road, Torquay, TQ1 2JF

Learn to make fire the stone age way. Learn more about the most important skill to survive. Use a bow drill to make fire by friction and more. Cost: £7. Booking highly recommended. Call 01803 215136

Sports

Street Series SW Round 2

27th-27th January 2019

Venue: The Lodge Indoor Skatepark, Wharf Rd, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 2DA

Website: www.southwestyouthgames.org.uk

Brought to you by the South West Youth Games, the region’s first series for street sports, including scootering, skateboarding and BMX freestyle. All abilities. Team and individual events for 5-15...

Christmas

New Year’s Steam Day

1st-1st December 2019

Time: 10.30am to 4pm

Venue: Coldharbour Mill

Address: Uffculme, Cullompton, EX15 3EE

Website: www.coldharbourmill.org.uk

Begin the new year by seeing the industrial revolution brought to life at Coldharbour Mill at this special steam day. For more details ring 01884 840960.

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