Reasons we love being in North Devon for Christmas.

It’s the most magical time of the year in North Devon over Christmas and New Year. Whether it’s stunning scenery, warm welcomes with blazing fires to delicious, fresh food found in the bustle of lively Christmas markets, twinkling lights and festive music – you’ve got it all and more here in beautiful North Devon.


Boxing Day Beach Walk burn off that extra helping of turkey trimmings with an inspiring walk along our coastal clifftop paths and sandy beach stretches. Walk amongst wildflowers, gorse and heather at Morte Point as you keep an eye out for sea birds, seals and even dolphins. The deadly 'devil's teeth' rocks along Morte Point hold many a shipwreck tale. If you prefer a softer surface, nearby Woolacombe has 3-miles of sandy award-winning beach to stroll along and blow away the cobwebs.


North Devon Christmas Market takes place on Saturday 3December and is the largest market of its kind in North Devon. Dripping in Christmas lights and festive cheer, breathe in the smell of caramelised nuts roasting or enjoy a warming mulled wine as you peruse craft stalls from across the southwest and soak up the atmosphere. There’s street food, choirs, dance groups and live music gigs performing throughout the day. Not to be missed.


Christmas/New Year’s Sea Swim isa big tradition on many of the North Devon beaches. Woolacombe local surf lifesaving club hold a New Year’s Day Sea swim with warm up refreshments after in The Red Barn.Try Westward Ho! for a sea swim twist in fancy dress. Warm-up beforehand alongside a giant sheep before gathering near the Fairway Buoy pub - and absolutely no wetsuits are allowed! Rewards are aplenty afterwards with live music and drinks.


Santa’s on the Beach run at Woolacombe is a great way to enjoy some fresh sea air whilst dressed as the big guy and raising money for North Devon Hospice. There is a shorter distance for those who do not wish to walk right along the beach and back. It’s quite a sight to behold and if you don’t fancy it yourself, spectators are also welcomed to watch the event and soak up the atmosphere.


Christmas Stargazing in North Devon is actually one of the best places you can be in the whole of Europe due to its low level of light pollution and the clarity of the night sky. On a clear evening, you can see thousands of stars without even needing a telescope or binoculars! Remember to make a Christmas wish if you are lucky enough to spot a shooting star!


RHS Rosemoor gardens let it all glow during November andDecember with their spectacular light displays. Experience an enchanting galaxy of giant stars and a tunnel of lights in an immersive light and sound display as you walk through lake and woodland, lighting up the night with festive colour and sparkle. Find out all about their festive events here.