Do Christmas like a Devonian: top Bloggers’ tips

If you’re in Devon for Christmas you want to make sure you do it in true Devonian style – whether that means buying your turkey from a great local farm, climbing to the top of the Tor on Boxing Day, or going for a Christmas Day dip in the sea. So, we asked some of our favourite Devon bloggers:

What do you like to do in Devon at Christmas?”


IMG_0021Clio blogs at Diary of a Devon Mum and runs Mumsnet Exeter. She’s bringing up two boys on the edge of Dartmoor, and writes about life in the Westcountry

“Forget busy shopping centres and queuing for Santa’s Grotto, this year we’re meeting Father Christmas in the woods. We’re going to toast marshmallows, make woodland Christmas crafts and enjoy a cook up with Santa at A Touch of the Wild’s Woodland Adventure Camp.

“My favourite Christmas tradition is a blustery family walk on the beach with a hot chocolate pitstop. My local used to be Exmouth (pictured above), where we’d stop for a cheeky hot choc at the long-standing Harbour View Caf. This year we might venture to Cafe ODE in Ness Cove.”

Read more of Clio’s favourite things to do in Devon on her blog



gina caroGina Caro is an award-winning blogger, freelance writer and editor, blogging at &

One of my favourite things to do at Christmas is to get wrapped up and go for a walk in the fresh air. We are so lucky to live in Devon as there are lots of picturesque places to go for stroll. Some of our favourite spots for a walk are Stover Country Park, Fernworthy Reservoir (pictured above) and anywhere else on Dartmoor.

Another thing on my to-do list at Christmas is visit Endsleigh garden centre. They have the most amazing Christmas displays! The kiddies love it there.

And there’s nothing better than getting the family together around an open fire and roasting marshmallows. Top it off with some hot chocolate and we’re in heaven.”

Read Gina’s tips on how to make perfect personalised Xmas cards



image1Stephanie Darkes is Creator / Blogger at Exploring Exeter, and a columnist for Exeter Life
“Having moved to Exeter last year we only have one Devonshire Christmas under our belt, but we ‘ve been cramming activities in! We love Killerton’s themed Christmas especially – last year it was ‘The lion the witch & the wardrobe’ themed. The house was beautifully dressed and incredibly magical, we’ll be heading along this year too.
“We also love being close enough to the sea to be able to hit the beach over the Christmas period and blow away the cobwebs – Ness Cove  (pictured above) is our favourite for a winter walk.”
Clare-2Clare Mackenney blogs at Flip flops or Wellies, which helps people find new places to explore and enjoy.
“We love to take part in our local Christmas Tree Festival in Hawkchurch in East Devon – coming up with ideas on how to decorate our tree and then we love to see what great ideas other people have come up with and some amazing talent.”

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Stef Fox Adcock is Visit Devon‘s own in-house blogger. She lives in North Devon and has two small children.

“My boy’s just getting into Father Christmas now, and we’ve a few favourite places to visit him. We like The Milky Way near Clovelly, which has a lovely grotto that’s excellent for little ones who might be a bit timid, and The Big Sheep (pictured) near Bideford, which really goes to town at this time of year, and has ice skating and tobogganing too.

“I also make a point of going to one of The Big Sheep’s Xmas Markets – there are a few in the run-up to Christmas, and you can get lots of great food and crafts there.

“Bideford’s Christmas lights look beautiful this year – the trees on the Quay are all lit up, so I’ll definitely be shopping locally, as much for the atmosphere as anything else. And I’m considering heading over to Clovelly for the Boxing Day Barbecue – they’ve music and a treasure hunt on, but it depends on whether I can drag the kids away from their toys!”

Read about Stef’s search for Santa in Devon


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Hannah Dearden-Watts writes in her blog DevonDaze about enjoying and exploring Exeter and beyond with her family.

“We like to get out for a family walk by the Exe/canal in Exeter and make sure it includes a stop at The Double Locks for festive drinks – hot chocolates with all the extras for the children and a locally brewed ale for my husband. There’s great play equipment to keep the kids busy, a fire to warm up by, and dogs are welcome – a trip with something for everyone!

“Each year on Christmas Eve we take the children and their cousins to Cotley Farm to visit the reindeer before they set off on their long journey. There’s a few other animals to visit, a nativity tableau and a lovely Christmas farm shop, as well as mulled wine and mince pies on offer in return for donations to charity. It’s a lovely, gentle way to get ready for the festivities.”

Read about Hannah’s visit to Pennywell Farm this Christmas